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    • KFC Krush'ems / Soft Drink / 40 Readings / 39 Ratings
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      26.07.2011 21:01
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      Kool Krushems!

      Being an avid lover of all things KFC, when I first saw these ice-cream drinks being advertised on TV I knew I had to try them for myself. Coming in at £1.99 now (following a recent price increase - previously £1.89) or only 99p if added onto any meal, these frappucino like drinks can be expensive if purchased individually. Nonetheless, they are still cheaper than similar products available from the likes of Costa, Starbucks etc.

      Krushems come in 5 flavours - the traditional flavours being strawberry shortcake, oreo, caramel crunch and malteaser. The most recent addition to the Krushems family is the new Milkybar krushem (limited edition). I have tried the oreo, strawberry shortcake and milky bar flavours to date and can vouch for the great taste of all three.

      Each krushem comes in a plastic cup with lid and stripey straw. Basically a krushem is an ice cream drink with your chosen flavour syrup and real pieces of milkybar, oreo, malteaser, honeycomb or shortcake added and blended together. Whilst these drinks are very tasty, the fact that a single Krushem contains approximately 900 calories is somewhat offputting! In my opinion, you might as well have a popcorn chicken meal instead when you consider the calorific value of a krushem! However, krushems are refreshing on a hot summer's day like today and the little bits provide a nice contrast to the liquid-like ice cream.

      I'm a little disappointed that KFC no longer sell the dairy milk Krushem which disappeared last month, as that was by far my favourite kind. Nevertheless, the new milkybar one is delicious and comes highly recommended from myself. In my view, the strawberry drink becomes sickly after a few drinks. However, each to their own. Krushems are also notorious for giving me the dreaded 'brain freeze', so I would advise to adequately space out your sips to avoid such discomfort.

      On another note, I find the adverts for this product rather misleading as they show a spiral patterned, thick plastic straw (which looks like it can be washed and re-used), yet the straw which comes with this drink in reality is a different, flimsy striped one which cannot be re-used.

      At £1.99, I would say these drinks provide good value for money if they are an occasional treat. The fact that it is only 99p to add a Krushem onto a KFC meal offers customers something that little bit different from a regular fizzy juice and is a fair price to pay considering the costs involved when it comes to all of the ingredients contained in each Krushem.

      Go on give a Krushem a go! Only question is...which kind will you choose?

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        25.07.2011 15:12
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        Best thing for a cold besides a day off in bed with a bowl of soup

        In line with my general bad luck, I found myself this week loaded with the cold in the height of summer. Feeling sorry for myself and suffering from a runny nose, sore throat, sickness and blocked sinuses, I knew there was only one kind of tissue that could sort out my blocked nose and ease my sinus pain - so off I trotted to my local Semi Chem to pick up a 6 pack of Olbas Tissues.

        These cost me £1.69. However, they can be purchased for cheaper in the likes of Asda, Boots etc. Each pack contains 9 tissues, so these were perfect for me as it meant one pack was enough to last me a day at work. Unique from other tissues, these particular tissues require you to scrunch up the tissue prior to use to release the olbas vapour. Upon doing this, the smell of Olbas oil is very overpowering, but was just what I needed to banish my blocked nose.

        The tissues are of a very good quality and are thick. Unlike nasty, cheap tissues, these did not fall apart after a single use or leave my nose dry and red after frequent usage. Although they may be dearer than other brands, this product's "vapour release" is an original and effective aspect which does the trick when it is very much needed. In my view, these tissues are worth the extra pennies and are the most effective thing besides medication to sort out a bad cold. After using these tissues I can often smell a waft of olbas from me, which is good I guess to help clear my nose and sinuses, but not so good for those around may who may not appreciate the menthol like aroma.

        I have used these for a few years and swear by them. I hope that my review may encourage fellow dooyoo'ers to give these tissues a try. Obviously, I would not recommend these tissues to those who hate the menthol like smell of olbas oil. Overall though, 5 out of 5 from me! :)

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        • Pedigree Puppy Tubos / Dog Food / 82 Readings / 80 Ratings
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          04.10.2010 13:41
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          About Pedigree Puppy Tubos

          I have been buying Pedigree Puppy Tubos for just over two months now for my puppy Bailey. They are widely available from most pet shops and supermarkets. I usually pay £1.00 for a pack of 3 of these treats from Asda and this is the cheapest that I have found them locally.

          These chicken flavoured treat sticks are rich in calcium and are specifically aimed at caring for puppy's gums and teeth. They are also enriched with iron and omega 3, which is essential for fitness and all round general good health.

