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      08.11.2014 13:55
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      • "goood protection"
      • "subtle fragrance"
      • "nice fine spray"
      • "easy to use"
      • "good value when on offer"

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      • "not good for the environment"

      Softly & Gently provides 48 hour protection :)

      I always buy aerosol deodorants rather than roll-on ones because they seem to work better for me and they are so quick to spray so when I saw this Jasmine & Coco Milk from Soft & Gentle on offer at Tesco's a few months ago I decided to give it a try. I am fairly certain that it was half price at the time and cost around the £1.50 mark for the (larger than average) 250ml can which, in my opinion, represents pretty good value.

      I have been using this deodorant daily and it has never let me down and has definitely given me the promised '48 hour protection' even through the hot weather we had last summer. The fragrance is subtle, not overpowering and the spray is not at all sticky, it does not leave a 'powder' effect after use nor have I noticed any residue under my arms.

      The can is as shown in the Dooyoo picture and I love the shape because, even with wet hands, it is easy to hold and position correctly. The spray itself can be dispensed as a fairly fine mist if you don't depress the button too far or you can get a stronger 'dose' by pushing it lightly. I have had no problems whatsoever with the pump - it sprays as well today as it did when I first purchased it. There is no leaking or build-up of the product around the button - something which I HAVE found with some other deodorants.

      There is plenty of information provided on the pretty container and it tells me on the front that the product is -
      -Body Responsive
      - Anti-White Marks
      - Kind to your Skin

      On the reverse Soft & Gentle have listed a long list of ingredients (mainly gobbledegook to me unfortunately!) but good to know it contains 'skin-kind' soybean. There are also directions on how to use, a website address,a request to recycle the empty can plus the usual cautions and warnings about solvent abuse and flammability.

      Would I recommend this deodorant? Well, I have to say it ticked all the boxes for me so may well be worth giving it a try especially if you see it on offer?

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      29.10.2014 12:54
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      • "lasts ages"
      • "good texture"
      • "smells lovely"
      • "20p baby lotion!"

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      • "uninspiring bottle to have on display"
      • "contains parabens"

      a VERY cheap but nice baby lotion from Tesco

      I don't have babies in my home as my daughters are well grown up now and both pursuing careers so no grandchildren likely in the near future! However this does not prevent me buying the odd bottle of baby lotion as we all need a little 'babying' now and again as I'm sure you will agree.

      To be honest I have always used branded lotions and would never have dreamed of buying a Tesco Value one but I needed to top up my online cart and was 20p short so popped this in my basket. Yes, 20p!! (although the Dooyoo price says £1) so for that price I was expecting it to be runny and have a horrible smell - but I was wrong - it is a great choice if money is as tight for you as it is for me:(

      The bottle is a bit uninspiring so I tend to pop it out of sight if visitors call but the size is a generous 500ml and there is plenty of information provided on the back of the white bottle. I often find it difficult to read ingredients, directions for use etc but actually I can read these quite clearly. However, if it is a natural product you are after I have to say many of them do not appear to be so and, unfortunately the lotion contains parabens. To be fair though I DO trust Tesco and even Johnson's etc may contain the same/ similar ingredients?

      The bottle is very sturdy and has a flip top which reveals a good-sized hole from where the lotion is dispensed - not too large that you get too much out and not too small that you get only a little at each squeeze. The white lotion is a good consistency although maybe slightly thinner than others which cost far more. The lotion is easy to apply and is absorbed easily and I have to say my skin does feel softer after usage.

      The smell? well, this is difficult to explain - it is very pleasant, slightly floral/nice soap/ fresh smell but with a baby lotion-type of fragrance too. It is quite subtle when it has been absorbed yet several people have commented on how nice I smell which has to be good!

      As stated above I was hesitant in buying this baby lotion but for 20p I think it is well worth the money.

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    • Gale Hayman Eye Lift Gel / Eye Care / 11 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      26.10.2014 16:46
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      cheaper than an eye lift but not that cheap

      I was introduced to Gayle Hayman (Beverley Hills) a few years ago on QVC and have been buying their Eye Lift Gel any time I have some spare cash because it works for me. The presenter stated it was not available anywhere else in the UK but I'm sure it must be on sale online? Even so QVC do have good prices (supposedly because of their 'buying power) and I sometimes shop with them because of their 30 day money back guarantee.



