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I love the Dove range of beauty products and so when I saw one I hadn’t tried in Superdrug I bought it. Dove go fresh nourishing body wash comes in a predominately white plastic bottle with a plum featured on the front. It has a flip top lid that makes it easy to dispense the shower gel; within. I paid £2.59 for a 250ml bottle, so was it worth the cost?
The information on the bottle claims that this body wash is * replenishing refreshment that will nourish skin*.It contains plum and sakura blossom, both of which are moisturising. It is also enriched with Nutrim moisture;no idea what that means!
I use a body puff to wash in my shower .This body wash is a pale lilac colour and has a faint fruity scent. I am not sure I like the scent as it smells a bit musty to me if that makes sense. However it does feel good on my skin and lathers well. After use my skin feels soft and well moisturised. Luckily that strange scent doesn’t last!
Overall I do like the way this body wash leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised but I really am not too keen on the scent. For that reason I won’t be buying this again.
I have fine unruly hair that is prone to frizz especially in damp weather. I like to ring the changes as far as hair care products go as I find that my hair responds best when I don’t use any one product for too long. I really like the L’Oreal hair care range ( with a few exceptions) and so when I saw there was a promotion on L’Oreal hair care in Boots I bought a few bottles. One of the products I bought was a tube of smooth and polish 60 second savior.
L’Oreal smooth and polish60 second savior is an intensive conditioner designed for use on unruly fine hair. I also have dry hair and although it is not specifically designed for dry hair I was hoping it would help to tame my frizz! The product comes in a large toothpaste style tube that is designed to stand on its lid. I paid £3.33 for a 200 ml tube (the RRP is £4.99).
I usually wash my hair in the shower and after shampooing I massaged a walnut size amount of the conditioner through my hair and left in on for the prescribed 60 seconds. The first thing to say is that the smell is gorgeous, very florally and feminine. The conditioner is quite thick and has a slightly pearlised effect. After a minute its time to rinse the conditioner off and I can tell immediately that my hair feels soft.
The conditioner contains keratin polish and camellia both of which are designed to help smooth the hair making it appeal smooth. I am delighted with the results that this conditioner gives! After use my hair looks a lot smoother with no frizz or flyaways. The scent lasts quite well too. This is one product I will definitely be buying again!
I love browsing in the duty free shops whenever I am in an airport and on route back from New Zealand I decided to indulge myself in the Dubai duty free. I would not normally treat myself to perfume, but when I discovered a scent I loved and feeling very jet lagged; my normal frugal sense deserted me! The perfume I fell in love with is Dior J’Adore voile, a new variant on the original J’Adore by Dior. At the time I had no idea how much I had paid for but a later credit card statement showed it was just over £60 for a 100ml bottle.
I like floral scents although do have a few fruity ones in my collection. J’Adore voile is a very feminine scent; its top notes are Damask rose, mid notes Tuscan Iris and base notes white musk. I would describe the scent as floral and slightly powdery. When I first spray the perfume I can detect the sweet smell of rose but this soon fades leaving a delicate general floral scent and what I would describe as powdery vanilla.
I have used the original J’Adore in the past and this new version is no where near as heavy, making it suitable for both day and night time wear.
I love the pretty bulb shaped bottle of this perfume. The tapered long neck is covered in tiny gold rings making it look very classy in my bedroom. The spray mechanism produces a fine spray, making it easy to surround myself in the gorgeous floral scent.
On the negative side I find that the staying power is not brilliant. For a perfume as expensive as this one I would have hoped for better. I would say that after a few hours I can no longer detect any hint of the scent.
Overall I love this perfume despite its poor staying power. Like any perfume it is also best to test before you buy as perfumes smell differently on each individual. This perfume is widely available and I can see that Boots are selling a 100 ml bottle at £73.35. There is also a 50ml size available at £50.85.
I have always been a fan of the sanctuary range of body care products and would buy them for the gorgeous scent alone. I recently treated myself in Boots to a generous sized tub of sanctuary ultra rich body butter for no real reason other than it was another grey, damp day and I was in need of cheering myself up a bit! The 300 ml tub set me back by £12, but I knew it was a product I would really enjoy using.
The body butter comes in a sophisticated white plastic tub with screw top lid. I like this kind of packaging as it makes it easy to get every last drop of product out, unlike the pump action bottles. The information on the tub claims that this body butter is an ultra rich formula and promises that the shea and cocoa butter it contains will leave my skin feeling smooth and well hydrated. The body butter is designed to melt into your skin at body temperature and is best used after a bath or shower on slightly warm, damp skin. So how does it perform?
