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Boots Expert Facial wax strips for sensitive skin.
I bought these wax strips from my local Boots shop and was very happy to find a sensitive version of strips. It is a new product not yet available from Boots website - let's hope the void will soon be filled.
In one small pack there are 16 strips that can be used up to three times each. That gives you 48 treatments per pack! I forgot the price but remember it was in a region of £4, not huge amount for 48 treatments. Last time I used facial wax strips few years back I was left with chaffed upper lip for a long time and sworn never use similar product again. However with this one, promise of being a sensitive skin product brought me some initial faith in it, enough to give it a try. In fact I couldn't wait to try it.
I learnt from small leaflet included in the pack that product is dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and fragrance free. The leaflet also included all necessary instructions and warnings that should be taken into account before starting the treatment. Wherever occur varicose veins, broken skin, spots or other damage, the product should not be used at all.
After reading all enclosed information I prepared my upper lip skin for the treatment: cleaned it thoroughly so that there were no remains of any skincare products, then pad-dried it and dusted slightly with talcum powder to avoid transferring wax to the skin.
Both sides of the skin have to be treated separately, as hair grow on them in opposite directions.
I smoothed one strip firmly onto the skin in the direction of growth making sure the strip was well adhered. Finally, holding the skin taut with one hand, I immediately pulled the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth. Repeated twice on the same side and then moved to the other side of my upper lip using new strip. Repeated the whole process in opposite directions throughout. I removed the remnants of wax from my skin using baby oil and cotton wool bud.
After inspection I discovered very few stubborn hair that had to be removed with tweezers.
Some redness occurred but disappeared quite soon and I think that oil did its healing there.
Of course, there was some pain involved, as usually with hair waxing, but it wasn't excessive.
Next day I could easily apply my make-up and the result was smooth and nice without any adverse effect occurring at any time after treatment.
Considering my previous experience with similar products, I'd happily give this one 5*.
It was the first time in my life that I had not experienced any adverse effects of hair wax treatment and coming from someone with skin sensitivity, it means the business.
My verdict is: Give it a go even if you have had bad experience in the past, you might be in for a surprise.
PS. This review has also been published on www.remotesos.com onder the name: gina.
Together with my husband, we got smitten by the idea of seeing Hadrian's Wall being lit on March the 13th.
I got on Internet to do some research on best spot to view the event and decided Housesteads Fort is the place we looking for. There was a selection of hotels and B&Bs but Montcoffer in Bardon Mill stood out as a small but luxurious 5-star establishment.
I called the tel. no. given on their web page and the same evening I had the booking confirmed without any fee incurred.
The booking was easy done with John - very friendly owner. There is an extensive information on their website about Montcoffer and surroundings - very helpful may I add: http://www.montcoffer.co.uk/index.htm.
We arrived on the day about 1 pm. and were welcome by Dehlia, John's partner. She showed us around and took us to our accommodation for the day. We were pleasantly surprised being led to upstairs suite with separate living room and luxurious bedroom very tastefully decorated to a high standard and offering immaculately clean facilities.
The accommodation contained shower room with 2 sets of clean towels and towelling robe and a hair dryer. There was a TV set in a bedroom and a dvd set with an extensive collection of films in a living room. There were also a tea, coffee and hot chocolate making facilities to our disposal.
Beside this one, there were 2 more double en-suite bedrooms in a separate building - former stables. Both rooms, ideal for families and couples and with disabled access, reflect Dehlia's interior design skills, being beautifully furnished with modern, comfortable beds and attractive soft furnishings.
Cars can be parked right by the door where there is a ramp for easy roll-in access into the accommodation.
After a short introduction to the premises, we were offered a breakfast list with an option of making our own selection for the next morning - quite impressive.
The owners kindly let us a detailed map of the area and informed us about dining out locally.
After having a rest with a cup of tea and changing into a walking boots we ventured to the Hadrian's Wall.
The village of Bardon Mill is a good point for exploring two important places on the Hadrian's Wall: Housesteads Fort and Vindolanda Fort and civil settlement, both well preserved remains of ancient Roman monument. Luckily, the 13th of March was a sunny though windy day and we could rumble around to our hearts content.
For the evening meal we chose the closest possible place within a walking distance from our accommodation, a local pub/restaurant recommended by our helpful hosts.
We had a more than decent dinner within a friendly, local environment.
