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==Price and Availability== A few months ago we were given some money from a family member to buy some stuff for our house as we hadn't seen them since before we moved into our first home. We have most of the stuff we need but I'd been looking steam generator irons as I do a lot of ironing and am always looking at things to make my life a little easier. I saw this Swan Steam Generator Iron in Argos for the very reasonable price of £49.99 and decided to buy it as I also had some vouchers I could put towards it. This particular iron is also available at a few other places online for a similar price. == Swan SI4030GRN Non Pressurised Steam Generator Iron== As with most steam generator irons this Swan model comes in two parts, the base which holds the water tank and the iron itself. The iron has a very simple design and is mainly white with a few translucent green areas, it doesn't look very special but it's one of the cheaper steam generator irons available so this doesn't bother me too much. The iron is pretty much designed like a normal one, with a temperature control under the handle and a temperature ready indicator behind this, the only difference being you don't put the water into the iron itself. The water goes into the base of the iron, which has a 700ml capacity. The weight of the water tank and iron together is just over 3.5kg but the iron on its own weighs just over 1kg. ==My Experience== When I first got this iron out of the box I had to read the instructions first as I'd never used a steam generator iron before. I soon realised it was pretty simple and very similar to just using a regular iron, the only real difference being that that water doesn't go into the iron. I set up the iron, which sits on top of the water tank base and plugged it in; the cable is about 2m long which for me is a little bit short as I don't have that many plug sockets in my house. There's also a cable between the water tank and the iron which is about 1m long which is plenty, it allows you to move freely without being so long that it gets in the way. The iron takes about 2 minutes to heat up which is quite standard for this type of iron, at first I thought this wait would slow me down but in reality it isn't much longer than I wait for my normal iron. A light comes on to tell you the temperature and steam are ready to go and then it's time to start ironing. When I began to iron the first thing I noticed was how light the iron is, at just over 1kg it's a pretty standard weight but because the water goes into the separate tank it's really lightweight. At first I was pleased with the ironing although I was disappointed that the iron doesn't seem to release that much steam and when it does mine also seemed to be little small droplets of water all over my clothes. I thought maybe I was doing something wrong but after looking at the instructions again I realised everything was fine and the iron should of been working properly. Although the iron was disappointing I carried on with what clothes I had to do, because its light the iron is easy to use but I wouldn't say it made ironing in general any easier. The external water tank is handy because you don't have to refill it whilst ironing unless you're doing a really large load. Obviously as the two parts are separate it's heavy and harder to store than a regular iron but this is a problem for all steam generator irons. I continued to use the iron a few times but the problems still continued, so I took it back to Argos, they offered to exchange it but I opted for a refund and bought a different model. ==Overall== As you can probably tell I've had quite a disappointing experience with this Swan Steam Generator Iron. In theory it's a well priced, simply designed iron which could be great but in practice it just isn't very good at all. The steam that comes out of the iron just isn't powerful enough and the water droplets that come from the iron are just annoying and because of this I definitely wouldn't recommend this iron to anyone.
