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      01.02.2004 22:43
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      The title has got me singing now, "Like a Virgin Touched for the very first time". This is how I felt when I saw the Virgin Vie range, someone at work was passing the products round and the brochure, and I must admit I was curious, so as they say, this was my very first time as a Virgin product tester. I decided on the Pretty Calm range as I am a really tense person who always gets stressed out easily and I seriously needed some calming times. I chose the Shower Gel and Foam Bath and even though they both cost around £5.00 each I thought because they were expensive for my standards, they must be fantastic to use. When the delivery came, I hurriedly opened the nice little carrier bag that they came in, and peeked inside. There was the plainest bottles I had ever seen. The Shower gel was very plain looking, it looked something like from Poundland, not as exciting as I imagined it to be. It was a decent size though, 250ml to be exact, but the plastic bottle was drab and dreary and needed a bit of life into it. There isn't even an attachment for the shower gel to hang anywhere, manufacturers nowadays seem to be missing the point here. Shower Gels are usually used in the shower and people like to hang them onto the shower pole. Oh well nevermind, lets try the stuff then! After fiddling around trying to open the Blue lid and slide it back, I then discovered you only needed to flip the lid up, easy really when you know how. I always think they are trying to trick me and make it hard to open things, and laugh at me struggling, but even people with arthiritc hands can do this, simple really. After sniffing the substance I decided to pour some onto my best mate the scrunchie. I always have one to hand, not because it lasts longer using one of these, but because it foams so much better. It lathers up so well only using a small 10p piece worth. I washed all my body, and it's quite a large area believe you
      ,me. The smell was nice enough, but not worth £5's worth of fragrance, it smelt rather cheap really, not that I'm being a snob, but it wasn't special, just an everyday smell. It was quite floral, and flowery like, I thought it might have smelt like Lavender seeing as though it was a Calming Shower Gel. But in a way I was glad, as I'm not keen on Lavender anyway. I just hope if I am to smell like a flower, that no damn wasps land on me, well I suppose they are all hibernating now aren't they. I had best use it up before they come out to play again. The best thing to get your moneys worth, is to use a scrunchie. I have had this for two months now, and I've only used half of it. But saying that, most shower gels I use last this long anyway,. and I use them everyday. I believe that Virgin Vie products aren't tested on animals, and they are all natural products. I didn't come out in a rash and it was kind and gentle on my skin, I wouldn't say my skin felt any different than when I've used a Palmolive shower gel, but I suppose Richard Branson would like to think so. Did it leave me calm? No different, I don't think anything works, I suppose a hot bath or shower makes you feel nice for a short while, but then things are back to normal. I wouldn't buy it again, but then I've just paid another £5 for the Foam Bath as someone has just had a party and I felt obliged to buy something, even if it was one of the cheapest products in the book. The comments are hard to do below as I thought it was an ok product but no different than a £1.99 item. I'm only saying I wouldn't buy it again as it was too expensive.

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      • Why (not) travel? / Discussion / 3 Readings / 37 Ratings
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        Oh I'm excited, this is my favourite pastime, travelling. Don't get me wrong, I haven't travelled the world or gone back packing or even gone somewhere non touristy, but I have been abroad quite a lot of times and get depressed if I can't afford to. When I'm at work even though I work in the holiday industry, I picture myself somewhere warm and sunny, and it keeps me going when I'm feeling sad. I work for Blakes Boating in the UK, and it gives me great pleasure to book those boating holidays for the people who might have saved up all year for their special holiday. Thanks Malu for bringing this discussion up, and here's my shot at it. *~*QUESTION *~* HOW MANY TIMES A YEAR DO YOU TRAVEL? *~* ANSWER *~* Me and my husband have been going abroad three times a year now for about 8 years . No we aren't rich, we just don't go out much and don't smoke, nor have kids, so we save our money and go on holiday instead. I do lots of surveys, write on here and other sites, and save all I can. Sometimes the old credit card comes in handy, but otherwise, I will scrimp and scrape every penny together to get enough dosh for the holiday in the sun. *~* QUESTION *~* For how long do you go away *~* ANSWER *~* Usually we have one week in March, one week in June, then two weeks in either Sept or October when it's cheaper. Where I work I get two free weeks a year in a Timeshare property so that helps with the accomodation costs, then we just pay for our flights. My husband would like us to go somewhere for three weeeks, but I wouldn't as the rest of the year I would only have one week left for the whole year. Also I think 2 weeks is enough to be away. I like to getaway, enjoy the holiday, then go home. I feel as though I am missing something if I'm away too long. I miss my creature comforts at home. After a week of being home though, I want to go back on holida
        y again. *~* QUESTION *~ Do you stay in your home country or do you go abroad? *~* ANSWER *~* We always go abroad, mainly because I don't feel as though I am on holiday unless I get on a plane. Since meeting my husband 10 years ago, he hadn't been abroad before, he has now got the bug for it. He wouldn't consider going in the country unless we were promised good weather. Another thing is he likes cycling, so everywhere we go except for the USA, he takes his bike. The car drivers are much more considerate abroad for cyclists, so he feels happier abroad in somewhere like Spain. We do take shortbreaks sometimes in this country. About four times a year we book into a Hotel in a city and have a good night out, then stay in a hotel then come home. We always have gone in some Cottages in the UK, which I can get from work. Great perks I get don't I? *~* QUESTION *~* Do you organise your holidays yourself or do you go to a travel agency? *~* ANSWER *~* For the last 2 years or so, I have been using the internet and booking private apartments, or getting them from work. It's not a Travel agency as such where I work, as we don't do holidays abroad, but I do have contacts. I do find though, that when two people go, it's cheaper to book a private apartment off the internet, then to book a package holiday, as you end up paying supplements for a one bedroom apartment, and then they aren't always as nice as the private ones. I have been using BMI Baby flights quite often lately, they are really good and the procedure of checking in is much better than Easyjet. If you book when the flights just come out for the season, you can get a real bargain. I have just paid £80 each for two weeks to Spain for September, hence that's why we can afford to go three times a year. *~* QUESTION *~* Do you prepare your holidays in advance by read
        ing g uide books and studying maps? *~* ANSWER *~ As I always research where we want to go on the internet, I usually start there. I find out where we both want to go first, usually my husband leaves it up to me. Then I study it for a few weeks, then either go into the library for more info, or buy a Berlitz travel book. To be honest though, we never end up doing half the stuff in those books, we just take each day as it comes. We always buy a map when we arrive there, and always end up getting lost anyway. I sometimes read up on www. virtualtourist.com which I am a member too and people share their holiday photos with you, it gives you a good idea what to expect. Also Holiday Truths is another good website, where you can find out the real truth which most travel agents don't always tell you. *~* QUESTION Do you travel alone/with family or friends/with an organised group? *~* ANSWER *~* Most of our holidays are spent with each other, We prefer to travel on our own, and then meet people along the way. We have had holidays with my parents, which was good, but we feel as though everywhere you go, they go too, and sometimes it can get a bit tense. My dad wouldn't drive, and my husband ended up doing all the driving, so he got a bit fed up. Also when people are in the same accomodation as you, you sometimes have to wait for the bathroom, eat at the same times, etc etc, not always a good idea. *~* QUESTION *~* Do you prefer the sea / mountains / plains / cities as destinations? *~* ANSWER *~* This is a difficult one. I love to see the sea and the coast, even if we don't sunbathe on the beach. I still like the fact that I can see it, there's nothing more calming than sitting on a bench and watching the world go by, I love to watch people jet skiing, and surfing, not that I would be brave enough to do it myself. I also love going into the Mount
        ains, we a lways hire a car, then go high up into the mountains.It feels like a different world up there. The best place was somewhere in france, where the sun was out, but the mountains were snow capped, what a beautiful view it was too. Then I like the cites too, Las Vegas was bustly, exciting and manic. I loved it, but then liked the fact that we could retire to our room and hide from it for a bit *~* QUESTION *~* Do you mainly relax or are you an active holidayer? *~* ANSWER *~* I can't relax for long as I get agitated at being sweaty. My husband usually goes cycling in the morning, so I just sit out on the balcony or go round the shops and wait for him to come back around 12/1pm, then we go out for lunch. We sit about for a bit, then get in the car and go exploring. That's probably why I always end up coming home white. I really can't see the point, in going abroad and sitting still all day, you might as well go to Cornwall or something, I like to see what's going on in that country as we might not get back there again and want to see as much as we can. *~* QUESTION *~* If you go abroad do you learn at least some words of the foreign language? *~* ANSWER *~* Yes, even though I feel unconfident about it, I feel stupid as I can't do the accents right and end up a Spanish /Lancastrian. We always take a phrase book and even if it means a lot of pointing and doing drawings , we always seem to make them understand. We have bought an apartment in Spain, so I suppose this means learning more Spanish now. Every year we are learning more and more words, but I find when they reply back to you, then I get lost in what they are saying, the language is so fast. *~* QUESTION *~ Are you interested in the cuisine of a foreign country? *~* ANSWER *~* Hmm, I really am a fussy eater. The most daring I got and it was by accident was or
