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      05.04.2011 14:10
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      A zesty Satsuma shower gel that invigorates you.

      *** Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel***

      Product says it is zesty soap free cleansing.

      Available from The Body Shop.

      I was bought a Satsuma themed gift set for my birthday. In it was a 60ml bottle of Satsuma shower gel. I don't normally go for citrus fragranced products as I am more of a coconut or Soap + Glory fragrance person.
      I opened the bottle to have a sniff and thought it smelt very refreshing and zesty the Satsuma smell came through really well. I then decided to take this small bottle on a weekend away.

      When using the product in the shower first thing in the morning it had a fragrance that automatically makes you feel more wide awake which is what I was looking for as I was up early and feeling groggy beforehand. I put about a desert spoon size into a 'shower fluffy puff' and applied it to my body. It lathered up really well and kept it's foam like texture before rinsing so 1 desert spoon size was enough. The small size bottle was perfect for a weekend away as it certainly lasted. The Satsuma fragrance stayed with me when I got out the shower and I could smell it subtle Satsuma throughout the morning. The fragrance helped me to feel invigorated.

      The package says that it uses Community Trade organic soya oil from Brazil . Also as with Body Shop stuff it hadn't been tested on animals.

      ***Ingredients***Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Cocamide DEA (Surfactant), Coco-Glucoside (Surfactant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Glycine soja (Soybean Oil) (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Citrus nobilis (Mandarin Orange Oil) (Fragrance), Methylparaben (Preservative), PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate (Surfactant), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Benzophenone-4 (Sunscreen), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Citrus reticulata (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Citrus dulcis (Orange Oil) (Fragrance/Essential Oil), Sodium Dehydroacetate (Preservative), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 15510 (Colour), CI 15985 (Colour).

      I would certainly buy this product in future especially in the summer and if I need to feel invigorated. I am therefore giving this product 5 stars


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        04.04.2011 18:37
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        Reasobably priced but the top didn't work on 1 bottle

        ***Tesco Antibacterial Handwash***

        Bought this for 77pence.

        Says it removes germs and odours and is suitable for sensitive skin.

        Usually get Carex but I am trying to cut back so gave this a try. I have bought it twice now. The 1st time I had no issues with getting it open ready to dispense but the 2nd bottle is giving me problems so much so that I have had to pour it into the old bottle. The top was just going round and round and would not get into the position for dispensing.

        The liquid is blue in colour and is thick enough in comparison to other brands such as Carex. It has a fresh smell and is near enough the same smell as Carex.

        When using the bottle that worked it came out well when pressing the nozzle. One or two squirts is sufficient and you feel confident you have cleaned your hands well. After using continuously over time I have felt my hands to be somewhat dry. This in itself wouldn't put me off buying or using the actual soap again but it is supposed to be for sensitive skin. So along with the bottle that did not work I will give this a miss in future as I think Home Bargains does a cheap enough anti bacterial hand wash so I will try that.

        The bottle has 500ml of liquid soap and lasted quite well.

        ***Bottle has warning***Avoid contact with eyes. If this occurs rinse well with plenty of clean warm water.

        ***Ingredients*** Aqua, sodium laureth sulphate, sodium chloride, coco-glucoside, propylene glycol, cocamidopropyl betaine, salicylic acid, parfum, disodium EDTA, citric acid, butylphenyl methylpropional, citronellol, linalool, benzyl alchohol, geraniol, sodium hydroxide, magnesium nitrate, methylchloroisothiazilonene, magnesium chloride, methylisothiazolinonene, hexylene glycol, CI 42051.
        Produced in the UK.


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          04.04.2011 12:35
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          A reasonably priced exercise bike that is easy to use

          ***Davina Foldable Magnetic Exercise Bike***

          ***The bike basics***
          Magnetic resistance system.
          Hand grip pulse sensor.
          Console feedback including: time, speed, distance, calories, scan and pulse.
          8 level tension control.
          1.26kg flywheel.

          ***Price and where to buy***
          This can be bought at Argos for £99.99. I bought it from Argos just after Christmas for £69.99. There is often a 20% off offer where it is sold for £79.99.
          The exercise bike is quite often out of stock so you are best reserving it. This is easy to do on Argos website and you get a text message when it will be in.
          You will need transport if you are picking it up in person so make sure it is an Argos that has a handy carpark or helpful assistant that I found.
          You can also pay for home delivery which if you don't have transport is worth it as it would be less than the price of a taxi and you don't have to actually walk with product to then find a taxi.

