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I bought a fairly small bottle of Dead Sea Spa Magik Mineral Shampoo from TK Maxx about four weeks back. This normally retails about £10 per bottle (yes, really) but TK Maxx were selling this for £4.99. I bought a bottle as I had heard good thins about Magik Mineral Shampoo from the Marie Clair magazine I had been reading in the doctor’s surgery.
The bottle is stocky square shaped ad made of moulded but flexible plastic with a twist off lid. I liked the smell of this shampoo as soon as I had had a sniff of it in the shop. It smelled fresh and slightly floral though not a smell which is too feminine.
I used it lots of times over the four week period and not most of the bottle has been used up. My hubby has also used it a couple of times and we both like it.
It lathers really well and when I say you only need to use a little bit – I really mean just a small amount as if you use too much it is such a waste.
It has a slight tendency to dry my hair out a bit if I use it every day (and I have to wash my hair every day) but I find that if I alternate it with another shampoo then this doesn’t happen.
It makes my hair feel light and soft and it helps my style to stay in place. I am now going to have a look for the matching conditioner, which you are supposed to use with it for very best results.
I really like it and really recommend it.
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I use a wide range of different hair care products, including shampoos and Pantene is one I used to use a lot in the past but I had stopped using and switched brands.
I have since gone back to using the Pantene Classic Clean as Home Bargains are selling this at the ridiculously low price of £1.29 for a huge 500ml bottle. They are all dusty looking and look like they have been standing in a cupboard for years, but hey, the shampoo woks the same so I stocked up.
I love the Classic Clean as it is suitable for most hair types. It has a flip top lid. It is ricjh and thick and creamy to use and it foams up really well.
I think that the smell is fresh and clean and it is suitable for use by the whole family. My husband and daughter also both use this and they both like it too.
My bottles will last me forever as I hardly need to use much of it as it foams so well. I have also noticed that when I come to wash it out it rinses off really well and it doesn't leave any sticky residue in my hair afterwards.
I love the way this shampoo makes me hair feel soft and shiny and bouncy for days after I have used it.
I would recommend it, especially at this price.
Rhododendrons and azaleas are the type of flowers that I love to grow in my garden. I also love camellias and I think of these plants along the same lines. They all add to the beauty and colour of any garden.
I believe that rhododendrons like to be given rain water rather than tap water. This is easy enough for much of the year in England when rain is in good supply buy when there’s a drought it’s not so easy. I understand that these plants need regular watering but they shouldn't be over watered.
I have a white and two pink rhododendron plants in my garden and I'm really hoping that they continue to thrive.
I think that these are lovely plants and they really do look so good in borders or in tubs and planters on patios placed anywhere around the garden. They add such a lovely splash of colour too.
Rhododendrons generally flower from spring and into summer but there are so many variations so the flowering time will vary according to the variety.
When these plants flower they give a prolific bloom. The flowers are heavy and gorgeous. And when the rhododendron bush grows tall and wide it provides a point of interest in the garden or a cover for a shed wall or such.
I think that even when these plants are not in flower they look very attractive in the garden because the rhododendron is evergreen which makes it a good plant to have to fill those empty spaces.
And although rhododendrons are evergreen plants mine seem to manage to survive well in the winter. This is another advantage to growing this lovely plant.
Rhododendrons can grow tall and have a good spread. They can also last for many years.
My plants seem to do better grown in partial shade.
This book was recommended to me, and as such I didn't take much notice of what it was about when I bought it. When I discovered it was about the Holocaust in World War II I was a little bit disappointed as I felt it was not going to be original. I was also concerned that this could make the book a depressing read. Thankfully I didn't find this as all, and for what it is worth, I felt this aspect was handled sensitively.
The protagonist, who opens the book, is a young Jewish woman called Sage Singer. Since being disfigured in a car crash, she keeps herself to herself and works as a baker at night. Apart from her colleagues, her only real interactions are with her married boyfriend and the people who attend her grief counselling group, which she has been going to since the death of her mother. She prefers to keep her distance from the world, rather than get involved in it.