        dering some Oni on Rings and then they ended up being Calamari Octoupus . It was disgusting, I didn't eat them anyway thinking they didn't taste of onions, but once I found out what they really were, I felt sick. The nearest I get now is an Spanish omlette. I suppose you would say I'm one of those Brits Abroad who stick to the English Cuisine. Last year though me and my hubbie discovered Tapas, we hadn't ate them before thinking they were all fish dishes and Olives, but our friends suggested we try them and enjoyed thme very much. We had crusty bread with Pork and Garlic Mayo on top, little spicy kebabs, potato croquettes, Tomato and Onions in a sauce where we dipped our bread into. We will be trying that again, aren't we daring? *~* QUESTION *~* Which means of transportation do you prefer? *~* ANSWER *~* I prefer to fly, then I feel as though my holiday is really beginning. I get bored on Trains, cars etc. I always feel sick on boats especially when it's very tidal. I'm not keen on the checkin at the airports though and feel stressed if theres a long wait, I think Spain is the worst for that, everyting seems very unorganised. *~* QUESTION *~* What kind of luggage do you take with you? Have you got problems packing? Do you tend to take too many / too few things with you? *~* ANSWER *~* As my husband always takes his bike, we have to limit our luggage, he takes a massive bike box, but he can fit most of his clothes in there. I then take a medium size suitcase if going for a week, or a large one if going for a fortnight. If we are staying somewhere where theres a washing machine, I just pack enough for a week, then wash some clothes for the second week. I always take my vanity Case for all those beauty products I might need, including sun lotions, mossie spray etc. *~* QUESTION*~* Do you send picture postcards to your family and f
        riends? * ANSWER *~* Yes, even if we are only going for a week. I send my Grandad one, and my parents and brothers, my husbands mum likes to collect them so we always send her one. Holidays wouldn't be the same without me writing a postcard or two. It gives me something to do whilst waiting for the cyclist hubbie to come back. We always buy at least one for our photo album as it reminds us of where we have been. Hope you enjoyed reading this. I certainly enjoyed writing about it. Here are some tips to help you get cheap holidays or save more money towards them. 1 Use the internet for searching for holidays. My Travel have wonderful bargains going in their auction site, if you can travel at the last minute. They do have bargains on holidays even a few months before too. Last week I saw 2 pairs of tickets for £41 to somewhere in the sun for 2 weeks. I suppose it's mostly for couples as they sell the tickets in pairs, but usually it shows the accomodation to where you are going. 2 Book with BMI Baby or somewhere similar. They really do give bargain flights if you book at the right time. Keep an eye out when the flights come out, usually they come out twice a year, for Winter and Summer. If you book as they release them, then they are dirt cheap, always book early, or very last minute. 3 Scout the papers like Daltons weekly, Private Villas etc, I have got some lovely Villas, Apartments for half the price as they are rented privatley and not through a Travel Agent. 4 Quit smoking, or only go out every now and again, what you can save on not smoking, drinking is unbeleivable. Instead have a night in, borrow a film and get a bottle of wine, it saves us money 5 Do surveys, and save the money. I do upteen surveys and sometimes get quite good money, then I save that money and watch it grow in my bank account. 6 Get rid of your unwanted stuff in the house. I advertised loads of
        stuff on Ebay and made hundreds of pounds. It really is a good way of selling stuff. no more car boots for me, I use Ebay instead. I even buy my pressies on there, especially if someone is selling new stuff for the fraction of the cost in the shops. Then it's more money for hols. 7 Do a part time job as well as your normal job. I do Avon and earn a bit extra there, plus I get cheap cosmetics. 8 Collect the coupons out of newspapers. Sometimes they run offers for free holidays in this country, or even free flights. My friend has had loads of free holidays and they have always been good. 9 Write plenty of travel reviews on here, you never know whos' reading them. I got contacted from a researcher for a TV programme which has just been on ITV. I refused to go on as I was nervous. It was for a free week to Las vegas. 10 Come and work where I work, you get freebies and good discounts. HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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          13.10.2003 21:10
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          A good thing about being an Avon Rep is I get freebies or items at a cheaper price. The detangling spray was another bargain I got out of the Rep's demonstration offers. I got a bulk order of shampoos'conditioners etc and got them for a really good price. I sold most of them on, but kept this spray for my husbands long hair. He has very dry and brittle hair and it tangles realy easy. The bottle is plastic with a pump spray and comes in a handy 150ml size. I thought I would test it on his hair one night as it was getting tangled by the minute. After washing his hair, hey I even did that for him, I towelled dried his hair to shake the excess drops of water off, and sprayed the spray onto his hair. Afterwards I used a detangling comb and combed through his hair to make sure the spray was distributed evenly. His hair is way past his shoulders, but there wasn't any need to use much at all. Straightaway I was able to comb through without pulling out half his hair like I normally do. It was instant and quite unbelievable. How many bath times has he spent struggling to comb through his hair even after conditioning it, he still manages to get the comb stuck. Not anymore, this stuff is brilliant. Part of the job of this wonderful spray is to reduce frizz and static. It's formulated using a Tri-Keratin system whatever that is, answers on a postcard please. It certainly improved the texture of his hair, it left it completely manageable and easy to comb through. After a few uses, the little knot of hair he used to have for years, has almost vanished. Maybe he won't lose as much hair now. I'm sure when it's all knotty and tangled that he pulls half his hair out, no wonder there's not much left on top, don't tell him I said.. The smell is gorgeous, can't think what it smells of, but reminds me of Pineapple and Cream, yum yum. I'm sure it's a re-carnation of an old Avon perfume. He even thinks it smel
          ls nice, a bit girlie he says, but nice. The Advance Techniques range of shampoos, conditioners etc all smell of this fragrance. it is very distinctive. A workmate has bought some off me, and I can smell her a mile off, it's a lovely smell. The good thing about this Detangling Spray is that you don't need to wash it out, it doesn't leave any sticky residue or nor can you tell it's in your hair. It works straightaway, no waiting a few minutes. It's a lightweight bottle and very handy for taking to the swimming baths etc. It costs £2.50 at full price, but it's on offer in Campaign 16 at £1.50. So for anyone with tangled, knotty hair, stock up on it, after all, your'e worth it, sorry wrong product. Avons website is www.avon.uk.com or phone 0845 345 8444

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            05.10.2003 20:37
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            After many months of deciding where to go for our September holidays, we decided on Mojacar Costa Almeria. "Where"? said my workmates. Exactly, no-one there had heard of it and that's what we wanted, hardly any english people and plenty of sun, food and sangria. I searched the internet and found a great many websites with agencies offering apartments at a reasonable rate. We wanted to go on the 6th of Sept this year for two weeks, and emailed that many people that I had forgotten who I had emailed. When I received a reply about a beautiful penthouse apartment availble for rent at a reasonable price of £210 a week, we snapped it up. There were no pictures, just a description and telephone number in Spain. The man was English so no problem with the communication. I rang him and he said he would accept 5% deposit and the rest payable on arrival. Apparently he had spotted my advert on a Mojacar forum site, and had wrote back. A few days later, a couple of photos came through the post. We decided to book. Mojacar is in Southern Spain, with the nearest airport being Almeria about 45 to 60 mins away. We decided on flying to Murcia about 90 mins away as the flights were cheaper. We flew with BMI Baby at £63 one way and £57 another. There's also Alicante airport but that's about 2 hours drive away. Costa Almeria is an all year round resort with temperatures hardly dropping below 16 degrees. When we were there it was between 29 and 31 degrees. On first inspection of the resort, we were slightly disappointed, our flight had been delayed by 6 hours and were tired and had arrived on a Sunday morning at about 7.30 am. So everything was closed and everything looked barren. Mojacar is split into two, theres Mojacar Playa which is about a 13Km stretch of sand, bars and restaurants, but because they are so spread out, you would need a car for some areas. Then theres Mojacar Pueblo which is a small town perched high upon a hillside.
