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Ok, so as a student craving peanut butter jelly sandwiches, I just had to pop into Tesco one day and grab a jar of the smooth peanut butter. I havn't tried crunchy (although I have heard it is a bit more flavourful) but I literally have experimented with a number of brands of smooth peanut butter, and this one is *near* the top of my 'good peanut butter' list.
What I like about Tesco's peanut butter is it is a lot smoother than some other brands I have tried (particularly one I bought from ALDI, and ASDA's brand) however, compared to other brands such as one bought in LIDL, this jar is actually quite small for the price (I can't remember precisely but I think I paid about 95p) and so whilst it is tasty, it does not last quite as long. Furthermore, the % of actual peanuts is less than Lidl's brand.
I know I should be rating this based on just having Tesco's peanut butter, but I can't help but think that unless Lidl's 'american style' peanut butter did not exist, I would not buy this one again, despite it being tasty.
I would recommend this if you are not keen on buying from cheaper supermarkets (although when it comes to things like this, they have a better deal and the peanut butter is of better quality) or if you are closer to a Tesco and it's just more convenient to buy from there, but otherwise I would recommend trying other brands of peanut butter (excluding ASDA - in my opinion, theirs is not that good, and if I remember rightly also has the least % of peanuts)
Elemis is one of my favourite brands for skincare. They do not test on animals and they only use natural ingredients. Elemis products can be bought in stores such as John Lewis, Debenhams and Harvey Nichols, and can also be bought online on sites such as timetospa.
This moisturising cream contains sea rocket, amino acid rich honey and other ingredients such as Mandarin, creating a product that enriches the skin and gives it a flattering look.
The product can be applied and left only for 10 minutes (which is great for a quick treatment if you are in a rush) or as I tend to prefer, can be left on overnight for a very effective treatment. The product is light, and a little really does go a long way, so the product will last you a long time too. (A sample size such as 15ml lasts over a month when used 1-3 times a week, in my experience).
The moisturising mask also absorbs into the skin at a good rate, and even after 10 minutes skin can feel refreshed and hydrated. When left overnight skin feels extremely smooth, soft, hydrated and plump. I have also noticed that after months of using this product, my skin is in much better condition. Less dry, less blemishes, and much smoother.
The product even won a Best face mask award in 2006.
I would definitely recommend this product to anybody who wants to give their skin a quick pick-me up, or for people with tired/dry/sensitive skin. The product is not harsh but is extremely effective and results are extremely noticeable.
If you buy Elemis then you can easily get samples of this product or if you want the product fully you can buy a 50ml bottle.
I have been using this product for a while now, and I have to say that it is amazing. But before I explain more thoroughly, I will briefly tell you about this product. This product is made by Elemis, a British skincare brand that is used in spas and all over the world, including Hong Kong. The Papaya enzyme peel contains natural fruit enzymes and is used to remove impurities on the skin and brighten the complexion.
If you buy Elemis in shops (such as Harvey Nichols, John Lewis) they often give samples of this product, so it is a great product to just try out then buy later if you wish.
What I love about this product is that it is very light on the skin. You can literally put it on (use after cleansing your face) and because it absorbs into the skin so quickly, you could walk around and nobody would know you even have it on. It also smells very nice (a fairly peachy smell) and not much is needed to apply as it is very effective in small amounts.
The directions say to leave on for 10minutes however I leave an application on for about 20 minutes as my skin has become very dry recently. Once I rinse this product off my skin feels a lot more fresh and brighter, and any dirt/grime that hasnt been removed fully usually is at the top of the skin surface so can easily just be wiped away. My skin always feels smoother too after using it.
I would definitely recommend this product. I use it once/twice a week and the results are noticeable as my skin is a lot smoother and less spotty and definitely brighter.
My routine includes using an Elemis moisturising mask afterwards which I would also recommend trying!
The Bucket list is one of those films I have heard about, but never really managed to get around to actually watching it. I had heard very good reviews. The acting was supposedly great (well, what else do you expect when you have charming actors such as Morgan Freeman playing a major role), the plot was memorable and that it was one of those films that really grips you emotionally.
So when I discovered it would be playing on TV one night, I just had to watch it.
As I sat down with my pack of HARIBO and watched, I started to feel disappointed after the first twenty minutes. I just found the film slow, and quite boring. I was basically watching two men living in a hospital room, watching TV and having the occasional moan. In fact, I nearly even switched channels. But, I decided to give the film a chance, and I am so glad I did.
As the film progressed, it became lively, fun, emotionally gripping, drama-packed, and rather realistic. I enjoyed the plot a great deal. The film basically follows two terminally ill men who decide to go on a quest to complete a life of desired activities which have been listed on their 'bucket list'/wish list. Skydiving, car racing, emotional and intelligent conversations, wining and dining, and viewing something 'majestic' makes the film a worthwhile watch, whilst feeding the viewer with a bit of wisdom too.