          ***Assembling the product***
          I bought this as my sister had one and I liked it as it didn't make a noise so I could watch TV and exercise. I am not the best at putting things up so me being able to assemble something like this in the first place means it must have been easy enough for most people to do. The bike took about 20 mins to assemble. I needed someone to help keep it stable for the first part then I could do it by myself. The product has a spanner type of thing and Allen key which is all you will need. You get 2 triple AAA batteries to put in the thing that tells you how far you've gone.

          ***Using the product***
          As mentioned due to it being magnetic it doesn't make a noise so I can exercise while watching TV or when someone else is watching without being a nuisance. The bike tells you how long you've been on it, how far you've 'gone', pulse rate, speed and calories burnt. This is great as I set targets of 20 minutes or 30 minutes. The seat can be a bit uncomfortable after 20mins but I find that with any exercise bike. The tension rate is easy to change as you just reach down and turn the knob. The bike does fold by simply releasing a pin type thing this will then allow you to put it in a cupboard or under the stairs however it is still quite large when folded so bear this in mind.

          I have been going on the bike 3 times a week and along with following a slimming plan have so far lost 1stone 10 pounds. The bike helps me tackle one of my problem areas which is my thighs. As I can't afford to subscribe to a gym and have the convenience of exercising in my own home the bike is just what I need. My husband and daughter have been going on it so it has been getting used well and so far I haven't had any problems with it. The batteries you get with it don't last long so when replacing buy longer life ones. The bike however can be used when they run out but you can't track your progress.
          I would recommend this product if you want a reasonably priced exercise bike that is easy to assemble.

          I am giving this 4 stars. One star is deducted due to it still being quite large when folded away


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        • Pan's Labyrinth (2 DVDs) / DVD / 20 Readings / 20 Ratings
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          03.04.2011 23:24
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          A fairy tale for older people.

          ***Pan's Labyrinth***

          Rated as suitable for 15 years and over.

          Director- Guillermo del Toro.

          Running time- 118 minutes.

          Spanish language film with English subtitles.

          Released in 2006.

          Available from Amazon for £5.99

          Ivana Baquero ... Ofelia

          Sergi López ... Vidal

          Maribel Verdú ... Mercedes

          Doug Jones ... Faun / Pale Man

          Ariadna Gil ... Carmen

          Álex Angulo ... Doctor

          Manolo Solo ... Garcés

          César Vea ... Serrano

          Roger Casamajor ... Pedro

          Ivan Massagué ... El Tarta

          Gonzalo Uriarte ... Francés

          Eusebio Lázaro ... Padre

          Francisco Vidal ... Sacerdote (as Paco Vidal)

          Juanjo Cucalón ... Alcalde

          I don't normally go for the 'fantasy' type of films but I was bored on a Saturday night and my husband had this film bought for him at Christmas. I do however like historical themed films so it was this part of the 'Blurb' that got me watching it instead of Ant + Dec or one of my daughter's DVD's.

          The film is set during The Spanish Civil War in 1944. The main character is a Ofelia a girl about 9 or 10 who travels with her pregnant mother to visit ''The Capitain' her step father who is a fascist in Franco's army. This is in the countryside in Northern Spain

          Ofelia likes to read and has a wonderful imagination. She lives some of her life in a fantasy world. A large dragonfly visits her in the night and takes Ofelia to an old abandoned Labyrinth where she meets a faun. The faun tells Ofelia she is an ancient princess and sets her 3 tasks to complete to prove that she is the princess. While watching you think should Ofelia trust the faun and go along with what he asks. One of the imaginary characters is the disturbing man with no face that Ofelia comes across while completing one of the tasks. As an adult watching the film this was creepier than anything in a Harry Potter film.

          The fantasy world is interwoven into the other story line beautifully in the film. The end of the film builds into a final climax for both stories.

          The other story is based around 'The Capitain' and him trying to quell the 'leftie guerillas' hiding in the woods. 'The Capitain' is a cold and cruel man who is now married to Ofelia's pregnant mother.

          Ofelia develops a friendship with the secretive housekeeper Mercedes. Without giving away too much Mercedes is in touch with the guerillas in the woods who 'The Capitain' is in pursuit of. Early on in the film Ofelia becomes aware of Mercedes secret but does not divulge it to anyone as she likes Mercedes.
          The film shows Mercedes helping her 'guerrilla' brother Pedro by getting food, letters and medicine to him and associates in the forest. She is assisted by the Doctor who the film subtely shows his fondness towards Mercedes. If or when they are caught both Mercedes and the Doctor know the real danger to themselves and to those in the woods.

