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    • LG P500 Optimus One / Smartphone / 41 Readings / 39 Ratings
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      06.01.2012 22:44
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      A good upgrade if you don't want anything to fancy

      The title describes what my friend called my new LG phone from my Orange upgrade when I got it...I was quite heartbroken to be honest!

      I had never had a smart phone before- I was happy with a good old Nokia brick- a phone I knew where I stood with and how to use easily, but then I thought I ought to get into the modern world and have a new phone that let me go on the internet on the move and have all these fancy apps.

      I didn't want to have to pay for an upgrade- something I would have done if I wanted to have an Iphone- and I didn't want to pay lots and lots for a monthly contract to reduce the upfront cost of a handset. Thus the guy on the phone recommended me an LG for free with a 24 month contract for £15 a month including 300mins, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. As it was the first time I had got a phone that let me go on the web anywhere I wasn't sure if 1GB would be enough. I won't talk too much about the contract but I have found that 1GB is enough for daily use (not hours and hours!) and I have downloaded an app which counts the data that I use- a must!

      I was impressed when I received the phone- it has the look of an Iphone but is smaller and a lot lighter and less brick like. I find Iphones quite bulky but as the LG is a bit smaller it is a bit more manageable- this is a plus for me.

      The screen is probably smaller than an Iphone but usable. It has some buttons on the plastic part of the phone which when pressed turn the screen on and then from there everything is touchscreen. It is really easy to unlock and you can choose which apps to have on your front screen- this is a positve as I want the apps that I use there rather than having to find them through a menu.

      It is really easy to use. I will focus mainly on the texting and messages. Really easy to call people- button menu comes up immediately or you can choose to scroll through your contact list or call logs. Texting is also straightforward- predictive text can be used or you can opt for using a keybpard (like a computer). Personally I prefer the predictive text as my fat fingers always seem to press the wrong buttons!! Text messages are kept in conversations which is so much better than "old style" phones which you had to scroll through all recently received messages from all to find several from one contact.

      The internet is easy to use and I am a huge fan of putting favoured websites into my bookmarks rather than having to keep googling or typing in the web address which is far too time consuming for my liking! All the websites I have been on have been easy to use and its easy to zoom in and out and navigate around the website.

      It comes with several apps already installed facebook, a few games etc and I have found other apps easy to install.

      I haven't used the camera that much, but the photo quality that I have achieved have been of good quality and have been easy to upload (on Ebay only so far!)

      Battery life is ok. It dies really quickly if you have data enabled all the time (i.e. access to the internet all the time) but if this is switched off it can last up to two days. To be honest even when the battery is on red it isn't nearly dead- have had a fair few hours after red battery has appeared. Wifi can also be used on the phone and have had no problems with it at all, also internet when data has been enabled has been reliable but that is probably more to do with the network that I am on.

      My only downside of this phone is that sometimes it can be a bit slow to do things for example if I press messages it takes a fair few seconds to actually access the messages. This can be frustrating when in a rush. Sometimes it can be rectified by going to the app manager and shutting down some of the open apps but not always.

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      • 17 Hide & Chic Concealer / Make Up / 36 Readings / 33 Ratings
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        05.01.2012 18:40
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        I was given this as a freebie in a goodie bag I picked up. I was actually quite excited about using the Hide and Chic concealer- mainly because the product concept is very similar to Touche Eclat (a very expensive concealer!)

        The concealer is specifically for using under the eyes- to hide those dark under-eye circles- tell tale signs of too many late nights! The product is like a pen, you pull the top off and the concealer comes through a brush where the pen nib would be so can be brushed on to the skin. Concealer is released by twisting the end of the pen- take it steady though as too much twisting can release more concealer than you need! I actually quite like the packaging- it is black, quite classy and discrete- a huge thumbs up :-)

        The concealer is in what I would consider a "teenager" brand and retails exclusively at Boots for only £4.99. I think it is reasonably priced and definitely affordable if on a budget.

        Unfortunately I am not a huge fan of the concealer itself. The colour match was ok for my skin but I didn't think the coverage was particularly good- and I need to hide those dark circles! I also found that the limited coverage that it did give, did not last particularly long and so had to be reapplied to try and achieve the look that I wanted. Perhaps this goes to show that price really does equate to a better lasting product.

