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Having long been a fan of Riemann P20, I was really pleased to see that other sun cream brands were following in their footsteps by coming out with products that only need to be applied once. Riemann P20 worked really well for me but my god, it's expensive! It also never seems to be included in the sun cream offers whereas most other brands are.
It was while perusing the very limited sun cream selection in February 2011 that I first came across Soltan Once sun creams and sprays. I read the back of the bottle and was very impressed to hear that it offers protection for up to 8 hours and you don't have to reapply it after going in the water (as long as you don't stay in for hours!). Sun protection is very important to me - I am extremely pale and burn really easily so I always choose to stay protected at the expense of not getting a tan... Ever. I'm sure my skin will thank me in 20 years though, we all know that sun exposure isn't good for the complexion!
So I normally choose a factor 30 for body and 50 for face, but I do get really annoyed at having to reapply throughout the day. Because I'm so fair skinned, I must admit to getting a bit paranoid about burning, especially on my face, so to have a product that I can apply once with confidence is a dream come true. As mentioned earlier, I have tried P20 previously but at over £20 a bottle, don't want to be buying many of them!
This was around £13 for a bottle but was also included in the 2 for 1 offer they had on which I think makes it fantastic value for money. You have to remember that you won't use as much of this as you would of normal sun cream because you don't have to keep applying it.
The cream itself is a nice texture, it's just like a normal sun cream and not a runny, clear liquid like the Riemann P20. I liked this about it because it is easier to control when you apply, doesn't get all over the place or drip on the floor, and you can also see which bits you have done. It blends into the skin nicely and has that yummy sun lotion smell about it which reminds you of sunshine and holidays!
You have to wait 15 minutes or so before you actually go out in the sun, so I would tend to apply before breakfast and then would be all sorted and ready to go afterwards.
So the big question is... Does it work? Yes!! It absolutely does. We were on a cruise in South East Asia on our holidays and many days we spent around 8 hours outside, wandering around Thai temples in 30 degrees plus temperatures, and I didn't burn once! I have since used this on holiday in the Maldives where I spent literally 3-4 hours a day in the sea and I still didn't burn. I wouldn't neccessarily recommend this as you aren't supposed to use it for prolonged time in the water but hey, it worked for me!
Anyway, I am a complete convert to this now and would always choose it over regular sun cream that needs to be reapplied. They do an invisible spray version now too which I think is even better than the cream as it's so light on your skin and so easy to apply. I'd reccommend this to anyone going to sunnier climes.
My boyfriend always washes his hair with head and shoulders (the original one, or the one for men), but I tend to avoid it because people often talk about how harsh it can be on the hair. For example, if you ever look around for a way to get hair dye out of your hair, or make the colour fade, people often recommend washing with head and shoulders several times.
I was quite surprised when I first saw this on the shelves because I've always thought of head and shoulders as being a product marketed more at men - I'm not sure if men tend to suffer with dandruff more often, but I've just never really know any women that use it. However, a product called "smooth and silky" is clearly more aimed towards women and the pink design on the bottle highlights this.
I bought the shampoo and matching conditioner because a) it was on offer and b) I was intrigued - how could a harsh shampoo known for stripping colour from hair be nourishing and leave your hair soft, smooth and silky?
The shampoo is quite thick, and it didn't have that "head and shoulders" chemically smell about it. The original head and shoulders used to always remind me of the shampoo you get for removing head lice! It always seemed to smell really strong, although I think they have toned it down now. The smooth and silky head and shoulders smelt just like a normal Pantene type shampoo - not of anything in particular, just a nice clean, fresh scent.
Like other head and shoulders products, this shampoo is opaque and not translucent like most shampoos (it tends to be conditioners which are thicker and creamy). It lathered just like any other shampoo though, and when you rub into your hair, it really releases a nice fresh smell and feels like it is doing a good job of cleaning any products out of your hair.
After just one wash, my hair felt squeaky clean and smelt lovely. It didn't smell masculine at all but wasn't overly floral either. So far, I was pleasantly surprised by this shampoo but it was when i tried my hair that I was even more surprised.