          Pedigree's puppy tubos are suitable for pups between 4-12 months old. I would say that each tubo is around 10cm in length and feels rather hard, but I have noticed as Bailey eats his, that they do crumble very well.

          What Does Bailey Think?

          Bailey absolutely loves these treats. They are his favourite and the minute he sees me venture from his puppy cupboard with a tubo stick in my hand his little face lights up. As he is so small it looks really cute when he picks this up from my hand with his mouth and runs away with it to his little throw where he likes to lie when he is eating.

          It takes Bailey around 5 minutes to devour a tubo and I like the fact that this is one of the heartier puppy treats available on the market. It seems that most puppy treats out there, and most of which we feed Bailey are little drops or kibble sized, so do not prove very filling for puppy.

          We like to feed these to Bailey when we are having dinner ourselves as we find that this keeps his begging for our food at bay, and will adequately pre-occupy him for a short while.

          A single pack of these will last a couple of days in our household as we do feed these to Bailey regularly, but I always ensure not to give him any more than one in a single day, as I can imagine these treats would be quite fattening, as they are larger than alternative puppy treats.

          Bailey has also tried Wilkinson's own brand of these treats and likes this type as well, so i'm guessing there probably is not much difference between the two, except about 15p of a price difference. Nonetheless, I do like to buy him Pedigree where I can, as this is a quality brand name that I trust.

          Bailey gives these a well deserved 5 star rating and thinks they are uber tasty!

          Thanks for reading!

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            04.10.2010 13:12
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            Bye-Bye Nylabone!

            When our little puppy Bailey was around 12 weeks old, he suffered a lot during teething and frequently he would sink his sore teeth into both my and my fiance's hands, which needless to say wasn't the best of situations at the time and ended up with both of us having red raw hands.

            Despite trying to tempt Bailey to instead chew on his copious amounts of toys, nothing would deter him from giving us a good old nip. Therefore, we took him to the vets for some advice and she recommended we try out the Nylabone.

            We picked up our Nylabone from Pets at Home for a few pounds (I think that it was £2.99 to be precise). This brown bone is very hard and feels almost like plastic. I had high hopes that this would be the ideal solution to Bailey's teething woes and would save our hands in the process!

            To begin with Bailey was very curious about this toy and did chew on it occasionally. However, he largely ignored it whilst teething and instead preferred our hands lol! Therefore, I would say Bailey didn't really appreciate this toy and nothing I could do would tempt him to bite on it.

            Bailey likes to sleep on our bed at night and has done so from the day we brought him home. I always made sure to take this to bed with us at night, as I found it was always during the night Bailey would be at his worst with his teething troubles. Again, he would rarely chew on the Nylabone. However, due to its brown, long appearance I would often wake up in the middle of the night and mistake the bone for a poo!! I have done this on many occasions and would suggest if you don't want to get frights like me to perhaps buy your puppy another colour if possible.

            I also found that on the odd occasion when Bailey would chew on this, that it would leave his breath smelling rather stinky. Nonetheless, these are only a few minor drawbacks that I can find with this item. I think at the end of the day, this is a good, durable and probably effective product, but my puppy was not a fan of it.

            At around £3, it wasn't much to part with, but just bear in mind if buying one of these that your puppy may not be too keen on it.

            Bailey still has his Nylabone hidden beneath piles of other toys in his cage today, but he has not touched it in the last 6 months. I think it's about time that I just chucked this one out as it's clearly not for him...fussy puppy!

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              03.10.2010 10:54
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              A vindaloo in a pot!

              A little about the Bombay Bad Boy Pot Noodle

              I love pot noodles, and whilst they aren't the healthiest of snacks, I find that they are great for times when you just can't be bothered to prepare lunch or dinner for whatever reason. As a fourth year University student, I have come to rely upon pot noodles on many occasions throughout the course of my studies, as there are some days where I just have so much work to do that I literally have about 15 minutes to spare for lunch.

              Bombay Bad Boy is my favourite variety from the Pot Noodle range, which also feature other flavours such as chicken & mushroom, southern fried chicken, original curry, chow mein and beef & tomato to name but a few.

              One of these 'bad boys' will set you back around £1-£1.25. However, Asda are currently selling them for only 50p! So off I went to stock up!

              This snack literally take around 5-10 minutes to prepare. You simply boil a kettle, add the water up to the fill level specified on the carton, stir and then leave for a few minutes. Once the noodles have softened up you add your little sachet of sauce. Now your bombay bad boy is ready to be devoured!

