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      24.08.2014 19:08
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      • "Relatively cheap"
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      • "Calories "

      Lovely peanut buttery goodness

      I hadn’t really eaten much American candy until recently, when shops selling candy seemed to grow in popularity in my local area. While it is still more expensive, I do like trying different things chocolate wise. One thing that I have noticed that I eating more is chocolate with peanut butter in it, so when I saw these in B&M, I decided to try these. At 49p for two cups, I figured that if I didn't like them, at least I hadn't wasted much money.

      When you tear open the outer packaging, there are two cups protected by a cardboard sleeve. I have noticed this in a few American chocolate bars recently, they seem to protect their chocolate more than we do in the UK! Each cup is approximately 5cm in diameter and is encased in a black case. When you peel off the case, it feels heavy, but when you are halfway through, you realise it's just a thin paper case, it was the thick chocolate against it giving the illusion of something stronger.

      When you unwrap the chocolate, you can see the indents of the case on the chocolate. The chocolate smells sweet and you can detect the slightly moreish smell of peanut butter as well. I have often found American chocolate isn't as rich as UK chocolate, and the chocolate that surrounds the peanut butter is no different. Biting in, you get the slight crunch of the thick chocolate outer, before the soft peanut butter inner is revealed. I did find that the chocolate wasn't a uniform thickness, about halfway through I noticed that one bite had revealed a thin end and a thick end, but you do still get the slight chocolate taste when you eat these. The peanut butter is the star of this – it looks slightly crumbly, and not totally smooth, with an almost fudgy texture. It tastes smooth and slightly salty – there doesn't seem to be any 'bits' with each bite.
      I found that to eat mine, it was better to take small bites, and let the flavour develop on my tongue. That way, not only did it last longer, but I got the full range of the flavour of the combination of the sweet and saltiness of the peanut butter. I do find that peanut butter can get sickening after a while (I only like small amounts of it at a time), and one cup is enough to satisfy my sweet craving.

      I bought the original milk chocolate peanut butter cups, but they are also available in a Dark Chocolate and a White Chocolate variety.

      If you are a fan of peanut butter, I would definitely recommend these cups – they are tasty, and just small enough that you get a chocolate and peanut butter hit, without having too many calories.

      It goes without saying, but these are unsuitable for those suffering from a nut allergy. It also contains milk and soya, but they are suitable for vegetarians.

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      18.08.2014 18:15
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      • "Important message within the story"
      • "Great story"

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      • "None for me "

      Another great read from one of the queens of chick lit

      I am a big fan of Adele Parks's novels. When I saw this was 99p recently for the Kindle version, I snapped it up.

      The Book

      Initially we meet Eddie and the year is 1976. He is frustrated with his life with wife Diane and kids Dean and Zoe. He yearns for a different life with his exciting mistress. He is an unlikeable character and his comments about his wife and kids are downright cruel. I felt nothing about his character was redeeming.

      Next we meet Clara and the year is 1982. We meet her, her husband Tim and their three children Lisa, Joanna and Mark. There is marital trouble that is hinted at rather than explained in detail, and it does seem to hint that she was the other woman in Eddie's life.

      It's 2005 and we meet the now grown up Dean and Joanna, who meet by chance on a flight to Chicago. Dean was returning to Chicago where he now lives after receiving word that his estranged father is dying. Jo is travelling to Chicago to try to break up her ex-fiancé’s impending nuptials. Despite not thinking she has the best idea, Dean nonetheless helps her on the road to the wedding, and declines her offer of accompanying her as a date. However, Dean has followed her, feeling lonely and lost after seeing his father, and Jo ploughs on with her plans, not realising that her own world was going to fall apart even more than it had already.

      My thoughts

      Despite this book being 400 pages long, it didn't feel like it and it felt as though it was taking no time at all to plough through each chapter.

      I love Adele Parks's novels as there is more realism and cynicism and less fluffiness, than some chick lit authors. However, this one isn't as abrasive as some of her novels. I was initially all set to describe how this book starts to be predictable about halfway through, and how I felt that this was a slight cop-out, but there is a curve that I didn't expect and this threw me completely.

      I also felt that this story had a very important message. There is the element of seizing life, making the most of what you have and not letting your past affect your future. It's something I am guilty of myself, and even if this is the only thing I take from this book, I hop I do remember this. While I shouldn't need a book to remind me, I think sometimes we get bogged down with life and we just need someone to tell us and prod us along.