==Price and Availability== My dog was a rescue dog and had a few bad habits when we got him, most of which have gone now but when he's out on walks he still sometimes barks at other dogs. To discourage this I usually have some small treats in my pocket to distract him with which also act as a reward if he doesn't bark at a dog when it passes. I find Bakers Rewards are very good for this purpose and I often buy them in a pack of 15 if they're on offer for £1 although the usual selling price is about £1.50. Bakers Rewards are available in supermarkets and places like Wilkinsons, I usually buy mine in with my weekly shop. ==Bakers Rewards == The treats come in a plastic pouch, clearly branded with the Bakers logo, along with a picture of the treats. The pouch has a handy zip lock fastening which keeps the treats inside fresh between uses. The pack of 15 sticks contains 5 of each flavour, Chicken, Lamb and Beef. The treats contain Omega 3 and 6 to help maintain healthy skin and a glossy coat, protein to help maintain strong muscles, vitamins to support good heath and energy levels and antioxidants to support natural defences. ==My Experience== Bakers Rewards are soft sticks about 15cm long and 1cm thick, they can be given to your dog as they are or broken up, there are little grooves down the treat meaning that it can be easily snapped into five small pieces. I do occasionally give my dog, Teddy a full stick but the majority of the time I break them up into pieces and keep them in my pocket for rewards when we are out on walks. There are three different flavours in the pack as I mentioned before, all of them have a meaty smell and apart from them all being a slightly different shade of brown there's no other difference to me. I don't know if Teddy can taste any difference but he seems to like all three varieties equally. The treats are quite soft and, especially when broken they are eaten very quickly this is why I usually just give Teddy a small section as a reward when on walks as he doesn't really chew them anyway. ==Overall== I find Bakers Rewards really useful when out walking my dog as they are easily snapped into five small pieces, perfect for a small bribe when out walking. The treats have plenty of reassuring ingredients to maintain a dog's health as well as selling at a reasonable price in a variety of different shops. This is definitely a product I have been buying for a while and will continue to do so.
==Price and Availability== I give my dog a few treats a day and usually buy a box or bag of treats most weeks in with my supermarket shopping. I noticed Tesco Marrowbone Roll treats about a year ago now and bought them because they were quite a bit cheaper than the branded version. A 500g box of these Treats costs £1.19 from Tesco stores and is also available through online shopping. ==Tesco Marrowbone Roll Treats == The treats come in a cardboard box with the Tesco branding, a picture of a Labrador and a picture of the treats themselves. The box is quite a decent size and I've found there are usually about 30 to 40 of the treats inside which for me usually lasts a couple of weeks when used with other treats. The treats are white in colour and a cylinder shape, about 5cm long and 3cm wide, the centre of the treat is brown, to reflect the marrowbone aspect of the treat I presume. There is no variation in the box, all the treats are the same and they're a biscuit texture and have added calcium to support bones and teeth. ==My Experience== My dog's a Border terrier who has one meal a day at tea time, so I usually give him a couple of these biscuits in the morning before I go out. I find these treats to be a little hit and miss with him, sometimes he will eat them straight away other times he's less bothered about them and carries them off to eat later. I don't find this is something he usually does with other treats just this one. The treats have a biscuit texture and because of this when they're bitten into I often find they crumble a bit and little pieces tend to go all over the floor which can be annoying. Having said that my dog, Teddy, makes short work of eating all the crumbs up anyway. These treats don't particularly have a very distinct smell and I find if these treats are in my pocket Teddy often doesn't sniff them out. As these are more of a biscuit texture they take a little longer to eat than some of the softer treats available which I prefer as often other treats just seems to be quite easily swallowed whole. ==Overall== My dog does enjoy these treats usually but sometimes he just doesn't seem that interested in them, but I usually have some in anyway because on the whole he does seem to like them. They take a little longer to eat than some dog biscuits which I prefer and the good price means I usually buy these quite often to use along with other treats. Overall, this is a good buy and something my dog regularly enjoys.
==Price and Availability== I bought our Border Terrier, Teddy, a Pedigree Christmas Stocking for the Christmas just gone which have three different treats and a toy inside. One of the treats were Pedigree Rodeo, a beef flavoured treat which come in a pack of four weighing 70g in total. I have bought these treats since at Tesco where they cost £1 but I have noticed them in other supermarkets and Wilkinsons for a similar price, they're widely available. ==Pedigree Rodeo == The treats come in a simple plastic package with the Pedigree branding and a picture of a Rodeo stick and a dog on the front. There are four sticks in the pack and each stick consists of two lengths of the treat twisted together. These treats contain Omega 3 to keep dogs fit, Calcium for strong bones and teeth and Vitamins and Minerals to maintain dog's natural defences. Rodeo are also available in chicken flavour which my dog has never tried and both flavours come in either packs of four or eight sticks. ==My Experience== Rodeo consists of two different strips of treat twisted together, there's a dark brown strip and a light brown strip. Rodeo are quite soft in texture and easy to break, as my dog is only small I usually only give him half at a time if that much and he wolfs them down. The treats do have quite a strong beefy smell to them, with some treats if they're in my pocket or on a high shelf Teddy won't realise but with these he always sniffs them out. I've always found he enjoys Rodeo but my only problem is that because they're quite soft he eats them so quickly. I started chopping them up into about ten pieces and use them whilst we're out on walks to distract him from barking at other dogs. I find this works much better and continue to buy them for this use, giving Teddy more solid biscuit treats during the day. ==Overall== These treats are good value and loved by my dog, he always enjoys them and looks for more after finishing one. The only problem is that my dog makes really short work of them and I find using them as a training aid is much better and makes them even better value for money.