After a restful night, we were ready for our pre-ordered breakfast in a spacious beamed room, with a custom build "Sumo" wood burning stove.
John and Dehlia made us feel welcome and pampered in their loving household.
At the end we paid only £78,- for two people per night - a real bargain comparing to others.
We departed happy and fully satisfied, thinking what a great place would that be for our summer holidays.
I wholeheartedly recommend Montcoffer for couples and families alike.
PS. This review has also been published on www.remotesos.com under the name: gina.
Clarks are really great make of footwear and not only in highstreet stores but also bought online. I own 4 pairs of Clarks' shoes now and all of them are as comfortable as they are durable. Above all, all of them were bought online in size 4, D fitting.
That indicates the standarised shoe sizes of Clarks and their reliability.
As Clarks are on a pricey side, I chose to shop around on eBay and look for new shoes usually bought in error by others who never got to return them in time for a refund. That way shoes are new but at the fraction of original price, which suites me the most.
I acquired one pair of mules, one pairs of wedges in gladiator style, one pair of mid heel sandals and great pair of high slouchy boots last winter.
The mules are made of red leather including insole, with soft rubber sole. Outside is plaited and soft, very well adjusting to the shape of your feet.
The wedges are quite high but they are well balanced and still very comfortable. The outside is made of black stripy leather, very soft and supple with beige colour leather insole and flexible sole unit. I like them very much because of their versatility; they look great as much with jeans as with skirts and dresses.
Beige leather sandals have the gold leather lining and insole which gives them a slightly fairy-taley image. Medium heel is still comfortable but looks nearly high, therefore great with skirts and dresses but also look stylish with jeans and linen trousers. These are great party sandals.
And lastly my favourite high leg slouchy boots made of supple black leather. They're pull-on style with short zip around the ankle area for ease of "pulling". To aid the "pulling action" they have leather loops on each side of the boot top. The sole is a flexible rubber unit with 3 inch high heel and about 1/2 inch small platform. Insole of the boot is slightly padded for comfort and finished in leather. Overall great winter boots looking its best with funky, hippy dresses.
I think I have proved my point, that Clarks footwear can be bought on internet safely, as long as your choice of size and fit is right.
PS. This review is also published on www.remotesos.com under the name: gina.
Not the first time, this winter I decided to buy myself shoe-boots on Internet and eBay was my first choice.
I had very specific requirements: good size, nice fit, comfortable mid-high heels.
Out of all numerous offers, I singled out one of them for £39.00 - not cheap but I needed quality leater and that comes with a cost. Directly from selected shops the prices are bit higher and I've been lucky to find one on eBay for a little less. After careful and lengthy consideration I went for a Caprice Ladies Calvi Boots that promised to be extremely comfortable with a shock absorbing heels, moisture controlling interior and a quality leather exterior... And guess what? All is there, just as promised and described...
The inner is so soft you'd want to wear it on your hands; it's made of some soft fleecy material that's a pleasure to touch and makes walking that bit softer. I wanted heels but also be able to walk without a wobble associated with high heels. These heels are 2 inch high and still fashionable enough without unwanted side effect.
I chose a 1/2 size bigger than my usual shoe size to be able to wear socks on cooler days and the fit is just perfect for that purpose... I tell you I couldn't have done better if I attempted a high street shoe shopping. In fact, I'm sure I wouldn't... I'd probably be tired beyond the point of reasonable judgement after visiting couple of shops and, out of desperation, would have bought the least likely specimen that might or might not be of practical use to me ...
Browsing on Internet is not only less exhausting but also much less intimidating...You can preview every item from any possible angle, compare prices without embarrassment and ask questions before ordering, the only thing you cannot do is touch it - that bit is left unknown to you until delivery.
Fortunately, to me the surprise was better that anticipated. The shoes are soft yet solid and sturdy and the shock absorber works pretty well I guess, since they've been quite comfortable. Great shoe-boots for trousers but not out of place with leggings and trendy skirt either.
I've been very lucky to experience the best of Caprice standard.
I bought Lonsdale Sports Bra from Amazon.co.uk for just £4.00, a pure bargain.
The name of it doesn't indicate the level of support but as a sports bra you'd rather expect it to be fit for vigorous activities. Don't - it is more of a top that a bra and support would be 2nd on the list it offers.
It is very comfy though... so comfort first and some support 2nd.
It is suitable for gentler sports - definitely not recommended for running but great for yoga, callanetix or similar. I'd classify it as low towards medium (but not exactly medium) support.
