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INTRODUCTION I am constantly trying out new conditioning products due to my dry long and colour damaged hair! This one caught my eye in the local budget toiletry store probably because of its shimmery pink bottle and two tone liquid. Basically its a spray on leave in conditioner in a recyclable 200ml bottle. Unlike conditioner that you wash in and then out after so many minutes this one is to be applied to clean towel dried or dry hair and LEFT IN. COST/ AVAILABILITY Gliss Hair Repair is available in local chemists such as boots, bargain toiletry stores such as Body Care, supermarkets or online. It costs around £3.79 for a 200ml bottle. Using every day on mine and my daughters hair this bottle will last us around a month. THE PROMISES Ok this bottle is full of those on the front.... "liquid hair repair technology" "express repair conditioner" "immediate combability and shine". Talk about getting my hopes up! On the reverse of the bottle there is varying information including how the new liquid keratin specifically targets damaged areas of hair. It suggests that this product is specifically for dry brittle hair. There is information on directions: SHAKE BEFORE USE (this mixes the two tone liquid into one) and apply to clean towel dried or dry hair, do not wash out. There is information on ingredients, recycling and contact information together with shelf life once opened. The bottle has a plastic lid and a pump action spray. THE PRODUCT The smell of this hair product is divine it has a floral but fresh smell. There is no doubt at all that this product works, it left my hair shiny and conditioned. It was also far easier to comb through with this product in it than without it. I was impressed to say the least. HOWEVER.......... as far as repairing my hair was concerned I don't think so. It provided a temporary solution to my dry damaged hair it certainly does not transform it into undamaged perfect locks! THE VERDICT A great leave in conditioner but to say they "over egg" what this product can do is an understatement. YES it conditions, YES it makes my hair shiny, YES it is easier to comb.... REPAIRED IT IS NOT!
INTRODUCTION Everyone has heard of Aussie products. They are widely available in chemists, supermarkets, budget toiletry stores and on line. My hair is dry because we live in a hard water area and I am constantly trying to find a conditioner/ treatment or anything that will work! (Although I'm not having much success at all!) I saw this product in my local body care but to be honest there wasn't much choice in the deep conditioner section. The cost was £3.65 for a 250ml bottle of this Aussie (limited edition) 3 minute miracle reconstructor deep conditioner for damaged hair. Well, this sounded perfect for my long dyed red hair which was dry as a bone and clearly in need of a miracle. BOTTLE The plastic bottle is white with blue, grey and purple writing. There is no cap to take off as you store it upside down and literally squeeze out the required amount (a walnut size blob) and the bottle is self sealing. I am impressed by this because there is nothing worse than trying to take the top of a bottle with slippery hands in the shower! On the reverse of the bottle there is the following information: *The Aussie Philosopy - "There's more to life than hair but its a good place to start" *Information on their "unique formula" *Directions for use - Leave on for 1-3 minutes and then rinse with warm water *Bar code *Contact information including website www.aussiehair.com *Once open use within 12 months HERE WE GO The first time I used this I followed the instructions carefully and rubbed a probably too generous amount of sickly sweet peach coloured thick conditioner through my hair. I even used a wide toothed comb to ensure even application and as I did so I was becoming quite impressed with how thick and soft my hair was beginning to feel. There is clearly plenty of oils in this conditioner..... BUT..... after three minutes I rinsed my hair thoroughly....... AND........ after towel drying and leaving my hair to dry naturally (not even blow drying, styling or straightening) my hair felt like...... IT HADN'T EVEN BEEN CONDITIONED AT ALL! I have tried this product now on at least three occasions with exactly the same result. Now whether this is down to the fact we live in a hard water area, it doesn't suit my hair or the product just doesnt work, I'm really not sure! But I have to say I am very very disappointed! CONCLUSION I shall not be buying this again. Thanks for reading x
