Welcome! Log in or Register

bramb1998

bramb1998
  • 0
  • 85
  • 10
  • 13
  • 1980
  • 2416
  • Crowns
  • Premium reviews
  • Express reviews
  • Comments
  • Reviews rated
  • Ratings received

Member since: 26.07.2010

People I trust

Users that trust you
  • Sort by:
    • More +
      10.05.2011 17:18
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      1 Comment

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      Good pocket tissues that serve their purpose

      I tend to stick to cheaper alternatives when it comes to pocket tissues, being quite reluctant to pay over the odds for a small packet containing very few tissues. On my last trip to the supermarket I was left with little choice when they only had these Kleenex Original tissues available so needing some in a hurry I made the purchase.

      I bought a pack that contained 6 individually wrapped packs of tissues for around £1.50 on a special offer, working out to around £0.25 per pack.
      Each of the packets of tissues contains 9 white tissues each being 4 ply, and measuring approximately 21 x 21cm square.
      These Kleenex tissues are available to buy in most supermarkets and large chemists, as well as online stores.

      The packaging is fairly attractive, with all 6 packs having a leafy design on the front with 2 packs being in green, 2 packs in blue and the remaining 2 packs in a light pink colour. I wasn't overly bothered about the packaging at long as it was functional and could access the tissues with relative ease by pulling the sticky tab back. They did however look pretty in my handbag, plus I wasn't worried about bringing a value pack of tissues out when I was in a restaurant for instance!
      The tissues in each individual pack are contained in a strong plastic fitting bag, ensuring the tissues are kept clean, fresh and odourless for when they are needed.

      I have found that the tissues are of a very good quality and compared to brands I have used previously are a lot thicker. Being 4 ply they are strong enough for everyday use for coughs and colds but I have also used them to mop up spillages, which they have managed the job with ease with no tearing or liquid seeping through the tissue.
      These tissues are in all honesty nothing fancy but do serve their purpose well. They do not contain aloe vera or soothing fragrances but for a standard tissue, they are of good value for money and great quality. Compared to pocket tissues I have used previously they are probably of a higher quality particularly with regards to their thickness, as cheaper versions do tend to only be 2 ply. For the price I paid I thought these were a relatively good buy and may well start buying and using these Kleenex tissues instead of the supermarket value one's I had a tendency to lean towards. I would recommend as a handy product to have when on the go!

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        06.05.2011 17:57
        Very helpful
        (Rating)
        2 Comments

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        A top end eye make-up remover but worth it's price

        For a long time I have used Boots own brand eye make-up removal products, however I had a gift voucher to spend in Debenhams and so I decided to visit the make-up counter to see what I could find to spend it on!

        After a good browse round, I arrived at the Clinique counter where a really helpful and informative assistant advised on which products would be most suitable, after much consultation I decided to purchase the Clinique naturally gentle eye make-up remover. I opted for this product as I thought it would be something I would actually use as opposed to buying and later leaving it in the cupboard and never using!

        ~ Pricing ~

        Priced at £13 for the 75ml tube, it is an expensive product however Clinique is known for being at the more luxurious end of the make-up market, so therefore on comparison to other brands of such stature, it was about right. When I looked around at other stores at a later date, I found that £13 was a competitive price for this item. For this money I was certainly expecting for the product to exceed my expectations and be a lot better than my much cheaper usual make-up remover!

        ~ The Packaging ~

        The lotion is white in colour and is packaged in a fairly standard light olive green squeezy tube, where it is accessed through the flip cap. The tube isn't overly appealing however it is clearly identified as a Clinique product through the large C logo on the front, and is clearly fit for it's purpose as I didn't have any leakages from the tube when standing, and also the tube was functionally designed so that it stands level on it's base, which is the flip cap.

        ~ My Opinion ~

        The lotion itself is of a reasonable consistency, more on the thinner than the thicker side. It flowed from the tube with great ease and onto a cosmetic pad that I used to apply to my eyes.
        As someone with sensitive skin I was slightly concerned I may have a little irritation, but as the assistant informed it is suitable for all skin types I took the chance and she was right! The lotion agreed with my skin and didn't leave my eyes feeling itchy or dry whatsoever. I found that I didn't need much of the lotion to remove my eye make-up, compared to my usual remover. I guess it's true sometimes you do get what you pay for! A little did really go a long way. In terms of value for money it is pretty good too, I have had the tube around a month and there is still quite a bit left after using almost daily.
        When I applied to my eyes it had a slight cooling effect, this may have just been because the lotion was cool against my eyes after a long day at work!
        Overall I have been really pleased with this eye make-up remover and will definitely buy it again. I know it is an expensive product, however as someone who used to buy cheaper versions, I have been converted. I would most definitely recommend to anyone.

        This review may also appear on Ciao under the same name.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          05.05.2011 11:50
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          1 Comment

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          Good branded stain for exterior use

          Having recently purchased a garden bench we thought it was best to treat the wood prior to leaving it outside over the next few summer months. After much deliberation in our local Homebase store my partner and I decided to go with a well known and trusted brand, hence purchasing this Cuprinol Timber care in a 5-litre tub. We paid £9.98 for this size tub, which was on a similar par to other makes available on the day. It was more expensive than Homebase own make however we did expect this to be the case as Cuprinol is a branded product.
          Despite this product being recommended for sheds and fences, we were advised it would be perfectly suitable for our use for a picnic bench.