It would be impossible or extraordinarily hard not to engage with the two men. We gain an insight into their lives and their family lives, and we see the friendship of two men who are virtually opposites, ignite.
But what really made the film that extra 'special' to me, was it was not just a story with the ups. The viewer sees the huge downs, the difficulties, the sadness as death draws closer, and I think the film emphasises the significance of family, friends, love and hope. Righting the wrongs, Not forgetting the past, and moving on bravely.
There is not really any special effects in this film, but there does not need to be. The wholehearted character performances and superb acting give the film its magic. It's definitely a memorable film, with an emotional and charming ending. I would definitely recommend it to you.
Sons of Anarchy is an American drama about a group of biker criminals. The characters display such great performances that it is hard for the audience to dislike them, despite them being violent rebels.
The characters, are, I feel, what really engage the audience. Clay and Gemma are lavish, and live like Royalty, and contrast a lot with other characters such as Piney who struggles in life. The differences between the characters who unite so well really does make the show realistic and interesting, as we follow each character's journey.
Whilst the whole of Sons of Anarchy is an exciting, action packed and violent drama which is rather gripping, I feel that Season one did try to just give a thorough focus on the characters and set them up for good plots and twists in later series. The plots throughout Season one were good, but not up to measure when compared with Season two. I won't spoil any of the plot/storylines for you, but whilst they are not the best in season 1, they are still great, and very interesting.
Whilst the plot is great, in mine and in my friends opinions, I have noticed that there is mixed views on the first season, with comments such as 'bad writing and direction' thrown about, but personally I think the writing of the drama was good and there is some unique and gripping tales for the characters.
The drama has tension, action, violence, moral messages, and deserves to be watched.
I watched this on ITV after hearing quite a lot of people rave on about how great it was. I was curious to see for myself just how good the show was, and after watching the first episode, I became rather intrigued and compelled by the drama.
The drama is basically about a young girl who died, and who now haunts three separate families, who live in the same house (Marchlands) during different periods. The Bowen's, from the 60's, and the immediate family to the girl who died. A family of four in the 80's, including a little girl called Amy, and a couple in the 00's, who have just had a newborn baby.
The way the drama unfolds is very gradual, and the show can be confusing if you don't watch it thoroughly because the scenes between each period shift very swiftly from one to another, yet interestingly the stories from each period end up entwining to build the bigger picture, and I think this is what keeps the viewer engaged and compelled.
Each episode lasts 45 minutes without commercials, or an hour when the commercials are included. Each episode contains mystery, excitement, scares, and dramatic action that makes you want to know exactly what happened, and how, and who was involved. There are subtle clues in the episodes which were great to keep you guessing, and fortunate enough to not make the drama predictable.
If you are looking for a scary and mysterious drama with great actors, this is one to watch. Each episode is gripping, and admittedly, whilst the ending just wasn't fine enough for me, and a little disappointing, the drama is still worth watching for its simplicity and sweetness.
I would give it a fine 4.5/5.
After always seeing these tempting fruity treats in the cream fridge in my local supermarket, I have always been tempted to buy them for a cheeky little treat, although the price tag has generally put me off them. They do look rather small, so paying over £2 for what seems like a bitesize dessert, is rather annoying, although when I saw a pack reduced I just had to take the plunge and buy a pack of these little key lime pies.
The packaging is a bright green, with 'Fru' clearly labelled. (Fru is part of the Gu Company, which tend to offer delicious chocolate desserts and snacks). The pack seems quite heavy when lifted to say it's just cheesecake, but that is because they come in a small glass tub.
When I got home and opened the pack, I was a little disappointed when I saw the size of the pies. I expected them to be small, but these were in my eyes, very small. I suppose if you are on a diet and just looking for a cheeky little treat, or just want one for a snack without putting on too many calories (less than 200 in each pie) then I suppose they are ideal.
Whilst they appear small, they do look tasty, and definitely live up to expectations. The pie itself is very tangy with a strong fruity taste, and the pies smell good too. The biscuit base is crumbly and moist, which is great since a lot of cheesecakes tend to have a dry, rough biscuit base recently.
Overall, I would give these little pies a decent 4/5. They are ideal for a small treat or light dessert, and taste great. The only downside is the original price.
I recently joined triond and just was eager to share my experience so far. But first I will explain what triond is. Triond is basically a website where you publish articles of your choice and earn money based on views/ad revenue.
Well, my opinion on the site so far is that it is definitely okay, but unless you love writing articles or are really willing to stick at it, you will not earn much. I have been on the website for just a few days now and have made 50 cents, which obviously is not a lot, but I have read that if you are an active writer, earnings tend to increase each month, and in the long run - you could potentially earn a nice amount. My impression is that this site is one that could benefit you in the long run, but not much will be seen in terms of money earnings in the short run.