              This particular pot noodle comes with a little sachet of chilli sauce, which believe me is very hot indeed! I tried a small bit of this on its own to see how spicy it was and my tongue felt as though it was on fire still some five minutes later!

              I always find Bombay Bad Boy to be very hot and spicy, so it is definitely not a pot noodle for the faint hearted that do not appreciate spicy foods. It contains peas and sweetcorn, but I am not a fan of this dried veg and usually pick these out before I add the water. However, each to their own.

              I would describe the taste as reminiscent of the original curry flavour pot noodle, only with an exceedingly spicy kick! This is one that will require a glass of water or two as it really is so spicy. Sometimes when I don't feel in the mood for the insane spicyness, I instead add tomato ketchup as an alternative to the chilli sauce, and this still gives the pot noodle a really nice, more mild flavour.

              The black packaging of this specific flavour really sets it apart from the other pot noodles available. However, I have noticed that its black colouring does prove problematic when it comes to seeing whether you have any of the pot noodle sauce left, as it can give the illusion that it is finished when it is infact not.

              These snacks really aren't that good for you at all. Nonetheless, I guess a good point about the bombay bad boy is that it contains no artificial colours or preservatives. Each pot contains 389 calories and 6.8g of saturated fat. This translates at around 7.5 weight watchers points, so these are definitely one to avoid if on a diet!

              I also find that whilst pot noodles do fill a hunger void for a short while, they are not very good at filling you up for a long time. After eating one, I will usually become hungry again an hour or so later. I would say that they are really only decent for a snack when you are in a hurry. If you have the time free, I would recommend that you prepare something that is a bit more filling instead, especially seeing as pot noodles are so unhealthy.

              Overall though, the Bombay Bad Boy tastes great, despite its spicyness and it is a good option for those times when you are on the go and don't have a lot of time to prepare a proper meal.

              The Bombay Bad Boy loses a star for its firey-ness and high fat content. Nonetheless though, it well deserves a four star rating.

              Thanks for reading!

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                02.10.2010 18:43
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                Soothing right down to the last sook!

                About Halls Soothers

                At the minute I am suffering from a really sore throat, so off I went to stock up on Halls Soothers, as these are the one thing that I can't live without at such times. I am prone to sore throats and have some form of tonsilitis at least once every few months!

                A packet of these sweets will set you back around 50p-65p depending on where you purchase them. They are widely available from the likes of Home Bargains, Boots and local newsagents.

                Soothers come in a wide variety of flavours. My favourite is blackcurrant, but you can also select from cherry, strawberry and peach and raspberry. To prevent the sweets from melting into their wrappers, you should store them in a cool, dry place.

                These are not capsules that I would recommend to those with nut allergies as the packaging specifies that the product may contain nuts. Packed in a tight paper outer wrapper, with each sweet individually wrapped, this product guarantees freshness and means that your sweets hopefully should not become stuck together! (unless of course you leave them in a very warm environment of course).

                I am not going to give the fat content/calories of these sweets as lets face it, if you are going to be counting calories when you are ill, you have bigger problems to be worrying about than a sore throat lol!

                Each sweet is hard boiled on the outside with a lovely fruit juice/syrup contained within the centre. You simply suck on the lozenges until the syrup excretes and this is meant to sooth your sore throat and provide some form of pain relief.

                I find that these sweets are great for soothing my sore throat, but they do not really take the pain away. They simply just make the awful experience that little bit more comfortable. It does feel very nice when I swallow the lovely fruity centre and this can help to quell the pain ever so slightly. As these little sweets are made with real fruit juice, this gives a very authentic fruity taste and does not make the soothers too sweet or artificial tasting.

                One sweet will usually last me around 15 minutes or so, but I guess this will vary from person to person. Whilst these lozenges are no replacement for medicine, they do help to soothe in some way by cooling your throat in the interim. They also taste great as well, which is an added bonus!

                In my opinion, Halls Soothers are the best throat sweets out there and I much prefer them over strepsils or tunes. They don't have that nasty menthol-like taste that I have come to associate with other types of throat sweets. They genuinely just taste like a lovely fruity sweet, without comprimising on their effectiveness to soothe as they promise.

                I must admit I am prone to the occasional soother even when I don't have a sore throat as they taste so good. However, just be wary of how many you are eating as if you consume too many this can produce laxative effects and it is easy to keep popping them into your mouth. These are the first things I buy when my throat hurts, so I would highly recommend Halls Soothers to those individuals in a similar boat.

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                  27.09.2010 15:35
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                  Could be better

                  About Impulse New York

                  I bought this body spray from my local Boots recently for £1.89, which is a pretty reasonable price in my view. However, currently Boots have Impulse body sprays on offer at 2 for £3, making it an even better deal should you pick this up at the minute!

