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      31.01.2014 22:00
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      Coco is on a mission!

      When Coco comes across a vintage Chanel handbag when buying items for her business, she's excited to see an item from her namesake in person. Her late mother promised her a Chanel bag before she died and to Coco, this find feels like fate. Little does she know how this bag will change her life. In its lining, she finds a mysterious letter which sends her on a quest to discover who wrote it and why. Can Coco get to the bottom of the handbag owner's intriguing secret?

      Coco has had a lifetime of being compared - unfavourably - to Coco Chanel, for whom she was named after. In reality, she sees herself as quite a non-descript and boring person, whereas people expect her to be more glamorous that she actually is. She is a character that is easy to relate to and like. As well as Coco, I enjoyed the presence of her grandmother, Ruth, who it's fair to say is not your average grandmother! There are quite a few side characters involved here and all of them were interesting. I usually find myself less interested or even disliking peripheral characters in most books but that was definitely not the case here. All added an interesting sub-plot of their own without detracting from the main character and her situation.

      I really enjoyed this book, as did my mother. The plot is interesting, not in a thriller kind of way but the secret that Coco is embarking on unravelling kept me wanting to read on. The secret brings a new character into the equation: the mysterious author of the letter, who is introduced via the people that Coco meets on her quest. Although we never actually meet this person, they are still brought to life as a vibrant character. The plot moves at quick a fast pace as Coco tries to find leads to help her to unravel the quest and get to the bottom of the bag's history and ownership. There are twists and turns throughout, along with a red herring or two. This made Coco's quest more riveting as it's not entirely obvious until the very end whether Coco will be successful on her mission.

      My only real gripe was the ending, which felt a bit rushed. Things were tied up in theory but I couldn't help but feel that it could have been expanded slightly to fully finish things off. This is only a minor downside though and doesn't take away from the rest of the plot.

      I have not previously come across the author before but a quick search on Amazon tells me that she has written several more books. I intend to seek these out after reading this one.

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        Good in theory but not up to the job in reality unfortunately.

        I have used hair removal creams and epilators in the past but I tend to just shave my legs and armpits now. I used to use Venus razors but I needed some disposable razors to take on holiday and picked these up on a trip to Boots.

        The RAZORS
        The razors themselves are a lightish blue shade and are made from a cheap-looking plastic. There is none of the ergonomic features of a more expensive female razor but this can't be expected given the much cheaper price tag.

        Above the blades is a moisturising strip of aloe vera, which is designed to add lubrication while shaving and avoid the dreaded nicks and cuts that you often get with cheaper disposables. I must admit that it was this moisturising strip that convinced me to buy these over a different option. I am often wary of using disposables as I have had negative experiences in the past with cuts so I was hopeful that this addition would avoid this possibility.

        USING THEM
        I had no problems in physically using these razors and can easily grip the plastic even with wet hands. I feel the need to confirm this as I have had issues with slippery plastic with other cheaper disposables so I was glad to note that this was not the case here. They may not be ergonomically designed but I was still able to use them on the curves of my lower legs without incident, even they are not specifically intended for this purpose.

        RESULTS
        I am pleased to confirm that I did not experience cuts and nicks with these razors. Despite using a lot of soap or shaving gel whenever I shave, I have had awful experiences with cheap disposables in the past - which invariably made a complete mess of my legs. This was not the case here, which I attribute to the lubricating strip above the blades doing its intended job.

        Unfortunately, this is where my problems actually began. The lubricating strip may do a great job in preventing cuts but that is mostly because it comes away in liquid strings and clogs up the blades, preventing them from being sharp enough to actually do much damage to the skin. This obviously prevents a very close shave at the time and I find that I am having to repeatedly back over the same spots to remove hair. This is both time consuming and annoying, given that the razors claim to give a close shave. Without this strip, I imagine that the blades would be as traumatic as disposable razors usually are.