INTRODUCTION This shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle with white snap shut lid. The bottle can be widely recycled locally within the UK. On the front of the bottle there is a blue, white and red label stating that the shower gel is lightly fragranced, leaves skin feeling refreshed and clean together with a picture of water on the front. On the reverse of the bottle there is another label with the following information: * Directions for use *Warnings *Ingredients *The Tesco promise *Contact information *Bar code *Production information *Quantity of shower gel COST/ AVAILABILITY This is a budget shower gel which can be purchased from Tesco supermarkets, some Tesco Express stores or Tesco.com. This shower gel costs around 15p per 300ml and usually lasts me around 3 weeks showering every day. Therefore each shower costs around 0.7p each! Bargain! SMELL/ CONSISTENCY This shower gel is rather gloopy and thick and if you are not very careful it will be dispensed onto your hand/sponge and straight off again down the plug hole!!! This seems to be the main negative point regarding this product! It is a bright blue shower gel which has a light and fresh fragrance, therefore is suitable for both men and women. It lathers up well when it comes into contact with warm water and you only need a small amount to wash your body. It leaves your skin clean soft and very lightly fragranced. CONCLUSION A good budget shower gel for every day, not a luxurious wash! I don't think there is much else that I can say about this product except if your short of pennies its worth a try! Thanks for reading x
INTRODUCTION I have always found white chocolate to be my least favourite. To me it seems more "sweet" than dark or milk chocolate. There is undoubtedly a difference between the higher cocoa content of dark or even milk chocolate whereby the higher the cocoa the higher the price (usually). However, I have found personally that with white chocolate this is not the case. I decided to try this chocolate as my children wanted to make chocolate crispy cakes. PACKAGING & COST This chocolate comes in 100gram slab and is suitable for vegetarians. It costs around 35p from Sainsburys, Sainsbury Local and online at www.sainsburys.co.uk. The packaging is the classice no frills or as Sainsburys call it "Basics" range which is white and orange. In the front there is nutritional value information per quarter of a bar (which is considered one portion) as well as the wording "no fancy packagin, just a good bar of chocolate". On the back there is best before information, how to store, more detailed nutritional information per 100g, ingredients, allergy advice, contact information for Sainsburys should you be unhappy with the product and recycling information. So, basically all the information you could need! VERDICT I cannot fault this chocolate, it tastes just the same as the far more expensive white chocolate. Its creamy and sweet and it also gets the thumbs up from the children too who absolutely loved it! COOKING IDEA I used this chocolate melted and mixed with cornflakes and then put in the fridge to set. These type of cakes take alot of chocolate to make these cakes as you have to coat each cornflake in chocolate so I purchased four bars of this chocolate which worked out at least half the cost if I had purchased any other white chocolate! CONCLUSION Thumbs up for the basics range on this one!!! Thanks for reading x
I have to admit I usually make my own custard from the Birds Custard powder as I feel it tastes lovely, you can make it as thick or thin as you want and with a microwave it takes literally a few minutes. BUT the other day my husband (doing the sunday lunch shop at Sainsburys) thought we could try a tinned custard. *PACKAGING* The 396g tin has orange, white and yellow standard "basics" packaging. It comes with nutritional information on the front of the tin (143kcal per half can, 1.2g fat per half tin etc) with wording.... "Custard, a little less rich still tops a crumble" (a little too true as you will see throughout the review!!!). There is also information that this custard can be eaten hot or cold, instructions on how to heat, ingredients, serving suggestions, recycling information and how to store. *COST AND AVAILABILITY* A tin of this custard costs 25p for 396g which is meant to serve two adults or I would say 3 children. It is available from Sainsburys stores nationwide, some Sainsburys Local or online at www.sainsburys.co.uk if you like to have your shopping delivered. *OPENING THE TIN* As there is no modern click and lift lid this tin requires the old fashioned tin opener. Ok, well you dont mind, its a cheap tin of custard. On opening the tin the custard is pale