Interspersed with these parts is italicised text telling a ‘fairy story’ type tale, these parts are short, and don't initially fit into the story. They are the work of 'The Storyteller' of the title, and it is soon revealed to be the work of Sage’s grandmother Minka, who grew up in 1930s Poland.
The other main character is Josef, an elderly German born gentleman who meets Sage through her grief group. Early on the book he confesses to Sage that he was a Nazi and asks for her forgiveness (as a Jew) and her help to kill him. Josef changed his name to avoid detection and we see his story growing up in Germany and his time in the army.
Whilst this is undoubtedly a historical fiction novel, it is very much character led. Obviously the events that occurred in Poland were real, and these aspects are quiet horrifying to read about, no matter how well-read you feel you may be on the subject. I don’t think it is something you can be de-sensitised to, and I found parts quite chilling.
I think this book is a worthwhile read, being both well-researched and an absorbing and informative read. There are interesting themes such as how we deal with our past, not to mention Sage’s moral dilemma as to whether to help kill Josef. I thought the characters were well written, so you get an idea for what makes them tick, each with their own flaws and secrets. I loved how the book was put together, bringing all the strands to an interesting conclusion. It may not be the conclusion that the reader wants, but it was a viable ending. Highly recommended to all fans of fiction books, historical or otherwise.
My cats have always enjoyed eating Whiskas dried cat food and my current puss cat really does enjoy eating his Complete Lamb variety. I alternate between this and the other flavours and though they smell pretty much all the same to me, obviously to a cat they do taste very different.
I like to give my cat this particular dried cat food as I can often find it on special offer and also it is good for their dental hygiene and it was my vet who initially recommend it to me as my cat was showing some early signs of gum disease – there was also no way I was going to attempt to clean his teeth myself.
This dried cat food has no artificial colours or flavours so nutritionally, I know that it is good for my cat. I buy the 375g boxes of Whiskas Lamb for adult cats and this usually last me just over a week because I also give my cat wet cat food at the same time. I always make sure that I give my cat plenty of water whenever I give him dried cat food as this wells up in his little tummy and could potentially give him urinary tract infections or kidney problems.
The pieces are hard and dry, as you would expect and I serve these a separate bowl to the wet food I also give to my cat. He always wolfs them down so they must taste good to him and they are not too large or too small, just about there perfect size for an adult cat. They do not have time to "go off" as they are seldom left in the bowl for more than an hour or so before my cat completely demolishes them al. They are full of vitamins and nutrients which are vital for good cat heath and I can really recommend them.
Someone who shall remain nameless bought me the Gillian McKeith cookbook for Christmas this year and as I am attempting to lose weight and eat more healthy food, I decided to take Ms McKeith’s advice and invest in some Miso Soup (as this is what she recommended) and I paid £2.99 for 6 x 8g packets of this instant ‘soup’, as it’s supposed to be healthy and full of flavour. It’s fairly widely available to buy and I had no bother in finding this version at my local Tesco.
The ingredients are:
Original Miso (Gluten Free): Hatcho Miso (made from aged and fermented soya beans, water, sea salt, koji [aspergillus oryzae]), Onions, Spring Onions, Wakame Seaweed.
I tried this, as suggested in the book, as a ‘warming and hearty soup’. It’s very easy to make by simply adding water to one sachet and stirring thoroughly into a large mug. I would say this soup was warming, yes, but as for ‘hearty’, no – not by a long stretch of the imagination. It was thin and salty and really quite unappetizing. In fact, I would say that the only thing I can really compare it to is like drinking vegetable stock cubes which have been dissolved in water. I was very thirsty after drinking a mug of this and I didn’t like the taste one little bit.
I have, however, used it as a stock for the last batch of vegetable soup I made just yesterday and it went down very well, all the family said how tasty the soup was and I must admit that it tasted nicer than when I use my normal Tesco stock cubes.