        The lubricating strip clogs up the blades and makes it quite hard to get hair and shaving product build-up out of the razor. It clogs up very quickly after just one stroke and needs a fair amount of cleaning under a fully turned on tap to get rid of the worst of it. Having to do this after every stroke means that shaving even just my armpits takes much longer than I am used to. I really would not advise using these razors on hair that has been allowed to grow back more than a little bit - I had enough problems on shorter hair and could only imagine how much longer hair would add to the clogging problem.

        After one use, the first razor was so clogged that I had to chuck it away as no amount of cleaning would dislodge all of the build-up and it was not achieving much of a close shave at all. Having now been through the whole pack of four razors, I can confirm that this has been the case throughout and I have only managed to get one shave of my legs and armpits from each armpits. Although other disposable razors have done a lot more damage to my legs, their blades have at least been sharp enough to last longer than this - albeit perhaps a bit too sharp!

        PRICE
        I picked these up for £1.26 when they were on offer. According to the Boots website, they are usually £1.89 at full price. This is for a pack of 4 razors, which is quite good value for money.

        RECOMMENDED?
        I personally will not be buying these razors again and in future, I think I will splash out a bit more and go back to Venus razors. They may be more expensive but they do not nick my skin and do not need so much effort! I did not enjoy using them and found them frustrating and time consuming. The lubricating strip is a nice touch borrowed from more expensive brands but in this case, it is not effective enough. While it does its job in stopping cuts and nicks, I merely found it completely clog up the blades and cause different problems. Based on my own experiences, I cannot recommend them to anyone else unless you are prepared to spend ages repeatedly going back over the same areas and keep unclogging the razor after one stroke. I am therefore awarding just 2 DooYoo stars based on it not being completely useless but not being at all what I had hoped or what it had claimed.

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      • Chance - Alex Hines / Fiction Book / 34 Readings / 34 Ratings
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        25.01.2014 19:37
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        A light and enjoyable read.

        Ava runs a successful florist business and is in a long term relationship with boyfriend, Rob. On paper, it sounds great but in reality, she is quite disillusioned with her life. She loves her job but it's not all that relaxing and things are not going great with Rob. Ava hopes to inject some excitement into her life but isn't sure where to start. Enter Viv, a dress designer for Strictly Come Dancing, who reignites Ava's passion for dance. She makes the decision to start attending local dance classes and finds her eye drawn to one of the men. Is Ava and Rob's relationship under threat? Will the dance classes prove to be the catalyst that Ava needs to take more control of her life?

        I really liked Ava's character and I imagine that quite a few women would be able to relate to her. She is extremely easy to connect with and I was rooting for her to find her happy ending. She has no annoying traits or moments and is a sweet character.

        Other characters include Ava's domineering sister, Lauren, who is about to get married and is threatening to turn into Bridezilla herself, and Ava's friend, Mel, whose life is about to take a turn for the worse. I wasn't all that keen on Lauren but Mel is another likeable character. I also quite liked the background character of Matt, who works with Ava in her shop.

        The book flows easily and while the plot didn't make it one that I desperately needed to keep reading to see what happened, it was an enjoyable and light-hearted read. I really enjoyed the addition of Ava's dance classes, which introduced some interesting background characters.

        Although the book is titled "A Strictly Novel", there isn't a strong like to the television show other than Ava's meeting with Viv, who works on dresses for contestants and an opportunity to see the filming in person. The plot mostly revolves around Ava's life, which I feel I should point out for anyone who may be thinking that they will be getting more of a look into the programme. It is essentially more of a chick lit novel about a character who enjoys dance and has more than a passing interest in Strictly. There is quite a strong on dance, given Ava's interest in it and her excitement for getting involved in it again.

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        19.01.2014 14:49
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        Very disappointing and did not live up to its claims.

        As someone who has never been keen on using eye drops, I was really interested when this product first came onto the market. It is designed to be sprayed onto closed eyes, hence removing the need for putting eye drops in. It is considerably more expensive than eye drops but as it's intended for people like me who are not comfortable using eye drops, it was a price that I was willing to pay for good results.

