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I have used Nivea products for many years now and consider their quality to be high. This is a very mild cooling face wash with a hint of chamomile and vitamin E.
I have a beard which I keep pretty short and neat and I find that this wash is ideal for my face, which is in keeping with Nivea's description on the tube which states ''cleanses and softens the beard for a more comfortable shave''. I think it's fine before or after shaving as I wet shave around my neck and find it is soothing after or softens the beard before.
When purchasing look out for offers as the standard price in boots, super drug and most supermarkets is around £4
but I usually snap up a couple of tubes when it's on offer for £2 as it was in my local Morrisons recently.
Overall a bargain if you can get it for £2 or decent value at full price. It doesnt irritate my skin at all unlike some previous products I've used.
This book for me still has too many negative reviews. How a book can sell over 65 million copies worldwide and not be a great and enticing read is beyond me. I guess each to their own. For me this book is well worth a read , Paolo Coelho has a unique writing style which I find very easy to relate to. I recently read ''Veronika decides to die'' also by Coelho and I found myself reading it all in 2 days - couldn't put it down!
Put simply if you're not into spirituality or tales that inspire you to follow your dream/dreams then anything written by this author is probably not for you.
The story is about a young shepherd by the name of Santiago who goes on a search to follow his dream, and along the way learns a lot about the world, his opinion of the world and himself. There is something endearing about the boy and his journey which had me hooked!
This is a very short book less than 200 pages , making it easy to get into (and wishing it would last a little longer!), and made me think about my life and my own hopes and dreams, something which Coelho appears to have knack at doing!! Enjoy!
My silver renault twingo 1.2 freeway has certainly grown on me since i swapped my citroen c2 for it last year. My previous c2 was the best car I had ever owned, having a very nippy 1.4 hdi engine meant it was quick off the mark and great to drive. My first impressions of the twingo were that it was really slow, this mainly because i was going from a turbo diesel 1.4 to a petrol 1.2 eco friendly.
Whilst being reasonably smart inside there is nothing flash about this car's interior. All plastic grey finish with a very different dashboard to your standard car. The speedometer is located above the cd/radio on the central panel, and being the basic model above the steering wheel there is no rev counter - just a handy storage space which is useful for keys/mobile phone etc. Legally there is only space in the back for 2 passengers although there would be enough space hypothetically for a third. Leg room is more than ample for me being 5ft10 in height in both the front and rear seats. Boot space is surprisingly large for such a small car, you could easily fit your weekly shop in here!
I find it to be a very smooth , easy , comfortable drive ; However getting up to the reported top speed of 96mph can be a bit of a struggle. Going from 50 to 70mph is a drawn out process if I'm honest , although if I had wanted a fast car I certainly wouldn't have opted for this basic model!!
At the current price for petrol of around £1.35 per litre I get around 70 miles for £10 which I don't think is too bad in the current economic climate, and tax is £100 for 12 months, again very reasonable for a petrol car but not quite the cheapest on the market.
Overall I would say I'm pretty content with my little Twingo , it's a good , economical small car, cheap to run, straightforward to drive and been ever reliable so far!!
This is now officially my favourite beer by a country mile! I usually struggle to drink much lager without feeling bloated, especially when drinking draught pints. This stuff however just glides down far too easily if i'm honest! Before you know it you've guzzled four or five such is the lightness of it. Now I'm not certain but I'm pretty sure the ''light'' in coors light is meant as the beer is light in taste and not calories ,(for anyone watching their beer belly!!) apparently there are 102 in every can, I'll let you be the judge if that is a little or a lot! Frankly I don't care because it tastes so good. Please note you haven't fully tasted a coors light until you've chilled it to the ''damme cold'' indicator on the can/bottle, I find to achieve this I need to put it in the freezer for about 30-40 minutes!! (There is another ''cold'' indicator also but it's much more refreshing chilling it to the ''damme cold''!)
If you haven't already i urge you to try this beer!