      I bought my last ones last summer because they had a good deal - 2 for £35 (with easipay installments) instead of a single tube which cost £29.50. Each one is 30ml which lasts a long time as you only need a little for each application.



      My tubes look slightly different from the Dooyoo picture because these are a toothpaste-type shape and the tube stands on its lid. Same colours though, probably with same ingredients and, of course, same logo.



      The gel is clear and has no fragrance and texture-wise I would say it is slightly thicker than KY jelly. It is recommended for both men and women and is intended as a product which helps reduce puffiness around the eyes. However, although it is not branded as such, I find it works well around my 'elevenses' and around my 'marionette' lines. I also see a difference when I use it under my eyes as the 'bags' seem to diminish - not dramatically but enough to make me notice.



      My eye area seems to be the part that has aged me most and taking medication has not helped the situation. In the past I have tried eye creams but these just seem to make my eyes look worse. I have also tried massage, cucumber, tea bags (brown/green) and as a last resort pee - NOT advise and it does not work - believe me!!



      GH have a great product here in my opinion as it is lovely to apply because it glides on with the ring finger. It can also be used as an eye mask by spreading a little onto cotton pads and relaxing for 5-10 minutes. It can be used sparingly or, as a boost, adding a thicker layer at night.



      I have fairly sensitive eyes but have never felt any discomfort which is hugely important when using eye products.



      The list of ingredients is fairly long but I recognise the plant and flower extracts which are natural. There are a few I do not know but am reassured there are no parabens.



      All in all, despite the price, I would recommend giving this gel a try especially if using QVC (then you only have to pay the postage to return and get refund if it does not work for you). Obviously we cannot get the results we would get by undergoing a surgical eyelift but this product does,in my opinion, make the eyes more open, less puffy, less tired and overall boosting my confidence.

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    • Cocoa Skin Therapy / Maternity Aids / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      26.10.2014 13:52
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      • "readily available"
      • "value for money"
      • price
      • efficacy

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      • "none for me"

      a great little oil for dry/ageing skin for 99p!!

      I came across this Cocoa Skin Therapy Oil last year whilst browsing in our local Home Bargains back in early summer and although I have been using it more or less every day I find I am only just coming to the end of the 50 ml bottle.

      I honestly thought it would not be much use for the 99p I paid for it but I have to say that it has really helped my dry and somewhat dehydrated mature skin and I will definitely be stocking up for the future.

      The box itself is not very exciting as it does not 'jump out' at you so could easily be missed? As I recall I found it amongst the cough mixtures and home remedies rather than skincare products but Home Bargains may have different layouts in their stores. The reason I say it is a product worth looking out for is that, compared to some online retailers this is far cheaper and, having used Palmer's in the past at nearly £8 I think this is a 'steal'.

      The product is intended to help improve the appearance of stretch marks, dry/ageing skin and scars. Whilst I cannot state its efficacy regarding scars or stretchmarks I can state that the oil has helped improving the texture of my skin - especially on my elbows, heels and outer thighs. I have used the tiniest amount under my facial moisturiser and it seems to make it more effective and longer lasting.

      All the information required seems to be listed fairly clearly on the box as it gives directions and lists all the ingredients. It is advised that the product is gently massaged into affected areas twice daily which I have done plus I add just a drop or 2 into a running bath and it certainly makes a difference. I think using any more would probably leave the skin a little greasy so I would certainly say less is more in this case.

      The bottle itself looks somewhat similar to those you would find in the Body Shop, it is made from lightweight plastic and has a sturdy white cap which reveals a tiny hole which means you can dispense it drop by drop. The information is repeated here too so it can be distinguished from any other products in the bathroom.

      The oil itself is quite dense and pale yellow and has a faint biscuit smell which is very subtle so I reckon it can be used by men too. It states on the box that it is suitable for all ages and can be used during and after pregnancy which is good to know.

