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    • iRobot Roomba 770 / Vacuum Cleaner / 43 Readings / 34 Ratings
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      The Irobot Roomba 770 - The Perfect Solution for an Effortlessly Spotless House.

      I have for several years now, owned members from the Irobot Roomba robotic vacuum family and I really do like them. Yes some of the older models had a few faults, however in general they have always been a wonderful time saving device. There is nothing handier then having a robotic vacuum where you can just press a button and off it goes vacuuming up your home. It has been a fantastic time saving device when people have called, saying they are coming to visit and they will be arriving in ten minutes. You know the situation... You have about twenty things to tidy up before they arrive and you would never have time to do the vacuuming as well as wiping down the worktops, mopping the floors, cleaning the toilets and so on. They have also been excellent at keeping the house tidy on a day to day basis because we have a rather large and fluffy dog whom habitually drops hairs all over the house.

      The Irobot Roomba 770, is the latest addition to the Irobot vacuum family, along with its slightly more expensive companion the Roomba 780. There have been many new additions over the years as Irobot are always bringing out new or updated versions. As soon as a saw it, I just had to have it. I had been fancying a new robotic vacuum for a while. Not because there is anything wrong with my old ones as such aside from some design flaws, however I just wanted something new. Its design is much sleeker and more modern looking then my older Roombas which are all the 530 model. There have also been a lot of changes to the technology as well as the design and the Roomba 770 is supposed to be an all-round updated and better vacuum.

      I did a lot of research before purchasing the Irobot Roomba 770, trying to ascertain what the difference was between the 770 model and the 780. I actually believed that the difference in the end was that the 770 did not have the capability to be scheduled whereas the 780 did, because it did not seem to mention anywhere that the 770 had a system for scheduling and the 780 description did. Thinking I could live without scheduling, as my 530's do not have this capability, I went ahead and purchased the Irobot Roomba 770. When it turned up I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it actually can be scheduled. However my mother (who also purchased one at the same time) and I were still a little confused as to what the difference was between the two. Mum got on the internet and actually managed to find something that I didn't find during my research. The only difference between the two new Roombas is that the 770 uses buttons and the 780 uses a touch screen.

      I was extremely glad then upon discovering this, that I didn't fork out the extra money for the 780, because it is quite a bit more expensive than the 770 model. We paid £349.99 for the Roomba 770. It was on offer on amazon. The Roomba 780 was on offer at £429.99 so that is a difference of £80.00 just for a touch screen, which in my opinion really isn't necessary. The Roomba 770 is available from the Irobot website for £449.00. I would really recommend trying to get it cheaper from amazon if you can. For your money, you get the Irobot Roomba 770 robotic vacuum itself complete with brushes, filters and a battery pack. You also receive a docking system, one lighthouse, a couple of tools to help clean the brushes, a couple of extra filters, a remote control and all the information and instructions. I wouldn't have paid £449.00 for it as I think that is pushing it a bit for a vacuum cleaner but I was perfectly happy with the £349.99. I feel at this price that the Roomba 770 was very good value for money.

      The Irobot Roomba 770 is so easy to set up and use. When you receive it and have released it from its many confines, you plug in its dock and set the Roomba on it to start charging. You have to set up the time and the day, obviously for the scheduling purposes. Then if you wish, you can set which time you would like the Roomba to vacuum every day. I can assure you this is a very easy process. It just takes a few clicks of some buttons. It is all very straight forward and explained extremely well in the manual. Once you have completed this, it is ready to go. The Roomba starts vacuuming at the allotted time, using its technology and sensors to clean your entire home without missing any patches out. It then heads back to its dock of its own accord to recharge. All you need to do is to empty the dust bin when it is finished and if necessary, remove any hairs that might have wrapped around the brush which takes about two minutes. My Roomba spends about forty minutes to an hour cleaning our downstairs before it goes back to its docking station. My mother's Roomba was going for an hour and twenty minutes the other day because her house is much bigger. It is not too noisy when it is going. It just tends to fade into background noise. It may annoy impatient husbands however, who kick at it If bumps into their feet. If you want to set the Roomba going outside of its schedule, it is very easy. There is a big button saying 'clean' on the top and all you need to do is press it. It will go away and vacuum and again return to its dock when it is done. If you want to dock it early before its cycle is finished you can do this also. Just tap the 'dock' button and off it goes. There is also a spot cleaning button so that if you spill something, you can just pop the Roomba 770 on that spot, hit the 'spot' button and it will clean the area you wish it to. Something that is very clever about the new Irobot Roomba 770 is that if an area of your carpet is particularly dirty, the Roomba will sense it and start brushing back and forth over the area, with the brushes actually rotating back and forth until the area is clean. Another clever bit of technology is that the Roomba recognises both objects and edges. It has a cushioned bumper to ensure it doesn't bump into anything too hard but before this, it actually slows down when it recognises there is an object in the way. The Roomba 770 will not fall off an edge either as it recognises these. Therefore it is perfectly safe to use your expensive bit of equipment upstairs without it throwing itself down your staircase.

      The Irobot Roomba 770 is circular in design but with a brush on the side which spins around to make sure it cleans into all the corners. There are two brushes underneath the vacuum which have been slightly redesigned in this model, which pick up dust, dirt and hairs with ease. The way in which the brushes have been redesigned are the caps on the end of the brushes. They are removable caps to help with the cleaning of the brushes. On the Roomba 530, these caps were not very well designed. Hair, both dog and human gets up and under the caps, wrapping around the metal pins. I think this is partly to do with our dog having such long, fluffy fur. If you are not careful to remove the hairs, they cause friction and get very hot whilst the robot is running and can end up melting the plastic. There is a similar problem the other end of the brushes with hair, whereby if you are not careful to remove it, it can actually stop the brushes from rotating. This actually caused the motor on one of our older Roombas to burn out. It is always fine if you remember to clean the hairs out of the brushes before you turn the Roomba 530 on, but if you forget, it can cause problems. This is a bit of a design flaw with that model. Anyway this has now been fixed as the caps on the Roomba 770 are bigger and actually cover the whole ends of the brushes in a way in which the hairs cannot get under them. Problem solved.

      The bin on the Irobot Roomba 770 is also a bit bigger than the older models and it doesn't have the silly "teeth" along the edge of the bin which would catch all the hairs and cause them to get stuck when you were trying to empty the dust bin out. Due to the new dust bin being bigger, I think most people could actually get away with not having to empty it out every time the Roomba 770 has finished its vacuuming cycle. The filtering system has been redesigned. There is no separate compartment anymore that the finer particles are filtered in to; it all now goes into one compartment. There are of course still filters like any normal vacuum. There are now two small hepa filters instead of one big compartment. When Roomba's dust bin is full a red light comes on to let you know it needs emptying.