Overall, I think I will continue to buy this as an alternative to using my regular stock cubes for soups and casseroles but I am afraid I won’t be drinking it on its own again as a soup – it’s really not nice.
Recommended – but not as a soup.
I am still only in my thirties but I like to use a special moisturiser at night that helps to firm my skin. I have always used Olay products on and off over the years, though lately I feel slightly confused by the huge array of various potions now on sale by this company. There seems to be a cream for everything. I bought Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturiser when it was on offer in Sainsbury’s, of all places and a 50ml little plastic pot with its own pump dispenser set me back by £7.49. This is expensive for a moisturiser, but then again it was also half the RRP so I considered this to be a bit of a bargain and was eager to try it out.
I have now been using this product for just over five months so I think I have given it enough time to see if it works for me. When I first started to use this moisturiser I started to suffer from some nasty large spots (which hurt) on my chin. This is very unusual for me as I don’t have spotty skin but I decided to stick with it anyway and gradually they just disappeared so I honestly don’t know if it was the cream that caused them or whether it was just a coincidence and they would have popped up anyway.
This is a really lovely night cream to use as it nourishes and strengthens the skin at night whilst you are asleep. It does improve the skin’s elasticity and I would have to say that over time it has made my skin look fresher and also eradicated some of those tiny fine wrinkles I am starting to see at the corners of my eyes. It contains vitamin E and pro vitamin E5 and macadamia nut oil, all of which are excellent for the skin and help to improve tone, elasticity and hydration.
On the negative side, however, I was astounded to see the absolutely huge list of ingredients this product contains - far too many to mention here.
The vast majority of these ingredients I have never even heard of but they do sound like a complete witch’s spell when you look at them all grouped together, ad if I am honest, that amount of stuff in one tiny little bottle does put me off, ever so slightly.
One the plus side, however, I do love this cream because it works wonders for my skin. It is light and fresh and very easily absorbed and though designed as a night cream, it’s not heavy and doesn’t feel like it clogs the pores at all.
It does wonders for my skin and helps to make it look a lot better and despite the rather nasty list of ingredients, I do recommend it.
I am constantly on the look out for crams and lotions which will help to rid my eyes of dark circles and puffiness and as I love the Simple range of products as they are good quality and generally speaking they are also a reasonable price, I was tempted into buying their Radiance Brightening Eye cream. I bought mine from Boots for just over £7 then was pretty unhappy to discover that Superdrug are also selling this at more than a pound less. Just shows it pays to shop around.
This 15ml container of brightening eye cream contains extract of mango, which is meant to help give the skin a glow, and helps to rid the eye area of dark pigmentation and circles and reduce puffiness. It also contains light reflecting particles that are said to both illuminate and smooth out the area around the eyes.
I love to use Simple products because the manufacturers do not add any unnecessary ingredients to their products and also their products contain no perfumes or colours. I’ve been using this cream now for approximately three months, almost on a daily basis and to be honest I cannot see any change to the puffiness around my eye area and there has been no change to the dark circles I suffer from, either.
On the positive side, this cream is absorbed very quickly into my skin and it seems to cool and sooth the eye area, especially if I am feeling very tired. It feels medium level constitency and as it contains shea butter bisabolol, this helps to smoothen and refine the skin around the eyes and it’s great to wear underneath make up as a base.
I only need to use a small amount as it spreads around easily and dries almost instantly on the skin. I like to store mine in the top of my fridge as this makes it more effective when applying to the skin and gives a more calming and cooling effect to the skin.
I am disappointed that it’s made little to no difference to my dark circles but on the other hand I do still like to use it for its soothing and cooling affects, especially if I have over-indulged in the red wine the evening before.
I’d recommend it as a nice general moisturiser for the delicate eye area but for me personally if fails to live up to its claims.
’ve been using This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle for around about a year or so now. It’s a great product that I use mainly at weekends or when I am on holiday as I prefer it to my normal foundation, as this is really a tinted moisturiser. It feels light and not at all greasy on my skin and I wear it on it’s own so that I don’t feel completely bare faced at weekends but also it’s great if you just cannot be bothered to put on a whole face full of foundation. It brightens my skin no end and really hydrates it.