        USING THE SPRAY
        In theory, the spray is very simple to use: just close your eye and spray onto the eyelid. The spray should then find its way into the eye to offer lubrication and relief. Unfortunately, I did not find it as simple as this. I wear glasses and am very short sighted so once I have taken these off to use the spray, I find it difficult to see where I am actually spraying so I have to use this in front of a mirror to have any chance of spraying in the right area. Having to be a certain distance back from the mirror to use the spray though still makes this quite difficult and I must admit that it has quite often been trial and error to actually spray my eyelids and not my cheeks. For anyone without my eyesight issues, it would probably be a whole lot less traumatic but I feel that it's worth me pointing this out for anyone in a similar position to myself.

        RESULTS
        Initially, I find that I do some relief from using this spray. However, this is very short lived and I am soon back to square one with dry, irritated eyes - pretty much as though I had never actually used the spray. This is very disappointing as it's not a cheap item but as someone who regularly suffers from dry eyes, this is clearly no substitute for actual eye drops. I assume that this is because the spray is only going through closed eyelids and most of it probably does not even go into the eyes if the wetness of my cheeks is anything to go by. Because of this barrier, you simply do not get the same level of lubrication compared to putting eye drops directly into the eye. The packaging promises lasting relief for hours but I have never found this to be true for myself and in some cases, my eyes actually felt drier than they had in the first place!

        PRICE
        As I have already mentioned, this is not a cheap item and is considerably more expensive than a bottle of eye drops. I bought mine from Boots while they were on some kind of special offer and I believe that I paid around the £11 mark then. A quick search on the Boots site tells me that they typically retail at around the £16 mark on a normal basis.

        VERDICT?
        Unfortunately not. I really wanted this spray to live up to its claims but it simply did not for me. It did not offer any benefits for making my eyes feel less irritated and sometimes even made the original dryness and irritation worse than before. I have now switched back to eye drops, which I use most days and this has been a real difference to my eyes. I am not a fan of using eye drops but I simply did not see the point in continuing using this product and actually chucked the bottle away when it was still half full. Given its quite extortionate price tag, I personally cannot recommend this spray for anyone with wants lasting relief for dry, irritated eyes as it never delivered this for me and was highly disappointing. If you can bear to use eye drops, I would advise you to persevere with those instead as my current brand of Optrex eye drops has been great and much better than this spray! I am therefore only giving it one DooYoo star as I was extremely disappointed with the results.

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        Thumbs up from me!

        Former professional ballroom dancer, Angelica, is returning to her home town of Longhampton after decades spent away. With dance having formed such a large part of her life, she's the obvious candidate to teach a ballroom class for beginners at the local town hall.

        Her class is attended by various couples, with a few of them becoming main characters. Katie and Ross are having marital problems and hope that lessons will help to bring them closer together. Lauren and Chris are planning their wedding and come to the class to learn to dance in preparation for their first dance at the reception. Bridget and Frank are Lauren's parents.

        CHARACTERS
        Katie works long hours in a male-dominated planning office, while husband Ross stays at home with their children. Katie's work set-up is putting a lot of strain on their marriage and there is a huge amount of tension between these two characters. While I did come to understand Katie's behaviour, there were times that she did start to get on my nerves with her attitude towards Ross. On the whole though, I was rooting for them to be able to overcome their problems.

        Lauren is planning her dream wedding but it's quickly turning into a financial disaster. On the whole, I really liked this character, although I did find some of her wedding plans to be a tad ridiculous and OTT, especially given how expensive some of it was. She is a character whose heart is definitely in the right place though. I found it quite hard to get a decent handle on Chris' character as we mostly seem him on the sidelines and through Lauren's eyes.

        Bridget is counting the stress of Lauren's wedding and at times, I felt really sorry for this character. She is determined to give her daughter the wedding of her dreams, whatever the cost.

        Angelica is not actually a central character for large parts of the book, although her back story does develop as the plot goes on and there are some secrets lurking beneath the surface. I found her to be quite an intriguing character and a great addition to both the classes and the plot itself.