Putting the earnings to a side though, triond is quite a fun website as you can virtually find an article on any topic. It's very interactive and easy to make friends/fans and if you are a keen writer its definitely worth taking a look.
I decided to alternate between products and after my mum bought this exfoliator I decided to give it a try. When I asked my mum the price I was quite impressed at how cheap the product was - only £4.99 however at the same time I was slightly skeptical as to whether it would be any good since I am used to using more expensive products.
The product comes in a simple white 100ml tube with blue writing and the sanctuary logo. The product contains Bamboo, Jojoba and Olive granules and it is advertised to leave skin glowing and refined.
When I first tried the product, I noticed the exfoliator was quite thick and creamy - a lot different to other exfoliators I have used which have been very granule like and beady. This cream did have an unusual texture in my opinion. However when I applied it I could feel the granules which was good. I did need to apply a fair amount since for some reason the product seemed to just lie on my skin and not absorb very well.
After leaving the exfoliator on my face for a little while, I then proceeded to rinse it off and my skin did feel softer and more refreshed which was nice. I did notice that my pores had opened up well but my skin did not feel like it had had much new done to it compared to other exfoliators I have used, although it was obvious to me that there was a slight improvement in my skin so obviously the product was doing something right.
To be honest, I would use this again since it is very cheap but I feel I need to apply it more usual than other exfoliators to get the same results, nevertheless I would definitely recommend it.
I recently tried this baguettes as I am trying out many basics products right now, and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed. They are very cheap and a lot cheaper than paying for Sainsburys normal range, and to be honest, after trying out both, there is hardly any difference so it is better to just go with the basics.
These are part baked so you simply put them in the oven and wait for them to be ready - easy! Once they start baking the smell is quite strong and simply delicious. I tend to be very eager to try out the bread once its been baked. The crust is nice and crunchy yet the actual bread is quite soft and fluffy which is great. I have noticed that sometimes the crust can be quite hard which is annoying to chew at times but I guess this can be the same with any bread.
Any filling goes with this bread and I think its a nice (perhaps more fancy) alternative to simply two slices of bread for a sandwich. I like to have a chunk of these baguettes with soup or to compliment a salad.
I cannot really fault these baguettes because they are cheap, and in my opinion just as good as a normal baguette, so forget about it being 'basic'! sometimes simplicity is better.
They taste good, bake well, and compliment any sandwich filling or meal rather nicely, so I would definitely recommend you try them out.
The Sainsburys Basics range is a great option if you are looking to tighten your budget or just hunt down some fair deals. Beginning to test the basics range, I was a little skeptical to try out the basics bread since I do eat a lot of bread and am very picky when it comes to what kind of bread I get. I am a huge fan of Hovis wholemeal and hearty oats but decided to give the basics wholemeal a try, just to see if it was any good.
If I am honest, I was not expecting much from this loaf, which costs 50p. The slices, for a start are very thin, so don't be fooled by 'medium' bread. Because it is thin, I find I have to have more than the usual amount of slices to satisfy my hunger and the bread does break easily which is not great for when spreading butter or anything else. However, apart from the bread being too thin and breakable, the taste is adequate. I'm not going to lie and say the taste is incredible, because it isn't, and there is a noticeable difference between this bread and a branded, thicker, heartier slice of bread, but if you just use bread for a quick snack, such as beans on toast, or to dip into soup, it's ideal.
To be honest, before I tried this bread I was under the impression that it was only good enough for feeding ducks in the park, but whilst I wouldn't recommend this bread as a full alternative to a branded loaf, I would definitely suggest you try it out if you don't eat a lot of bread or if its just for a snack.
Ok, I admit it. I am a chocolate addict. I love all kinds of chocolate, from white to dark, cadburys to galaxy, it's all just so good, but with prices ever rising and money being tight, I decided to take the plunge for 35p by buying Sainsburys basics milk chocolate.
The chocolate comes in the typical Sainsburys 'basics' packaging. Can't really give any scoring points for the tacky orange and white. But to be honest, who really cares about the packaging? It's the actual product that counts. And to be generous, Sainsburys can have a few marks for adding nutritional information on.
To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised with this chocolate. Admittedly, it does seem to taste a lot darker than typical milk chocolate, but I actually prefer this cheap chocolate than branded chocolate such as Cadburys! (Ok, so the price of it does just win it over for me, but really, the chocolate does taste great). The chocolate flavour is very strong, so I think any lover of chocolate would actually give this product the thumbs up.
The chocolate is quite hard if refrigerated, but once it's out of the fridge it does melt rather quickly. I find this chocolate quite nice to suck on or if i'm just feeling a little peckish. A bar usually lasts me 2-3 days, depending on how many chunks I decide to eat.