                  This limited edition body spray comprises one of three fragrances which feature in Impulse's 'City Collection'.

                  Packaged in a 75ml metallic silver/green bottle, which is nicely illustrated showing famous NYC sights such at the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, this product is very pleasing on the eye, as well as on the purse strings.

                  To dispense the spray you simply turn the cap and press down. This allows for easy application with no fiddly lids involved.

                  What Does it Smell Like?

                  This scent of this body spray reminds me very much of my DKNY Be Delicious perfume. It smells extremely like apples which I guess is very apt considering the fragrance is a dedication to the 'Big Apple' itself. The fruity fragrance is really nice and is rather strong to begin with, but this soon quells leaving a lovely lingering aroma...well for a short while anyway!

                  How Long Does the Smell Last for?

                  Well to be brief - not very long at all! Once I spray myself with a fair wee amount of this product I usually find that no trace of its scent will remain as soon as a couple of minutes later. It has no staying power at all, which is a huge shame as the scent is really very nice.

                  It must also be stated that this body spray should not be used as an alternative to anti-perspirant deodrant. This body spray does not stop sweating, it simply masks smells for a very short time, so I would advise that you use this in conjuction with your regular deodrant to avoid any nasty stinks!

                  If you are looking for something that will offer a long lasting scent, then definitely stick to perfume, as this will not do the job.

                  This body spray is nice enough for the price and my bottle has lasted me a fairly long time - despite me using it almost on a daily basis. Nevertheless, this product would offer better value for money if it had sufficient staying power. Overall though, it is a great product to have in your bag for when you are on the go and just need a little spritz of something to freshen up after a long day.

                  I award this body spray an overall rating of 3 stars!

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                    27.09.2010 13:23
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                    It's a wonder it doesn't cost more!

                    ** A Little about Maybelline's Wonder Finish Foundation **

                    I have been using this particular foundation since I was 16 and now I'm going on 22, it is still a firm favourite of mine and takes pride of place in my make-up bag. This foundation comes in a variety of shades to suit all skin tones and I have always used the ivory shade, as I find this is the closest match to my skin. You can pick up a bottle of this foundation for around £6/£7 in the likes of Boots and Superdrug. However, I prefer to buy my supplies from Ebay, where you can expect to pay around £4/£5 for a brand new, unopened bottle.

                    This foundation comes in a smooth, basic looking plastic bottle that is equipped with a silver screw off lid. I like this aspect as often other foundations come in heavy glass bottles which can be a pain to carry around and I also don't like worrying that you may accidentally smash the bottle in your bag. The plastic packaging ensures that this foundation is lightweight and the fact that the lid easily screws off means that no residue is left around the edges. You can extract the amount of product that you require without any difficulty. Alternatively, I find that many pump foundations can frequently dispense too little and become rather messy after being used a few times.

                    My Experience

                    Very seldom do I wear foundation, but when I do I like to dab it all over my face and then massage it into my skin with a sponge. Maybelline's Wonder Finish Foundation is extremely easy to use and as it is a liquid, you can ensure with ease that you get good coverage and do not miss blind spots. Its consistency is just right and it is brilliant for blending with a sponge. Once the liquid begins to dry into the skin it almost takes the form of a powder and creates a flawless, super smooth looking finish that many other foundations could only dream of achieving.

                    In my experience, this foundation lasts for a good 6 hours or so before it will need to be touched up again. Therefore, it is long lasting in my view and also durable to boot.

                    My only quibble with this product is that I have found that it can become very watery in the bottle if you keep it for over a year. As I hardly ever wear foundation, one bottle lasts me forever. Therefore, I guess that the product would deteriorate if it is kept for a long time period and all cosmetics have their sell by date. This is really just a minor point that I thought I should bring to the table.

                    Overall

                    I am a huge fan of this foundation and have remained loyal to it for many years now. It offers an excellent flawless finish at a purse pleasing price. Often cheaper end foundations scrimp on quality, but this is not the case with this particular foundation. This is another fabulous Maybelline product in my opinion and you should definitely give it a try if you are fed up of forking out loads of money on pricier foundations that fail in their promises of giving you a flawless looking complexion.

                    This foundation receives a well deserved 4/5 rating from me!

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                    Brilliant for those on a budget!