            We were staying in a small Urbanisation called Canada de Aguila which was a mixture of Spanish people and english. The apartment was very spacious, with an extra large balcony giving us great views towards the sea and surrounding area. A 5 minute walk brought us out into an area with a few Pizzerias and a Fish restaurant. We went to Dani's about 5 times and made friends with a rather nice young spanish girl. She only spoke pigeon english, and we only could say Adios, gracias etc. By the end of the holiday we had learnt some new words. She was very sad when we left, and promised we would visit her in 2004. Along Mojacar Playa are so many restaurants for everyones tastes. There are many, many pizza places, Chinese places,Indian, a Cowboy restaurant with great Burgers, an Aregentinian place and of course, plenty of english places. The english restaurants tend to be nearer to the Hotel Indalo which was the opposite end to where we were staying. Apparently an ex football player owns one called Beavers, I think he played for West Ham but don't quote me. You can buy anything from beans on Toast, to Rabbit, you won't be short of choice in most restaurants. There are some lovely ice cream parlours, where the one next to Solos bar is absolutely fantastic. We got a Kiwi Fruit and Ice Cream and Cream Sundae, which was massive, but it did cost about $5.00 , about £3.70 ish.. There are plenty of cheap supermarkets, with the best one being in the Parque Commercial shopping centre. We paid 10p for a 1.5 litre bottle of water. Most things were half price and below compared to England. There's even an english supermarket called Mr UK, he's a bit of a rip off. I paid £1.50 for a loaf of white bread, but only because he was the only one open on a Sunday at the time we visited. Mostly they are all open 6 days a week. There is a wide variety of goods for sale, with alcohol and cigerettes being almost half price or less. As for normal shops, there
            weren't a wide variety, they were mostly the tacky souvenir shops where you could buy the english newspaper. The Parque Commerical wa sbetter,with a few nice shops and cafe bars. I would recommend Mojos which was run by an english couple. It was lovely food with massive portions, and the view from their terrace overlooked the sea and coastline. Mojacar Pueblo is meant to be famous for where Walt Disney was born.He was born into a Spanish family with spanish parents, and had a spanish name. Then one day he went to the USA and became Walt Disney. The locals proudly display his picture and really believe it, I'm not so sure if it's true or not. What I do know is an Indianna Jones film was made there. A visit to Mini Hollywood in Tabernas is worth visit I suppose. Based in Tabernas in the desert, it's a themed area for where they actually filmed Cowboy Films like Fistful of Dollars. There were a few stunt shows, and props based around a Cowboy theme. The best bit was the zoo area. It was quite large, and the animals were well kept. It cost us about £13 each to get in, but as always the food wasn't up to much. To make the holiday more special we visited a few estate agents and went viewing some apartments out there. In the end we decided on buying a one bedroom property in a slightly inland from Mojacar town, called Turre. It will be ready next August and we can't wait. if you buy off plan then you get them cheaper. Apparently once they have been completed, the prices will rocket, so it's a good investment. When we visited Turre we went into some Tapas bars, which we had never been in, in all our time visiting Spain. My husbands relatives live there and they took us round the local bars. Turre is more spanish than Mojacar, even though quite a few enlish people live there, it's still very spanish. We went in one tapas bar and got Tortilla, Croquettes, Pork in a Sandwich with garlic mayonnaise, and we all had three
            alcoholic drinks. It came to £3.50 per head. What a bargain that was. They then took us into the pensioners bar, and it cost us 60p for an alcoholic drink plus one tapas. I could see us enjoying this. We were very nervous of sampling tapas, as we thought it was all fish and Olives etc. We really enjoyed it and felt as though we were fitting in. Car Hire was cheap, but we always use www.carjet.com, we got a Renault Clio four door for £224 for two weeks. You definetly need a car to explore the many places. It is quite a barren place in parts, there's no greenery. A visit to Cabrera high up in the mountains is lovely. You can see for miles. There's only a couple of restaurants up there, and is mostly english people. I first thought that Costa Almeria was mostly spanish, but there are loads of english out there, and all I heard were Southerners, maybe us Northerners can't afford it, but I've shown them wrong.... Don't get me wrong, I've nothing against Southerners before you shout at me. David was in his element as he's a very avid cyclist and took his bike. He met an older man out there who he went cycling with, and he was amazed at how quiet the roads were. I must admit, there is hardly any traffic on the motorways. Everything is signposted correctly, and he didn't feel unsafe at all. The roads are well maintained and most peole stopped at a zebra crossing which is a miracle in Spain. TOP TIPS WHEN VISITING MOJACAR. 1 You must go to Mojacar Pueblo, you can see for miles. 2 Visit Mini Hollywood and see how the west was won. 3 Go to the many beach bars, they serve food and drink and some have live music. 4 Hire a car and see the natural beauty of Cabo de Gata. 5 Taste a delcious ice cream Sundae 6 Go to Bedar in the hills and choose the Leg of Lamb, it's enough for two people. 7 Try a tapas, it's not as bad as you might think 8 Try
            speaking a little spanish, they love it when you try 9 A visit to Almeria itself is worth a trip, it's about 45 mins away. 10 You don't need as much spending money as Tenerife. Hope you all enjoyed reading this, it's one of the best and relaxing holidays we have ever had. There's something for all ages, without the noise of Bendidorm.

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              03.10.2003 02:56
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              I actually bought this Shampoo when doing a mystery shop for a company who wanted me to buy certain products from Tesco online. Part of the assignment was either buy a certain shampoo, or put it in the basket and delete it and forget about it.The Mystery shopper company wanted to find out how easy it was to delete items from the basket, and if it offered you an alternative. Well it never did, but whilst I didn't really need anymore shampoo, I decided I couldn't throw it out and kept it. I'm sure it only cost a measly 59p or something. The shampoo in question is Tescos's own Jojoba and Balsam. Alright it's in a plain plastic cheapo bottle, but I find they are easy to use, with the easy to flip lids. Then if I dropped it in the bath, no damage to the bath or the bottle could be done. What I liked was the lid, somedays I struggle with these flip lids, some manufacturers make them too fiddly, but this was one was great for people even with the most arthiritic fingers. It's a great whopping 750 ml too so I should get plenty of usuage out of it. After using an old shampoo up, I decided to put it to the test. On flipping the lid up, the fragrance hit me immediately. It was quite sweet and reminded me of the juice you squirt on Ice Cream Cones, in fact the consistency was similar. I always wash my hair sat in the bath and use the shower to wash my hair. I almost poured half the bottle on my head, it came out so fast. It was very runny, nothing like your more expensive shampoo. Oh well, I thought it only cost me very little. I've always thought like this, when infact, I should spend a bit more on a more expensive product, and it could last longer as I wouldn't need to use as much. I lathered my hair before the liquid run down my back, it was trying to escape fast.Instead of staying on my hair, it started trickling very quickly down my hair. It did lather up quite well though, but then so it should when half a bottle
              had almost gone on my head. I always wash and rinse twice, so I proceeded with the next round. Same thing happened, almost all the bottle has gone now. The aroma was quite nice whilst it was in my hair, but when I rinsed, it didn't last long. The fragrance vanished as quick as the shampoo. Well I do tend to exaggerate, maybe I didn't use all the bottle, maybe a third, hee hee. But it did go down quicker than the thicker shampoo. It did rinse through very well, and didn't leave a sticky residue, I can't say it left my hair soft, as my hair is streaked and quite dry until I use a seperate conditioner. The bottle stated that this was for Dry/Damaged hair, but I can never tell the difference if they work or not. I always leave that to the conditioner to smooth out my dry hair. The shampoo claims to have natural extracts of Jojoba, but I've never smelt the proper stuff so don't know what it's meant to smell like. I can't imagine theres much in this for the cheapo price. Also Tesco say this product isn't tested on animals, only Ice Cream Cones, ha ha. Would I buy it again, no I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, the smell is ok, but it's far too runny, and didn't last two minutes. Anymore info please visit www.tesco.com or write to Tesco Stores LTD, Cheshunt, EN8 9SL Please note the below comments, I have put recommended to potential buyers, as I feel if you are on a shoestring budget, then there's nothing wrong in buying it, the smell is ok, but only average on the consistency. I think there should be a "Maybe" box at the bottom.

