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      16.10.2012 23:33
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      I really loved it

      I first got this cleansing cream as part of the Dr. Hauschka Daily Face Care Kit so that means it came as an miniature/ trial size that was enough for 5 days. Out of the whole kit this cleansing cream really impressed me the most The products itself it's highly interesting. It has small exfoliating beads suspended in a cream texture. The beads are soft and gentle and don't scratch my skin at all. I have fallowed the Dr Hauschka method of using it by first mixing it with a bit of water in the palm of my hands and then massaged it with a press and rolling motion. I have to say this took some time getting use to as I never used this technique before with a cleanser, but once I got the hang of it I realised it really works the best. I usually get dry flaky skin that I have to exfoliate in order to maintain a smooth complexion and so therefore a good canvas for applying makeup. I noticed that this cleansing cream has stopped my skin getting flaky by half at least, it definitely keeps my complexion clear. I am quite impressed with the tube it come in, it's like an old fashioned toothpaste packaging long before they used plastics. This product costs £14.95 for 50ml and I am going to treat myself with the full size once I get the chance. If it wasn't for the sample size I would of never discovered such an lovely product.

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    • Worst / Discussion / 24 Readings / 23 Ratings
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      16.10.2012 00:48
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      Sad store that could do better

      I initially discovered this company trough the internet. I was looking for a sheepskin coat trough google and so http://www.radfordleathers.com popped out. I really like the website as it sounded really promising. On the first occasion I got while travelling to Wolverhampton on the way back home, I decides to ask my husband to make a stop to their shop in Coventry. We had no trouble finding the shop, the instruction on their website were very good. This shop has it's own parking area, there is enough room for quite a few cars. In order to enter the shop I had to ring a door bell for assistance. A person was quick to answer and so I was let in. I was directed toward the women's section of the store as requested by me. Okey, first of all this place is so tightly packed together with clothes that I could not see exactly what's truly hiding there. As I walker along the rails of leatherwear nothing was clear to me, you can't actually browse trough the shelves, this place felt claustrophobic, way too much clutter and I found it impossible to actually admire any of their coats. Shortly I decided to ask for assistance. The reason I went there is because I wanted to buy a sheepskin coat. It's very hard to find good quality warm coats in UK unless you go to the army navy store and it's all fine and dandy if you want to look like you're ready for zombie invasion. Anyway, here comes my shop assistant I ask him about the coat I've seen online but he is not able to show me the colour and size I desire to buy because it's not available it stock. He tells me that I need to have it made to order, it says nothing about it being made to order on their website. On the website they make all these claims on haw they have so much more available in-store and haw you can feel fee to try things and browse, I can tell you by being there this is highly exaggerated. I personally think the in-store experience is a complete let down. I did not recognized any of the other coats from the website in the store either. I am not going to have the coat made to order, I would not pay that much money for a coat that I can't try, I can't tell if the cut is flattering for my body shape just by looking at it. I also found the staff unapproachable because when I asked if they have a certain coat available in black for me I was spoken in this manner " ...we don't have it in black ...if you want it in black you go some ware else". And finally while we wore driving away I noticed the area is full of charity shops, makes me wander why I had to ring a door bell to enter Radford Leathers, who knows

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      • reviewcentre.com / Internet Site / 23 Readings / 22 Ratings
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        15.10.2012 20:50
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        What's the point if you can't say what you think

        I have started to write a few reviews www.reviewcentre.com because I thought it would be a new interesting place where I can express my opinion about products and services I have experienced. For me it's not all about writing review for rewords, I believe in supporting good businesses and most importantly things I believe in. I do love discovering new things and chat to people about what they think so this is what attracted me to join the website. I first spent a while browsing trough the website reading what other people had to say about things that interested me, sadly I was a bit naïve thinking this is a good website as I was soon about to discover. When I started to write a few reviews it seemed things are going very well however after a while I realised my negative review has been suddenly deleted and my positive one left. To be honest I don't know why they deleted it because it was not hateful at all, I just simply stated that the company can improve so much and left them a low rating. They really went out of their way to stop me saying something bad about a certain company. They sent me some email full of mumbo jumbo saying someone has expressed concerns about my review and what crazy steps I can do to keep the review as it is back on the site. One of the requirement being that I have to send them my full contact details like name, address and telephone number. Whatever! I would like to copy and paste the review but I am not sure if I am allowed to do that here, I don't want to get in trouble. I personally do not wish to participate or even read reviews on reviewcenetr.com because I believe they censor freedom of speech by removing negative reviews. I simply can't trust anything that is written on their website.