      Would I recommend?

      If you are a fan of chick lit, I would definitely recommend this book. Adele Parks's books aren't as fluffy and happy ever after as some authors and are always steeped in reality and cynicism. However this is an easy read and I had it read cover to cover in 2 days.

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    • Coca-Cola / Soft Drink / 13 Readings / 12 Ratings
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      17.08.2014 21:31
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      • "Helps settle my stomach when ill"
      • "Quenches thirst"

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      • "Slight aftertaste"
      • "High calorie"
      • Sugar

      A nice occasional drink

      When I had a stomach upset as a child, my mum always made me drink flat coke for some reason.  It did always help, and to this day, when I have an upset stomach or don’t feel fantastic, I’ll buy a can of Coke. I don’t drink Coca-Cola normally, as I find it too sweet, but when I don’t feel fantastic, I do find it helps me feel a bit better.

      Normally, I buy tins of Coke as I think the contents taste better, but as I couldn’t find any tins in the Lidl near work, I bought a 500ml bottle instead, as it was only 99p.

      The Product

      There are a wide variety of core products available. These include
      Coca Cola
      Diet Coke
      Caffeine free Diet Coke
      Coke Zero
      Flavoured versions including cherry and vanilla Coke.

      The Taste

      As I am much more used to the taste of Diet Coke, I find the taste of Coca-Cola strange.  It is very sweet, with a slight aftertaste.  I do find that Coke can be a very refreshing drink if served ice cold with some ice cubes but it's not normally a drink I would seek out when I am wanting something to drink, mainly due to the high calories and sugar content.

      My thoughts

      One thing that has always puzzled me when it came to Coca-Cola, is that on the packaging it is described as being a soft drink with vegetable extracts, and I was always suspicious of the word vegetables as a child.

      As I mentioned above, I usually only ever drink this when I’m not feeling great.  If I have an upset stomach, I find drinking flat coke helps.  If I am feeling tired or just off colour, I find that the sugar in this drink helps give me an energy boost.

      I would also occasionally order a glass of coke if I am in a bar and I am the designated driver, if I feel my energy flagging, or if I get given a glass by accident in a restaurant, but it’s not a drink I usually seek out.

      While not the healthiest of drinks, and not something I’d recommend consuming huge amounts of on a daily basis, I am of the opinion that a little of what you fancy is a good thing, and that you have to treat yourself occasionally. Since I usually drink this when I’m not feeling great and it helps me, I don’t drink a huge amount, but I can see why it becomes addictive to some people.

      I would recommend this if you are looking for something that will give you an energy boost if you're flagging or as I said above, it helps settle my stomach when I'm feeling a bit under the weather. I wouldn't recommend you drink vast quantities of the stuff though.

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        16.08.2014 21:25
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        • "Nice scent"
        • "Leaves hair looking brighter and fresher"

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        • "Price "

        A great dry shampoo for blonde hair

        I am a big fan of dry shampoos and I tend to go through a lot of it as I prefer to only wash my hair every other day but it can look slightly lank and greasy.

        The dry shampoo

        This is part of Batiste's 'Hint of Colour' range which can get for blondes, brunettes and redheads. As my hair is dyed blonde I was looking for something that would help brighten as well as remove any dirt or grease from my hair.

        As per the name this is for blonde hair. While I used to think that dry shampoo for colours was a bit of a gimmick, having used a few blonde ones now, I have really noticed a difference in my hair – the dry shampoo seems to leave my hair looking brighter as well as fresher.

        To use this dry shampoo is the same as other brands that I have tried. First you shake the tin vigorously and then spray to the areas where you need help. For me, it is the roots and my parting that I spray the dry shampoo on. Massaging the dry shampoo into the areas that need some help, I then wait about a minute or so before combing through completely.

        This is one of the nicer smelling shampoos that I have tried. It has a nice, fresh vanilla scent. The scent does also last on my hair, if my fringe falls across my face during the day, I can still detect this scent.

        My thoughts

        I do use quite a lot of dry shampoo and have tried a few with varying success. I have used other Batiste dry shampoos in the past and while I thought they were okay, there were better ones in my opinion. However, this seems to have changed with this particular one. Maybe it’s because I do have blonde hair that I have found this more effective than some of the other shampoos in the range which I had bought for the scent.