      The only concern I have is the list of ingredients which seem to have long names many of which end in -ate, -ol,-yl and because it is a long list and such a long time since I studied chemistry I am not sure whether these are all natural ingredients. On the positive side though it contains vitamin E and cocoa butter so at least I know a little about what I am applying.

      In conclusion I have to say I like this oil a lot and certainly notice a difference if I forget to use it. I would recommend giving this a go as the price certainly does not reflect the quality in this instance!

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      18.10.2014 01:59
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      • "small box means I can pop it in my bag"
      • "easy to swallow"
      • "work very quickly to relieve my symptoms"

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      • "none for me"

      no more itchy feet thanks to these little tablets

      My GP prescribed these tablets and luckily I no longer have to pay for prescriptions (over 60) so they were came at no cost. I was suffering and I mean SUFFFERING with itchy feet all summer. It was so bad, especially at night, that at one stage I acyually wanted to chop my feet off! I couldn't think that I'd eaten anything out of the ordinary, nor changed my washing powder etc I always wash and carefully dry my feet plus use a lotion but had been using the same soap and lotion for years.

      I hobbled off to my GP who immediately prescribed these as she said it was probably an allergy and as these are antihistimines they should relieve my itching. They certainly helped and I have to say they went to work immediately and the following night I had my first good night's sleep for quite some time.

      They come in the box featured in the Dooyoo picture and inside there is a comprehensive leaflet which gives details on what the drug is, what it is used for, side effects (not always experienced) directions for use etc plus the usual warnings.

      The pack has 14 small triangular tablets which are easily swallowed and it's advised to take 1 per day although I have to confess I took 2 the first day. Ingredients are enclosed too but I cannot actually read the print to list them all for you.

      I had no side effects and all I can do is tell you how well they worked in my case plus I have been advised by my friend that really helped her hay fever.

      Would I recommend? Most definitely!

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    • Apple iMac MA456B/A / Desktop PC / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      15.10.2014 23:05
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      • "reliable "
      • "quiet and hardworking"
      • "neat and sexy"
      • slim
      • "design cannot be better"
      • "truly great piece of technology"

      Disadvantages

      • expensive

      a sleek, sexy, efficient computer which is a REAL PLEASURE to use

      Let me explain before I get to the nitty gritty of this review that I am a female in my 60s and have not been taught formally how to use any PC never mind an imac. I muddled along with old/ outdated/ middle-ranged computers for several years so you can imagine to my delight a few Christmasses ago when my eldest daughter presented me with an imac! for a present To be honest I was thrilled but also a bit daunted at the prospect of using such a beautiful sexy piece of technology. A few years on I have to say this if there was ever a fire/flood in my flat my imac is the only thing I would take - especially as it only weighs a few pounds and I could pop the lovely lightweight wireless keyboard under my arm!

      I only have a small flat now so I use the imac in my lounge where it does not look out of place because it is so neat - I've just taken the measurements (lost my handbook in a quick move) and the total height is only 17" including the simple and stylish stand. The whole diagonal size is 25" and the actual wide screen is around 21" whilst the height is only 17". This means it is a great-sized screen to work with - eg whilst writing, browsing, viewing etc. Furthermore it is easy and quick to clean because everything is 'hidden' inside so there are no ridges or 'fiddly' bits which attract dirt/ dust.

      I have to give an example of how neat it is by telling you about a friend who did an IT degree and works with most computers all day, everyday. He looked at it for ages whilst I made us coffee and finally asked me 'where on earth is the on/off switch?' For those who may be wondering it is concealed in the slimline design on the back - good design or what haha?

      Although the screen is a great size I was surprised to find that it is so slim - only 1' which makes me wonder what Apple will come up with next?

      I use a wireless keyboard most of the time but I also have the Apple Magic Mouse which I am still getting used to. The keyboard is sleek and slim - it took us a while to even figure out where the batteries were stored which, once again it testament to its seamless design!

      OSX is superb and does everything I want it to quickly and efficiently and to date have had no problems whatsoever.

      For those who want/need to know more technical stuff I freely admit I have no real understanding but will gladly list for you below!