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              • Boots Kyusu / Bath & Shower / 0 Readings / 21 Ratings
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                26.08.2003 04:45
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                If you have read some of my reviews, you should know I'm a Bubble Bath, Shower Gel kinda gal. I can't get enough of them. I must have two large drawers full and still continue to buy them. The latest to my collection is a lovely Turquoise Sea Coloured Kyusu from Boots the Chemist. I do surveys quite a lot and get Boots vouchers in return. I was itching to spend them, so off I went to Harrogate to see what I could buy. I have tried some products from the Kyusu range before, and thought they were lovely and quite special. This time I noticed a bargain Body Wash reduced from £4.00 to £2.00. I bought that alongside the Bubblebath in the same flavour. The gorgeous Turquoise colour really stands out, it reminds of the sea I saw in Rhodes, all clear and blue. It seems such a shame to have to use it as it really is a magical colour. The plastic bottle has the usual flip lid, which is easy to flip. It has the non drip bit in it which if left open, doesn't allow the Body Wash to drip. It has a silver button at the top which I don't know for what purpose. If anyone knows please let me know. The words Kyusu are emblazened on in silver writing, to make it look classy. The words Essence Body Wash, an expression of who you are are also written on the front. The size is 200 ml. Since I've bought it I can't stop sniffing it, I've only used a little bit as I want to use it on my Sept hols. If you have ever sniffed Boots Spa range, it reminds me a bit of this. It's a sweet smell, and lightly perfumed, absolutely gorgeous. I noticed on the back the ingredients listed are French lavender and Sicilian Lemon. Can't say I could smell lavender, which I'm glad as I really don't like Lavender. Not sure what the French Lavender smells like though. Maybe theres a hint of Lemon. Also included is Blue Violet and Peppermint. To be honest, I wouldn't have guessed at any of the ingredients, all I know is it smells divine. The Lavender and Lemon is in there to stimulate and refresh, the Blue Violet is to soften and moisturise the skin and the Peppermint is to leave you feeling cleansed, toned and cooled. As I mentioned I have only used a little bit, and to make it last longer, out comes my faithful scrunchie bathtime mate. I always use one of these, as they are dual action, great for making body washes foam up and last longer, and to get rid of dead skin too. Kyusu foams up nicely when added to a scrunchie. I find just blobbing the gel on my body without one, just slides off and fades away very quickly. If I had paid £4.00 I would have wanted my moneys worth, but still £2.00 wasn't exactly dirt cheap. I have dry skin and sometimes sensitive on my body, but I found this to be gentle and didn't irritate. It washed off nicely and left me feeling refreshed. Even my husband commented on how nice the fragrance was, we could even smell it long after I had a bath. My body smelt nice too, even when I got into bed, I could smell the perfumed smell. I went to bed visualising the Blue Seas of Rhodes. I would buy it again, maybe when it's on offer again, or when it's my Birthday, I could always ask my parents for a nice gift set. I know it comes in other flavours, I've seen Yellows, Oranges, Purples etc. So when I've tried some more, I'll let you know. The Boots Company Nottingham England www.boots.com

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                  The Days Inn Birmingham was the last resort, I had one of my bored days at work and decided yet again at the last minute that me and hubbie should hit the city. I tried the hotels in Manchester, some in Nottingham, then the last resort Birmingham. I rang a few of them and all were booked up, so when I rang Days Inn I was expecting them to say "sorry we are booked too". That wasn't the case , the girl at the other end of the phone mumbled something like £68 a room per night, I thought sod it we will stay two nights. She asked for my debit card number to secure the booking and I told her we would be there by 8pm that Saturday night. The Days Inn is located in The Mailbox shopping centre. As we pulled up we noticed it was all lit up bright red, we had seen this building in December and always wondered what it was. We had to park our car in the multi storey car park which is located in the shopping complex. You then have to go up in a lift to the Days Inn, but it wasn't as easy as that. When the lift doors opened we looked as though we were in a normal multi storey car park, then went through a door and what a shock we had. There were posh shops galore, posh cocktail bars, further down was another apartment type hotel, well at least that's what we thought it was. We couldn't find the Days Inn at first as we had turned left at the door, but when we asked the security guards, they said it was right and overlooking the canal. As we approached the hotel, we noticed there were bars underneath it, I was worried we wouldn't get any sleep. But double glazing is good nowadays and it wasn't to be. Arriving at reception, it was quite small but tidy, nice and clean and modern. The girl behind the reception was the same one who had booked me in. She was lovely, very friendly and polite. I had forgot to tell her that I work for the Holiday Cottage Group and we get discounts off Days Inn, but was meant to book it online, but didn
                  't have time. She said I will see what I can do. She got a supervisor out, another nice lady, think she was French and I showed her my wage slip and proof that I worked there,she thought about it for a minute, then said I could have the rate for friends and family, which was £48, I was very pleased. I told them that we might not stay two nights, but could they hold the room just in case, they said they could as long as I let them know by 11am the next day. In the reception area was some leaflets of local attractions, Cadburys World etc, and there was a payphone with a useful directory of numbers. We used it to ring a Pizza Delivery service who came right up to our room within 20 mins of ordering. The hotel didn't have 24 hour room service, but that wasn't a problem as we were in the middle of the shopping area etc and near to takeaways. There wasn't much else in reception only a drinks vending machine and a couple of chairs. Altogether there are 90 rooms in this hotel and probably only two or three floors. We were given our electronic key, which didn't work at first, and opened the door in surprise. What a lovely sight, everything looked brand spanking new. The rooms were all done out in a Light Beechwood, the quilts were whiter than white, and everything looked so inviting. I headed straight for the bathroom as this is my favourite room of the house and was pleasantly surprised. I normally like a bath, but this room had an enormour walk in shower and yes it was a power shower. It had a white tray which looked brand new, I was glad about that as that is the reason I don't normally like hotel showers on their own, the walk in tray sometimes looks unhygenic. There was a very handy rail leading you into the shower along with a soap holder. The shower had a metal bar with different settings, it's hard to describe as it was quite unusual. The shower was very very powerful and I felt wonderful after one. The C
                  ream tiles looked elegant and clean and there were a few gentle orange tiles too scattered about.These were edged in Green and set them off very nicely. This was very impressive, I could stay here all day. There were tissues in a holder on the wall next to the mirror, the mirror was massive and went right round the sink. There was a handy ledge near the sink for toiletries, but talking toiletries, there was Lux Bodywash on the wall which I do find hard to squeeze out, so I take my own just in case.There was even "his n hers" toilet roll holders. The shaver point was powered for 230V and 115V. There were plenty of nice fluffy white towels, which were filthy by the time my foundation got on them, tut tut. The bedroom was basic, but modern and clean. It had a pale blue carpet, Beechwood everywhere. The headboard was a light Beech, it set the bed off nicely. We had a double bed with nice clean white duvets. Very plain, but looked expensive material. It was a shame to get in the bed, it was so pristine looking. In the room was the usual desk with TV on top, a Kettle, cups, coffee, tea etc, but alas no biscuits. There was a staionary pad, notelets and pen and a sitting area with two drawers. In the drawers were extra pillows and towels and a hairdryer. The wall behind the bed was painted a nice Heather Blue and Minty Green, it was very modern. The curtains were Yellow, Greens and Blues, they set the room off nicely. There were a couple of paintings on the wall done in nice pastel colours. There was a storage heater too, but we didn't need it as the room was warm enough without being suffocating. The wardrobe only had 6 coat hangers in it, but then I suppose these sort of hotels are for one or two nights only. The full length beech mirror was useful too. Opening the curtains, our room looked over the Birmingham canal and I started thinking about work. I work selling Boating and canal Holidays and Iam sad to say, I was trying to s
                  pot one of our boats.It's not an eyesore as someone might think, it's a very trendy area where loads of students, business people walk by and sometimes sit overlooking the canal on the many seats outside the pavement cafes. After a great nightout at Edwards No8 Rock Club, we headed back to the hotel at about 2am. There wasn't any security which I was surprised about. The reception chappie told us we could order a pizza and have it delivered to our room, which we did, he said there was no room service. Within 20 mins it came, and we scoffed the lot. In the morning we went down for breakfast in a pleasant room. It was a buffet breakfast and all you could eat. This was in the price of the room, we never got offered a room only price, and breakfast charged extra, it was all in one price. I didn't think paying £48 with my discount was bad at all especially for this lovely and clean place. Breakfast was ok, the usual was laid out, fruit, cereal, english brekkie etc. There were quite a few tables, but wasn't too packed. They even had a widescreen TV to sit and watch Breakfast TV, ha ha. After breakfast we decided to check out and let the room go, not because we hated it, but we decided to go shopping on the way home and thought the money would go towards that. Overall it was a lovely place to stop and we will be visiting there again even if we have to pay the full price, afterall it's been voted "International Property of the Year". Days Inn 160 Wharfside st the Mailbox Birmingham B1 1RL Tel 0121 643 9344 Fax 0121 643 2044 Email birmingham@daysinn.co.uk