        The characters form a good camaraderie during the course of the book, which is lovely to see.

        RECOMMENDED?
        Absolutely! I really enjoyed reading about the various characters efforts to dance during the classes, as well as the back stories that had led them to come to classes in the first place. I didn't dislike any of the characters and was quite endeared to some of them. There are a good mix of characters with quite a bit of depth to some of them. On the whole, it's an easy read.

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        09.01.2014 11:55
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        Only Dad - Alan Titchmarsh

        When Tom and Pippa head off for an idyllic Italian break with their teenage daughter, Tally, the last thing they expect is for tragedy to strike. Events on this holiday have devastating effects for Tom and Tally. Will life ever be the same again?

        Having never previously read one of Alan Titchmarsh' books, I wasn't at all sure what to expect given that he is best known as a celebrity gardener rather than an author. It's not the type of book that I would have chosen for myself and I must admit that it only came to my attention after being lent to us by a neighbour. My mother read it before me and recommended it a while back but I've only just got round to finish it despite having it on my to-read pile for months now.

        Unlike most books, I've found it quite hard to form a definitive opinion of this book. It was by no means a bad book but it wasn't one that I found hugely riveting and I was able to put it down and not pick it up again for over a week. The main reason for this is because there isn't a lot of plot to speak of, as you can probably tell from my very brief plot overview. Because of this, the "plot" feels very slow and almost as if the story isn't really going anywhere.

        The focus of the book lies in the characters and the repercussions of sad events that occur on the much anticipated holiday. There is a great relationship between both Tom and Pippa, and Tom and Tally. The latter is very enduring and at times, rather emotional. While Tom was a very well rounded character, I found Tally to be less and more of a stereotypical teenager at times but I guess this is to be expected when you consider that the book is written by Alan Titchmarsh.

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        07.01.2014 23:22
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        Beneath the shimmering surface lies a dark secret

        Diana and Julian live a seemingly charmed life - or so Diana thinks. Her life begins to unravel in dramatic fashion when Julian dies in tragic circumstances. As far as the police are concerned, it's an open and shut case but Diana is far from convinced. Determined to get to the bottom of her husband's death, she enlists the help of her estranged sister, Rachel.

        Ex-journalist Rachel fled to Thailand after being embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal and a bitter bust-up with Diana. She's stunned to hear from her sister and even more surprised when Diana requests her involvement. She accepts the plea and embarks on an investigation into Julian's life leading up to his death. What secrets will she uncover, and will Diana live to regret opening a can of worms?

        I'm a huge fan of Tasmina Perry and always find her books to have depth and great characterisation without being predictable. This is definitely the case with her latest offering. Diana has a great life prior to Julian's death but it's obvious that she cares deeply for him.

        It's a fast-paced plot without being overly frantic. I was hooked straight away as Julian's death and the circumstances surrounding it seem so out of character, which creates a big air of mystery from the word go. Throw in Diana's niggling doubts as to whether all is really what it seems and you've got the makings of a mysterious plot. After Rachel's involvement and the depths that she starts to uncover, things really heat up. Like most Tasmina Perry novels, you may think that you have an idea of where the story is going but the final truths are never revealed until very near the end so it's never predictable and keeps the reader guessing until the final few pages. For this reason, it's a brilliant page turner as Julian's fate is uncovered in snippets.

        The reason for the rift between the two sisters is also revealed slowly, with hints being dropped before the truth is spelt out. This also hooked me as I wanted to discover why they had fallen out so dramatically.

        It's quite a long read but it's one of my favourite books in a long time. If you're already familiar with the author's work, you'll definitely enjoy this one. If you've yet to discover Tasmina Perry, you're in for a treat! I definitely recommend this book: it's mysterious, glamorous and highly addictive. A must read!

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          06.01.2014 21:26
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          How Will Her Wedding Night End?

