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I have been the proud (and very grateful) owner of a dishwasher since moving into a new rented house a couple of weeks ago. Up to this point I have always done my dishes by hand but how easily I've slipped into the habit of not having to do this! Initially we (or rather I as I don't think the other half has quite acquainted himself with the dishwasher yet) used some Finish Powerball tablets that had been left by the previous tenants. These seemed to work well so after they ran out I went to the local supermarket to buy more of the same until I noticed the price - a box of around 15 for £4! Now I like using my dishwasher and all but that seemed a bit on the steep side so thought I'd look further afield. I went to the Savers store in Glasgow and found a packet of 42 Fairy Active Burst tablets for £4 which seems very reasonable, particularly compared to the prices I've seen for other products. I always used Fairy liquid when washing up as found it superior to any other choices so they are definitely a brand I trust. I've just realised I use Fairy washing tablets too... maybe I have more brand loyalty than I thought! There was a choice of Lemon or Original, I didn't really fancy the Lemon option so went with Original.
The dishwasher tablets come in a large plastic packet which is the typical Fairy green colour with their usual logo and branding on it. There is a clear window on the front so you can see the tablets inside. To open the packet you cut with scissors along a line at the top and underneath here is a resealable strip - this was all nice and simple to do. I keep my dishwasher tablets under the sink so the fact the packet is resealable is great as it means that if there are any issues with drips etc the packet is kept watertight. I probably prefer things like washing and dishwasher tablets to be in plastic boxes but the bag is fine.
The tablets themselves are more like little clear pouches which are mostly filled with blue flecked white dishwasher powder but also have some green (Fairy liquid coloured) liquid on one side. The pouches are just placed into the powder tray, or it does state on the back of the packet that if they don't fit they can go on top of the cutlery holder. There are no issues with these fitting in the powder tray so this is how I've been using them. As these are little pouches they aren't individually wrapped - the covering just dissolves during the washing cycle. This means that you can just take them straight out of the packet and put them into the tray which avoids fiddling with individual wrappers as I had to do with the Finish ones, and the product is all contained within the pouch so you avoid any contact with your hands. The only thing to be careful of is to make sure your hands are dry (which they do warn you to on the back of the packet) as they kind of stick to your hands a bit if you pick them up with damp hands.
I've been really pleased with the performance of these tablets. The green liquid within the pouches is apparently a dash of power spray to give extra de-greasing power and clean off any dried on food/stains. I do try to be good when putting things in the dishwasher - rinsing plates, not letting food dry on etc, but even on occasions when I haven't been quite so diligent everything comes out clean. The tablets also give everything a nice fresh smell which is (as expected) not too dissimilar to the smell of Fairy liquid. My crockery comes out with a lovely sheen and squeaky clean feeling to it. The tablets claim to have four extra properties - glass protection, metal shine, rinse aid action and salt action. I can definitely vouch for both the glass protection and metal shine; my glasses (which I was a little concerned about putting through the dishwasher due to the possibility of them going cloudy) come out sparkling and shining - much better than when handwashed and I noticed how shiny both my cutlery and in my particular my pans were before I realised the tablets claimed to do this! When we first obtained the dishwasher I filled up both the salt and rinse aid so can't really comment on the other two claims.
I've been so pleased with my purchase of Fairy tablets - not just for the good price but also the excellent performance, and will definitely be going back to buy these again.
Lenor 'Summer Breeze' concentrated fabric conditioner.
I'm a great user of fabric conditioner and don't like to do my washing without but am always cautious when buying ones that appear to have a strong scent to them. This is due to bad experiences with conditioners that have smelt fine at first but after use I've them I've ended up with an over-perfumy heavy smell clinging on to my clothes, and worse still my bedding. For this reason I usually stick to conditioners made for sensitive skin as the scent is generally a lot lighter. Recently however I ended up buying the Lenor Summer Breeze conditioner as it was pretty much all that was left at our Sainsbury's garage and at bit under £2 for 750ml seemed a reasonable offer, and I really wasn't up for a trek anywhere else to try to find an alternative.
