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      07.11.2011 19:32
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      I like many people around the country love my food!! There's nothing better than a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. However as I get older (well it happens to us all) I find that after eating such a huge plateful of food I tend to suffer from digestive discomfort. As a result I occasionally need a little assistance in this department. The product I will now review is Wind Setlers an item which is a regular addition to my handbag.

      This product can be purchased at all good chemist shops and in large chain supermarkets. It costs around £1.69. Although as with most products the price changes from store to store so do shop around! The product itself comes in the form of a gel capsule which I have to say I prefer as once swallowed you don't end up with a 'yucky' chalky residue in your mouth. There are 24 capsules in the box which come in two foil packs of 12 capsules in each one. The capsules themselves are very small which makes swallowing them very easy. Each cap is bright green in colour. The active ingredients are Simeticone and sodium parachydroxybencoates. The medication itself is to be used for the symptomatic relief of flatulence, wind pains, bloating, swollen stomach and other symptoms associated with intestinal gas.

      I tend to take these tablets when the first signs of bloating and discomfort occur. The recommended dose is to take 1-2 tablets 3-4 times throughout the day. I find however that I don't normally need to take more than two capsules to ease my symptoms. There are no noted side effects from using this product. However be prepared for having some 'severe' windy moments throughout the day (if you get my drift). The trapped wind does after all have to go somewhere.
      Overall I would definitely recommend using this product as it really does keep trapped wind at bay. No chalky aftertaste and a tasteless capsule. Just be prepared for the windy episodes.

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      06.11.2011 13:57
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      I go through a lot of anti-per spirant products. Not because I'm overly sweaty, just because I like to smell fresh and clean particularly as I work in close proximity to the general public. As a consequence I am always on the lookout for bargains and any new products that might be available.

      I was shopping in Tesco recently when I spotted a promotion end of deodorant for the special offer price of £1. I popped a couple into my trolley immediately. Well good deodorant normally tends to come at a price. The product purchased to give it its full title was Sure Woman 48hr active. This product contains 150mls of product. It comes in an aluminium canister. Cleverly it has a locking system on the top which can be switched on when not in use which I thought was brilliant as it is perfect for putting in your handbag ensuring that the contents wont inadvertently spill out, when knocking against other items. Another clever aspect is that it has an easy grip 'body' which makes application more accurate.

      The manufacturer of this item (unilever) markets this product as being "a breakthrough in motion sense technology". This basically means that when wearing this anti-per spirant when you are active it releases little bursts of freshness throughout the day. This gives long-lasting protection against wetness and odour. In addition the product is dermatologic ally tested and alcohol free.

      The first thing I like about using this product was the mild yet very pleasant scent called 'cotton'. It was a very fresh fragrance reminding me of a summer garden. Certainly not over-powering. On application you can control how much you spray and when on it dries quickly and doesn't feel sticky. I have worn this product for a few weeks now and feel that it certainly does the job it says it will! Re-application is not required throughout the day as it keeps you fresh and dry. A really great product which I would be happy to recommend.

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    • Working in the NHS / Employment / 71 Readings / 69 Ratings
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      18.01.2011 19:25
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      As most of you on here know i am a staff nurse in a busy teaching hospital in Oxford. I have heard lots of gripes regarding the NHS in general and the general lack of care from the staff who are employed by various NHS trusts throughout the UK. I have to say for the most part i tend to disagree with the majority of the statements that i have read either in the press or heard on the television. I think that when you are working on the frontline your perspective changes and i hope after reading this i may influence others to take a fresh look at the staff who work in the various departments within the NHS in a new light particularly from a nurses perspective.

      Ok i dont disagree that there are some bad apples within the organisation however this is so for any company which employs literally thousands of people however rest assured they tend to be found out for who and what they are and brought into line, performance managed or dismissed. I personally have some wonderful friends and colleagues who i have met through out my working life within the NHS and most of them including myself have gone way above the call of duty to ensure that the patients within their care recieve the best treatwent that can possibly be given. Most of us dont sign up to be paid a fortune we do it because we are generally interested in the work and wish to care for the patients who are charged to our care.

      I recently sustained an injury at work and had to go to the accident and emergency department on a busy Saturday night. Although i was fast-tracked through the system the whole process from start to finish took over five hours. From initially being triaged to x-rayed and being seen by a doctor. I must admit it was very strange being on the other side of the patient care system. Initially the time i had to wait was extremely annoying until i became aware as to why this was the case. I have to say i was quite appauled by what i was seeing while i sat in the reception area waiting to be seen. Literally one drunk after another passed through the doors. Falling all over the place with blood pouring from their faces. It got busier and busier as pub-chucking out-time curfew came and went. There were people fighting, vomiting all over the place, passing out. Crying at and verbally and physically abusing the nursing staff. While all of this was going on there were a few patients like myself with genuine injuries not caused through over-indulgence having to wait while the over-worked staff on the department tried to see everyone as quickly as possible and deal with the torrent of abuse from members of the drunken general public. The whole episode was an utter disgrace and i have to say i felt extremely shocked. Is this the reason why the NHS cant afford to spend money in other departments because of the wreckage of a one night drinking binge!!. Bear in mind this was just in the minor injuries clinic of one A and E department and this would have been replicated hundreds of times around the country in similar NHS establishments. I spoke to the ward sister who i have to say was a wonderful woman and who quite literally had the patience of a saint particularly as she said that some of the patients are there virtually every weekend!!. Hats off to her and her staff who were extremely thin on the ground. Cheers government for cutting the staffing levels in our NHS departments and you wonder why the staff experience stress and burn-out when there are not enough of us to go around to get the job done with limited resources.