        This dry shampoo seems to brighten my hair as well as leaving it looking and feeling less lank and greasy. I did also find that this does leave my hair looking slightly blonder which is handy for those times when my hair is starting to grow out a bit.

        Unlike some dry shampoos that I have tried, I didn't find this one left my hair looking grey and it was also easy to comb through without leaving any residue. If I touch my hair after using this I can detect a slight residue but since I don't normally touch my hair, this isn't an issue.

        I am unable to comment on how long this helps keep my hair looking refreshed as I always wash my hair in the evening on the day that I used the dry shampoo but I don't find I have any issues with washing this out of my hair either and it leaves no lasting effects on my hair.

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          05.08.2014 22:43
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          Didn't hate it but didn't 'heart' it either...

          Despite me not really enjoying the previous Lindsay Kelk book I had read , I was reassured that the ‘I Heart’ series was better.

          27 years old Angie has been with Mark for 10 years and even though they haven’t set a date for their wedding, she is confident it will be soon. That is until the day of her best friend’s wedding. After walking around all day in 4 inch Louboutins, she goes in search of her trusty pumps that were in Mark’s jeep. When she opens the door, she finds more than she bargained for – Mark is there with another woman. Realising her friends all know about Mark’s ‘female friend’ Angie does the only thing she can think of and jumps on the next available flight to New York.

          Jumping into a taxi in New York, she instructs the driver to take her to any hotel. The first hotel that they come to is a 5 star hotel in Manhattan. She then is befriended by a concierge Jenny Lopez, who has her own unique way of dealing with heartbreak. A trip to Bloomingdales, $250 of makeup and a fabulous new wardrobe later, Angie feels slightly better.

          Angie’s luck continues when she catches the eye of not one but three men. Following the advice of how to date in New York from Jenny’s friends, she takes her first tentative steps back into dating. The offer of a job as a blogger on a New York magazine cements Angie’s plans to stay in New York.

          Angie initially evokes sympathy, but as everything falls into place perfectly, it’s harder to feel the same sympathy. The author’s preoccupation with designer labels also seemed to grate on me. Yes, clothes are nice but I’m finding it a stretch of the imagination that a freelance writer could afford to splash out so much (even though it was all on credit cards). Even when she starts writing her blog, her Marc Jacobs handbag is the first thing she writes about.


          I felt that this book was an okay read but very unbelievable in some places particularly the timeline. I also felt that in some places, the plot was borrowed from Sex and the City. It does read slightly as though the author read a step by step guide to writing a chick lit book and methodically added each step, but I have read much worse chick lit. The backdrop of New York is used to add glamour, but doesn't change the fact that the main character seems quite weak, and all the padding out of designer labels is just to add glamour to the slightly boring lead character.

          I will probably read the rest of the books in the series, just to see what happens, as I thought this was okay for when I just want something light and fluffy to read. While I wouldn’t say I ‘Heart’ this book, I don’t hate it either.

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          03.08.2014 15:28
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          • "Removes all my makeup "
          • "Really effective"

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          • Price

          Great cleanser that removes all my makeup on first attempt.

          Lush is one of those shops where I don't always get to, but I do like to treat myself occasionally. I find that the products are generally more expensive than I would spend on day to day skincare but are ideal for when you want to treat yourself.

          This cleanser

          This cleanser contains floral essential oils to brighten the skin, dove orchid for its soothing properties and almond oil to make skin feel refreshed.
          I find that for me, the easiest way to use this cleanser is to squeeze some onto a cotton pad, and smooth over my face. I then take a second pad and go over my facer to remove the cleanser. I then finish with toner to ensure all cleanser has been removed. You can also apply this straight to your skin with your hand and massage in, but I find it gets quite messy doing it that way, and using pads are as effective.

          The cleanser itself is an off-white shade and is quite thin. It feels cool and refreshing on my face and this continues even after I have wiped the cleanser off. There isn’t much of a scent to this cleanser, it just has a fresh scent, but it doesn’t linger on skin after application.

          My thoughts

          I bought this in London and the first time I used it was that evening when I got home. I was expecting my skin to look dirtier than usual, and I wasn't surprised at all to find a lot of dirt on the cotton pads. However, even after a normal day at work these do seem to lift a lot of dirt and grime from my skin and leave it looking and feeling clean and fresh.