      The Roomba 770 comes with 1 lighthouse, which is smaller and much better designed then before. The lighthouse for those of you wondering is a little black box, which shoots out an infrared beam, which the Roomba recognises and will not go past. It is basically an invisible barrier. So if there is anywhere in the house you don't want your Roomba to go, you just aim the lighthouse so the beam is blocking off that area, and Roomba will not cross it. To be honest I have never used my lighthouses with any of my Roombas, but I am sure it would be very useful to some people. The Roomba 770 also comes with a remote control. We tried it out the other day, and it has to be said that it was a lot of fun antagonising the poor dog by making Roomba follow him around the front room! (I think it would be perfect for antagonising husbands too) The remote control is very useful. You can use it to set the Roomba going, or if you wish to drive it around and direct it yourself. It has a spot clean button on it and a docking button, so you can direct the Roomba to an area to spot clean it or return it to its dock whenever you want it to. Both the lighthouse and the remote need batteries and these don't come with the Roomba so you will need to buy these.

      The Irobot Roomba 770 is highly aesthetically pleasing. It is made from a black shiny plastic, (which may annoy me in future because of finger prints) with a matt rubbery plastic around the sides. This is good because this too helps protect objects in your house when the Roomba touches them. There is a handle on the top made from the same material to allow for ease of picking up and carrying the Roomba. All the buttons look really smart and their uses are clearly displayed. The spot, clock and schedule buttons are displayed in a blue light when the Roomba is on its dock and the dock sign is displayed in blue when the Roomba is away from its dock. The clean button is yellow when it is fully charged, progressively moving to red as the battery runs down. The Roomba 770 is slightly larger than my older Roombas. It measures just over 13'/34cm across its diameter and is just over 3'/8cm tall. This means that it is low enough to get under most furniture apart from maybe your sofa. It weighs approximately 3.8kg. Roomba also talks to you to tell you all sorts of things regarding its status such as telling you its brushes or sensors need cleaning. (and yes for the record, I actually do find myself talking back. It's just like a little pet really! A pet which cleans things instead of making them dirty)

      I have only had my new Irobot Roomba 770 for just over a week and I already adore it. I think it is a really fantastic vacuum. It vacuums up everything so well, it has really good suction. It works perfectly on both carpet and hard floors. I have it set to come on at 9:00am every day and it is keeping my house spotlessly clean. Having actually had the opportunity to try the scheduling capabilities on my new Roomba I have to say I wouldn't buy a version without them now as it makes like so much easier. I do have to empty the bin every day because of the dog but I do not need to clean the brushes every day due to the new caps. The design and technology is far superior to the older models I own, and whilst I still hold the others in high regard and have given them an 8/10 in the past, this one is so much more reliable and more powerful than the older ones. I really feel that it is worth investing in one of these little vacuums as they are great quality and well worth the money. Obviously they cannot replace a normal vacuum completely as you need to get that out every now and again to clean the stairs and do the dusting, (although you might be able to if you live in a bungalow) but as a way of keeping your house effortlessly spotless from day to day, I think the Roomba 770 is fantastic.

      I rate the Irobot Roomba 770 robotic Vacuum as a 10/10. I am extremely happy with it and I think it is really great quality. I would recommend it to anyone.

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        22.02.2012 16:31
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        Vax Bare Floor Pro S2ST Electric Steam Mop - Keep Your Floors Squeaky Clean!

        The Vax Bare Floor Pro Electric Steam Mop is the newest addition to my little army of household cleaning gadgets. Only this is so much more then just a gadget, it is actually a really fantastic product. I have had my Bare Floor Pro Mop for a week now, and I have literally used it every day, sometimes twice a day because its brand new and I just love using it, even when the floor doesn't really need mopping (terribly sad I know, especially when us women are supposedly renound for getting stroppy when being bought household items for Christmas and Birthday presents).

        I have rather a large fluffy, messy doggy, who insists on charging around the garden in the winter on a wet and muddy day (our garden has the habit of turning into a bog because we have pet ducks who love nothing more then making things muddy). He also likes to run, jump and then skid along the entire length of the lawn or play around with the ducks in their muddy puddles, just to make sure he has fully covered his paws and tummy in mud. Then he comes into the house and, although he is a good boy and stays in the kitchen when he is told to, deposits said mud all over my kitchen floor and up the kitchen units. So as you can imagine I have quite a large a mess to deal with and I needed something heavy duty to give everything a really good going over and make sure it was properly clean.

        I saw the Vax Bare Floor Pro advertised on the TV on a special deal. £99.00 for the steam mop including postage, extra replacement pads and an extra bottle of cleaning detergent. I thought this was a pretty good deal, considering I saw it on amazon for £89.99 without the extra bits and pieces, so I went ahead and bought it. All together you get the mop itself, two deep cleaning pads, two microfibre pads, three bottles of detergent, a carpet glider, a stand, a measuring jug and the instructions. The pads are very good quality in my opinion and will last a long time before you need to replace them. I'm afraid I cannot yet tell you the price of the replacement pads and the detergent as they do not appear to be for sale anywhere at the moment, I assume because the product has only just come out. The mop also comes with a two year guarentee, which I think is fantastic in this day and age.

        The steam mop itself is a really good size, and not too heavy. It is just the right height. It has a really nice long length of cable attatched to it which reaches all around my rooms with ease. I have measured the cable and it is coming out at 26ft there or abouts which I believe is approx 8 metres. You can wrap the cable around two handles when the mop is not in use and you can hook the cable over the top handle when you are using the mop so that it doesn't get in the way. The mop head itself is triangular shaped to allow you to get right into the corners. There are two chambers on the mop. One at the front for fresh water and one at the back for the detergent which you mix with water. You mix 50ml of detergent with the water and the bottles of detergent are 500ml so each bottle refills the mop with detergent 10 times. Each filled detergent chamber and water chamber allows me to steam my kitchen, bathroom and hallway floors twice.

        You can steam all sorts of hard flooring with the Vax Bare Floor Pro. It is supposed to be fine to use on lino, tiles, laminate flooring and basically any sealed hard flooring. My kitchen and bathroom floor are lino and my hallway floor is brick and it has been fine to use the mop on that too. I also steam off the tiles on the hearth and this is fine. The steam mop can also be used to refresh the carpet. You just use the carpet glider over the top of one of the microfibre pads and then glide the mop over the carpet. It didn't make my carpet too damp, it dried very quickly and it lifted a couple of stained patches that had been in the carpet for a little while. I have actually been steaming my walls and bathroom tiles etc with the mop as well which I am sure you are not really supposed to do, but it has been doing a very good job on these too. The mop doesn't appear to leak doing this although the steam cuts out if you lift it above a certain height. Probably best not to lift it overhead anyway as I'm sure that is dangerous.