I only noticed recently that my hair was beginning to thin a little on top, not quite receding or going bald just yet, but at the age of 30 I thought I would try something out to help slow the process down.
Results - Nothing spectacular if I'm honest but my hair definitely feels stronger and maybe slightly thicker. This shampoo certainly adds volume to your hair and I feel confident after using it for several months that I wont be thinning or losing my hair anytime soon!
Alpecin comes in an average looking red and grey bottle and has a very fresh smelling blue fragrance to it. I've heard people say they don't like the smell but personally I think it's quite nice.
Is it worth it? Well for me at £5 a bottle it's neither really cheap or expensive, but i suppose if you compare it to other hair loss prevention products it's pretty reasonable. One slight issue I have had is that I do get a dry scalp and a small amount of dandruff from time to time, this could be down to the shampoo being a little strong for me or it could be unrelated. Decent product.
I have to confess that I was not a fan of Russell Brand at all until a few years back. I thought ''who's this jumped up prat dressed in black with the crazy hair?!'' .I then watched him in his ponderland show on a friend's advice and had to admit he was pretty funny, but I still wasn't convinced. I can now honestly say that I'm a fan of his after reading this book.
For someone who in my opinion doesn't appear particularly clever judging by his antics in the media, his vocabulary and use of it is outstanding. Yes Russell certainly has a way with words, the way he describes his upbringing in Grays, Essex and his struggles with drug addiction is impressive(I lost count the number of occasions I had to look up words in the dictionary!!). He always manages to make me laugh even when describing the most sinister of topics! I can honestly say I've never laughed out loud so much when reading words on a page!
As I eagerly sifted through the pages I couldn't help but grow to like the guy more and more, whether it be his attention seeking behaviour or his ability to laugh at his own struggles with life, he had me glued to the page throughout, a thoroughly enjoyable funny book.
My dentist recommended that I purchase one of these as she said it would benefit me due to its many features which include:
Wireless smart guide technology which tells you which part of your mouth to brush and for how long ensuring that you don't miss any areas and give each the optimum level of brushing.
It has an flashing red indicator that informs you on the brush with a vibration and smart guide visually, if you are putting too much pressure on your teeth/gums, this was really important for me as my dentist said i was damaging my gums with my normal toothbrush.
The oral B triumph also has a timer to guide you on how long to brush for (2 minutes is the recommended amount of time).
It comes with three different brush heads, a 3d white , floss action and sensitive. I found all of these were fine to use and gave a good all round clean, but my preference was the sensitive head.
There are five different brushing modes including daily clean, massage , sensitive, polish and deep clean. These go at different speeds to your preference.
All in all a great value if not slightly expensive electric toothbrush, if you keep an eye on amazon you can usually pick one up at the ''half price'' of £80. I you can afford it then i would highly recommend it as my teeth and gums are in much better condition and my dentist says she can see a real difference!
It was coming to that time at the end of my contract when I had to make a decision - stick with my current iphone 4 and reduce my contract,upgrade to the iphone 5 OR change to another phone completely. As you can imagine I chose the 3rd option and decided on the galaxy s 2. I have to say this was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Firstly the phone itself is noticeably lighter than the iphone 4 or even 4s (and on par i believe with the iphone 5).The screen is in one word - beautiful, crisp clear and extremely colourful. If you've been used to an apple phone then with regard to the apps you won't be disappointed with this; there are so so many free , useful apps in the google play store in fact i find it hard to find many that charge!!!! The operating system is smooth and rarely crashes even when loaded with several running applications, beware however of the battery life,if you use many of the amazing features available to you i wouldn't expect to be able to get more than 24 hours from the battery.
The camera is another area that i give the thumbs up to - a very good 8 mega pixels, although pictures come out much better when taken in daylight, all come out pretty decent. I find the reception and call quality is as good as if not better than any phone i have owned so again top marks! My favourite feature on this phone though has to be the widgets you can use on the home screen(s), I receive a roster for my shifts at work and I find this really useful to be able to take a screen shot from online of my roster and pop it straight onto my home screen means that i dont have to open any application to see it - it's just right in front of me all the time!(for anyone unsure you use the ''photo frame'' widget to do this)
So my verdict on the Samsung Galaxy S2 is that it is a great value, efficient smartphone which you will easily pick up for free on most contracts and like me probably well under £30 a month aswell. If you're looking for a cheaper iphone alternative you've just found it.