yellow, rather thinnish with a sickly sweet smell. *HOT OR COLD* As I wasnt particularly impressed on opening the tin I decided to try a teaspoon of this custard cold before I poured it into a microwaveable container to warm. I like cold custard (although I know its not everyones cup of tea) but I DO NOT LIKE this cold custard. The texture was far too runny, the sugar overpowered any custard flavouring at all. Basically it was like eating thick milk with too much sugar! However, I did heat the rest of the can and poured it over the apple crumble. Hoping that on being warmed it might magically gain some flavour! It did, a little and once mixed with the desert became bearable! *CONCLUSION* Unless you are stuck for time and cash I wouldnt even bother with this one, its certainly not a good value product! Too much sugar, small flavour! Thanks for reading x
INTRODUCTION Club Penguin is an online (www.clubpenguin.com) Disney games site which allow youngsters to role play and "look after" their own penguins and pet puffles. Although the initial entry onto the website is free to gain access to most of the areas it does require a monthly fee of £3.95. You can play games, collect penguins, meet other users, "buy" items with the "money" you gain from playing games. Puffles are pets for the penguins on the site and come in a variety of colours. You have to look after your pet by feeding, grooming and playing with them. THE PRODUCT Cuddly puffles can now be purchased online from places like Amazon and Ebay but also from the Entertainer on the high street. They are basically a cuddly cushion and come in two sizes (see cost below). They come in various colours such as blue, orange, green, red, purple and white. They have hair and funny faces stitched onto the front of them. As far as I can tell, having owned one for about a month, they are quite good quality material and stitching seems more than adequate for the cost. COST The smaller ones which are approx 10cm x 8cm are around £5-£8 and the larger ones (we bought the large green one) are approx 20cm x 18cm are around £10-£15. DO KIDS LIKE THEM My son asked for one of these after playing on Club Penguin for about a month and he does cuddle it in bed. Besides that it doesnt exactly do much but it is a cute friend for bed or to cuddle or to use as a cushion. CARE INSTRUCTIONS These toys can only be surface cleaned with a damp cloth. OTHER PRODUCTS IN THE SAME RANGE Include cards which you can collect and swap, books, games and models. OVERALL A nice little cuddly friend to keep in bed.
INTRODUCTION With 5 in our house (two adults and three children) I do on average 8-10 loads of washing a week. I was using a leading brand of washing powder but over the last 2-3 years the price just keeps on increasing. (To the point that at todays date (summer 2011) every wash with Fairy will cost you around 28p in washing liquid alone!) This is when I decided to try a shops own brand. THE PRODUCT The washing gel (630ml/ 18 washes) comes in a white plastic (widely recyclable) bottle with a blue dosing cap. Underneath the dosing cap there is a clip on lid) There is a label on the front and the back of the bottle with instructions/ directions for use, product safety instructions, care instructions, warnings and disposal advice. The liquid is bright blue in colour. THE COST The approximate price of the product is £2.49 but are usually on offer two for £4.00. If you buy on offer this makes each wash just 11p (therefore saving 17p per wash on a leading brand). HOW TO USE IT You use the dosing cap inside the top of the washing (therefore keeping your dosing drawer clean!). Fill according to the instructions on the pack depending on washing load and laundry soiling. Close the door and turn on. This gel liquid is suitable for 15 degrees or higher. I tend to use it mainly on 30 degree washes but sometimes on 40 or 60 degrees and occasionally 90 degrees. FRAGRANCE/ SENSITIVITY I only use non bio liquid because it is dermatologically tested for sensitivity and have no problems at all with my childrens skin. The fragrance is a fresh but mild fragrance so it isn't overpowering like some washing gels. PERFORMANCE I have to say I have noticed no difference in the performance of this product to a leading brand one. I do tend to use slightly more liquid if I have a full load or the washing is heavily soiled. As it is a gel rather than powder it seems to disperse and foam far quicker in the wash. The performance is very good getting the clothes clean and smelling fresh. OVERALL Highly recommended. A cheaper alternative that really doesn't mean cutting performance! Well done Asda. Thanks for reading!