        The mop is extremely easy to use. You just fill the chambers using the measuring jug, apply the appropriate pad to the bottom of the mop and switch the mop on. It says to wait a minute for the green light to come on indicating that the the steam is ready to go, although mine is ready within 30 seconds. You can adjust the amount of steam you want to use with a dial on the front of the machine. Then away you go. The steam cuts through mud, grease and grime to leave you with lovely clean floors. The detergent helps as well and leaves your house with a gorgeous, lemony fresh scent. The microfibre pads are highly absorbant so you don't end up wiping mud around everywhere if there is a lot to clean up and if you need a deeper clean you can use the deep cleaning pads which are a lot thicker and more "wooly". The steam kills 99.9% of all bacteria which is always nice to know. You can also use the mop without the detergent if you wish to. If you need to stop steaming for a moment to go and answer the door or the phone, you can just pop the steam mop on the provided tray/stand whilst you go and do what you need to do.

        The Vax Bare Floor Pro is far superior to using a conventional mop. It is a lot cleaner for a start and much more hygenic. Once you have used the pads you just pop them into the washing machine so you are always using something clean and sterilized on your floor and the steam kills anything nasty. Also you don't need to keep going back to a bucket of dirty water to wash it out as you would do with a normal mop because as I said the pads are super absorbant so they suck in all the dirt. It should be mentioned that the Vax Bare Floor Pro does not work like a carpet cleaner which distributes clean water and detergent and sucks up the dirty water back into the machine. It just distributes the clean water and detergent as steam and then the pads mop up dirty water. I can assure you the pads are more then adequate to get the floor squeaky clean. I should know with the mess I have to contend with some days!

        I think the Vax Bare Floor Pro is an absolutely fantastic product. I have literally been at my wits end this winter with trying to keep on top of the mud and dirt in the kitchen, a conventional mop was just not cutting it for me. The Bare Floor Pro is perfect. It does the job better then anything else I have ever used to clean the floor. The fact that you can refresh your carpet with it as well is an added bonus. The carpet smells lovely and lemony and the stains I have been trying to remove for quite some time have now gone.

        I thoroughly recommend the Vax Bare Floor Pro S2ST Electric Steam Mop, I think it is well worth the money. Overall I would like to give it a 10/10 because it really does an excellent job of keeping my house squeaky clean.

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          Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed Deep Pore Detox Mask - My Favourite Ever Face Mask.

          The Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed Deep Pore Detox Mask, is my favourite face mask ever. I have tried loads of different face masks over the years. Some have been excellent, some have been rubbish, but for me this is the best. I have never before come across a face mask that has left my skin in such gorgeous condition after using it. Your face feels so amazingly refreshed afterwards as well.

          The Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed Deep Pore Detox Mask is a lovely, deep cleaning and conditioning mask that heats up when it comes into contact with water. It contains exfoliating grains and lots of wonderful ingredients such as salicylic adid, grapeseed oil, jojoba, menthol, eucalyptus, orange, palmarosa, rosemary and geranium. It smells absolutely fabulous and does wonders for my skin.

          You just pop a grapesized amount of the mask all over your face and then wet your hands and massage it in. Make sure you give the tube a good shake before you use it because the mask contains little blue beads and you are supposed to massage it over your face until these have popped and the mask has turned blue. Also ake sure you really massage it in well because if any of the little blue beads don't pop and spread out over your skin, you can occasionally end up with a little blue dot left on your skin after you wash the mask off. You are supposed to leave the mask on your skin for 5 minutes, however I like to leave it on for 15. Then you just wash it away giving your skin a nice scrub in the process and you are left with lovely refreshed skin.

          Something that is definately worth mentioning is that the mask can get VERY hot when it first heats up if you sweep you hands over it too fast when they are wet, so be careful to do it nice and slowly and methodically. The heated sensation lasts for about 1 minute before it wears off, just long enough for your pores to open up so the mask can do its work.

          The Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed Deep Pore Detox Mask comes in a 100ml tube and costs £11.00. More often then not Soap and Glory is on three for two in boots so you can get it for cheaper. If you use the mask once a week a tube will easily last you 5-6 months depending on how much you slather on. The tube the mask comes in is a very good design. A bit like a toothpaste tube, so as you use it, you can roll down the end so it is easier to remove the mask from the tube. It has a screw top lid and is very attractive to look at with it's silver and pink design. The mask does also come with a little sponge to help remove it, however I never use this.

          I love this mask, it leaves your skin in such lovely condition. It cleans deep down into your pores to get rid of all the dirt and oil. It also exfoliates your skin really well and leaves it lovely and soft. The exfoliating grains are nice and small so they do not scratch your skin at all. You would not believe how refreshed your skin feels after you have used the mask as well. Using it is a real pick-me-up. It balances my skin out and leaves it oil free and really gets the circulation in my face going, giving me a lovely glow. It also works wonders on drying up blemishes.

          Overall I give the Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed Deep Pore Detox Mask a 10/10. It is a fabulous product, a great price and my favourite ever face mask of all time!

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          Soap and Glory the Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser - A Little Bit of Luxury

          I absolutely adore the Soap and Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser. I think it is a really luxurious and fantastic skin care product. I always wanted a hot cloth cleaner that would work for me. I have tried Liz Earle's version several times over the years because of the fantastic reviews it always receives but to be honest, I do not think it is anything special. I was beginning to think that hot cloth cleaners were not for me full stop, then I tried the Soap and Glory version and it has completely changed my mind about hot cloth cleansers.

          The Soap and Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser is a fabulous cleanser which is supposed to be an all in one product which can cleanse, smoothe and polish your skin. As its name would suggest, it is aimed at cleaning deep down into your pores to remove all the dirt and oil from them. You get 100ml of the product for £10.00 so it is not that much cheaper then the Liz Earle version at full price, however more often then not it is on three for two so you can buy it for much cheaper. It comes with its own muslin cloth, which is of a very nice quality and a good little addition because it means you don't have to go to the effort of buying cloths seperately.

          The tube that the cleanser comes in is very cute, well made and fit for its purpose. It is silver and pink. It has a screw top lid, and the tube itself is made of a foil type material, like a toothpaste tube, so you can fold the end down as you go to make it easier to get the product out of the tube. It is very easy to dispense the right amount out of the tube for you to use on your skin.

          The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser contains a multitude of essential oils including, orange, lavender, clary sage and rose geranium, which are all fabulous for the skin. It also means that the cleanser smells fantastic when you apply it to your skin. Due to the essential oils, you have to be very careful you do not get the product in your eyes when you are removing your eye makeup. It also means that this might not be suited to people who have very sensitive skin. The cleanser also contains lots of lovely moisturising and conditioning ingredients including, sweet almond, cocoa butter and coconut, conditioning panthenol and vitamins.