I hadn't been expecting much from this shampoo, but I have to say, it left my hair feeling clean, light, smooth and silky. My hair also felt moisturised but without being weighed down. A lot of times, if I wash my hair every day (and condition it), I feel like I get a build up and my hair starts to look a bit lank and greasy, even if it has just been washed. This shampoo got rid of that problem, and actually I can use this everyday without it causing any issues.
I think when you can get this on offer, it's a great price for a good shampoo and the bottle will last you a long time - especially if you get one of the larger sizes which are also often on offer in supermarkets.
I received a huge Lush gift box for Christmas this year, hence I will probably be writing lots of reviews about Lush products over the next few weeks! One of the products in the gift box was this shower gel, called The Olive Branch.
Upon looking at the shower gel, I was a bit wary as it seemed to be a strange orange, rusty colour and I noticed that it had separated. The liquid on the bottom was more orange and transparent, and on the top there was a kind of white, opaque liquid. I read the bottle and it did say to give it a good shake before using it, so I did and it seemed to do the job!
I'm not sure what I was expecting this to smell like, olive oil I suppose! But it doesn't smell like olive oil, I actually think that it smells quite manly. I don't mean that in a bad way, it doesn't make you smell like a man or anything, it's just quite a masculine scent - like a really weak, toned down version of a man's shower gel with a hint of femininity about it! I really don't know what that description will conjure up in people's minds but I find the scent quite hard to describe as it doesn't particularly smell of anything else that I've smelt before!
The shower gel lathers up quite well and I find that I only need to use a little bit to wash my whole body. This is always a good thing with shower gels that are quite expensive, because it makes me think that I might buy them again as you actually don't get too bad value for money.
I probably wouldn't have picked this product in the shop, but I am glad I got to try it out as part of my gift set as it is a nice product. Also, because it's not really girly smelling like some Lush shower gels (e.g. snow fairy), it means that my boyfriend can use it too (although I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing - he always uses loads!!).
I don't think I like this enough to buy it again, not because there is anything wrong with it but just because there are so many other Lush products which I rate more and which I prefer the smell of. To be honest, I'm more of a girly girl shower gel kind of girl so will probably go for sweeter scents in future.
I should also mention that it says on the bottle that this product is for body and hair - however as I have never used it on my hair, I can't comment on how it works as a shampoo!
Having tried the normal Batiste dry shampoo before, and being disappointed because it always seemed to make my very dark brown, almost black hair look a bit grey and dull, I was very excited to see that they had launched a range of dry shampoos with a hint of colour in them. It never really seemed to make sense to me to spray a white powdery type mixture onto dark hair, and it did sometimes seem to give the same effect as putting talc on your hair in the days before dry shampoo.
Anyway, enough about the old, boring original Batiste, onto the new... I have to admit, I find this dry shampoo to be quite pricey. I can't remember the exact price but I'm pretty sure it was just under £4 for a 200ml aerosol can. Personally, I don't think you get enough "washes" out of it to justify the price, I mean if you compare it to normal shampoo (I know it's a totally different product but still), you can pay £2-£3 for a fairly nice product and it will last several weeks. Maybe I am using too much of the dry shampoo when I spray it on but I don't find it lasts for very many uses considering the price. I don't use it that often to be honest, and even then, I notice that it runs down very quickly.
The packaging is ok, it doesn't really appeal to me that much, I feel like it looks kind of loud, cheap and outdated. If anyone watched The Junior Apprentice this year, one of the teams designed a hairspray bottle which they kept saying looked really "tacky" - it totally reminded me of the Batiste hair products! The good thing I suppose is that the aerosol can is brown so you can immediately see which one you need for your hair colour. Anyway, despite not being keen on the packaging, I bought the product because I had heard of the brand and it was the only one I could see that did a range of different types of dry shampoo - including these ones with a hint of colour.
So as I mentioned earlier, I have very dark brown hair and therefore went with the Batiste for brunettes. You're supposed to spray from around 30cm away, and should really concentrate your efforts on the roots, as that is the area which tends to look greasier! When I used this for the first time, I have to say I was much more impressed than I had been with the original Batiste, just because it didn't leave that grey, powdery look. I didn't have to spend as much time brushing through my hair to get rid of the dullness, it just made my hair look like it had been washed quite recently - which I guess is what it's supposed to do!