The packaging is very typical for a concentrated fabric conditioner. I have to say I much prefer the bottles of concentrate to the old style - obviously they are a lot smaller but they also seem a lot neater and more square shaped which makes them easier to store. Being someone who likes everything to be organised and neatly put away I am thankful that the days of large curvy bottles with lids the size of beakers are long gone. Also of course there is the environmental plus that less packaging is being used. As I have said the packaging is fairly standard - the bottle is clear so you can see the yellow fabric conditioner inside, and it has a yellow/blue label and matching blue lid which doubles as a measuring cap. The bottle states that it lasts for 21 washes. I can't say I've been counting but I still have a little left after around 3 weeks in which I've had to do an awful lot of washing so I'd say this is pretty close to the mark.
When I first opened the lid of the bottle the fabric conditioner smelt very strong. It has a fresh, floral and well... summery! smell to it. I was concerned that it might be a little overpowering and sickly but after washing the smell loses its intensity and mellows somewhat. I don't have a tumble drier so when it is wet outside I am stuck with clothes driers inside and the conditioner not only made my clothes smell nice after washing but also gave my house a lovely fresh washing smell.
Once my clothes had dried they still smelt great and this lasted for a couple of days of wear. When drying clothes indoors they have a tendency to dry a bit 'crispy', particularly my socks and I've noticed that the Lenor conditioner combats this a lot better than most. My clothes come out very soft and much less prone to creasing when I use it and my towels fluff up beautifully.
I occasionally have reactions to washing powders and can't use any biological washing powders, but am generally fine with fabric conditioner and am the same with Lenor, so I can't really comment on how well it would be suited for anyone with very sensitive skin.
I was surprisingly pleased with the Summer Breeze conditioner. I think that I might get bored of the smell after a while as it is quite strong so I wouldn't use it all the time but it has encouraged me to try some other more strongly scented conditioners and I would definitely buy it again.
I seem to have constantly dry lips, which I put down to a combination of the weather in Glasgow and working in an air-conditioned office. I have a few go-to products that I use on a very regular basis but do like to have a change from time to time. I was buying my usual Blistex lip cream in Boots and noticed that they had a 2 for £3 offer on Blistex products so took the opportunity to try out the Soothing Splash liquid moisturiser. I usually pay around £2/3 for one lip balm so thought this was a very reasonable price for two.
The packaging for the 'lip splash' is very typical for a lip balm - a small plastic tube which is a light grey/silvery colour with Blistex brand name printed on the side and a screw on lid. The big difference with this lip balm is with the applicator which can be seen once the lid is removed. Instead of having a plastic surface or stick of balm there is a small metallic ball in the end of the tube - about half of which is exposed. In applying the lip balm you roll this ball across your lips which spreads across a thin layer. This novel applicator is definitely my favourite aspect of the lip splash as it is very cooling and instantly soothing.
The product itself is quite different from other lip balms that I have used as it is much thinner and almost watery. The smell is also quite unique - it is very fresh and slightly minty which is pleasant. Because it is so thin and watery it spreads very evenly and you don't get a lot of excess or any greasy, sticky residue left over on your lips. The downside is that it absorbs/dries out very quickly and can leave my lips feeling a bit tight, rather than the indulged soft feeling I expect from a lip balm - and not feeling moisturised at all. I tried out this balm for a few days but unfortunately had to give up on it early on as my lips were missing out on their usual comfort and moisturiser so I couldn't really comment on whether or not the longer lasting effects are any better.
I think that the lip splash feels lovely to apply and is immediately soothing to dry, sore lips but unfortunately the effects seemed very short lasting so I quickly returned to my usual lip cream.
WHY DO I USE IT?
I live in Glasgow city centre and most of the grocery shops near me are smaller convenience stores which have less range and are more expensive. I don't drive so doing a 'big shop' usually involves a taxi ride back and waiting outside a supermarket with umpteen bags waiting for a taxi to arrive in all weather isn't great. I used the home delivery service for the first time after moving into a new flat and needing to totally restock all of my cupboards. After I realised I could get in my shopping without having to get to the supermarket, spend time choosing products, queue at the checkout, bag all my items and then get them home again I have definitely been a convert to online grocery shopping. Tesco are the only supermarket that do home delivery in our area so I haven't used any others to compare it to.