          It is really easy to use. You just wet your face and then massage the desired amount over your skin. Then you are supposed to leave the cleanser to sit on your skin for 1 minute before giving any problem areas a good massage with the product to really get all the oil and dirt out of those pores. You then remove it using the muslin cloth and warm water. The cleanser is really creamy and feels lovely and luxurious on the skin.

          I actually use the Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleaner quite often as a mask, especially if I am giving myself a facial. I like to get out my facial steamer, steam my face for 15 minutes then apply this product. I give my face a really good massage with it and then leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Then I use the muslin cloth to remove it. I steam my face for another 15 minutes and then tone and moisturise. I feel like this is a really nice treat for my skin and leaves in fantastic condition. Nice and glowly and healthy looking.

          I really love this product. I really feel like it cleans deep down into my pores and my skin always looks lovely and healthy after I have used it. It helps keep my face less oily after I have used it, probably because of all the essential oils. My skin just feels lovely and balanced, clean, soft and moisturised. I definately think this cleanser is worth trying out if you are in the market for a good hot cloth cleaner. It really is fantastic quality and I feel like it does a lot more for my oily, blemish prone skin then the Liz Earle ever did.

          Overall I give the Soap and Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleaner 10/10. I have nothing bad to say about it. I think it is good value and it does exactly what you would expect out of a hot cloth cleaner. The only think I would say is be careful with it if you have very sensitive skin.

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        • Rio Sonicleanse / Skin Care / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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          The Rio Sonicleanse - The New Way Forward for Skin Care?

          As of late, the newest craze in facial skin care appears to be the sonic cleanser. I mean, after all, why not? A large proportion of us use sonic toothbrushes these days to make sure our teeth are squeaky clean, nobody thinks that is odd. Why not use a sonic cleanser then to achieve squeaky clean skin?

          The supposed benefits of sonic facial cleansers are many. The sonic pulsing action is supposed to penetrate deep into our skin to break down dirt and grime and leave our skin cleaner than it has ever been before. They claim to exfoliate, help get rid of blemishes and blackheads, improve our circulation and allow us to get better use out of our skin care products which are supposed to be able to sink into our skin much more efficiently.

          There are quite a few sonic skin cleansers on the market these days in a variety of different price ranges, anywhere from £50.00 to £150.00. Not wanting to pay £150.00 for a high end sonic skin cleanser I instead bought the Rio Sonic Cleanse. I did a lot of research before purchasing the Rio Sonicleanse because I wanted a cleanser that was supposedly identical to the higher end cleanser. This is the closest I could find. The descriptions for both products are pretty like for like

          The Rio Sonicleanse sells for £49.99 on several different websites. I haven't seen it any cheaper as of yet. I bought mine from Tesco Direct as I had quite a few Clubcard vouchers to spend. After I spent £30.00 worth of Clubcard vouchers on it, I eventually only paid £24.95 cash for it including the postage. For your £50.00 you get the unit, a charger, two brush heads and an instruction manual.

          The Rio Sonicleanse pulses 10'000 times a minute to help loosen dirt and oil and clean deep down into your pores. It's effectively the same technology as a sonic toothbrush. It uses a pulsing brush to cleanse your skin. The sonic pulsing of the brush supposedly breaks down the dirt etc. which wouldn't have been broken down by just washing your face normally. There are two settings on the cleanser. A high setting, and a lower setting which pulses with a slightly less strong frequency.

          The Rio Sonicleanse has a timer. It pulsates for 1 minute, beeping every 20 seconds to let you know to move onto another part of your face. When it has finished its cycle it turns itself off. It is rechargeable and comes with a charging stand. You just pop your cleanser back on the stand after you have used it to make sure it is charged for the next time. The cleanser is water resistant but not water proof so you do not want to completely submerge the entire unit in water.

          When you first receive your Sonicleanse you need to charge it for 24 hours before you use it. After this, it is ready to use and very easy to use it is as well! You just take some of your usual cleansing lotion or face wash and either smooth it over your face or actually apply it to the brush head. You then turn the cleanser on and begin to move it over your face in circular motions, paying particular attention to any areas which you feel are more of a problem. Areas which are congested with dirt for example. You concentrate on one section of your face at a time and change every time the unit beeps that 20 seconds have past until the cycle is finished. It is worth mentioning that if your usual cleanser has exfoliating grains in it, it is perhaps not wise to use it with the Sonicleanse as I feel this would scratch your skin.

          I have to say after giving the Rio Sonicleanse a really good run that I think it is a fantastic product. Obviously I cannot compare its performance to the higher ended cleanser, but for the price that I have paid and the description that the product has given, it is pretty spot on. It really does it's job well. The Sonicleanse leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean and exfoliated. I also think it has improved the texture and tone of my skin and there is definitely a lot less dirt and oil left in my skin. I don't know if it is improving the efficiency of the skincare products I use. I don't know how you would really be able to tell this, but I do feel like my moisturisers sink in quicker after using the Sonicleanse.

          I think you use more of your cleanser/face wash then you usually would do when just washing your face normally. I cannot use it twice a day like you are supposed to either as I find it a bit too much for my skin. This could be a case of the brushes being a little bit too hard for my skin. They could do with bringing out some softer brushes for people with sensitive skin or for those who find the original brushes a bit too much.

          Overall I think the Rio Sonicleanse is a really good product. I wasn't sure if it was going to be just another gadget that would be used a few times and then stuffed at the back of a cupboard somewhere. This definitely is not the case. I have been using it every day since I received it and I love it. I think it has really improved my skin. I wouldn't say it is a miracle product and its results are going to depend on the condition of your skin in the first place, but if you are thinking of getting a sonic cleanser, I would highly suggest trying this one before going out and spending £150.00 on a more expensive product. The only think I would like to see with the Sonicleanse is a choice of different brushes as I feel a softer brush would be more suitable for some people. Therefore I give the Rio Sonicleanse an 8/10.

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          Soap and Glory Flake Away - Scrub Your Way to Perfect Skin!

          Soap and Glory have fast become one of my favourite brands for beauty care. With their gorgeous retro packaging, all pink and girly with its humourous little quotes they are right up my street. Their products are just fantastic as well. I don't think I have ever had a bad experience with anything from their range of beauty products.

          If you asked me what my favourite bathing product of all time is, I would have to answer that it is Soap and Glory's Flake Away! As of this current moment I have four tubs, (yes four!) of this wonderful product sat in my bathroom. I have gotten through countless other tubs of Flake Away since I first discovered it. That is how much I love it!

          Flake away is a tub of the most glorious and luxurious body scrub. Its main ingredients include shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar. It comes in a 300ml tub. The tub is in the usual Soap and Glory style. Lovely, pink, retro and girly, with the quote "It might be fine if her friends are flakey but a Lady's legs should never be!"