      - 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
      - 1GB memory
      - 250GB hard drive
      - ATI Radeoch HD2400XT
      - 8 double layer slot loading
      - Firewire 400 Interface Superdrive
      - Firewire 800 " "
      -Buit-in isight camera and microphone
      - 3 USB 2.0 ports (more with wired keyboard)
      - 2.66 ghz processor
      - 4gb ram

      OK so I freely admit not to know what all the above actually means, but I can definitely tell you, even after I've had it for a while now, that I LOVE my imac and every time I switch it on and begin typing I realise that it is worth the £1000+ my daughter paid and how much I love my daughter for giving it to me.

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        15.10.2014 17:34
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        • "pleasant smell"
        • "easy to apply and also to remove"
        • "much better value than my usual cleanser but works just as well"
        • " sometimes on offer "
        • "great price"

        Disadvantages

        • "none for me"

        well worth a try if you like hot cloth facial cleansers

        Thanks to this Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser by Superdrug I have saved a fair amount of money by switching from Liz Earle's Cleanse and polish. I am pleased to say that the results of using this facial cleanser are practically the same so I will continue using it.

        The normal price is £6 but this is the second time I have it up for just £2.99 for a generous 150ml tube which comes boxed with a muslin cloth included. The box itself shows the Superdrug logo, is pale green which could be missed on the shelves except that there is a silver-mirrored banner on the front which helps it stand out. Furthermore Superdrug, in my opinion, seem good at making their promotions easily found in-store and I've found all the staff extremely knowledgeable and friendly. In fact this product was actually recommended by a young man who worked there and he said he now would not use any other cleanser - men take note :)

        The tube is made of a sturdy plastic and it stands upright on the lid. The cap snaps open and shut and is easy enough to use even with wet hands. The cleanser itself is easily dispensed from a fairly generous hole which, to date, has promised in its delivery and there is no sign of clogging even though I've been using mine daily for 4 months.

        The texture is just right I think - it works easily into the skin and is simple to remove with the enclosed cloth. The smell? well, I have to admit I prefer Liz Earle's in this respect, however this one does smell nice - kind of like best quality soap - not at all feminine.

        All the ingredients and directions for use are printed clearly on both the box and the tube but if you want to read every single ingredient be prepared to spend a little time as the list is long!

        I have found that this product does its job because my face is cleansed of all make-up and daily grime at the end of the day. My skin feels deep-cleansed and soft to the touch. Not sure about the promoted 'radiance' though? perhaps my age (over 60) plus having had to take long-term medication means I will never have what you'd call a radiant skin? Considering that I bought this is purely aa cleanser I am in no way disappointed and will buy again. For the reasons listed I would definitely recommend giving this a try especially when you find it half price. If it helps I saw it on offer this week (from 12th October I think?)

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        13.10.2014 19:59
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        • "no parabens"
        • "easy to apply"
        • "doesn't smell of fake tan"
        • "no streaking"
        • "nice colour"

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        • "pump a little slow"
        • expensive

        pricey but easy to apply, believable tan, moisturising and def no streaking

        I have been using fake tans for about 20 years now but have found problems with the majority of those I purchased which I expect are common amongst users? If I mention streaking, horrible smell, orange skin etc I am sure a lot of people would nod in agreement.

        I had been using St Moritz for a while (as it costs far less than St Tropez) but when I saw this Decleor Gradual Tan on a QVC presentation in June I decided to give it a try. It was on offer as part of the TSV so my 250ml cost considerably less than the RRP of a whopping £28.60. I also knew I could take advantage of their money back guarantee within 30 days. There was no way I was returning it though because it suited my needs and I have been using it at least twice a week since I received it.

        I have to admit I am pretty mean when applying the milk - only applying it where my skin which showed to others namely the face, neck, decolate, wrists and lower arms. I did not go on holiday and have not sunbathed this summer so if you want a product which tans all the body this could be a very expensive option. For those who want to tan all over, have no streaking and build up your tan gradually it may be useful to know QVC have the supersize (400 ml) for £35 plus p&p at the moment (13th Oct).

        I like many things about the product including the rather cheeky little sturdy pump-action bottle, the lack of a strong smell, the ease of use (although the pump can be a little slow) also the fact that it is a beauty treatment as well as a faux tan and contains moisturisers so you do not get that dryness that other products can cause.