When making an online order you start off by choosing a delivery slot - different slots cost different amounts ranging from around £3 - £6 depending on the time and day of the week. The slots are two hours long so your shopping can arrive at any time during this period but I do usually find it is towards the beginning. I am usually able to choose from a good range of slots and can normally get next day delivery if need be. The cheaper slots do tend to go first so I generally try and order as early as possible but on the instances I've left it a bit later I haven't found myself too limited.
Once you are into the shopping section of the website there are four tabs along the top - 'Groceries', 'Favourites', 'Recipes' and 'Special Offers'. 'Groceries' is the main part of the shopping website where you can search and browse for all products, 'Favourites' builds up a list over time of the products you buy most frequently, in 'Recipes' you can look through a variety of recipe ideas and then click a link to bring up all the ingredients needed for that recipe so you can add them as required, and 'Special Offers' - yes you guessed it - allows you to browse by special offers on products.
I have never used the 'Recipes' tab as I try to just buy what I had in mind and don't really go for browsing and buying when I'm shopping online. I also haven't really used the 'Favourites' tab as it seems to be a long list of many things I've bought in the past whether I've bought them frequently or not, and really not in any useful order, however the more I use the website the more useful it may come. It is worth bearing in mind I use online shopping more around special occasions - birthdays/Christmas/parties - so I do use it for quite the range of products and not necessarily things that are useful on a daily basis. It could be very useful for anyone who buys a smaller amount of products more regularly. The 'Special Offers' tab is something that I do like to browse through if, for example, I'm looking to pick up some wine on offer, as I usually am. The special offers can be filtered by product type and by offer type (BOGOF/half price/extra ppints etc) so this section is a great feature of the website.
I think that the website is in general clear and easy to use although not without its problems. You can search for specific products by typing in the name, or you can browse through the different sections or 'shelves'. One issue with this is that in specific sections there are far too many products to browse through so it is generally much easier if you know already what you are looking for. There is a multi-search as well as the individual search bar so you can write yourself almost a shopping list, then the website will go through each search in turn. I quite like this function as you can quickly type out all the things you are thinking of at the beginning rather than getting sucked in looking at individual products and wandering off track - forgetting what it was you were actually looking for in the first place.
I do occasionally find individual products hard to find with the search - for example 'whole wheat pasta' will bring up different products to 'wholewheat pasta' so I use a combination of browsing and searching to find the products I like. I use the internet a lot and am proficient at searching so it is easy to work around this for me, but think that this could cause more problems and be off-putting for some users.
When you come across any items that are on special offer there is a bright yellow box which displays the kind of offer, and you can click on this to bring up a pop-up box with full details. Where there is a multi-buy offer, e.g. 3 for 2, the pop-up box displays all the eligible items and these can be added from the pop-up box so you don't have to browse away from the section that you are looking in. I think this is a really useful way to see exactly what is on offer without having to navigate away from what you are already doing.
Down the right hand side is displayed the items in your 'basket' and the total cost of items. Next to each item listed there is a number to show how many you have chosen, and a '+' and '-' button to add or remove numbers of items from your basket. When buying multi-buys and offers this previously didn't display in the total cost and you had to wait until the delivery was supplied for these to be taken off the price but this has now been updated on the website so it shows a true reflection of what you will expect to pay. This is a great improvement as you can see straight away how much you are expecting to pay for your shopping without having to work out any offers you've chosen.
The checkout on the website is fairly standard and easy to use. You add your address and can give it a name if you wish, e.g - 'Home' and there is also a box for any special instructions. The special instructions is great for me as living in a basement flat it isn't always clear which buzzer should be used and in addition to that my buzzer isn't always working. You can also choose at this stage whether to have your shopping with or without bags which is brilliant as I hate being swamped in flimsy plastic bags after I've put all my shopping away.