        Overall, nice packaging, good price but not a great product :-(

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        • Oil of Olay Beauty Fluid / Skin Care / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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          05.01.2012 18:18
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          I picked up a bottle of Oil of Olay Beauty fluid reduced in a local Tesco express for £1.25. I thought that was pretty cheaply priced and I'd heard such good things about it and it's a classic beauty tool, that I thought lets give it a go! Turns out I was right and in Boots retails around the £5-£6 mark. In my opinion, at the full-price this is a pretty reasonable cost, especially for 100ml of product. In comparison to other products on the market it is priced very competitively for a generous amount of product.

          The packaging is pretty basic as things go- a plastic bottle with a plain label on the front with the company logo. Though you don't pay for packaging (i don't)- I pay for what is in it!

          The product is light pink in colour and smells amazing! Baby-fresh- for me this is a plus point as some facial moisturisers can promise the world but smell terrible! It is quite fluidy in texture in rather than a creamy moisturiser- more like a yogurt consistency that a fromage frais consistency! Thus as it is quite fluid you only need a small amount to go a long way- don't get too carried away when putting it in the palm of your hand!

          The fluid glides easily on to the skin and doesn't require extensive rubbing in. It leaves the face feeling fresh and glowing :-) It's a really light moisturiser- so if you don't like putting heavy gloopy creams on to your skin- then this is a must buy for you! I have found it to be a good base for make-up, after application of the fluid I leave it to soak into the skin for 5-10 minutes and then apply my foundation as normal. I have never felt like the moisturiser has made my foundation slip off my face!

          When I have used the product at night, after cleansing, my face feels clean and soft.

          Overall, I think this is brilliant value for money for the amount of product and the moisturising qualities of the product. It doesn't promise the world of less wrinkles or lines but then if you wanted that then you should buy a more specialised moisturiser.

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          05.01.2012 17:57
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          A sweet, girly, floral fragrance that lasts all day.

          Whilst on my lunch break, my friend and I frequently browse the shops close to our work. One shop in particular is where we go and admire adoringly the Mulberry handbags :-) At this store they have a stand-alone L'Occitane stand. I like to try perfumes and on this stand they have several to test. I had a test of quite a few, but the one I fell in love with was the Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette- I tested it several times! It appeared everyone else fell in love with it too as I got lots of nice comments during the afternoons about the fragrance that I was wearing.

          I fell in love with it so much that I had to purchase it! In store it costs £36 for 100ml. In the first instance I think this is excellent value for the amount of fragrance that you get- I have paid that price for a 30ml bottle of other branded fragrance before! Thus (to make me feel less guilty about the splurge) meant that it was an investment purchase!

          The fragrance is very sweet and flowery- so if that's not your thing you definitely won't like it. The fragrance is very light and incredibly girly. I have found that a couple of spritzes on my wrists and neck have lasted me throughout the day. This is now the only fragrance that I wear and I have had so many lovely compliments about it- it really perks you up :-)

          The website states that it is a subtle fragrance with cherry, freesia and blackcurrant top notes. The packaging is quite pretty- a large bottle with a pretty flowered design in the bottle and beautiful writing on the label.

          I would recommend this product if you like sweet, girly fragrances.

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        • Barry M Nail Paint / Make Up / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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          05.01.2012 17:44
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          Excellent value polish to add some great colours to your collection.

          I am a nail painting addict! I always like to have my nails nicely painted as I think it makes me look a little bit more professional and sophisticated...well I try! Hence I feel like I'm on a never-ending quest to find a polish that lasts without chipping- something which I have found not to be an easy challenge! I have tried cheap polish, expensive brands and nail salon exclusive brands.

          Barry M is definitley what I would consider to be a cheap polish- in cost only :-) A bottle costs around £3 in Boots or Superdrug which I think is fantastic value for money. The packaging is fairly basic and doesn't look particularly special but that doesn't matter as it's what goes on the nails that counts!

          I have found that when using a decent top and base coat that I can get 4-5 days out of my Barry M nail polishes (after 2 coats) without chipping. I think this is pretty good going as I have used more expensive brands that have chipped before this time limit.