I was always used to printing on an ever reliable Espon colour all-in-one, which could copy and scan aswell as print so I was a little apprehensive when thinking of buying a laser printer. I was sick of prints coming out smudged and was reliably informed that Laser prints were much improved quality so opted for this particular printer. The result was amazing although only black and white , the quality and speed at which the sheets are done is very impressive. I use this Samsung for printing labels and could not afford to risk using a bog standard inkjet incase they came out smudged and blurry which would not give a very professional look to them.
I paid £49.99 and I'm pretty sure that is the standard price which to me is very reasonable and affordable, the ink toner however is rather expensive at around £45-50 a time.You can also now buy compatible toner cartridges but I can't say whether these work well or aswell as the official Samsung ones as I haven't yet had to replace the ink which is always a good sign, several months after buying it! Overall a very efficient, affordable printer if all you need is black and white and a professional look to your prints. Recommended.
I have always bought the new Fifa game every time it comes out year on year without fail. Each year we see an improvement to game play and this year was no different, the ability to play free flowing attacking football is an absolute joy to behold. The improvement of your players in career mode is also super and much more realistic in my opinion. Sometimes I can find little gems in my youth team and in no time they have moved from 62 points to 72 in less than a season AND at the age of 16! This year is one where we can finally manage at international level which I have to say has been a long time waiting if not a little disappointing because you can only manage alongside your club team, but an improvement non the less. I also like the added feature of counter offers in transfer negotiations this also adds a more realistic feel to the game.
Now down to a few gripes I have with the game. I did have to return mine on one occasion because it was sticking at the same point in my career mode and did this twice (once when I had £90 million in the bank for transfers aswell!!).The new game works fine generally though, however I would advise saving the game often as it can freeze if you've been playing all night!! If you're an avid online gamer then this is another area that need an improvement in Fifa14. My servers are regularly down and I often have to go back to the main screen to re-login to MyFifa.
Overall though this game is definitely value for money and certainly takes up my time on a far too regular basis!!
My 13 inch Macbook pro is easily the best technology purchase I've ever made( as I type this from it's glorious backlit keyboard!!).
First and foremost the one thing that immediately strikes you is the speed of the machine - I timed it at approximately 30 seconds from switching it on to being able to use it, believe me its SUPER fast!
Browsing is also a dream, one click and the website you're searching just pops up almost instantly.
The huge 500gb hard drive is more than enough for me personally, and I can't imagine ever needing any more than that for storage.
Battery life is also brilliant.Officially around 8hours however I find I get about 4 -5 if I'm constantly using it.
Ease of use is certainly another plus point with the macbookpro, everything just seems to be there when you need it readily available.
Before I bought mine I was always accustomed to PC operating systems and was initially a little nervy investing so much money on something I wasn't used to, however having already been used to my apple iphone 4, I was confident the changeover would be seamless and I was not wrong! At first I thought it was just the size of the RAM at 4gb that was making the system so quick but having since used my mother's Lenovo laptop which also has 4gb, I now realise it's more than that - Apple just have a knack of creating operating systems which are smooth, easy and fast to use. The trackpad is another great feature which you may be a little concerned with getting used to, don't be because I have found that using a mouse is very strange now that I'm use to the trackpad - sliding up and down the page and swiping become normal and then using a PC mouse and its awful operating system becomes alien! If you're in any way concerned about not being able to use certain programs like flash player (I believe this is only an issue on the iPhone or iPad) ,I've never had any issues with this or indeed any other program I've tried to use.
So if you're considering the bold move to an Apple Macbook Pro my advice would be don't hesitate; the machine's build quality,reliability and ease of use will mean once you've bought a mac you won't go back!