          An individual tub of Flake Away costs £6.64 at the moment from Boots, however Soap and Glory are almost always on three for two offer in Boots so you are more then likely to pick it up alot cheaper. I always buy it when it is on offer and stock up with loads of this lovely stuff! One of the tubs lasts for quite a long time as well. They certainly give you a generous amount of the product for the price. I find this alot with Soap and Glory in general.

          As body scrubs go, Flake Away is quite a heavy duty scrub. What I mean by this is that the grains in it are rather large, obviously due to the fact that it contains sugar, so it does give you rather a vigorous scrub. I really like this, I feel like it is really getting my circulation going and buffing away all the nasties from my skin until it is smooth perfection.

          What is particularly great about Flake Away is that it is a two in one product. It is higly moisturising. It is basically body butter with exfoliating properties. When you use it, you can feel the buttery texture of it. So if like me, you are a person who cannot be bothered to moisturise everytime you get out of the shower, this product is definately for you. You would not believe how soft and moisturised it leaves your skin feeling.

          You just scoop up a handful and scrub it all over your body until most of the grains of sugar feel like they have disolved somewhat. Then give yourself a really good rinse (as the grains do tend to stick in certain places!) and by the time you have rinsed all grains away and patted yourself dry you will be wonderfully smooth and moisturised.

          I have found that Flake Away is an absolutely fabulous product to use before you fake tan. It leaves your skin in the perfect condition for applying the tan afterwards. You end up streak free, with no horrible build up in the usual areas like your knees or ankles.

          The final reason why I just keep coming back to Flake Away again and again is the smell. As with all of Soap and Glory's products, it smells absolutely divine. It is quite difficult to describe. Obviously it has the undertones of peach in there, but it is so much more then this. It smells absolutely gorgeous!

          Overall I give Soap and Glory's Flake Away a 10/10. I highly recommend it. It is the most fantastic body scrub I have ever tried. It leaves your skin in absolutely flawless condition and smelling heavenly. It is a lovely time saving two in one product and is a really great price!

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          The Philips Wake-up Light - A Perfect Way to Start the Day!

          During the winter months with their short dark days, I had been finding it a little difficult as of recent years to remain fully awake at all times during the day. I started to find myself feeling very tired in the mornings alongside feeling like I needed to hybernate for about a two hour period of time when I got in from work every night. The near constant dark in my home was also beginning to wear on me and start to make me feel a bit down. I just had no energy when I got in. I had been complaining about this to my husband for a while so for Christmas he bought me a wonderful present. The Philips Wake-Up Light. I have loved it ever since!

          The Philips Wake-up Light is a light alarm clock to help wake you up in a more natural way in the morning. You can set the time you want to be awake for and then gradually over 30 minutes up until the set time, the light starts to come on, growing in intensity until it wakes you up. You can set the intensity you wish the light to go to, with the highest setting being 20. I have my light set on 20 and I find myself starting to wake up usually when it gets to around 17 on the intensity.

          As a fail safe, incase you are worried that the light might not wake you up alone, there are also varying alarm sounds like bell chimes, jungle noises, alarm sounds and birds tweeting. I have mine set on the birds tweeting and on the occasional day where the light does fail to wake me up alone, the birds work. If you are a person who doesn't wake up with natural light in the summer, as I know that it doesn't work for everyone, I would suggest that perhaps this product wouldn't be the right one for you.

          There is also a digital FM Radio in the Wake-Up Light alarm clock which you can just turn on and off when you fancy or you can set that as your wake up alarm sound as well if that is the kind of thing you like.

          You can use the Wake-Up Light as a normal bedroom lamp. I have actually completely replaced the lamp on my bedside table with this and it is perfect for reading with. You can change the intensity of the light to suit your needs. One thing that is worth mentioning is that if you change the intensity of the light whilst you are using it as a lamp, it changes the intensity that it will reach to wake you up in the morning so always set it back to the right intensity before you go to sleep. You can also set the light to turn off after a certain amount of minutes in incriments of 15 after you have turned it on. It gradually dims over this time until eventually turning off. I find this particularly nice to fall asleep to. I usually set it for 30 mins and I am usually asleep before the light goes out.

          The Philips Wake-Up Light is extremely easy to use to the point that I barely had to flip through the instructions the first time I used it. The top dial adjusts the light intensity, the middle dial adjusts the settings like the alarm noise and the bottom dial is for the radio. These are all very easy to use. You turn the alarm on and off and can set it to snooze etc with the switch at the bottom. To change the time you want the alarm to come on, you just flip the switch so the alarm is on and then use the middle "settings" dial to adjust the time.

          The Wake-Up Light itself is very attractive. It is basically just a light globe, with the dials on one side. The clock display with the time is clearly displayed at the bottom so you can use it as an ordinary clock as well. You can change the intensity of the clock display so it doesn't disturb your sleep by being too bright. It is really well made and solid feeling. Looks and feels like a really good quality product. The Wake-Up Light is not so huge that it takes up all the space on your bedside table. It is actually a really nice size. It takes up about as much space as an A5 piece of paper would. It just looks very attractive and modern in general.

          The Philips Wake-Up Light really has worked very well for me. It is so lovely waking up in a more natural way in the winter. It has made me feel much more awake in the morning and it isnt such a shock to the system as waking up to a horrible loud alarm is. In the summer I always wake up naturally as the sun rises so this made perfect sense to me. It's obvious I would not have had a problem waking up using this product. I am also feeling much better in the evenings as well now. I am not nearly as tired as I was before and my energy levels and general sense of well being are much better. I will continue to use this product throughout the lighter months as the sound alarm is a useful backup if I'm having one of those days where I forget to wake up. Plus it makes an excellent bedside lamp.

          The Wake-Up Light costs anywhere from about £100-£130, depending on if it is on offer at the time and where you buy it from. I think it is well work the money. At full price, £130.00 is not alot of money to pay for something that is such excellent quality and that does so much for you, especially for people suffering from SAD and struggling to get up in the winter months.

          Overall I give the Philips Wake-Up Light a 10/10. I cannot really think of anything negative to say about it, I think it is a fantastic product. It has really changed the way I wake up and feel throughout the winter months. I think it is worth paying out the money for something which works as excellently as this does for.

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            Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Wipes - Really Handy Product.

            I have been giving the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel range a second try. I tried them out about 10 years ago and didn't get on with them but I have since changed my mind.

            When I was younger I had extremely spot prone skin. It was very difficult to manage and the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel range just wasn't man enough to work. I would never of even dreamed of using wipes back in those days either as it wouldn't have been good enough to keep my skin under control.