      Although the above example is an extreme one the reality is that Limited resources is something else that has to be dealt with on a daily basis. Ancient equipment often being used because the funding keeps getting cut and cut and ward budgets unfortunately only being able to afford the absolute bare essentials to get by. We quite often run out of razors and shaving gel and other toiletries on our ward which really is not acceptable as it is a basic right for patients to be able to maintain a high level of personal hygiene. I myself have taken deodorant out of my own locker and given it to a patient to ensure that they were fresh and comfortable. Stock is often poor as budget restraints often mean that the supply chain has to source much cheaper products which in my opinion are often not fit for purpose. We have sheets with stains and holes in them. Essential life-monitoring equipment which breaks down frequently and the worst part in my opinion is a lack of trained staff present on the wards. I appreciate that money needs to be saved however removing frontline staff can only lead to further problems. Patients are not being treated quickly, often being left and not washed until after lunchtime. There arent enough staff to ensure that the weak and infirm are fed properly or have pressure areas treated and that the patients are frequently turned.

      Nurses often work twelve and a half hour shifts as i do however we often say that there are just not enough hours in a shift to be able to perform all the tasks that we are charged with. I have heard lots of patients say that they hardly ever see a nurse on a daily basis however at the same time they also know how busy we all are. Unfortunately this does happen in that we priotitise care needs and the sicker you are the more care you actually recieve!! This is not how we nurses want to conduct ourselves however with fewer of us on the wards these days it is an unfortunate fact of the NHS hospital ward and is certainly not the way patient care should be in an ideal world. Still however through it all most of us laugh and smile and still have the time to be able to pass the time of day with our patients. I for one would not wish to have chosen a different career path i absolutely love my job and would not change it for the world. I am fortunate that were i work i get to know patients and their families really well because of the nature of their illnesses they come back to us time and time again. Perhaps one day things will change for the better in that we can recieve a bottomless pit of money enabling our services to be 5 star unfortunately nurses today just make-do the system as we know it sees to that. Our team is fabulous and we all care for and look out for each other with support from colleagues and other members of the wider multi-disciplinary team.

      For all those people that point the finger at nurses for providing poor patient care hopefully they will have a rethink because most of us genuinely are into the art of looking after our patients in a professional compassionate and caring manner and are deeply dissapointed when there are cases highlighted in the media of a select few who let our profession down and it really should not reflect badly on the rest of the nursing community as a whole. I would be the first to admit that none of us are perfect however we are only human at the end of the day and yes i will admit it we do have our off days like everyone else!!!. However i am blessed in a way that in my job there is always something that i do however small or seemingly insignificant on a daily basis which provides a patient with some form of comfort and i know that i have made a difference and the satisfaction gained from that feeling is second to none. In a nutshell we dont live in a perfect world however we make do with the tools that we have and i wouldnt swap my job for all the tea in china. Just a thought wouldnt it be fair to make serial accident prone drinkers pay for their treatment and the money be distributed where it is really needed!! Thanks for reading.

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        18.01.2011 10:57
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        I suffer terribly with dry skin particularly on my face and hands the two areas of the body which are most exposed to the elements. As a result i tend to use moisturisers at least twice a day mostly out of necessity than anything else. To further exaccerbate my problems in this area i also suffer from over-sensitive skin particularly on my forehead. Hence i am always on the look-out for moisturisers which are kinder to skin and in addition are hypo-allergenic.

        Shopping recently in Boots the chemist i noticed a bottle of Simple moisturiser in their reduced section which had a slight bump on the bottle. Noticing no other damage i decided to purchase the said product as it had a reduced sticker on it. Well how could any bargain hunter resist paying only 50p for an item. Hence i couldnt actually tell you the normal selling price of the product.

        The moisturiser was 150mls and came packaged in a thick white plastic bottle with a green screw-top lid. It promised to be kind to the skin containing two vital vitamins, 2 skin loving nutrients and no perfume or colour. In addition it stated on the packaging that it was from the experts in sensitive skin and that it would keep skin replenished and hydrated so i had no qualms at all in trying out this product. Using the product was simple just smooth into the neck and face using upwards and outwards movements. To be used within 12 months of opening the bottle.

        I have to say i was most dissapointed with this moisturiser. The consistency was horrendous initially it appeared thick in the bottle however it was in fact quite a runny consistency and it had a tendency to go everywhere if you werent too careful. The scent was non to pleasant either. So much for having no perfume there was a very distinctive chemical odour. When i applied the cream it seemed to take forever to soak into my skin making it look like i had dipped my face in a chip-pan full of oil. The worst thing about this product was that it did in fact sting my face after a few minutes. I actually had to go and wash it off straight away. This left my poor face red and irritated for a couple of hours thankfully i wasnt due in work on that day.
        As far as would i recommend this product to others absolutely not. I would however suggest that it be taken off sale as it had no redeeming features whatsoever and really should come with a health warning. Im sure there are others out there who swear by this product unfortunately i am not one of them. I admit i only paid 50p for this product however would decline a free supply!! Only one star from me due to the secure packaging as it did not explode when i dropped it on the bathroom floor. A great dissapointment.
        If anyone is interested in more products from the simple range then visit their website

        www.simple.co.uk

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          17.01.2011 19:43
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          I work really long hours and am often in need of a very hot relaxing bubble bath when i get home from a busy shift to relieve the stresses and strains of the day. I recieved lots of lovely bath products from various friends and family members for christmas (they know me well) One of these products was from The Champneys Collection which i have used in the past and had all but forgotten about. It is this product that i will now review. To give it its full title Chapneys Collection Pure Relaxation Aromatic Bath Essence.