          The wood on the bench was completely natural and untreated so we were able to choose any colour we wished, with no worry of having to cover over a previous colour stain. In the end we settled on the Autumn Gold variant within the Cuprinol timber care range. This is a light and golden yellowy gold colour, almost very light orange. Within the range there was also woodland green, rich oak, autumn red and rustic brown coloured stains to choose from.

          This stain comes in a plastic tub no different to other paints and stains, with a plastic pull off lid to access the stain.
          The stain comes in a large 5 litre tub which stated that it contained enough of the stain to cover 6 fence panels sized 6' x 5' with one coat. Now at first I didn't think this sounded like a lot but as soon as I opened the tub it was full to the brim and I would imagine it would probably go a bit further than this. For our purposes there was plenty to get the job done!

          I found that the stain was of quite a thin consistency and quickly ran from the brush if I didn't move it to the bench in time. When applying to the wood it did however give an even finish, not appearing patchy at all. It applied with great ease and I found that I soon had finished one coat.
          I found that after applying one coat, you could still see the natural wood underneath and it did need a second coat once it was dry. Perhaps I hadn't applied enough on the brush during the first coat, but I wasn't expecting to have to give it a second coat!
          The first coat dried very quickly within an hour, however it was a very hot day that I stained the bench which no doubt would have helped speed the process along. The tub states to allow around 2-4 hours for a coat to dry, so this was very quick. As I was using this product outside I didn't need to worry, but it is recommended that you use in a well-ventilated area and it is not suitable for any interior use. You should also not use if it is likely to rain - I thought this was fairly obvious but I guess people still need the warning information!

          Overall I was very happy with the end result from this product. After applying two coats to our bench we achieved the desired result, and the bench looks great. We have even had friends comment on how nice it looks. I would say that the colour of the stain is slightly different to the colour indicated on the front of the tub. This is only very slight, but I found it noticeable. For value for money I would recommend this stain, it did the job well and there is plenty left over to stain again next year if the bench becomes faded and dull by the sun.

          This review may also appear on Ciao under the same name.

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            04.05.2011 13:56
            Very helpful
            (Rating)
            1 Comment

            Advantages

            • Reliability

            Disadvantages

            An addictive game suitable for all ages

            Having recently purchased an iPhone I was keen to download and see what the fuss was all about with this Angry Birds game. I thought I would start with the Angry Birds Seasons as at the time it was more popular in terms of downloads, than the original game.
            Priced at only £0.59 from iTunes compared to many other games it seemed a bargain!
            The idea of the game is that you manoeuvre the differing types of birds given to you on each level via a kind of slingshot, to knock over different wooden, metal and ice structures to ultimately hit the green pigs and kill them off!

            The seasons version is based around the calendar of the year whereby they have released special levels/worlds in association with different events through the year. For each level you complete within the different worlds, you are rated between 1 and 3 stars depending on how well you complete the level. Whether this be through using very few birds or obtaining a high score knocking the structures over.

            The very first level released on this game is centered on Halloween and called Trick or Treat. This game features many dark nights with an attempt to come across as spooky and eerie. There are 15 individual levels accessible through the game, and then there are 3 more within this world you can access through Facebook.
            There are many pumpkins dotted throughout to add to the atmosphere and event. Since trying the other themed worlds I soon realised this was one of my least favourite as the music and pictures are just simply not to my liking. That's not to say it isn't good as it certainly is, but I just prefer the more cheery and happier worlds! I found this world the most challenging of them all, and in all honesty am still not able to complete all the levels!

            The next world released was in time for Christmas and is called Season's Greetings. Within this world there are 25 individual levels presented in the format of an advent calendar, whereby you press each number and they open like doors to access. This Christmas world is very wintry, often with snow scenes and snow tipped trees. This is most definitely one of my favourite worlds - I think it may be something to do with my love of Christmas! The levels are again challenging but I found them to be a bit easier than the Halloween world.

            The next world is based around Valentines and is called Hogs and Kisses. There are many love hearts and some of the pigs are wearing red bows on their head to identify the female ones! These as well as the baby pink and light blue colours through the levels are nice touches to add to the romantic theme. I found this world was by far the easiest to complete, despite nearer the end the structures are quite large to knock down. There are again 15 levels to complete with 3 more available through Facebook.

            The next world is based around St Patrick's Day and is named Go Green, Get Lucky. Within this there are 15 individual themed levels that get harder as you progress with the structures becoming more complex to knock over and reach the pigs, again there are 3 more levels through Facebook. I personally found this world quite challenging but did enjoy the Irish theme with some of the pigs wearing little green hats embossed with four leaf clovers! I did finally manage to complete this world, but I must add with a little help from my partner!

