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      30.06.2011 10:15
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      Great budget moisturiser, that works and is for sensitive skin as it claims.

      I like the Boots Botanic range, and purchased this moisturiser as part of a 3 for 2 offer that was on in my local store. The cleansing balm is fantastic, and as I have oily, sensitive skin that can sometimes become dry and flaky I thought that this product should fit the bill nicely.

      The moisturiser itself comes in an attractive plastic bottle, (as shown above) and is dispensed via a pump which works well and I find that two pumps are enough to cover my face and neck adequately. The product is derived from natural plant ingredients being Botanics, and the extracts are authenticated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The main ingredient from a selling point of view is Sweet Gale, which is an antibacterial essential oil, and therefore helps to purify the skin and prevent further breakouts. It's oil free, which is a bonus if like me you already have oily skin, and is also dermatologically tested and won't block pores! Wa hey.

      Personally I find that using this after cleansing with the organic balm from the same range, my skin is left really soft and smooth with a velvet like texture. It's a great base for makeup, and does seem to have helped in soothing and clarifying my skin. In no way shape of form has it irritated or aggrevated my skin and made it worse and it is quite sensitive. I'm not a big fan of the smell though, It's a bit too Tea-Tree for me, but it's not offensive in any way. I would say that it does help to stop my skin becoming as oily as quickly and does work as a moisturiser too, but I'm not sure if it will be enough in the winter months as it is light for a moisturiser. I'll have to update my review and let you know.

      Overall aother great little product from the people at Boots Botanics. It is only £5.10 for 45ml, which has lasted me nearly six months, (using it mornings only though) and can be found in Boots stores nationwide and online.

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      30.06.2011 09:47
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      Fabulous product, that will leave your skin looking and feeling amazing at an astounding price.

      I had previously tried the foaming cleanser for Oily/Sensitive skin in the Boots Botanics range, and whilst I thought it did it's job well, and seemed to improve the apearance of my skin it was still a little too drying. After reading rave reviews about the cleansing balm I decided to give it a go in the hope that this would leave my skin soft and supple.

      I have annoying dry, sensitive but very oily skin so finding a decent product that doesn't aggrevate it is no mean feat. At last however I seem to have found it in this little miracle pot. The product itself is certified 92% organic, and comes in a plastic jar with a metal screw top lid contained inside a cardboard box outer. Although it doesn't ooze style it still looks nice in the bathroom, but as for the cotton cloth that comes with it.......... well I'd just throw that away as it's pretty useless and invest in a proper muslin cloth or even a flannel would do. The first thing you notice when you take the lid off is the subtle citrussy smell, it's almost good enough to eat! You only need a small amount of the actual product as a little really doe go a long way, I like to dot it on my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin and then massage it in using small circular motions and in a morning i'll jump in the shower and let the steam from it help to draw out any impurities then use a cloth to remove the balm, (again in small circular movements) at the end of my shower.

      Once I've patted my face dry it feels so soft, nourished and of course clean. The shea butter really does work a treat and it without a doubt does soothe the skin as it claims. I was sceptical to begin with, oily balm to cleanse oily skin??? However I needn't have been, and I'd go as far as to say that it has actually helped to control my oily skin over time, and I definitely have fewer blemishes as a result.

      I honestly think this product would suit most people and once tried they too would be hooked. At only £6.63 per pot, (and Botanics products are normally on 3 for 2) it's an absolute bargain as my pots lasted the best part of six months with daily use. The ingredients are great, and generally organic and the cardboard box and plastic pot are all recycleable. What's not to love?

      Botanics products are available from Boots stores nationwide and online.

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    • Boots No7 360 Lash Mascara / Make Up / 23 Readings / 23 Ratings
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      29.06.2011 21:58
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      Not a bad mascara, but in my opinion there are better out there.

      My must have cosmetic has to be mascara, my eyes look like a pigs without it so when my mother gave me a trial size of this No. 7 mascara I had high hopes.