          Although I was a bit disappointed with her last book, I'm generally quite a big fan of Sophie Kinsella and find her to be a light hearted and fun read. This is her latest offering and I'm pleased to confirm that it is no exception to that rule.

          The two main characters are Lottie and Fliss. When we first meet Lottie, she is extremely excited because she thinks her boyfriend is about to propose to her. To her shock and dismay, this doesn't happen. Around the same time as this disappointment, she reconnects with an old flame and being an impulsive kind of girl, she throws herself headlong into a rather ill-advised plan of action: getting engaged after a 15-year separation to a man she knew briefly on her gap year and the wedding is happening asap!

          Fliss is astounded at her sister's insanity. She's in the process of going through a messy divorce so she's the last person who's going to back Lottie's crazy plan. She's determined to put a stop to proceedings before Lottie makes a huge mistake but how far will she go in this quest?

          Like all Sophie Kinsella books, this is a frivolous and light-hearted read - even if the plot is somewhat unbelievable. I liked both Lottie and Fliss as characters, although I will admit to finding Lottie a little grating at times due to her inability to see the wood for the trees and the crazy decision she makes near the start of the book doesn't exactly help with that. Fliss is more "normal" and quite different to her sister, which balances things out a lot. If she wasn't there, I don't think I would have lasted the whole book as Lottie is quite typical of the author's female protagonists.

          The narrative is a two-way street, from the perspectives of both Lottie and Fliss and flips about between the two of them. This gives us a great insight into both characters as it's almost like we're there with them and can read their thoughts.

          This is definitely not a book for anyone who likes her plots to be realistic and believable. My biggest gripe with the plot is that the old flame comes out of nowhere really and the storyline rushes on at a very fast pace and this is what makes the whole thing seem illogical. Perhaps with a bit of build-up, this would have been less so but as it is, Lottie moves from one situation to the other at breakneck speed and despite being central to the plot from thereon in, Ben is actually quite an elusive character. With no narrative from his viewpoint, we never discover much about him bar what he tells Lottie (or she decides about him). While this does add to the overall plot I guess, it doesn't make for a very well rounded character and serves to make the whole scenario even weirder. Perhaps that was the intention though?!

          At times, the plot is almost farcical, although some of these situations are great amusing. I did have a feeling in the back of my mind that they might have been funnier if we didn't know the context and exactly why they were happening. It's not overly predicable and does have a couple of twists and turns along the way.

          All in all, it's a great chick lit book and will definitely appeal to any of Sophie Kinsella's fans. For me, it was a definite step up from her last book, which I wasn't that keen. I read this one in a matter of days and despite Lottie not being my absolute favourite character ever, I was absorbed enough to keep reading to see how it panned out.

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          • Mudd Original Face Mask / Skin Care / 40 Readings / 40 Ratings
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            A good clay-based face mask.

            I have skin that is oily and very prone to blemishes so I like to use a face mask to see if it can help to sort my problem skin out. I have a tendency to forget to do this weekly so I have stopped buying tubs of face mask as it inevitably goes off before I get round to finishing the tub. Therefore I mostly just buy the odd sachet now and again for a treat.

            THE CLAIMS
            According to the packaging, this clay-based mask is designed to tackle spots and blackheads while also not blocking pores. As someone with problematic skin, I am always living in hope of finding a wonder mask that will do this.

            USING IT
            This works in the same fashion as most other face masks: apply and leave to dry before washing off. I tend to find that this face mask doesn't apply in the same thick layer that the packaging suggests; instead I seem to end up with a very thin layer that I need to build up to feel that the mask is going to work. The packaging also implies that the mask is brown but in actual fact it is a green shade. It starts drying very quickly but does take about 10 minutes to feel fully dry. Although I can definitely feel it drying, the uncomfortable tight feeling that sometimes happens with this type of face mask is not as obvious and the overall feeling is more than bearable.