==Price and Availability== I recently bought this Muller Light Lemon Cheesecake Yoghurt as part of a six pack of 'Inspired by Cheesecake' yoghurts. There were three of the lemon variety and three New York Cheesecake Yoghurts, the yoghurts are sometimes available separately but it often depends on what Muller is marketing at any given time. I paid just under £2 for six yoghurts from Morrisons, Tesco have them on offer for £2.50 and the individual pots are regularly on a 5 for £3 offer so there's quite a bit of variance in price. The yoghurts are pretty much always on offer, they're about £4 at full price which in my opinion is a bit too expensive. ==Muller Light Lemon Cheesecake Yoghurt== Muller Light Yoghurts come in quite big plastic pots with a foil top. This particular yoghurt as I mentioned before is part of the Inspired by Cheesecake range, they were initially Limited Edition but have been available in a multipack for a few years now. As with all Muller Light yoghurts this Lemon Cheesecake is fat free which was partly the reason I bought it, I love having a sweet treat but don't want to feel guilty afterwards. There's also only 99 calories per pot which is obviously pretty low and great for anyone counting the calories. ==My Experience== Muller Light Lemon Cheesecake Yoghurt is lemon yoghurt with crushed cake pieces mixed in. The yoghurt is very pale yellow in colour and the cake pieces are visible, they look a little odd to be honest and although the yoghurt looks appetising the bits spoil the look a bit. The yoghurt doesn't have an obvious scent until it's on the spoon and near my mouth and therefore my nose, there's a nice citrus scent but stronger than that is the smell of very sweet cake which to me is very appealing. The yoghurt itself has a lovely thick and creamy texture, with a nice and tasty lemon flavour; it isn't tangy but quite subtle. The cake pieces are a little disappointing, obviously because they are in the yoghurt them they are very soft and a little wet, I can't help thinking this yoghurt would work better in the Crunch Corner variety that Muller do. The overall taste of the yoghurt is good, the lemon of the yoghurt is complimented by the sweetness of the cake and it's hard to believe this is fat free. For me the texture of the cake just doesn't work at all though and lets the otherwise yummy yoghurt down a bit. ==Overall== Although I like the taste of these yoghurts and they're a great way to have a treat without being too naughty the texture of the cake pieces just doesn't work at all. It's a shame that Muller haven't improved these yoghurts because the flavour really works well but because of the pieces of cake I probably wouldn't buy them again.