          I liked the portrayal of Mercedes in the film as although she was in a traditional role as The Capitain's housekeeper her defiance and ingenuity showed that 'ordinary' women can be brave and out fox people even those in positions of authority like The Capitain.

          The Capitain is played well as his arrogance and power show him trying to kick the locals and guerrillas into touch. Even in his 'private life' The Capitain is cruel and harsh. The only person he seems to show any emotion towards is to the baby his wife is having and gives birth to in the film. Even this is mixed with believing he cares mostly about the baby carrying on his family name and he expects his wife to give birth to a son.

          This film is original and unusual. The fantasy world charcters are done very well. This film is like a fairy tale but not a children's one interlinked with the serious story of The Spanish Civil War and the role of The Capitain. The actual visual impact gives of a dark atmospheric eerie feel.

          It is worth giving this film a try as I found it original and it left an impression on me. I am really glad I watched this film


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            03.04.2011 17:22
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            A budget price that does a good job

            ***Tesco Value Pine Toilet Cleaner***

            This is currently being sold for 27 pence at my local Tesco's.

            The bottle contains 750ml.

            The bottle has changed from the one in the picture. It is more in the 'usual' shape for a toilet cleaner where the spout is at angle. Having used both the old and new version I would say the new bottle is an improvement from the old one because firstly the more 'usual' shape is easier to apply and causes less wastage. The new bottle also doesn't 'suck' inwards when applying so does not then have to be squeezed in and out as I had to with the old bottle to then apply the cleaner on the next occasion. Whether this is due to the newer shape of the bottle or maybe it is made from a different material it improves the product so that I buy it regularly rather than now and again when really skint.

            The toilet cleaner says that it cleans, freshens and attacks odours but there is nowhere on the package that it states it kills germs so this is worth bearing in mind. Due to it not killing germs I also every other day or so put bleach around the toilet rim though obviously not together as this could produce poisonous fumes as most toilet cleaners and bleach warn not to be mixed/used with other cleaning products or bleach. This product gives that warning.

            ***Using the toilet cleaner*** The cleaner is green in colour and is pine scented. It is quite thick considering it is a 'budget' product. The pine smell isn't overpowering but is enough to leave a fresh smell. I have smelled pine fragrances that are more pleasant and also that are worse and I would say this is in the middle of the range. A pine fragrance to me is however very similar and there isn't to much differentiation with different products. I apply it once under the toilet rim giving the bottle a gentle squeeze if it is near the end of the bottle. The liquid will 'stay' near the toilet rim for a decent amount of time as I have bought more expensive ones in the past that just had no 'staying' power at all. The liquid if left for a few hours will slowly descend down into the toilet pan but you could still tell there is still a bit near the rim. This is the same if left over night. I tend to squish this around the toilet and then scrub with the toilet brush if someone (usually my OH) has been for a 'number 2' and left a little trace of it! This product is ideal for that purpose.

            ***Directions for use*** Direct around the bowl and under the rim. Leave for a couple of hours or overnight, then flush before using the toilet.

            ***Care Instructions*** Do not mix with other cleaning products/bleaches. Use only in the toilet bowl. Wipe up any accidental spillage immediately.

            ***Storage*** Store upright in a cool place. Do not expose to extreme temperatures.

            ***Warning*** KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN. Keep away from eyes. If product gets into eyes rinse thoroughly with water. Rinse and dry hands after use. People with sensitive or damaged skin should avoid prolonged contact with the product. Do not ingest. If product is ingested seek medical advice.

            ***Product Information*** Contains amongst other ingredients:
            Non-ionic Surfants -Less than 5%
            Disinfectant, Dimethylol Glycol, Benzisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone, Perfume.

            Produced in the UK.


            I recommend if you want a cheap toilet cleaner that does the job and don't mind a pine fragrance. A real bargain.


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            01.04.2011 20:15
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            A real bargain no frills bargain.

            ***Tesco Value - Sponge Pan Cleaners***

            These come in a pack of 5.

            ***Price*** They are currently on sale for 12 pence a packet.

            They are sponge with a green scouring side. I always have some of these around the house and at 12 pence a pack they are not going to break your bank account.