You can also set 'substitution preferences' either for all items across the board or for each item individually - either do or don't look for substitutions or you can ask for another product to be looked for if a particular one isn't available. I haven't used this myself so can't comment on how well this works but it looks like a good feature if it works as it should. There is also a place where you can write a note to the picker for each individual item. Once the address and list details have been confirmed you proceed to the payment screen and complete in the usual way. After checking out you can print out a list of all the items you've ordered and also receive an email confirmation.
Although I've heard bad reviews from other people about their experiences with online grocery shopping I have on most occasions received a high level of service. I always find that the delivery drivers are really friendly and helpful and normally arrive early on in the time slot. I didn't have any issues at all with my order even during the heavy snow. The driver brings my groceries right into my kitchen in the large crates and helps me to put them up all up on my work surface so I can put them away from there. Any substitutions are kept separately in blue coloured bags as are any products with a shorter shelf life and the driver always checks with me whether or not I still want these so you don't end up paying for them if you don't want them. I am usually provided with the products that I want and have only been offered substitutions on a handful of occasions - I've kept the substitutions on about half of these occasions although a couple of the offered substitutions have been really unsuitable.
There has been one occasion where my delivery did not arrive on time and as this was the last delivery slot on a Friday they couldn't get my shopping to me the next day either. In this instance I was unhappy with the service and cancelled my order but was given £20 off my next order in recompense so did feel that this was felt with fairly. The problem with grocery shopping ordering is that if anything does go wrong it causes a much bigger inconvenience than most services. I'm lucky enough to live near small shops that are open late so was able to pop out and buy a few bits and pieces that I would need in the mean time but this could be have been a much greater problem if I didn't have this option open to me.
I think that Tesco provide a great service and it is so much easier than having to travel out to a supermarket - the one occasion I did so since starting shopping online I couldn't believe how much hassle I save! In Glasgow I have found the service to be reliable and the drivers friendly and helpful. Although the website does have its foibles this isn't unique to tesco.com and in general I find it easy to use. This is a brilliant and usually reliable time and effort saver.
My lips are frequently dry and peeling and I use lip balm every day. I often use the Blistex relief cream and Blistex intensive moisturiser but do like to try out other products for a bit of variety. I often exfoliate my lips with by rubbing them with a toothbrush which I find helps their condition so fancied the idea of the massaging applicator advertised on this product. It cost about £2 from Boots and I managed to get it on a 3 for 2 offer when replenishing my other usual Blistex creams.
The Blistex lip massage is about the same size as a standard lipbalm and comes in a blue tube. The applicator tip is a light blue colour and is at an angle rather than a usual flat end and is a slightly soft rubber texture with several waved ridges - the idea being that when you apply the lip balm these ridges massage your lips and improve their condition. To use the product you twist the bottom of the tube which pushes the product up through a small hole in the middle of the applicator tip.
The product itself is very thick and resembles almost a thicker Vaseline like lip balm, with an almost greasy feel to it. As you use the applicator it spreads across the tip and applies easily all over your lips. There is a very faint slightly fruity smell to the balm but really nothing noticeable. I much prefer cream-type balms so wasn't a great fan of this - I think it is too thick and doesn't rub in easily enough and in particular it left my lips a bit sticky feeling round the edges. My lips were moisturised but this was a balm that I felt I had to persevere with.
I did however find that the 'massage' application was a nice bonus - it cleared away some of the dry skin and made my lips feel smoother and fuller. It wasn't really the most pleasant applicator to use as it felt a bit rough on my lips but did have a nice result although it was more a nice bonus to a lip balm and wouldn't be worthwhile buying in its own right. One of the issues with the massage applicator is that due to the ridges a lot of unused product and dry skin from my lips were left on the applicator after use and I had to make sure I cleaned this before and after use otherwise it ended up a little unpleasant.
I've found that this product is 'okay' and does do the job just about but there are other products in this price range that are a lot more successful for me. For anyone who likes to use more Vaseline-like balms on their lips this might be more of a success but is not really suited to me.
I'm quite the fan of the Soap and Glory products, and have tried a large range of their products either by buying them myself or in the various gift sets I've received as presents. I don't buy body sprays very often - I usually stick to perfume - but received the Mist You Madly as part of a gift set. It usually costs around £6 for a 250ml bottle from Boots but as with all of the Soap and Glory range there is usually a deal to be had - Boots often run 1/3 off or 3 for 2 offers.