The first thing to say is that like all the sanctuary products I have used this body butter has the gorgeous scent that I love so much. It is hard to describe but I can’t imagine anyone not loving it! The butter itself is very thick and creamy. It easy to massage into damp skin and really does seem to melt into my skin. The results are brilliant! After use my skin not only smells gorgeous, but feels soft and moisturised. Unlike some body butters I have tried this one has no hint of grease and is very quickly absorbed, meaning I don’t have to massage for ages before I can get dressed!
Overall I would highly recommend this tub of body butter. It is expensive, but I really do think you get what you pay for in this case! It is on offer in Boots at present as part of a 3 for 2 offer.
I have recently been suffering with a really awful cold which left me with blocked sinuses. I was willing to try anything to help relieve the symptoms and bought numerous cold and sinus *cures* to try and help. One of the most helpful was a vicks inhaler designed to help you breath more easily when suffering from a cold or allergies.
The small 0.5ml stick cost me £2.65 from Boots and although this is not cheap I really was more than happy top pay the price for something that would work! The inhaler contains a number of ingredients including 125 grams of menthol,50mg of camphor and 10mg of Siberian pine needle oil. All of these are well known decongestants and work on the nasal passages to help reduce congestion and help you to breath more easily.
The inhaler is really easy to use and can be used as often as you like . If you do have any unwanted reaction such as a worsening of your symptoms then you should consult a doctor. To use simply unscrew the outer covering and push the stick into your nostril holding the other nostril closed. Inhale deeply and then repeat with the other nostril. I experienced instant relief although unfortunately it was short lived. However a short period of relief was better than nothing! It is recommended that you discard the inhaler after a maximum of 28 days use. I am pleased to say I am now better and so no longer need the inhaler.
The haler is not suitable for children under 6 years old. The inhaler is small enough to fit into my bag or pocket and I found it really helpful to carry around with me whilst I was *bunged up*. Overall a vicks inhaler is something I will be keeping in my medicine cupboard in the future, as although it cant cure a cold it certainly gave me some relief from the horrible symptoms!
The product comes in a dark blue plastic bottle with a twist to open, pump action top. The information on the bottle claims that the conditioner contains an interlock protein network that is designed to rebuild and resurface the hair. It also contains 18 mea-amino acids that will enter the hair cuticle to help repair damage. I am always sceptical when it comes to product claims that promise so much! However after parting with £15 for a 250ml bottle, I was really hopeful that this one would produce results!
After washing and towel drying apply the conditioner to any damaged areas of your hair. The instruction don’t tell you how much of the product to use, but I find it is best to spay a little into my hands and then massage through the ends of my hair. The conditioner is milky in colour and consistency. It smells absolutely gorgeous and best of all; the scent lingers all day. I find scents difficult to describe, but this is quite sweet and fruity. I have found that I only need a couple of sprays to treat my hair. I really like the fact that this is a leave in conditioner as it saves me time! I try not to wash my hair every day, but as it is so unruly I do have to wet it every morning to try to style it. I find that using the conditioner really helps to make it shine and behave!
I have been using this conditioner for several weeks now and am totally in love with it! It not only smells gorgeous, but leaves my hair looking the best it has done for ages. It is really easy to use as you don’t need to rinse it off. My hair feels soft, is easier to style and best of all I have noticed that the ends are less likely to snap off. It is recommended that you use the product about twice a week, but I tend to use it a bit more often than this. I know its very expensive, but I have bought lots of cheaper hair care products that just didn’t suit my hair and so were a total waste of money. I hope the bottle will last me for some time as you really do only need a little to get great results!
I don’t often wear nail polish but when I do, I like to ensure it is removed as soon as it starts to chip or flake. I have quite brittle nails that are prone to breaking and sometime flake. When I spotted a nail polish remover made by Cutex that promised to help protect my dry nails I bought a bottle.
The Cutex moisture guard nail polish remover comes in a 200ml plastic bottle with screw top lid. The information on the bottle promises that not only will this polish remove all traces of my nail polish but it will also help to condition my nails and even whiten the tips!
To remove your nail polish it is recommended that you moisten a cotton wool pad with the solution and then pressing firming against each nail wipe the cotton wool from base to tip until all traces of polish have been removed.