            The most recent world released was just before Easter this year and is aptly named Easter Eggs. This world features pigs wearing bunny ears as well as easter eggs dotted within the structures which you can gain extra points from knocking over as well as getting the pigs. I am still making my way through this world, but so far I have found it on a similar par to that of the Valentines world, with light pastel colours and upbeat music and themed images.

            Overall I have been really quite hooked with this game and will definitely be buying the Angry Birds original game. The graphics are great with many bright colours and themed images to add effect to the different seasons. The music throughout all the worlds is themed to fit well, adding to the atmosphere when playing the game. It is really easy to play simply sliding your finger along the screen to move the birds, anyone of any age would be able to play.
            For a mere £0.59 this game has certainly kept me occupied, which prior to owning my iPhone I wouldn't have even been interested in playing games on a handset! I would most definitely recommend, no doubt about it! The only challenge I have now is to see if I can go and re-do some of the levels and obtain the full 3 stars! I hope they continue to release more themed worlds throughout the year, and look forward to the next update.

            This review may also appear on Ciao under the same name.

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              21.04.2011 16:37
              Very helpful
              (Rating)
              1 Comment

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Great shower cream for all the family

              Having always loved most of the products in the Nivea range I was keen to try this Happy time shower gel I saw on offer in my local chemist for only £1.00. I have always found that most Nivea products can be trusted to come up trumps compared to a lot of other products, so I was pretty sure I was in safe hands using this shower cream.

              ~ What is it and who is it for? ~

              This Happy Time is a rich white shower cream with an orange blossom scent, that is designed to soften and smooth your skin after use. It is designed for all the family and is ideal for those with sensitive skin because of the vital bamboo milk ingredient. It is pH skin balanced and dermatologically approved, meaning it will be kind to skin.

              ~The Packaging ~

              This 250ml shower cream comes in a large white plastic bottle with a blue flip lid where the cream is dispensed. The blue and white colours are representative of the Nivea brand.
              I found the bottle quite attractive and it stood out on the shelf next to other brands, with the bright orange image on the front of the bottle.
              Having a flat bottom meant that the bottle sat nicely in the shower without toppling over! The flat lid also made it relatively easy to tip upside down to rest when I was almost at the end of the shower cream!

              ~ Price and Availability ~

              As I mentioned I paid only £1.00 for this shower cream which for a branded Nivea product I felt was very reasonable. Since then I have noticed it is possible to buy products from the Nivea shower gel/cream range on offer, so it is advisable to shop around. The usual retail price is around £1.95 for the 250ml bottle.

              I have found that the product is available from all supermarkets and major chemists, as well as smaller more local stores.

              ~ My Opinion ~

              As soon as I lifted the lid to use this shower cream, the wonderful orange citrus smell hit me, it was fantastic reminding me very much of Body Shop fruity shower products (which I have come to love over the years). The fragrance was quite strong but in a nice way, in that whilst using it left a refreshing and revitalised feeling.

              I found that the cream was of a relatively thick consistency and flowed nicely from the bottle onto my hand. Being white in colour it did look quite luxurious!
              When mixed with water the shower cream lathered with ease and quickly formed small bubbles when on my skin, which because of this I found that I didn't need vast quantities of the cream each shower to do the job.

              As shower creams go, I was really impressed with this one, so much so that I have already bought my next bottle to start on! It has left my skin nice and soft with an almost silky feel. With having sensitive skin I have to watch the products I use, but this has been great with no irritation at all.
              I would most definitely recommend!

              This review may also appear on Ciao under the same name.

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
              • More +
                12.04.2011 11:32
                Very helpful
                (Rating)
                1 Comment

                Advantages

                Disadvantages

                Good deodorant for summer months!

                I have always used a good brand when it comes to deodorant as the last thing you want is your product failing you at a time of need!
                As a result I have pretty much stuck to Sure since I was a teenager as I came to realise I could rely on their products whatever the weather or situation. I was in my local chemist a few weeks ago and noticed they had the Sure Aloe Vera deodorant on a special offer for only £1 for the 150ml can. I hadn't previously used this particular deodorant in their range so for only £1 I was keen to try it.

                ~ What is it? ~

                This Sure deodorant is the aloe vera version, meaning it is kind to your skin, the inclusion of this ingredient should result in smooth and moisturised under arms.
                This deodorant is a long lasting product, that is designed to keep your under arms fresh and dry for 24 hours. It is alcohol free with a slight fragrance.
                Personally I think the fragrance reminds me of spring days with a light floral type scent.

                ~ The Packaging ~

                This deodorant comes in a white and light green coloured pressurised canister with the brand and a large tick clearly visible across the front of the deodorant. When on a shelf in a supermarket or likewise it is clear this is a Sure product.
                The decoration of the can isn't overly fussy or even attractive in my opinion but serves it's purpose.
                To use there is a small lockable feature at the back of the lid where you slide to open and close, meaning when it is closed you are unable to press the deodorant to spray.


                ~ Price and Availability ~

                This Sure product is available from most supermarkets, chemists and other cosmetic stores. As mentioned I paid only £1 on a special offer for the 150ml can, however it is usually available for around £1.99 for this size.