            ***What are they like*** They do quite a good job. I use them when doing the dishes, wipe down surfaces in the kitchen and in the bathroom. The green scourer part is up to the job of getting off stuck on bits of burnt food on pans. There is better products on the market but are a lot more expensive and when cleaning a cooker even more expensive ones get a bit worst for wear. I like the fact that they are cheap enough to be changed regularly and to have a different one for different uses. They are a bit on the small side compared to some others and are all the same colour. The green scourer can get a bit worn down if doing heavy duty jobs.

            ***Would I recommend them*** Yes. They don't promise any extra qualities but for 12 pence you are buying a bargain and they do the job they are meant to.

            I have given them 4 stars as there is 1 or 2 products that are better on the market but the price makes them worthy of the 4 stars as they are fit for purpose.


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            01.04.2011 13:09
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            I love the smell and it moisturises well

            ***Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter***

            Retails at £10.21 for 300ml and can be bought in Boots. Boots have offers such as 3 for 2 or a Third off so you could buy this for cheaper.

            Body butter type of moisturiser for very dry skin.

            Well I was bought this in a large set at Christmas and it is definitely my favourite in the set. I absolutely love the smell which is that of the usual Soap & Glory products of lovely feminine smell that is not too overpowering but enough for you to feel like you're wearing something special. I sometimes open the pot just to smell the fragrance and my daughter has even started to want Soap & Glory products since smelling this.

            To apply you put your fingertips in and apply. The tub says to do this after showering onto damp skin which I have been doing and my legs and arms feel nice and soft especially my knees and elbows which I have been trying to get into tip top condition 'skin wise'. The butter absorbs well and doesn't leave a greasy feel just a soft skin that has been moisturised.

            This product is made in the UK.

            ***Ingredients***Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Geraniol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol,
            Glyceryl Stearate, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Peg-100 Stearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Dimethicone, Glyceryl lymethacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Dipropylene Glycol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Aqua (Water), Ethylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Potassium Hydroxide, BHT, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Propylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disodium Edta, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil

            Would I recommend this product. Yes it is now my favourite product. Would I pay £10.21 yes if I couln't get it cheaper but as it is on offer regularly I know I wouldn't have to. If I was skint I would ask for this as a present so that I could have my favourite moisturising treat.

            I am giving this 5 stars as I love this product.



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            01.04.2011 12:21
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            Average for the price.

            ***Soap & Glory Off Your Face- Cleansing Cloths***

            The packet says that they are infused with PORESHRINK-RS and are an acid free exfoiliator.These come in a packet of 25 and are a 3 in 1 cloth. This means that they cleanse, tone and smooth.
            They retail for £4.09 and can be bought from Boots.
            Boots regularly have 3 for 2 promotions on Soap & Glory products so they would work out cheaper that way.
            I however had them given to me as part of a Soap & Glory set I got at Christmas packed full of lovely things.

            ***Negatives*** These cleansing cloths I must say were my least favourite item in the set I received. The main reason I don't like them is that they say avoid direct contact with your eyes. Now one of the main reasons I use wipes on my face is to remove eye make up so I would then need to use my usual baby wipes as well as these.
            Secondly they do not have the usual Soap & Glory fragrance that I love. The smell isn't unpleasant though it just smells of a 'forest fern' type of fragrance with a very slight undertone of mint. The smell maybe could be described as a refreshing smell which some people may actually like.

            ***Positives*** Resealable plastic lid which prevents the wipes from drying out.
            Also the wipes are textured with bumps which helps exfoiliate the skin which works alongside the 'Poreshrink-RS' they are infused with. This did seem to work to some extent on my large visible pores around my nose and chin area. It was not a miracle cure for these but I felt as if the pores were tighter and after a few days there seemed to be some improvement around the chin area only slight but enough to notice on close inspection.

            The wipes are of average strength and softness and as mentioned have small raised bumps to help exfoiliate the skin. They measure 180mm x165mm. They have a 3month life when opened. They say bin it don't flush it and that you should avoid direct contact with eyes.

            ***Ingredients*** Amyl Cinnamal, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glucosamine HCL, Algae Extract, Urea, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Ceteareth-12, Benzoic Acid,Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium ydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Aqua (Water)

            The wipes did cleanse and tone my face quite well and I felt they worked to a small extent on my pores. However, I would not buy them again and especially not at £4.09. If they were given in another set I would use them again but mainly to stop them going to waste.

            I am giving these wipes three stars. One star is removed due to not being able to use on eyes and another is the price.



