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I just read another review on this site about OPI Nail Envy, and I was amazed to see that the reviewer actually managed to purchase a bottle of this for only five pounds! I paid £12 and the RRP is actually £18 - which is plain ridiculous.
O actually decided to treat myself to a bottle of the original OPI Nail Envy, after i had watched a short segment about it on the QVC channel. I got mine from Ebay (new) and I have now used up about half of the bottle as I have been using religiously, and according to the instructions.
I use this just as I would do a base coat, a top coat or a normal clear nail varnish. I can even apply this in the dark as it is so easy to use and the brush is a great shape and not too thick so it means that it does not accidentally get onto the skin around the sides of my nails.
The difference between this nail strengthener and the other ones I have used, (apart from the price) is that it DOES REALLY WORK. My nails are undoubtedly stronger, longer and a lot less brittle than they have ever been before. They are not so brittle than they snap off easily, either and I do believe this has also helped to increase the growth of my nails as well as making them stronger and healthier.
I will buy more of this once I have finished this bottle and I would have to recommend it to anyone who suffers from weak and / or brittle nails.
I have tried all types of hairspray over the years and whenever I can afford to I buy the Elnett type though last time I did this the top fell off and it kind of made me think it was a waste of money. The last can I bought was from Home Bargains as I shop in there a lot of the time and the 300ml can (in red) cost me 89p. This hairspray is Extra Firm Hold, though Bristows actually make a variety of different holds for different hair types.
I was immediately impressed the first time I bought this hairspray as it holds my style for ages. IT comes out in a nice fine gentle mist and what's more, it doesn't run down the side of the can like a few of the cans of the more expensive hairspray have don with me. It is easy to brush out again at the end of the day and it also leaves a lovely light shine to my hair, which to be honest, I wasn't really expecting, so that was an added bonus.
The perfume is gentle and doesn't clash with anything else I am wearing and overall it just does a brilliant job especially when you consider how cheap it is. I am about three quarters of the way through my can right now and I will definitely be buying more of this as soon as this can is finished.
I am highly impressed with it and can totally recommend it - I give it full marks.
I love Tesco products, as anyone who reads my reviews regularly will be aware and I really rate most of their own brand things. I bought some of their lemon and camomile shampoo over a year ago now as it was less than £1 for a large 300ml sized bottle.
It is not spectacularly packed, in fact it is quite plan and simple but thinking that it was Tesco's and it was so cheap and it also mentioned that it's good for blond hair - I thought it might suit both myself and my daughter. I was very wrong, unfortunately.
The shampoo itself is in a sort of see through type plastic bottle and it was large but not so large that it wasn't going to stand up in the shower. The consistency was medium, I would say and it smelled very very faintly - but really, if I tried to describe this smell I'd find it difficult.
It was hard to get any real lather going and I had to use quite a lot of it. Rinsing it out was fine but afterwards when I came to drying and styling my hair, it lacked shine, it lacked body and it also felt very dry and very very brittle. This was despite the fact that I had used a ton of conditioner on my hair.
I had similar problems when I used it on my daughter's hair - it ended up with her crying as it was so hard to get the comb through her hair afterwards and it went all fly away and out of control.
Overall, this was cheap, but that is the only positive thing I can say about it.
I do like to paint my nails and usually it is every Sunday evening I get out the nail varnish remover and give myself a mini manicure for the week ahead. I accidentally knocked over my last bottle of acetone-fuelled nail polish remover and totally spoilt my Persian rug and from that day onwards I have always used the nail polish remover pads as it was an expensive accident which I have totally regretted.
At the current time the nail polish remover pads I am using are from Boots – they are their own brand and they cost me £1.60 from Boots and they come in a small plastic circular shaped tub with an easy to remove lid. The tub only has 15 small pads in it though so cost wise it does definitely work out to be more expensive than simply using the lotion itself.
Each pad contains lanolin and vitamin E, which enrich and moisturise the nails and these ingredients really do help the nail from drying out. I tend to se one pad for each hand when I am wearing pale coloured nail polish, though if I am using a darker and harder to remove polish I may have to double this quality.
The pads are thin and yet very durable and strong and they do not break up or tear and I am quite harsh with them as I really go hard at my nails to remove all traces of polish. They remove the polish really well, really fast and they do not smudge it onto the surrounding skin around the nail area – this would be a big no no for me.
Overall, I am pleased with them as they are easy and convenient to use and a lot safer than using a bottle of liquid nail polish remover.
I love Dove products with a passion and I was delighted when they introduced their hair care range. Now, I am not "old" as I am only still in my late thirties, but I have recently been using their range of Pro Age products for hair. I have used bot the shampoo and the conditioner and I adore them both so much.