            Now, at the age of 26 my skin has finally calmed down. It is still very oily and I do tend to get areas that get congested with dirt around my nose and a few blemishes, but to be honest it is in quite good condition these days. If i do get spots they are hormonal and I don't get them all the time.

            Now I have re-tried the Boots Tea Tree Range, I am really loving it. I think it is a really good skin care range for people who have oily skin and blemishes, but perhaps nothing too serious.

            One of the products that I have been re-purchasing again and again since I have been using the range is the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Wipes. I think these are absolutely fantastic.

            They come in a handy resealable pack, which is great as they last ages without drying out. They packaging is very aethetically pleasing and has all the information on it that you would ever need. You get 25 wipes per pack and they cost £3.39, although they are almost always on three for two offer along with the rest of the range. I use two to three wipes a day, one in the morning and one or two in the evening to remove my makeup so one pack would in general lasts me somewhere between 1-2 weeks (although in actual fact they are open for longer because I have several packs going at any one time).

            It says on the packet that they deeply cleanse and refresh and help keep skin clear and healthy.

            They certainly do remove makeup and eye makeup very well, although they will not remove waterproof mascara. I wouldn't say they exactly deep clean though. I do not see how wipes could possibly deep clean your skin I would not expect them to. If I want to deep clean, I use my sonic cleanser and my facial steamer in the evening so I do not really require these to deep clean. I also use these in conjuncion with the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Cleansing and Toning Lotion, which I think actually does give quite a deep clean so for me, these work fine. I only really want them to remove all my makeup at night and to clean my face in the morning and that is exactly what they do. I do not wear makeup every day anyway and you don't need a really deep clean when you haven't worn makeup. They smell quite nice and refreshing and they leave your skin feeling soft and clean, with no sticky feeling that some wipes can leave.

            They are so easy to use. You just take one out of the packet and wipe it over your face. They are so handy to have with you. I carry one pack in my handbag, have one in the bathroom and one by my bed. They are great for emergencies when you need to clean your face whilst you are out. Sometimes if I am feeling lazy and cannot be bothered to use my sonic cleanser or my facial steamer at night, I will just hop into bed and use these wipes along with the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Cleansing and Toning Lotion and they do the job just perfectly with no detrimental effect.

            Overall I would give the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Wipes a 9/10. I cannot really think of anything bad to say about them apart from the fact that I would never say that wipes can deeply cleanse your skin, like the wording on the packaging would suggest and also that they do not remove waterproof mascara. They remove makeup really easily and leave your skin feeling fresh, clean and comfortable. They are a great price and really handy to have in your handbag.

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            Soap and Glory Hand Food - Wonder Product!

            The first thing I have to say, its that I absolutely adore this product. It is amazing. I hold Soap and Glory products in general in very high regard and Hand Food is no different.

            Soap and Glory Hand Food is a gorgeous, luxurious hand cream. It is infact the best hand cream I have ever used. I have to admit I haven't used hand creams in the past as much as I am using one at the moment, but I have tried several different ones as of late and Hand Food is definately the best.

            Lately for some reason, my hands have been feeling very dry. Dry to the point that over the backs of my hands and my knuckles in particular have been getting a bit red and irritated. After trying several different creams, which were not really doing much to help, much to my delight, I received Hand Food as a birthday present in a set from my best friend (who knows I love Soap and Glory). It was perfect timing on her part really.

            Soap and Glory's Hand Food, as with all the rest of the Soap and Glory products comes in beautiful pink retro girly packaging. It has absolutely loads of information on the packaging alongside their usualy funny little quotes. You get 125ml for £4.85 which I think is a generous amount for a good price for something that works as well as this hand cream does! The tube has a flip top lid and it is really easy to dispense the desired amount.

            The product states that it is a non-greasy, hydrating hand cream with shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow. Shea butter and macadamia oil are well known for their moisturising properties and marshmallow is a fantastic plant. It is really great for calming and soothing irritated skin.

            Hand Food is extremely hydrating and just as they state, it is not greasy at all. I put it on just before I started typing this review up and it has sunk in already and does not feel greasy or slippery. It makes your hands feel super soft. Mine feel wonderful right now. The dryness has gone and it has really soothed the redness. What is even better is that it lasts all day. You only need to put it on once during the day and then before you go to bed and you are set.

            At the moment with my hands being as dry as they are, I notice a difference when I forget to put it on. However at the same time, I think it is progressivly making my hands less dry in general as I carry on using it.

            Soap and Glory's Hand Food also smells absolutely gorgeous! I love it. Especially when you put it on just before you go to bed. The smell is so lovely and soothing that it actually helps me to fall asleep at night.

            Overall I have to give Soap and Glory's Hand Food a 10/10. I think it is a really fantastic hand cream. It is super moisturising, it lasts all day, its soothing, sinks in quickly and smells great. The price is very reasonable as well. Its gorgeous! :)

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              Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Cleansing and Toning Lotion. Really great product!

              I originally tried the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel range a good 10 years ago and back then, I have to say that it did nothing for my skin. However now I am older and my skin has calmed down I thought I would give the products another go.

              I have very oily skin, which can get quite congested if I am not careful and I do sometimes get blemishes. When I was younger I had extremely spot prone skin which lasted for years. It really has only just stopped being like this in the last couple of years and I am 26. Now, any spots I do get tend to be hormonal and I don't get them anywhere near as often or as bad as I did before.

              Therefore, this review is taking into account that my skin is really quite good these days. The only problems I really get on a regular basis are a bit of congestion and a few light blemishes here or there.

              The Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Cleansing and Toning Lotion is really a fantastic product. It comes in a clear cylindrical bottle and the liquid itself is an opaque green colour. The bottle has a flip top lid and it is really easy to get the right amount out of it. All the information and directions are clearly stated on the bottle. You get 150ml which lasts for ages. It costs £3.59 but as with all the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel range, more often then not it is on three for two offer.

              On the bottle it states that it deeply cleanses and refreshes & helps keep skin clear and healthy. I really think it lives up to these claims.

              I use this cleanser and toner in the morning and the evening. In the morning I use it after I have used my Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Wipes and in the Evening I use it after I have used my Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel wipes and my sonic cleanser. You just squeeze a little of the lotion onto a cotton wool pad, and sweep it over your face. I do this two to three times. I follow this with my moisturisers.

              As this is a cleanser and a toner all in one, for ease you can actually use it on its own. It will remove foundation/blusher/concealer etc and leave your skin totally clean. However most of the time I wear eye makeup and you cannot use this to remove eye makeup which is why I use the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Wipes first as these do remove eye makeup.

              The Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Cleansing and Toning Lotion leaves your skin feeling really refreshed. It doesn't irritate or dry my skin out and it leaves it feeling and looking really clean. It tones your pores very well and its great for drying up little blemishes. It will work on getting rid of these over night (I just use the cleansing and toning lotion and then avoid moisturising over the blemishes).