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                  • Avon Naturals General / Discussion / 2 Readings / 25 Ratings
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                    Sorry about the title, I couldn't resist seeing as though I'm writing about a Nut, Almond geddit??? I've always loved having a bath and every now and then when I'm short on time, I take a shower. This is when Avon's Naturals Range came in handy. A workmate actually purchased a bottle of this Almond Shower Gel off me, ( yes I am an Avon rep), and told me how much she loved it. In my next order I purchased one myself to see what all the fuss was about. The Naturals range from Avon has been around for some time now and over the years have seen many changes to the bottles, new products have come along, and new fragrances. The Almond Shower Gel is relatively new, I think it only came out last year, but don't quote me as my menory isn't the same as usual. It comes in a basic looking plastic bottle, with hook to hook over the shower or where I out, over the soap dish over the bath. It has an easy to flip lid which doesn't leak any of the shower gel out. I hate it when lids don't stay on tight and leak the stuff everywhere. The size is 150ml for the normal price of £2.50, but more often than not it's on offer for either £1.25 or some other kind of deal. I've never paid full price yet. The smell is lovely, yes it really does smell of Almonds. It's quite a creamy smell not too overpowering. I always use a scrunchie and do state that if you are on a budget, then a scrunchie is great for making the shower gel last longer.It makes it lather up more and feels great at the same time. Even though the smell is lovely at first, I must admit that it didn't stay around so long. Now whether it's my sense of smell I don't know, but I would like to say I can usually smell a good smell a mile off. This didn't seem to linger for long. Saying that I do feel it's good value, and left my skin feeling nice and soft. I'm not sure on the ingredients for definite, but surely A
                    lmonds play a part,but not too sure how big, afterall they didn't hang around for long. I would buy it again, as it did smell nice even for a short while, it was a good buy and it was nice and compact without taking up to much room in my small bathroom. Anybody wanting to order Avon can do through the website, www.ukavon.com Thanks for the read, xx

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                      I thought I would write about my days on the dole and the days when I work, this might help students and to realise it's not just them who's poor. It's only done light heartedly so no offence. Here are my Top Ten Frugal Tips. 1* Stay in bed most of the day so I didn't have to put the gas fire on. I lived for a while in a tiny bedsit in Manchester and prefered to go out drinking, so I could save the money for beer. The gas was by meter and so was the electric, I would sometimes have to call the meter man out as coins would get stuck, then the poor man would take pity on me and slide back a few pound coins into the meter giving me a few days electric and gas for nothing. 2* I used to drink a bottle of Concorde before I went out through a straw, it only cost about £1.25, so it was cheap enough to drink and get sloshed before I went out to the Nightclub. I went out about 10.0clock just before the entrance fees went up to full price, then fluttered my eyelashes at every male going for them to buy me a drink. I even got to know the bouncers, who felt sorry for me not being able to afford to get home, so they often used to club together and get me enough cash for a taxi ride home. 3* As other people have wrote, using wrapping paper twice. I always feel it's a shame to throw such nice paper away, so I try not to rip it when opening a present, then I can re-cycle it for whoever's Birthday it is next. Once I accidentally used Xmas paper for someones Birthday, oops. 4* I would always buy unbranded food, for instance Kwiksaves own, it was all I could afford and paying more than 35p for a loaf of bread was a sin. I just couldn't bring myself to do it, nowadays I buy Warbartons as I've realised it lasts longer. I used to live off Beans on Toast and Soup, that's proably how I kept slim, now I'm just a fat pig. 5* The odd ocassion, I have nicked loo paper from publ
                      ic toilets or places where I've worked. That was really being desperate, it seems such a waste shoving it down the loo afterwards, it's a pity you can't recycle it. It's so expensive for what it is, but even though I used to buy the cheapest back then,and now I buy good stuff, it doesn'tt stop my fingernails from being pushed through. I might as well have used an old rag. 6* Go to your parents for a slap up meal. My mum made me Roast Beef and all the trimmings, then Meringue to follow. I felt as though I was full for a week. She always gave me things to go back to my flat with, like £20, toiletries and sometimes a new top. Aren't parents wonderful. Nowadays I try and buy my parents the odd treat. 7* Become an Avon rep. I have been one for over 25 years, and I buy mostly samples instead of the full sized product. Some of the time Avon send you free samples to try, so that could be a nice perfume or foundation. Once they sent me 10 nail varnishes by accident and didnt charge me, I sold them for a £1.00 each, which gave me £10 to go out with. I wouldn't do it now of course. 8* I used to use cheap washing up liquid for multi purposes. The obvious one is to wash up with, I always thought of buying cheap stuff to save the pennies when in fact it ran out quicker with having to use more.When I was really skint I used to wash my hair in it. I'm sure I remember my mum washing my hair with it when I was a kid. I've even used it to handwash tights and underwear when I've no washing podwer. 9* Go round with the Avon book of course to a womans house with loads of kids, then comment on how she manages to find time to do her ironing and cleaning with all those kids around.You never know she might just ask you to do her ironing and cleaning for a nice crispy £20 note, I did that and gained myself a nice little earner. 10* I shopped at charity shops for a while and got myself
                      some nice outfits. They only cost me a few quid, but I looked the bees knees, ehem. If you are the daring type, send off to the catalogue for that expensive dress, sellotape the tag down somewhere, wear it then return it saying it didn't fit. Not that I dare do that. A BONUS ONE Borrow the latest Cd's off your friends and tape them, at least you haven't got the expense of buying them. Well there were my Top Ten Penny Pinching ways, now here are the complete opposites to what I do nowadays. This is when you have a job, but still not well paid. 1* I don't have a meter for the gas and elctric now and just pay direct debit. We leave the two computers on almost all day, sometimes leave the TV on standby which uses up more elctric than one thinks. I get up much earlier and use more electric and gas. I even turn the central heating up full blast even in summer (only joking). We go round the house turning all the lights on and forgetting to turn them off, get the kettle and toaster going, then blowing a fuse. 2* At one time I wouldn't pay £1.60 for a bottle of Woodpecker Cider in a pub, afterall it was only like half a cider. I would only have it on draught. Now I buy those alcopops at £3.00-£3.50 a bottle, but then one might last me an hour or so. On my holidays I'm always the dear night out and have Pina Coladas. 3* Even though I still reycle some wrapping paper, i've recently splashed out and bought some of that lovely metallic paper for Birthdays etc. I've even been known to throw some unripped stuff away. What is the world coming to. 4* Now I really do waste food. I buy Warbartons Bread and teacakes, I forget them after a day or so and end up buying butties at work. hence having to then throw the expensive warburtons away. I do buy shops own brands sometimes, but seem to spend between £80 a fortnight on shopping plus extra trips every fe
                      w days, and years ago it was £6/£7 for the week. How times have changed. 5* The last year or so I've been splashing out on thicker toilet p aper, sometimes the quilted stuff, at least my fingernails didn't poke through. I've been known to take a few lengths out with me, just in case there's none in the pub, things have changed when I used to nick it off them. 6* Now we eat out quite often, but only because we hate cooking, I've even taken my parents out and my hubbies mum too. They think I've won the lottery. Lately I've even been known to buy a few rounds of drinks. 7* I seem to be addicted to buying the latest Avon goodie. Doesn't matter if I've already got half a dozen bottles of the same foundation, but it will come in handy one day won't it? Then I've got into the habbit if a customer spends a lot, then I give them a free gift, in fact all my workmates have been treated recently and they don't always the Avon to start with. 8* Well blow me down with a feather, I even buy fairy Liquid now. My husband nagged me into this saying the cheap stuff is rubbish. I now agree with him and buy this all the time. I don't wash my tights in it anymore, I use washing powder instead. 9* Now I clean myself, but only if someone is coming, ha ha. I also get the neighbours young lad mowing our garden for a Fiver, wouldn't have done that years ago. I use the tumble dryer everytime I've washed, then fold the clothes whilst warm, then no ironing for me, yipee. 10* Clothes are a sore subject. My body has seen several sizes over the years, and I've had to buy clothes ranging from Size 10 right up to a Size 20, well the top was tight fitting and looked rubbish in a Size 14. I buy several pairs of trousers hoping to slim into them, then i don't bother and buy the next size up. I now have three pairs of identical trousers in three