I really don’t like the smell of this nail polish remover as like many others it contains acetone . On the positive side it is really easy to use and I find a few wipes removes all traces of polish. My nails do feel less dry after use and this helps to prevent them from breaking. As for the claim that using this remover will whiten my nail tips I really can’t see any difference! So overall I would recommend this nail polish remover, despite the few negatives. I paid £2.15 for a 200 ml bottle from my local superdrug.
I love being outside in my garden and enjoy growing my own vegetables. One of the easiest things to grow is runner beans and last year I was rewarded with a bumper crop. Not only are they easy to grow, but they taste delicious and are loved by my children.
Lets get started.
Runner beans can be grown either from seed or you can buy young plants from a nursery. I like to grow from seed as it works out a lot cheaper! The first thing to do in about February or March is to prepare the soil. You will need to dig over and add lots of compost or well rotted manure. I use Chicken manure pellets that are widely available and easy to use. Runner beans are tall plants and so will need a plot that will protect them from the wind. They also like to grow in full sunlight.
Around the end of April I buy seeds and plant one per pot. I place all the pots on my s kitchen windowsill and wait for them to germinate. I am always surprised at how quickly this happens,
It is important that all risk of frost has passed before you plant your beans outside. I usually plant out around May . I still use a plant fleece to cover at night if the temperature is due to drop to before about 5 degrees.
Runner beans will need support and I use bamboo canes tied together in a wigwam style. Each bean plant should be planted next to its own cane so it can climb. The support will need to be about 8 feet in height.
Caring for your beans
Runner beans require very little care. However they do like to be watered regularly. My youngest son gets this job as he enjoys using the hose! Young bean plants are very popular with slugs and snails. I find that surrounding the base of each plant with broken egg shells helps to keep them away. Salt is also good.
Flowers will soon start to form on the plants followed by tiny beans. The beans should be ready to pick by July. If the frosts stay away you may still be picking your beans in November.
The more you pick the more you will get! I like to harvest the beans when they are still quite small as I find large beans can be tough. If you pick beans when they are small they are really easy to prepare. I just top and tail them and then steam. I also like to add beans to curries, pasta sauces and have also added a handful to cooked macaroni before adding a cheese sauce. Runner beans will freeze well too.
Overall runner beans are probably my favourite vegetable to grow as they are easy to grow and care for and they taste so much better than those you buy in a supermarket!
Although it’s hard to believe looking out of my window, it will soon be spring! I love being able to get out into my garden and watching things start to grow. I have acid soil and am therefore able to grow many acid loving plants such as Rhodedendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias. Last year I decided to buy a box of miracle gro Ericaceous plant food to help these plants produce more flowers.
Miracle gro Ericaceous plant food ius especially formulated for acid loving plants. It contains 11 nutrients such as nitrogen for greener leaves, Phosphate for strong roots, potash to help plants resist disease and other micro nutrients to help with general plant health. The formula is suitable for use on outside plants including pots and baskets and also house plants.
There are clear instructions on the box and I found the formula really easy to use. Simply add a 15ml spoonful of feed to 4.5 litres of water for outside plants and 1.5 ml of feed to 1 litre of water for house plants. It is recommended you wear gloves to protect your hands. I add the mixture to a watering can and then water the plants as usual. It is recommended you use the feed between March until September.
After using the feed for a few months my plants really did look in tip top condition. The leaves looked a brilliant green and the flowers produces were gorgeous. I am lucky in that none of my acid loving plants have suffered any disease so can’t comment on how effective the feed is in this respect. Overall I would have no hesitation in recommending this feed and I will be buying it again. I can’t remember how much I paid for the 1 kg box I used but it can be purchased from many retailers for around £5.
I like to ring the changes when it comes to hair care products as my hair seems to benefit from changing products. I have dry hair that is prone to frizz. I also like to add highlights to my hair and this can make it drier if I’m not careful. I usually opt for a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for coloured hair to help prolong the colour and add moisture. One of the ranges I like is colour mate made by Aussie.
Let me begin by saying that Aussie is not from down under, but is made by the multi national giant Procter and Gamble. I was a bit disappointed when I first leaned this fact! I like to use both the shampoo and conditioner from the range as I find they work well together. The conditioner comes in a round opaque plastic bottle with purple push down lid. The information on the bottle informs me that this conditioner contains Australian wild peach that is claimed to help keep coloured hair looking glossy and * in great condition*. Peach kernel oil has long been used as conditioning oil and is especially good for dry hair.