              I keep one bottle in my bathroom, one in my handbag and one by my bed. I do the same with the wipes. On a lazy day, I wont bother to use my sonic cleaner at all. I will just hop into bed and then take my makeup off and then use this lotion, with no ill effects on my skin.

              I do feel with this product that it is important to moisturise afterwards because I think there is the posibility that it would dry your skin if you didn't.

              Overall I give the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Cleansing and Toning Lotion a 10/10. I think it is a fantastic product. I really love it. I love its easyiness of use as it is a two in one product. It really does what it is supposed to do and its super cheap, especially if you take advantage of the three for two (Which I do, I always buy three at a time). No it doesn't remove eye makeup, but then who really expects a toner to remove eye makeup!

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              Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Pore Strips - Avoid wasting money and buy Biore Ultra strips instead.

              Over the years, I have tried all sorts of different pore strips from all different price ranges and all different companies.

              I have quite oily skin and therefore the skin around my nose can get quite congested. What I look for in a pore strip is that it is really good at removing all the rubbish that builds up around this area, especially right down in the creases on each side of your nose.

              The Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Pore Strips come in quite an attractive green box with all the information and directions clearly stated on it. You get 6 in a box which is about the usual amount for pore strips. They cost £4.99 a pack but to be honest they are almost always on three for two along with the rest of the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel range.

              On the box it states that the strips are supposed to deep clean and tighten pores, as well as instantly removing dirt, oil and blackheads. They obviously contain Tea Tree and Witch Hazel. Tea Tree Oil is famous for its antibacterial properties and Witch Hazel is a well known astringent which tones and tightens pores.

              They work as follows. You dampen down your nose and for this I like to use very warm water as this opens up your pores. Then you remove the pore strip from its individual little packet. You peel the strip off from its backing plastic then you stick it to your nose. You are supposed to leave it on for 15 minutes, although I always find myself leaving pore strips on for a lot longer then this as they are never dry. Then when you remove it, all the dirt and oil and rubbish is supposed to come away with the strip, leaving you with lovely fresh clean pores.

              In my opinion, these strips are absolutely useless. I've used all 6 in the box and they really do not work, even if you leave them on for well over the allotted time. When you pull the strips off, there is no sign that any dirt, oil or blackheads have been removed. The strips look just as clean as when you put them on and your skin looks just as congested.

              I'm afraid this has been the case with all of the stores 'own branded' pore strips I have used.

              In my opinion, you should save yourself the hassle of finding this out when you buy a cheaper brand of pore strips and just go for the Biore Ultra ones. Yes they are £3.00 more for the same amount but they actually do the job. The Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Pore Strips are a waste of money.

              Its such a shame really as I love some of the other products from this line, however I certainly will never be re-purchasing these pore strips again.

              So unfortunately over all, I have to give the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Pore Strips a 0/10. They just do not work. Therefore for me, it was £4.99 down the drain.

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            • Scott Cornwall Colour B4 / Hair Care / 22 Readings / 21 Ratings
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              Colour B4 is a really fantastic product, which really works and leaves hair in great condition.

              What a fantastic product! I have to say I am very impressed. I bought colour b4 the other day (the extra strong version) because I have been dying my hair Live colour's red passion, which is a really intense burgundy red, for about 7 years, amongst a few other colours and I was getting fed up with having to dye my hair every 6 weeks or so I wanted to put my hair back to it's natural state. I read such good reviews about Colour B4 that I just had to try it before turning myself over to the hairdressers.

              I bought the product from boots for £11.99 a packet which I thought was very reasonable if it worked because a trip to the hair dressers for what they term colour correction would cost me into the hundreds. I got free postage from boots because I bought several other items which took me over the £40.00 mark therefore meaning I was eligable for free postage.

              Colour before is a several stage treatment. First you mix bottles 'A' and 'B' together to create the colour remover and then you apply this as evenly as possible all over your hair. After this you are supposed to leave the product to work for 20 mins for heading to the shower to rinse. You rinse your hair for 10 mins to get rid of most of the dye then apply some of the contents of bottle 'C', lather and leave for a minute before resuming rinsing. This is supposed to get rid of the last traces of dye in your hair and restore it's PH balance. You rinse for another 10 mins, apply the contents of bottle 'C' again, lather, rinse and then finish your hair as you usually would after washing.

              When the product turned up, the first thing I did was to carry out a patch test and strand test which you should always do when using a new dye/dye remover product . The patch test went just fine, no alergic reactions etc. The strand test didn't go so well. In fact I would go as far to say that it did nothing at all to remove the dye from my hair, so at this point I was feeling a little dissapointed and starting to think that I had wasted my money.

              Since I had already opened one box for the strand test and started using it I thought, well I've nothing to loose, so I applied it all over my hair, combing it through afterwards to ensure it was applied evenly. Then instead of leaving it on for 20 mins, as that had not worked on my hair, I left it on for an hour before starting the rinsing process, really not expecting it to work. I decided it would not hurt to try leaving it on for an hour, having already carried out a patch test with no adverse results.

              But lo and behold it did work, and really well, so apparently an hour did the trick! I noticed just a couple of minutes into the rinsing process that my hair was much, much lighter. I finished the process and went to go and dry my hair to check the results and it had made a huge difference. My hair was a strawberry blonde colour with a slight burgundy tint to the ends and I was very pleased.

              The next day I decided to see if I could get anymore of the dye out of my hair so I opened my second pack and repeated the process, and that removed the rest of the burgundy traces from my hair. My hair was now the strawberry blonde colour all over which was fantastic considering, the layers and layers of dark and red dyes which have been put on it over the years. The colour was a little brassy however, as to be expected. So yesterday, I nipped out to Sainsburys and bought John Frieda's Go Blonder shampoo and conditioner, and when washing my hair I left each product respectivly on for 20 mins. This has toned the brassyness down, leaving my hair a lovely honey colour and will continue to lighten the colour everytime I use it.

              My natural colour is not actually strawberry blonde, but slightly darker. I am guessing it went so light because of the brighteners in the other dyes which I have used over the years, because colour b4 itself is not a bleach. It works by shrinking the hair dye molecules so you can wash them out rather then lightening the hair. Nethertheless I cannot complain at the results. It might not be my natural colour, but my hair is now certainly light enough to redye to my natural colour if I so wish, however I think I will keep it this beautiful honey colour for the summer and think about dying it darker in the autumn/winter.

              Another bonus of the product not containing any bleach is that my hair was not damaged at all in the process, and it is in beautiful condition, soft and shiny.

              It is worth mentioning aswell that when you rinse your hair, you do not see the dye coming out of it. The water remains clear, which is quite interesting considering the dye is removed by the time you have finished rinsing.