                    I rarely shop in Sainsbury's as I'm not fortunate enough to have one close-by. However, on my last rare trip to a store some distance away a few months back I decided to pick up this particular fabric softener. Coming in at only 45p for a 1 litre bottle this product suited my very tight budget at the time. Besides its meagre price, I was also initially drawn to this fabric conditioner as it contained more product than alternative, more expensive brands available - some of which only contained 750ml of conditioner.

                    The product is packaged in a very basic transparent bottle bearing the standard orange and white basics label found on all of Sainsbury's value range products. The liquid itself is light blue in colour and was of a decent consistency. I had anticipated that the liquid would be very watery, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was thicker than I had expected. This fabric softener simply promises to "soften with no added promises" (as is stipulated on its label) and that was exactly what I was after. Often I have found more expensive fabric softeners not to be worth the extra money, as usually the scent that they leave on my clothes soon disappears.

                    To use you add one full cap into your washing machine if you are washing a normal load. The bottle states that there should be enough product contained to last 28 washes. My current supply just ran out last week after having used it for the last few months, so I would definitely say that my bottle lasted around 30 washes and that was using a full cap's worth each time.

                    After each use of this fabric softener my clothes were sufficiently soft and did have a noticeable but not overpowering scent to them. They smelled very fresh and clean and this fragrance had great staying power, as I could still smell it on my clothes throughout the day. Sometimes my fiancé can come out in a rash due to having a negative reaction to various soap powders and fabric softeners - but I am happy to say that he experienced no such problems of this nature with this softener and his skin was in no way irritated. This was something that had worried me slightly about using this product in the first place.

                    Another advantageous aspect of this particular fabric softener is the fact that its bottle can be recycled. I always try to do my bit for the environment where I can and therefore I usually check products to see whether or not they can be recycled before I purchase them.

                    *~* Overall *~*

                    Considering that this fabric softener only cost 45p, I was hugely impressed with its performance. This fabric conditioner is a great budget product as it lasts for a long time, makes clothes smell clean and fresh and most importantly softens them. It definitely does its job and whilst it may not fragrance clothes to the same extent as other more expensive fabric conditioners offering exotic scents, for under a 1/3 of their retail price it is wholly worth the compromise in my opinion and I will be sure to pick this up again on my next trip to Sainsbury's.

                    This product deserves a full 5 star rating.

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                  • Barry M Nail Paint / Make Up / 54 Readings / 52 Ratings
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                    22.09.2010 15:52
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                    What colour will it be today?

                    As I am a nail biter, I often like to paint my nails as I find that if they have varnish on them, this somehow deters me from nibbling away at them. Usually I just buy 99p nail varnishes from the likes of bodycare. However, upon visiting my local Superdrug store a few months back, I noticed that they were selling the Barry M nail paints for 2 for £5 and when you bought two Barry M products you got a free kohl eyeliner. This sounded like a great offer to me, so I bought two of these nail paints - one in gold and the other in a baby pink shade to give them a try.

                    When I first applied these varnishes, I immediately noticed the difference between the Barry M polishes and the cheaper alternatives that I had become accustomed to. This varnish went on very thin and was not gloopy in the slightest. Often I find other polishes go on too thick to start with and this leaves you with a very messy and uneven finish. As the first coat went on so thin, this dried very quickly and easily allowed for the application of a second coat.

                    Upon applying the second coat, this really brought the intensity of the colours to life. After a couple of minutes wait, my nails were dry and I was left with smooth, shiny and healthy looking nails. The colours look fabulous and are really unique in my opinion.

                    The gold shade in particular looks brilliant on, as it is very lustrous. In the past I have struggled to find gold nail polish that actually looks metallic on the nails. Most others that I have tried appear dull and lack any sort of shimmer. Consequently, I was pleasantly surprised and uber impressed with the effect provided by Barry M's offering. When I am wearing the gold out and about I often receive many compliments.

                    On the other hand, the baby pink shade offers an almost vinyl like finish and the colour really catches the eye as it is very bright. Both polishes are great in their own rights.

                    The brush is just the right size and width to allow for perfect application and the black handle is very easy to grip and manoeuvre, which is another advantage of this product. The bottle is very contemporary and understated in its appearance, but I think that this makes it look classier than other cheaper end polishes that try too hard when it comes to appearance.

                    I can usually expect my polish to last for around 3/4 days before it will start chipping. This is the longest that any varnish has set on my nails without cracking and in most cases chipping starts to happen literally hours after application for me. Therefore, I would say that this nail varnish is durable and surpasses other brands when it comes to staying power. This was another aspect of this product that hugely impressed me.

                    As I say, I bought my polishes a few months ago, and I still have around 3/4 of each bottle left despite using them on a weekly basis. In my opinion, these varnishes are long lasting and are of a high quality. I can't wait to pick up some more shades!