          This product can be purchased from most major high street chemist shops and also online. It costs anything between £5 -£10 so shop around for the best deal. It is essentially a bath gel which promises to "gently calm and soothe your mind and body". I hasten to add these are the manufacturers words and not mine! The product comes packaged in a clear plastic bottle with a gold coloured lid. I noticethe picture on show above features a red lid so i would assume that it has had a revamp at some stage or another. It contains 300mls of bath essence so rather pricey however we are all entitled to a little luxury from time to time.

          The gel like lotion is a very pale yellow colour, happily the manufacturers have actually ensured that the bottle has been filled with product. There is nothing more annoying in my book than spending a fortune on a product only to discover that it is only three quarters full leaving the consumer feeling somewhat ripped off!! The product details are imprinted on the plastic bottle no peel off labels here. The reverse tells you some product ingredients. How to use, and also that once opened it should be used within 24 months.

          On opening the screw-top lid you are met with the glorious scent of lavender and chamomile. It is a strong scent however not an unpleasant one which certainly stimulates the old nostrils. Aparently there is also mandarin somewhere however this aroma is not as noticeable amongst the two stronger ones already mentioned. I ran myself an extremely hot bath and poured what seemed like a tiny amount under the running water. The delightful scent filled my bathroom in no time at all. The only issue i had with this product was that i was expecting a bubbly bubble bath which i did not get. However that was an error on my part. It does state that it is a bath essence as apposed to a bath foam which is clearly stated however this did not detract from my eventual enjoyment of relaxing in the glorious aroma.

          What a fabulous product to help unwind after a hard day. It also succeeded in making me feel sleepy and relaxed. I noticed that my skin felt soft to after using the gel and was delicately scented with lavender. Overall you really cant fault this product. I would highly recommend its use even if the only downside in my opinion being the price. I will certainly be buying this again. This product has not been tested on animals.
          www.champneys.com

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            14.11.2010 18:36
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            I was on my weekly shop in my local Tesco store recently when i realised that i needed to buy deodorant as my supplies were running low. I headed to the health and beauty section and was most dismayed when i got there to discover that my usual brand was not available. I have to admit i am a creature of habit when it comes to buying certain items and i found myself at a bit of a loss as to which product i would purchase instead. I noticed on one of their promotion ends that they were trialling a product at £1 well i figured that if i didnt actually like it then there wasnt going to be any great loss. The product to give it its full title is Sanex Dermo Invisible Deodorant.

            This deodorant comes packaged in a neat little bullet shape holder containing 50mls of product. It is made of two quite thick plastic pieces which screw into each other. The top part contains the product encased in a curved shaped bright pink holder. The bottom section has a flat base which enables the entire product to be able to stand upright. This part also features product name and explains that this product will provide

            1. Effective protection for 24hrs.
            2. Moisturisation
            3. Will allow your skin to breathe
            4. Mininises white marks

            On unscrewing the two pieces apart the product inside can be reached by turning the base. It has a white ball which allows you to be precise in your underarm application and which happily oozes the product out in manageable amounts without spilling.

            I have to admit that i was quite taken with the scent of the product. It had a light floral note with hints of talc. Very crisp and clean and generally very pleasant. It certainly did not make me sneeze or my eyes water as i often find with these items where the fragrance is just too over-powering. Overall i would recommend to those allergy sufferers like myself where less scent is definitely more. I tried this product the next day and was surprised at how little i actually had to apply to ensure that my complete underarm area was covered. In addition i found that drying time was extremely quick so i was able to put my clothes on very quickly. The claim of minimises white marks is certainly true as i was unable to find any evidence at all on my clothing. There is nothing more irritating in the morning than having to sponge down clothing to remove these troublesome marks. I also found that it didnt feel clumpy when on i suppose this goes someway to allowing skin to breathe.

            I have been using this deodorant now for about two weeks and i am going to buy it again. I sadly cant really comment regarding provides effective moisturisation as i use a host of body lotions and potions for this purpose already on a daily basis. As for provides 24 hour protection well i am not brave enough to try to prove this claim. However if i get stuck somewhere while wearing the product for 24hrs without being able to shower then i will update this review. As i purchased this product on a special offer i am unsure what its normal selling price is. However i would certainly recommend it.
            It definitely minimises white marks, Keeps you smelling fresh throughout the day without need to reapply product. No evidence of sweat!!! Fantastic feminine fragrance. Easy to apply.

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            • Stila Smoky Eye Palette / Make Up / 78 Readings / 77 Ratings
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              I spend most of my working life wearing a uniform not surprising really seeing as I am a nurse. As a result when I go out for the evening I really like to glam up. I like to experiment with makeup and have tried several different looks and colours over the years. Recently however it is almost impossible to either flick through a magazine or turn on the television without seeing a celebrity female with the most gorgeous looking smokey eyes. Ok so I am realistic I am never going to be able to achieve Cheryl Coles smouldering looks however I decided that I would do some digging to find out what sort of products the celebrity make-up artists were using to be able to create such a look. I have to say most of the individual products were well out of my price range (well nurses don't do their jobs to get rich). While on my quest I happened upon an article which escapes me now which recommended a product called Stila Smokey eyes talking Pallete. Which promised to help the user achieve the perfect smokey eye. It is this product that I will now review.