              Overall I have to give Colour B4 a 10/10 because it really is a fantastic product and I really didn't expect it to work, but it did and really well. I think it is very reasonably priced for how well it performs and a trip to the hairdressers for similar results would have cost a fortune. It left my hair in fantastic condition and a beautiful colour which is light enough for my to dye back to my natural colour if I want to. I am so impressed with this product and thrilled with the results.


              *I forgot to say, the product is very stinky when you have it on - think sulphur - my hubby made himself scarse pretty quickly when I went and sat down in the front room with him. You can't open the windows either because the cold effects the process. So yes - a bit pongy, but worth it in the end.

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              Boots No 7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabration Exfoliator leaves your skin soft, smooth and even.

              I absolutely love this product! I have just started using this Micro-Dermabrasion exfoliator over the last few months and I think it is absolutely fabulous. I don't have any wrinkles really but I didn't buy this product to use to lessen fine lines and wrinkes.

              I have very tempramental, sensitive spot prone skin and I needed an exfoliater to get rid of scars left by spots and also to exfoliate dry skin away because I tend to get patches of dry skin. This product works fantastically for getting rid of both.

              I tend to use it about 3 times a week, unless I am having a breakout in which case I avoid using it just incase it aggrevates my skin any further. It keeps my skin tone lovely and even, and leaves my face feeling wonderfully soft and smooth. It is great on my sensitive skin and doesn't leave it red, raw or tight feeling. The grains are really small, so it doesn't scratch your skin at all.

              In the evening after I have washed my face I squirt about the size of a 5 pence piece onto my fingertips, dot it around my face and then give it a really good massage with the exfoliator, making sure to give the problem areas a good going over. Then I just rinse my face off with warm water several times to make sure I have removed all of the grains. Then I just pat dry and follow with a good moisturiser.

              You hardly need to use any of the exfoliator, as I said just an amount the size of a 5 pence piece is ample and thus, this exfoliator is lasting me for absolutely ages. The exfoliater comes in a 75ml tube and is easy to dispence. The packaging is simple and classy and looks great on the side of your sink.

              As with all of the Boots No. 7 range I think it is fantastically priced when you compare the product to more expensive brands and the quality is wonderful, just as good as anything I would buy from Clinique. The price for the 75ml tube is £10.75, and Boots No. 7 is quite often on offer buy 3 for the price of 2 so you can stock up when these offers are on and it's even cheaper.

              All in all I would give the Boots No 7. Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator a 10/10 because it is great quality, doesn't scratch your skin, is reasonably priced, leaves your skin soft, smooth and even-toned and does not upset my sensitive skin.

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              Estee Lauder's Pleasures Exotic is a delightfully refreshing, delicate floral scent.

              I absolutely adore this perfume, it is my favourite scent and has been my staple fragrance for about 4 years now. I first tried it when I was looking for a new perfume in the duty free whilst on holiday, and I fell in love with it immediately.

              Pleasures exotic is a fantastically delicate fragrance, with a beautiful light floral scent, which also has a slight zesty, fresh undertone to it. I cannot stand floral perfumes which are too over-whelming and they actually give me something akin to hayfeaver so the fact that this perfume is so lovely and light makes it a delight on my senses. There is almost something a bit citrussy about the scent which cuts through the flowers which makes for a really refreshing smell which is not too over the top. This makes it perfect for teenagers and young ladies aswell who might be looking for a first scent and don't want anything too overpowering.

              You do not need to use too much of the fragrance, one spray is ample and therefore the perfume lasts you for absolutely ages, as long as you take care of it properly and store it in the dark as you would with any other perfume. The spray is lovely and refreshing and is not too greasy as some perfumes can be. The scent lasts for a long time on your skin and at the end of the day, there are still traces of it lingering there. It is not too strong when you first spray it on and doesn't overpower your natural scent.

              The perfume comes in two sizes, 30ml or 100ml and it usually works out cheaper in the long run to buy the 100ml size. Either size should last you an absolute age. I have a 30ml bottle which I have had since christmas which is still about a third full and on average I use it about 2-3 times a week (although sometimes less). You hardly need to use any of it to get a good scent.

              The packging that the perfume comes in is very attractive, it being a pretty yellow box with exotic pink flowers over it. The bottle is a lovely design aswell with white flowers decorating it. The bottle is easy to use and there is a certain amount of control over the amount you spray onto your skin as long as you use it carefully. The bottle is see-through so must be stored in the dark to stop the perfume from going off.

              Pricewise, as perfumes go it is not too bad. On average it works out at about £25.00-£30.00 for the 30ml and £60.00-65.00 for the 100ml depending on where you buy it. I don't see as you can really say whether it is good value for money with a perfume, because all perfumes are really expensive non-essensials, that we buy because we like them rather then needing them, however what I can say is that this perfume is fantastic quality, the scent doesn't fade and the fragrance is just beautiful, and it is comparitively cheaper then some other perfumes.

              All in all I would give Estee Lauder's pleasures exotic a 10/10. It is a most beautiful delicate fragrance with a floral but delightfully fresh citrussy scent, perfect for any time of the year.

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              The Sainsbury's Antibacterial All Purpose Wipes are really handy to have around to clean up quickly!

              I think there is far more to life then having to spend all your time cleaning up. Therefore I love anything which makes the housework that little bit quicker and easier to do.

              The sainsbury's antibacterial all-purpose wipes are absolutely fantastic, a real time-saver. I tend to buy the lavender and the lemon as these are my two favourite fragrances. The lemon leaves the house smelling fresh and clean whilst the lavender leaves the house smelling beautifully floral.

              The wipes are supposed to be able to kill 99.9% of all bacteria which is a real comfort and they can be used on all sorts of surfaces. I use them in the kitchen, in the bathroom and even to clean our flat screen tv in the kitchen, which tends to get a bit greasy due to the cooking, and they do not damage the tv at all. They are great on stainless steel and leave it nice and shiny. The wipes remove all traces of dirt and grease, leaving your kitchen surfaces squeaky clean and your loo, nice and fresh. The only thing they don't get rid of if you live in a hard water area is limescale, so you do need to give your taps a good clean with a proper limescale remover every now and again.

              The wipes come in really handy packaging, and they are easy to remove from the packet without pulling all the rest out, and the packaging reseals so that the wipes do not dry out. The packaging is bright and attractive and I have no problem with keeping a pack displayed on the back of the loo infront of visitors.

              As for the price they are between £0.94 and £1.00 for a pack of 40 which I think is great value for money and much cheaper then some of the branded products unless they happen to be on offer.

              All in all I give the Sainsbury's Antibacterial All Purpose Wipes a 9/10, because they are handy to have around the house, clean really well and are gentle on all surfaces. I mark them down slightly because they are not quite man enough to remove limescale but all in all, a great value purchase.

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