I'm not a big fan of the smell of this product, it's a bit floral, grannyish and artificial and it has become a smell which I associate with dry shampoo. I'm not sure that's a good thing as let's be honest, we use dry shampoo when we could really do with washing our hair but can't be bothered! It's not something I would like to advertise so I don't really like to smell of dry shampoo but never mind - I wonder if they do a scentless version?
As with the original Batiste, this does leave some residue on your fingers if you run them through your hair and on your clothes if you happen to spray it near them. Obviously this time the residue is brown rather than white which is probably worse when it's all over your fingers!
My overall impression of this dry shampoo was that it's just "ok". It does the job, although I don't find that it makes my hair look freshly washed all day, it kind of seems to wear off after a few hours. As mentioned earlier, I don't really like the smell or the packaging, and would probably purchase a different brand if there was one available. However, as I haven't seen any other coloured dry shampoos, I will probably re-purchase this one but I wouldn't use it very often - only in hair emergencies!
I recently went away for a couple of nights to Edinburgh and as I wasn't going to be away for long, I wanted to take products which I could find in handy, travel sized bottles. For a while, the only brands you could get in small bottles were Head and Shoulders or a plain, boring Pantene one but now there seems to be loads of choice.
Some of the more "upmarket" brands were priced ridiculously so I opted for the Aussie Moist Shampoo and Conditioner which were on offer - 2 for £2. If you've ever used Aussie products before then you'll be familiar with the branding and the look of the bottles. The bottles are a creamy/off white colour and the logo/font is a deep purple. The Kangaroo logo is great and really makes you associate the product with the brand.
The travel bottle has a flip top and you squeeze the bottle to get the product to squirt out - I much prefer this to screw top bottles which you have to shake upside down for ages to get any shampoo out! The first thing you notice when you use this, or any other Aussie product is the smell. It's quite strong and very unique to this brand. It's hard to describe but it always reminds me of bubblegum. Personally I like it and it's a good job because I find that the scent does linger in your hair when you wash it out!
This shampoo is very thick in consistency and you really don't need to use a great deal to get your hair squeaky clean - I use a dollop about the size of a 2p piece and that does my long thick hair easily. Some people like to wash their hair with shampoo twice but I don't find that neccessary with this product, it does the job the first time with no problems. This is probably due to the fact that it lathers up really well, covering every inch of your hair.
After using this shampoo and the matching conditioner for a couple of days, I can honestly say that my hair was in the nicest condition it has been in for years. It felt soft, moisturised and healthy and had a real shine about it. I don't need to wash my hair every day with this shampoo, it stays looking clean for a couple of days minimum.
Overall I am really impressed with this product, not only because it performs and does the job so well but also because it was a bit of a bargain. I have tried many much more expensive shampoos from hair salons but this seemed to outperform them all!
I received some Turkish Delight body polish in a gift set for Christmas and have to admit I was a bit confused at first as I have never used another product like it. Although I shop at Lush quite often, I haven't really tried many of their products that come in the black pots - I tend to go for bath bombs and massage bars usually so this was something new.
I'm not really sure what I would call this product, I think it's kind of meant to be a soap, but also moisturises your skin and makes it feel nice and soft. It isn't like a normal soap in consistency though, it comes in a pot and is more like a really, really, really thick smoothie (like so thick that you would never be able to drink it). That's probably not the best way to describe it, it's not really a liquid but it has the kind of bumpy, bitty texture of a smoothie.
To be honest, I'm not a great fan of the smell - I suppose I could take it or leave it. It smells like Rose flavoured Turkish Delight, so if you are like me and you don't like Turkish, you probably won't be overly keen. Having said that, it's not an offensive smell, and it isn't really bad - I just prefer the smell of other Lush products.
The product itself is wonderful though, for cleaning you - it literally leaves you squeaky clean, but it also leaves you really moisturised and makes your skin feel really soft and smooth. I have "bumpy" skin on my arms and this works wonders for that problem.
It also makes an excellent (but probably quite expensive) shaving cream. I tend to get razor rash/cuts if I shave my legs too often but this takes that away. You don't have to use an awful lot either, just a blob the size of your finger tip for each lower leg and off you go. I'm sure there are cheaper methods, and no doubt Lush make a specific product for shaving, but I have found the Turkish Delight soap really good for that purpose.