          The colour range of Barry M polishes is extensive- they have really nice brights as well as pastels and lumo colours- and as they are affordable it means you can buy lots and lots to have a huge collection :-)

          My favourite range is the glitter polishes- I have quite a few of the glitter polishes, the one I love the most is silver cascade, though I had to purchase this from Ebay as I haven't spotted it in the shops (just checked the Barry M website and it is available there). If you are a glitter polish addict it's a must buy :-) A couple of coats and your nails look like you've dipped them in a glitter pot of mainly silver and some red and blue glitter pieces. The glitter polishes last me much longer without chipping, around 5-6 days. The only downside to them is that they are a pain to remove from the nail- it takes some serious dedication to get it off! The best solution I have found is to hold the cotton pad soaked with remover on the nail for 30 seconds to let it soak in and then attempt to remove it.

          Anyhow, a big (nicely painted) thumbs up from me for Barry M polishes :-)

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            07.10.2011 21:17
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            Looks beautiful initially but didn't live up to my longevty expectations!

            I bought this product as I am desperate to achieve the "perfect" manicure thats doesn't chip after a couple of days- ideally I'd like my nails to last a working week. I don't have a job that is manual and uses my hands a lot- i spend the majority of my life typing at a computer so really my manicures should last!

            I purchased Seche Vite after I'd read some pretty remarkable claims in reviews online- how it kept manicures looking fresh for several days. I got it from Ebay for around £6 including postage and packaging- mainly because I was unsure which shops stock it- I haven't seen it in Boots!

            It doesn't look anything special in the bottle- clear and is a little bit gloopy on the brush- note I have read that after a few uses and as the liquid in the bottle decreases it can get really thick and unworkable and so it's advised you buy some Seche Vite thinner to keep it going.

            I painted my nails with a couple of coats, after using a base coat, and then when the nails were dry I painted on Seche Vite. It is a little pungent but nothing more than the general nail varnish smell. I have to say it did leave my nails looking good- really glossy and shiny and quite professional :-) It also dried pretty quickly which I was very impressed by.

            Now I was hoping to have a manicure that lasted about a week or at least five days, but for me unfortunately my nails did chip. It wasn't any worse than my previous top coat, but nevertheless it didn't improve the staying power of my polish. This, in all honesty, was very disappointing.

            I have also had a professional manicure in which the manicurist used Seche Vite as a top coat, and this manicure lasted no more than a couple of days before chipping- so it wasn't just my technique!

            I have read several reviews on the product, some say that Seche Vite should be applied on wet nails rather than dry- note it doesn't say this on the bottle! I have tried it on tacky nails with the same results, I am always wary of using top coats on wet nails as I don't want the brush to drag the colour and mark it, and also get colour in my clear top coat.

            Overall, it was ok- made my nails look nice for a short period of time.

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          • Liz Earle Skin Repair / Skin Care / 35 Readings / 34 Ratings
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            13.04.2011 01:08
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            Excellent product :-)

            Before Christmas, I began to use Liz Earle's cleanse and polish and was so impressed by the product, I have become smitten with the whole range! Now I know everyone's skin is different but these products just suit my skin- I now have hardly any break-outs and my skin feels incredibly soft- people have even commented on how nice and soft it is!

            After my success with the cleanser and some of the masks, when my normal day moisturiser ran out I thought I would treat myself to a nice face moisturiser from the range. I consider Liz Earle products to be a more premium brand product, and yes the prices tend to be dearer than stuff off the shelf but I find their pricing range to be at the lower end of the premium brand price bracket. This is ideal for me!!

            The moisturiser either comes in a pump or in a jar. I went for the jar option as it means I can scrape every little last drop out! You get 50ml of product for £17.60. I went for the jar as was worried that using a pump dispenser would not get all of the product from the bottle.

            The packaging is nothing exciting, a pale green which is uniform with the other products in the range.

            When you take the lid of the moisturiser, the smell of the product is wonderful. It is so fresh and light. It is a creamy colour and has a nice sheen to it in pot. It glides on to the skin and is so easily absorbed- I don't know what I would do without it now! It leaves my skin feeling soft- not at all greasy or sticky as some products do. After leaving for a few minutes, I then apply make-up to my face and have found that my foundation now applies to my face much better.