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          • What's On TV / Magazine / Newspaper / 33 Readings / 31 Ratings
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            25.03.2011 11:05
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            Packed with all your TV needs

            ***What's on TV***

            This magazine currently retails at 49p (the picture has 40p).

            Weekly magazine.

            I buy this magazine every week and have been buying for at least 3years. It comes out on a Tuesday and has the TV listings for the following Saturday-Friday.

            Why buy this when you can get one free in a newspaper. Well whenever I have forgotton to buy this magazine and relied on a guide from a paper I often find that they have spaces in some of their listings saying something like 'yet to be announced' or sometimes I have waited to watch something and it hasn't come on. With the What's on TV magazine I have always found it to be consistant and reliable with its listings.

            For each day the listing has the main TV stations on the first page then four more pages of many of the digital/ satellite channels. There is a seperate headings/listings for Freeview channels, Movies, Kids and Sport. It also has Whats on Radio1-5.

            There is a weekly film guide that rates with a number of stars the films a bit like dooyoo. 5stars for a exellent film down to 1 star for a poor film.

            The magazine has features of what is coming on the following week sometimes it is what the program is about or an interview with a star or guest featured on the show. This often helps me choose what to watch or if the program isn't for me.

            The magazine has a double spread on all the soaps plots called Soap Diary. A short breakdown or titbit of what is happening that week. Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Neighbours and Home and Away all feature and if your like me I always want to know what is going on in Eastenders and Corrie you would enjoy this bit.

            The front cover nearly always has an Eastender Character on very rarely any one from other soaps and never from other programs.
            There is also a Have Your Say letters page that has what readers thought of recent programs and also a small section where they answer 2 questions such as When is that program coming on again, What was the music in that advert called? or The program has disappered mid series will it come back on our screens again?

            I like this magazine as it is cleaner (no print rubbing on fingers) than looking in a newspaper and more reliable than the free TV guides in Saturday and Sunday papers. I would reccomend to a friend as it has most of what you need for in a TV guide and is a good price. As there is so many TV stations it is probably unrealistic to expect detailed listings of every channel but it has more than the free ones in newspapers.


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          • Britvic 7 Up Free / Soft Drink / 24 Readings / 22 Ratings
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            25.03.2011 10:00
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            A summery fizzy drink that hit the spot.

            ***7up free*** 330ml can.

            The product is a fizzy carbonated lemon and lime flavoured drink. It is called 7up 'free' due to it being the low calorie version and on the front of the can it says it is sugar free.

            I bought 6 cans in Tesco's for £1.42 they were on offer and would normally sell at £2.85 for the 6 however they tend to have Buy 1 get1 Free deals every so often.

            The product I am reviewing now looks different to the one in the picture. It now has a silver background with pictures of lemon and limes. It also no longer has a picture of Fido Dido (cartoon image popular in the 90's) on the can.

            I could taste the lemon flavour more than the lime with plenty of fizz that didn't go flat while I was drinking it. It had a sweet taste and I thought quite refreshing to drink while the sun was shining and drunk straight out of the fridge from the can. I had another the next day and poured it into the glass I could see plenty of bubbles in the clear coloured liquid and again felt refreshed after drinking slowly from a glass.

            This is a pleasant refreshing fizzy low calorie drink to have in the warmer weather. It makes a change from cola or just regulation lemonade. I like to have a few cans of soft drinks in so that I can pop 1 in my bag if visiting someone or out and about as I am trying to lose weight and I know I can have 1 of these on my diet. My daughter also liked the taste and said she preferedd it to plain regulation lemonade. The clear colour is an advantage to me as my daughter can be a bit absent minded and spill things so letting her have this instead of a coloured drink stops me from 'nagging' 'be careful you don't spill that' all the time.

            ***Ingredients*** Carbonated water, citric acid, natural lemon and lime flavouring, malic acid, acid regulator (sodium citrate), sweetners (aspartame, acesulame K), potassium chloride, pectin. Contains a source of penylalanine.

            ***Nutrition Information***
            Carbohydrate- 0.1g
            of which sugars- Nil
            Fat- Nil
            of which saturates- Nil
            *equivalent as Salt-Trace

            The product is made in GB.
            It is canned or distributed by Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd., Chelmsford, CM1 1TU, England.

            The only issue I have really is the 'sugar free' written on the front of the packaging. Although I have no quibbles about it being 'sugar free' some people may think having the 'sugar free' version is good for their teeth when it has been shown that citric acid in many low calorie fizzy drinks is harmful to teeth to.