              I looked at several websites and found that the price variations for this product were from the sublime to the absolutely ridiculous. The average cost would set you back between £5 and £15. In the end I turned to good old Ebay were I managed to buy my pallete for £4.95 including postage so always happy to get a bargain I happily parted with my cash. I should also point out at this point that the product comes in different colour variations I chose the original colours which would contain browns and neutrals. Promising myself that if the item actually worked I would purchase other shades in the future.

              My makeup arrived a couple of days later and in perfect condition. The product itself comes packaged in an outer box which contains the pallete within. There is also an instruction booklet between the two so when opening ensure that you don't throw it out accidentally as it is stuck to the underneath of the outer package and I nearly did exactly that!! The main product comes in an attractive silver box with a 3D graphic of a "smokey eye" which opens and closes as you move it a bit like one of those old fashioned flicker pictures. On the outside are the words Stila featured in prominent black writing. On opening the box there is a thick plastic flap which protects the four coloured eye-shadows within.You get a base colour, a lid colour, a crease colour and a liner. The top of the lid has the voice chip which when pressed tells you in audio how to achieve the perfect smokey eye.

              I eagerly prepped my face with the usual cleansers and toners ready for applying my new makeup. I skimmed over the instruction booklet which shows in easy steps with pictures how to achieve the perfect smokey eye. For instructions I was delighted at how easy it was to follow them. Then I pressed the button which gave me the audio instructions. For want of a better expression the female used sounded like Mickey Mouse on speed!!!! And I really struggled to understand what it was she was trying to tell me to do. In the end I gave up with this bizarre and irritating voice and just used the paper instructions instead. If you are intending to use this product I would suggest investing in some different size make-up brushes as I have found that this is the best way to apply the product. I now routinely have three different sizes which I use specifically for applying this makeup.

              To apply this product first start with the base colour and apply the colour all over the eyelid and up to just below the eyebrow. Be generous with this as it is quite a pale colour however it acts as the glue so to speak which the rest of the products sit on. I tend to use quite a wide eyebrow brush for this step. Next move on to the lid colour and apply all over the eyelid edging out just a little bit at the corners although not to much. The third step is to apply the crease colour. This is the part that I had the most difficulty with originally as if you use two much it looks like you have gone twelve rounds with Mike Tyson instead of achieving the perfect smokey eye. This is the contrast colour and with a bit of practice you will know just the right amount to apply. I use a thin brush to apply this product sweeping all over the crease of the eye. Again sweep out to the corners and create a slightly thicker edge this is what causes the dramatic effect. When it is blended right you are some way to achieveing a celebrity inspired look. The final step is to apply the liner. I take an ultra fine brush here and wet the end very slightly, then use a small amount of product. Use a little to start with and apply more if required. The liner can be applied to below both the bottom and top lashes and can be darkened or lighter as preferred by the wearer. And that is that how to achieve the perfect smokey eye look. Which can be either subtle or dramatic as desired.

              I have to admit that to achieve this look took me a lot of practice. However I now routinely make my eyes up like this and have had several compliments. I now also have several different colour pallettes and colour coordinate with my outfits. This is a product that can be used by anyone with a little perserverence and practice. The downside to this item is the price variation so shop around to achieve the best deals. The other is that really irritating audio which if clearer and slower would make this such a novel product however which is not really required at all. The instruction booklet thankfully makes up for this. Overall I have been absolutely delighted with this pallette and would have no hesitation in recommending it to all. Well worth the money.

              www.stilacosmetics.com

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                I like to feel constantly refreshed and suitably fragranced throughout the day. I work in extremely close proximity with the general public and hence am always on the lookout for subtle yet feminine products which I can spray on myself throughout the day and which wont be too over-powering in that they will be too strong causing irritation to my sick patients. In addition I like products that wont cause irritation to my own sensitive skin or start me sneezing. I was shopping in Boots recently when I noticed that they had a 3 for 2 promotion on their Natural Collection range of products. I don't normally buy these items however I am always on the lookout for a bargain and they had a vast collection of things on offer so I had a good browse through. My browsing did indeed turn to buying as it so often does and I settled on some vanilla products. Shower gel, body lotion and body spray. It is the body spray that I will now review.

                I spent £5.99 on my three products which I thought was an absolute bargain. Individually the body spray will set you back £1.99 on its own so I thought that this was a very reasonable price as the bottle of product is quite large containing 150ml of spray. It comes packaged in a clear plastic bottle with a picture of vanilla pods on the front. There is a brown spray nozzle and a cap which is easily removed and clicks firmly and securely back into place. You can see the liquid inside a sort of pale yellow colour happily the liquid was filled up to the top of the container so you do indeed get your moneys worth.