            Removing it is relatively easy, bar a few stubborn bits that need some further attention and it is not as challenging as some other clay masks that I have used. It definitely washes off quite well with just water and my fingers, although this may well not be the case if you apply a thicker layer than I do. I only apply a medium thickness layer and this comes off well with no need for intense scrubbing. I have often found that the need to use cotton wool or even a flannel to remove other clay masks.

            RESULTS
            After using this face mask, my skin feels cleansed and refreshed. Despite have oily skin for the most part, it does make my skin feel a bit right and I feel obliged to use some moisturiser to restore the balance. My blemishes and blackheads both look less obvious after using this face mask but on the whole, I don't feel that it is helping to improve the overall condition of my skin. I don't feel that I can mark the product down on that basis though as I have experienced a number of breakouts lately and am not sure that anything much would help with that!

            PRICE
            I paid 99p per sachet and picked a few up in Boots on various shopping trips.

            RECOMMENDED?
            If you have less problematic and spot-prone skin than me, I can imagine this face mask being quite successful. Unfortunately, my skin is probably beyond help in terms of anything helping to improve its condition very much. I do like the fact that my blemishes look calmer but sadly this doesn't last.

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            23.12.2013 17:00
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            A great musk-based body spray.

            This is one of my favourite body sprays so I thought that it was about time that I got round to reviewing it!

            SCENT
            Obviously the fragrance here is musky but I don't particularly find it to be an overpowering or overly strong musk smell. Once it's on, it can definitely be smelt but it's obvious that this is a body spray and not the heavier scent of a perfume. I guess that this is due it being "Ice Musk", rather than pure musk or white musk oil.

            STAYING POWER
            I generally use about 2-3 sprays to feel suitably refreshed. These each give a generous scent so any more than this is overkill. For me, the scent fades quite quickly but unlike most body sprays, I will notice faint whiffs of it later on. Generally speaking, it has staying power for a couple of hours maximum before I feel that I need to spray again. This is about normal for body sprays (it's not a perfume, after all, so I wouldn't expect it to have all-day staying power) and considerably better than some of the cheaper body sprays that I sometimes keep in my handbag for freshening up.

            PRICE
            A 150ml bottle retails at the £2 mark. Obviously being a Natural Collection product, it can only be bought from Boots stores. I am more than happy to pay this amount as it is very long-lasting - much more so than the usual cans of body spray which invariably don't last for much more than a month if I'm lucky. I have been using this on pretty much a daily basis for months now and it's still not approaching empty so I consider this (and other body sprays from Natural Collection) to be good value for money.

            RECOMMENDED?
            Yes, definitely. As far as body sprays go, it is good value for money and has better staying power than most. If you are looking for a musk-based body spray, this one ticks all of the right boxes.

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            Keeps me feeling clean and fresh without upsetting the delicate balance!

            I like to feel fresh "down there" and daily usage of wipes that are specifically designed for this delicate area help me to do this. As someone who has had plenty of issues with thrush in the past, I am extremely careful with what I can use on this area for fear of upsetting the balance so I always look for wipes that are pH balanced.

            THE WIPES
            They are quite moist but not dripping. When used, they do a good job of cleaning the area but they don't leave you feeling particularly damp so they're quite good for a "wipe and go". This is incredibly useful when on the go and I always keep a pack of these in my hand luggage when travelling to make sure that I can feel fresh. The pack is resealable and I have had no issues with wipes drying out.

            MY EXPERIENCES
            I use these every day and definitely feel fresher after using them. I'm also pleased to confirm that there are no issues with upsetting the delicate balance so I feel that these wipes can be trusted in this respect. There is no real fragrance or scent to the wipes, which is great for me as I have previously used wipes that are supposed to be pH balanced but with a subtle scent that has gone on to upset my balance so I now trust these wipes to keep me fresh without being harsh.

            PRICE
            These are definitely not the cheapest wipes out there and they can routinely cost anything up to the £3.50 mark if they're not on offer. I recommend buying them when they're on offer as I feel that they are very expensive at normal price. I am knocking a star off for price as I do feel that they are

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            A disappointing antiperspirant for me.