==Price and Availability== I use my ironing board a lot and after two and a half years my ironing board cover is looking a bit worse for wear. My Mum bought the JML Ironing Board Cover a couple of months before me and said how good it was so I decided to get one too. The cover is available from a few different places including the JML website, Argos and Homebase. My Mum bought hers from Homebase for £8.99 but I managed to get mine from Dunelm for just under £5.50 a few months ago and it's still selling at the same price now. ==JML Fast Fit Ironing Board Cover== The cover comes in plastic packaging to protect it with a zip lock fastening and the top and a hanger for when it's displayed in the shop. There are many different colours and designs available on these covers, some are nice, and some are a bit garish. Even though my ironing board is stored in a cupboard I still wanted a cover that I wouldn't mind leaving out so I opted for a rainbow striped cover which believe it or not is one of the less colourful options! The ironing board cover has elasticated edges which enable it to fit the majority of different ironing boards, I have a Brabantia board which is pretty big and this cover offers a perfect fit. The surface of the cover is made from a non- slip cotton and it has a heat reflecting thick underlay which allows both sides of clothes to be ironed at the same time. The JML ironing board cover is also machine washable. ==My Experience== As I mentioned before this cover fits my large ironing board really well. I put the cover on the board on my own and didn't have any problems, the elasticated edges make it really easy to fit, as my ironing board is quite big it's quite snug but I haven't had any problems with the cover coming off or rolling up at all. The non- slip cotton surface is really effective, nothing seems to slide off my board anymore and it saves a lot of faffing as previously some clothes just wouldn't stay on my ironing board, unless I was constantly holding them down. I've found the underlay to be quite effective too, on some items I find I only have to iron clothes on one side so it does make my life easier. On other items the heat reflection is less effective and I do end up ironing both sides but it does remove some creases so it's still easier to use than my previous ironing board cover. I find washing the cover really handy, I've only had it a few months but I did get a few marks on it which washed off really easily and keep my cover looking as good as new. ==Overall== This JML Fast Fit Ironing Board Cover is a really good product; it's a good price and makes life easier when it comes to ironing. The cover was in my experience very easy to fit and comes in a variety of different patterns to suit different tastes. The design of the cover does make ironing a bit easier, and overall I've been pleased with my purchase.
==Price and Availability== I don't suffer from spots that often any more but when I have a breakout they can be quite bad and I'm always keen to get rid of any spots quickly. A couple of years ago in a bag I received when re-enrolling at uni was a voucher with a Tea Tree sample and a voucher for 50% off the Tea Tree range at The Body Shop. The voucher was running out about twelve months ago now so I decided to go and make the most of the voucher as I like the Tea Tree products whether I'm suffering from spots or not. I bought quite a few different bits and pieces, some I'd used before and some I hadn't. One of the things I'd never used before was this Blemish Gel, which retails at £6 and is available from The Body Shop in store and online. ==The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Gel== The gel comes in a 2.5ml plastic tube, with a screw top lid, which when you pull it out has a little sponge on the end which you apply the gel with, it's a bit like a lip gloss. The packaging is great as it's only small and I usually keep mine in my make up bag. The application process is easy and the packaging makes it really convenient to use, if I feel or see a spot coming it's easy to apply the gel early on. I've found the application is so easy I often don't even need a mirror, if you know where the spot is it's really simple just to dab a little gel on. ==My Experience== The first thing you notice when applying this product is the smell, it's a very clean and almost medicinal scent which a lot of people don't like. Although it isn't the nicest of smells I don't mind it so much as it does have such connotations of cleanliness for me. As mentioned above the gel is applied with the little application sponge and is clear, although it's described as a gel in my experience it's more liquid than I was expecting, but this is no bad thing. When it's applied to the face it goes on clear and you can't even tell it's on, it doesn't leave any residue or stickiness which I would associate with a gel. I find that if a spot is particularly bad the gel can sometimes sting a little when applied, it's not painful just a tiny sting, I often find this reassuring though as I feel like it's doing its job for some reason! The gel is said to soothe the skin and give you a clearer complexion, and I've found it does exactly that. Redness is reduced soon after application and rather than simply drying spots out it gets rid of them. If the gel is applied before bed I usually find by the time I get up spots are either completely gone or very visibly reduced and it's stopped me feeling conscious about my skin on many occasions. ==Overall== I've always had brilliant results from this gel and really would recommend it to anybody who suffers with spots, be it on a regular basis or just infrequent breakouts. I wish I'd of used this gel when I was a teenager and had spots more often as it really does work and gets rid of spots quickly making me feel a lot better about the way I look and not worrying about constantly having to reapply concealer. Although the price may seem a little high it lasts well and is usually on offer, having said that I would buy this time and time again at full price, it's that good!