When I first opened this pot, I didn't think I would buy the product again because I wasn't a big fan of the smell, however having used it, I am really impressed and probably will buy another pot when this one runs out.
I bought this foundation for the first time about 4 years ago after having trouble with acne scarring on my chin. I found that most other foundations just weren't covering the red marks, or if they were covering them when I initially put the foundation on, they weren't any more after a day at work!
I wanted something which would give good coverage, but more importantly, something that would last all day and would look as good after a day at work as it did when I put it on in the morning. I can't hand on heart say that this is the case with double wear, however it does last longer than any other foundation I have tried, and the coverage is great, especially if you build it up.
I buy this in the colour called "shell", although I have a feeling that the name of this shade has changed recently. It is the lightest shade available and as I have very pale skin, it is important for me that make up doesn't look orangey when it is on. I can happily say that this isn't the case with double wear, it is well and truly made for us pale girls and won't try to sneakily add some colour to your skin!
The texture of the foundation is quite thick, and it can be a bit of a pain to get out when you are getting towards the bottom of a bottle. I have heard that you can buy a pump from Mac which works with this bottle, I haven't tried it yet but it sounded like a good idea. It would be more user friendly if you could just "pump" out the right amount rather than having to tip the bottle and hope that loads doesn't come gushing out.
The one negative point about this foundation is that it quite drying - I think it would be best on normal or oily skin but when I have dry skin in the winter, I can't use this on certain parts of my face as it really highlights the dry skin and makes things worse. When this is the case, I tend to just use a BB cream on my face and then add this anywhere that needs some extra coverage.
I have bought this several times now so it must be good, generally I like to try new products but I haven't found another one that matches up to this for coverage and "lastibility"!
I normally buy Fairy washing up liquid because after trying other, cheaper brands, I finally realised that they were a false economy as you use so much more of them. However, when I saw Persil (a known, trusted brand) washing up liquid on offer (2 for £1.50) - I thought I would give it a try.
It seems thinner than Fairy, which means that quite a lot comes out when you give it a squeez. It also doesn't seem to soap up as well and I find myself spending much more time scrubbing at pans than I would normally. It's not that this washing up liquid doesn't do it's job because it does and I suppose if I were not comparing it to my usual brand then maybe I would think of it more favourably. Unfortunately though, I really dislike washing up(!) so anything that makes this particular job take longer can not be good in my eyes!
Persil washing up liquid does smell very nice, and it isn't too drying on hands which is always good. I find that I can spend a good 20-30 minutes washing dishes and my hands don't get dry and flakey like they do with some other brands. The smell of the washing up liquid also stays on your hands which I personally think is good because I like the smell!
Overall, I don't think I would buy this again, even if it was on offer. It does have it's positives, as mentioned above but I have used a full bottle in around 3 weeks and Fairy normally lasts well over a month. I think I would rather spend the extra pennies and spend less time scrubbing!!
I got this shampoo along with the conditioner from this range for Christmas and I was really looking forward to using it, having previously used L'occitane hand cream and moisturiser (both of which were very good). The first thing I noticed about the shampoo was the smell, it's not fruity like most shampoos but is more herby and quite natural smelling. I hate it when products smell really strongly of "fake" scents - you know when things smell almost chemically? So I liked the smell of this, quite subtle and a bit different.
The second thing to mention is the texture of the shampoo, it's quite thin and liquid but not so bad that it all runs out of the bottle. It spreads well throughout your hair but I don't find that it produces much of a lather. Having said that, I have found that more expensive shampoos don't tend to later as much as the brands you can pick up at the supermarket. I'm not sure why this is, you would think that it would mean you'd need to use much more product but I don't find this at all. I only use about a 10 pence piece dollop on my long hair.
After using this shampoo, my hair smelt lovely and it did feel quite soft, but it didn't feel particularly moisturised or "repaired". My hair is quite dry, particularly the ends, so I appreciate that it has a hard job to do but for the price, you'd think it would give better results than something like Aussie - I didn't really feel like it did. I wouldn't buy again for that reason, but maybe it would be better for someone with just a little bit dry and damaged hair?
