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I bought this product recently after the sales assistant offered me the tester and I absolutely loved the smell! It contains linseed oil, almond oil, shea butter and cocoa butter which are some of my favourite smells, so it smelled truly delicious. As soon as I smelt it, I decided to buy it, and purchased a 45g pump action bottle (different to the picture on Dooyoo above). However, I have been really disappointed with this. A few days after purchasing this, it completely lost it's smells, no doubt this is sue to it being based on natural products, but they really should find a way to keep in the aroma. It now smells a little bit funny, almost like plasticine! I keep it on my desk at work to use during the day but would not use it while out and about or at the weekend because the smell is no nasty! The bottle is also a bit of a nightmare. The pump action top must not be strong enough for the cream as it's quite a thick cream, so the pump doesn't always work very well. I find that I have to unscrew the lid and shake the product out, again, not great. It smooths on to the hands quite nicely, but I do find it very greasy and it tends to leave a film over your hands for up to an hour. Once it has soaked in, it is not long before they start to feel dry again. It's almost as if it doesn't soak in properly in to your skin, so that's why it feels like a film and when that wears off you find your skin hasn't actually had any nourishment. All in all, a waste of money as this product was not cheap, around £4-5 so I won't be buying it again.
We stayed here over the Bank Holiday weekend in May for my friend's hen do. I booked this hotel as their minimum stay over the bank holiday was 2 nights, whereas a lot of hotels had a minimum stay of 3 nights. The other bonus was you can fit three adults to a room, which makes this a bargain option. When we arrived in Brighton, we found the hotel quite easily. We arrived by minibus but some guests arrived by train and car, both were easy options as this hotel is right behind the main train station and there is a good NCP car park right opposite the hotel entrance. When we arrived, we checked in without any problems, a miracle for a group of 24 girls! The rooms were spacious, comfortable and spotlessly clean. There was a double bed and a single bed, which was great, as we had expected sofabeds so the third person was very happy! The beds were comfy. The bathrooms were nice and had Dove soap and shower gel on offer. There was a great TV and tea and coffee making facilties with plenty of supplies. We ate in the hotel bar and the food was quite nice, reasonable and the service was pretty fast. However, the drinks cost an absolute fortune and we were annoyed at being ripped off so much!! On the last morning, we paid for breakfast and found this to be good value. It wasn't the best breakfast but there was a decent choice of hot and cold breakfast options, and drinks. In general, the hotel staff were friendly and helpful throughout our stay, even giving us a takeaway pizza menu when we had the late night munchies in the early hours of the morning! The hotel is well situated but is up a bit of a hill from the centre of Brighton so we did cheat and get a few taxis. However it was within easy reach of the town centre. Would definitely recommend this hotel, great value and service and would return.
I first found this conditioner when I bought the matching shampoo. I suffer from psoriasis of the scalp and for years had had a sore, red, itchy scalp and embarassing white flakes. I had been using gentle shampoos e.g. baby shampoo etc but nothing cured the problem. My dad first bought this shampoo and conditioner after reading an article about it in a health supplement of a newspaper. I have used it ever since. The conditioner contains no animal products, harsh chemicals or sodium lauryl sulphate and is very gentle on your scalp and hair. Therefore, not irrritating the scalp and reducing symptoms of psoriasis. Most improtantly, it leaves hair in good condition. It is a creamy white substance that doesn't smell of anything in particular. It smoothes into hair easily and rinses out well, leaving hair soft and easy to comb through when wet. When hair is dry, it looks shiny and nourished and in good condition. Admittedly, it doesn't leave hair as super soft as some conditioners do, but the benefits of not irritating the scalp more than make up for this. I use it daily with the matching shampoo except twice a week when I use this with Polytar shampoo, which is slightly stronger in dealing with the psoriasis. My hair is healthy and shiny and I often get comments about how soft and shiny it is, with people asking me what shampoo I use. It's remarkable that this is a shampoo specially formulated for psoriasis so that's why I have stuck with it and will continue to do so! The only downside is the prices - it's £6.99 per bottle, but that's a large 250ml bottle which goes a long way and it's often on 3 for 2 anyway. And it's worth it to relieve the soreness !!!