==Price and Availability== I use face masks quite often and recently bought quite a few from Superdrug as they were and still are on a good offer. This De-Stressing Mud mask costs just 99p, but in my experience there's usually an offer on to make them even cheaper. The current offer is buy four for the price of three, I bought them at buy one get one half price, in both instances the masks work out at about 75p which in my opinion is a really good price. ==Superdrug De-Stressing Mud Mask== This mask comes in the usual packaging, a sachet which you rip open and squeeze the mask out of. The main ingredient is Aloe Vera to sooth, calm and revive the skin to help with a healthy looking complexion. The mask is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, is paraban free and approved by BUAV. The mask is simple to apply and just needs to be smoothed on after you've washed and dried your face. ==My Experience== Applying the mask is really easy; it's a good consistency and goes onto the face well with little effort. The mask has a clean, neutral scent to it, which is pretty inoffensive but it doesn't make this mask something I'd use because it smells good. Something I did notice was that once I have applied the mask and rinsed the residue from my hands the mask had slightly stained my skin. Obviously this isn't very reassuring, it came off after a good scrub and it didn't happen on my face so I'm a little unsure what had happened. Once on its recommended the mask is left for 15 minutes, I found that it hardens really quickly, I left the mask on for about 10 minutes and at this point I couldn't move my face at all. The mask is a little messy to rinse off, mainly because the colour is a turquoise and when it's rinsed off the splashes are really obvious around the sink. I used a flannel but still managed to make a bit of a mess. When the mask is rinsed off my skin does feel soft and smooth, it looks really clean and clear and has brightness to it. I wouldn't say that the mask was particularly de-stressing but it was still nice to use and I was pleased with the results, my skin felt nicely moisturised for a while after and continued to look fresh. ==Overall== I'm in two minds about this mask, it does soften and smooth the skin and leaves skin looking and feeling good for a while after using it. However, although the mask didn't stain my face it did stain my face and for me this is a little worrying. Also whilst the scent isn't horrible it's just not that nice and not very feminine, I didn't find it any more relaxing than any other face mask so I don't think I will be using it again.
==Price and Availability== When I bought my photo printer a few years ago I got the printer itself with a pack of 100 sheets of HP Premium Photo Paper as part of the package from Argos. I've bought it a couple of times since from eBay where you can pick up the 10cm by 15cm variety for between 10p and 20p a sheet depending on the pack size. I've found the prices really do vary online but Amazon currently sell 60 sheets for just under £8 which is a pretty good price. ==HP Premium Photo Paper== This paper comes in a few different varieties but the type I'm reviewing today is the 10cm by 15cm variety which is the traditional photograph size that I've been used to since a child. The paper is recommended for use with HP photo printers which is the main reason I continued to use it. Each sheet is 240g/m² and has a glossy finish perfect for photographs. The paper is straight cut on three sides with one size having a perforated edge and a little extra paper so that you can handle a photograph that's just been printed without smudging the image. ==My Experience== The paper is a nice thickness which makes it easy to handle, it's certainly a good quality when comparing it to some other brands I have used. When printing onto this paper I've found it takes quite a while to dry, it doesn't take an annoyingly long time but I have smudged a couple of photographs because they've been wetter for longer than I would of thought. I think this is maybe the reason HP include the perforated edge, which is handy when you want to handle photo's quickly, you can lay them out to fully dry without touching the image. Although it's handy when you rip off the excess paper you can see that it's a perforated edge, it's also quite easy to accidently rip photographs. If I'm framing a photo it doesn't matter so much about this perforated edge but I wouldn't print onto this paper if I was giving the photo's away as they don't look very professional. It's a shame about this because photographs look stunning on this paper; the colours are really sharp and vibrant. Photographs look very professional with ease, and they continue to look good too, I've got photos that I probably printed four or five years ago now which still look as good as when they were first printed. ==Overall== Although the photos that are printed on this paper look really professional with lovely colours and detail which stand the test of time for me there' a couple of little disappointments. Although the perforated edge is handy for me it ruined some photographs and stopped them looking as professional as they could. The price for this paper isn't bad, it's worth shopping about for it as there's a wide variety of prices. I do still use this paper sometimes but don't buy it anymore as there are other better and cheaper photo papers available.