At the moment, Home Bargains are selling the Dove Pro Age hair care products at only 99p for a large 300ml bottle. This works out at really good value for money as they were at least double this price in Tesco's just the other week. My hair is dry and brittle on the ends but greasy at the roots and it is also fairly lack lustre so I decided I'd try the shampoo in this range to see if it made a difference. I am happy to report that it makes a huge difference in so many ways.
The shampoo itself comes in a sturdy dark red plastic bottle with a lid that you have to press down and this is simple to operate even with wet hands in the shower. It lathers up quickly and really well and you only need to use a smallish sized blob to get a nice rich creamy lather. I also love the gentle fresh smell of this shampoo and it smells divine - as do all the Dove products I have ever used.
It rinses off well and my hair is left feeling so soft and shiny, it has more volume and it feels alive and bouncy. I don't think this shampoo is necessarily only for older hair - it is doing mine the power of good and it is also a shampoo you can use every day. Even my hubby recommends it, so it must be good.
We use a lot of different types of hand washes in our house – to be honest, I prefer to use them to bars of soap as I think they are just far more convenient to use and they are also a lot more hygienic. My little girl also loves to use them and she loves the pump dispenser as she feels all grown up when she manages to wash her own hands.
I have used Radox Replenish lots of times and I get it in a 300ml sized bottle for only 99p from Home bargains. I like this hand wash for all sorts of reasons. First of all it lathers really well and I only ever have to use a small amount. It is kind to my skin and as it is also PH balanced, it never dries my skin out. I do suffer from very dry skin across my knuckles so this is a good thing for me.
It also has a really gorgeous smell and the fragrance lasts for hours after I have used it though it is not too heavily perfumed that my husband won’t use it!
Finally, I love Radox Replenish because it also rinses off my skin really well and it never leaves any soapy residue behind like some pump dispenser liquid soaps can do.
It is such a good price and works out excellent value for money as it lasts me for ages.
It comes highly recommended by me and all of my family.
I use a lot of products from Vaseline as it is a brand I know and trust well. At this time of the year when my central heating is still turned on I find I have to use a lot of hand and body lotions as the heating tends to dry out my skin quite a lot and I have to use lotions and potions in order to restore some of the moisture it loses.
I used Vaseline Hand and Body Lotion for the first time about a year ago and I have used it ever since as I like the way it makes me skin feel and look and it really does help restore lost moisture and it makes my skin feel supple and smooth very quickly and I never need to use a lot of it before I get really good results.
This lotion only costs me a few pounds in Tesco and it is a large bottle. The lotion itself is rich and thick and creamy and it doesn’t have much of a smell so it never clashes with any perfume I am wearing. It is readily absorbed into the skin and it really takes away that horrible scaly look I get on the bottom of my shins. It is great to use under a fake tan and it helps to make the tanning lotion stop clumping together and going streaky.
Overall I love it. IT works out at really good value for money and it is also widely available.
I have used a fair few things from Nivea over the years, and generally speaking I have been quite impressed with the majority of the products I have used. However, I bought some of their Q10 anti wrinkle eye cream a few months back and it was reduced from £8 to only £4 so I thought that as it was half the usual price I would give it a go.
I followed the instructions and I used this every night and every morning for four solid weeks. After that time I cannot see that I noticed one single difference to my wrinkles. I don't think I have a lot of wrinkles so it is not like I was expecting a miracle or anything like that but it simply didn't make a jot of difference.
The cream itself sunk in well and it didn't leave my skin feeling greasy or anything like that but I wouldn't really advise you to use this is you are looking for a miracle cream. I am so pleased I didn't pay the full price for this cream and I honestly think it works no better than the standard cheap moisturiser I usually buy from my local Tesco.
The cream is quite think in consistency and it does not feel greasy though it does have quite a pleasant smell, fresh and slightly floral. It sinks into the delicate eye area and I used it before I applied foundation and I also used it on its own.
I use a few things from Lush but they stopped making the Lush Lime Lip Balm and I had to buy it from their Retro Catalogue. I still love this lip balm and have used it loads of times. It costs me £5.95 for only 10g but it lasts for ages as I only ever need to use a tiny bit and it lasts for ages in the pot too and never seems to go off even if I store it for a while
I love the feel and taste and smell of this lip balm on my lips. It has a kind of lemon citrus tang to it and it kind of makes my lips and mouth and breath feel fresh and lively. It is hard to explain. It contains shea butter but it is not greasy at all like some lip balms can be. It moisturises my lips and makes them beautifully soft and supple and it helps to protect them from the elements if I am going out and walking the dog in bed weather.
I wear this lip balm over or on top of lipstick though I also wear it on its own. It has a colour which is kind of light (or white) an it fees slippery when I put it on but it is not the kind of balm that is easy to lick off. I love it. It works out really costs effective in the long run too as I hardly need to use a lot of it.
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.