      I own a few No.7 items, and for the money I think that they're generally decent products but nothing to shout from the rooftops about. This mascara for me was the same. The packaging is functional but bland, and the trial size is literally a smaller version of the one above. There is a really big thick brush contained inside that does seem to pick up the product well, and with a swoop through the lashes they do become lengthened slightly and defined. After allowing the first coat to dry and applying a second I had to be careful not to apply too much and clog my lashes up whereby they end up sticking to one another and resembling a tarantula's leg! Like most products they all differ, and take some getting used to. This isn't a problem for me, but I get up at stupid o'clock as it is, and I don't relish the thought of having to spend ten minutes trying to make my eyelashes look like they actually exist every morning. I'd use this for an evening when I have more time to acheive the look I desire which unfortunately can't be done in one application with this product.

      On a positive this does seem to last really well. It doesn't flake or smudge, and on the occasion where I have gone to bed wearing it the next morning it still looks fine. That said it is easy to remove with a normal cleanser and especially easy with an oil based one. One of it's redeeming features is that it doesn't irritate my eyes when I have my contact lenses in, always a bonus. and it states that it's hypoallergenic. Colour wise it isn't pigmented enough for my liking, I prefer a black to be just that and this seems a bit wishy washy. It does slightly curl my lashes, and will lengthen them significantly with two coats, although definitely not 7 times as long as they claim!

      Overall I don't feel this is a bad mascara, but at £12.50 for a 7ml tube I don't think it's one that I'll be rushing out to purchase again as it didn't really do it for me but I'm sure for others it will be one of, if not the best mascara they've ever used. No.7 products are available from Boots stores nationwide, and online.

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        13.08.2010 00:20
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        A really good rival to other more expensive brands, that outperforms a lot of them.

        I have probably coloured my hair more times than....... well an awful lot. In it's time it has been a multitude of colours, from platinum blonde to black and others inbetween I'm not brand loyal, and purchase based on price and whether or not it's suitable for me, and am always happy to try new things. So when I saw this new Palette dye at a bargain price and the colour I was looking for I decided I didn't have much to lose. After all Schwarzkopf are a reputable brand, and after all those years in the business they must know a thing or two about haircolour. The packaging even states that this is the no. 1 haircolour brand in Europe, and they offer a full money back gaurantee if you are not satisified!

        This product is already cheap in my book being £3.49 full price, however I snapped a box of Chocolate brown, (no. 750) for a mere £2.44 at my local Wilko's. I was not only swayed by the price, but also the colours looked really nice, rich and glossy which is eaxctly what I'm trying to achieve. The box is like the one pictured, and inside you get the usual Safety/Instruction leafle which is easy to read and has the disposable gloves attached to it, (the gloves are those cheap thin ones, although they served their purpose for me). Then there is a tube of colourant and a bottle of developer, and lastly the conditioning treatment which boasts the inclusion of macadamia nuts for their beneficial moisturising properties.

        Firstly when it comes to colouring your hair at home, I cannot stress the importance of carrying out the sensitivity test even if you've used the product before. I had no problems, so proceeded with dyeing my hair. Like most products I had to squeeze the tube of colourant into the developer lotion bottle and shake vigorously. I then applied the dye to my dry unwashed hair, starting at the roots and around the hairline until all my hair was saturated. The dye is easy to apply, and didn't run or drip at all. Despite plenty of it ending up on my face, ears, neck I found it wiped off easily with a damp cloth and the only unpleasant part was the usual hair-dye smell.

        I left the dye on for the recommended 30 minutes, then thoroughly rinsed it all out, squeezed out the excess water and put the conditioning cream on. Two minutes later I rinsed again, making sure the water was clear and then went off to dry my crowning glory.

        Once dried I was really surprised at the colour and sheen of my hair. As mentioned before, my hair is overprocessed, and the only flaw I can find is that the ends of my hair don't appear as rich in colour as the rest, however this is down to them being rather dry and damaged. The colour is exactly as it is on the box, and looks and feels really healthy. The shine is amazing and overall I'm very impressed. I think if you have hair that is in good condition you will find this a fab product, that delivers. However everyone's hair is different so obviously results will vary. As for staying power I will have to update the review in a few weeks, as I've only just used it. I personally wouldn't expect it to last more than 4 weeks before it needs re-colouring due to the condition of my hair, but we shall see.

        Overall I think this is a great purse friendly dye, and I would highly recommend it and will definitely use it again. With a full refund if you're not happy what's to lose?