==Price and Availability== I usually buy face wipes on offer as I'm not particularly brand loyal and pick up a pack whenever I'm in Wilko's or Home Bargains meaning that I usually have a few packets in the bathroom cupboard. Last month I ran out of wipes completely and decided to pick some up with my weekly shop from Tesco. There weren't any wipes I'd used before on a decent offer and everything was a little over priced so I decided to buy a pack or Tesco Cucumber Facial Wipes which cost just over £1. ==Tesco Cucumber Facial Wipes== The wipes packaging has a simple but modern green and white theme, it's the usual plastic packet with a sticker to keep the wipes moist. Unfortunately, I found that the sticker on the top of the pack lost its stickiness really quickly, the wipes didn't dry out noticeable though but I was using at least one wipe a day so they didn't really get chance to. These wipes contain Vitamin E to hydrate the skin whilst cleansing and removing make up. ==My Experience== Opening the packet there's a lovely clean and fresh scent to these wipes, it's not particular a cucumber scent just very fresh and quite summery. The wipes are a good size but are quite thin but there's still a nice softness to them. The wipes are very cooling and refreshing, I used them around November time so didn't get the full effect but I think I would probably pick up another pack to have in the fridge over summer for cooling me down on hot days. As these wipes are so refreshing they do make my face feel really clean and I find them quite hydrating too although I don't notice any long term improvement in my skin from using them. These wipes are good at removing light make up, I find them fine for foundation but if I'm wearing eye makeup these wipes struggle to remove it. I used these wipes a few times to remove mascara before going to bed and every time I still woke up with dark circles from left over mascara. ==Overall== Although these wipes are really refreshing with a lovely clean and fresh scent, for removing make up they aren't up to much, if you just wear foundation then they're fine but beyond that they don't do a proper job. I probably will buy them again as they are a lovely fresh wipe for summer months and they're really only quite cheap but I won't be using them on a daily basis.
==Price and Availability== We tend to get through a lot of crisps in our house and as the price of my weekly food shop seems to be going up almost all the time I've started buying lower priced goods. I first bought Tesco Everyday Value Ready Salted Crisps about 6 months ago now, a pack containing 12 bags is just 66p so even if they weren't very nice I knew I wasn't going to lose out on much money. ==Tesco Everyday Value Ready Salted Crisps== The crisps now come in different packaging than the picture shown above as Tesco re designed their Value range a while ago now. The main bag is an off white colour with the branding in red with lots of little symbols over the front and a picture of a bowl of crisps. The smaller individual bags inside are designed in the same way. The bags contain 18g of crisps, making them quite small each bag contains 100 calories and 5.9g of fat, all the other values are quite low. The packaging states that the crisps contain no artificial colours, flavours or MSG. ==My Experience== When opening the bag I was quite disappointed as there aren't many crisps inside, I can easily eat at least two bags one after each other if not more. As the crisps are only about 5p a bag I don't mind that there's not many crisps inside but these do require some self discipline! The crisps taste really good, I think they're a bit like Walkers Salt and Shake crisps before the salt is added. For me the flavour is just right, they've got good flavour that isn't just saltiness so they aren't overpowering. The crisps have a good crunch to them whilst still being quite thin and easy to eat. The crisps are a bit too easy to eat and that's my only problem with them, as they aren't too salty I could just eat and eat them. The bags are the perfect size for serving alongside a sandwich and being 100 calories they are the perfect size small snack. ==Overall== I'd really recommend Tesco Everyday Value Ready Salted Crisps. They're really cheap so you won't lose anything by trying them, at around 5p a bag I buy these all the time now. These crisps have a natural, tasty flavour and I actually prefer them to Walkers Ready Salted which are a bit too salty for me. There's no real downside to these crisps other than they're hard to stop eating!