                I used my body spray for the first time a week or so ago and I have to say I absolutely love it. Not only is the fragrance absolutely heavenly it can also be used to cool the skin too on hot days so refreshing. The vanilla scent is by no means over-powering however you are aware of its existence throughout the day. The spray nozzle spritzes a fine mist of product and you really only need a couple of sprays to appreciate its full effect. I would envisage that this body spray will last me for months as you don't really need to keep applying it I tend to though a few times a day particularly at work this however is more due to habit than anything else. You really do get refreshed all over with this product and I have had several comments on how nice the fragrance is. My main worry was that the vanilla fragrance would become a bit sickly after a while however this has not been the case and I will continue to use this product and would definitely recommend it to others. I was relieved too that i was not allergic to this product and there wasn't a single sneeze hence i would be happy to recommend it to those with sensitive skin like mine.

                In addition you get 3 for 2 on the natural collection range at the moment and advantage card points. I will certainly be trying other products in the Natural Collection range in the future. For more information on this product visit the boots website.

                www.boots.com

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                16.05.2010 17:38
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                I work extremely long hours as a staff nurse as a result my poor feet tend to take a bit of a pounding. I sometimes feel like I have walked for miles through the long and winding corridors of the hospital where I work transferring and collecting patients. The first thing I invested in to try and combat aching feet syndrome as I like to call it was a good pair of comfortable shoes the second an electric foot massager. The shoes worked a treat however I was normally too tired at night to even be bothered to plug in the massager let alone fill it up with water etc. One of my colleagues and I were discussing the finer details of combating tired feet one day when she mentioned that she always relies on a particular product to help keep her feet in tip-top condition. It sounded so good that I invested the next time I was passing Lush. The product being Fair Trade Foot Lotion.

                This product like most other lush items can be bought both online or in person at Lush shops. The lotion comes packaged in a black pot with a large screw-top lid. I purchased the biggest pot I could find weighing in at 225g it set me back £7.95. The Lush logo was displayed prominently across the lid with the product name and also included the Fairtrade logo. Like other Lush products there is a sticker with a character picture of the member of staff who actually made the product in this case "Kris". This also shows use by dates too. I was pleased to find that this product would happily last a year. Product ingredients are also listed along with Lush recycling promise to give a free fresh face mask when five black pots are returned.

                Lush market their Fair Trade Foot Lotion in that and here I use their own words. "That it will keep your little piggies soft, supple and minty". Apparently it will also relieve aching feet and soften hard skin. This is due to stimulating spearmint and peppermint and the organic fairtrade cocoa butter. Other ingredients include arnica and marigold herbs, and almond oil. I have to say the whole infusion sounded delicious and I couldn't wait to try it out.

                After a particularly busy shift I got home and after showering I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to try out my foot lotion. My feet were literally aching and throbbing. I opened my little black pot and was met with my first surprise the lotion was actually pink and a rather shocking shade at that. I was expecting it to be green probably as it contained spearmint and peppermint. I was met immediately with a very minty scent which reminded me of spearmint chewing gum. I dipped my finger in the lotion it had a thick consistency which did not run. I rubbed some of the product into my feet and was pleased that it glided on easily and rubbed in nicely but only to a point. It did not absorb particularly quickly and I decided that I would be unable to walk round the house barefoot (after waiting fifteen minutes for it to soak in) without wearing socks for fear that I would slip on my wooden floors. This aside I felt the benefit almost immediately. It seemed to take the heat out of my feet and they felt soothed. The next morning however I was aware that my feet were soft and supple and some of the dry areas looked much improved. I must admit I was sold on this product and religiously now apply it most evenings before bed. A few weeks later and I would be happy to walk around permanently with bare feet as it has improved the appearance of my feet to such an extent that I would happily show them off.

                Overall I would highly recommend this product for use in the evening only due to its oily residue however this is a small price to pay for soft supple and minty fresh feet. I would award this product 4 Dooyoo stars and would recommend it to all. The other plus point is that a little goes a very long way with this product hence excellent value for money.

                www.lush.com

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                • Febreze Mist & Refresh / Homeware / 84 Readings / 83 Ratings
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                  I like my living room to smell fresh and fragrant and also like to cover up the rather unpleasant odour of a rather pongy pooch particularly when he has been rolling in unpleasant things while out on our walks. hence I am always on the lookout for candles and sprays which will at least go someway in masking his rather anti-social behaviour. I was on a shopping trip yet again to my local Tesco store a shop which I seem to spend half of my life in at the moment. I have been a fan of Febreze products for a while now and I spotted an item which I hadn't seen before called Febreze Caribbean Paradise Mist and Refresh Spray. Scanning the can I noticed that it stated that it would eliminate odours and freshen. This was good enough for me so I decided to give it a try.

                  The packaging for this item is quite impressive I have to say. The spray stood tall and prominent on the shelf towering above similar items. One of the reasons I was actually drawn to it in the first place was that blue is one of my favourite colours and this is has a pretty aqua colour shell. The product comes in an aluminium shiny can. It has a plastic spray nozzle with a trigger mechanism. This product is not cheap costing a whopping £3.07 for 300ml. I didn't mind paying this as I like exotic fragrances and it couldn't possibly smell any worse than a wet dog.

                  The manufacturers market this product as being a mist that will eliminate everyday odours without masking them which will leave a light and subtle scent behind with their patented odour eliminating technology whatever that is. Apparently this may even inspire the user to "roll up their trousers and build a sand castle in their living room". The fragrance for this product stated on the can is Caribbean Paradise. I had a quick scan and nowhere does it list any of the product ingredients on the pack .