The bottle that the spray comes in is the usual S&G style - pale pink colouring with a retro style grey/pink label. In my opnion the bottle looks a a bit cheap compared to the usual products, with the seam of the bottle running right down the front in the middle of the label, and the lid is just a standard cylindrical clear plastic and could easily be lost or broken. I certainly wouldn't be tempted to spend £6 on it from the look alone.
The spray pump on the bottle actually has quite a nice action and sprays out a lot mist which makes it quite cooling and refreshing to use. Unfortunately I am not a fan of the smell at all. It is far too sweet and a bit sickly for my taste and I find it too strong and overpowering when first applied. The smell does level out a bit after use but I think it is just too much of a girly and flowery fragrance for me. The spray does seem to be quite long lasting - it is still quite strong after a couple of hours.
This spray really isn't to my taste but I don't think it's a bad product - just not suited to me, although at £6 it is well over priced.
I have to admit my hands do not get that well looked after or cared for - I tend to do my washing up in scalding hot water marigold-free, I forget to put gloves on in cold weather and in addition to that I work in an air conditioned office. As a result my nails can be quite brittle, and the skin on my hands tends to dry out and become uncomfortable, particularly when I am at work so I do like to have a nice hand cream to keep in my desk drawers to give me comfort throughout the day. I got the Clarins Hand and Nail treatment cream as one of the three travel sized freebies offered when buying my regular products at Boots. The tube contains 50ml and is a decent size which is great for a free offer, particularly as 100ml usually costs £18.
The cream comes in a white tube with the usual Clarins style packaging - the Clarins logo and product name/details in red with a gold band round the lid. I love the simplicity and consistency of Clarins packaing meaning everything looks lovely on the shelf together.
The product itself is a light cream colour and is thick but a lot lighter feeling than most hand creams. As I find with most Clarins products you only need to use the tiniest amount - I find that less than a five pence piece size of cream is enough for both my hands up to the top of my wrists and my nails. As I need such a small amount I have found that even the small size tube has lasted me two months and there is still plenty left. The cream has a lovely light fragrance to it which lasts for quite a while after use.
Although the cream goes a long way it rubs in really easily and is quickly absorbed into my skin and nails so there is none of the nasty feeling of my skin being coated as with some cheaper hand creams. My skin feels soft immediately and I have noticed over time that I has improved the condition of both my skin and nails.
Although I loved this product I really couldn't bring myself to spend £18 on hand cream, particularly when I don't put in the ground work to protect them from the elements in the first place. However freebies are so frequently available on Clarins counters in my local John Lewis, Boots and other department stores that I'm sure I'll get my hands on some more free before long!
I generally have very clear skin and have been lucky enough not to suffer from spots too often but when they do appear they seem to do so with a vengeance and as I have them so infrequently this seems to make them all the more noticeable. For this reason it's important to me to have a product to hand that at least helps me feel that I'm doing something to get rid!
I've used a couple of Witch cleansers/gels previously and have always been pleased with the results I've got. I do think they can be a little more expensive than similar products so when I rushed into Superdrug in a spot-induced panic and saw the Witch Stick for under £3 I decided to give it a try.
The Witch Stick is packaged in a box of the usual light blue colour, and inside this is a tube - about the same length as a lip-balm but much thicker. There is a lid at one end and you push up the other end of the tube to push the stick up to the level so it can be applied by rubbing directly onto the face. The stick itself is blue and gel like, it has quite an anti-bacterial smell but you can also smell the witch hazel in the product which is quite nice.
When applied to a spot the stick leaves a tingling sensation which is very pleasant. I like that the product is applied directly as it is much more comfortable than having to rub into the affected skin with your fingers. As the product dries up on your skin I think it immediately makes the spots feel less sore and tighter. By using it a couple of times I day I think there is a definitely improvement to my spots and they do seem to disappear much more quickly than with other products I've used. The only issue I have is that a couple of times it has left my spots noticeably shinier and even left a blue tinge which really doesn't help with the desired effect!