The front part of the bra is made of double layered fabric, outer being 96% Cotton with 4% Lycra/Elastane and inner layer made of 85%Polyamide with 15% Elastane. It has a racer back straps made of Polyamid/Elastane mesh for better support and side plastic hooks with a slight possibility of adjustment. There is also elastic band under the bust and front mesh insert for stability.
The bra is true to size. I bought 34DD just as my normal bra size and it fits well.
One inconvenience is that you have to pull it over your head, as it has no fastener, only adjusters on sides, hence the top rather than a bra.
It washes well in a washing machine even though it indicates hand wash only. I wash it at 40 C and every time it comes out "ship-shape".
Overall good sports top for light to medium activities excluding jogging.
I just closed my 2 months "probation time" in writing reviews. Have written some better and some not so great. Cannot say I'm good at it just yet but I definitely can say what I expect from a review when I myself need an opinion on products of interest.
One thing seems to be bugging me with more experienced writers so far, is that they seem sometimes to go on endlessly about their subject, regardless of their prospective readers. As if all readers wish was to fill their time with nicely rounded "goings on" not necessarily connected directly to the subject or the same things written in different words many times over and over again.
I think that lengthy review doesn't make a good one, unless it's right to the point. I even dare to say I prefer shorter or, as I came to call them, "compact" reviews, which are more likely to be read if full compared to the nicely written longer essays.
Another thing that takes off points of a review is poor spelling. Even without special experience, it's not so hard to imagine that well spelt text is easier to understand and shows higher standard of even very basic writing. Unless in a hurry, there is no point in rushing any review without spell checking.
One more thing as far as movies or books go, if the whole story is revealed in the review there is not much point in reading or watching it any more, as element of surprise has gone. All I want to know beforehand is if the story was well constructed and well executed. I don't need all details of the story for that.
That's just me, everyone has different opinions on different subjects... What's yours?
Main source of bad breath is a bacteria on the tongue and plaque forming around it. To fight both now we have the Tung Gel, containing Zink that neutralizes bad breath. Gel works better than standard toothpaste by loosening the sticky plaque from the tongue and fighting bacteria.
It has a nice taste and smell.
As usually, I bought mine from Amazon, my trusty merchant. You can also get the Tung Brush from the same supplier. The Tung Gel at £5.25 is rather on a pricey side but you only use a little at a time and combine it with a usual toothpaste for teeth hygiene.
Directions of use:
Use with Tung Brush. Extend the tongue and gently brush from the back of the tongue forward to the tip (for approx. 10 seconds). Repeat as necessary. Avoid swallowing. In case of accidental ingestion beyond normal use quantities, consult a physician.
There is no mention of spitting it out but presumably that follows with probably no rinsing to let it work better. But that's only my reasoning. I usually rinse it briefly.
The feeling after use is fresh on the tongue and its appearance after continuous use has dramatically improved from fuzzy greyish to smooth pinkish in colour.
From that I can say it's working and morning breath has definitely improved too.
The thing I have not tried yet is Tung Brush and that's the next thing I have to try in order to verify its effectiveness against Tung Gel.
One and only thing that's not agreeable with Tung Gel is its excessive sweetness.
Besides that the gel was well worth trying and continue to be most effective.
I bought my Clio Expression with an 05 registration a year ago.
Both, I and my husband, use it frequently and we can't complement it enough for what a nice little car it is. I know that many people have problems; some with leaking roofs, others with mechanical things or electronics.
However we, touch wood, never experienced any problems, even though this winter's driving conditions were very testing. Not even once had we a problem with starting, it always does it the first time.
Call me mad but I even talked to it, expressing my happiness and gratitude towards her for being such good car to both of us.
She is still a looker with just a minor scratches and after each wash and buff she's just as good as new.
Clio is a very nippy car, ideal for city drive but is also strong enough to be not out of place on the motorway. She takes 70 easily, although I tend to be more comfortable at 60. However, my husband uses it to commute almost everyday and she drives the 30 miles both ways with an ease.
Sunroof is a nice touch but at times it has a habit of rattling a bit and on longer journeys it tends to be enoying. This is just a single fault I found in this car though... and it stops rattling when open.
- Renault Clio Expression 16V
- 3 door Hatchback
- Petrol Car
- Capacity: 1149CC
- 5 seats
- CO2: 139 G/KM
- 2-Axle-Rigid Body
As far as the costs go it's one of the cheapest cars out there.