        Schwarzkopf Palette is available from Boots, Superdrug, Wilkinsons and most Supermarkets nationwide and the rrp. is £3.49

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        • MAC Blot Powder / Make Up / 21 Readings / 21 Ratings
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          11.08.2010 11:20
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          A fab powder if you suffer from oily skin, great for handbags.

          I bought this several months ago when I purchased Mac's Studio Tech foundation, (also reviewd) to use over the top as a fixing powder. It was recommended for my oily skin by the sales girl, and she assured me that not only would it fix my foundation and keep it there all day, it was also colourless so wouldn't alter the shade of my foundation.

          You get 12g of pressed powder in a neat little compact with Mac's signature black packaging, a good quality mirror and an applicator puff for £17. The powder contains Mica and Silica to absorb excess oil and I have to say that I think it works very well. My skin is sensitive, and gets increasingly oily/shiny as the day wears on, however when applying a thin layer of this over foundation it really does set your face helping your foundation to last a lot longer, and hasn't caused any kind of reaction. I find using a large powder brush to apply it works best, and doesn't seem to use nearly half as much as the puff supplied. However the puff is great for touching up when out and about. It doesn't seem to cake at all, and has a lovely fine texture which feels really nice on your skin, alhough it does seem to make me look a tiny bit paler initially but then I think it must adjust to your skin tone as it doesn't seem to stay pale.

          Again, like all Mac products it is quite expensive but I feel you get what you pay for and this by far beats any cheaper powder I've used before. It also lasts, and lasts, and lasts especially if you apply it with a really soft powder brush. A little does go a long way, and I would expect a compact to last around 6 months.

          If you suffer from combination/oily skin and want your foundation to look great and last all day withouth the dreaded shiny patches breaking through then this is the powder for you.

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          • MAC Studio Tech Foundation / Make Up / 16 Readings / 16 Ratings
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            11.08.2010 10:32
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            A fab foundation to suit most skins, leaves you looking a million dollars.

            I had some vouchers left over from Christmas for a well known upmarket department store, and as they were about to expire they needed spending. Well I didn't have enough to buy any clothing, or shoes, or even a handbag so decided to go to the Mac counter and find the foundation I'd been searching for all my life.

            I walked upto the counter and was approached by a friendly member of the Mac team, and after explaining to her that I was looking for a foundation that would suit my sensitive but very oily skin, and last all day whilst also providing meduim to high coverage she suggested Studio Tech. She then proceeded to apply a suitable shade on my jawline, after I commented that I thought it looked a bit yellow, (a common problem with Mac, as it can oxidise on your skin) she then found another shade that matched my skin tone perfectly. She explained that the best way to apply it by far was with a foundation brush, and to only use a small amount and blend it well, then build up coverage as and where you require it. As I do have oily skin, and foundations tend to slide off after several hours she also suggested using the Blotting powder they make over the Studio Tech in order to fix it, (see seperate review) and to use the Blotting paper to touch up during the day if needs be.

            You get 10g of foundation in a compact carry case, complete with a good quality mirror, and a seperate compartment which holds the supplied sponge applicator. The carry case is robust, although quite bulky but does the job well, however I personally find Mac packaging rather outdated and not particularly appealing. At £22 it isn't cheap, but if it does what it claims to do, and lasts then it's good value in my book.

            As instructed by the sales girl, I applied the foundation to a clean prepped face using a foundation brush, and blended it in really well then added a tad more over any blemishes with a concealer brush and again blended well. This is a cream to powder foundation, which is water based so suitable for most skin types. The overall finish is very impressive, my skin looks really healthy and flawless and the product feels light, if slighlty oily on my skin. It is definitely one of those less is more foundations, and when I used the sponge applicator to apply it, I found that it I used lots more and it looked quite heavy as it was a lot more difficult to blend. I wouldn't recommend using the sponge, it's pointless and seems to waste the foundation! I've found that if I wear the foundation alone, then my skin does look a bit shiny after a few hours, but if I use the Blotting powder over the top, it does last ages. I don't wear this everday, (as I don't want to waste it) so stick to cheaper mineral powder's, but for an occasion or a night out then this is a must for me. It's one of the best foundations I've ever used, and hasn't caused my sensitive, blemish prone skin to break out at all. The only fault I can find is that it doesn't contain any SPF, so you'll need to use a seperate product.
            I've had mine several months now, and there's still loads left. As long as you don't pile it on, (or use the sponge) I would guess that this would last around 6 months of daily use for someone with normal skin. Therefore I find this to be quite good value, as it is a superior foundation in my opinion when compared to other mid-ranged foundations.