==Price and Availability== Another part of a gift set I received for Christmas last year, a night cream isn't usually something I'd use. The Body Shop's Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream comes in a 50ml tub and sells for £11 in The Body Shop stores or online. There are regularly offers/ sales on different ranges at The Body Shop and I've seen this cream reduced a few times so if it's something you like it's worth waiting until it's on offer. ==The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream== As I mentioned before the cream comes in a 50ml plastic tub, it's a very pale pink in colour with pink labelling that fits in with all the other products in the Vitamin E range. The tub has a screw top lid which stays secure, I've took this away with me a couple of times and it's never come unscrewed in my bag. This rich night cream is said to replenish the skins moisture levels when you're asleep which is apparently when your skin is most receptive. The cream intensively hydrates the skin leaving it soft and smooth. ==My Experience== This Vitamin E Night Cream has the same subtle, slightly florally scent as all the other Vitamin E products. The cream is a very pale pink colour and although it's quite thick its silky soft giving it a really luxurious feel. When rubbing the cream into my face it feels really indulgent, once on it feels really light and sinks into the skin easily. I don't find I need to use a lot to get good coverage and for my skin to feel suitably moisturised. I really like using Vitamin E products at night because I find the subtle scent comforting although this may not be what everyone likes. I think there's definitely a noticeable difference when I wake up the next morning after using this cream. My skin has a brighter, fresher look to it and feels lovely and hydrated. I always find my skin soft to the touch after use and continued use has made my skin look in really good condition. I use this cream a few times a week, and have done for about 8 months now as I didn't start using this product as soon as I received it in a gift. There's still a lot of the cream left so although I think the initial outlay of £11 is quite high it does last well and you can buy it on offer. ==Overall== This Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream has become a bit of a favourite of mine and I use it most nights because it makes my skin look and feel in lovely condition. The cream is great for moisturising and although it's a little pricey it lasts for ages, I will definitely be looking out for this on offer so I continue using it.
==Price and Availability== I really like The Body Shop's Vitamin E range and received a gift set for Christmas last year. Part of this set was these Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes. A pack of these wipes if bought individually is £6 which in my opinion is pretty expensive and a lot more than I usually pay for a pack of cleansing wipes. Mainly due to the price I'd never tried these wipes before but was glad when I received them in my gift set as I'd get to see if they were worth the money. ==The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes== The wipes come as wipes usually do in a plastic packet with a sticker which keeps the wipes fresh, there's 25 wipes in the pack. These wipes are said to remove make up and impurities, helping to cleanse, tone, moisturize and protect the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed, soft and smooth. The Vitamin E contained in the wipes is used to moisturise and as an antioxidant to protect skin from the environment. The wipes are bio degradable and suitable for all skin types. ==My Experience== These Vitamin E wipes have the lovely, subtle florally scent to them that all the products in the Vitamin E range do. The wipes are very soft and feel good quality; the wipes themselves are nice and thick with just the right amount of wetness to them. When wiping the face with these wipes they have an almost creaminess to them, the moisturising properties are easy to feel. I wouldn't really say that these wipes make my face feel clean as such, mainly because of the creaminess. The wipes feel really gentle; they're really soft on the skin making it feel nourished. I have used these wipes after wearing light and heavy makeup, and on every occasion I've found them to be very effective. The gentleness of the wipes means they're suitable for removing eye make up to, even with my sensitive eyes I've never had any problems and make up has always been easily removed. After using these wipes my face is left feeling lovely and soft as well as having a brighter appearance. ==Overall== I really enjoyed using these wipes; they're gentle and effective making them a pleasure to use. Since using the pack up though I haven't bought them again for the simple fact that they're too expensive. I aren't brand loyal when it comes to face wipes and usually pick up whatever is on offer and I never usually pay more than about £3, usually a lot less. Although these wipes are lovely I just couldn't justify spending £6 on them which is a major disadvantage for me.