I struggled for years with psoriasis on my scalp which was angry, red and itchy and caused embarassing white flakes. I always used gentle shampoos, e.g. baby shampoo / E45 shampoo / Simple etc so my scalp wouldn't become aggravated but, although these were better than normal shampoos, the symptoms would still be awful and the worst thing was the embarassing white flakes all the time, especially at work. My dad initially bought me this shampoo, and the matching conditioner, after reading a review in the Daily Mail about it. After a few days of using it, I couldn't believe the difference. Ever since I discovered this, the white flakes have stopped more or less completely. I do still have sore patches on my scalp but these are not red and angry like they used to be and do not itch anywhere near as much as they did. The shampoo doesn't look that appealing, it's a dark brown colour, and it doesn't smell fresh and fruity like normal shampoos, but it doesn't smell as strong as coal tar either. It's kind of an inoffensive herbal smell which doesn't really linger in your hair. It doesn't contain coal tar, sodium lauryl sulfate (which I think is bad for asthma sufferers??) or any animal products. It basically doesn't have any nasty chemicals in it, it's mostly natural which is why it doesn't irritate the scalp. It does also leave your hair feeling nice, which is a bonus for a "special" shampoo!! Mine does tend to be oily anyway and this leaves it feeling lovely and soft but I guess if you do have dry hair, it could be different - I don't know! I always use this with the matching conditioner as they work well together. A couple of times a week I also use Polytar which is a coal tar shampoo which is slightly stronger but not suitable for everyday use. This shampoo is great for everyday use though, I have not had problems with using it this frequently. Give it a try if you have psoriasis as you will agree with me that anything is worth a try - and this works for me!
I stayed here last September on a special deal I got through the Co-operative travel club. The rate was incredibly reasonable for bed and breakfast, given the standard of the hotel and the location. We arrived by train at Kings Cross station, which is straight down Pentonville Road. I am not sure of the exact distance, but it didn't look far on a map! However, with luggage it was quite a fair walk, maybe about 15-20 minutes. At the end of our stay, we jumped on a bus right opposite the hotel (and included in our travel pass we'd been using on the tube). This was very convenient and drops off right outside Kings Cross and St Pancras. On arrival at the hotel, we only waited 5 - 10 minutes to be let into our hotel, despite turning up before the published check-in time, which was great as we could drop our bags off safely before going off to explore. The room was relatively spacious for London, very clean, light and airy. The bathroom in particular was very clean. As it was my husband's 30th birthday, when we entered the room there was a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket with 2 flutes, and a box of Thorntons chocs. We later worked out that my dad had arranged this, ringing the hotel and asking him to do this. For a hotel of this standard to oblige and provide good quality chocs and champagne served in an ice bucket was impressive. After all, it is really a tourist hotel. The view from the room was suprisingly good aswell, we could see right across the city, including the London Eye. The reception staff were friendly and helpful throughout the stay, and provided maps and information about public transport etc if you asked them. The hotel was located right in the heart of Islington, so within a very short walk were cafes, pubs, restaurants, markets and high street shops (Boots, Next etc), plus a full - size Sainsburys supermarket. The atmosphere was good and didn't feel unsafe at all, even on an evening. The Angel tube station is just round the corner from the hotel, around 5 minutes walk, and provides great links on the northern line to the rest of London. There was a decent pub next door, I can't remember the name, but a good range and wines and beers and a lovely sun terrace if you hit the good weather. Only issue we had was that the reception staff said that breakfast wasn't included in the deal. Luckily I had my paperwork which confirms that it was, so we had a full English both days, and the selection and freshness was superb. Especially given what we had paid. If you don't have breakfast included, it isn't much extra to pay for it, or the other option is the Wetherspoons which is just round the corner and on the way to the tube station! All in all, great value and a good base for exploring the rest of the city. Especially for those travelling from the north into Kings Cross or St Pancras.