          Sometimes I find it a struggle to remove eye makeup on the first attempt. I was very surprised when using this makeup all was removed and I was left with clear skin and no panda eyes like in the past. I managed to get some in my eye when I first used it, but while my vision seemed slightly blurred, this product didn't sting or irritate my eye and was easy to wash out with some tepid water. As I find some products irritate my eyes, I was very happy when this one seemed gentle and didn't irritate even when I was daft enough to get some in my eye.

          I am very glad that I decided to buy this cleanser, as it seems to be fantastic value for money, particularly for those days where I am wearing a lot of makeup. Sometimes in the past when I have been using wipes to remove my makeup, it took a few attempts, and some stubborn eyeliner did sometimes take more to budge, but this wipes my makeup away in seconds.

          Price and Availability

          As it is a Lush product, it is only available from Lush stores or online at https://www.lush.co.uk/ and costs £4.95 for a 95g bottle.

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          29.07.2014 14:35
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          • "Gorgeous scent"
          • "Leaves skin soft"

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          • "Price "

          Gorgeous sugar scrub with a yummy lime scent

          I am a big fan of Soap and Glory products and when I needed a new body scrub, I decided to treat myself to this one.

          The Scrub

          This scrub contains sweet lime, and almond oil, and also contains smashed brown sugar and macadamia grains for exfoliation.

          My thoughts

          I chose this one as I loved the smell of it as soon as I opened the lid. There is a mouthwatering scent of lime and sugar, and it just smelt so fresh and clean that I couldn't resist.

          I did find that this is a quite thick scrub, and while it was easy to scoop out some of the scrub, once I applied it to my skin, it did feel still quite thick and was harder to rub in than some other scrubs. It also took a few scoops before I really did feel that it was exfoliating my skin due to the thickness of the scrub. The amount that I had to use to produce the results I wanted might be a user error as much as a product error. The scrub goes on easily and is also easy to rinse off, although sometimes small bits of the scrub can be left behind on the bottom of the bath, but these are easily rinsed off. As this is a sugar scrub, it's not as abrasive as some other scrubs that I have used in the past, although the sugar does help to polish and buff any flaky bits of skin. There is a warning on this scrub that if you use it on any cuts or irritated areas of skin, or if you have just shaved, it might sting but I haven’t found this is the case for me so far anyway.

          After using this, my skin felt really soft and smooth, and it was left with a slight lime scent. Another thing that I liked about this scrub is that it didn't seem to leave a film on my skin after use, unlike some other brands that I have tried. I'm sure that some people like that slight moisturising effect of the film, but personally, I prefer the scrubs that don't have it, and this is one of them.

          Would I buy this again?

          While this isn't the cheapest scrub, when mine runs out, I probably will buy this again, as I loved the scent and it leaves my skin feeling amazing. It also doesn't leave any film on my skin, which is another bonus. There are cheaper scrubs on the market, but I don't mind paying for quality, and since I only use this once or twice a week, a 300ml tub should last me a few months.

          Price and Availability.

          Soap and Glory products are only available from Boots or Harvey Nichols, although you can occasionally get some on eBay or Amazon as well. Mine cost me £8, but it is often on a three for two offer in Boots.

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          28.07.2014 12:22
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          • "Not cloying"
          • "Nice Scent"

          Disadvantages

          • "More a 'mature' scent "
          • "Poor longevity"

          Nice scent, but a little too mature for my liking

          Over the past few months, I have managed to collect a wide variety of perfume samples, and I am slowly working through them, reviewing as I go! I’m not sure where this sample came from, it just appeared one day.  Before I had this sample, this wasn’t a perfume that I had heard of, which was unusual as I am normally a fan of Calvin Klein fragrances, and they are usually advertised heavily as well

          The Perfume

          There doesn't seem to be much information on the internet about the notes in this fragrance, or maybe there is just the three notes that I found noted on a few websites. The breakdown is as follows:
          Top notes of Ambrette Seeds
          Heart notes of Jasmine
          Base notes of Cedarwood

          My thoughts

          When you first spray this onto your skin, there is a rich burst of scent with a slightly spicy kick to although this fades within half an hour to the heart note which is a quite sweet smelling yet still very rich Jasmine scent. Both the initial burst and the heart are a strong, spicy scent and while it does take a while for the cedarwood to become apparent, the overall vibe of this scent is that of a rich, spicy scent.

          I find that while it's not a heavy scent, I can detect this on myself when I am wearing it and it doesn't feel cloying on my skin. The initial first burst lasts around half an hour, before fading into the sweeter Jasmine scent. After around an hour the cedarwood becomes more apparent before wearing off around 3 hours after application.