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          • Tesco Value Cottage Cheese / Cheese / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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            23.03.2011 14:26
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            A cheap cottage cheese that tastes better than other more expensive ones.

            ***Tesco Value Cottage Cheese-300grams***

            I paid 55 pence for my tub.

            Suitable for Vegetarians. Added ingeredient-Salt.

            This product is now packaged a bit different than in the picture which is how it used to look. It now is sold in a taller tub which has a plastic lid as well as the usual type of sealed lid. Also you now get 300grams instead of 200grams.

            ***Why I bought this product***
            I am following Slimming World diet to help me lose weight and Tesco Value Cottage Cheese can be eaten freely on the Extra Easy, Green days + Red days on this particular diet. I actually eat cottage cheese when not slimming as I like the taste of Langley Farm Cottage Cheese but find it hard to buy as I can only find it in Asda also it isn't the Very Low Fat kind of Cottage Cheese. The Tesco Value Cottage Cheese was the cheapest in Tesco's. I have tried their Healthy Living Cottage Cheese and wasn't that impressed with the texture, taste or price. I thought I would see if the cheaper one was any better.

            ***What was it like***
            Well it tasted a bit better than the Tesco Healthy Living(THL) one so as it is much cheaper I would choose it over that. It wasn't as watery as the THL one so the taste was a bit more creamier and the texture was more substantial. The actual pieces of cottage seemed a bit more substantial when eating than THL. Unflavoured cottage cheese can taste a bit plain especially the Very Low Fat ones butThe Tesco Value Cottage Cheese does bear up well in regards to taste compared to others as I have also tried Marks + Spencer Fat Free Cottage Cheese which I did not like at all. The Tesco Value Cottage Cheese I ate with a Jacket potatoes and salad and also on some crispbreads. It went well with the jacket potato but I felt that with the crispbread it need something else such as a bit of chopped up onion or cucumber.

            The addition of the plastic lid is an improvement to the product as it stores better when opened in the fridge.
            The package is simple bu has all the required information.

            ***Nutrition-per 100grams***
            of which sugars-5.0g
            of which saturates-0.4
            Salt Equivalent-0.6g

            This product is not suitable for home freezing. It needs to be kept refrigerated. Once it is opened it needs to be consumed within 3days and by the 'use by' date which is on the lid.

            It is produced in the Uk for Tesco Stores Ltd.

            This Cottage Cheese didn't match up to the Langley Farm one in taste and texture but I haven't found one that does and it is probably won't in the Very Low Fat ranges! However I would say as a Very Low Fat Cottage Cheese this is one of the better ones in taste, texture and price.

            I would purchase this product again and it is because of the price.

            I would reccomend it if you are wanting to eat a very low fat cottage cheese. However I would not say run out and buy it if you don't really eat cottage cheese as it does not have the taste of tasty food. As with a lot of Tesco Value Products it comes in just the one flavour.

            Rating this product I have given it a genourous 4 stars. In my opinion is more like a 3.7 so I have rounded it to the nearest star.


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              22.03.2011 13:14
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              Prevented bites from the mozzies.

              ***Jungle Formula Insect Repellent Roll-on -50ml***
              For use Home or Abroad and says protection from Mosuitoes, Midges and biting insects for up to 8 hours.
              For adults and children 3years and over.

              ***Package States***
              Approved By The Hospital For Tropical Diseases for use in countries with NO known risk of malaria or other insect transmitted
              Jungle Formula do other products as well as extra strength products for HIGH RISK areas.

              I bought it for £2.99 in B+M bargains early last year. It does however retail around £5 in shops + some chemists and you can purchase it online from Amazon amongst others. It is a roll-on and is packaged in a small box.

              ***Why I bought this particular item***
              I bought this when going Turkey as I had been a few years before and got a few bites of the dreaded Mosquitoes! Only 3 or 4 on my lower legs but they can be very irritating and look nasty. I got them in the evening when out and about.
              I bought a roll-on product as my daughter has asthma and I didn't want to be spraying chemicals willy nilly around her. Also the package seemed small and light and I was trying to keep luggage weight down. Also it looked small enough to put in a handbag.

              ***Using the product***
              The product is very easy to use you just roll it on the area you want. It has initially a strong chemically smell that I did not like. I couldn't notice the strange smell once it was applied to my ankles but when on my wrists if I sniffed them I could smell it slightly. So I did this around my ankles each night just before we went for something to eat. I also put it on my wrists when going on a jeep into the countryside as my sister had a few bites when she had done a similar day trip.