            I have tried quite a few spray antiperspirants as I often find that most roll-ons take a while to dry and I am not patient enough for this. This is one of the products that I tried out.

            SMELL
            The smell is vaguely floral but not really knowing how soft jasmine or coco milk are supposed to smell, I can't pinpoint either of these scents. The smell does not particularly linger after the initial burst (apart from in the air) and I personally cannot smell it on my clothes later on.

            USAGE
            When used, the deodorant emits quite a strong burst of spray which is very visible as a white cloud that seems to linger in the air for a while afterwards. I really do not like this as it's very difficult to get out of the way as the "cloud" quickly disperses and spreads across the room so if you're unlucky, you'll almost definitely end up breathing it in! I definitely recommend using this in a very well ventilated space as it's more problematic in this respect than many other antiperspirants that I have used. Once on, it does dry very quickly, which is one of the main reasons why I initially wanted to buy it. It does not seem to mark my clothes, despite not being marketed as a "no white marks" type of deoodorant.

            RESULTS
            I don't sweat bucketloads but without an effective antiperspirant, I will usually quickly find my underarms becoming damp. Unfortunately this antiperspirant is not one that I consider to be effective for my needs. Within an hour of using it, I notice my underarms sweating and this is when I am simply sitting at my desk so I do not dare to use this product while I am out and about as I am sure that my underarms would be absolutely soaking as though I had not used deodorant at all. The packaging promises 24 hour protection but I question this claim as it does not leave me feeling fresh or confident for very long at all.

            PRICE
            I paid around £1.90 for a 150 ml can in Superdrug.

            RECOMMENDED?
            Unfortunately not. I do not enjoy using this antiperspirant in the first place due to the strong powedery spray that is emitted and I am not at all pleased with the results as an antiperspirant as I do find it to be effective at all in preventing me from sweating.

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          • Ambre Solaire Milk Mini / Sun Care / 34 Readings / 34 Ratings
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            05.08.2013 23:19
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            A great sun lotion that will easily fit into a handbag!

            I have very pale skin and red hair - a combination that means that I burn extremely easily. I originally bought this product for a holiday as I was looking for sun protection that wouldn't take up a huge amount of room in my admittedly quite small rucksack. Scouring around was quite disappointing as there didn't seem to be many options in the shops where I live but I eventually found this one with the travel size toiletries in Superdrug.

            THE PRODUCT
            This is SPF 50 so it's perfect for anyone who needs strong sun protection. It claims to be non-greasy and non-sticky for soft and silky skin, along with being water resistant. It itself is a white-ish colour and not overly thick. I wouldn't call it thin but it's not thick enough to justify being called sun cream, and this is probably why it's called sun lotion on the tube.

            MY EXPERIENCES
            The lotion is easy to rub in and I do not find myself needing to repeatedly rub it into my skin, as has often been the case with many sun creams so the lotion format works very well in my option. However, I do argue with the non-greasy claims as I can both see and feel the lotion on my skin and even once it has been rubbed in, there is a slightly greasy/oily looking sheen to my skin so it's by no means invisible. However, it does not feel sticky but I am aware that I am wearing the lotion, if that makes sense.

            Despite having extremely fair skin that is very prone to getting burnt, I did not experience any issues in that respect while using this product. I have taken this on several holidays now, including one in which the weather was extremely warm, and the recent warm weather that we have been having in this country and I have never felt as though I was coming close to burning in any of these conditions so I trust this to be high quality and high factor sun protection. I will say though that in very warm weather, I always make an effort to reapply sun protection every couple of hours due to my skin so this will help in protecting myself.

            PRICE
            I believe that I paid around the £3 mark for a 50 ml tube. This is quite pricey and you're definitely paying for the convenience of a small tube that will easily fit into most small bags.

