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      18.10.2011 18:26
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      Definitely worth it.

      If you are like me and the mere mention of rain brings you out in a cold sweat and the thought of humidity can trigger a semi nervous breakdown then this is the shampoo for you.

      I like my hair to be smooth and straight - I don't like frizz - some people can carry it off, but not me. Oh no. Shampoo gets carefully picked in the morning, decisions are based on the weather forecast, humidity and how often I have used the shampoo over the last few days. I don't know about you but I find using the same shampoo over the course of a week will result in lank, greasy horrible hair. Consequently I have a huge amount of shampoo bottles in my bathroom and L'Oreal Elvive Intense Anti-Frizz is one of my favourites.

      My job means that I constantly have the fear of bumping into a celebrity I have a crush on. Oh it's happened... Imagine the trauma caused with a bad hair day and Hugh Grant's checking out your split ends... Well, this Anti-Frizz super shampoo makes days like that a rarity.

      Like most shampoos I find sustained use leaves my hair in a bit of a rubbish condition so I don't tend to use it everyday. This one is my emergency "It's going to rain and I don't want Magic Roundabout hair" shampoo. I find that a standard bottle will last me a long time, I would imagine with everyday use the bottle would last about ten days.

      The shampoo is a dark yellow, orangey colour and I find it just the right consistency for frothing all over my head! (The conditioner is not so great, I find I use a lot more than I probably should as it feels as if I haven't put enough on.) It doesn't smell of anything other than shampoo - to my nose there is no aroma like you would have with other shampoos.

      My hair colour is dark blonde - unless I have been in the sun and then it turns a lighter shade of dark blonde. This shampoo seems to bring out the blonde in my hair and I've often been accused of having dyed it overnight as it seems much lighter than the day before. With that in mind, the shampoo is perfect for people wishing to keep their hair lighter or with colouring - when I have had highlights, my hair has kept its colour and condition.

      I have pretty sensitive skin but I haven't found this shampoo or its accompanying conditioner to trigger (touch wood) any eczema flair ups or any form of sensitive skin problems. That said, as mentioned, I do alternate shampoos so any sustained use might trigger it with other people.

      Overall I thoroughly recommend this shampoo, it is reasonable priced (around £2.50 for 250ml but frequently on special offers) and it leaves your hair in good condition which is easy to brush after washing as well as being frizz free.

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        07.10.2011 10:36
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        Even scary than a normal night out in the Medway Towns.........

        Admittedly it doesn't take an awful lot to scare me... Any Friday or Saturday night in the Medway towns would send a shiver down anybodies spine... Combine that with a Halloween Horrors tour of Fort Amherst though and I challenge anyone not to break out in a cold sweat.
        Now I probably haven't sold it too much by saying I am a wimp but the first (and last) time I went, I was a carefree, up for a fright seventeen year old with a you call this scary attitude. Scary, well, that was an understatement! I have never been so scared in my life and have vowed never, ever - under any circumstances would I set foot in there again.

        So what's so frighting? First of all Fort Amherst is a set of underground military tunnels dating back to the 1700's and is reportedly haunted. Now I don't know too much about the history or the supposed hauntings but believe me, those tunnels are creepy.
        Upon arrival, we were put into a group and holding the hands of the person in front and behind, we were guided through a pitch black house. Not so scary I hear you scoff... It was when the hooded figures snuck up to you in the dark and tried to prise your hand from the person behind you... Or gently stroked your neck... That chain broke a few times, with hands flying up to protect yourself from the ghostly figures who were kind enough to offer you their hand when all the fuss died down in an attempt to lead you away from the group... It took about 10 minutes to get through that house and frankly, after that - I had no desire to go into the main attraction!