To be a bit more adventurous, I decided to chop a bar of this chocolate into really small chunks (quite hard since its quite a big, thick block of chocolate, even after sticking it in the microwave) to some pear muffins I made. I can't praise the chocolate high enough for making my muffins taste delicious with the gooey warm chocolate oozing out of them.
I would definitely recommend this chocolate. It's super cheap, can last you a while, tastes really good, and is a nice pleasant treat if you can get past the tacky packaging.
It's really worth trying out.
I am a huge fan of Kipling cakes, and as far as Kipling's bakewell slices go, I really like them. I wouldn't go to the extent of 'I love them' because I prefer cherry bakewells, trifle bakewells and bakewell tarts, but these little slices are a nice little snack for when having a cup of tea or for a lunch box treat.
The slices have vanilla icing which is decorated and on top of a cake/shortcrust filled with a not so generous layer of jam. I think the only negative I could tell you about these slices is that because there isn't that much jam, the slices lack the distinct bakewell taste compared to other bakewell products. However, the icing is perfect as it is not too sweet, and the cake/shortcrust is soft and crumbly and very tasty.
The slices are wrapped into pairs for freshness and there is 6 in a packet altogether. Depending on the store, they range from £1 to a not so good £2. I personally feel that these slices are probably worth just over £1. They are baked well and taste great but they just are not as good as some other Kipling products so paying almost £2 or even over £1.50 is a little bit too much.
They are a decent size and are good to bite into, and they contain no artificial colours or favourings which is always a bonus.
I would recommend this product but only half heartedly, as I feel there are better Kipling products on the shelves.
This game was brought out by Rockstar North, and like most GTA games, is rather controversial due to its violent and rude nature, hence this game has a certificate of 18+, so obviously, I would never recommend this game for younger kids.
This game is great in the sense that you can play for fun - drive around, kill people, explore a variety of locations and be chased by the police and gangs, OR you can play the missions and beat levels until you finally complete the game. The benefits of this is that it makes the game have an unlimited time to play since there is so much to do, and so much to just explore without the hassles of going to luxury mansions to get back money, sell drugs, and so on.
The game graphics are absolutely incredible. The characters all look very realistic, as do the cars and motorcycles. Admittedly, I think the buildings do need some more effort put into them as they look a bit tacky at times, but overall the graphics are impressive.
The game also features a range of music, such as Jazz, country, rap, indie, and all this music can be heard by switching radio stations when riding in a car/taxi.
What I love about this game:
+Hours and hours of gameplay.
+Such a variety of things to do, from serious missions, to building a gang network and taking over other gangs, boat races, car races, unlockable missions such as doing taxi fares, etc.
+Great graphics and sound
+Video - during missions, you often see a cinematic view of what is going on. ie) Characters telling others what to do. The acting is good and the scenes are realistic, albeit a bit too dramatic.
+Ability to make you laugh, be scared, be determined to complete a mission - this game really gets you gripped!
What I dislike about this game:
-If I really had to choose something, it would be that the language can be very rude which is a little off putting, but I guess that is the nature of the game.
I would definitely recommend this game if you are looking for hours of gameplay that will keep you gripped. I wouldn't recommend if you do not like violent games or ones with rude language. It can be bought very cheaply now - I have seen this game available for small prices such as £1!
We all know Mr.Kipling, the guy who bakes them delicious cakes, and now with only free range eggs! What a good man!. I love pretty much all the kipling cakes, such as lemon slices, bakewell tarts, country slices, and so on, but my all time favourite has definitely got to be the French fancies.
In a bright pink box, comes 8 little fancy delights with a mixture of flavours - strawberry, lemon and chocolate. They can be bought on offer a lot of the time in supermarkets for as little as £1 but generally I think the price is about £1.29. Quite a typical price for small cake slices or bites.
The cake's are extremely tasty, and especially good if you have a sweet tooth. The cake consists of a very light, soft sponge with flavoured icing and a dollop of cream in the middle of the icing. The cakes are extremely sweet, but that is why I love them. Each cake is over 100 calories, so if you are on a diet, these fancies might be something to avoid.
I particularly like the chocolate one the best as the flavour is not too overwhelming yet still delicious. Whilst the lemon and strawberry are really nice, I personally find the lemon a bit tangy and the strawberry a little too sweet.
These cakes look very decorative, and I think are ideal for a special treat after dinner, or for when visitors come around. In a lot of shops, there is some types of birthday cakes that are basically one huge version of these small fancies, so for a birthday party, it could be a good idea to get the big cake and then get a packet of the little French fancies to decorate the big cake with.
I would definitely recommend these little cakes, although maybe just as a treat as they are quite unhealthy and bad for your teeth since they are so sweet! I personally find them quite addicting though. I would not recommend these if you are on a diet or diabetic.