          I do like this perfume although I don’t think it’s one that I would buy the full sized version of as it’s just not unique enough for my liking.  I also feel (much as though I am slightly embarrassed to be writing this) it is more of a mature scent, and would suit people slightly older than my age group (early 30’s).

          Unlike a lot of the scents that I have reviewed, I wouldn't say this fits into any category easily . It can be worn as a daytime scent if your preference is a richer scent as it's not a heavy or cloying scent. It can also be worn as a night time scent as it has it's rich notes. Again, it's not a seasonal scent and can be worn easily in both winter and summer.

          Price and Availability

          At the time of writing (July 2014) the eau de parfum of this fragrance can be bought for the following prices from The Perfume Shop:
          30ml £34.50
          50ml £49.50
          100ml £64.50

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          27.07.2014 14:52
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          Advantages

          • "Suitable for contact lens wearers"
          • "Can use while wearing makeup"
          • "Easy to use"

          Disadvantages

          • "Funny smell "
          • "Didn't have much effect on my eyes"
          • Pricy

          Bit pricy and a gimmick

          As I spend a great deal of time on the internet, both in work and at home, sometimes I suffer from dry eyes. I also have quite sensitive eyes, and do sometimes suffer from eye irritation, so I was really interested to see how effective this was.

          The Spray

          According to the packaging, this is a dual action spray, which works to:

          * Restores the eyes’ natural moisture-barrier to revive tired eye
          When sprayed on closed eyes, the liposomes stabilise the lipid layer of the tear film restoring eyes’ natural moisture barrier so that eyes feel comfortable and soothed, as around 80% of tired eye symptoms are due to the lipid layer of the tear film being disturbed.

          * Moisturises the delicate skin around your eyes
          The spray contains pro-vitamin B5 and has been clinically proven to add moisture to the skin around the eyes.

          How to use

          When using for the first time, it is advised to press on the nozzle a few times to load the pump.

          When spraying the mist onto eyes, it is recommended that you hold the bottle about 10cm from your closed eyelid, and spray 3 to 4 times per day, whenever eyes feel tired and dry.

          Unlike other products that help deal with eye issues, there is no applying drops, which I know can be awkward for a lot of people.

          Unlike most other types of eyedrops, this doesn't have to be used within 28 days. This mist should be used within 6 months of opening though, and each 10ml bottle has around 100 sprays. You can also share this with friends and family, as the liquid is sealed inside the bottle, and it also doesn't touch the sensitive eye area which can spread infections.

          Summing Up

          I feel that I can't recommend this spray, as I didn't achieve the results I had hoped for. There are a lot of positives for this spray as well, such as being able to use it while wearing contacts or makeup and being able to 'share' this with others, but I can't recommend it as I felt that it didn't live to to the important claims on the bottle, which was to sooth dry and tired eyes. While I got a slight moisture boost from using this, I honestly didn’t think it was much more effective than if I had sprayed water onto my face. I had no irritation though with this spray, but I didn’t feel much benefit either.

          Price and Availability

          This eye mist normally costs around 15GBP, which I think is very expensive and I felt that the results that I received, I would expect a much better product for the price.

          Cheapest place to buy this that I could find online was Amazon, where this is available with free delivery for 11.99GBP.

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          26.07.2014 22:58
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          • "Scent which really lasts "
          • "Decent dry shampoo"

          Disadvantages

          • "Can leave hair looking grey"
          • Price

          Helping my hair last one more day....

          I seem to go through a lot of dry shampoo as I don’t like to wash my hair every day, but it does get greasy very quickly.  I got a 50ml can of this dry shampoo in a recent Birchbox. 

          The Dry Shampoo

          This dry shampoo contains Zinc PCA which has Anti– Flaking and sebum control properties, Allantoin which calms irritated and itchy skin and Bisabolol which has Anti - Inflammatory properties to relieve irritation and flaking.  The bisabolol and allantoin helps absorb excess sebum, dirt and odours to refresh and cleanse dirty and greasy hair, but also to avoid irritating the scalp which can cause flakiness. 

          This looks to be a recent product onto the dry shampoo radar, with a release date of around May 2013.