                ~ My Opinion ~

                After having used Sure products for many years I had high hopes for this aloe vera deodorant. The deodorant itself has a pleasant fragrance which I found lasted for quite some time through the day, which was nice - at least it was working!

                The main issue I had was that I found the deodorant left white residue under my arms. I had used the deodorant in accordance with the instructions on the can, so I was not spraying it too close to my under arm area, however it still left this horrible whiteness. I certainly wouldn't have risked wearing a black top after having used the deodorant as it would have left a mark.

                I found that despite this, the deodorant was long lasting and left a fresh feeling throughout the day, even when playing sports so for the price I paid it was a good product and good value.

                I would probably use this deodorant again during summer months when I more likely to wear lighter coloured clothing, however if my usual Sure deodorant is available I'm pretty sure I will veer towards that again.

                This review may also appear on Ciao under the same name.

                Comments

                Login or register to add comments
                • More +
                  07.04.2011 10:59
                  Very helpful
                  (Rating)
                  1 Comment

                  Advantages

                  Disadvantages

                  Great for adding to all types of meals

                  Everyone in our household loves pasta dishes especially meals such as spaghetti bolognese and lasagne, so I always keep a couple of tins of tomatoes in the cupboard ready to make these meals.
                  Mostly we tend to use branded products in our household, however more recently I have been cost cutting as you may have read in my previous reviews, so when shopping I decided to buy these value tomatoes instead of our usual brand. As they were just to be added to sauces and bulk meals out, I decided that it really didn't matter what the make was and how pretty the tin looked or not.

                  ~ The Packaging ~

                  As these tinned plum tomatoes are a Tesco value product, the labelling isn't attractive however it does serve its purpose of informing you of what the product is and a picture of the tomatoes. The Tesco blue, white and red colours are used throughout so it is easily recognisable as a product from the Tesco value range.
                  The tomatoes are packaged in a metal can with the label wrapping around the centre - nothing overly special here! One downside is there is no ring pull in the can as they are a cheaper product and costs have been cut, so you will need a tin opener to access the contents.

                  ~ Price and Availability ~

                  Now this is where this product really becomes of interest! For this 400g tin of peeled plum tomatoes it will set you back a small £0.31, compared a branded version at £0.55 for the same quantity you are making a considerable saving.

                  As this is a Tesco product obviously it is only available from Tesco and their online groceries site.


                  ~ Nutritional Information ~

                  It is recommended that half a can of these tomatoes is a serving for 1 person, however when I add a tin to make a meal I would say that the whole 400g will feed 3 people.

                  For a 200g (half tin) serving:

                  Calories 34kcals
                  Sugar 6g
                  Fat Trace
                  Saturated Fat Trace
                  Salt Trace

                  ~ My Opinion ~

                  The can was packed to the lid with large plum tomatoes which was a real bonus - definitely couldn't fault the quantity for the money. I found that the tomatoes were really juicy and moist as they had been sitting in their own juices, making them really easy to cut and serve as I wished. They were really tasty and soft to consume. I was impressed with the size of the tomatoes as they were a lot bigger than when you buy fresh plum tomatoes. The only thing I noticed was that the tomatoes did vary in size considerably, however this wasn't a problem, for me as I was slicing them for sauces. If you wanted to use them whole this may be an issue for some people.
                  In the tin I would imagine there were around 4-5 tomatoes, which was more than sufficient for my use.
                  Overall I was pleased with this product and will definitely without doubt continue to use instead of the usual brand I used to buy. These are a lot cheaper and the quality and quantity of product is really good and no different to more expensive versions.

                  Comments

                  Login or register to add comments
                  • More +
                    06.04.2011 17:24
                    Very helpful
                    (Rating)

                    Advantages

                    Disadvantages

                    A good meal for those watching their weight

                    Last week when shopping in our local Tesco, I noticed these Light Choices tomato and cheese pasta bakes, I don't know if they are a new product but I certainly hadn't noticed them previously. I like to keep a couple of these pasta ready type meals in the freezer just for times when we have to rush out in the evening straight from work, and only have time for a quick bite to eat.

                    As a Light Choice product I knew this pasta bake would contain less calories and would also have the weight watchers points on the label - which is a bonus for someone like me who keeps an eye on the nutritional content!

                    ~ The Packaging ~

                    This pasta bake came in a black plastic tray with a clear film lid, which was then wrapped with a cardboard sleeve detailing what the product actually is and an appetising picture of the pasta baked cooked.
                    With the white colouring of the sleeve, I quickly identified it as a Light Choice product. It was clearly labelled with the nutritional values (which I shall detail below for those interested).

                    I thought the packaging was fairly attractive, the image used looked appealing and the text was clear to read at first glance. The plastic tray served it purpose for holding the pasta bake, which was suitable for both microwave and oven use, depending on how you wished to cook.


                    ~ Price and Availability ~

                    This pasta bake was only £1 for a 350g pack which serves 1 person. In comparison to many other ready meals this was really reasonable and I certainly didn't mind spending such a small amount for a quick tea!
                    As this is a Tesco product you can obviously only buy from Tesco stores and through their online grocery store.