INTRO I noticed these before in major retailers such as Sainsburys and Tescos. They are salad leaves planted in trays for you to take home, put on your windowsill and harvest as and when needed. They come covered in plastic with clear instructions. The plastic needs cutting away to the base in order to keep moisture in the bottom of the tray. COST They cost around 75p to £1.25 in most shops and tend to be available from May to September. Sometimes they are on offer with other salad vegetables. ARE THEY DIFFICULT TO KEEP No. When you first get your living salad home, follow the instructions carefully. This includes cutting down the plastic to the top of the plastic container and placing on a window sill. The one thing I did notice is that it does need watering quite frequently, say half a cup of water twice a day to keep it fresh. HOW LONG DO THEY LAST I have to say I was fed up of buying salad packs and ice burg lettuces that only lasted a couple of days, even in the fridge. When you live 10miles from a supermarket its pretty inconvenient. I have to say buying one of these has been great. Although we dont eat alot of salad I dont want to just eat it on a monday and tuesday after a sunday shop! They last about 5-7 days depending on how well you look after it and how warm it is. Of course the warmer it is the shorter time it will last. TO USE All you do is cut off the number of leaves that you need, wash thoroughly and eat! The rest can be kept until another meal time. FOR THE CHILDREN My children enjoy watering these and have now shown interest in growing our own vegetables, also I have found because they are able to cut their own leaves they have been eating them!!! DISADVANTAGES There isnt a huge amount of salad leaves in the trays, probably around 4 to 6 small servings so maybe wouldnt be much good if you ate alot of salad. The leaves will droop quickly if not watered twice a day so maybe not a good idea if you work long hours or out of the house for many hours a day. OVERALL Great for us who like a little salad throughout the week! Thanks for reading!
My husband bought me one of these for Christmas! (I know maybe a slightly odd present). But I sell on ebay and was forever writing out or trying to print addresses on my regular printer (costly and time consuming considering all the ink I was using as well as the wasted paper/ cutting out of labels). So, I was actually really pleased to receive this. COST They are available together with the labels from places like Amazon, Staples, Ebay etc and cost around £75.00 to £100.00. WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE Its a little pod shaped printer which is grey/ clear. As you lift up the lid the label spool fits inside it. There is a lead which goes to the pc and one to the power supply. It has a blue light on the front which will flash when you are out of labels. WHAT IT DOES Its basically a thermal printer (saving huge costs on ink!) and prints addresses or other information onto different size labels. HOW EASY IS IT TO USE One word.... VERY. Once plugged in and loaded software its literally a case of typing in the address and pressing a button to go. It gives you and image on the pc screen so you can see exactly what your label will look like, its also very fast at printing the labels so great if you have got multiples to do. With a press of a button the label pops out of the front of the machine, ready to peel off the backing and use. LABELS You can purchase the original Dymo labels for this printer or you can purchase others that will fit. They are available online at Amazon, ebay and other online retailers or high street shops such as Staples. I have found they stick very well to paper, cardboard and plastic. They cost around 15 for two rolls of labels which vary in size from approx 1.5cm x 3.5cm to 3cm x 8cm. HOW PROFESSIONAL DO THEY LOOK Again, they are excellent quality. I have only used Dymos own labels and I have to say they are brilliant, the sharpness of the font when printed is also excellent. RECOMMENDED Definitely, if you have a small home business or sell on ebay you will find this invaluable and wonder how you ever did without it.
I have bought these before but decided to give them another try when they were recently on offer at half price in Sainsburys making them just over £1.20 for 6 so the right price of around £2.40 is EXPENSIVE! **INTRO** We all know Kelloggs are an extremely well known brand of cereal and cereal products well loved for many years. Well, these little bars arent actually cereal bars, they are much more! They are described as RAISIN BAKES - delicious bakes made with rolled oats, wheat and plump raisins! YUM! **PACKAGING** Elevenses come individually wrapped in a sealed foil wrapper and the six bars come in a recycable cardboard box. The box has a perforated lid on the front, which can be opened then tucked in and the box re-sealed. The box is purple and very attractively and eyecatchingly designed with a picture of the product on the pront as well as basic nutritional information in the top right hand corner. Other information on the box includes ingredients - 36 % cereals together with 10% raisins and added vitamins and minerals. The information on the box is also in several languages. There is a customer care line number if you have any queries, an expiry date and bar code. **AVAILABLE FROM** All local convenience stores, supermarkets, garages and service stations. These bars are sold individually and in packs of 6. **TASTE** These bars are more like a cake bar than a cereal bar. They are moist and tasty with oats covering the top. There are plenty of raisins throughout the bar and I have to say I can easily eat two of them at a time! But then I am greedy! My son absolutely adores these and I would say they were suitable from 3+ years helping them to get some added vitamins and minerals too. **VERDICT** Buy these on offer and I dont think you will be disappointed. They are suitable to eat any time of the day, not just at breakfast or 11 O'clock!