            Overall, if you have dry to combination skin, then this is a fantastic foundation for flawless looking skin. I would recommend going to a Mac counter to find the perfect colour, (as there are too many to choose from) and building up the coverage gradually and I'm sure you'll be equally impressed.

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            16.02.2010 22:55
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            If you are looking to rescue a dog, then seriously consider a greyhound/sighthound. Fantastic pets.

            I currently work in a vets that carries out all the necessary veterinary work for Tia Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue, who are based in Halifax, West Yorkshire. We mainly neuter them before they go to their 'forever' homes, although we have seen numerous broken legs, and bite wounds!

            Tia, (which stands for There Is An Alternative) have been rescuing greyhounds and lurchers for around 13 years and at present have about 90 dogs in their kennels, which means that they are at maximum capacity. They rely entirely on donations to look after all these animals, and I'm sure you can appreciate that looking after that amount of dogs costs an awful lot of money. The majority of the dogs are ex-racers who have served their purpose and at around 3-4 years old are no longer financially viable for their trainers so are either sent to rescue centres, (if they're lucky) or are dumped. Anywhere. They are collected from Vets, and other rescue centres across the north and will then live at Tia until someone comes along and decides to adopt them. Tia will never put a dog down, unless there is absolutely nothing that can be done and it is deemed as inhumane to keep the animal alive. When someone adopts a dog from Tia, they will be vaccinated, chipped, neutered, had a dental and recieved flea and worming treatments, all for the measly sum of £150. The work that Tia do is just staggering, and I take my hat off to them for their dedication. I just wish that more people would look into rescuing a dog, as opposed to buying a badly bred puppy.

            At present I'm fostering a dog for Tia, who came into them via another vets after she had been out lamping and broken her leg. Her owner didn't want to pay for the necessary x-rays, or indeed the surgery needed in order to fix her leg. He decided that she needed to be put to sleep, and wouldn't even pay the vet to do that. He was going to take her home and shoot her!!! Fortunately for this gorgeous girl, they managed to persuade him to give her up to Tia. She came into our vets, and had the required x-rays and surgery to fix her broken leg, and two and a half weeks on is currently sprawled out on one of my sofas fast asleep.

            This lady is 13 months old. Yes 13 Months, not years. How on earth anyone could possibly want to kill this beautiful animal, I will never know. Through no fault of her own, she served her purpose and then was discarded like a piece of rubbish. She is the sweetest natured girl, with a gorgeously cheeky face, and a wonderful personality to boot. She gets along really well with my other dog, (terrier) and has shown no interest whatsoever in my cat, (only her food) proving that Greyhounds and cats can live in perfect harmony! She is in short adorable, and I'm so grateful to the other vets for managing to talk her previous owner into giving her up to Tia. She is residing with myself until she finds her 'forever' home, and I'll make sure it's the one she deserves. That's if I don't end up keeping her myself!

            The message I'm trying to get across here is that like me, you probably live relatively closely to a Greyhound rescue centre. If you are looking for a really gentle natured dog, who walks impeccably on a lead, and can happily manage with 30 mins to an hour excercise per day then I urge you to find your nearest centre. They will undoubtedly have numerous Greyhounds/Lurchers that are looking for a roof over their head, some food and water, a couple of walks a day, and a cuddle. They make fantastic pets, and just because the majority of them have come from a racing background it doesn't mean they can't adapt to fit into a household.

            Until Greyhound racing is banned, I'm afraid there will be thousands of these poor defenceless sweet natured creatures looking for a home. If you think you can help in any way, then please do.

            Tia's website is Tiagreyhounds.org.uk and has loads of useful info on it, including dogs currently looking for a home.

            I just wanted to update my review, as I have had Fly-Bomb, (as she is now known) for the last 6 months and yesterday she had the pins removed from her broken leg, and she can walk on it!! She's not entirely out of the woods, however it's fantastic to see her wandering about, and bearing weight on it after 6 months of operations.
            It took several months, but now she has decided to show me her true personality I am completely smitten. I was only meant to be fostering her, but she won me over with her funny foibles and here she is to stay. Food stealing aside, she is one of the nicest natured dogs I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and has a cheeky side to boot. She has managed to master the stairs, and looks really smug when i go upstairs only to find her on the bed, with her head on my pillow.