                    ~ Nutritional Information ~

                    For a 350g pack which serves 1 person, this serving contains:

                    Calories 375kcals
                    Sugar 3g
                    Fat 4g
                    Saturated Fat 3g
                    Salt 0.5g

                    The pasta bake equates to 10 weight watchers pro points for those interested.

                    This product is suitable for vegetarians and can be cooked straight from the freezer.



                    ~ My Opinion ~

                    As my partner and I had one of these pasta bakes each on an evening when we were pushed for time, I heated them in the microwave straight from the freezer. I found that when I followed the instructions on the pack, the pasta needed a little longer so cooked for 1 more minute.

                    When I pulled the foil lid back there was a good quantity of penne tube pasta mixed with a tomato sauce. The bake smelt really nice with the tomato smelling quite strong - I was pleased as at least it wouldn't be bland!
                    The sauce tasted as good as it smelt, with there being a nice after taste too. I did find that the sauce tasted quite sweet, my partner thought it was ok so it may have just been me, but it did taste a touch too sweet for a savoury dish.
                    I found that there wasn't a great amount of mozzarella cheese in the pasta bake - I suppose this was to keep the calories and saturated fat levels lower. I personally thought it could have done with a little more to balance out the sweet tomato taste.

                    Overall I was impressed with this pasta bake and enjoyed my quick tea that evening! I would buy these again, both myself and my partner liked them, however they are quite sweet tasting which may not be to everyone's taste.

                    Comments

                    Login or register to add comments
                  • More +
                    04.04.2011 16:46
                    Very helpful
                    (Rating)

                    Advantages

                    Disadvantages

                    Good value product for cost cutting

                    Recently we have decided to have a bit of a cut back to see actually how much money we can save, as a result I thought we could try these Tesco value baked beans instead of our usual branded variety. Some may say that we are taking our credit crunching a bit too far going from one extreme to another, but I certainly thought it was worth a try seeing how much cheaper this product is.


                    ~ The Packaging ~

                    The labelling of this product isn't exactly attractive with the easily recognisable value range including the Tesco blue barcode image, however I wasn't particularly bothered with how pretty and colourful the label is, simply because I was only interested in the beans inside and whether or not they would be comparable alternative.

                    Unfortunately the can design doesn't include a ring pull so you will need a can opener to access the beans, however this would no doubt increase it's price by adding fancy extras.

                    ~ Price and Availability ~

                    As this is a value range product, the price really does reflect this. Priced at only £0.28 for a 420g tin this is very low price, as a comparison Tesco normal own brand baked beans sell at £0.35 for the same quantity, and the main brand leader at £0.64 for a 415g tin. The price between the Tesco value and the Tesco normal brand isn't a great difference, however if you were buying a few tins at a time you would no doubt notice the financial gain.
                    As stated this is a Tesco Value product so is only available from Tesco stores or through their online site.


                    ~ Nutritional Information~

                    Each tin serves 2 people, giving each a serving of 210g.

                    This size serving contains:

                    Calories 105kcals
                    Sugar 9g
                    Fat 1g
                    Saturated Fat Trace
                    Salt 1.3g

                    This product is suitable for vegetarians.


                    ~ What is it like? ~

                    In total honesty I wasn't expecting these to be the best tasting baked beans simply because of them being a value brand, however they were a lot nicer than originally assumed.

                    The tin was pretty much full to the lid which was a bonus as there was a good quantity for the money. The sauce was a rich orangey red colour which did actually smell of tomatoes when I opened the can.
                    The taste of the sauce was impressive, with the tomatoes clearly evident. I did find that the sauce wasn't quite as thick in consistency as the leading brands, with it being quite runny, which was a little disappointing.
                    As the tin was emptied into the saucepan I did notice that the balance of baked beans to sauce, seemed to be more in the favour of the sauce. There seemed to be a lot more sauce than beans, which personally I am not a fan of. For the money though I couldn't really complain as there was a reason they were cheaper and clearly less beans equals a cheaper product.

                    Overall I would probably recommend this product if you are looking for a cheap alternative, however I think there was just too much sauce and not enough beans for my liking, so consequently I'm sure we'll stick with our usual brand.

                    This review may also appear on Ciao under the same name.

                    Comments

                    Login or register to add comments
                  • More +
                    30.03.2011 11:38
                    Very helpful
                    (Rating)
                    1 Comment

                    Advantages

                    Disadvantages

                    Good quality case for Iphone 3g/3gs

                    Having recently purchased an Iphone 3gs I was looking for a suitable case that would protect both the front screen as well as the back from becoming scratched and damaged. After searching on Amazon I decided to purchase this Belkin leather folio case.

                    ~ Who are Belkin? ~

                    Belkin are a manufacturing company that make and supply accessories for audio and technical equipment. This includes cases, chargers, leads and accessories for laptops, iphones, ipads, ipods, etc.

                    ~ Which phone is it for? ~

                    This Belkin case is desgined to only fit the Iphone 3g and the Iphone 3gs models. It is specifically made to fit these phones width and depth wise. The case is also designed so that whilst the handset is within the case you are still able to easily access the screen and camera features.