                      different sizes. I've tried to be strict lately and buy off Ebay, I've had some right bargains for a few quid. i've even sold some of mine, but neve r gained their full value. How did I change my life round from Penny Pincher to Flash Harry, easy, I just ran up my two Credit Card bills to £6,0000, then got a loan for £6,000, then sold all my unworn clothes and made a bit off Ebay. WARNING, DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME, IT'S VERY DANGEROUS FOR THE PURSE STRINGS, BUT HEALTHY FOR THE BANK MANAGER. Recommend to potential buyers:

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                        I just love doing things spur of the moment, and last night was one of those nights. I was sat reading someones op about about Top Ten Rock songs and it transported me back to a good few years ago when I loved listening to most of these songs. That did it, I was bored and wanted to hit the Big City of Manchester. Here is where Jillys/Rockworld is, a combination of music all in one nightclub. Of course it mostly plays Rock,Goth and Indie Music, but I was dying to get the leather gear out and let my short hair down.. As Manchester is over 55 mins away from our house and hubbie would like a drink please, we opted to stay overnight at a hotel. Immediately Jurys Inn sprinted to mind as we had stayed there on New years Eve this year, that was another last minute. (I had booked it over the phone at 7pm the same night). This time I felt brave and found on their website they were offering a Double Room with Single Bed too for £45 a night, New Years Eve we had paid £99. I booked it quickly at 6.30 pm and I waited for the confirmation email to arrive. It did straightaway, but when it got to 7pm I panicked and thought of ringing the hotel up just to make sure it was ok. I'm as daft as a brush sometimes for booking things online, then what do I do, I ring them up just to make sure they have my order etc, which I might as well just phone up to start with. This time though it was a good job, as the receptionist called Jazz, said it would take two days to come through, and that it was better to phone up if it was a same day booking. Luckily for us, the room was available and she took my details again, asking me four times how to spell Metcalfe my surname. We get Medcalfe, Metcalf without an E, and god knows what else. Good job I haven't a complicated name then. She asked for my Debit card details as so they could hold the room and I told her that we would be arriving at 9pm onwards. Eventually we got there at 10.10 better late than never, but i
                        t didn't matter as the nightclub was open 9/7am so we had plenty of time. The hotel is situated on Great Bridgewater St just past Mcdonalds and near the GMEX Centre. We had to park our car at the NCP Car park across the road, leaving it over night would cost us £6.50 after they had stamped it, I think it normally would cost £8.00. The hotel subsidised it as they didn't have an onsite car park, but not too worry as the offsite one is only two mins away. Approaching the hotel you pass a few pubs and then Jurys is sat there in a rather quiet area, even New years Eve it seemed quiet. The building is nothing special but neither does it look rough and battered. It has the normal glass fronted doors to the entrance and then the reception area is just to the right as you walk in. On checking in we were greeted with two people behind the reception who asked our surname and found us on the pc. One of them took an imprint of my debit card and I was getting a bit worried as I had given them the details over the internet, then over the phone, then again when I had arrived. I asked them if I had paid three times and they said I hadn't. They said the one over the internet was their own site and it was only to secure the room. The strange thing was on New years Eve, they took two lots off me then x 2 lots of £99 as one memeber of staff forgot to cancel the one on hold. They assured me this wouldn't happen again. The reception area is nice and clean looking, with Marble tiles done in Oranges/Brown, there were a few comfy chairs and I think a settee or two. I never take that much notice of receptions and get a good old nosey as we only tend to stop overnight and the minute we have checked in, then it's off to the pub. What I do notice about receptions though are the simple things like first impressions, and if the reception is tatty then I think the rest of the hotel might be and that would put me off. This time the reception was
                        fine and I felt happy. There are three lifts in the reception area which when we came in at 2.30 this morning, (no we didn't stay until 7am), the middle one wasn't working. The recptionist noticed it not working , then promptly reported it to maintenance. To the left of the lifts are some winding stairs down to their very own pub. Now we have only been in once and that was New Years Eve, but what impressed me was the fact that it looked like a pub, not just some Hotel Bar. It had wooden tables and stone floors, with a TV on just in case you wanted to watch the latest on Sadaam Husseins, ehem. We bought two drinks, a glass of wine and a beer and I think it cost £7.00, quite expensive I would say. hence to say we didn't stay long, not at those prices. Seeing as though it closed at 1am, we couldn't afford to stay until the end. Along the corridor from there was the restaurant where breakfast cost £8.50 for full english breakfast and £6.50 for continental. The first time we went there we never even entered the restaurant as we had missed time slot for breakfast, which I think is between 7-10 am. Today we thought we would treat ourselves and entered the restaurant only to be faced with a rather long queue for the english breakfast. To be honest we couldn't be bothered waiting, I would rather have someone serve me as waitress service, as I always feel like a glutton grabbing whatever off the free for all buffet. We left after queing for only 3 mins, there was more and people coming through the doors and I do prefer things a bit quieter at this early time in the morning. Our room consisted of a Double bed which David's feet always stick out over the end as he's 6ft, a single bed and a dressing table with ahirdryer in the drawer, a bench to sit on, we put our clothes on instead, and a kettle and coffee/tea etc. The wardrobe was open plan which was really just an area to hang your clothes along with a couple
                        of hangers. The bathroom has a bath with shower over, a loo and a basin. There were no freebies i.e shampoos to nick as they had firmly attatched Lux and a Dove bodywash to the walls. I found the Dove quite hard to squeeze, so that wouldn't have been any good if I could have unscrewed it from the wall. The bathroom was basic but spotlessly clean, no sign of wear and tear, just very hygenic looking and user friendly. Not complicated gadgets, just hot and cold water, a loo roll or two and towels. The one thing I did notice when I walked through the door was how cold it was. Probably the maids turn up the air conditioning up to full blast making it seem like winter. That was soon sorted when i changed the setting to 29 degrees, I like to be warm you know. Seeing as though we only stayed overnight and it was all a quick rush, I never even fiddled around with the TV, which was a 14" portable size perched at the end of the dressing table. So sorry couldn't tell you what channels there were, I think I spotted a few Sky Channels though and of course the usual War Channel was on when we we entered, a bit different from announcing Mrs Metcalfe as we entered the room. I turned that off as I had had enough of the moustached one and wanted the night to start happy not depressing. * A BIT ABOUT THE HOTEL* There are 265 rooms, some are smoking and some are non as we always request. We were on the second floor, I think it went up to 5 floors but don't quote me there. All the rooms are air conditioned which you can control with a panel on the wall. You can make the room warm or cool depending on how you feel. Theres a 24 hour news channel which is proably what was on as we entered the room.There was a modem line for all you business people out there, or those of you wanting to do an op whilst in the room. They have rooms for the disabled, I noticed that there were just a couple of steps on the way in, but didn't
                        notice if there was a ramp for wheelchair users. I promise the next time I go back, i will look. The restaurant is called Arches where they serve food for breakfast and evening. I saw a menu in the room, but didn't bother looking too much into it. There is laundry and dry cleaning facilites where you leave your stuff in a bag then it gets delivered back the same day. It's in a handy location, 3 mins walk to the G-MEX Centre, 5 mins in the car to the Trafford centre, took us 15 mins as we got lost. There are shops and restaurants, nightclubs just round the corner about a 5 minute walk depending where you want to start. There were a couple of pubs next door, but we didn't bother, can't do with these fancy wine bars, so we headed off to the local Rock bar and could just be ourselves. Not too sure about childcare facilites and never ate the food so the bottom comments aren't exactly correct. If you want to view the hotel just click on www.jurys.com and there you will see a couple of photos, you can also check availabilty, but one word of warning, if booking within two days or so, I would phone them instead. As we were checking out and paid £45 for the whole room, a young man tried to book in and the price was £99 and I thought that was just new years prices. That must be the Saturday night price. Jurys Inn *** (Three Star) 56 Great Bridgewater St Manchester M1 5LE Tel no 0161 953 8888. I would recommend this place, no fuss, no poshness, but very clean, nice staff, and clean rooms. Prices start at £45 a night.