The conditioner is quite thick and smells gorgeous! I would describe the scent as fruity although I can’t say it smells of peaches. I find a little goes a long way and like to massage it through my hair after shampooing. I also think it works best if left in my hair for a few minutes. It is easy to rinse out and doesn’t leave any stick residue.
After use I find my hair feels soft and the highlights are more noticeable. I also think this conditioner gives my hair a lovely shine and helps stop any tangles. The scent lasts quite well although it is not overpowering in any way. As you can guess I would recommend this conditioner.
The price does vary and I like to buy when its on offer. It is currently on 3 for £10 deal in Boots. It can be bought alone for £4.69 for a 250ml bottle.
Before Christmas I purchases a Karcher WV 50 hand held window vac. I absolutely love it and would have no hesitation in recommending it as it does a great job and saves me time and effort. I am always sceptical when a company recommends you buy their specially designed cleaning products as there are usually cheaper options available that work just as well. However in a moment of madness I decided to buy a bottle of Karcher concentrated cleaning formula.
The formula comes in a white plastic bottle with black screw top. I was a bit surprised that there were no English instructions provided and so I had to check on the Internet to find out for to use the product. The formula is concentrated and is designed to be diluted before use. I use a plastic spray bottle (designed for spraying house plants) and use 1 part concentrate to 10 parts of water. This works out at about 1 ½ capfuls of the concentrate with the 500ml bottle then filled to the top with water.
The formula has a very pleasant fresh scent and is easy to use. I spray with one hand and then use my window vac to suck up the dirt liquid. It does do a good job and after a quick buff up with a cloth my windows are left streak free and sparkling. However I find that using diluted washing up liquid with a cloth does an equally good job for a fraction of the price.
The one big advantage of using the Karcher formula is that my windows do seem to stay cleaner for longer; just as Karcher promised they would! I paid £4.95 for a 500 ml bottle of the formula but see it is slightly cheaper from Amazon. It is quite economical to use as it is a concentrated formula.
Overall I would probably buy this again as I like the scent and it means I have to clean my windows less often!
I have dry hair that is prone to be frizzy. I also like to add highlights to my hair and sometimes use straighteners both of which can further damage the hair. I like to ring the changes as far as hair care products go as I find using any one for too long can see the results diminish. I am a fan of L’Oreal hair care products and always try to stock up when they are on offer. Boots currently have a half price offer on L’Oreal so I decided to buy a few bottles of both shampoo and conditioner.
One of my purchases was a bottle of gloss shine conditioner. I was attracted by the pretty pink bottle and liked the promises made of a revival in my hairs brilliance. This conditioner also states that it will smooth the hair making it light reflective.
The conditioner comes in a pretty pink plastic bottle that is designed to stand on its lid. I like this design as it is different from the shampoo that stands on its bottom, as it makes it less likely I will confuse the two in the shower. The flip top lid is easy to open even with wet hands. The conditioner is quite thick and has a lovely sweet scent that I have come to expect from L’Oreal hair care products.
After shampooing my hair I use a small walnut sized amount of conditioner, massaging it through my hair making sure I have coated the dry ends. I like to leave conditioner on my hair for several minutes before rinsing off. I found this conditioner is easy to rinse away with no residue left on my hair.
I have now used this conditioner on several occasions and I am really pleased with the overall results. It leaves my hair looking shiny and feeling soft. I am not sure it reflects the light any more than usual, but it does look smooth. Best of all the conditioner seems to help prevent the frizz, although I do use other products such as John Frieda frizz ease too. I would have no hesitation in recommending this condoner; especially when its on half price offer!
I recently decorated my son’s bedroom and I am really pleased with the results. He has two radiators in his room and both had chipped, discoloured paint. I am no DIY expert and so asked advice from the salesperson in Homebase about what paint to use. I was advised to use specially formulated radiator paint and Hammerite was recommended for the job.
Hammerite makes paint that is designed for use of metal surfaces. The radiator paint is formulated to withstand heat and can be used on metal pipes in addition to all water filled radiators. The manufacturers promise that this paint will not yellow.
I opted for a gloss finish although there is also a matt finish available. I paid just under £10 for a 500ml tin, although I see the same paint is available from Tesco for £8.71; it always pays to shop around!
Getting the job done.