                    These polishes are brilliant value for only £2.95. Not only are they long lasting and durable; they also offer a wide array of unique and eye catching shades that are sure to get you noticed and really bring your nails to life! I highly recommend :)

                    Now the only question is - Which colour will you pick?

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                      19.09.2010 13:56
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                      An essential for any student

                      Usually I would not review something as insignificant as a pen. However, I feel the need to give these pens a fabulous write up (excuse the pun) as they have served me so well over the years. Moreover, stationery is something that is important to me as a student.

                      Each time I have sat various exams - right the way from my standard grades up to my most recent third year exams for my LLB law degree - I have always relied on these BIC pens. Nowadays, I would not even dream to sit an exam without using a BIC pen: it just has to be a BIC for me!

                      I always rely on these pens when taking notes in lectures and when sitting exams due to the simple fact that they have never let me down. I am someone that writes loads during examinations and found that in the past when using other branded pens (even more expensive ones) that it would become very uncomfortable to write with the pen only a short way through the duration of the exam and that my hand would be left aching afterwards. Also, a common problem with other pens was the fact that the ink would dry up despite there still being ink left in the barrell. I hate it when pens run out of ink during exams as every minute is precious in my view.

                      My most recent exam was an epic three hours in length and I knew from the outset the only pen able to withstand the job would be a BIC. Overall, these pens are really easy and comfortable to hold, the ink glides onto the paper with ease and rarely smudges and they are the most durable pens that I have came across.

                      Whilst these particular pens do look pretty basic, what they lack in aesthetic appeal, they make up for in quality by the bucket load.

                      On top of all of these positive points, you can expect these pens only to set you back around £1 for a pack of 5 and they are available from the likes of Wilkinsons and Asda. You can buy a 5 pack of solely black or blue pens or alternatively you can also get an assortment of colours. In my opinion, these are the best pens around and put more expensive pens to shame. They do their job extremely well. If you are a student like me, I am sure that many of you will already rely on these pens and if not, give them a try and i'm sure you will be a convert!

                      I also must say that I am a big fan of BIC's customer service. As I use these pens so frequently I took it upon myself to write a compliments letter to the company. A few weeks later, out of the blue I received a package from BIC containing three packets of these pens with a little note saying that they appreciated my comments. This was great as it saved me a few pounds, but it was nice to discover for myself that the company is very customer focused and actually appreciates customer feedback.

                      The Bic Cristal pen gets a well deserved 5 star rating from me!

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                        Gorgeous smelling conditioner at a bargain price!

                        As many of you will know from my previous reviews, I love coconut scented products - especially ones for my hair. This particular conditioner is one of my favourites and I have been using it for about a year and a half now.

                        You can pick up a 300ml bottle of Schwarzkopf's Supersoft Yoghurt & Coconut Smoothie conditioner for approximately £1-1.50 in most supermarkets and health/beauty stores. Last week I picked up a bottle of this conditioner for only 77p as part of an offer on at Wilkinsons and in my view this is a great price for such a brilliant product.

                        The conditioner comes packaged in a smooth brown coloured bottle which is rather simplistic in its design. Nonetheless, what's inside the bottle makes up for this product's simple looking exterior.

                        I find this conditioner to be of a good quality, as it is thick in its consistency - ensuring better nourishment for my hair. I have very long hair and usually use roughly a 50p sized amount of this conditioner each time and this easily provides all over coverage. After I have rinsed all of the product out of my hair it is always left feeling noticeably softer, even before it is dried.

                        The best thing about this conditioner in my opinion is its gorgeous smell. The sweet scent of coconut is detectable but is not too overpowering. Therefore, I doubt that many would find its smell to be too sickly. In my view, this conditioner smells exactly like coconut milk.

                        Once my hair is dried it looks very healthy, nourished and has a brilliant shine to it. My hair is also left feeling soft with very few tugs, which believe me is a problem when you have hair my length! Additionally, I can always still smell traces of this conditioner's lovely scent on my hair every now and again which is very nice. For its cheap price, you really cannot go far wrong with this conditioner and I recommend that you pick one up as i'm sure that you will not be disappointed. Overall great value for money in my opinion.

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                        • LG KU990 Viewty / Mobile Phone / 59 Readings / 56 Ratings
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                          08.09.2010 18:32
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                          A sleek phone with a super camera

                          *~* My experience of the LG KU990 (Viewty) *~*

                          I bought the silver version of this phone around 16 months ago from Littlewoods. I was getting it for only £50 when used in conjunction with a discount code. This was a great price for a brand new phone. At this price, this phone seemed to be great value for money - not only was it stylish with a touch screen; it also came equipped with a 5 mega-pixel camera. Having been let down by the lame 2 MP camera in my previous phone, I was keen to upgrade on this front as I do like to take a lot of pictures with my mobile when I am out and about.