        The consistency is good too. Do not be put off by the 'milk' - it is actually more like a baby lotion texture but with its own distinctive aroma. The best thing for me is that you can control how deep you want the colour as this depends on how many applications you use which makes it a true gradual tan.

        I was a little sceptical when seeing it on TV when they kept stating it was streak-free? how could it be I wondered? Well, not quite sure how Decleor do it but it is definitely streak-free - yay! It wears off gradually and evenly too and my skin looked healthy and felt nourished not taut.

        The actual milk contains extract of vanilla, magnolia essential oil, meldowfoam oi and narcissus bulb extract - sounds an odd combination to me but it smells quite subtle and natural as opposed to many biscuit-smelling fake tans. Best of all there are NO PARABENS.

        In conclusion I would say this product is definitely worth a try although it comes at a price. Even though it's October now I find a quick application twice a week gives me a nice light tan which is believable and means I can wear less foundation, blusher etc. The bottle has lasted me ages but unfortunately, due to the design of the bottle, I'm unsure how much is now left - fingers crossed it will last until Christmas!!

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        20.08.2014 00:34
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        • "perfect pants!"
        • "invisible underwear!"

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        • "bit pricey"

        invisible pants which you do not feel you are wearing - bliss!!!

        I have been buying Sloggies for a number of years now and have NEVER been disappointed with any of their briefs whether they are high, medium or low designs as their quality is very good, the standard is great and there is never any sloppy stitching which can be found in cheaper knickers.

        At around £12 I find they are by no means the best value underwear around but they certainly last month after month with no sign of wear or tear or thinness in the fabric despite washing everyday.

        I love these Supreme Mini Briefs which I bought in the winter. They are so comfy to wear and there are no seams and have a very comfy waistband which does not irritate. In fact, they are so comfy that I always forget I am wearing them.

        Mine are black and the label tells me they comprise 72% nylon and 28% elastane but don't be put off by the fact they have no cotton because you do not feel hot or sweaty even in the hottest weather.

        The fact they are 'invisible' means that you can be free from the dreaded VPL and they help pull your tummy in without feeling that you are being restricted.

        They work well with all clothing from skinny jeans to that 'little black dress' and never ride up or down which means they are perfect for long haul flights and all women on the go. I think there is a range for men now too? If so this is well worth looking out for because for some reason males often tell me they cannot find comfortable and practical underwear!

        For the above reasons I would recommend trying these ie for comfort, no VPL, great design and construction, ease of care and longevity of Sloggi garments in general.

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        28.04.2014 15:09
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        • "really seem to help with nicotine cravings :)"

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        • "still means taking in nicotine :("

        well worth a try if you want to quit smoking

        I have managed to cut back on my disgusting habit of smoking but still cannot ''let go'' of my completely and have been making much more of an effort to pack it all in once and for all. Luckily I seemed to be in the right place at the right time last week when I saw a stand in our local shopping centre marked ''Stop Smoking Manchester'' so, after having quite a long chat with one of the advisors I came away armed with a prescription for Nicorette gum. I have tried patches and sprays so, to be honest, did not really think this non-smoking product would be much good but have to say I am pleased that they seem to be working for me.

        My prescription was for 105 pieces and they came boxed with full directions on how to use them in the most effective way and claim ''for relief of cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms''. Mine are 4mg although they come in different strengths. Inside there are blister packs which hold 15 squares which are fairly thick pieces of gum, they are handy to pop in my bag and, as the limit is up to 15 per day, it is easy to see how many you chew over a 24 hour period.

        Stupidly I just popped one into my mouth and started chewing as I would do with normal gum, but having now read the leaflet I see it tells you to chew slowly and leave in the side of your mouth for best effect. The taste is not too bad so it has not put me off giving them a fair try but I may ask for the mint flavour if I need more? The gum does not disintegrate even after having them in my mouth for long periods. They are sugar-free which is good too.

        Do they actually work? well, yes I have found that they DO work for me. If I have the urge to smoke a cig or know I am going into a stressful situation I pop one in and after a couple of minutes I do not have those horrible cravings which all smokers will understand. Even when I have finished chewing one I do not feel the need to light up so the effect is quite long lasting in my experience.