          How to use

          As with most (if not all) dry shampoos the instructions are clear. You spray the shampoo onto the areas of the hair that need some help. For me, that is my parting and my hairline and I spray the shampoo from a distance from about 30cms from my hairline. Once sprayed onto my hair, I massage in the dry shampoo and leave for a few minutes before coming through completely.

          I do feel I need to warn you though that this one does have a slight difference to others that I have used. As soon as it comes into contact with my hair, it turns grey, and it has to really be combed through carefully to mask any grey areas that may be left behind. My hair is quite blonde so I don't find that I noticed any grey areas remaining but for anyone who has darker hair, it's probably best to make sure that everything is combed through to avoid the 'granny' look.

          My thoughts

          This was definitely one of the better brands that I have tried, and while I am lucky enough that I don’t suffer from any scalp or skin complaints, I can't really commend on how good this is for those who do suffer from such issues.

          From my experience, this is a fantastic dry shampoo. While I wouldn't say this was as good as washing my hair, it did leave my hair feeling and looking noticeably cleaner and fresher than before I used the product. My highlights looked brighter and my hair also had a bit more volume in it as well.

          This shampoo also had a nice scent which I would describe as quite fresh and fruity and I did find that it really lasted on my hair for a few hours as well. It's nice when if you're outside and your hair blows across your face to get a nice fresh scent from your hair as well.

          Price and Availability

          You can buy the 50ml can from Marks and Spencer’s online and feelunique.com for around £6.  The larger 200ml can is £13.50 from the Phillip Kingsley website and from a few upmarket retailers such as LookFantastic.com.

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          22.07.2014 19:44
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          Advantages

          • "Nice smell"

          Disadvantages

          • Expensive
          • "Leaves a film on the skin"

          Ok scrub but leaves a greasy, oily film on the skin after use

          The scrub

          According to the packaging this scrub contains natural scrub particles to intensely exfoliate, leaving skin smooth, bright and feeling rejuvenated. 

          My thoughts

          This scrub does smell lovely with a rich cocoa butter scent. When I first scooped out some of the thick sugary scrub and applied it to my skin, it took a few attempts to exfoliate successfully as the scrub goes slightly lumpy when you try to rub it in and it feels almost as though I was trying to exfoliate with porridge. I did finally manage to rub it in by using a small amount and rubbing it in before moving further along. It was easy to rinse off though.

          The scrub did leave my skin feeling soft, but this is one of those scrubs that I found left a film on my skin. I know it’s probably to boost the moisturising properties promised on the packaging but I don’t like any scrubs that leave a film on my skin as I just feel like my skin is oily and greasy. Even after washing twice with my shower gel, I could still feel the film on my skin.

          Would I recommend?

          I wanted to like this scrub. I loved the scent of it, and the initial texture was promising, but the greasy film that it left in my skin is horrible. I just didn’t feel clean after my shower, even though I tried twice to remove the film, it was still there. When I got dressed after my shower, my skin still felt oily and rather than this leaving me feeling refreshed, I just felt dirty. I really can’t recommend this scrub as it is just too greasy. It was a very promising scrub, but it didn’t live up to my expectations.

          Ironically, the body butter that I also got as part of this set is definitely the nicest body butter that I have ever used, such a shame that this product that is designed to be used in conjunction with the body butter was such a let down.

          Price and Availability

          This is a Boots own product, so it is only available from Boots stores or from Boots.com.  It normally costs £8 for a 400g tub but is also available in some gift sets. This is also often on the 3 for 2 offer in Boots.

          Summing up

          I really can't recommend this scrub. It doesn't leave my skin feeling very exfoliated after use and if anything it just leaves my skin feeling greasy and not very clean. Particularly with the high price, I had expected a lot more from this scrub. I have read other reviews from people who think the oily feeling is great and adds moisture to the skin but I don't like scrubs that leave me feeling dirtier after using it than before. However, if you are one of those people who like these sorts of scrubs then this one is definitely for you.

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            22.07.2014 18:34
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            • "Nice fresh scent"

            Disadvantages

            • "Horrible base notes"

            A nice start but not such a ncie base

            I have quite a few perfume samples that I have got from various beauty boxes over the past few months.

            === The Scent ===

            This scent was launched in November 2012. It is described as a tribute and a more up to date version of the original Juicy Couture perfume. It apparently embodies free spirited and effortlessly glamorous women.