        Between the house and the fort is a large courtyard which had a Halloween themed fun fair with all the usual fairground rides and food/drink vendors. Rides weren't included in the admission price but it was a good way to kill the time before your allotted tour started if the mood took you. The food and drink on offer was the general hot dogs, burgers, tea, coffee and cold drinks. I didn't have any so I cant comment on the quality or price - it all looked like your typical fairground refreshments.
        We had to wait about 30 minutes before our tour started which was enough time to build the anticipation yet not enough for me to chicken out... When the time came, we queued up outside the entrance to the tunnel with about 20 other people. As we walked through the main entrance into a dingy, dark little room - the heavy wooden door was slammed shut behind us and we were greeted by Pinhead of Hell-raiser fame... He gave us a speech about the hell we were about to encounter in full make up which would leave even Hollywood's most superior make up artist in awe and then ordered us to squeeze past him whilst he glared menacingly at us into the next section.

        By this point I was starting to regret coming... When my two friends suggested it, I thought oh yeah, bet it's not that scary, bet the make up's not that realistic. Oh boy was I wrong! Next stop was an asylum and yep you guessed it. Once that door shut behind us, the escape alarm went off and all the inmates chased us through the narrow corridors whilst actors grabbed at your feet from underneath the hospital beds and the tour guide screamed hysterically to run! Honestly, I was fine! Until Hannibal Lecture leapt from his cage with a performance Sir Anthony would have been proud of...
        If you can imagine every horror film you have ever seen, all rolled into one and then your thrown into the middle of it with the characters all seemingly alive and ready to take you down - then you are starting to get an idea of what this Fright Night is like.

        I think I will remember that eerily, empty circus tent with the carnival music softly playing in the background until my dying day. In fact, I think that could have been worse than when the dwarf clowns with the gravely voices and chainsaws suddenly appeared to dart through your legs. I'm not ashamed to say - I ran screaming from that tent with the clown from IT chasing me crackling with laughter.
        The next chamber wasn't an improvement - into a made up graveyard featuring coffins and a scary looking bald bloke who came to life to summon the dead. I don't remember much after the lights went out - only that I could make out the coffin doors all opening in the strobe lighting as I ran screaming... Their purpose? To lock everyone in their very own coffin for what seemed an entirety.

        The locking in coffins wasn't exclusive to that chamber either in case you are wondering... Vampires, werewolves and an assortment of other horror nasties would frequently sneak up at the back of the group and pull unsuspecting thrill seekers off to a private coffin...
        The tour lasted for what seemed like a lifetime but with hindsight was probably only 45 minutes to an hour and there were many other chambers, characters and corridors but I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise in case you are going... I think my friend still has my finger nails embedded in her arm and when we reached the end, I vowed never to set foot in there again. They go back every year but once was enough for me, I don't think my nerves could take it again!

        Throughout the entire tour, I never saw a single actor drop out of character, they were all completely professional and outstanding actors. St. Johns ambulance is on stand by and I remember seeing them put to use on a few occasions... There are plenty of warnings and even though we are becoming a bit of a nanny state - there is good reason here - this tour really was terrifying.
        Both Chatham and Rochester are well serviced by public transport and I don't recall the Fort being too far outside of Chatham town centre. There is also car parking available close to the Fort. Prices for 2011 are £14 each and not available to under 16's. I recall security being very strict on the age limit. I believe the Halloween Horror tour is on for a couple of weeks from the middle of October.

        Whilst I would never go back, my friends go ever Halloween and attempt to drag me along. These day's a look at my bank statement is all the terror I am prepared to take - but if you enjoy being scared witless - you wont find a better place to go for it.

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          02.10.2011 00:33
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          Good all round vitamins at a reasonable price

          So recently I have been feeling a bit run down and prone to getting the old cold. Whilst I appreciate we haven't had a summer so to speak and I haven't been on holiday in over three years (yes that is the world's smallest violin you can hear playing...!) - I decided that I should try out some vitamins. I don't have the best diet in the world - I work long hours in London and I work in television which often means I work crazy hours on top of a four hour commute (yup, there's that violin again...) If I've had a particularly long day, by the time I get through the door at night, often 12 - 14 hours after I left it in the morning - I tend to eat rubbish rather than worry about my five a day. That said, not all days are like that and the majority of my meals are healthy and balanced. I do feel that it wouldn't hurt to give myself an added vitamin boost though.