She's not a drinker, it's within lowest tax and insurance group and it takes us anywhere we wish with no complaints. We've been sooooo lucky so far and hope to continue on that note.
PS. I give it 4 stars just for being a mini, which itself has limitations but 4 stars is still great, isn't it!
Just a follow up to this review. Last weekend we went to see Hadrian's Wall being lit in Northumberland and we made over 630 miles there and back. Our Clio passed the test with great result. No problems whatsoever, all she needs now is a good wash and the wash she'll get.
PS.2. This review is also published on www.remotesos.com.
This is an older model but still high tech RS21DCNS.
It's been a 5th year now since we enjoy this particular fridge-freezer.
There are number of reasons we wouldn't trade it for any other model.
We've always dreamed of having an "American style" refrigerator but until moving house, our kitchen space was too limited for that and we had to do with compact one for quite a while.
After moving house we've decided; no more compromises, that dream has to come true. And it finally did. We've been proving this decision right for nearly 5 years now. No complaints whatsoever. Cooled filter water dispenser being a hit on hot summer's days.
I had my nephew over during one summer holidays and at the end he said he'll miss our fridge. I didn't even feel insulted - it was a very hot summer ... :D
Freezing part is nicely organized with ice maker, which connects directly to an ice dispenser - very popular with adults. Additionally, ice can be served as cubes or crushed! Ingenious! That Americans know how to make life easier and "pleasier". There are also door compartments for quick cheeling drinks, two drawers and three shelves.
Temperature can be set and ice-maker feature can be deactivated when not in use.
It has a self-defrosting element built-in, therefore easy to maintain.
That's roughly freezer part done.
Fridge part is almost double as roomy as freezer is. Temperature can be set separately.
Fridge has four shelves with one under-drawer for small bits, two large fruit and veg drawers and five door shelves with separate eggs and butter compartments.
All and all, everything has got its rightful place in this fridge-freezer and we're never short of space for our weekly shopping.
Oh!...And there is a water filter change indicator so that we always know when to order a new one in advance.
This is a truly 21th century appliance.
PS. This review is also published on www.remotesos.com.
I ordered this wallet as a present for a man, who is very particular about his wallets.
To be a success, it had to consist of many necessary features.
First of all it had to have large enough notes section.
Next, it was required to have at least one ID/photograph section.
Credit card slots without mention a must.
Coin section obviously counted in and additional slip pocket for receipts.
Last but by no means the least, had to be the size; big enough to contain all the above features yet small enough to fit into trousers' pocket without bulging.
As usually, I started and in this case I also finished my search on Amazon website.
There was quite a big selection of Lichfield Leather wallets in different sizes and with many different features. You'd be amazed how many different ways can wallet be constructed...I was.
I came across this particular wallet made of soft leather and consisting three "wings", that contained all the above features and measured only 9.5cm x 7.5cm x 2cm. The price was £14.00, not very cheap but high quality has to came with a cost. There were different colours available and I chose 2-colour-ways option: black on the outside and grey on the inside.
When it arrived with the usual fast delivery service, I was impressed.
The wallet looked very stylish. It came in presentation/gift box that had a logo embossed on top, the same logo was embossed on the inside of the wallet. The coin purse had a snap closing and not a zip, which was a plus. ID section was made of strong mesh material. Overall it was certainly compact yet strong, showing good craftsmanship throughout.
My choice of wallet was right and the man was happy. Mission accomplished.
PS. This review is also published on www.remotesos.com.
As usually, bought from trusty Amazon, Draper 40407 Three LED Wind Up Head Lamp was a bargain. First of all, it was on offer then for only £5.50 against £21.80 full price. It's now available for £8.23, still a great value for money.
I bought this item for emergency car kit.
It is an LED lamp that you strap to your head with a comfortable adjustable, padded elastic band.
You can position the lamp tilting it up or down for your convenience. Thanks to that your hands are free to engage in whatever repairs are there to be done in emergency situation.
This product is also very popular with anglers, cyclists on the camp and with anybody else, who requires hands-free light.
We soon found out how ingenious the lamp is for around the house little jobs, e.g. access to under the sink pipes or reading utilities meter and many more other things to do in areas without direct light.
The lamp has three LED units, thanks to which it gives bright light with no dark spots.