            This perfume is made up of the following notes:
            Top: Mandarin, green apple, red currant
            Heart: White flower of lily of the valley, orange blossom, violet leaves
            Base: Sensual musk accords

            When I first spray this, the apple is the first scent that I can detect. I don’t really detect the mandarin at all and the redcurrant seems to be more of a slight tang to the apple scent rather than a scent of its own accord. Within a few minutes, the scent does fade and the floral heart notes are more apparent, lily of the valley being the primary scent.

            These notes do fade quite quickly and you are left with the deeper muskier base notes which if I’m honest I don’t really like. I find it hard to describe exactly how this smells but to me there is just something that seems slightly ‘off’ with the musk base.

            === My thoughts ===

            When I first sprayed this one, I really liked the combination of the first fresh fruity burst and the heart notes. However, this fades quite quickly and within half an hour or so, it was replaced with a more musk scent which just had a slight off smell to me. It might be a combination of the heart and base notes which clash slightly but while I really like the fresh fruity initial burst, the lasting scent puts me off buying the full sized version of this scent.  Had it a nicer base, I would definitely be tempted to buy this as it’s so fresh and fruity. 

            Another disappointment for me was that this only seemed to last around an hour on my skin. I sprayed it on my wrists so I could check and it started to fade after half an hour and it was almost totally gone within an hour.

            === Price and Availability ===

            I found a 100ml bottle available for 34.45GBP on Amazon and a gift set of 30ml of this scent and a 250ml shower gel available for 21.30GBP. I feel that this is a good price for what is a brand named scent.

            === Summing up ===

            Personally, this was a very disappointing scent, both in terms of the scent itself and also it's longevity. This is a fresh fruity burst with an underlying musk scent. I would describe this as a ‘younger’ scent and probably won’t appeal to more mature females.

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            21.07.2014 23:40
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            Advantages

            • "Decent longevity "
            • "Nice scent"

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            • "A young scent "

            A nice weekend scent

            I have quite a wide selection of perfumes at home as it seems to be something that I always get for Christmas and my birthday which is always welcome. Particularly since my friends do seem to have excellent taste perfume wise and always seem to pick something I will like.

            === The perfume ===

            The scent in this perfume is made up of the following notes:

            Top notes of Lemon, Tangerine, Grapefruit
            Heart notes contain blue hyacinth, iris, nectarine, peach flower, red cyclamen and wild rose.
            Base notes of Amber, Honey, Musk

            As you can see from the notes above, this perfume has a citrus scent and a musky base. As soon as I spray this on, I get a strong burst of citrus – initially the tangerine but there’s a hint of something almost sparkling which is the grapefruit although It did take me a few seconds to register that the slight ‘sparkling’ scent was grapefruit. The lemon would be the weakest of the top notes but you can definitely detect that it’s there somewhere in the scent.

            The heart notes do seem to confuse the fragrance slightly as there are quite a few different scents blended together and while the overall scent is that of something floral, I do struggle to pick out individual scents in this one.

            After the fresh burst fades, the scent does deeper into something richer and deeper. After around 10 – 15 minutes I can detect the sandalwood scent with something rich and earthy. When the fragrance has been on the skin for a while, the scent is something rich and deep from the honey and musk in the base notes.

            I find that after around an hour, all of the initial fresh scent has faded I find that I am left with a warm, rich heady scent of musk and wood. The scent seems to fade completely after around 4 – 5 hours.

            === Recommendations ===

            This scent is described on ThePerfumeShop.com’s website as Adventurous, Iconic and Spontaneous and while I haven’t felt any urges to do spontaneous things while wearing this scent, I do agree that it is an adventurous scent. I would say that this is a daytime scent as it’s quite fresh and light, although the base notes do point to something more sensual. It’s more of a summery scent although I do think this will work in winter as well as a burst of fruity freshness. It does seem to evoke weekends with this scent, so the name is appropriate in some ways in my opinion - it''''s a light fresh scent that just begs to be worn on those lazy, relaxing days.

            I also feel this is a quite ‘young’ scent and wouldn’t appeal much to more mature females.

            === Price and Availability ===

            Price wise, the scent can be picked up for the following prices:

            The Perfume Shop
            30ml EDT 21.50GBP
            100ml EDT 47.50GBP

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              20.07.2014 14:32
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              Advantages

              • "Some good shops"

              Disadvantages

              • "Lots of empty shops"

              A nice shoping town that has most things that I need

              I have lived in the North Antrim area my whole life, and when I was browsing shopping categories on Dooyoo, I saw one for shopping in Ballymena so thought I would write some thoughts about one of my usual shopping haunts.