          The words "Multivitamin Food Supplement" on the packet do give me some concern though and if I have had a good amount of vegetables and fruit throughout the day, I will give the capsule a miss as I hear that too many vitamins can have a detrimental effect.

          Originally I was going to buy some chewable vitamins - purely because I liked the idea of chewable ones - I have no idea why! Scanning the prices in the vitamin aisle in Boots soon put me off the chewable ones I had set out to buy - not too mention the relentless mickey taking from my friend who thought it was hilarious that I would buy chewable ones. What finally sealed it for me? My friend who is by far more knowledgeable about these things, pointed out that the much more expensive chewable variety didn't have the below on the packet (apparently this is good...) and the cheaper Boots General Health ones did -

          Free from
          * Artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
          * Gluten free.
          * Lactose free.
          * Suitable for vegetarians.

          I bought a slightly different pack to the shown picture, it's a small grey tub and it came with 30 capsules for a small price of around £2.09. I figured I would try it for a month and if I saw a positive effect, I would bulk buy and save money. Once you unscrew the lid, there is a tamper seal - similar to the type on most milk bottles and the lid looks to be childproof to me.

          Each capsule is quite large, I've never had a problem popping pills so to speak but I would imagine if you are adverse to large pills - you would probably be quite alarmed by the size of these! Imagine Jelly Bean sort of size! Definitely larger than I was expecting and as I say, I've never had a problem swallowing tablets but even I wouldn't attempt one of these without a glass of water to wash it down. I would imagine it wouldn't be too difficult to break one of these in half and swallow in two parts if you do have an issue with the size.

          Due to the size, I tend to swallow them pretty quick but as other reviewers have stated I do find them to have a bit of an after taste. To me, it's almost meaty - for some reason, I'm reminded of Oxo cubes... Which as I read that back to myself, sounds awful! It doesn't last for long though and I find another swig of water and it's gone.

          So do I feel any better? Well I've been taking them for a couple of weeks now and the honest answer is yes! When that alarm clock goes off at stupid o'clock - I still feel pretty damn horrible but nowhere near as lethargic as I normally do. My skin appears to be in better condition. My eyes look a lot fresher and brighter. My hair and nails appear to be a lot stronger and the condition has improved. The cold that I had, never really went full blown but it hasn't disappeared yet altogether so for that, I'm deducting a star!

          Possibly just a placebo but for a couple of quid, I'm happy!

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            30.09.2011 17:22
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            Mostly catchy upbeat songs with a mix of clever lyrics which really strike a chord with me.

            Love him or hate him, Robbie Williams is one hell of a character. Just so there is no confusion - I am on the love him side of the fence and whilst I don't think Reality Killed The Video Star is quite up there with Escapology - it's still a pretty damn good album. Usually I grow tired of albums but considering how long this has been out for, it regularly makes an appearance on my iPod. Unlike the critically slated Rudebox (which although it wasn't his finest hour - I don't think really deserved the slating it got, there were a few good tracks) Reality Killed the Video Star is a return to the Robbie of old and I'm sure has introduced a number of the younger generation to the wonder that is Robbie Williams.

            His decline in popularity means his songs no longer get radio overplay - the media want an epic fail for him and whilst it's never nice to see anyone get ripped apart like that, it does mean his songs are no longer overplayed. I love Feel, for anyone who has ever had a tough time can relate to those lyrics. That said I find it really difficult to listen to these days as it was so overplayed back in the day. Whilst maybe its bad for the record label and Mr. Williams pocket, I'm quite happy if his songs don't get the airplay they used to!

            As mentioned it's been out for quite a while now so you can pick this up for £4.99 on play.com although die hard Robbie fans would have paid around £8.99 back in November 2009.