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                          This is in fact one of the cleverest conditioners I've heard of (sarcastic giggles), it's called Organics Perfect Balance Conditioner and wait for it.... for Long Hair. How the hell does it know who's got long or short hair. With being curious I bought some for my husband who has very long hair, way past his shoulders. His hair gets knotted and tangled regularly and I thought using this might be some help, or maybe it was another gimmick. It says on the front that is also contains Essential Oils and will detangle long hair. The Organics range is made by Elida Faberge and comes in a light green bottle with the flip lid being at the bottom of the bottle. It's easy to open for those of you like me who struggle with those blessed flip up lids. It's a good 200 ml, and looks attractive in my bathroom, well I'm already running out of things to say about it. You can actually smell the stuff without lifting the lid, and it does smell nice. Doesn't smell organicy like I was expecting, but then what do organic things smell like? Smells slightly like Pantene, very perfumey, love it. *Directions of Use*. Shove one long haired husband in the bath, then wet his hair, then shampoo, pat dry to get any excess wetness, then apply a large golf ball size amount to hand. The longer the hair, the more you use of course, I still don't understand how it knows he has long hair, it must be Physic. I must have almost used a third of the bottle on his hair, I thought maybe it would know he had long hair and let me use less, as I was expecting some sort of Magic. I massaged it into the ends of his hair as he gets brittle and dry hair, then left for about 5 mins, you don't have to leave it in this long, but I wanted a drink so I left him to sizzle in the bath for a while. When I came back my wrinkled husband was looking clean and ready to dry off, oh er. I patted his hair dry, then ran a detangling comb from Avon t
                          hrough his hair, the wide toothed combs are best, then realised how soft and silky his hair was. He almost looked like the Timotei Woman, don't tell him will you?. On the bottle it says Organics Long Hiar Conditioner nurtures Long Hair, detangles and replenishes the tips creating lustrous long locks. I like the last bit, maybe if I use it regularly on my short hair, I could eventually get long hair, well that's how it makes it out to be. I wouldn't say this conditioner performed any better than a normal conditioner for any length of hair, I think it's maybe just a gimmick afterall. It did do the usual thing of making hair shiney, detangled and smelling nice, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again when any conditioner would do for my husbands long hair. If you want anymore info on this product, I have included phone numbers and an address, then maybe you could ask them, IS THIS CONDITIONER PHYSIC? Elida Faberge 0800 585895 Consumer Bureau Elida Faberge LTD UK Freepost Admail 1000 London SW1A 2XX Couple of Ingredients for you. Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Paraffin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Stearate, etc etc. Wish I knew what the Essential Oils are though. I paid 99p from my local Bargain and beauty type shop, but I think it's more likely to be £1.99 in most shops. The ratings below are sometimes hard to do, as I do like the smell of it, and would recommend it, but there's no need to buy it just for people with long hair.

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                            10.04.2003 06:05
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                            Now I don't want to confuse you, but this product says on the tub Marvel. Well I know better as this is exactly the same as Astonish in disguise. The reason I have included it in this category and forgive me if I'm wrong, is it's the same as Astonish cleaner. I will write to Dooyoo afterwards and maybe they will open a new category, or maybe just leave it here. I came across Astonish well over 10 years ago, the reason I know that is because I used to use it before I met my husband and that was 10 years ago, and it was well before then. I wanted something that would clean my blackend chip pan and had heard several good reports about it. When my local Betterware man came round , I grabbed him quickly so he couldn't escape without showing me this Marvellous product. He pointed it out in the brochure and I ordered a tub for £5.00. Marvel/Astonish comes in a 500 g tub and it lasts for years honestly. Now don't get me wrong I'm not the most houseproud person and use it everyday as there's really no need. Every now and again, I scan the kitchen and house for items needing this magic potion to be applied lovingly to their surfaces. I then give just 30 mins of my precious time and scour away on the most burnt looking and dullest surface I can find to clean. The results happen quickly before my eyes, glistening sinks, unburnt looking pans and Hey Presto!, my kitchen looks new again. The cleaner comes in a compact little tub, which reminds me of a DIY product, can't think which one, maybe it's a jar of putty, not sure. The lid is plastic and very easy to get off, I hate lids I've to struggle with. Inside you will see the chalky looking white cleaner and I must admit at first, I couldn't imagine how this stuff would clean my oven, sink etc. I've had a go at scraping some out with my fingers, but I didn't like the feel of it, it was rough and reminded me of a Pumice Stone, may
                            be I could apply some to my rough skin on my feet!!. Instead what I do now is apply some to a scourer pad, those little yellow sponges with green scourer on the otherside are the best for me. You can apply the cleaner to the item , then scrub away, then rinse off with the smooth spong side. *WHAT CAN IT BE USED ON* I've used it on my stainless steel sink, which at the time was getting duller and duller, I've got a new one now as due to my kitchen being done up. It really did make a difference, one application later and a bit of scrubbing, not too much now, don't want to take the coating away now do we? After a good rinse, it looked fantastic, it gleamed, it sparkled it sang Hallelujah, I'm shiney again. I've used it on my chip pan, ooooohhh, I can hear you all saying, chip pan, what's one of them. Well I'm not that posh with a deep fat fryer you know. I still make chips in the good old chip pan, sometimes I do them in the oven when I'm being a good girl:). The bottom of the chip pan takes a right hammering and every now and then, it gets a burnt look to it. On a Sunday when I'm having a spring clean, not every week mind, I give it a good once over. I get out my scourer and rub some Marvel/Astonish on it, and straightaway the burntness disappears like magic, how astonishing , how Marvellous, no wonder they call it by this name, (names). Tonight I've just cleaned my hob rings, as I promised my parents that I would look after it, they bought me it for my Birthday and I promised not to let it get manky and burnt looking. I pulled the rings off and scrubbed away for a few seconds at the burnt bits, I hope you don't think I live in a Burnt old house where everything is burnt. No messing here, it was off in seconds, "look mum and dad, looks brand new again". *0THER USES* You can use it on enamel, I've had a go on my bath as that's enam
                            el and it works there too. It mentions mirrors , but not used it on them yet. You can clean your tiles, chrome work , fibre glass and many more items it says. *ITEMS NOT TO BE USED ON* Don't use it on car paintwork, it must strip it. I'd better not use it on hubbies car then, it's his pride and joy. Don't use on non- enamel baths,and not recommended on Silver or highly polished brass. If using on paintwork or wood, it's better to dilute the cloth in warm water, then just apply a bit, then soak the cloth in water again just leaving a little bit of cleaner on. It's better to test a small hidden area first. I would always recommend using a warm dampend cloth first, then if the item doesn't come clean quickly, then maybe use a scouring pad. I always use a scourer on my oven rings as I know it's been done before and I get the best results. I actually bought this from Betterware in a 500gm /300 ml tub for £3.99, the price seems to have gone down over the years.I will carry on buying it for years to come as I think it's good value. You don't need much at all, a small blob will do to clean the most awkward of chip pans etc, and it didn't even irritate my sensitive skin. My chip pan and stainless steel sink were shining for weeks after. What confuses me is the name, is it Marvel Household Cleaning Paste or Astonish, same thing to me. HAPPY CLEANING EVERYBODY.