Whilst my skin is not particularly sensitive, I am aware of the fact that this product contains vitamin E which is good for inflammation of the skin and it’s designed to be kind to even the most sensitive of skins as it contains anti-inflammatory ingredients and fights free radicals.
The ingredients of this product are:
Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Caramel, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Alcohol Denat., Xylitylglucosides, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol Acetate, Tapioca Starch Polymethylsilsequioxane, Ribes Nigrum Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Anyhydroxylitol, Mica, Hydrogenated Macadamia Seed Oil, Xylitol, Parfum, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl, Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Salicylate, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Mahonia Aquifolium Root Extract, Laureth-7, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Farnesol, Eugenol, Isoeugenol, CI 77891.
I love the texture of this product because it’s so light and feels very natural on my skin. It doesn’t clog my pores and it definitely doesn’t feel as greasy as some tinted moisturisers I have used in the past. It’s absorbed quickly into my skin and it just gives my complexion a subtle glow and evens out my skin tone and eradicates and redness or blotchiness I may be suffering from.
I do know that this product can either be used on its own or under a foundation,. I have tried it both ways and to be honest I prefer not to use it with my foundation as I feel that I look too overdone. As it’s tinted anyway, I prefer to use it on its own on my skin and it gives a natural healthy glow and using my foundation over the top of it sort of defeats the object to me, anyway.
It’s a really lovely product to use, and whilst it’s not very cheap at £16.99 for a 30ml tube I do feel it’s worth it. I only use a tiny amount and blend well with my fingertips and it lasts me for months.
I really like Garnier products and I do use a lot of them. As i suffer from dry patches on my forehead, I was tempted by the special offer which was on in Boots for this Garnier Moisture Match Cream called "goodbye Dry".
There are a few different types in this particular range but this one suited my skin perfectly and I am so glad that i discovered it. It is light and fresh and absorbed so very quickly by my skin. I wear it both underneath make up and on its own and it'''s made my dry patches clear up very quickly indeed. It is very impressive.
It is designed to moisturise the skin and leave it feeling hydrated for up to twenty four hours after application, and I can vouch that this stuff actually does work. it is tailored specifically for dry skin and it is light and refreshing but rich and creamy at the same time. I have occasionally used this as a night cream, and waking up i find that my skin feels lovely and fresh and very hydrated. My make up also seems to go on better on a morning after I have used this cream the night before.
It smells pleasant but it isn't overly perfumed and I got my tube for only two pounds ninety nine pence as it was on offer at the time. As i say, there are a few different types in this range but this one I can really recomend for anyone who suffers from drier skin.
I use lots of products by Olay but one of their better all-round products has got to be their Olay Total Effects Make Up Remover. I paid £5.99 for this 150ml tube, which may sound like a lot of money, but actually, as it woks as an eye make up remover and also a general face cleanser in one, it works out at really excellent value for money.
It comes in a tube format and looks similar, I think, to the Olay 7 in 1 Total Effects moisturiser, which I also swear by. It also minimises pores and really hydrates the skin. I used to use the Liz Earle facial wash which works the same way, but Liz Earle products are so much more expensive than Olay, and actually, this one works just as well, and I also prefer the smell of the Olay one as it is very lightly fragranced and smells fresher than the Liz Earle product I used to use.
I use it by gently rubbing all over my face and eyes and then simply rinse away with warm water. I also use a flannel around the eye area, which helps to dislodge those more stubborn bits of mascara left on and around the lashes.
There are a lot of ingredients in this product, whci includes: Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Tocopheryl Acetate Carnosine, ,Ascorbic Acid Paraffinum Liquidum, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid
Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Decyl Glucoside, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Steareth-21, Steareth-2, Carbomer
Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Cyclohexylethyl Acetate
Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Parfum, Benzyl Salicylate
Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool.