            1. Morning Sun - "Don't go wasting your time 'cause there is no finish line"
            I love this track but I have listened to it one too many times I think. Robbie's voice sounds great on it and when I hear it, I find it's stuck in my head for ages after.

            2. Bodies - "All we've ever wanted is to look good naked"
            First single from the album which got to number 2 - a sign that perhaps Robbie's not got the masses eating out of the palm of his hand anymore or a sign that even after Rudebox he can still hit number 2 with his reputation alone. I like Bodies, I wasn't so sure on the first listen but like a lot of tracks on this album - it's definitely a grower and I do really rate it.

            3. You Know Me - "I done bruised up my mind with this Thunderbird wine"
            The second single from the album with a bizarre Alice in Wonderland themed video I seem to recall. I absolutely loved this on first listen and that hasn't changed! With its catchy laid back beat and Robbie's vocals sounding great, it's one of my favourite tracks. He manages to take some pretty average lyrics by his standards and turn them into a great pop song.

            4. Blasphemy - "bite your tongue, the torrid weapon. You could learn a useful lesson"
            Supposedly one of the last songs he wrote with Guy Chambers and it's a touch of the Robbie of old... I would go as far as to say, one of my favourite Robbie tracks of all time. It wouldn't have sounded out of place on the swing album he did a few years back. Great piano throughout and Robbie's vocals sounding superb, very relaxing tune to which I can imagine the story he's telling. Reminds me of a few failed relationships of my own...

            5. Do You Mind? - "I'm heavy entertainment, in need of containment"
            Another good one here that reminds me of the Escapology days. Very upbeat and difficult to stop your foot tapping along to it.

            6. Last Days Of Disco - "I'll decide when it's over so don't call it a comeback"
            I'm not so keen on this one, it has a touch of the Pet Shop Boys to it I think and there are a few clever lyrics but not enough to stop me from hitting skip.

            7. Somewhere - "We don't get high to get a come down"
            Shame it's only 1:02 in duration - I would have liked to have heard more. I like the lyrics but as I said not enough of them and the tune is very likeable but it feels incomplete - almost as if they ran out of studio time.

            8. Deceptacon - "Only you can make it right but I've stopped stepping on eggshells tonight"
            One of my favourite tracks, admittedly I hated it on the first listen but it's really grown on me. It's very haunting song, I always imagine this was sung with a real sadness for some reason and Robbie's vocals sound absolute first rate.

            9. Starstruck - "We've been enjoying ourselves again"
            Reminds me of the theme tune to the TV show Hotel Babylon! Not one of favourites, not so keen the electric pop vibe it has. I do like the lyrics although, it reminds me of some embarrassing situations were I have been overly starstruck... It's a good filler on the album but it's definitely not a stand out track for me.

            10. Difficult For Weirdos - "I never wasted a life"
            Another electric pop track that I tend to skip. Whilst there are a few clever lyrics, I find the beat a little repetitive and generally a bit of a boring song. There's nothing there that makes me sit up and take notice. Possibly a Rudebox reject that has somehow found it's way onto Video Killed The Reality Star - for me it doesn't really add much to the album and feels a little out of place.

            11. Superblind - "I'm the genius behind me"
            Another great track which feels as if it came from the Escapology era Robbie. Soothing tune with some memorable lyrics that seem to strike a chord with me. In fact, listening to it again now whilst writing this review, I had forgotten what a good song this is! Perhaps that's the trouble with this album though - there are too few memorable tracks and too many tracks need a few listens.

            12. Won't Do That - "I could give this up I could walk away it doesn't fill me up"
            Catchy upbeat tune supposedly written for his then girlfriend now wife with some sweet lyrics in there that I imagine Mrs. Williams is pretty pleased about! Not a stand out track but a pleasant surprise when you reach the end of the CD.

            13. Morning Sun (Reprise)
            Only 1:24 in duration and with it only featuring Robbie singing a line or two of the chorus seems a bit of a pointless addition to the album. I would have rather seen a longer version of "Somewhere" in its place.