        When I use patches I found that I was having weird dreams, when I tried the mist I got hiccups and bad breath but these pieces of gum have no ill/side effects so I would recommend giving them a try if you really want to quit? Normally I am very sceptical about products such as these but, as I say, they have helped me enormously.

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      • Cadbury Picnic / Chocolate / 46 Readings / 47 Ratings
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        17.03.2014 15:57
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        a unique, knobbly and tasty chocolate bar

        I had honestly forgotten how good Picnic bars tasted so was delighted when I tucked into one (straight from the fridge) yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. I saw packs of 3 in our local corner shop for just £1 so decided to treat myself as I had had a very stressful week and felt I deserved some chocolate so it was a quid well spent.

        Cadbury's, in my opinion, make some of the best tasting milk choc out there for the price and these Picnic bars have a generous amount of coating on them which tastes creamy and not at all bitter. Once you bite into them you get a really pleasant peanut, caramel and raisin blend of textures and flavours which tick all my boxes. The combination makes these bars far more interesting than just plain chocolate and because you need to chew each bite they take longer to eat and make you feel more satisfied.

        Each bar comes as shown in the Dooyoo picture only in real life the colours seem brighter and more enticing and each one contains 230 calories. I had one as a meal replacement reckoning that a sandwich would be around the same calories but this is not something I would normally do because there is a shocking amount of fat (10.5g) and a whopping 22.9g sugar and nothing much in the way of nutritional value. However, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my Picnic and enjoyed every mouthful and am just resisting the temptation as I write this to open another one.

        I cannot really compare these to any other chocolate bar because they seem unique. OK there are others on the market which contain sultanas, peanuts and raisins such as Yorkies but Picnics seem to have a taste and knobbly texture unlike any other bars I have come across. They have been around for many years because I remember enjoying these when I was a kid but still have the same yummy taste and texture which I have always enjoyed.

        I hope that McColls finish their 3 for £1 offer soon because I am very tempted to stock up!

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        • New Look Ankle Leggings / Clothing / 54 Readings / 54 Ratings
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          04.03.2014 17:21
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          a great pair of leggings

          I seem to live in leggings because I find they suit my fairly active lifestyle and can be dressed up/down and with different tops to suit all seasons and be worn with a variety of flats or boots. I always choose black although from experience I would say that price does not necessarily reflect quality - I have bought cheapo ones from Primark which proved to be superior to M&S leggings which cost far more.

          My favourite leggings to date are the ones I purchased last autumn in New Look and I only paid £7.99. I have several pairs on the go but I always choose these if I am attending appointments or going out. Despite being washed and washed they have still maintained their shape, have not gone baggy at the knees or bum and the stitching is still perfect even around the crotch area (tell-tale sign!) There is no sign of bobbling either evn around the ankle where my Uggs fit so closely.

          The label tells me they were made in Bangladesh, comprise 5% elastane and 95% cotton and are washable at 40 degrees. I wash mine at 30 degrees though purely because this is the temperature for my quick wash. They dry easily and quickly too and, of course, they do not need ironing!

          I cannot think of anything bad to say about these New Look leggings because they tick all my boxes. They are comfy, breathable, a great weight and fit a treat and I will continue to buy them if the quality does not change. I am just annoyed that I have made the mistake of paying more for leggings in the past which became baggy, had twisted waistbands, loose stitching and faded after a few weeks. These New Look ones are a great investment in my opinion.

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          • Fox's Rocky Bar / Chocolate / 41 Readings / 38 Ratings
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            03.03.2014 15:38
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            make a nice change

            `i rarely buy chocolate these days because I object to paying the ever-increasing cost plus I am trying to maintain my weight. You know the old saying 'never shop when hungry...' well I made the mistake of doing so last week and somehow ended up buying a multi-pack of Rocky bars because they were on offer in our local Heron's Foods. I thought 79p for 9 bars was just too good to miss and with Lent coming up soon I thought I would get my chocolate 'fix' sorted.