            She is amazing, and inspirational, and there are plenty more just like her that would just like to be given a chance.

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              13.02.2010 09:35
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              A great all round toothpaste, without the need for synthetic chemicals. I'm sticking with this.

              After a visit to the dentist, it suddenly dawned on me that whilst I had converted to using 'Natural' products on my hair & skin I hadn't changed my toothpaste and was therefore filling my mouth and body twice a day with a concoction of chemicals that undoubtedly won't do me any favours in the long run.

              As a sufferer of sensisitve teeth, I usually use Sensodyne Pro-Namel, and whilst there is nothing wrong with the majority of my teeth, the ones that had been filled years ago now needed re-filling. Now I do like Sensodyne toothpaste, and it obviously keeps the untreated teeth I have in good condition. I don't suffer from the sensitivity associated with hot and cold drinks and food and therefore it's only fault for me is that it is a synthetic product. So off I marched to my local Health Food shop where I found an array of 'Natural' toothpastes although there was only one specifically for Sensititve teeth which was AloeDent Sensitive Aloe Vera toothpaste which is the one I'm reviewing.

              This comes in a cardboard box, and there is the standard 100ml size tube inside complete with a flip top lid for convenience. It cost me £3.65, but I'm sure you can probably find it cheaper online. It claims to offer 'Natural protection for gums and teeth' and contains amongst a whole load of other plant derived ingredients Aloe Vera to soothe, Echinacea which is a natural antiseptic and helps to stimulate your immune system and look after you gums, Tea Tree oil for its antibacterial properties, Silica as a whitener and peppermint and menthol as flavours.

              The actual toothpaste is a thick green gel, and I was surprised at the really minty flavour which is down to the peppermint and menthol oils. It does foam in the mouth well, (although there are no SLS or parabens in the formula) and after a good brushing my teeth feel exceptionally clean and continue to do so throughout the day and I'm confident my mouth is fresh and minty for some time too.

              I've been using this product for several weeks now, and so far I haven't had any sensitivity issues. My mouth feels cleaner, and I'm concious of the fact that I'm no longer putting a load of nasty chemicals in my mouth on a daily basis. I would expect a 100ml tube to last a month for two adults brushing twice a day, so feel that this is very reasonably priced. It's also not tested on Animals and is suitable for use by children aged over 6. It can be found in most Health Food shops i.e.Holland & Barrett or online and I would expect to pay around £3 for it.

              I will be sticking to AloeDent from now on, and would recommend it to anyone.

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            • Starflower Oil / Vitamins & Minerals / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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              05.02.2010 09:22
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              Every woman should take these, the world would be a happier place.

              I have suffered with varying degrees of acne for around 15 years, and consequently have learnt to deal with it, but never completely combat it! Mine seems to be of the cystic type, which I have inherited from my mother, (thanks mum) and just when I think it's cleared up it will come back with avengance. My skin is also quite sensative, and so a lot of the commercial 'spot fighting' products out there are way too strong and strip my skin leading to more spots.

              A few months a go I made the decision to go natural with my skincare and make-up, and whilst this does in-deed seem to have helped dramatically I was still suffering from the odd cystic lump. I've been using Lush coalface soap, followed by an organic Green People moisturiser, and then using mineral foundation (bare mineral's made my skin worse, swapped to Lily Lolo) to cover old scars and give me an almost flawless complexion! After reading the rave reviews of Starflower oil, and seeing it in my local Tesco's for £3, (60 x 500mg) I decided to give it a try.

              I bought the starflower oil about 3 weeks ago, and have been taking two capsules every day since. I have to say that the usual clump of nasty itchy red lumps that normally appear once a month decided to have a holiday this month. Instead I have noticed a couple of smaller spots, but these I can cope with and easily treat and cover. My cycle has been shorter than normal, and the tenderness, water retention, and cramps have also gone on holiday. Woo Hoo.