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              25.09.2011 22:15
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              Steer clear - it's cheap for a reason

              Whilst the rest of the world was mourning the passing of Michael Jackson back in 2009, and with the deepest respect to Michael, I had more pressing concerns... My trusty old hair dryer had come out in sympathy and passed away at the same time. Time and cause of death, much like Mr. Jackson, have never really fully been known. Perhaps my hair dryer had also taken on a bit more than it could chew with drying my hair ever day, who knows. With money being a tad sparse, I made do for a little while with the spare hair dryer before that too sadly died one snowy winter morning. Not wanting to have to go to work with soaking wet hair in the middle of January, I bravely drove to the local supermarket in search of a replacement for the morning.

              Now to be fair, I didn't have an awful lot of choice, I could either buy a Babyliss hair dryer for about £30 or this one for £14.99. Seeing as I only ever intended this to be a temporary measure, I opted for the £14.99. Not a bad price for a hair dryer and I have often found, the cheaper ones to be the best. Not so with this one.

              I find that the top heat setting dries my hair super quick but also leaves it in an appalling, weak, damaged fluffy condition. So I tried the middle setting which took forever in comparison and whilst my hair was quite smooth, it also felt a bit lank and greasy. I have never bothered trying the lowest setting as I suspect my hair would end up feeling even more greasy. So now, I have managed to work out a complicated switching method between the high and middle settings for temperature and speed but even that I'm not completely satisfied with. The cool shot is a useful setting and comes in handy when I'm switching through all the different heating settings trying to find my desired temperature.

              The hair dryer is quite loud but to be fair, I dry my hair at 6am in the morning and everything is loud at that time! This one does seem to be louder than my previous one though.

              The box doesn't state the length of the cord on it but I am 5'7 and I find the cord is ample length for me.

              It's an okay hair dryer for the price but if money wasn't so tight at the moment - I would have replaced it some time ago.

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              • Nurofen / Health Treatment / 20 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                25.09.2011 19:41
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                Does the job quickly and efficiently

                Fortunately I am not prone to severe headaches, toothache, period pain etc but if I ever do find myself squirming in discomfort, I find a couple of standard Nurofen tablets are a quick and effect way to relive any pain.

                The tablets have a sweet coating which isn't unpleasant and I barely notice it unless I am slow in taking a sip of water to wash them down with. That is the only taste I am aware of when taking Nurofen. Each tablet is circular and no bigger than half a cm - I have never had a problem with swallowing with or without a liquid.

                If I have a really severe pain then I might find I take a couple of tablets twice in the course of a day and on each occasion they usually get to work within 30 minutes or so of taking them and generally last for most of the day.

                Generally I pay around £1.50 for a standard pack of 16 tablets which I find lasts me a long time. I am sure that own brand painkillers are just as effective and have often found the chemist trying to persuade me to buy the own brand instead. I find Nurofen works effectively for me though and I am reluctant to switch brands for the sake of a matter of pence.

                I am not aware of any adverse side effects when taking Nurofen - although I am sure like all medication it could be harmful if abused and there will be some people who suffer allergic reactions. My experience of taking Nurofen has been positive though.

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                25.09.2011 18:04
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                I've never got this excited over a drink before. Especially one that's good for you!

                Every so often I attempt to counter my insanely unhealthy diet and lifestyle by drinking and eating slightly better than normal. Recently I was told how great cranberries are for you and have been drinking cranberry juice to make myself feel a little less guilty about the huge quantities of coffee I've drunk. I'm not a huge fan of cranberry juice and to be honest, I have been forcing it down. That is until now, until I discovered Ocean Spray Cranberry and Blueberry juice, now I can quite happily pour it down my neck!

                It comes in a one litre carton and is currently on offer in most supermarkets at 2 for £2. I think the usual price is around £1.20 which is very reasonable for a fruit juice.