            One of the great advantages of using Liz Earle products is that they use naturally active ingredients- it feels like being kind to the environment. It contains a borage oil which is a rich source, echinacea, hops, avocado oil, pro-vitamin B4, beta-carotene (a natural anti-oxidant) and vitamin E which replaces lost moisturiser and protects the skin.

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              12.04.2011 18:43
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              WIll not be buying it again

              Dove is a well-known brand and products range from soap, to moisturisers, to shampoos, to deodorants. I have always been impressed by the quality of Dove branded products and so I had no qualms about trying the deodorant range. The types of deodorant they produce vary including roll-on, stick and spray.

              I purchased the anti-antiperspirant spray from Boots. It retails at £2.15 but is frequently on offer. At the moment (12/04) it is buy two for £3.

              The bottle is standard of a spray and contains 150ml of product. Again the packaging and design is equivalent to all Dove products. The spray pump is easy to use and distributes the smell evenly.

              The fragrance is fresh and along th same creamy/soap smell of all Dove products. This I love, I think the smell of Dove products is divine and makes you feel clean and fresh.

              One of the downsides for me is that when it is sprayed, now matter how much I use, it ALWAYS gets into the back of my throat and feels like it is burning it and I can't breathe. I have to go through a daft procedure where I spray it in one part of the room whilst holding my breath and then have to continue to get dressed in a different part of the room- ridiculous really!

              Another downside is that, although it doesn't leave white marks, I have noticed it can be quite powdery and can drop residue just after spraying.

              The major downside of this product is that although it claims to give 24 hour deodorant protection, I find that it just does not and I find I can be a bit whiffy after a vigorous workout which is very embarrassing :-(

              After so many negatives, I feel like I should end the review on a positive...it does contain 1/4 moisturising cream and so is kind to the skin.

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              17.02.2011 21:47
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              I found this in the bottom of my (endless) drawer of hair products last week and, as my hair needs some love and attention from heat damage, I thought I better get spraying it! I blow dry my hair every day, sometimes twice a day if I am going out in the evening and so I think this takes its toll on it. I have found that I am getting split ends too :-( So it'll also be a trip to the hairdressers for me!

              I shampoo and condition everyday, and intensive condition once a week. This doesn't seem to have helped in anyway though, so as I think the main culprit is the hair dryer for causing all my problems, I thought instead of giving it up I'd try to put something in its way!

              The Toni and Guy Model Me Vitamin Protection Spray is meant to care and nurture your hair, containing antioxidants to do so. Sounds fancy! The packaging on the other hand is not fancy...a very dull white rectangular bottle. They could have spent some money on making it look nice! The lid comes off and the pump spray releases the product into the hair. Now, sometimes I have difficulty spraying the product- the pump sometimes refuses to work :-( I may have a faulty bottle but it is quite annoying! The product smells lovely, it reminds me of the smell of products in a hairdressers- premium brand stuff! And it does make your hair smell nice all day.

              WIth regards to protecting my hair, I haven't noticed much difference tbh. It doesn't feel any difference and it doesn't look any different. Perhaps that is because I am preventing the damage from getting any worse! Now I'm afraid to stop using it in case it does become worse! Swings and roundabouts heehee.

              Now I bought this product from Boots a couple of years back, and I find these spray things last ages....especially if you use them sporadically like me! I have just popped on the Boots website and I can't find them? Perhaps they have been discontinued? I have had a look on Ebay and similar products for the range are on there, good offers if you want to buy in bulk?

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                16.02.2011 21:22
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                If you read my reviews, you will know I purchased 4 bottle of Alberto shampoo and conditioner for £3 form Sainsburys. I consider this to be a bit of a bargain- I think Alberto Balsam is a well known brand and to get a bottle of shampoo and conditioner for less than a £1 is a real saving in todays economic climate- everyone is looking to save money in some ways.

                I am using the Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner after the equivalent shampoo. The packaging is nothing special which is to be expected for the price. On the front of the bottle it describes that the conditioner helps to promote healthy hair and scalp. This is a plus for me as sometimes more richer shampoos and conditioners can cause me to get itchy head as my scalp is quite sensitive. Thankfully with this brand my scalp is fine.