            Each little bar is individually wrapped but I cannot find a weight for a single one despite the fact that here is plenty of other information on both the outer and inner wrappers? I am told that the pack contains '9 bars of rugged biscuit and chunky chocolate' which just about says it all really. There is a nice texture to each bite and I think there is a good balance between the amount of chocolate and biscuit to make them quite crunchy but still feeling you have eaten a good amount of chocolate. Being smallish though I had to eat two though to give a fair review didn't I?

            There is plenty of information given re: nutritional values, ingredients etc - I won't bore you with a long list but just point out the following which I feel may be important -

            -may contain nuts
            - suitable for vegetarians
            -contains wheat, milk, oats and soya
            per biscuit contains 107 calories (not too bad)

            Fox's provide a web address plus a facebook page too - facebook.com/liverocky.

            To be honest I have tasted far better bars but equally far inferior ones. I thought these were great for the price and had a good texture and taste but I did not find them filling enough and really there were only about 3 bites in each bar. I would have liked to have compared them to another brand of chocolate bar to give you more of an idea but I think these are unique.

            I would recommend giving Rocky bars a try if you fancy a change from the more chewy and more substantial ones out there.

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              24.02.2014 13:48
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              a cheap nail varnish remover but with some disadvantages

              I only use nail varnish once a week for a couple of days wear and have never been particularly brand loyal. I just buy whatever is on offer and my latest purchase of nail varnish remover was this 250ml one which only cost 79p.

              It comes as shown in the Dooyoo picture and is a fairly thick plastic with a well-fitting screw on/off lid. When the lid id removed it is easy enough to dispense the purple liquid just by tilting the bottle as there is a generous hole. It is advised that you moisten cotton wool then just wipe gently over the nail to remove the polish. I find the cotton wool needs to be soaked quite thoroughly before it removes every trace but for the price it doesn't bother me that I probably have to use a little more than more expensive brands.

              If you do not like the smell of acetone then don't buy this because it smells very strong! It also contains aqua, glycerin, PPG-40-60 (haven't a clue about this?) lanolin oil, methylparaben (not good) DMDM Hyantoin and BHT. As you can see from the list of ingredients this product may not suit everyone and sound very chemical.

              There are instructions on how to use in Chinese and Arabic and cautions about keeping away from heat and flames plus a warning about solvent abuse. I am told the product is made in the UK, is not tested on animals and there is a website address provided.

              Well, apart from the fact it has dubious ingredients and smells so strong, I find it suits my needs because it does do a good job of removing my nail polish. I am told on the bottle that it contains 'added conditioner' to 'care for your nails' and they do not look dry or damaged. If I can find a similar remover with no parabens but at the same price I will buy another brand - if not I will be buying this Enliven one again purely because it works and is cheap.

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                a pleasant air freshener which lasts well and good value when on offer

                Tesco recently had this Bali Sandalwood and Jasmine aerosol spray on offer for just £1 so I decided to try it because I like their products and wanted a change from the cotton/ linen fragrances I usually buy. The windows in my flat are temperamental and it means having them either tightly shut or else wide open. With the weather being as bad as it is at the moment I have not even bothered to try and fix them and have resorted to using a couple of bursts of air freshener until spring arrives.

                The can is 300ml which is a generous size and will last me at least a couple of months because just one spray in each room seems to ample. It fragrance is lovely as soon as I spray and there is still a nice smell to the place when I come home although it is by no means overpowering or heady. I can detect the aromas of sandalwood and jasmine because these are two of the fragrances which are predominant in my favourite everyday perfume.

                The can is sturdy enough - I have dropped it a couple of times yet it has not dented - and the top has a strong, durable and very efficient spray which allows me to squirt just a little if I do not want to use too much in my small rooms. I am now about halfway through the can and it is still spraying well with no clogging or dripping.

                There is plenty of information provided on the can including directions for use, the obligatory cautions (commonsense really) plus warnings, a website address and advice for disposal of the empty pressurised container. I am advised that it is made by Johnson which is 'a family company' and all the information provided is printed in several different languages ( I guess to avoid confusion?) although it is fairly tiny print.

                I think for a quid this is a good buy because of the pleasant smell and ease of use but let's be honest nothing really beats the smell of fresh air does it?

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