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          15.10.2012 19:52
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          Personally I highly recommend it

          I love mineral makeup from lines like Inika or Lily Lolo, from eye shadows to foundation I am dedicate in using the most natural products available on the market. First of all the concept of an makeup primer has always been a stranger to me, it's not something I even though I would need. I noticed various non natural makeup companies producing silicone based ones however I never fancied putting a chemical cocktail on my skin. When I first realised that Inika made a primer I did not hurry to buy it to be honest, but eventually I decided to try it because it had an awesome natural list of ingredients plus I though it was going to make a lovely moisturiser. I only use mineral foundation in powder form everyday and I am very pleased with the dewy airbrush results I get from it. I have normal to dry skin and I use mainly oil based natural moisturisers for my face from brands like Trevarno or Neil's Yard. I also used my daily moisturiser as a base for my mineral makeup all the time. I get 5 hours out of my makeup without any touch ups. After 5 house I just dust a bit of extra foundation or finishing powder over my skin now and I continue with the day What did this primer do for me??? First of all I found it to be a bit too drying for my skin on it's own so I have to mix it with a drop of rosehip oil in the palm of my hand . I usually mix 2-3 pumps of Inika Pure Primer and 1-2 drops of Rosehip Oil , depending on the area I need covering because sometimes I apply foundation down the décolleté area on certain occasions. For me this mixture works wanders, this is what I noticed : -my skin keeps a perfect balance of moisture during the day, that means my face does not go greasy or dry at all - my makeup lasts an extra 2 hours without the need of a touch up - its gentle enough for the eye area so my eyes don't get irritated -my eye makeup does not settle into the fine lines so much anymore, definitely an improvement - and most importantly this product has not caused me any acne - I don't need to use much of this product therefore it lasts me for an entire year -my makeup does not slide off my face during the summer heat so no cakey/splotchy look for me at all The Inika Pure Primer comes packed in a stylish black bottle and the product is tightly sealed inside, maybe that is the secret why this product has not changed it's constancy or scent over time. I think it keeps well with no need to refrigerate so it's a major bonus to me because I don't have to worry about it going off. I also really love the smell of it, it's lavender based with an natural botanical mix, a true pleasure to use. I have re-purchased this product twice and I find it indispensable to my daily makeup routine. Personally I highly recommend it

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          • Boots Advantage Card / Credit Card / 28 Readings / 21 Ratings
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            28.07.2011 01:40
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            why bother

            Every time I entered in a Boots shop and bought something I constantly been asked if I want an Advantage Card for too. Finding myself shopping moderately I thought it would be better if I give into it. To begin with there was a form to complete , I could either send it by post myself or go back to and hand it to the shop assistant. I choose to write down my details quickly and hand it over to the staff present. Next step was that I received the card trough the post rather. Now there is a whole system of points, some products gather more points then other there is also offer on certain product on double points and all sort of nagging an annoying things you have to bother your head with, I could only thing what the hell have I got myself into. For a while I carried it around with me in case it happened I shop at Boots . Over an year enough points have gathered on my card at a value of £5 which I can not even remember what I spent it on. There is also an online Boots advantage card, as if things wore not annoying enough there is not the same card you can use in walk in stored. I just go and shop some ware else now, Boots is overpriced anyway! But enough with the cards, I personally forget to carry it with me and I get frustrated that I have to come back and have the points added onto the card later from the recites. All this made me to avoid Boots all together. Why can't they just made shopping easier

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              28.07.2011 01:21
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              Fail!

              Is impossible not to come across this perfume while going shopping, it perhaps the most popular fragrance available in any shop, the biggest sell out of all our time I think. One day I came across a miniature bottle and I bought it immediately. I know the full size bottle is a delight to have on a dressing table but the miniature is cute a button besides I definitely could not handle a full size bottle to use on myself. The bottle is heavy and well made with and silver bow attached to it To begin with the smell is really easy to love. On my the Eau De Perfume it take a short while for the fragrance to develop. Once it kicks in there sweet fruity smell that remains me or wild strawberries quite a lot. Then there a predominant mandarin and some unknown floral accords to me. As the day progresses this scent will stay and linger on my skin and clothes vividly, I sort of expect a bit more complexity to it but it entirely lacking. the fruity notes have a way of making their presence all trough the day noted I must say that this scent is not for me at all. I feel that it has an age barrier that I simply can not cross. This fragrance is for 10 year old little girls and it just can't be taken seriously. I do not think is worth the expensive price tag and I don't know what Dior was thinking when they launched this one out!