Clearly, there are parabens in this products and it is not the most natural product to put onto your skin, but the effects of using this over a long period of time are so positive that I cannot help but praise it. It really does make my skin look and feel so much better and it’s so quick to use and means that I no longer have to use a separate cleanser and eye make up remover.
It’s a brilliant product and I do recommend it.
I have often used Elastoplast Plasters for sensitive skin, mainly for my daughter as she does have the most sensitive skin in the world and I have to be so very careful about anything that I put on her She is an active eight year old, so typically always falling over and getting cuts and scrapes to her knees and elbows (and her chin the other week).
My daughter cries her eyes out whenever she even slightly knocks herself, so the less time I have to spend applying cream BEFORE the plaster goes on, the better. That’s the great thing about these plaster as they already contain an antiseptic so there is no need to have to apply the cream beforehand – the plaster does it for you.
Apart from being kind to the skin, these plasters will stay in place once on the skin, and that is essential if you applying them say at the back of your heel, where your shoes will rub back and forth. The good thing about these as far as my daughter is concerned is that they are very easy to pull off after they are finished with. Usually it’s a terribly hard procedure to coax my daughter to ‘allow’ me to just even start to pull of the corners of the plaster as she shouts that I am ripping her skin off. These do come off easily but the good thing about them is that they also stay in place for as long as you need them to.
They don't start to curl up and look grey around the edges, as some of the cheaper plasters can do. They are white in colour, as opposed to flesh colour, which is a little odd, but I can live with that. The other great thing about them is that they are fairly large in size, so this means they are great for larger as well as smaller knocks, bumps and scrapes.
Overall, I am pleased with them and I do rate them highly.
I no longer have my bottle of the Body Shop’s Neroli Jasmin EDT but I can still remember clearly how much I loved this fragrance and at one time, it was all I wore. I received lots of compliments from people whenever I wore this and considering I only paid £8.50 for a 30ml bottle at the time, it wasn’t very expensive at all, looking back. For ages and ages I was wearing the Body Shop’s White Musk, and though it is also lovely, I became slightly bored with it and decided to treat myself to something a little different.
The bottle is very plain and simple looking so if you are looking for something pretty for your dressing table, this isn’t going to be any good. This is what I’d call a ‘handbag’ perfume. By that, I mean that the bottle is small enough o be put inside your bag and taken out with you during the day for touch ups (this fragrance doesn’t last very long on the skin, so you’ll need to). There are no large flowery bottle stoppers on this; it’s very plainly designed and very simple to look at. The only trouble I had with the first bottle of this I bought was that the bottle slowly leaked out of the top near to where the nozzle meets the glass. This resulted in my perfume slowly running out (I know I wasn’t spraying it that much) and the bottom of my bag having a lovely aroma of jasmin and oranges!
If you love the smell of oranges then you are sure to love this EDT. It’s not just an aroma of oranges, however, that wouldn’t be a great perfume to wear. Though it has an overriding aroma of orange when it’s first sprayed, there is also a background aroma of a floral scent, mixed with the base note of vanilla. The jasmin doesn’t begin to come though until about an hour or so after I’ve sprayed it and gradually the strong orange aroma wears off to leave behind a mix of both vanilla, honey and warm jasmin. It’s gorgeous, it really is.
I feel this is a scent that can be worn either day or night. It’s subtle and summery and surprisingly sophisticated I think, for a Body Shop perfume. It actually smells a lot more expensive than £8.50 and as I say, I have received so many compliments whenever I have worn this fragrance (from both men and women). The only thing that really lets it down is its longevity. After about two hours it’s gone! It needs to be resprayed quite frequently but as it’s so cheap, I never used to mind doing this anyway.
I am unsure if the Body Shop still sell this particular fragrance, I am sure they do, as it was very popular, but next time I am in there I will certainly look out for it. One of my absolute favourites!