If you're in the mood for a burger, then this is the best place to go. Having tried the Gourmet Burger Kitchen and this place, I would choose the Handmade Burger Co. every time. They have a much bigger, more varied menu than GBK and overall, the food is better. The burgers are really big and very tasty, they also tend to cook them medium which I think is the best way of getting the most flavour from the meat.
The side dishes are also extremely good, with the homemade coleslaw and the chips being my favourite choices. The chips taste like proper, homemade chips as opposed to the standard over chip things you get in some places (where you could have bought a bag yourself from the supermarket for £1!). They also do some really nice sauces, the BBQ one is the best in my opinion and again, it tastes really authentic and homemade, not straight out of a squeezy bottle!
Service has always been good here, quick and straight forward and have never had any problems with them bringing the wrong order or anything. Would definitely return in future!
We went to the new GBK in the Metrocentre, and I have to say, after the inital excitement of seeing that a GBK had opened in the region, we were left very disappointed! First of all, upon looking at the menu, the average price of the burgers was somewhere around the £10 mark (that doesn't include chips or any sides or anything), you then had to pay a ridiculous amount for extras - e.g. £1.65 for ONE slice of cheese.
Service was slow, it took about 25 minutes to get our drinks and when the food did finally come out, it was very average. The burgers were both overcooked - although they had said that the "standard" way of cooking them was to cook them medium, and the chips were just plain old oven chips.
I'm glad we tried it just to see whether the fuss about this place is justified but I wouldn't go back. The Handmade Burger Company is cheaper and does bigger, better burgers!
Well, I am sure I am not the only girl in the world with a love of shoes, in fact I am pretty sure I am one of millions. Well girls (and guys!), if you love shoes then schuh is the place to go. You will probably have at least one branch of shuch on your local high street, if not two. They sell mens and womens shoes along with a few little accessories - mostly bags that match the shoes!
Schuh sell their own range of shoes as well as some of the big brands - e.g. converse, irregular choice, adidas, red or dead. I like the fact that they have a mix of brands and own-brand products as it means there is quite a range of prices and there will usually be something to fit your budget.
As mentioned above, the prices vary in schuh but if I am honest then I think they are a little on the pricey side. Having said that, the quality is very, very good. I recently bought a pair of red satin sandals for a wedding and they had a beautiful red satin bow on the back and a silver metal heel. They cost £50 (although I got a student discount of 10%) and a few weeks later I saw what looked to be the same shoes in New Look for half the price. At first I was pretty miffed but upon closer inspection the ones in New Look LOOKED cheap. They weren't well made at all and it looked like they had cheaped out on various elements of the shoes. Mine on the other hand look very expensive, feel very expensive and are still going strong a year and a half later.
The staff in schuh are usually really good, they are very helpful and always on hand to give advice, get your size etc. I find in some shoe shops the staff tend to steer clear of the customers in case they are actually required to do some work but not in schuh. In schuh they act like they really want you to buy a pair of shoes. I also find that the staff here know their stuff about the products. They know which lines run small, which run large and which will be the best style of shoe for a particular occasion. I find this very helpful, as sometimes you feel you know more about the product you are buying than the so called expert who is selling it to you.
All of the schuh stores I have been in have been well laid out with plenty of room to sit and try shoes on, and plenty of seats. The shoes are displayed according to their brand usually, although sometimes there is a section dedicated to a particular type of shoes (e.g. boots). I never have any trouble finding what I am looking for in schuh and if I do have any questions, I know there will be someone there to answer them!
A quick tip if you like schuh is to search on ebay for schuh products because they actually sell off extra stock in an ebay shop. They do this with all the brands and I often see some bargain irregular choice stuff on there. If it is in the shops right now, it is unlikely they will have it but if you saw something a while ago that you liked and would have bought if it had been cheaper, get yourself on ebay and take a look! It's worth a try and if it saves you a few quid then it's definitely worth it.
Greggs is one of my favourite places to grab some lunch these days as their prices are so good! Greggs is a bakery selling the usual bakery type foods - pasties, sausage rolls, bread, cakes, muffins and also lots of yummy sandwiches and drinks.