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              27.07.2011 21:45
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              I will be repurchasing again

              The only thing that Avon is worth trying is due to their diverse perfume range. I own so many perfume bottles that I rarely get the chance to actually finish one of them. I am at my second bottle of Little Black Dress which means that I actually used it quite often. To begin with this has an classic black outer packaging which contains an square transparent bottle with black top. I think is really minimalist but really stylish, something that can stand the test of time without becoming out of fashion. The scent is an typical oriental, with an strong vivid presence characteristic to all orientals this somehow does not have any offensive notes. First thing I notice is that it has a citrus note that reminds me of neroli aka orange blossom flower which I think is one of the most beautiful smells in the world. The citrus is not overpowering that it makes this perfume into an cheap summer fresh scent because it has many floral accords added to it. The touch of class comes from the sweet lingering presence with just a small touch of powder. The main reason I love this perfume so much is that it has the quality of neutralising any old stale/ mothballs smell that my clothes tend to catch by being over a long time kept in the closet Price wise it costs around £14 for 50ml which is a bargain for a strong and lost lasting Eau de Perfume. I will definitely be repurchasing.

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                26.07.2011 21:53
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                One of my favourites

                I love perfumes that make a statement and so coming across Vondrbilt was impossible not to love it. Initially I owned small bottle but I quickly moved up to a full size as it's intoxicating addictive scent charmed me quickly. First launched in the 80s time has not forgotten this gem and it still can be bought till the present day. For as little as £10-£20 is an absolute bargain for a classic that can't be missed. Forget about investing in an designer fragrance, this is the real luxurious smell. To begin with this is definitely an oriental fragrance heavily floral. It it's sweet composition I can detect vividly notes of freesia, vanilla and neroli predominately. It strength of character might delight some while others will find it a complete bomb. I find it to be an amazing evening scent also I love wearing it in the winter or to brighten up the dull days. I think is many way this is an typical 80's fragrance, experimental, strong and powerful but also with a soft gentle warm dry-down. Nowdays I can spend all day at the drug store and not coming across anything like it. I this this fragrance could appeal to Chanel No 5 fans, however bear in mind this is not a copy. I usually wear a lot of perfumes but if I had to choose one signature scent for the evening this would be it I am sure I won't come across another person who wears the same thing. The bottle is really pretty also, I always get the sensation that is rather boring however on a closer inspection it has an beautiful big elegant swan logo that makes it look interesting

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                  26.07.2011 21:11
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                  simply amazing!

                  This lovely perfume always hides away from the big brands on some back shelve any ware I go. I think this is due to the fact that it's time has long gone since it's been in the spotlight. This wonderful perfume was first launched in 1927 I mean wow this is as old as Shalimar and Chanel No. 5, a true piece of history that it taken for granted and unappreciated. Everyone talks about Shalimar and No. 5 but no one thinks of poor old L'aimant but that works great for me because I can pick it up for less then t others at £14.49 for 50 ml in Boots is an absolute bargain. There is nothing cheap about this scent. It has an geometrical elegance that is timeless, soft gold tones of the bottle packed in a contrasting red box says this is an classing scent . For me the scent is predominately sweet with a complex depth. Second though that hits me is the floral and animalic infusion that is just mind blowing. To all this in the background there is an powdery note. The fruity note it contains has an overripe feel to it. This is not a cent to be ignored, is strong, sexy and most importantly lingering. I think is a perfect perfume for the evenings. When it slowly fade away on my skin becomes warm and suave. As for the lasting power ; I usually have dry skin and anything I put on fades away within 2 hours but with this scent I can still smell it for longer. When I put it on clothes it lasts for days. If I had to compare it I would have to say is a better version of Chanel No. 5 with a more younger feel to it.