==Price and Availability== I bought the Transcend 32GB SDHC Memory Card when I was on holiday a couple of years ago. I'd taken more pictures than I thought I would on my camera and decided to just buy a new memory card instead of deleting some of the pictures. The choice was limited and I'd never heard of Transcend before but the card was reasonably priced so I decided it would do. This memory card currently sells for £13 on Amazon which is a very reasonable price when compared to other similar memory cards. ==Transcend 32GB SDHC Memory Card== This card is only quite small at about 3cm by 2 cm; it's also very lightweight too. The card itself is blue in colour and the sticker bears the Transcend logo, it's a bit more colourful than my other memory cards and can be easily picked out when you're looking for it. The card has built in error correction code, which detects any transfer errors and corrects them to ensure that date isn't lost. There's also recovery software that this memory card allows you to put on your computer for free, the software searches for any files erased from this card and retrieves them which is a handy feature. ==My Experience== In use I find the card to be high quality, there's never any glitches when taking photo's and the card always seems to save images quickly. When shooting video the memory card runs smoothly and I've never had any problems. In use I've found this memory card no different to more expensive cards I've used, it has an up to 17MB/s write speed and I find this plenty quick enough. The read speed on this memory card is up to 20MB/s but I've found that this isn't the case. Even though the card isn't slow at transferring date onto my computer it isn't that quick either and I find it sometimes stalls. It's not a major issue it just means that transferring photographs takes a little longer than it does with my other memory cards. ==Overall== I bought this card on a whim whilst on holiday and for the price I paid I've been really pleased with it. This transcend memory card is very reasonably priced compared to other cards and they do a good job, they're quick when taking photo's even if they are a little slow when transferring the images onto my computer. There are a couple of features on the card which are handy, especially as the card is so cheap. Overall, a good buy.
==Price and Availability== I find it difficult to pass a Lush store without going in and buying myself something; as a result of this I have tried lots of different product from Lush. One set of products I seem to buy on a regular basis are Lush's face masks, I first bought the Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask five or six years ago now and it's something I've gone back to many times. The cost of this mask is £5.95 for a 75g tub, although this is quite a big initial outlay I usually find a tub lasts me 4 or 5 masks so the price doesn't work out much more expensive than buying the usual face masks in sachets. ==Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask== This mask comes in a 75g black tub as all the Lush Fresh Face Masks do, Lush have had a long running promotion that if you take back five clean empty tubs you get a free face mask which makes it a little cheaper. These masks are fresh they need to be kept in the fridge and used within three weeks of buying them. Catastrophe Cosmetic is said to be a calming and moisturising mask with blueberries, calamine and camomile, rose and almond oils to soothe and soften the skin. The mask should be applied to clean skin in a generous layer and left on for 10 to 15 minutes before washing off with warm water. ==My Experience== The mask is very thick which doesn't make it the easiest to apply; I usually find this with Lush's masks though. I find the trick is to remove the mask from the fridge a little while before you want to use it. The mask has a grey/ lilac colour and has a very fruity, sweet scent with a hint of citrus to it which I love. I find the masks dries quite quickly, I usually find 10 minutes is plenty long enough for this mask to me on as it goes really quite hard. I find if it's left too long it starts to flake off a bit and the bits go everywhere so I try to avoid this. As the mask is quite thick it's quite difficult to remove, I use a flannel as I find it makes less mess, it still takes a little time though to remove the entire mask. After using the mask my skin looks and feels really refreshed and cleansed, it's also left feeling really soft. Thankfully I don't suffer with spots that often anymore but when I was younger this mask was a lifesaver for me, it really calms the skin down and helps get rid of spots and stops breakouts. ==Overall== Although I use lots of different Lush face masks Catastrophe Cosmetic is one that I've kept coming back to over the years. It leaves skin feeling lovely and clean and has really helped get rid of spots whenever I've been suffering with them. The smell of the mask is lovely which makes it a pleasure to use, even if it is a little thick and hard to apply straight from the fridge!