                The conditioner is a pastel green colour and is a thick consistency when squeezed into the hand. It smells amazing- definite whiffs of tea tree and mint. Early in the morning it sure will wake you up ...not quite making you want to leap out of bed as described on the bottle but it sure awakens your senses and opens your eyes! Even if they don't want to open!

                I smooth the conditioner on to my hair, working on the ends with less nearer the scalp as I am conscious that using too much conditioner near my roots (of any brand) will make my hair greasy. I leave it for 5 minutes or so and then rinse out. It rinses out easily and leaves my hair soft and easy to brush through when wet. My hair feels soft after blow drying.

                It says on the bottle that it uses many of the ingredients used in more expensive brands and thus is perfect if you are on a budget!

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                  16.02.2011 00:11
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                  I got this in Sainsburys when Alberto Balsam shampoos and conditioners were on 4 bottles for £3. It works out and less than £1 and is a fairly well known brand name that (from what I remember) has been around for a number of years, therefore I figure it must be fairly trustworthy!

                  The packaging isn't anything exciting, but to be fair, for the price that you pay, you shouldn't expect anything too classy! The bottle is see through and thus the bright green of the shampoo can be seen.

                  The first thing that I noticed when I opened the bottle is the strong tea tree smell- I think its quite nice, its definitely refreshing and reminds me of the Original Source mint and tree tree shower gel. This is probably because the shampoo also has mint extracts in it....basically I think it is the shower gel in disguise as a shampoo heehee!!

                  The shampoo itself is, for me, the right consistency- not too runny it slips through your fingers and not so thick thats its hard to work in. I use about a £2 coin size blob for my mid length hair and find that it works into a good lather. As you rub it into your hair it further releases the scents of the tea tree and mint and thus awakens me as I am usually half asleep in the shower! It rinses out easily without leaving hair knotty. Apparently it contains pro-vitamin B5 which helps to strengthen hair.

                  After use, my hair feels clean and my scalp refreshed and my eyes wide awake! I always follow the Alberto Balsam equivalent conditioner.

                  Overall I find that is a good value brand of product. I probably will alternate it with a more premium brand product to ensure my hair is properly cared for.

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                  I love Original Source products but they are a bit pricey than non-branded products- I am trying to take advice from Martin Lewis (the moneysaving god!) and having a go at down-branding some of the things I buy. His idea, I think, is mainly used on food products in the supermarket but I thought I'd give it a go on toiletries too. Basically the idea behind it is for the branded products such as Dove/Pantene/Original Source etc, that I usually buy, I would buy a cheaper alternative brand such as a supermarket own product. Doing this, you save money and may find that there is no or very little loss in quality.

                  I bought the Wake Me Up Tea Tree and Mint Shower Gel as a down shift in brand of the Original Source Tea Tree and Mint Shower Gel. The Tesco equivalent is half the price of the Original Source product, which is priced at £2.04 in comparison to only £1 for 250ml. I think this is a huge bonus- you can get twice as much for your money!

                  There is also very little difference in packaging, the containers are very similar with the product being dispensed from the bottom and the bright green colour of the shower gel visible through the plastic. The Wake Up Shower Gel is a vibrant garden grass green and immediately stands out from the shelf.

                  When you open the Wake Up Shower Gel you immediately get a whiff of mintyness, exactly the same experience with the Original Source equivalent. The product is thinner is comparison when squeezed into the hand but other than that so far I can't tell much difference between the products.

                  The shower gel lathers well in hands and goes a lot further with a shower puff. It left my skin feeling tingly and refreshed. A definite "shower experience" as such. The tingliness was not as extreme as the Original Source equivalent, but for me that was a good thing as sometimes it can be too intense! A word of warning is not to get it near your eyes as it will sting like mad! Kind of like you've had a gust of wind into your eyes- not pleasant!

                  The scent of the shower gel lasted with me for a good few hours after use. If you like the minty smell this is great for you.

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                    I was recently lured to this website after I spotted a bargain on Money Saving Expert featuring some hair straighteners on offer. My boyfriends sister had requested some for her birthday (any brand) and halfpriceperfumes had some on offer for £10. They were a Toni and Guy brand- a beautiful bright blue colour- and also on sale in Boots for £35. A bargain, which meant with the money saved we could get her another present.