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                  26.07.2011 17:21
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                  amazing

                  I am not particularly a great fan of Guerlain perfumes, I find some of them difficult to like especially some of the newest ones, however I am crazy for Shalimar. This perfume that has been around since the 1920's so it has a whole load of history behind it. Over the years I have noticed some slight changes to the scent depending on the years of production, that is due to the availability of some ingredients in our new modern times however that is not a big deal this perfume is still fabulous. To describe this perfume I would have to say powdery vanilla on the whole. The vanilla is a bit smoky with an well balances citrus note to it . I can easily detect an lingering myrrh. I personally don't think is a day or night scent. I think it can easily be worn on any occasion. It has this soft feel that does not make it offensive. The vanilla gives it a bit of a food like quality to it that makes it really attractive. I think it has a certain old fashioned glamour to it. It's a form of classiness that can not be captured anymore in today's perfume market. I have owned this perfume in different strength / versions: Eau De Toliette, Eau de Perfume and Pure Perfume extract. I find EDT version I am reviewing today is the least of my favourites but it has it good points also. If I want to surround myself in Shalimar and spray it all over my clothes hair and neck without being overpowering then I choose EDT. This version has less aromatic compounds and allows a uniform application all over. My favourite by far is the Pure Perfume extract which is at the opposite pole of EDT version regarding concentration. I do not understand why they had to change the bottle all the times. The bat wing type of bottle looked cheap and I thought they never going to change it. But after all is the juice inside it that matters

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                  23.03.2011 19:11
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                  An interesting luxurious product!

                  I am not familiar with this brand but I am glad one of my friends passed this cream to me due to her over expanding cosmetics collection . It comes packed in 50ml glass minimalist and stylish glass jar with an gold top. Inside there is a light scented white creamy moisturiser. I do not think it has an offensive smell, it quite light and non chemical. The texture of it is really light, not like the usual sun screen creams which feel really heavy and greasy. It gets absorbed easily into my dry skin and leaves behind an heavenly velvety texture. I have also been using it regularly under my foundation and it does a pretty good job in stopping my make-up looking cakey half way trough the day. I usually use an primer from INIKA after I apply face cream in general, and I find that even my primer tends to slide better on my face now. I have been using it for about 4 weeks every day now, I found it most useful due to it's SPF 15 factor so I've put it to good use especially while I was ridding my bicycle to protect from the sun. In the first week I was applying this cream on my face I got a slight muscle tingly sensation. This cream is suppose to lift, firm and re-contour the skin while reducing the fine lines. I would not say I have observed my skin becoming more lifted, firm or re-countered as they claim, but due to it's highly moisturising proprieties the fine lines on my face do appear visibly reduced , but then again I think I would get the same out of using some simple Rosehip oil. I am only 30 years old and my skin looks good to begin with, on the website is says it would be beneficial for women in their 40's. I have not noticed any skin irritation out of it, I seem to tolerate it quite well . This cream costs new over £30 and is made in Monaco. I do not think I would go and buy it myself in the future but I will use this until I finish it and slap it on my face generously for sun protection this summer. I think it will make a decent sun screen from my limited experience of these spring summer days I experienced so far.

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                    23.03.2011 17:56
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                    Could not be without that!

                    A couple of years ago an online official Dr Martens shop has opened and it gave me a good opportunity to expand my shoes collection. I used to live in a city and wear high heels every day but nowadays I live in near the countryside and on most of my days out I must rely on comfortable boots. One of my favourite out of my 4 pair of comfortable walking & reliable winter boots is the Dr. Martens Elena Boot. I came across them on the official website. Being already familiar with the brand and haw the sizes run I decided to place on order on the Elena Boots. They cost £102 and the come with free postage. I do not think that is a high price for pair of high quality boots at all. I have been wearing at any occasion I got in cold weather over the past 2 years. I personally like to wear them with skinny jeans as I find that I have enough space inside the calf while they also look well fitted. Unlike the other Dr martens boots I have I think the Elena are far more comfortable to wear. They did not needed any braking in, they are cut for wider feet or an extra pair of socks. I own the black ones, but there is available a selection of 3 extra colours: silver, brown and green of more colour adventurous people. This boots have been particularly useful in the snow and on icy conditions for me, I found them to be slip resistant, reliable but also adaptable in walking in any sort of environment. Just like with all my other Dr Martens Boots in general this ones have worn out beautifully, and they still look virtually new. I do not think I will be needing a good pair of boots for the next 10 years at this rate.

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                    • Dune / Highstreet Shopping / 32 Readings / 30 Ratings
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                      22.03.2011 23:38
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                      I am not that impressed!