                  Using this product is incredibly easy to do however there is a bit of information on the back of the container that I would suggest reading before doing so. It gives certain safety information which is common sense really like keeping the product away from the eyes and direct sunlight and also to be aware that this particular product may not be suitable if the user suffers from perfume sensitivity or respiratory disorder namely asthma. In addition it should not be used by children and should not be used to replace good hygiene practices!! There is also a safety warning displayed prominently regarding solvent abuse in that it can kill instantly.

                  Directions for use are simple remove the product seal from the plastic hand holder. Ensure that the can is held upright. Pull back the trigger nozzle and simply spray the air in a sweeping motion. The first thing that struck me about using this spray was that the plastic spray holder was very well shaped and I found that I could hold it with ease in my rather small hands with no slipping. Enabling me to spray round my room in one single uninterrupted motion. The spray disperses in a wide stream too so really one spray around the room is all that is needed as it has a good coverage. Pretty impressive although the trade off is of course using an aerosol can. This is where you can understand where the "mist" part comes into play as there is indeed a very fine mist which floats in the air for a few seconds before crashing to the ground and landing on whatever is in its path. I would suggest at this point removing anything that could be damaged at this point. (pictures, paperwork etc).

                  Initially the fragrance is very strong it is hard to describe however it really does remind you of summer. A kind of tropical sun cream scent. Exotic and fresh however I was unable to pinpoint any one particular scent that stood out from the rest. Suffice to say the whole infusion of "whatever " worked well together. It also lasted, after a few minutes the initial over-powering scent faded somewhat however it lingered on pleasantly for a good few hours. Overall I have to say I was suitably impressed with its staying power. There was no need for reapplication. I was constantly aware of it when leaving and then re-entering the living room. Delighted with the product I then went a bid crazy and sprayed it in every single room in the house. Not only over the dogs bedroom area in the kitchen but also in my stinky teenage sons room. I tell you both him and the dog are well matched for nasty niffs. Not anymore armed with my Febreze. I would highly recommend this product due to its ease of use and particularly its staying power. The only disadvantages being the price and the fact that you cant spray it directly onto household pets or teenage boys. Who knows maybe Febreze will use its patented odour eliminating technology to invent such a product one day. We live in hope. 4 Dooyoo stars.

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                    I love to take a long luxurious shower in the mornings much to my husbands dismay.!! If hes not in quick theres a long wait. I tend to stick to Original Source shower gel as my shower gel of choice. As not only is it extremely instrumental in waking me up the fragrance is absolutely divine. I was having a shower the other day when I was shocked to discover that my beloved shower gel had been used up by my delightful seven year old son. I honestly do not know what he does in there however whatever it was warranted using nearly half a bottle of shower product.

                    Dripping wet I ran out of the shower to my bedroom and headed for my box of goodies. A wicker basket full of lotions and potions which have been either bought specifically for myself or things that have been given as presents which I only use from time to time and which are far too good to be used by children!! I noticed a little bottle which had the lush logo across the front and quickly scanning the product noticed that it was called "Yummy Yummy Yummy" Shower Cream Wash. I have to confess I have not been a great lover of Lush products in the past. I find the smell of the stores to be over-powering and as a result tend not to frequent them too often unless I am buying gifts for friends. I also suffer from allergies so strong scents are a bit of a turn off for me. Hence this is the first Lush product that I have actually tried on myself and reviewed.

                    Clutching my 100g little plastic bottle I headed back to my shower. The container was clear and I could see a rather striking pink coloured cream inside. The Lush logo was displayed prominently on the black label with product name and the words "For yummy soft skin" . Product ingredients were also displayed and there was a separate sticker with a rather scary looking cartoon picture of Matt (sorry matt no offence meant) who had apparently made the product. This sticker highlighted use by dates for the shower cream. The lid of the item was a rather sturdy matching black plastic cap which flicked open easily and closed securely.

                    I opened the product and was immediately met with the wonderful fragrance of fresh strawberry mixed with passion fruit. It was absolutely delicious sweet however not sickly or over-powering. I squeezed a small amount of the product into the palm of my hand. This did actually take a little bit of effort on my part and I did have to use a bit of pressure on the plastic bottle. A very small amount of cream came out so I had to squeeze a bit more. The product as stated before was a very vivid pink colour smooth with an almost fromage frais type consistency. Happily this ensured that it didn't run off my hand as I put the bottle down. I would have preferred to have had a hanging shower product as this stops fiddling about during application and obviously prevents having to find a place to put the bottle down . I applied the product and was suitably impressed that it glided over easily with little spillage and was aware of that lovely scent in my nostrils. Now having sensitive skin I was slightly worried that I would end up with itchy and bumpy skin which takes effect immediately on finding a product that I am allergic to happily this did not happen. Apparently you can also wash your hair using this product I did not use it for this purpose and unfortunately cannot comment further here however I suppose it would be quite handy to take to the gym or if you are away overnight.

                    Once dry and after putting on my clothes I was aware of a more subtle strawberry scent on my skin and I did feel that my skin was indeed softer. Overall I have now cured my fear of using Lush products due to my allergies and I would be happy to try different items from there vast range in the future. Unfortunately this item was given to me as a gift and I am unaware of how much it would actually cost to buy however I would recommend it to all. Overall 4 stars the only thing letting it down for me is the lack of a hanging loop.