              I am astounded by the positive affects of taking starflower oil, and the fact that it has worked so quickly too, especially considering the fact that I've only bought cheap supermarket ones. They are 500mg, hence why I've been taking two a day as the recommeneded dose is 1000mg. I spotted some in my local Wilko's the other day on offer, £2.50 for two pots containing 30 x 500mg capsules in each so bought those. If you suffer from hormonal blemishes/acne or painful/heavy cycles, then I would undoubtedly recommend giving Starflower oil supplements a try. In a month you should definitely notice a difference, I did and I will continue to take them indefinitely.

              N.B. Sorry I forgot to mention that the Tesco/Wilko capsules aren't suitable for vegetarians, as they contain beef gelatine. I'm sure there are plenty of other brands out there that are though.

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                17.01.2010 22:13
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                Don't bother unless you have lost all sense of smell.

                This face mask is one of many that the brand Montagne Jeunesse produce, and I can't say it's my favourite. I've used several in the past, and for the price I've found them very good. The fact they don't test on animals is also a massive thumbs up from me, I just wish I had read the other review before buying this, but hey ho I'm not going to waste the 87 pence that it cost me from Wilkinsons.

                It comes in the packaging above, where for some reason the woman has a green mask on. The stuff that came out of my sachet wasn't green, more a grey colour which must be due to the Kaolin clay in it which is great for drawing out impurities and helping to calm and clear blemish prone skin. As the other reviewer said, it has an awful smell, (which if you get it up your nostrils like i stupidly did it takes ages to get rid of) and I can only assume that it's the mixture of witch hazel and willow bark that causes this dreadful stentch. Smell aside, I found the mud/clay easy to smooth on to my damp face, which is how it suggests you apply and it caused no irritation to my sensitive skin. I left it on for the suggested 15 minutes in the vain hope that it would rid me of my blemishes.

                Time up, and I rinsed it off with warm water which did take a while as it seemed to stick around my nose and chin. I then used a toner and was quite pleased to see that it had certainly reduced the size of my pores and my skin felt really smooth and clean. Blemishes were still present and correct if a little less angry looking, so overall it did improve the look of my skin but not enough to warrant me purchasing it again. I'll stick to the hot fudge one next time.

                Motagne Jeunesse masks can be found online, in certain supermarkets and Wilkinsons priced between 87p and 99p.

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                  17.01.2010 21:08
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                  Why shell out on loads of seperate products, when you can buy one and spend the money on yourself.

                  I've been using this fantastic product for several years now, and wouldn't use anything else for general household cleaning as it does everything brilliantly. I personally try to avoid using products containing loads of chemicals, (whether it's on myself or for cleaning) as I don't think they're really necessary and find I can get by fine without them most of the time.

                  This multi-surface cleaner not only helps to save the planet, but it also saves me loads of cash to boot. It comes in a transparent plastic bottle, (not the one in the pic, think thats old) which is handy as you can see when you're running low and has a yellow screw cap which doubles up as a measuring device. It can also be recycled. The product itself is made from sustainable plant and mineral based ingredients and has a lovely fresh lemony scent. The instructions suggest that you dilute 1-2 capfuls in 5 litres of water for general cleaning, and it can be used neat on really stubborn stains. I bought a small spray bottle for about 50p and add a capful to it, then fill it up with water and find this is powerful enough for cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. For the floor, two capfuls in a half filled mop bucket gives it a really good clean. It's fine to use on sealed wood, and I clean the glass topped coffee table and mirrors with it, give them a good buff after with a soft cloth to get rid of smears and the jobs a good en. For anyone who likes to use antibacterial products, I just add a few drops of tea tree oil to the mixture and so far have not contracted anything and seen as I have a cat who I often find skulking about on the worktops I think it's pretty good!

                  Ecover products are widely available in supermarkets, health food shops and online. In Sainsbury's a litre bottle will cost you £2, and the 500ml bottle a mere £1, so when you think about all the different kitchen/bathroom/glass cleaners you buy and how much they cost this works out to be an absolute steal as it's neat. Worth trying for a pound, i'm sure you'll agree.

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                  Nice natural alternative to other deodorants, and keeps odours at bay.

                  After using Ecover and the like for household cleaning for years, (in a bid to feel like I'm doing my bit to be green in some small way) I thought it was about time I started to do the same with my beauty products. Also after reading numerous articles on the possible effects of sulphates, parabens and the like It seemed to make sense to seek out alternative products, with naturally derived ingredients. Hence my purchase of this deodorant. Oh, and it was on offer in Boots.