            RECOMMENDED?
            Yes, definitely if you need a size that can be easily transported. This product hardly takes up any room so it's hugely convenient. It kept me protected even in very fierce sun on holiday and has served me well during the UK heatwave. It's not sticky and doesn't leave my skin feeling tacky but I don't agree with the non-greasy claims as I do feel that it leaves a bit of a sheen on my skin. This isn't a big problem though and I am happy to overlook this for situations when I really want to have a compact sun lotion. I am knocking a star off for the price tag and the greasiness.

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            05.08.2013 00:32
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            A strong tasting chewable vitamin C tablet.

            I am one of those people who seem to catch every bug going so I am keen to take vitamin C supplements to try to boost my immune system. I usually buy Bassets as I am like their inclusion of zinc along with the vitamin C. However, these were recently on offer and had sold out when I went looking for them so I decided to head to Sainsburys to see what they could offer. I am not great with swallowing tablets so I always look for chewable tablets where possible. These fitted the bill so I picked some up.

            PACKAGING
            I don't usually comment on packaging but while the name is still the same, these tablets now come in a yellow bottle rather than the previous orange bottle that you can see in the image above. This can make them a little harder to easily pick out on the shelf.

            TAKING THEM
            They are chewable but whereas Bassets are more like soft sweets, these are quite hard in comparison and take more effort to break down. I am not keen on this aspect and find that I need to suck them around my mouth for a while before they feel soft enough to actually chew so whereas Bassets is a very quick way to take a tablet, this is a more time-consuming process. They also taste very orangey and I am not keen on this fairly strong taste, especially as chewing the tablets is not a particularly quick process so this taste has plenty of chance to linger in the mouth.

            PRICE
            Having checked on the Sainsburys website, these cost £1.44 for 60 tablets, which is good value for money. Unfortunately, I have no plans to buy these again though as they were not for me, despite being considerably cheaper than my usual brand.

            RECOMMENDED?
            Not personally. If I am choosing chewable tablets, I prefer these to be easy to take and this isn't really the case here. I will be buying Bassets again in future as I find their tablets easier to take in comparison and not as strong so it is a more pleasant experience on the whole. However, this is a personal thing and probably will not bother everyone. If you don't mind your tablets being quite strongly orange and hard until you can soften them via your saliva, then you probably won't have the same kind of reservations that I did.

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            04.08.2013 01:38
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            A very good value mouthwash from Tesco!

            When it comes to mouthwash, I am very picky about the types that I will buy. The likes of Listerine are far too strong for me so I avoid those on principle these days. Having tried various brands and noticing no real difference in my oral health, I am now converted to own brand type mouthwashes to save some pennies. Having been predominantly swayed by the price, I will admit that I didn't hold out a huge amount of hope for this mouthwash as it only cost 49p but it has proved to be a great choice and is now the mouthwash that I look to when available.

            I cannot stand strong mouthwashes and I'm pleased to say that this is just pleasantly minty without being overpowering and definitely does not make my mouth feel like it's on fire (unlike Listerine). I can easily swill it around my mouth for up to a minute whereas Listerine lasts about 10 seconds in my mouth before I feel compelled to end the torture.

            A word of caution though: the mint taste is quite sweet, which is different to most mint-based mouthwashes that I have previously used. This isn't a problem for me as I vastly prefer it to anything overly strong but it may well be too sweet for some people.

            Once used, it makes my breath feel minty cool and much fresher than before and this sensation lasts for quite a while afterwards, which is about on a par with the branded mouthwash products that I've used in the past. Being so cheap, I wasn't confident that this would be the case but I was pleasantly surprised that my mouth did indeed feel fresher and this has been the case even after long coach trips which leave my mouth feeling stale and yukky until I can use some mouthwash to freshen up.

            As I have previously mentioned, it is available for around 49p, which is a fantastic bargain in my book and as it's a 500ml bottle, it lasts for a while too. It does the same kind of job as much more expensive counterparts and having used this for a while now, I certainly haven't noticed any decline in my oral health since then so it seems to do much the same as the more expensive mouthwash products. It may not be anywhere near as potent as Listerine but I still feel like it's doing the right job in keeping my mouth fresh and healthier.

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