                          *~* Pros *~*

                          The best feature of this phone - besides its sleek appearance - is definitely its built-in camera. It produces high quality pictures and videos at the touch of a button and its 5MP specification rivals many more expensive mobile phones which usually only carry a 3MP camera, such as the i-Phone. I'm also a fan of the pre-installed Muvee studio application which allows you to create slideshows of your pictures with your own choice of background music.

                          The quality of video and voice calls with this phone is superb. I mostly make voice calls and I can hear the receiver on the other end with great clarity and there is little interference in terms of background noise.

                          I would also say that this phone is relatively easy to use once you get used to it. Texting is quick and simple and you can choose whether or not to use the pen which comes with the phone to operate the touch screen. Personally I find it much easier to use the touch keypad with my fingers. In my view, it is more time consuming to use the special pen. I am a big fan of the touch screen, as generally it is much quicker to operate than a regular keypad.

                          Transferring music and photos to and from the phone is simple. You can use the LG studio for your pc to do this along with the data cable which comes with the phone. However, I prefer to use a memory card reader for the job, as this mobile accepts micro-sd cards. Putting one of these into the KU990 will increase its memory for storing your pictures, music, videos etc.

                          Due to the phone having no keypad, it compensates for this by having a very large screen. This is a huge advantage for me as my eyesight is really poor and it means that I can read texts, dial numbers and generally use the phone with ease and without having to strain my eyes.

                          Also, an FM Radio is installed into the phone

                          You can download games and apps onto the phone through its internet.

                          It is bluetooth equipped

                          This mobile also comprises all of the usual features such as a calculator, organiser, world clock and alarm clock. All of which are fairly easy to use.

                          It can browse the internet

                          A vast range of nice looking protective cases are also available for this model and I would recommend that you purchase one of these to ensure that the casing of your phone does not get heavily scratched through use. I would also recommend that you buy a screen protector too for the same reason.

                          *~* Cons *~*

                          On a few occasions I have found that the touch screen can freeze when I am trying to type a text. The only way to get it to work again when this happens is to turn the phone off and back on again. Nonetheless, this has only happened about 3 times throughout the 16 month period in which I have used this phone. Therefore, it is a very rare occurrence and does not detrimentally impact upon my daily use of the phone.

                          Entering contacts can also be troublesome, as the phone requires that you use the pen to physically write the names and phone numbers to be input into the contact list. More often than not the phone will think that your written number 8 is a 3 and such likes, meaning that this process can be time consuming and can often lead to incorrect names and phone numbers being stored.

                          This mobile phone also has a relatively poor battery life. After being fully charged for a few hours, you can expect this phone to last around 2 days before it requires to be charged again. Nevertheless, this is a problem that I have came across with many phones that I have used in the past; some of which lasted even less in terms of battery life. Therefore, on the whole I would say that this is only a minor issue.

                          On numerous occasions I have accidentally brushed my finger against the internet browser button which is located on the home screen and due to the very touch sensitive screen this will cause the internet to load and connect. This can often lead to increased charges for me when I do not actually realise that I have connected because I have proceeded quickly to lock the phone. This is very easy to do and also happens when I have the phone in my bag unlocked because something has brushed against the button.

                          *~* Overall *~*

                          Considering this phone was originally meant to cost £100, I think that I got a great deal getting it for only £50. It still continues to perform well and shows almost no signs of deterioration nearly two years on. Even its very minor flaws do not detract from its overall brilliant performance and I would recommend this phone to individuals looking for a smart looking mobile with a great quality camera.

                          This phone has been on the market for some time now and has been superseded by newer models such as the Viewty Lite. You can pick up this model at prices ranging from £79.99 right up to £150 on Amazon. Also, you may be able to pick it up for a cheaper price on the likes of Gumtree and Ebay.

                          I award the LG KU990 Viewty an overall 4 doo yoo stars.

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                            The easy way to get sparkly dishes

                            I must admit that doing the washing up is not up there with my most enjoyable tasks, but it has to be done. Occasionally, I have the odd moment of madness when I actually don't mind washing up and somewhat enjoy partaking in this very monotonous chore. (I know... I should be worried shouldn't I?) Over the past few months I have been keen to save a bob or two, so when my usual bottle of Fairy liquid ran out, I thought why not buy a cheaper washing up liquid?