              Ballymena is a large town approximately 30 miles north of Belfast. It has good and bad areas, but I find that most people are friendly and helpful, so long as you stick to the town centre. The town is well known for being the birth place of Liam Neeson, or if you are familiar with the song The Days of Pearly Spencer, Pearly Spencer was a homeless man in the town. There are good transport links, although the train station is a short walk from the town centre although buses deposit you slightly closer to the town centre. There are also a good selection of car parks and on street parking, although you are limited to thirty minutes on street parking, which is strictly enforced. This doesn’t apply on a Sunday though, or evenings, which is when I tend to be around the town.

              The recent recession has left its mark on the town. While there are some thriving companies in the town such as the Michelin factory and Wrightbus (probably best known for manufactures the new Routemasters for London Transport), it has recently been reported that Ballymena has one of the highest percentages of empty shops across Northern Ireland.

              Shopping in Ballymena is mainly concentrated around central shopping streets, two shopping centres and also a slightly more out of the town retail park There are the usual mix of chain stores and independent retailers, although there are fewer independents than there was when I was growing up.
               
              The town is known province wide for two independent stores – Camerons and McKillens. I have lots of very fond memories of Cameron’s growing up. They have a large toy department, and as a teenage I became obsessed with music so I moved more towards the music and book departments. The building that I grew up with was demolished a few years back and replaced, and while the building is a vast improvement layout wise, I feel it lacks the charms of the original building with its maze of corridors and stairs that seemed to appear at every turn. Nowadays, Cameron’s remains one of my go to places for gifts, as they stock a wide variety of unusual gifts and cards as well as many premium skincare brands.

              McKillen’s stock branded shoes and also a limited range of high end women’s clothes. Despite being a fantastic shoe shop, I confess that I haven’t been there in years.

              Many of the independent stores are long gone, even some chains have closed, and the once thriving streets are a shadow of what I remember. Church Street used to have lots of shops, but they have all gone, to either lay empty or be replaced with a charity shop.

              There are two shopping centres in Ballymena – the Tower Centre and the Fairhill Centre. I have reviewed both in other reviews.

              The Braidwater retail park is on the edge of the main shopping area, and is a short walk from the town centre. This retail park contains amongst others, Sainsbury’s, Smyths, Poundstretchers and Pets at Home, which also includes an in store vets. Close by are Tesco Extra and Dunelm Mill, although I would recommend a car if you were planning on visiting these stores.

              While I''''m sure I haven’t really sold Ballymena as a town to visit for shopping it is a nice town and it has most things that I need.

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              20.07.2014 11:18
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              • "Perfect consistency"
              • "Easy to prepare"

              Disadvantages

              • "Too strong a flavour for me "

              Found this slightly too strong a flavour for me but perfect in every other way

              I bought this as I thought it sounded quite nice and it was also easy to prepare, which is always handy after working a 12 hour shift.

              My thoughts

              I had liked the sound of this when I picked up the packet in my local Lidl and was keen to try it out. I followed the instructions on the back of the packet and when I returned after a few minutes, the bowl of cous cous looked very unappetising. It seemed that while I left it so that the water would soak into the dried cous cous, the apple chunks all rose to the top and gave the cous cous a dark, lumpy appearance. However a quick fluff with a fork and the fluffy cous cous underneath was released.

              While I was waiting for this to be ready, I thought it had a very nice smell and made me feel excited to be sitting down to eat my cous cous. When I sat down to eat the cous cous, I found that it was a slightly sweet with a spicy, herby tang. The strongest taste was from the cumin and while I don''''t mind a bit of cumin, I did feel that this was slightly too much for me. I did find the flavour palatable, but a small amount was enough for me. The cous cous was the perfect consistency for me though and I found that it was neither too soggy or crispy unlike some other cous cous that I have tried.

              Much as though I did like the taste of this cous cous and it was easy to prepare, I’m not sure I would buy it again as I found that a small amount was more than enough for me and it was a bit of a waste. The strong flavour with lots of spice means that for someone who has a more spicy palate, this may be an ideal snack but it was just too intense a flavour for me. It is an ideal accompaniment though if you like the flavour as it is very quick and easy to prepare.

              Price and Availability

              Mine cost me 59p in Lidl but I have also seen it for around 50 – 70p in places such as Tesco and Sainsbury''''s.

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