I have been really impressed with this product and would definitely recommend it as a keep in the drawer emergency product for occasional spots.
I've had a lot of success with various Soap and Glory products especially their shower and hair products so thought I'd give the facial peel a try. It costs around £7 in Boots for 50mlbut as with many of my Soap and Glory products I bought it as part of a 3 for 2 offer which takes the cost down a bit. There are frequently offers on these products at Boots and I think it's definitely worth waiting until there's one on to take the edge off the price. As I am usually replenishing one or two of my regular products it's a nice opportunity to use your 'freebie' to try out a new product. I generally have quite clear and smooth skin but it does get a bit rough at times and I get open pores in places so I like to use extra treatments on my skin from time to time to revive it somewhat
The peel comes in a small cylindrical pot with a screw lid, it is white in colour with the usual retro text in a light pink style colour. I'm not sure why this packaging is white as most of the Soap and Glory products I own are in the light pink colour and being a bit of a stickler I would prefer this to be the same as I do like a nice matching shelf of products! On opening the pot and using the product it is apparent that it is not totally hollow and full of product but that the bottom of the pot is solid and the product sits in a semi-spherical recess. I don't really mind this but I always think it's a little disappointing to open a tub and find out you've got less than it appeared.
In buying a 'facial peel' I was expecting a more gel like product that dries on your skin and peels off but this isn't what I got. Instead it is a thick white cream with a lot of very small green micro-beads in it - the kind you get in exfoliating washes. Undeterred I went ahead and rubbed a small dollop (grape sized per the instructions) into my face and massaged it into my face. The directions are to keep rubbing until the green beads have disappeared and then leave it on your face for 5 - 15 minutes depending on the depth of cleanse required.
Unfortunately leaving this product on my skin for anything longer than a couple of minutes was not possible as after this time I started to get a stinging/tight sensation over my face which became increasingly uncomfortable. I rinsed the product off which wasn't too lovely an experience as it is very thick and takes a bit of scrubbing to remove. I do have slightly sensitive skin but don't have issues with that many products but have had the same issue with a couple of other micro-bead type exfoliators and some face masks so it appears to be that this kind of product just isn't suitable for me.
The results were actually surprisingly good. My skin felt really soft and refreshed and looked clearer than usual after I used it. For this reason I have tried to persevere and use it since - being gentler with my rubbing in and using less of the peel, but sadly it seems my skin is just not tough enough to deal with.
I think this could be a great product for the right skin type and I did think it gave great results so I would recommend most people giving it a whirl but unfortunately this just wasn't suitable for me.
I generally try to avoid using too much conditioner on my hair but I do like to buy products that I can use from time to time to give my hair a boost and brighten it up. I have been a fan of Soap and Glory products since I received a gift set for Christmas a couple of years ago so took advantage of a 3 for 2 offer in Boots while replenishing my usual shower gel to see how the Hair Supply fared. It usually costs around £7 so I think I would always wait until there was a good saving on before I bought it again.
The Hair Supply comes in a tube with the usual retro style black and white picture and pale pink labelling and lid. As I have said before I do think that the packaging is quite on the twee side but I do think that the products look nice, particularly when you have a collection of them together in the bathroom. I'm not a great fan of tubes for hair products - I think that it is easy to dispense too much product and you always end up with conditioner left over that you don't get to use. In addition to this the top of the tube (the thin part) is quite sharp.
The conditioner itself is quite thick and creamy, it is a pale creamy colour which is slightly iridescent. As I only use the conditioning product as a treat from time to time I do like to slather my hair with it somewhat so apply about two lots of a 50 pence piece size onto my hair. I don't think it is necessary to use this much but as it is saved for my more luxurious moments I prefer to use it this way. The product is thick and covers my hair well - I have quite thick hair but the product maintains its consistency and I can feel it covering all my hair fully.
I really like the smell of the product which is quite floral and it complements the other Soap and Glory products nicely. The conditioner washes out nicely from my hair and leaves it feeling soft immediately. After drying my hair I can feel and see the improvement straight away - it feels fuller and is much shinier without any heaviness. The only issue that I have with using it is that I find my hair does need washing a day or two after use whereas I can usually get away with just washing it twice a week. Also on the times I have used it more frequently the extra benefits I get from the conditioner aren't as noticeable on the following uses.