                    ~ How much? ~

                    I managed to buy my Belkin case on a special offer for only £4.99 instead of the usual £24.99 from Amazon. After having searched across other online stores the case is on average around £18 to purchase, so it's well worth shopping around to get the best deal.

                    ~ What features does it offer? ~

                    This case is made from durable leather and is black in colour. The leather is smooth with a matt finish with the bottom of the front cover having a suede patterned effect. The inside of the case is a soft material which sits nicely against the handset without causing any damage.
                    The case is secured by a velcro fastener at the bottom of the case, to close you have to pull the elastic so as to stretch it and then pull it around the bottom of the case, and close of the back where the velcro sticks to a small square pad.

                    Inside the case the phone slides into a specifically designed slot whereby the screen is still accessible so you can actually use the phone whilst it is inside the case. The case also has a button which sits over the home button on your Iphone, meaning when pressed it presses the button on the Iphone. This allows for you to still be able to go to the home screen on your handset whilst it's in the case.

                    The case features a cut out slot at the bottom where you can plug your charger into the phone whilst it sits in the case. There is also a cut out hole on the back of the case where the lens of the camera is visible, allowing for you to use the camera without removing the handset from the case.

                    ~ My Opinion ~

                    After having used this case for a few days with my handset, I have been fairly happy with it. The quality is good and the case certainly feels like it is worth more than the £4.99 I paid.
                    My phone seems to sit nicely in the case without moving around - as the case is specifically made for this model the fit is good which no excess room for the phone to slip.

                    There are a couple of small issues I have however. These are firstly with the velcro fastening. In order to close the case you really have to pull the elastic tab quite forcefully in order to make it stretch far enough to reach the back of the case where the faster needs to reach. Once in place it is fine and stays closed, however it does seem quite a job when a simple magnetic clasp would have been a better option.

                    The only other slight qualm I have and that is that when I open the front of the case the screen is quite exposed. If the velcro was to come open in my handbag the front of the case would easily open, thus allowing for scratching. This isn't a massive problem as once the case is closed it does seem fairly sturdy, but I suppose I could also buy a screen protector to eradicate this.

                    Overall I am happy with my purchase and would recommend if you are wanting a good fitting case for your Iphone 3g/3gs.

                    Comments

                    Login or register to add comments
                    • More +
                      15.03.2011 14:02
                      Very helpful
                      (Rating)
                      1 Comment

                      Advantages

                      Disadvantages

                      See review

                      I always watch what I eat so was pleased when I noticed a new product appear on the shelves of my local Tesco, in the shape of these Velvet Crunch snacks.

                      ~ What are they? ~

                      Velvet crunch are a cheddar cheese and spring onion flavoured snack, similar in my opinion to rice cakes only thinner and smaller.
                      They are made from the Brazilian Cassava plant - something I had not heard of before trying these!

                      ~ The Packaging ~

                      These crisp like snacks come in a multipack of 6 individually wrapped 20g bags. I personally think the colours and images on the packaging are quite attractive, at least it must have been for me to notice these on the shelves next to other crisp products!

                      Each bag is foil wrapped to keep the snacks fresh, and can be easily opened at the top of the bag.


                      ~ Price and Availability ~

                      As I have mentioned I bought these in Tesco however they are available in most other supermarkets. As far as I am aware they are only available in the cheddar cheese and spring onion flavour in the UK, but other flavours are available elsewhere.

                      For a mulitpack of 6 bags I paid £1.49, working out to only £0.25 a bag. They are also available for a similar price with other leading supermarkets.


                      ~ Nutritional Values ~

                      Each 20g bag contains

                      Calories 83 kcals
                      Sugar 2.2g
                      Fat 2.0g
                      Of which saturates 0.2g
                      Salt 0.4g

                      They are suitable for vegetarians.

                      On comparison to standard crisps these are a lot better for you, having approximately 70% less fat.


                      ~ My Opinion ~

                      When I first opened the bag I was surprised to find that there was a really good quantity of these snacks, with the bag around ¾ full.
                      Each of the crisp like snacks is round in shape very similar to rice cakes, however they are thinner and a lot easier to break into pieces. You can see bumps and air pockets in each little crisp giving them a light appearance. The crisps are a golden colour speckled with little green dots representing the spring onion flavouring.

                      Upon first opening the bag I was instantly hit by a gorgeously sweet smell of cheese, however it wasn't too overpowering that you would be put off trying the snack.
                      I found they actually did taste like cheese and onion, but they were quite a lot sweeter compared to standard cheese and onion flavoured crisps. The flavour is much more defined and almost elite, it is definitely in a league above the others.
                      Each individual crisp was crunchy to bite but then it soon became soft giving you a melt in the mouth experience.

                      Overall I was really impressed with these snacks and will definitely be buying them again. They are unusual in being made from a Brazilian plant but are well worth a try. I give them 5 stars!

                      This review may also appear on Ciao under the same name.