                      Dune is an well knows shoe company that sells most of it's merchandise trough the internet. If you are online and are looking for high heels or party shoes is very likely you will come across dune.co.uk like I did. There is an ongoing collection of shoes that gets updated all the time with the latest trends, so is never a boring moment visiting the website. I occasionally find Dune shoes at TK MAXX, usually selling at around £20 or £30 but I have also used the website directly in the past to buy. If I need to match an outfit to a pair of shoes I will definitely find something at Dune. I like the fact that they provide many colour variations on the same model. I am not very keen on the price they charge for their items not even when they are on sale. Usually a pair of high heel shoes cost over £70 and they are not even that well made in my opinion. Is okay when I bought them from TK maxx for £25.One time I saw this gorgeous red pair of shoes which would have been perfect for my new dress, when they arrived home I though they look cute and lovely but I did not thought they worth £80 and plus they wore not long lasting and they quickly started to show signs of wear after a worn them. I personally much prefer to buy from a brand that I know of that each item they sell is well crafted. I would visit out of curiosity one of their official shop in Cardiff to keep up with the trend and get inspiration, but if I like one of their pair of shoes again I would definitely try to find a similar pair some ware else even eBay.

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                    • Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila / Spirits / 29 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                      22.03.2011 16:27
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                      I am not a great fan of spirits but I can appreciate a good drink, especially when it comes to tequilas. Browsing trough the shelves of supermarkets this is the most commonly available tequila, if not the only one in most of the cases, I guess is just not a popular drink in UK . I really like the bottle, the yellow label and golden nectar inside looks very exotic and it says buy me. At only £16.99 and 40% alcohol and 700ml is a bargain of a drink if you just want to get drunk for the sake of it. I would normally sip my drinks, for me is all about the flavours and I could never understand why do people take shots of tequila with salt and lemon until I tried Jose Cuervo. You see, I have been spoiled in the past with ages tequilas like Aha Toro and Don Julio, at £40 a bottle they wore really fine creamy buttery and vanilla flavoured all natural with nothing added to them, absolutely heavenly spirits. I expected Jose Cuervo to be less of a sensation but nothing prepared me for what I was about to experience. This drink to begin with has a horrid alcohol scent, with no complex scent to it, just plain alcohol like you would get out of cheap vodka or even disinfectants. When you taste it is absolutely nothing to the pallet other then spirit and swallowing it gets stuck dawn my throat, it literally burns down my throat and stomach. And even from a small glass I get a head ache the next morning, which I normally never get out of good drinks. I personally tried to make a cocktail out of it with syrups, lemon and salt around the edges of the glass but I still did not found it any good. The only use I have is to clean the windows with it, seems to do a great job! Personally I think this is such a bad drink that would put many people off tequila in general. If you want something good make sure your tequila is made out of 100% agave and aged (anejo), Ican't go wrong with that!

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                        22.03.2011 15:56
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                        A good product overall , value for money

                        While browsing trough Body Shop's shelves this eye gel seemed very interesting mainly due to it's ingredient lists, it seemed very light and non irritating. I normally do not bother with eye gels as I have tried many in the past and I never noticed any difference, but at £5.50 I could not say no. This is an transparent eye gel, resembles a lot like jelly in the pot. It is suppose to have elderflower in it but do not expect to smell it. This gels is suppose to be unperformed but I can easily detect a scent to it, I think is a bit like disinfecting alcohol and an extra strange unknown chemical substance you would find in a chemistry class. When I put this eye get on is not even noticeable, only if I put my nose to the jar really close. I have been using it for 4 weeks. I apply a small amount around the eye area on the upper and lower area and spread it gently, then it will quickly dry out and fade away. I would say it leaves the eye area a little bit moisturised. To begin with I used to feel a slight cooling sensation when I first applied it however this does not happened anymore, I think maybe because I got used to it. It says on the Body Shop website to keep it in the fridge for an extra cooling sensation however I simply can not be bothered after cleaning my face in the morning or evening to go to back to the fridge for it. I mean come on, is asking too much! Until now it has never irritated my eyes at all, and it seems not to make much of a difference if I apply a really thin layer or several trough the day, it's just very light and gentle. I think is going to last a very long time, 15 ml is a generous size and in 4 weeks I have used 30% out of it. I personally have not seen any improvement to my eye area while using it, but due to it's non-irritating properties is an favourite in keeping the skin from my eye zone from drying out. Bad points: I do not like the fact that it comes in a jar, it seems very unhygienic to pick it up with my fingers. Maybe it should come with it's own spatula or even better it a squeeze type of tube. Also I could do without the Methylparaben in it's ingredients list.

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