                It looks like normally cranberry juice but my dooyoo friends, that's were the similarities end! This juice tastes absolutely amazing! The crispness of the cranberries and the sweetness of the blueberries really compliment each other. I find cranberry juice normally has a bit of a bitter after taste but not so with this, the blueberry leaves a sweet after taste and I am guaranteed to want to pour another glass.

                Not only does it taste great but it's good for you with no added sugar, vitamin C and made from fresh fruit AND it's a very reasonable price.

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                  25.09.2011 00:37
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                  Best toothpaste I've ever used!

                  I've spent a small fortune on my teeth - extensive cosmetic surgery - ie an adult brace putting right what the NHS messed up when I was a teenager. As a result, I always try and take good care of them and I'm always trying new products. Last year I discovered Aquafresh Iso-active Foaming Gel and I haven't stopped buying it since.

                  Now, I don't know how good this actually is for your teeth. I've read some other reviews here which suggest it might not be. (I've made a mental note to ask my dentist on my next visit) So I've started using a normal toothpaste at night and only using the Aquafresh paste in the mornings for the extra clean and fresh sensation. I can really tell the difference - going back to a normal paste means that my mouth doesn't feel anywhere near as clean. I buy the whitening or the mint variety - both are equally pleasant tasting. I did try the citrus one but it wasn't for me, I'm not a big fan of citrus in products like that - always reminds me of washing up liquid.

                  It comes in a shaving foam type can which is slightly annoying as the paste tends to foam out and cover the can so be prepared to clean it! I find that I get about a months use out of a can which does make it quite an expensive toothpaste when you consider it costs around £3-£4. That said, Boots generally do an offer on dental products and I tend to stock up on the buy 2 get a 3rd free which brings the cost down a little.

                  My mouth always feels clean and fresh for a considerable period after using this and the whiting element also gives me the confidence to give random strangers a big old grin. I even got one returned from a A list movie star the other day!

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                  25.09.2011 00:03
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                  Great value - long lasting lip gloss

                  Not sure why but I've always preferred a good lip gloss to lipstick. Not so long ago I had a Boots voucher which allowed me to buy a Maybelline product with a fiver off if my memory serves me correctly. I'm pretty loyal to other make up brands but figured this was a pretty good offer and I would be foolish not to use it. After dismissing many of the products, I settled on a pretty pink lip gloss and paid about £1.50 (ish) for it.

                  This lip gloss does a better job at moisturising my lips than any lip balm I have ever bought. As soon as you open the lid you are hit with a great, sweet fruity scent. I'm not constantly reapplying and it's lasted on my lips for a good few hours before needing a new coat. It's also lasted a long time with regular use - the pink I picked is quite understated and is perfect for everyday wear.

                  A little internet surfing tells me the current price in Boots is £6.19 and I would happily pay that for this lip gloss.

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                  18.09.2011 19:52
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                  Good lip balm at a reasonable price

                  Being a smoker - I'm forever on the look out for a good lip balm. I am very loyal to the Nivea Essential Care products, however, recently I've found they don't seem to do the job as well as they used. Perhaps I've overused them and it's time to try a different product for a while. Anyway, I picked up a Passionberry Lip Balm in the Body Shop a few weeks ago for the reasonable price of £2.50.

                  It comes in a small, 10ml pot which if I'm honest, I find a little frustrating as I have quite long finger nails and I don't like getting the lip balm underneath them. I tend to use it when I am home rather than out or at work, simply for the fact I want to go and clean my nails after applying it. I've yet to find a way around this problem - hopefully the Body Shop will one day release a stick version to counter the nail and sticky finger problem!

                  As usual with Body Shop products, it smells good enough to eat! Even as I sit here, typing away with a stinking cold, I can smell the sweet aroma! Once applied, the balm gets to work straight away and my lips feel moisturised and stay that way for a good few hours. I don't find that it leaves too much of a mark on glasses or cups. I don't find there's any colouring to my lips but it does leave a glossy shine for a fair time after applying it.

                  I'd recommend for the quality and price but as I say, I would prefer it in a stick version.