                      Comments

                      Login or register to add comments
                      • More +
                        14.03.2011 15:46
                        Very helpful
                        (Rating)
                        1 Comment

                        Advantages

                        Disadvantages

                        Good value supermarket facial wipes

                        I would have to say I am a bit of a novice when it comes to face wipes having only previously used one brand. When I was shopping in Tesco a couple of weeks ago I noticed these Tesco Sensitive wipes on a special clearance offer at only £0.21 a pack instead of £0.99! As a result I decided to try these and see how they compared to the wipes I have used in the past.

                        ~ What are they and who are they for? ~

                        These wipes are designed to remove make-up including eye make-up with relative ease. They are specifically formulated for those with sensitive skin as they are fragrance free and hypoallergenic, meaning they should cause very little irritation or reaction on your skin.

                        ~ The Packaging ~

                        These wipes come in a thick plastic sealed bag like packet, where the wipes are easily accessible by peeling back the sticky label on the top, which can then be resealed to keep the wipes moist.
                        Personally I don't think that the packaging is particularly attractive with it's simple blue and white colouring, however as they were very low price I wasn't overly fussed with the packaging.

                        ~ My Opinion ~

                        I found these wipes to be very moist to touch when you first removed one from the packaging, they had held their moisture well within the packaging. I did find that after opening the pack it didn't reseal particularly well however the wipes did still stay moist.

                        When I first put the wipe to my face it felt very cool which made my skin feel refreshed and clean. I was a little dubious in the first instance as the wipes didn't feel particularly thick however they held together and did not tear or rip when used.
                        As the wipes aren't overly thick I did feel that to remove eye make-up especially mascara it did take a few times of rubbing the wipe over my face to fully remove all my make-up. I don't wear lots of make-up so for someone who does, these wipes may become frustrating needing to use quite a few each time to fully remove make-up.

                        I have relatively sensitive skin and I found that I was absolutely fine using these wipes with no irritation whatsoever. As they are fragrance and alcohol free they really suit sensitive skin.

                        These wipes claim to cleanse, tone and moisturise and are enriched with aloe vera and cucumber. Personally I have not noticed that my skin has felt any different using these wipes to my usual products, my skin hasn't felt any smoother. As they are a low price product, even at their normal price, I wouldn't buy them specifically to tone and moisturise my skin anyway, and would invest in a better quality product for that purpose.

                        Overall for my use and for value for money I really cannot fault these wipes. My skin has been fine and has felt fresh and clean from use, as well as the wipes actually being able to remove my make-up. I would definitely recommend if you are wanting low priced facial wipes that do as they claim.

                        Comments

                        Login or register to add comments
                        • More +
                          10.03.2011 11:59
                          Very helpful
                          (Rating)
                          1 Comment

                          Advantages

                          Disadvantages

                          See review

                          When I last used The Body Shop online store I noticed they had a few items in their sale area and as a result I ended up buying their Raspberry Shower Gel.
                          As a fan of The Body Shop and their products I was keen to try this and see how wonderful it would be, as most of their other products are!


                          ~ What is it and who is it for? ~

                          This shower gel is designed for those with normal skin. It is a soap free shower gel with a raspberry extract to give a lovely sweet fruity smell and also to moisturise your skin.

                          ~ The Packaging ~

                          The shower gel comes in a thick plastic bottle with the shower gel in its pinky red colour clearly visible inside.
                          It is easily dispensed from the bottle by tipping upside down and squeezing the bottle for the gel to emerge from the black flip lid.
                          The bottle is very sturdy and able to sit on it's base and not topple over easily.

                          The packaging is fairly minimal with the product name and description on the label, but that is pretty much it. As The Body Shop are environmentally friendly, I guess this is why they do not fuss with the outer packaging, just focussing on the actual product itself.

                          ~ Price and Availability ~

                          I purchased the 250ml bottle on offer for £3 instead of £6. This shower gel was also available in a smaller 60ml bottle and a large bulk 750ml bottle, however since I have purchased the shower gel it is no longer available as it is a special seasonal version. There is however a similar alternative in the raspberry ripple shower product.

                          As this is a Body Shop product it is only available from their stores or online site.

                          ~ My Opinion ~

                          As this is soap free I was concerned that the shower gel would not lather as well as some other gels, however I was pleasantly surprised. I used a small blob about the size of a 50 pence piece which I found was sufficient when added with water to wash my body. When the shower gel mixed with the water it soon lathered quite well, although there were not lots of bubbles as some other gels and creams create.

                          The shower gel had a truly gorgeous fruity smell immediately recognisable as raspberries, it was very realistic. Some gels and creams I have used previously claim to smell of a specific fragrance but often don't, so this was a big thumbs up to The Body Shop.

                          I have relatively sensitive skin and always have to watch the types of product I use, however I was absolutely fine with this shower gel. My skin felt nice and soft, it actually felt moisturised and smooth, with no irritation or rashing whatsoever.
                          My skin also retained the sweet raspberry smell for a little while after washing and drying my body which was a nice added extra!

                          Overall I would have no hesitation in recommending this product, and can't wait for it to be available again from The Body Shop. Oh well in the meantime I guess I will just have to try their other fruity shower gels.... I can't wait!

                          This review may also appear on Ciao.