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                            • Sensodyne Toothpaste / Oral Care / 3 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                              07.04.2003 18:10
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                              As long as I can remember I've always had sensitive everythings. That includes teeth, skin and emotions. Lately I have been having awful toothache and am still waiting for an appointment to take the offending tooth out. I normally use Boots, or Asda's Sensitive toothpaste, but because my teeth are also looking a bit yellow, I decided to buy something to combat it. I was talking to someone at work and said it's a pity I can't get a sensitive toothpaste with a whitening agent, I was told that Sensodyne did one. Later that day, I went into my local cheapo shop and found a 45ml tube of Sensodyne Gentle Whitening toothpaste on the shelf. The price was £1.62. I'm not sure why they charge more for sensitve teeth, it's like charging more for diet foods isn't it? Sensodyne is made by Glaxosmith Kline and comes in two flavours. The one I chose was Coolmint. To be perfectly honest, I'm not overkeen on the Sensodyne range, that's why I normally buy Boots or Asdas own, they taste more mintier than this. But this was the only one with the whitening agent, so here goes. I applied some to my toothbrush, I always use a soft bristle one as my gums and teeth can't take a hard brush. The toothpaste isn't runny, but not too thick either. The taste I suppose is ok, I must have got used to it, as this time wasn't too bad. I've used it on various occasions only to throw most of it away before now. This time I am going to use the lot, afterall £1.62 is quite expensive for a measly little tube.It wasn't chalky either, which I have found with some whitening toothpastes. Apparently Sensodyne says it will strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay because of it's fluoride content. Not sure if that's true, as my teeth are already ready to drop out, slight exaggeration there. I find that if I change to a normal toothpaste, my teeth go back to being extra sensitive again, and this toothpaste do
                              es help a little. I can't say that it totally gets rid of the sensitive feeling altogether, I still struggle eating Cucumber and cold things without going ouch!!. But it does help somewhat and without it, I think I would be in a mess. As for the whitening of my teeth, I haven't noticed any difference yet, but afterall I've only been using it a week, when I start looking like Donny Osmond, please let me know. *Directions for Use* It says to use 2-4 times daily, but who brushes their teeth so many times, I'm lucky if I brush them twice. Use a gentle brush which is more effective for removing plaque. I've been using Dental Floss quite a lot lately too, so along with this, I should have gleaming white teeth soon. If symptoms persist, see your dentist, as you could have some sort of gum disease.I know I haven't and it's just a case of sensitive gums, using this product has eased the pain a little.

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                                Sorry this Conditioner is under the wrong category, will get dooyoo to move it. This is in fact Organics Perfect Balance Conditioner and wait for it.... for Long Hair. How the hell does it know who's got long or short hair. With being curious I bought some for my husband who has very long hair, way past his shoulders. His hair gets knotted and tangled regularly and I thought using this might be some help, or maybe it was another gimmick. It says on the front that is also contains Essential Oils and will detangle long hair. The Organics range is made by Elida Faberge and comes in a light green bottle with the flip lid being at the bottom of the bottle. It's easy to open for those of you like me who struggle with those blessed flip up lids. It's a good 200 ml, and looks attractive in my bathroom, well I'm already running out of things to say about it. You can actually smell the stuff without lifting the lid, and it does smell nice. Doesn't smell organicy like I eas expecting, but then what do organic things smell like? Smells slightly like Pantene, very perfumey, love it. *Directions of Use*. Shove one long haired husband in the bath, then wet his hair, then shampoo, pat dry to get any excess wetness, then apply a large golf ball size amount to hand. The longer the hair, the more you use of course, I still don't understand how it knows he has long hair, it must be Physic. I must have almost used a third of the bottle on his hair, I thought maybe it would know he had long hair and let me use less, as I was expecting some sort of Magic. I massged it into the ends of his hair as he gets brittle and dry hair, then left for about 5 mins, you don't have to leave it in this long, but I wanted a drink so I left him to sizzle in the bath for a while. When I came back my wrinkled husband was looking clean and ready to dry off, oh er. I patted his hair dry, then ran a detangling comb from Avon through his
                                hair, the wide toothed combs are best, then realised how soft and silky his hair was. He almost looked like the Timotei Woman, don't tell him will you?. On the bottle it says Organics Long Hiar Conditioner nurtures Long Hair, detangles and replenishes the tips creating lustrous long locks. I like the last bit, maybe if I use it regularly on my short hair, I could eventually get long hair, well that's how it makes it out to be. I wouldn't say this conditioner performed any better than a normal conditioner for any length of hair, I think it's maybe just a gimmick afterall. It did do the usual thing of making hair shiney, detangled and smelling nice, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it again when any conditioner would do for my husbands long hair. If you want anymore info on this product, I have included phone numbers and an address, then maybe you could ask them, IS THIS CONDITIONER PHYSIC? Elida Faberge 0800 585895 Consumer Bureau Elida Faberge LTD UK Freepost Admail 1000 London SW1A 2XX Couple of Ingredients for you. Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Paraffin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Stearate, etc etc. Wish I knew what the Essential Oils are though. I paid 99p from my local Bargain and beauty type shop, but I think it's more likely to be £1.99 in most shops.

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                                  25.03.2003 03:45
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                                  I'm sure as I'm getting older my skin is getting dryer and dryer, must be getting an old Prune now eh? As Winter approaches and the weather gets colder, the skin around my nose and my legs get dryer and dryer. My legs lately have been getting so dry that they look as though they have Dandruff. Maybe I should Head and Shoulders on them. Or I could sell some of the skin to make Snowstorms, yuk... I love trying new products as most women do, and one month when I was going stiff round the leg area, this is how it felt anyway, I decided to scout my local bargain beauty shop. Then I forgot what time it was and went to the local chemist instead, (all the local shops had closed it was 6pm). Normally I don't buy Bath products from normal pharmacists as they are quite expensive, but when I spotted Johnsons Baby Problem Dry Skin Oil Bath, I decided to have a go. Priced at £3.99 for a 200 ml bottle, it was in the normal Johnsons type bottle. Instead of the typical pink though it was a white bottle and had a Blue flip up lid. Sometimes I struggle with flip up lids for some reason, but this one was easy. I often wonder what people riddled with arthiritis would do with awkard lids, hope it won't be me. I must admit I do prefer Bubbly Bubble bath with loads of suds, but wasn't expecting this to be like that with being an oil. I suppose an oil is even better for your skin if you have dry skin, and was looking forward to seeing the benefits. Another thing on the bottle was the fact that it was good for people with Eczema conditions. I'm not sure if I get a bit of that too, especially little bits are appearing on my back, I feel like a snake, hiss. The good thing about this product is you can also dab it onto your skin neat and there's no limits to where it can be applied. *DIRECTIONS* You can either pour 1-2 squirts under a hot running tap and then carefully get in the bath. Be careful not to slip as Oil i
                                  n the bath really does make things slippy. Even after having a bath and the water has gone down the plughole, it still can be a bit slippy, so a good clean with Flash Liquid or similar should help. As I mentioned earlier, you can apply direct to the skin, then leave on rubbing it straight into the skin, or apply just before your bath for added benefits. The water will turn a white cloudy colour, but this is normal, I think most oils tend to do that. It didn't particularly have a fragrance to it, afterall it's Perfume free, but I still love the distinctive smell of Johnsons products. Once in the bath, you can feel the silkiness of the Oil and feel as though it's working instantly. I must admit, my skin felt lovely afterwards, almost like a babies bottom, afterall it's not just for them, but adults too. Ingredients it contains are Skin friendly Oils, whatever they are and Zinc Oxide which sounds interesting. It's Lanolin free and Hypoallergenic, so it's ideal for the most sensitive of skins. The great thing about Johnsons products are they can be used on adults and not just babies, afterall I'm sure my skin was softer as a baby than it is now, so I can reverse it with the help of this Oil. After several days of usuage, my skin felt wonderful, the dry patches were almost non existent, and I didn't feel like a snake anymore, only my husbands, oh naughty. Johnson & Johnson LTD Maidenhead SL6 3UG or Tallaght Dublin 24 Hope this helps.

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