                  The deodorant comes in a transparant blue bottle, which is great 'cause you can see when you need to buy more. You get 100mls of liquid which is dispensed via a pump spray. The formula contains Japanese spa minerals, and whilst i'm not entirely sure what these are they certainly smell nice and fresh. It's suitable for sensitive skin, which is another bonus although it does sting mildly for a scond or two if you apply it just after de-fuzzing your pits but nothing major. This isn't an anti-perspirant, so don't expect it to keep your underams dry, the minerals in it are meant to deodorise the bacteria that causes the dreaded b.o.

                  I've found the pump spray isn't really suited to a numpty like me, and I have sprayed my arm a couple of times. Although if I really concentrate two pumps are adequate to coat my underarms, so I would imagine this would last me a month at least. I then waft my arms round for a few seconds telling myself that it all helps in fighting the bingo wings then it's dry and i'm ready to dress. I know we are in the middle of an exceptionally cold winter, but I do get rather warm at work and although I've sweated a little there's definitely been no odour eminating from me, only the animals. In fact the fragrance, (which reminds me of the sea and is really clean and pleasant) lasts all day and certainly seems to do the trick. I'll have to update the post in summer as that will be the true test.

                  I would use Bionsen deodorants again for sure, and would recommend them to everyone as long as you aren't bothered about still perspiring. Great natural product thats kind to your skin, and the environment.

                  This is available from chemists and supermarkets nationwide. I bought the above on offer in Boots for £1.77, but it normally retails at around £2.65.

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                • Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo / Make Up / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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                  13.01.2010 18:05

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                  I don't think I could possibly tell you anything that hasn't already been covered in the other review, I just wanted to reiterate what has already been said. This really is the best eyeshadow i've ever used, albeit I have only ever bought the cheaper ones from Rimmel, Bourjois, Loreal etc. Yes it is expensive for eyeshadow, but I've always had it given as a gift. If you wear eyeshadow on a daily basis then I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better one. I will last all day, won't crease, and the colour stays true.

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                • Burns Dry Pet Food / Cat Food / 21 Readings / 21 Ratings
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                  If you want a good qaulity food for your pet, and lets face it they deserve one then this is it.

                  After reading the only other review for this I was compelled to write my own.

                  I'm personally reviewing Burns dry adult cat food chicken & brown rice variety. My cat has been on this food for about a year now, prior to that she was on JWB (James Well Beloved) senior light dry kibble as she was a tad overweight. I found that the JWB was a good quality food, which she enjoyed eating however I'd run out and the vets I work in had too, so it was a bag of Burns or starvation. I had been feeding my dog the Burns complete food for some time, and was very impressed with that so I was sure that the cat food would be just as good.

                  For those of you unfamilier with Burns pet foods, it is a range of complete dry food for Cats, Dogs and now Rabbits, created by a Vet using natural ingredients that are of high quality and don't contain cheap fillers or nasty preservatives, colours or flavours. The majority of it is hypoallergenic, so ideal for pets with sensitive tums. The Chicken & brown rice cat food comes in varying sizes from a 500g bag, (£2.59) to 7.5kg bag, (£27.29) and i buy the 2kg one at £7.99.
                  Whilst this may seem expensive compared to the same amount of say Whiskers or Go-cat, it isn't fair to compare them as this is by far a higher quality food and as you won't need to feed them as much (due to them having to eat less as it doesn't contain loads of fillers) it would proabaly work out just as economical if not cheaper to feed them Burns. A 2kg bag lasts approx 2 months for my cat who weighs about 3.5kg, and i don't weigh it out anymore as she eats as much as she needs then leaves the rest for her next meal. The packaging states that "Burns food is intended to ensure good health in all ages and breeds of cat and for the management of health problems. Burns Real Food for Cats is also approved in the European Community as a Dietetic food." It then goes on to list the differing common health problems found in cats, and the nutritional purpose and characterisitics of the food in order to combat these health issues such as Struvite stone production, dietry intolerances, excessive body weight and to support kidney and liver function amongst others.