I think this is a great product to use as a treat from time to time - it gives my hair extra life and shine, smells lovely and is a very pleasant conditioner to use.
I was looking for a new perfume to buy and spied a 30ml bottle of Bvlgari Blv II in TK Maxx for just £19.99. I hadn't smelt the women's Bvlgari fragances before and in TK Maxx there aren't any testers to smell but as I know men who use Bvlgari Blv for men and Blvgari Man and have always absolutely loved those thought I would take the risk.
The perfume comes in a rectangular, short but wide light blue box with a dark square in the middle. It has a simple design which gives it a classy look so it would be a nice scent to give as a present for example. The bottle itself is also wide and not too tall. The base and sides are solid glass and this clear glass frames the blue perfume inside the bottle. The bottle is reassuringly heavy and has a large heavy silver lid with a circular top. I'm terrible for losing lids of all my cosmetics and toiletries so having a nice substantial lid like this is great for me. I think the perfume bottle looks both modern and classy and is also a satisfying shape to hold when spraying perfume.
The scent itself is slightly floral and has a sweet smell to it but is not at all sickly or over powering and also has a slightly masculine woody smell to it which I love - it is definitely a woman's rather than a 'girly' scent. The perfume really has a range of different notes to it. If I wear heavy perfumes I usually quickly develop a headache and for this reason was put off wearing perfume for a long time but I have had no issues at all with this fragrance. I don't find that the perfume is that long lasting so I usually use two or three sprays and then refresh it half way through the day. This suits me though as I would rather have a fragrance that you can top up than one that is too strong and cloying.
I was pleased to pick up such a great interesting perfume at a bargain price and think the packaging is graet. I will definitely renew it once I run out and will pay more if required!
I first used Soap and Glory products when I received a gift set at Christmas which included the Clean on Me shower gel and i have been very impressed with a range of what is on offer. I have bought this shower gel since and it costs around £6 which is more than the £3 I would usually spend on shower gel but it is worth noting that you get 500ml for your money rather than 250/300ml which you get with a lot of shower gels. Also there are frequently 3 for 2 or money off offers available at Boots so I rarely end up paying full price.
All of the Soap and Glory products have retro labelling and are usually a pale pink colour - a bit twee looking but nice none the less. I really love that the shower gel has a pump action lid as this means you only dispense the amount that you require. In my opinion you end up using a lot less product this way and a bottle will last a lot longer than otherwise.
The shower gel is very creamy and nice to apply and if you use a body puff lathers well and goes a lot further. I really like the texture and luxurious feel that you get when using it and it washes off easily. It has a slightly floral fragrance but is not overpowering and lasts a long time after showering and smells very fresh and clean. As well as cleaning well it is a very moisturising shower gel and makes your skin feel soft both during and after use.
This is a shower gel I have been very impressed with and have continued to use since receiving it as part of a gift set. the bottles last a lot longer than expected and are a great all round product.
I love making nice coffees for myself at home but after my glass Bodem frothing jug had an accident I needed to find a replacement. I have had Bialetti percolators in the past and they have always been good quality so I purchased this from Amazon for just under £20. This is around the same price I have paid for these previously - my last one was £15 but I wanted to avoid a glass one this time and go for something more sturdy.
The way these milk frothers work is that they have a kind of mesh inside of the jug, attached to the handle that comes right out of the top. You pump the handle up and down and the mesh moves up and down and froths the milk. I have always had better success with these than any other kids of milk-frothers - even better than milk wands on home coffee machines.
Unlike my previous jug which was glass so could go in a microwave, this one is metal so you have two choices - either heat the milk in another container and pour it into the milk frother, or you can heat the milk on the hob in the jug itself. I usually use the jug on the hob these days but for some reason it didn't sit properly on my old hob so it was a choice of either a dangerous balancing act or a separate jug in the microwave. On my new gas hob it sits fine.