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                    Expensive hand cream for what it is

                    Another hand cream that I bought to try and easy the recent eczema problem on my hands... I tried a tester of this cream in the House of Fraser a few weeks ago and I was so impressed with how immediate the soothing on my dry, eczema cracked hands was - I bought it. At £15 a pop - it's not something I would buy lightly but as I said, it really soothed my hands.

                    It really did sooth the dryness of my hands and it didn't seem to irritate the eczema but it did leave my nails looking worse for wear. Difficult to describe but it was almost like dried toothpaste or something and I couldn't seem to get it off. When it did eventually wear off, my nails felt in poor condition and it has put me off using it.

                    The cream does absorbs quickly and as I said, the softness is really something but to be fair, I expect a £15 cream to be pretty good! It has quite a strong aroma which according to the packet is orange blossom and spice. Well, I don't really pick up much of the orange blossom in the scent but I can definitely smell the spice and the scent stays on your hands for quite a long time. Which is unfortunate as I don't really like the smell!

                    I'll finish the bottle although I think I will just use it as emergency cream to moisturise during an eczema flair up. Considering the price, the smell and how it left my nails, I wont be rushing out to buy any more. I think there are plenty of cheaper hand creams out there which do a much better job.

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                    • VW Polo (1994-99) / Car / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                      Fantastic, reliable, cheap car to run

                      Way back at the start of 2005, I bought my 1999 T reg 1.4 Polo for £3000 from a local VW dealer. It came with a years tax and warranty. The warranty came in handy as shortly after I purchased it, it needed some work doing and whilst they were under the bonnet - they noticed another problem. I can't remember exactly what it was, other than the part wasn't expensive but the labour would have been as the engine needed to come out. Anyway the VW people fixed it all up and it was as good as new in a couple of days and was all done under the warranty.

                      Even with my dodgy driving skills - the car has been extremely reliable. It's only ever broken down once (touch wood!) and that was my fault for putting off taking it to the garage. These days it does seem to have it's share of problems but considering its age and its done over 100,000 miles - I would expect any car of that age and mileage to need repairing. When it does need repairs - I've found that the parts have never been too expensive either.

                      The road tax is reasonable, £70ish pounds for six months duty. Insurance has always been reasonable, I currently pay around £25 a month fully comp. Fuel, well, fuel is expensive regardless at the moment but it's not as bad as other cars. I haven't filled the tank to capacity for a long time but £10 in fuel will do approximately 100 miles.

                      The seats are comfortable - by no means luxury but comfortable. I've done long journeys of 500 plus miles in the car and have been quite happy as have my passengers. My Polo has four doors and I find that there is sufficient room in the back for passengers. A long journey in my Polo with tall passengers might not be ideal though. The boot also has sufficient space, although I wouldn't consider it to be a family car - I think the boot would probably be too small for a buggy. For my needs though - it's perfect.

                      I would thoroughly recommend VW Polo's if you are looking for a small, reliable and cheap to run car.

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                        18.09.2011 16:29
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                        Super moisturising hand cream

                        In my constant battle to find a hand cream that will moisturise my hands but not cause a flair up of eczema, I came across the Body Shop's Almond Oil Hand Rescue.

                        When I bought the hand cream, it came in a 100 ml pot for £9. Which I thought was quite expensive at the time, however, with hindsight, a year on I'm only just starting to think about replacing it. So I would say it offers excellent value for money. I find a little goes a long way with this cream and unless I have a particularly nasty flair up of eczema - I use this cream pretty much every day.

                        The cream it's self is a rather luxurious thick cream which as I said goes a long way. Like most Body Shop products it smells wonderful and leaves a slight Almond scent on your hands afterwards - and not in an overpowering way. I also find it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave your hands feeling greasy. I noticed the softness of my hands straight away after the first use and it really does make a difference to how my hands feel and look. I have also found that my finger nails appear in much better condition after applying the cream too.

                        Unfortunately I do suffer from eczema and I have found, whilst this cream doesn't bring it on - it will irritate it if I use it during a flair up. Apart from that though, I really cant complain about this cream!