                  There is a feeding guide on the side of the bag, which i would recommend looking at as pet obesity is becoming a big problem, and can cause lots of health problems in pets, just as it can in humans. Then there is the ingredients list which contains Brown rice, (min 46%) Poultry meat meal, (min 34%) Maize, (a lot of animals are wheat intolerant), Poultry fat, Chicken liver, seaweed and minerals and vitamins. Thats it, no funny chemicals or E-numbers or anything untoward. It then goes on to show the typical analysis of the food which compared to a lot of other brands I'd say that this fairs extrmemly well.

                  As for the cat. Well firstly she's on dry food because I know first hand that soft food is a big factor in feline dental problems, and also because it's convenient and can be left in the bowl without producing any foul odours. As I mentioned before she was on the JWB senior/light variety, and didn't appear to lose any weight on this even after months of rationed feeding. I have found that on the Burns, not only has she lost that excess flab but she has maintained a healthy weight. Her coat is thick and glossy, (the black on her has a fanatastic sheen) and looks in good shape, she is still active and agile at nearly 10 and loves bringing back gifts!! To my knowledge she has never had any stomach problems at all, however when changing an animals food you must always do so gradually and introduce the new food over a period of no less than a week as this may lead to an upset tum. As for the flavour, well she's still running to her food bowl as soon as she enters the house so it obviously tastes good to her, or maybe she's not that picky I don't know. Whatever, she always eats it, and seems to be the better for it too. As for the other person that tried and reviewed this product, I can only think that there was something brewing there anyway as I would put money on it being anything other than the Burns food that made her cat ill although it isn't comprehensive enough to comment properly.

                  All in all I find this to be a good value premium food, that my cat likes, and it seems to agree with her in every way. Would highly recommend to anyone, especially those concerned about the rubbish they put in cheap commercial pet food who are looking for a natural alternative.

                  Burns pet foods can be found in selected Vets and pet shops nationwide or online from www.burnspet.co.uk

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                    A fantastic moisturiser that does the job well and rivals if not beats more expensive brands

                    This has to be the best moisturiser I have ever tried. After using this once at my mothers house on my hands I was hooked.

                    Made by the brand Naked, who have a range of skincare, bodycare and haircare products which are all 97% natural, free from sulphates, parabens and petrochemicals and not tested on "Bambi, Lassie or Skippy". This hand and body lotion comes in a 250ml bottle, (as all Naked products seem to) which is made from recycled material and can be recycled again.

                    The bottle has an invaluable pump dispenser, which makes this really easy to dispense as you don't have to pick up a bottle with your slippy hands in order to apply more like you do with a lot of moisturisers. It contains, (amongst other ingredients) starflower seed oil, which is apparantly full of essential fatty acids which help to soften and soothe skin whilst improving the signs of ageing. I can't claim to know what starflowers smell of, but this product smells amazing. It does also contain borage seed oil, lavandin herb oil, geranium leaf oil and ylang ylang flower oil which together produce an exotic, herby, slightly spicy but very distinctive smell. I can appreciate this won't be to everyones liking, and it is quite strong, but personally I can't get enough of it.

                    As for a moisturiser, well it's quite thick and rich but easy to apply and absorbs into your skin very easily leaving it with a velvety feel. The fragrance lasts, and so do the moisturising properties. It is Januray at the moment, and the coldest one for a long time and needless to say my skin is thirsty, thirsty thirsty. A few drops of this wonder potion, and it's left hydrated, supple and smooth all day long. The job i'm in means I have to wash my hands an awful lot, which leaves them really dry, cracked and itchy. After using this for several weeks they are no longer sore and tight, but nice and soft. I have tried loads of handcreams in the past from Vaseline to Clarins and barring the Clarins none have cut the mustard either because they didn't moisturise enough or just didn't actually absorb into my skin. I can't afford to buy the Clarins anymore, but to be honest I prefer this anyway and it's about £10 cheaper.

                    It also works wonders on legs, arms, bottoms, well anywhere you care to apply it in fact, and there are a couple of other varieties to choose from if the starflower scent isn't for you. I think this is really well priced as a little goes a long way, and works loads better than a lot of other more expensive brands i have tried. It's good value for money, good for the environment, good for animals and most definately good for me and probably you, so give it a try.

                    Priced at £3.99 in Boots, (available online or from larger stores) or from www.nakedbodycare.co.uk

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