I don't usually bother with the pasties and things, although I am partial to the odd cornish now and again and these are very nice. Plenty of filling and always nice and hot which is the most important thing when it comes to pasties. They always have plenty in stock too which is good, I find it really annoying when you go to a bakers and they only have a couple of cheese and onion pasties left which nobody wants!
What I usually go to greggs for however, is the sandwiches! They have big stotties, french bread rolls, baguettes, buns, normal bread sandiwiches and wraps. There is always such a huge selection and they are always full to the brim of filling. I love having the choice of different kinds of buns as sometimes I just feel like a baguette rather than a couple of slices of bread. I have never had a bad sandwich from greggs, the filling has always been really tasty.
Another speciality of greggs is the cakes - and in particular the muffins! The chocolate ones are so good, they have rich, gooey chocolate sauce in the middle which makes them so lovely and moist. They also do the most gorgeous raspberry and white chocolate muffins which have to be tried to be believed. Yes I know, they probably have at least 500 calories in them but who cares?! For a one off treat they are great and they're only about 75p which is a lot cheaper than many other bakers or shops.
I really don't think I have any negative points to talk about when it comes to greggs. The shops are always set out well, you always get served pretty quickly, even when there is a big queue. It's the perfect place to go to grab a sarnie, a drink and a muffin and sit outside in the sun eating them!
I haven't been into Bay Trading for a long time although there is one in my local city centre. Although the clothes are reasonably priced, and they do often have quite a wide selection of up to date, fashionable clothes - I just find that I rarely like anything they have to offer.
The material the clothes are made from tends to be quite cheap and flimsy and I think that a lot of the clothes actually look cheap. Although I am not a designer brand snob, and I don't insist on branding myself with labels, I do like my clothes to look quite smart and upmarket - after all, who wants to look cheap?
I also find that Bay Trading tends to sell a lot of tacky stuff. Bright (as in luminious) pink dresses and green skirts made out of that awful clingy material. I rarely go in and find something which I could actually imagine myself wearing in public (and not just to a fancy dress party!).
Price wise, yes Bay is pretty cheap. You will probably get a dress for under £20, maybe even £15 but it probably won't be a very nice dress! The same goes for their tops and skirts - they're cheap but not too cheerful.
The sizing in Bay Trading can me quite hit and miss. Sometimes I find things are much bigger than the size states, other times they are absolutely tiny. This is particularly true of tops which often have ridiculously tight arm holes. It can be hard to find something that fits well which is just another reason why I don't shop here.
Tesco's "finest" range is a range of luxury foods sold under the Tesco brand. Tesco has three different tiers of products - value (the cheapest), just plain "Tesco" (mid-range) and Finest, which is high end products or food made from the best ingredients.
Tesco Finest foods tend to be pretty expensive, if you are buying an Italian ready meal such as Spaghetti Carbonara, you can expect to pay around £3.50 - £4 which is a lot for a small portion. I have actually tried the Tesco Finest Carbonara and it's lovely but I could make my own for a lot less money, especially if I was cooking for a few people.
The packaging of Tesco Finest foods is black and white and silver and usually has some nice images of the product on the front. It looks quite luxurious and you can tell just from looking at it that it is a high end product. They tend to display a lot of the Finest range together in the fridge section and they sell all sorts of different ready meals - Italian, British, Oriental, Indian.
Taste wise, I think that the Finest range is a bit hit and miss. I don't mean that it sometimes tastes bad, I just find that it sometimes isn't noticeably better than the non-finest range. This is particularly true of the lasagne they do, and some of the jars of sauces for pasta and chicken. Some things do taste a lot better, their Finest bread for example is lovely and fluffy whereas their normal range bread tends to be quite thin and not so fluffy. I think you really have to try a few different items from this range to tell which are significantly better (and worth the extra cash), and which ones you can't notice much difference in.
I don't usually buy Finest products because my budget doesn't allow for it but there is one area where I splash out and that is meat. I find that the quality of meat in the Finest range is far superior to others. It is most noticeable in chicken which seems to have so much more flavour, and also their sausages have no gristle in them at all (I HATE gristle). I definitely subscribe to the whole "buy less meat but buy better quality meat" idea as I think it makes a big difference. I would recommend people try Finest meats and taste the difference between that and normal or value meat.