                    Postage and packaging costs £3.95, which is a little steep but hey it was a bulky item. As it was my first order, I could use a code for 5% discount but unfortunately this would not add to my account. However, I ordered the straighteners as were going to buy them anyway and sent a separate email detailing how I couldn't get the discount code to work. I immediately received an email back which offered to refund me the 5% discount to my Paypal account. Excellent speed of service all round and the refund was done literally within an hour of ordering.

                    A week later I had not seen my parcel, which worried me immensely. It was a present and with the birthday looming I was getting a little panicked! I emailed to see where my order was, and again I received a prompt response saying my order had been refunded due to a computing error. I was disappointed in this and on checking my Paypal account this was not the case. I had had no refund except for my 5%. I again emailed them and explained the situation. I received an email the next day, apolgising for their mistake (it was some kind of computing error, it'd had thought my order was completely refunded) and offered to send me out my parcel with next day delivery.

                    I did indeed receive the parcel the next day, very well packaged so as not to damage them and with a few samples thrown in for good measure (perfumes and lotions). Again, on the delivery slip they apologised again.

                    I have not ordered anything else from the website but I just wanted to share my experience with everyone and promote how good their service was. Although they did make the error, their response speed was EXCELLENT- some shop websites I have dealt with in the past take two-three days to respond- these guys were on it! And they made up for their error by sending my parcel out immediately.

                    Browsing their website you will find some great deals for cheap branded cosmetics. I reminds me a little of an online market stall full of many hidden bargains. I now regularly receive emails with offers on for free items (pay postage) or items with great discounts on.

                    I am giving them 4/ 5 stars as their computer system let them down!

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                      I love candles- I love the smell, I love the candle light, I love how relaxed they make you feel. Consequently I have many decorating my bedroom and like to light them rather than using than as an ornament.

                      I felt like a treat the other day, and although I already have many I decided I'd get one more for my collection. Wilkinsons has become my new favourite shop as everything in there is such a bargain, they have the Glade candles on sale in there for the bargain price of £1.50. Now I am absolutely positive that these cost more at other shops and supermarkets, though please correct me if I am wrong.

                      They had some other varieties on at this price but I went for the With Love candle. The candle itself is held in an extremely pretty pink jar that I think I will keep as an ornament when I have done with it! It goes from pink on the top and fades to a whitish pink at the bottom. In a darker pink it has a pretty swirl along the sides.

                      The candle itself is white in colour. The main thing that attracted to me this candle over any others in the shop, was the smell. It smells beautiful and sweet, even when not lit. It is a very feminine fragrance, and immediately made me feel smile and girly. On inspection of the packet it is described as a rich floral bouquet of sensual jasmine blended with soft fruity notes. It really is divine- you must try it!

                      On lighting the candle, the fragrance is released stronger. I like the Glade candles as their fragrance smells stronger than any other general candles on sale. Thus giving my room a beautiful smell whilst also looking pretty. The candle burns for approx 30 hours- so my room is gonna smell great for a couple of weeks :-)

                      I will definitely be investing in this one again :-)

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                      • Candy King Pic n Mix / Sweets / 33 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                        I am normally a Cadburys kind of girl and live for eating bar after bar of chocolate, but last week my friend dragged me down to our local Wilkinsons to grab some pick and mix. It has been years since I have indulged in pick and mix and boy did I enjoy myself!

                        Literally there was a whole wall filled with sweet boxes filled with childhood delights- bananas, jelly beans, jelly babies, pink shrimps, snakes, sour cherries, fudge, toffees, caramel bonbons, strawberry bonbons, smarties, fried eggs, chocolate raisins, liquorice sticks....the list is endless. I really could go on! It was like I'd been sent to heaven.

                        The sweets can either be placed into a beaker, as in the picture, or in a paper bag. I opted for a paper bag. It costs around 80p for 100g, so by the time you've popped in some fudge and a bonbon or too its surprising how the cost increases! My friend spent £4 on sour treats!!! Her bag was pretty full to be fair though.

                        The sweets weren't of the best quality I have ever had- the chocolate was of the cheap advent calendar variety though all of the chewy sweets like jelly babies and bananas taste great.

                        Overall, great for a reminisce of the olden days but be careful how much you pop in your bag...it soon mounts up!

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