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                        17.09.2011 18:30
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                        Not for me

                        Ever had one of those weeks? The kind where you would quite happily knock back a strong drink at 10am on a Saturday morning to take the edge of things?! Yeah, I've just had one of those. Not quite wanting to knock back the strong stuff so early, I settled on a sugar overload instead... And these Starburst Tongue Tangles caught my eye whilst checking out my choices in the shop.

                        I paid £1.65 for a bag, which contained maybe 16 sweets. Seems a lot to pay for a bag of sweets but seeing as the cost of living is rising all the time... There weren't equal numbers of sweets either, there seemed to be fewer of the purple wrapped ones which happened to be my favourite. Like I said, one of those weeks...

                        Anyway, I opened up the bag to find the sweets were all individually wrapped, which annoyed me as I then had to open the individual wrapper too. At first I thought they wrap them individually so that it counts towards the weight and they can give you more packaging rather than product. Not so, after taking the first sweet out and realising my fingers were covered in a sticky substance oozing out from the little yellow sweet, I realised that was more than likely the reason for the separate wrappers. Each sweet was a little less than an inch in length and about half a cm in depth and width.

                        The yellow one - Banana & Mango

                        Immediate taste of banana flavouring, sharp and sour Mango taste which I'm led to believe by the packing is Mango flavour. I've never had a mango that taste's like that but it's tasty all the same.

                        The purple one - Blueberry & Lemon

                        Immediate taste of blueberry, very sweet until you get into the lemon flavoured centre. I like the sweetness of the blueberry outer coating - not so keen on the lemon centre though - reminds me of washing up liquid for some reason.

                        The orange one - Apricot & Cherry

                        The same sweet tasting outer shell as the previous two sweets but with a flavour I cant quite put my finger on. According to the packet it's apricot. It's not as immediate as the purple and yellow sweets and takes a while for the flavour to kick in. The sour cherry centre though seems to come through quite quickly.

                        So what did I think? They were okay but I wont be rushing out to buy another bag. The sour after taste lingered for a little too long and I had an overwhelming desire to brush my teeth after eating them. If I saw them on special offer, I might consider buying them again but for £1.65 - I'll stick to a chocolate bar for a sugar hit thanks!

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                        • NiQuitin Minis / Health Product / 20 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                          04.09.2011 19:09
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                          Didn't work for me - that's not to say it wont work for you though...

                          In my eternal optimism, I often hope to find that miracle product which will allow me to give up smoking painlessly and with great ease... On my latest never ending search to find said product, I came across NiQuitin Minis in my local Boots. With a single pack of 20 Cherry flavour lozengers costing just £3.49 (that's cheaper than a pack of ten cigarettes...) - I figured it was worth a shot. You can buy the mint variety but they only seemed to stock them in the large bulk packets and I wanted to test the effectiveness first before buying in bulk.

                          The lozengers come in a little blue, plastic tube which is about two inches high and half an inch thick. The lid is childproof I think, well, I had trouble getting in to it at least... A broken nail and a cut to my finger later, I finally tipped out a small, white lozenger into the palm of my hand. Each lozenger is a little less than one cm in length and probably half a cm in depth and has a little "c" engraved onto the top. Presumably the c refers to the cherry flavour.

                          Each lozenger smells strongly of cherry, well not actually of cherry but more like the sickly sweet smell of Coke Cherry. The taste is very similar to Cherry Coke but after the initial cherry taste has worn away there is the distinct taste of nicotine which is quite unpleasant. I also found it to burn slightly on my lips and tongue.

                          The lozenger took about fifteen minutes to dissolve on my tongue as the instructions had suggested it would. The all important part though, did it reduce the nicotine craving? Nope it did not. It just made me feel slightly sick and want to go and brush my teeth.

                          I'm sure there are products out there that work effectively in assisting smokers to quit - I have heard good things about these lozengers - for me though - the search goes on...

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