              I also let my niece use the product when she went on an outward bound trip with school to The Lake District to prevent midges getting her.

              ***Any bites***
              None at all. On the trip to Turkey. Also my neice didn't get bitten the days she used this on her school trip but on a day she forgot to apply it she reports that she was bitten by midges.

              ***Directions For Use***
              Apply carefully to all exposed clean dry skin except lips(I just did ankles + sometimes wrists though). Reapply as necessary depending on conditions as high temperature, humidity and other environmental factors can reduce the duration of the product.

              ***Package Caution***
              For extenal use only. Harmful if swallowed
              As with most insect repellent products:
              Keep out of reach of children.
              Avoid contact with eyes, lips and broken or sensitive skin.
              Keep away from varnished and painted surfaces.
              In the unlikely event of a skin reaction, discontinue use.

              Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Ethyl Butylacetylaminopropionate, Methyl-2 Propanediol-1-3, Dimethicone Copolyl, Methylparaben, Tetrahyroxy-propylethyleneiamine, PVM/MA Decadiene, Crosspolymer, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Parfum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Bisabolol.

              Obviously a lot of strange sounding ingredients also I cannot find a shelf life guide on the product so you may want to find out more. Here is the Contact details that are on box:
              Chefaro UK LTD
              1 Tower Close
              PE29 7DH

              Chefaro Ireland LTD
              Farnham Drive
              Dublin 11


              ***Would I use this again***
              Yes especially when going where the dreaded Mozzies might be wanting to eat me. Also if going camping or a day out somewhere to the country. Due to the long list of 'strange' sounding ingredients I wouldn't use it every day just in case I got bitten here in Liverpool as I haven't been bit by mosquitoes here as of yet. So would only use every day when on holiday.

              I am giving this 4 stars. I have taken away a star because of the smell.
              Thanks for reading


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              22.03.2011 11:09
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              Anti perspirant deodorant that did the job at half the price

              *** Lacura Body Care 24 Hour Antiperspirant Deodorant- Pink-250ml***
              Product states that it is: suitable for sensitive skin
              reduces white marks
              24 Hour protection against perspiration and odour
              gentle care
              ideal for sensitive skin
              dermatologically tested

              This review is for the pink one. The product has changed its appearance slightly than the one in the picture and now has a pink narrower lid. The product is sold with ladies products in Aldi.

              ***Cost 85pence from Aldi***

              ***Why I bought this product***
              We are trying to cut down costs and I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of other products I have bought from Aldi. I thought I would try this when I ran out of my usual product Soft + Gentle that for the same size retails at about £2. So this deodorant is less than half the price. It also says suitable for sensitive skin which I have and quite a few deodorants can irritate my skin.

              ***Did it work?***
              Yes so far it has been really good. I have worn it now over the last 2weeks. Most days I did nothing strenous except a few long walks but 2 days a week I have been using my exercise bike for about 40 mins. I feel that this deodorant works well I can smell the deodorant rather than nothing or worse sweat at the end of the day even after my go on the exercise bike. I have felt dry when out and about and haven't felt that I have damp or sweaty armpits. The weather has been cold to quite a warm spring day so I haven't yet tried this in a heat wave or abroad but from using it so far I intend to. I haven't had any white marks yet. For the benefit of this review I sprayed some on black fabric from a short distance. At first I could slightly see where it had been sprayed I lightly wiped my finger over it twice and it had disappeared. I have not had any irritation under my arm from this product and have used it after shaving.

              ***The product it self***
              It is in a tall can that you take the lid off. The lid fell off when I was in the queue in Aldi other than that I haven't had it falling off unexpectedly. You shake the can then holding it 15cm away from your underarm you spray. A quick spray is enough as it comes out in a quick burst. It has a pleasant fresh breezy smell not overpowering and lasts all day. I have been using it for two weeks now and I would say there is about a quarter left in the cannister.

              Butane, Propane,Cyclopentasiloxane, Isopropyl Palmitate, Aluminium Chlorohydrate, Triethyl Citrate, parfum, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene.

              ***Warnings on cannister***
              DO NOT spray on sore or broken skin. Stop use if irritation develops.
              DO NOT spray or place on painted or polished surfaces.

              CAUTION: Pressurised container. Protect from sunlight and do not expose to tempatures exceeding 50°C. Do not pierce or burnafter use. Do not spray on a naked flame or any incandescent material. Keep away from any source of ignition- No smoking. Keep out of reach of children. Store and use in a well ventilated room. Do not breathe spray purposely. Keep away from eyes.