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                    • Cadbury's Wispa Gold / Chocolate / 77 Readings / 75 Ratings
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                      I have to confess I am a bit of a secret chocaholic. The reason I say this is due to the fact that I have a seven year old son and I being the good parent that I am try to limit the amount of sugary treats that he has on a weekly basis. Hence for him Saturday is treat day only and throughout the week he gets only healthy snacks to eat. Well what can I say he is currently getting his adult teeth and having myself just spent £150 at the dentist for a double filling wish to instill good dental practices at a young age. Hence when I feel like a treat I have to either have them at work or wait until he goes to bed in the evening.

                      I was filling up in the garage recently and developed a chocolate craving. I was scanning the rather large selection of confectionery available when i noticed a new product that I hadn't tried before. Call me a magpie if you like I have always been attracted to shiny things and the packaging for this product is made entirely of gold foil. I picked up the item in question and discovered that it was called a Wispa Gold and being partial to the old style wispa I decided that I would give it a try. This product cost me 59p which I though was a reasonable price to pay as it looked quite substantial in size. In addition it was made by Cadbury always a firm favourite with myself.

                      This product as stated before is based on the old style wispa chocolate bar. The twist with this item is that it contains a layer of caramel. I couldn't wait to get back to the car so that I could devour my bar of chocolate. Opening up the product it did in fact look like a traditional wispa. Thick Cadburys chocolate which was smooth on the outside resembling a bullion bar. I bit into the product and noticed that it was textured chocolate. Not crumbly holding its shape really well. It tasted velvety and utterly delicious. This was when I became aware of the taste of the caramel centre and I have to say I was in chocolate heaven. The caramel was a decent thick layer and complimented the velvety chocolate extremely well. Exactly the same as you would find in a Cadburys caramel. This was a definite winner with myself and I hope that it will be around for a good while to come. The only downside that I found was that it became a little bit sickly as it really is sweet however hit the spot as far as a sugar rush was concerned. I will most definitely be having this again and would recommend it to all.

                      Each 52g Bar Contains

                      Calories 260

                      Sugars 23.9g

                      Fat 14.9g

                      Saturates 8.9g

                      Salt 0.2g


                      www.cadbury.co.uk

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                      • Chapstick Cherry / Make Up / 54 Readings / 51 Ratings
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                        I suffer really badly from dry and cracked lips. This seems to get worse if I am in hot and humid conditions and also when it is particularly cold outside. To add insult to injury I am also prone to getting cold sores three or four times a year so my poor lips over the course of a year take a real battering. As a result I have tried several lotions and potions to try and combat these problems. I was visiting Devon a few weeks ago with my family over the Easter break when I noticed that my lips had become very quickly dry and were sore probably due to the sea air. There was little in the way of shops where we were I however did come across a small chemist shop. Unfortunately the choice of products on offer was not particularly great I did manage to find a Chap stick and it is the cherry version of the product that I will now review.

                        The Chap stick cost £1.19 for a tube of product around two inches in height. It is packaged in a thick white plastic container with a click on lid. This was the cherry variety of the product so the paper wrapper was not surprisingly cherry coloured. The product name is displayed prominently across the front with the wording "Lip Health" underneath. To access the product you simply twist the tube a bit like a lipstick.

                        When you take the lid off you are met with a sickly sweet fragrance. It didn't remind me of cherry at all rather of swizzlestick lollies the type you used to get with fizz whiz sherbet when we were kids mixed with warzipan. I actually found it quite pleasant initially. The colour of the chap stick is deep pink. Upon twisting you are met with a solid waxy looking product about half the size of the actual container itself. I wouldn't recommend twisting it all the way up as it is a nightmare to get back down I only did this for the purposes of research for this review.

                        I applied the product over my lips and immediately felt the benefit. My poor chapped lips became immediately rehydrated and as I rubbed them together to ensure even application I noticed that they did not feel as uncomfortable as they had been a few seconds before. I am also pleased to report that the chap stick was non-greasy and felt light on my lips. In addition I have tried loads of lip care products in the past which claim to provide moisture with lasting effects which didn't work. This product did not require frequent application and did moisturise as promised with effects lasting a good couple of hours before re-application was required.

                        This product does have a little bit of a colouring effect on the lips like you have applied a light lipstick, however I believe that you can buy an original version of the product which will not do this. The product does have a light sugary taste if you happen to lick your lips however it does not taste of cherry as you may expect. I have been suitably impressed with the moisturising properties of this product and would happily recommend it. I think though in future I will stick to the original version as the fragrance for me was a bit off-putting after a while. For more information on other products available in this range visit the following website.

                        www.chapstick.com

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                        • The Sanctuary Body Oil / Body Care / 55 Readings / 54 Ratings
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                          I like to ensure that my skin stays soft and supple. Not an easy task to achieve when working in a very hot and humid environment. Over the years I have tried lots of different products to try and combat the effects of this environment. I recently however found a product quite by chance and it is one that I would happily recommend to others. The product in question is "Sanctuary massage and body oil"

                          I pulled a muscle recently and decided that with my husbands help that I would buy some massage oil and he being the lovely soul that he is would provide the healing hands for my massage!!!! I searched around the well known high street chemist type shops and have to say I was none too impressed with the almost non existent selection of massage products on offer. The ones I did find had the oddest fragrance reminding me of hospital cleaning fluid and I didn't really fancy having it rubbed all over me. I was almost ready to give up and buy some deep heat instead when I noticed in my local Boots store a promotion for their Spa Covent Garden Sanctuary range of products. I browsed through the rather smart looking lotions and potions and discovered to my delight massage and body oil.