The instructions advice that you ensure the radiator is turned off and fully cool before you paint. I fist rubbed down the radiator with sandpaper and gave the surface a good clean; amazing how dirty it was! I think it would be best to take the radiator off the wall before painting, but this was beyond my level of skill, so it had to be painted fixed to the wall.
It is important to cover the area around the radiator as this is gloss paint and so not easy to remove if you get any on your carpet. I used a small paintbrush for the job, but you could use a roller if you prefer. I found the paint quite thick and was pleased that it didn’t drip! It is important that you ensure you don’t paint over any valves or knobs as this could seal them closed! I gave the two radiators 3 coats of paint and was very pleased with the results. I hate the smell of paint and so was pleased that this paint didn’t have much odour.
This paint is advertised as quick drying and I found that the paint was fully dry after about 4 hours. It is advisable to leave the radiator off until the paint is dry. After I had finished both radiators looked really white with no streaks or brush marks. It is too early to say whether this paint will discolour over time.
I used about ½ of the tin and have sealed it for further use. I have to admit that I forgot to clean the brush I used and when I did come to clean it the next day it was impossible to clean!
Overall I very pleased with the results from using this paint and would definitely recommend it.
One of my favourite perfumes is L’Eau Issey by the Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake. I am always interested in trying new fragrances and so when I saw an interesting looking bottle by Issey Miyake in Boots I investigated further.
Pleats please by Issey Miyake is based on the fashion collection* pleats*. The fashion range is designed using pleats that flow as you move and bright colours; the range also has eye watering price tags! Pleats please bottle reflects the pleats and is certainly a unique design! Personally I think it looks like crumbled glass, although I do like it as it reflects the light and looks pretty on my shelf.
This perfume is described as * a joyful, optimistic, exuberant fragrance of vertically pleated fruit, flowery and woody structure*. It is a delicate floral scent with Nashi pear top notes, (nashi pear is a cross between an apple and a pear) , sweet pea and peony middle notes and cedar wood, patchouli , vanilla and white musk base notes.
I love this fragrance! It has a delicate floral scent that reminds me of summer. When I first spray it I can detect a slightly fruity scent but that quickly changes to something more floral. I can also detect vanilla with a hint of musk. I think it is best suited for day wear as it is very light and subtle.
On the downside the staying power is not great. I find that I need several sprays and that after a few hours I can hardly detect the fragrance at all. Compared to my Chanel that lasts all day and beyond this is poor.
I really like the unique bottle design, although as I have said it looks more like crumbled glass that pleats! The pull off bottle top is designed to look like a flower and protects the spray mechanism beneath.
I can’t remember how much I paid for my 30ml bottle but it is still available from Boots with a 30 ml bottle costing £32.50 and a larger 50ml bottle £45.50.
I usually buy Colgate toothpaste as it is the brand my dentist recommends. However I also like the Oral B brand and sometimes use their toothpaste when it is on offer. A few weeks ago I spotted toothpaste I had not seen before and decided to try it. The reason for my decision was that this toothpaste promised not only to clean my teeth, but also to whiten them.
Oral B 3D white brilliance toothpaste to give it its full name comes in an outer cardboard box with purple accents. The 3D refers to the claim that this product will whiten the fronts, backs and all visible surfaces between your teeth. Oral B claims that you will notice a difference after just 2 weeks of use. Like other toothpaste this one will also help prevent cavities, stop the build up of tartar and freshen breath.
The tube inside the box is made of plastic and has the usual screw top lid. The toothpaste is a rather interesting colour; white with a subtle purple strip that merges into the white. I use an Oral B electric toothbrush and about a pea sized amount of toothpaste. I found the taste of this toothpaste very pleasantly minty and was pleased it wasn’t too strong. The fresh minty taste lingers in my mouth for some time after brushing.
The toothpaste has a slightly gritty feeling; a bit like using bicarbonate of soda, which incidentally is a much cheaper way of cleaning teeth if you can stand the taste! It also foams slightly when I clean which I quite like.
I really like the taste of this toothpaste and my teeth do feel clean after use. I do have slight staining on my front teeth from drinking red wine. I would also like my teeth to be a bit whiter; not as in Hollywood white but just a bit whiter. After using this toothpaste for over a month I really can’t say I have noticed that my teeth look any white. The staining is still visible although it does seem to have faded a little.
I paid £3.49 for a 75 ml tube from Boots, which is not cheap! Although I think this is a good toothpaste overall, it doesn't make any real difference to how white my teeth look.