              The container must be emptied to recycle.

              ***Would I reccomend this product***
              Yes. I think that this product works as well or better than similar products on the market. So for the price this is certainly worth a try.



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              18.03.2011 18:29
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              Savoury Rice at a nice price

              Packet Title is: Tesco Value Golden Vegtable Savoury Rice- seasoned long grain rice with vegtables.

              Price***I bought this from Tesco's for 29p.

              Why I Buy It***I always have 1 or 2 packets of this in my cupboard. I do the Slimming World diet and this is a free food on the Extra Easy + Green plan.

              I think the market leader is Batchelor's Golden Savoury Rice which sells for over twice the price in Tesco's.

              If I was just eating packet Savoury Rice on its own (which I don't usually do) I would say I prefer the taste of Batchelors but only just so as The Tesco Value is much cheaper I tend to buy this. However this is the only flavour that The Tesco Value range seems to sell. Whereas Batchelor's do have other flavours.

              The pack has 120g of dried rice in which you add 3/4's of a pint of water to a heat in a pan for 20mins or the pack says you can cook in microwave for 22 mins. As the hob is quicker I use the hob. When cooking you need to keep your eye to it especially after 15mins to give it a stir and make sure it doesn't stick to the pan.

              When I cook a packet of this I usually add mushrooms + peppers to it to make it more of a meal and a bit tastier.

              The actual taste on a whole is slightly bland especially if you like eating spicy food. So if that was the case I would reccomend using it as a side dish with meat etc.

              As I tend to eat it about once as I'm following Slimming World I add different vegetables to bulk it out so that it can be eaten as a packed lunch meal and fill me up. They also add a different texture as just eating the rice on its own can be monotonous after a few mouthfuls.

              I hope this answers your queries and thanks for the advice. As I'm a newbie it is good to get feedback by way of comments as this will help me improve.

              The pack says it serves 2 which if done on its own would be ok for a side portion on a meal.

              Per Half The Pack*** 220 calories, 1.2g of sugar, 1.2g of fat which 0.2 saturates and 1.2g of salt.

              Pack States*** suitable for Vegetarians and produced in the UK

              Pack Allergy Advice*** contains wheat, gluten, celery + celeriac.
              *** RECIPE:No nuts
              ***INGREDIENTS: Cannot guarantee nut free
              *** FACTORY: No nuts

              Ingredients***Dried Long Grain Rice (84%), Dried Vegtables (6%) (Peas, Carrott, Onion), Maltodextrin, Salt, Natural Flavourings (contains Celery, Celeriac, Wheat, Gluten), Vegtable Oil, Turmeric Powder, Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Colour (Paprika Extract).

              Would I Reccomend This Product*** Yes if you don't mind using food from a packet now and again like I do. I think this product is good value for money and handy to have in.
              However, if you only like fresh food or are a bit of a connisseur then probably no.


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                18.03.2011 15:13
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                One of my favourite chocolate treats

                I first came across the Mars Malteser Bunny Bar last year. Once I had one I couldn't resist buying one every time I saw them. This wasn't for long as in my local area they sold out very quickly as word got around how moreish these Bunny Bar are.

                They retail at about 60-65 pence each or many supermarkets sell 2 for £1. They have been on sale since last year and are put out for sale between approx January to Easter.

                The fine print on the label describes them as a: Milk Chocolate bunny, with a crunchy & creamy texture.

                They are in a small package and weigh 29grams. They have 157calories and are suitable for vegetarians.

                Ingredients-: sugar, vegtable fat, skimmed milk powder, cocoa butter, barley extract, cocoa mass. whey powder, lactose, full cream milk powder, milk fat, glucose syryp, emulsifier (soya lecithin), wheat flour, raising agents (E341, E500, e 501) salt, natural vanilla extract. (Traces:egg). Milk Chocolate contains milk solids 14%.

                I quite like Mars Maltesers which I eat them every now again but these Bunny Bars are much nicer. They are in the shape of a bunny and inside is similar to Maltesers but with a slighty different less crunchy centre. The best bit is the thickest part of the Bunny where the tummy is and when you bite through this part it just seems so delicious.

                I could eat these unlimited but have to restrain myself + just have about 3 a week. The Malteser Bunny Bar is perhaps my favourite chocolate treat from a main stream brand.

                They can be eaten in 2 or 3 mouthfuls so don't last long and leave you wanting another one but this is probably due to their taste.


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