I recently purchased Benefit's new product, Hello Flawless, for my wedding make-up. Prior to this, I had always used Estee Lauder foundation and was reluctant to try anything else as other products were never up to scratch, and worse made my sensitive skin irritated and / or spotty! As I was looking for long-lasting and fresh looking wedding make-up, someone suggested I try Benefit. I therefore arranged for a make-over at my local counter in Debenhams at the White Rose Centre in Leeds. The staff were very helpful and listened to what I wanted. They suggested I try this product and it is easy to use, long-lasting, provides a flawless finish and contains a strong SPF - ideal as I got married abroad! I have since put the Estee Lauder in the drawer and use this every day. It comes in neat little packaging with a brush and a sponge to apply. I have never needed to use the sponge, so always apply with the little brush. I find that a few strokes gives you a flawless finish which lasts the length of the working day or a night out before you need to touch it up. It feels light on your skin and does not feel like you are heavily made up and are clogging your pores. It looks smooth, giving an effect that is not shiny but not thick and powdery either. As it is applied as a powder, the colour is subtle aswell, so no orange faces! When I wear this for a night out, I use it with a base of Dr Feelgood underneath, as I did for my wedding. This makes the effect even more smooth and flawless but very natural, and this really did last all day for my wedding, with no reapplication - and this in the 30 degree heat - impressive. My only issue with it is that it can be messy to apply. I once did while sat down and the powder went everywhere - all down my top and trousers, and if you are wearing black, it is difficult to get out of your clothes! I guess this is because the powder is so fine, but then this is probably what makes it go on so smoothly, so I guess you can't have everything.
I bought this laptop for the reasonable price of £399 in late 2006 from PC World. At the time, it was one of the cheapest laptops on the market and has a reasonable spec considering the price at the time. It seemed to me to be enough for what I needed - internet and MS office. I have found this laptop to be an excellent basic model. I have used it almost daily for over 2 1/2 years, albeit for the more everyday functions, e.g. internet browsing, word processing, working from home, Itunes etc. I have never had any major problems, except a virus, but this was not the fault of the laptop, and it did recover well. It has a 15.4" widescreen which is great for watching IPlayer and viewing photographs. It is a nice silver colour so quite aesthetically pleasing, for the prices, although it is a little bulky compared to some of the newer, sleeker models. It weighs 2.85 kg, so can be a little heavy to travel with, but I have done so with no problems, and this has worked abroad with the power cable provided without problems. There are 4 USB ports, a CD rewriter and 60 GB internal memory. I did find that when I installed Itunes, the memory started to get a little full, so if I was to buy again, I might consider something with a bigger memory. It can also be a little noisy when it has been running for a while and gets warm. There are a couple of times when I have wondered whether it is about to explode on my knee! Also, the "j" key has fallen off the keyboard, and I can't imagine it was the key I hit the most, so there must have been a weak point which caused it to fall off. This happened when I had not had the laptop for long, so was disappointing. However, overall, for an amateur user, this provides everything you need from a laptop and I would definitely consider buying Advent again if they were cheaper than the "leading brands"!
L'Occitane Hand Cream with 20% Shea Butter is absolutely superb. I always carry hand cream in my handbag, it's on my desk at work, in my kitchen etc as I like to keep my hands in top condition - and defy the first signs of ageing! So when I saw this hand cream on offer in the duty free, I threw it in the basket to be a handbag tube without really any expectation that it would be as good as the other creams I am used to. How wrong could I be! This is by far the very best hand cream I have ever used. It is quite thick but glides on easily so you don't need much, it instantly moisturises your skin but doesn't feel at all greasy, it absolrbs fully in around a minute. It seems to last all day, I put some on in the morning and never need to re-apply, even after washing my hands a few times during the day - not like some creams where you are constantly reapplying. This one actually moisturises deep into the skin. On the tube, it states that this is for dry skin, but my skin is not particularly dry all the time (only really in Winter or after sunbathing), so sometimes creams for dry skin can be greasy for me as my skin is not so thirsty. But this one is totally non-greasy. Even better is the smell! This actually smells, in L'Occitane tradition, of lavendar. Lavendar is not my favourite smell as it does remind me of all our grannies! But this hand cream does smell gorgeous, it makes it feel a lot more luxurious than the price tag suggests! I almost feel like I am in provence for a moment! The packaging is excellent aswell, very sturdy with a strong screw lid which is an octagonal shape, making it easier to screw back on when you've just put hand cream on! It's very secure aswell so never, ever leaks.