                            Recently I came across Morning Fresh in my local Semi Chem for only 50p a bottle. The particular bottle that I bought had 50% extra free, so you were getting 750ml instead of the usual 375ml...even better value for money! To be honest, I am not really that fussy when it comes to brands, I mainly just look for the cheapest option and give it the once over to make sure it's not going to be totally rubbish. However, I noticed that this washing up liquid is produced by Cussons - a name that I was very familiar with, as I recognised them as the makers of some of my favourite brands, such as Imperial Leather. Therefore, I was sufficiently confident that this liquid wouldn't irritate my skin or be generally nasty in terms of quality.

                            Morning Fresh claims to clean, freshen and sparkle using its triple action 'sparkle-x' formula. It contains white vinegar and citrus, both known for their natural cleaning properties. The liquid itself is a vibrant green in colour and is fairly thick.

                            I usually use this liquid in a basin full of boiling water and find that it soaps up very well, creating lots of soapy suds. To achieve this I only need to use a little spot of the liquid and so this particular bottle has lasted me for over 3 months, which is pretty long lasting in my opinion.

                            When I add this to the water I can always immediately smell its strong scent straight away. It has a very zesty, citrus-like aroma (as you would expect considering that it contains citrus). However, sometimes I find this scent to be really overpowering and can sometimes cling to my dishes even after rinsing them multiple times. Nonetheless, this is the only negative aspect of this product that I have come across.

                            This washing up liquid is great at getting to work on dried in stains, burnt bits on pots and pans and also stains capable of discolouring dishes (such as curry) that can often be very hard to shift. I feel that for its reasonable price, this liquid offers brilliant value for money and I will be sure to buy it again in future. Last week I bought Asda's smart price washing up liquid to give it a try, but if this is of a lesser standard and fails to achieve the same results as Morning Fresh, then inevitably I will be sticking to Morning Fresh on a long term basis.

                            I award this washing-up liquid an overall four stars, but it loses one star due to its overly strong scent.

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                              These put some more expensive brands to shame

                              *~* A little about Morrison's Value Facial Wipes *~*

                              The wipes that I will be reviewing are the Morrison's Value Face Wipes which are slightly different to those described in the product heading. I had entered a product suggestion for these particular wipes but it was refused due to the fact that I could not find a webpage providing a product description, as Morrison's is one of the few supermarkets that do not provide an online shopping facility. So this was the most accurate product heading that I could find on here.

                              Whilst doing my weekly shop in Morrison's a couple of weeks ago, these particular face wipes caught my eye. At only 27p a pack, this is most likely why! Contained within a basic yellow packet bearing the Morrison's value logo, each pack contains 25 unfragranced wipes. At just over 1p a wipe, I couldn't resist giving these a try. These are the cheapest face wipes that I have came across before and I tend to go through a packet of face wipes each week roughly, so any opportunity to reduce my spending on this front is much appreciated.

                              To be honest, at that price I really wasn't expecting much from these wipes and predicted that they would probably end up in the bin. However, given that they only cost 27p, this was a wasted buy that I could bear. I was also impressed by the fact that these wipes are dermatologically tested, so this alleviated my concerns that they might irritate my skin or cause my face to break out in spots.

                              *~* Are they any good? *~*

                              I have been using these wipes daily for just over a week now and my skin is not any different to the way that it usually is when I previously used more expensive facial wipes. No nasty spots or rashes have appeared on my face through using these wipes, so I was really happy with this aspect of this product.

                              These wipes are half the price of the usual Asda vitamin E wipes that I use and 1/10th of the price of the Nivea face wipes that I also frequently use. In my estimation, these wipes perform just as well as their more expensive counterparts. They are sufficiently moist and in my view more moist than the dearer Asda own brand wipes and are great in ensuring that all traces of my make up are gone.

                              I was surprised to find that the wipes were actually thick as I was expecting them to be rather scraggy. Moreover, I also thought that they may feel quite scratchy on the face, but this was not the case. They were soft on my skin and did not lose their moistness.

                              For their meagre price, I really cannot fault these wipes and think that they offer excellent value for money. If these wipes were to be taken out of their packaging and used, one would be surprised to discover that they only cost 27p and are a value product. Their quality is superb and is equivalent (and in some cases superior to) that of more expensive face wipes.

                              If you use a lot of face wipes like me, then I would highly recommend that you give these wipes a try. I am sure that you won't be disappointed. I will definitely be buying more of these particular wipes in future.

                              These facial wipes get a well deserved 5 star rating from me!

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