In terms of frothing, this jug is superior to any I have had in the past. You often find with these jugs that if you are just wanting to froth a small amount of milk then the results aren't as good but I haven't had any issues with this one at all. The only thing to milk froths beautifully and due to the fact that this has a double filter (mesh) it takes hardly any time or effort at all. The only issue that I have had which is the same as all the other ones I have used is that occasionally milk will spill out around the lid when you are frothing greater amounts at a time. I usually have tea towel around the top of the lid to grip it while frothing so this doesn't cause too many problems.
As the milk frother has a Teflon surface it is nice and easy to clean. With the meshs it's definitely worth while soaking them straight after use or milk can get stuck in them. I usually just hand wash mine straight after use as I don't think they clean as well in the dish washer.
I think that frothing jugs are one of the best accessories for making coffee at home and this is probably the best I have used so far - I would definitely recommend anyone to try them out.
The Benefit pocket pal looks like a normal lip gloss but is double ended - one end is Benetint lip/cheek tint and the other is lip gloss. I bought it mainly for the Benetint which I had tried after my sister got a Benefit set for Christmas. The pocket pal cost around £15 but the products have lasted me along time so I think this offers good value for money.
The Benetint is a very watery tint which can be applied to both lips and cheeks with the small application brush. As the Benetint is so watery you have to be careful when unscrewing that end to make sure the bottle is the right way up - and the lid very tightly screwed on - unfortunately I did end up with red fingers on more than one occasion. I am quite a rosy cheeked person to start with and rarely wear blusher so I have just used it for my lips. I did on one occasion attempt to try it on my cheeks, just to see how it went on, but the results were not great. I am fairly sure that this was due to my lack of skill and the fact I'm not used to wearing much make up on my cheeks so I think if I wanted to I could have played around with it and got a better effect.
For my lips the Benetint is one of the best products I have found - as it is so watery it can be applied in layers to build up to the colour you desire so it can be used for a subtle colouring or a more striking look. The Benetint has a lovely rose-watery smell and the brush is quite fine so it easy to apply. I love the pinky/red colour and it is so long lasting which means even I can manage to keep it on all night. The only issue I have with it is that it does make my lips feel very dry after applying.
The lip gloss on the other end of the stick is quite pleasant - it is a nice thick lip gloss and goes on well. I am not a huge fan of lip glosses - I love how they look but find them too sticky and find them difficult to keep on for very long but I do still like to wear them occasionally. Lip glosses are one of these products where I will keep buying different ones in the hope that one will suit me better. The Benefit one was nicer than some I'd used - thicker and slightly less sticky but I still ended up throwing away a lot of the lip gloss that was left over long after I'd used up all the Benetint.
In general I think the pocket pal is a great, easy to carry 2 in 1 but I would personally just buy the Benetint on its own in future as I didn't use most of the gloss and it would also eradicate the issue of leaking when the lid isn't on properly. For anyone who wears gloss more frequently I would definitely recommend the Pocket Pal.
For years I would change deodorant pretty much every time I went to buy more, depending on what was available/on offer or any friend's recommendations but since trying the Sure Biorhythm body responsive deodorant I have just stuck to the one brand. I usually buy the standard 250ml can but there is also a 150ml available which is great for a spare in my bag.
The reason I first tried this deodorant was after borrowing some from a friend. I find a lot of women's deodorants either have smells that are unpleasant due to being too sickening or overpowering or have no smell at all. I find that the Biorhythm deodorant has a very pleasant and fresh smell which lasts throughout the day without being too strong or fighting with my perfume for attention. I have literally never managed to find a deodorant with a smell that I enjoy so much before!
I don't generally have a problem with being too sweaty so apart from a few very poor deodorants I've tried, most of the ones I've used have always done the trick and this is the same, although it is longer lasting than most. I don't have any issues with white marks on my clothes from this, or any stains on my lighter clothing.
The deodorant can has an on/off slider at the top to stop it spraying rather than a lid which I much prefer as most of my aerosol lids end up getting lost anyway. The deodorant sprays very quickly when used so it is quick and easy to apply. This is a great deodorant and the only people I wouldn't recommend it to are those who prefer theirs to be fragrance-free.