I still use baby wipes quite a lot even though my children are now four, five and six and get through a pack every couple of weeks. They have a variety of uses in our house, from wiping dirty hands and faces to wiping mud of the school shoes. They are excellent for wiping out the inside of your car and I have even used them to remove make up when I have run out of facial cleansing wipes! **INTRO** Sainsburys basics range now contains a huge variety of products throughout the store, from fresh fruit and vegetables to tinned tomatoes, to baby products. The packaging is very similar throughout the range and consists of a white background with the Sainsburys basics logo in orange and orange writing. **PACKAGING** These wipes come in a pack of 80 surrounded by plastic with a lift off and resealable flap. The packaging is white with orange basics logo and writing and on the front it says "80 baby wipes - everyday design, everyday use". On the reverse there is the product promise, directions for use and ingredients. These wipes are NOT FLUSHABLE and the packaging is currently not recyclable. **PRICE** Compared to the leading brands at around £1.49-2.25 for each 80 wipe pack these are extremely cheap at 50p. That makes them far less than a penny a wipe! **EFFECTIVENESS** Baby wipes are of course sold for babies! They are designed to wipe their faces and their bottoms! These wipes are quite nice and thick in texture and do an excellent job at removing dirt, grime etc from skin. They are gentle on the skin and are only very slightly fragranced. **TIP ON STORAGE** Even though they come with a resealable flap I recommend through personal experience that you close the flap and store the wipes upside down. This will effectively stop them drying out! **VERDICT** I cannot fault these wipes for their multitude of uses and cannot imagine even as my children get older not buying a couple of packs a month. They are also very useful to carry in the car, on picnics, days out, holidays etc and at 50p a pack they are just amazing value!
I regularly buy magazines, usually of this kind, as I find them easy to pick up and read rather than a book. You can fit in ten minutes here and there whilst having a coffee or just before school pick up. **INTRO** Take a Break magazine is now priced at 80p and is published on a weekly basis. Its a colour magazine with around about 65 pages. Its published by Bauer and basically contains a variety of real, true life stories, beauty tips, problem page, puzzles of various kinds, prizes to be won and recipes, fashion pages etc. **IS IT A GOOD READ** Well, yes it is actually. First of all I think that there is plenty of variety throughout the magazine. The front page highlights the top stories (much like a newspaper would) and tends to have eye catching pictures and headlines. The real life stories often make a good read and are fairly well written usually taking into account both sides of the story. They are written concisely but in enough detail to hold your attention well. Often some of the stories regarding babies and children are often very sad. I have been caught crying my eyes out on many an occasion from reading them. They can often make you realise that you are incredibly lucky and I think we all need to be bought down to earth sometimes to realise that! The puzzles can be quite easy to do and are often part of their competition entries, always fun to enter. I also enjoy reading the fashion pages, beauty tips and problem pages as there are often some useful advice. Another part of the magazine I enjoy is the readers top tips. These are useful hints in how to save money, or reuse an item/ recycle it for another purpose. You can also send in your own tips to win cash! I have tried a variety of the recipes in the past, they are usually meals on a budget or how to make a healthy meal from left overs. All of these that I have tried have been tasty and cheap to make. Ok, not Gordon Ramsay but nice meals none the less. **VALUE FOR MONEY** I have to say that 80p for 65 or so pages is good value for money, especially some of the other magazines are certainly not as well written as this one. **VERDICT** If you like reality magazines then I do recommend to try this one!