                          Comments

                          Login or register to add comments
                          • Rimmel Lash Maxxx Mascara / Make Up / 36 Readings / 35 Ratings
                            More +
                            08.03.2011 13:42
                            Very helpful
                            (Rating)

                            Advantages

                            Disadvantages

                            In my opinion steer clear!

                            I am always looking for new and different make-up products that actually do what they claim, but also that make applying a lot easier and in some instances quicker.
                            This is how I came to buy the Rimmel Lash Maxxx mascara. This mascara claims to multiply your lash effect by 3 times, basically meaning that you should have 3 times longer and bigger lashes than using a traditional mascara. So to the test...

                            I managed to buy this mascara on a special offer at my local independent chemist for only £4 for the 8ml tube. It is widely available in most major chemists and supermarkets priced between £5 through to £7. I purchased the standard black mascara however it is also available in extreme black and also in a waterproof version. Compared to other leading brand mascaras this is fairly reasonable for a mid range mascara.

                            The mascara comes in an attractive pink and black plastic tube, clearly identifiable on the Rimmel make-up shelves! The mascara is very easy to open and use, you simply twist the cap and the brush is revealed to apply.

                            Now onto the brush. When I bought this mascara I wrongly assumed that the applicator brush would be fairly similar to those of what I would call normal traditional mascaras, oh how wrong I was. The brush on this mascara is very small and made solely of plastic, meaning it is hard and not soft with the usual bristles. The brush only has hard plastic bristles on one side of the applicator wand, the purpose of this is apparently to be more precise in giving even coverage of your eyelashes. When I first opened the mascara I was pretty disappointed as the brush really doesn't look like it's up to much...which it actually isn't. The brush is simply so small and so hard with its individually separated plastic bristles, it doesn't hold hardly any mascara on it to apply to your eyelashes. I found that I was forever having to dip the brush back in the tube to get more of the mascara. On top of this the brush felt quite harsh against my eyelashes, it didn't seem to have the same smooth glide that standard mascara brushes do.

                            The colour of the mascara was probably the only good thing I could comment on, in that is was actually black as described.
                            The mascara claimed to give you lashes that look 3 times bigger, however in my opinion my eyelashes didn't look as good with this mascara as they do with a normal bog standard one. As the brush didn't hold much mascara at a time I felt I didn't have the same amount of mascara on my eyelashes as I would normally have, which made them look smaller if anything!

                            I have only used this mascara a few times to give it the benefit of the doubt and to be honest I think it will be heading straight for the bin. I really wouldn't waste your money. Luckily I bought it on offer however if I'd paid full price for it I would have been cheesed off and wanting a refund!
                            The only thing I would recommend is to steer clear of this mascara.

                            This review may also be posted on Ciao.

                            Comments

                            Login or register to add comments
                          • More +
                            01.03.2011 13:24
                            Very helpful
                            (Rating)
                            1 Comment

                            Advantages

                            Disadvantages

                            A 4 star mousse

                            When shopping in Tesco a few weeks ago these strawberry mousses caught my eye. I absolutely love anything strawberry or raspberry so thought these would be a nice option as a dessert after tea.


                            ~ The Packaging ~

                            These Tesco strawberry mousses come in a pack of 6 individual plastic pots, each with it's own labelling and peel back detachable lid.
                            The 6 pots are connected together but you simply bend and snap for each pot to detach itself. Each pot is 62.5g in weight.

                            The labelling of the mousses is quite attractive with images of strawberries and a pretty pink background colour.


                            ~ Price and Availability ~

                            I paid £0.75 for a 6 pack of these mousses, however they are currently on offer for only £0.67, making them very little pence per pot.

                            As these are a Tesco own brand product you can only buy them from Tesco stores and through their online shopping site.


                            ~ Nutritional Values ~

                            Each 62.5g pot contains:

                            Calories 105kcals
                            Sugar 10.3g
                            Fat 5.5g
                            Saturated Fat 4.5g
                            Salt 0.1g


                            As you can see as a treat they are not too bad for you, however they are quite high in both sugar and fat.


                            ~ My Opinion ~

                            The mousse is a light baby pink colour. I found it was quite light and bubbly with plenty of air bubbles throughout, giving it a soft texture. When I first pulled back the lid you could instantly smell the fruit content - I wouldn't say that the smell was instantly recognisable as strawberries but it was a nice smell.

                            The mousse itself I found to be very sweet in taste, I certainly found that one pot was sufficient and did not need another, as it was that sweet. It did have a distinctly fruity taste, again I felt this could have been either raspberries or strawberries not specifically recognisable as strawberry.
                            The pot was pretty much full to the lid with the mousse so I certainly felt you were getting a lot of product for your money.

                            Overall as a treat I thought these mousses were a nice change as a dessert. They were really good value for money priced at only 12.5 pence per pot. I thought the taste was pretty good for a supermarket own brand product, however the sugar content is quite high hence the very sweet taste.
                            I would probably have these again, but won't be buying as a weekly item due to their nutritional values.

                            Comments

                            Login or register to add comments
                            1 2 3 4 5 6 7