                          The offer allowed me to buy two products for £6 which I thought was fairly reasonable hence I popped a couple of bottles of product into my basket. For those of you who haven't come across the Sanctuary Range I would suggest that it is well worth a look. The concept of the Spa was created over thirty years ago ( a real spa) in covent garden London its purpose to create rejuvenating and relaxing treatments originally for the female dancers who worked nearby at the time. The philosophy is if you feel good about your body you feel better about yourself. They released beauty products for sale to the public at large in 1998 and these are exclusively sold in Boots stores.

                          Anyway I digress the massage and body oil is packaged in a frosted effect tall plastic container. You can see the oil through the bottle a pale yellow colour. The lid is made of matching frosted plastic which pops off revealing a screw-cap which once removed the oil can be poured via a small hole in the top of the container. The Sanctuary branding is featured across the front of the bottle. The product contains 150ml of massage and body oil.

                          The manufacturer blurb on the back of the container states that the luxurious blend of deeply nourishing oils infused with the sanctuary spa fragrance delivers intense moisture to the skin without greasiness. Featuring Cranberry oil rich in fatty acids, super absorbent sweet almond oil and hydrating grapeseed oil leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth whilst rosehip oil keeps skin supple and moisturised . The satin soft body oil can also be used for massage. Well with these claims I cold hardly wait to use the product. I removed the cap and was immediately aware of a delicious sweet aroma thankfully nothing that reminded me of disinfectant.!!! The fragrance of rosehip and almonds stood out however overall the combination was delightful fresh, crisp and clean.

                          I poured a small amount of product into the palm of my hand it was so light I hardly noticed it was there. I was quite surprised by this as it looks very fluid. I tilted my hand and the oil took a good few seconds before it decided to move. Great I though there shouldn't be any uneccesary spillage. To use as a body oil gently rub onto clean and dry skin to provide an immediate moisture boost . I did this and was impressed at how easily and quickly it coated my skin. I was delighted by the fact that it absorbed really quickly too and that there was no greasy residue. I was also very aware that I didn't have too use very much oil either as a little seemed to go a very long way. After one full application I had hardly made a dent in the product. Hence I suggest that this is exceptionally good value for money.

                          It didn't take me long to realise the benefits of using this product my skin immediately felt softer and more supple. My skin seemed to have adopted a new lease of life feeling velvety soft to the touch. Not only that the fragrance that accompanied the product after application was delightful and I was aware of it throughout the whole day. I always thought that oil would be greasy on my skin so I have intentionally not used it as a moisturiser in the past however using this product has certainly changed my views. I would highly recommend it to all.

                          For massage find an appropriate partner (this is often easier said than done) apply a small amount of massage oil rub the hands together to warm them slightly. The oil allows the hands to easily glide over the body and trust me makes for a lovely massage experience.

                          Overall I have been mightily impressed with this product and will most certainly be purchasing it again. On my promotion it was very cost effective. Smells wonderful and lives up to its claims. Highly recommended to all.

                          For more products in the Spa range

                          www.thesanctuary.co.uk

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                          • Jammie Dodger Lively Lemon / Snacks / 66 Readings / 65 Ratings
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                            We seem to go through biscuits in my house at a rate of noughts, hence I am always on the lookout for special deals and promotions in an attempt to save money. I was shopping in Tesco recently with my son and inevitably wandered down the biscuit aisle. He spotted some Jammie dodger biscuits. I was just about to pick them up when I noticed a promotional end which had a lemon version of the product. I decided to pop a couple of packets in my basket as they were on special offer. To give the product its full title Burtons Lively lemon Jammie Dodgers.

                            These biscuits cost 89p for two packets as they were on a buy one get one free deal. They come packaged in a yellow coloured plastic outer wrapper. Inside is a white cardboard container which holds eight biscuits. This is a new addition to the Burtons range of biscuits which is the second largest manufacturer of these types of product in the UK.

                            On returning home I decided to have a cup of tea and try a jammie dodger. For those of you who havent tried one before they are basically two shortbread biscuits which are joined together by a splodge of stretchy jam. Previously the centre was either blackcurrant or strawberry jam so I was quite keen to try the lemon variety.

                            On opening the pack you are met with two rows of four rather large biscuits. Each has a double layer of shortbread. The centre of the top one has been cut out in the shape of a love heart which is filled with a splodge of jam. The shortbread itself is rather pale looking in contrast to the bright yellow jam. On biting into the biscuit I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't too sweet and had just the right amount of crunch for my liking. The Lemon jam had a delightful tangy zing to it. I have to say I was slightly disappointed by the quantity of jam in the biscuit. Perhaps it had been a machine malfunction at the Burtons factory. Alas no because I had a second biscuit which again had a minimal amount. Hence I was unable to ascertain if it was in fact stretchy jam!! This detracted from the overall effect which made the product a bit on the dry side. My son on the other hand thought that they were delicious and managed to finish off the entire pack. Unfortunately I shall not be buying these again as a result of the disappointing filling. (The second pack contained the same amount of jam).


                            Each biscuit has no artificial colours or flavours. They are suitable for vegetarians and contain no hydrogenated fats and are free from GM ingredients. Allergy sufferers beware as the product contains gluten and wheat and may also contain milk.


                            Nutritional Info Per Biscuit


                            Calories 83

                            Sugars 6.5g

                            Fat 2.8g

                            Saturates 1.3g

                            Salt Trace

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