Having not had one of these yoghurts for several years I was wandering around Sainsburys today and noticed that they were doing an offer of 4 for £2. The usual price of these are 65p or thereabouts for 150g pot of yoghurt. **INTRO** I love yoghurt. I can eat the full fat version or lower fat ones and as long as the taste is there I am quite happy. Muller make these Amore yoghurts and they come in this flavour as well as Spanish orange and Morello cherry. **PACKAGING** These yoghurts are sold separately and are not available as a multi-pack so best value is to get them when they are on offer. They come in a round tub which is dark blue plastic and can be widely recycled. The lid is foil for freshness. On the tub there is a picture of honey and almond as well as ingredient information, nutritional information as well as information on how to keep the yoghurt fresh. The packaging is rather indulgent and does give the impression of being a quality product. **TASTE** There is no doubt in saying first of all that these yoghurts are certainly not low fat. The pot contains 15% of whipping cream and together with the other ingredients it is hardly surprising that the product contains over 8% fat. BUT it tastes good! The yoghurt is thick and creamy in texture and on eating it there is evidence of plenty of flavour from both the honey and the walnuts. Both flavours complement each other very nicely and the flavour is just strong enough throughout the pot. **I COULD EAT MORE!** With the pot containing 150g of yoghurt this is quite a large single yoghurt but I kind of get to the end and wish that there was at least another couple of spoonfuls.... I am now trying to stop myself going to the fridge to eat another one. at 240cals per pot I am guessing they are not a low fat option **VERDICT** Gorgeous luxury yoghurt that I recommend you try when its on offer otherwise they are quite expensive!
I have a few friends who have sold these FOREVER LIVING products and had parties so I have had the benefit of trying quite a few of their products. They are only available through distributors throughout the UK or online. For further information please go to www.foreverliving.com **INTRODUCTION** Forever living products use primarily aloe vera in their products. Its natural moisturising and healing properties have renowned benefits which are recognised the world over. **GELLY** This particular product comes in a white plastic 118ml or 4fl oz tube with a snap top lid which is recycable. It is manufactured in America. This particular product is aimed at insect stings or bites such as bee or wasp stings, sunburn or any other irritation of the skin. It is safe for adults and children alike. It is a clear gelly with a faint aloe vera smell. Aloe vera is a natural product and this gelly contains 100% stabilised aloe vera gelly. **DIRECTIONS** The area of the skin should be cleansed thoroughly and dried. Then the aloe vera gelly should be applied liberally (not rubbed in but let to dry on the skin). Reapplication can be done as needed. **MY FINDINGS** I have used this gelly on myself and on my children and have to say that it is excellent. On application it feels cool and calming and instantly takes away any irritation and soreness. The fact that it is a natural product and free from chemicals is particularly appealing to me especially using it on my children! I tend to reapply it a couple of times every 2 hours for stings and sunburn. Although it does recommend you apply liberally I find that a tube lasts quite a long time, at least several months. **COST** This product costs around £10-12 so it is not a cheap option. However, I do feel that it is a product which does do what it says and is therefore worth the cost. **VERDICT** Versatile, natural product which really works! Thumbs up from me!
Having bought more expensive baby bath liquids I decided to try this one at around 35-40p for 500ml i thought I couldnt go wrong.... and I have to say that I have never looked back! **PACKAGING** The 500ml bottle is white plastic with flip top lid and it is widely recycled throughout the UK. The label is white with the standard Tesco Value logo and information regarding the product which includes directions, warnings, ingredients, product information, product promise and contact information. **DIRECTIONS FOR USE** Pour under running water is all that it says! However in my experience for a half full bath for a child or children you will need about 50ml (so a bottle is enough for ten baths). This is probably slightly more than the more expensive baby bath products. **BUBBLE BATHS!** Personally I dont like my bubble bath to bubble too much only because it seems the products that do tend to dry skin out quicker (only my experience of course). So I was quite pleased that this does seem to be a particularly gentle product with a few, but not to many bubbles! Also the fragrance is not too strong, also indicating it probably has more gentle properties. Even when my children are a little grimy from playing this baby bath does a really good job of removing the dirt. What was particularly interesting was that I compared the ingredients of this product to the normal tesco baby bath and the contents of the ingredients appeared to be IDENTICAL! The only difference being the normal product was over four times the price and in a posh bottle! It also recommends that you use this product within 12 months of opening! **VERDICT** Brilliant, gentle, cheap product which I have been buying for many years!