Before I even start to describe the Tweezerman Professional Deluxe Pencil Sharpener, I just want to say that I love this and I really and truly wish I had bought one ages ago. For years and years now I have used the exact same off white coloured (rubbish) plastic pencil sharpener. I even think I had originally bought it when I was a teenager, which just shows how long I have had it. Over the years it has become worse and worse at sharpening my eyebrow and eyeliner pencils and crayons and as it only had one hole, it meant that a lot of my jumbo pencils just wouldn’t fit the tiny hole. Added to that, was the fact that my old pencil sharpener was actually ruining some perfectly good pencils.
I could honestly scream when I think how many perfectly good eye pencils I have broken and snapped off in an attempt t get my old pencil sharpener to create a nice fine point. God knows why I had held onto it for so long but I finally decided to buy myself a proper one. It cost £6.99, which isn’t cheap, I admit, but goodness, it has certainly paid for itself and it’s a dream to use. It’s so much simpler and easier than my old sharpener and what’s more, it creates excellent sharp points and it’s never once broken any of them or damaged the end.
It has two holes, not just one, and the larger one is big enough to accommodate even chunky eye crayons. I don’t actually own any of these and I mainly use the smaller hole. Just two to three sharp quick twists is all it takes to create the perfect sharpened pencil.
My sharpener is black and silver and not blue as in the photo and I love the fact that it comes with its own really useful clear cover that comes off when it gets full of shavings. It catches every last shaving and none of them ever drop out. With my old sharpener I used to resort to sharpening the pencils over a piece of tissue paper and then have to throw this down the loo afterwards!
This sharpener has a patented double blade system, and it’s this that creates slightly rounded tip, which manages to resist breakage. When I need to clean the sharpener, I simply lift up the snap on top and slide out the little stick and this removes all of the shavings. I then gently clean around the blades with a damp cloth to remove any actual colour from my pencils.
It’s also a larger size than my horrible old-fashioned one used to be and this makes it really easy and comfortable to hold and get a good grip whilst sharpening. Overall, I can find no fault with this Tweezerman shaver and I love it to bits.
I use only one blusher brush and have done so for the past couple of years. I like to use my own blusher and make up brushes and tend not to use the ones which come with the blushers themselves as I always find them quite impossible to use and just too small – the brush and the handle. The one I use at the moment is a Cosmopolitan blusher brush and it’s retractable. This cost me £5.99 when I bought it though I know it’s gone up a pound or so in price since then.
I like this brush for a number of reasons and I’ll mention them now, though these are not in order of preference. The brush hair itself is so incredibly soft and it’s made from goat’s hair. It’s soft and delicate though incredibly strong. Even when this brush was brand new, I can honestly say that I didn’t find one single hair that fell out. This is unusual in a new make up brush, as normally a few will drop out the first time the brush is used. It washes well in warm soapy water and dries quickly. After every single wash, the goat hair bristles fall back exactly into the right shape.
The casing of the brush is made of heavy duty white plastic and has the Cosmopolitan logo down the side in red writing. It looks modern and quite funky and eye catching. The brush head itself retracts right into the white casing to protect the bristles and then I just clip the top back on. Having a top to the blusher brush means that the bristles don’t get damaged or dented in my make up bag and also any excess blusher left on the brush doesn’t fall off onto anything else inside my make up bag. It’s been great when I’ve taken it away with me for weekends of longer family holidays and it’s a good size and nice and compact for popping into my handbag if I need to touch up my make up at any time.
The brush manages to pick up the right amount of blusher every time and even if I am a little bit heavy handed or slightly distracted whilst I am applying the blusher to the brush, the brush never seems to get overloaded. The blusher glides onto my cheeks nicely as the goat hair is so soft and delicate and it leaves no heavy application lines. The blusher looks natural and the brush allows me to achieve a really professional finish as I can build up the exact amount I want to apply quickly and easily.
I’m really pleased with this brush as I feel it’s excellent quality and very well made and obviously hard wearing and durable as a product. I really can’t imagine using any other sort of blusher brush right now and I’m happy with my purchase. I highly recommend it.