Best of all features is a detachable winding unit, so no batteries are required. You can charge it at any time without outside energy source or need for batteries. Just one minute of wind gives twenty minutes of bright light. It is quick and easy to use. With this lamp you'll never find yourself stranded in the dark, you simply charge it as you go.
The winding unit is separate and connects to the lamp via cable provided.
Boxed product weight is only 282 g, which makes the lamps itself very lightweight.
I got it delivered just at the beginning of January and consider it a very good and bright start to the year 2010.
PS. This review is also published on www.remotesos.com.
I ordered Safield Army Steel Folding Spade on Internet and it was delivered promptly.
This item is more of an emergency rather than a garden tool. You wouldn't be able to do much of garden digging with it. You might use it to shovel sand, compost or manure if you had to but in reality it's not a garden tool.
It is a foldable spade that will help you through high snow, sand or removing some rubble if you drove into trouble with your car and needed to clear it out to hit the road again.
For that it can do wonders for you and is compact enough to nicely fit into boot of your car along with other emergency items.
* Solid steel construction
* Easy grip handle
* Weight 1.06 Kg
* Size unfolded 60cm, folded 25cm
* Includes Nylon belt pouch
The simple twist and tighten system with easy grip handle make this folding shovel easy and comfortable to use.
It has a pouch with a belt loop but I wouldn't think anyone liked a 1 kg weight dangling down their belt (:D), however it's good for storage.
All things considered: good emergency or camping aid , useless as a garden tool.
PS. This review is also published on www.remotesos.com under the name gina.
I bought my Sloggi Double Comfort Top in pack of 2 at http://www.littlewoods.com/ for only £13.00.
I needed a bra top without back fastening for doing my callanetix exercises, some of which are done lying on the back and traditional bra is no good for that.
With stretching exercises you don't need a hight impact bra, as there are no vigorous activities involved. More than that there is a great need for comfort and softness of the top.
Sloggi top is exactly that, as it's made of 95% cotton and 5% Lycra® elastane.
It has a great non-wired double layer of stretch fabric underband below the bust that gives light support without putting too much pressure on the ribs.
Straps are of sufficient width to withstand the weight that's put in them.
I bought 2 sets of the Sloggi tops: one in white and one in black colour.
They both wash beautifully and are tumble dry-able. They retain shape and colour well. I really can't seem to find any criticism about them.
Sloggi tops keep up to their usual high standard.
I recommend the product and you will not be disappointed if you need low impact high comfort top for gentle activities or just as a casual underwear.
PS. This review is also published on www.remotesos.com under the name gina.
I just read my first ever Sainsbury's Magazine. Until now I thought it was merely self-advertising catalogue of Sainsbury's own products and didn't so much as browse through it while shopping. Finally, my husband bought it to me probably to help freshening up my household routine - bless him.
I read it nearly cover to cover and concluded it was one of the best women's magazines on the market consisting of not only great recipes made on tight budget, advice on many subjects including health issues, fashion, beauty news and fun ideas but also coupons redeemable with Sainsgury's shopping.
All that for only £1.40 an issue.
It is very attractive publication with full colour on glossy paper and it's far from self advertising content.
March edition contains one article on quite important household subject "The art of clever cleaning". All dos and don'ts of how to effectively clean your house without straining yourself. There is one special aspect of "emergency cleaning" with unannounced visits, when you have only a few min. to make the place presentable. All pointers are invaluable. Plus I never knew that banana skins are great for dusting leaves of houseplants and giving them a nice sheen.
I learned many things from the March issue of Sainsury's Magazine one of them being: it's worth buying it in future.
PS. This review is also published on www.remotesos.com.
Having a smallish front doorstep it has been quite a search for me to find a mat that would fit snugly. And yet again the trusty Amazon website offered a great solution in form of William Armes Mini Tuffridge Stripes mat.
The dimensions are: 55x30cm.
This is quite a handsome mini doormat cum boot scraper, thoughtfully and practically designed in stripes of coconut coir tightly pressed into the rubber base.
The excellent scraping properties of the coir ensure mud and dirt is removed from boots before entering house.
It has been suggested that for best performance it should be used in sheltered area but it isn't so, as mine is outside on a doorstep and doing exceedingly well.
Although small, it is very effective and the size of it does not, by any means, affect its performance.
Apart from that it really looks good and solid and my door is finally properly dressed.
Again with pleasure and conviction, I can admit to be a very happy customer.