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I rarely use branded hairspray, as I believe that shop's own hair care products are often much better value for money. I bought a large 400ml size can of Maximum Hold Silvikrin hairspray for only £1 from Home Bargains. This seemed like a good deal as the can is very large and the cost was low. I have short hair which curls naturally at the ends and though it's short, I still like to use hairspray to keep it in place.
I have been very disappointed with the formula of this hairspray. It's branded as being the best and firmest hold but this one did nothing to hold my hair in place. When I pressed the nozzle I also found that the mist didn't come out of the can very evenly. It seemed to take a long time to dry and the result was that it made my hair look a mess. I cannot say I am happy with the hold either. The style failed to stay in place for any length of time and the wind soon put paid to any spray which did manage to hold onto my hair.
It's also quite difficult to brush out easily and it leaves my own hair feeling heavy and matted. I have been surprised and also disappointed with this hairspray and I say that because I remember using this brand of hairspray many years ago and I was always pleased with the hold. Years ago I just used a medium hold and even that gave a much better hold of my hairstyle that this maximum hold one gives.
This isn't a hairspray I am at all happy with and I feel I've been robbed. I think possibly that's why these cans have been reduced because the formula is so poor and they must be poor sellers. Sadly, because of this bad experience with the maximum hold, this has naturally put me off from buying this brand again.
I don't recommend this at all.
Rarely, if ever, buy branded painkillers these days. I really do prefer to buy the own brand from the supermarkets, wherever I happen to be at the time. I shop in different supermarkets and I have noticed that their painkillers all contain the same ingredients as do the branded painkillers and they are a fraction of the price.
I like to use the paracetamol capsules, which are made by Sainsbury's. I prefer these to the uncoated type because they are coated in a sort of dark blue and light blue coloured plastic and this means that they won't ever dissolve in my mouth because the coating makes them slide down the throat much better and far more easily than the uncoated tablets. These are oval in shape and cost me about 33p for a box of 16 tablets. They come in foil strips, which are easy to pop out, and I take two of these with a half glass of cold water. They normally tae around twenty minutes to take effect and they are excellent for mild to moderate pain.
I do suffer from occasional migraine headaches and these are no good for this purpose, sadly, but they have worked wonders for me recently when I had a gum abscess and I was in a lot of pain. I also took ibuprofen tablets at the same time (under the direction of my doctor) to ease the inflammation, and the paracetamol took the pain away.
As they are easy to swallow I ever feel that I can taste these tablets in my mouth and if the pain is exceptionally bad then I have been known to take them on a regular four hourly interval. They are excellent for cold and flu symptoms, they relieve high temperatures and my son took some recently when he had a sore shoulder from rock climbing.
They are something which I always have in the medicine cupboard in my house and as they have a long shelf life, then they rarely will go out of date before I have used up all 16 tablets in the box.
They are very good value for money and useful for so many day to day ailments and aches and pains.
I highly recommend them.
My hair has never been my best feature. At the moment it is short and mid brown and starting to grey near to the temples. It's always lacked any shine and it's not what I'd call dazzling, at all. My partner likes my hair and says not to change it but I really would like to give it a bit of a special shine and so this is why I always look out for hair care products which claim they will help to give me more radiance to my hair.
I bought the Clairol Herbal Essence Dazzling shine shampoo because the main claim on the bottle is that it's two in one (so I don't have to use a separate conditioner) and also that it will make my hair look shiny and more dazzling. I have used nearly the whole bottle now but it really hasn't made any difference that I can see.
The nicest thing about this shampoo is its lovely smell. The fragrance is uplifting and fresh and fruity and the consistency of this shampoo and conditioner is very thick and almost what I'd describe as a gel because it's not runny on the hand and sits in place.
It lathers up very well and rinses off nicely. Afterwards there are no tangles in my hair, though this may be due to my hair being short. This hair treatment may not be as effective for ridding the hair of knots and tangles if your hair is longer. My hair looks nice afterwards and it looks more hydrated but I really cannot say that it looks more shiny than it did before I started to use this shampoo. It does feel softer.
I haven't regretted trying it though because I like to try new hair care products and I can be a little bit gullible about manufacture's claims. It's nice shampoo but it won't make your hair look more shiny than it did before, I'm afraid. I paid £3.89 for a 400ml sized bottle though I have seen it cheaper since I bought mine.
I do suffer from cold sore breakouts on my lips whenever I am run down or stressed for a long period of time. I have tried remedies which my doctor has given me on prescription and I have also bought branded cold sore creams which have been heavily advertised in magazines and on the television, and yet I find that nothing works any better than the Boots Cold Sore Cream. I have been buying this for years and it seems to have been around for a long time so it must be popular. In my opinion this works fast and it is very effective for helping to deal with not only cold sores but any sort of bleeding or cracked lips.
My cold sore always seems to come back in the same place and I know it is going to pop up because it feels tingly for twenty four hours before it pops up. This is when I apply the cream to help to make it go before it appears. It helps to take the tingle away and at the same time it also heal any cracks I may have on my lips.
This cream used to be under £2 for a 5g tube but now it costs me £2.19 however it lasts a long time because I don't need to use it very often and even when I do, I only need to apply the smallest bit to make it help the cold sore.
The cream is thick and white and it is more like a lotion you would use on your face. This is not what I would describe as an ordinary type of balm or salve for lips because it goes on like a cream and you can see it on your lips. I only ever use this if I am staying in the house because it can be seen sitting on the lips and this is the only way it is going to work.
It works in about 48 hours for me personally and then after that I know that the cold sore will be gone completely. The tube is small but it has a long shelf life and it lasts me for ages. If you live with anyone else who has a similar problem, then I suggest that you don't share the same tube because this might make the infection spread from one to the other.
The lotion doesn't have any smell that I am able to detect but all I know is that it works remarkably quickly and it is very effective and a good price.
My hair is fine and as I also suffer from occasional dandruff, I think this makes the dandruff more noticeable and it makes me feel slightly self-conscious about it. I have tried a lot of different medicated shampoos designed to eradicate dandruff and some of them work better than others. One I like is from Vosene and it is an anti dandruff shampoo but it's also a conditioner at the same time. This saves time and money because I always like to use a conditioner otherwise my hair can become knotted at the ends.
This shampoo only costs £1.99 for a bottle which is 250ml in size and it has a nice unusual tear drop shape. It's bright and bold and very eye catching because it is bright orange.
Unlike other medicated shampoos, this one doesn't have a strong and overpowering medicated smell, as you might expect. This shampoo is also not dark brown in colour as you might expect but it's pale and light and it has a refreshing and floral smell, which makes a pleasant change from the usual medicated shampoos.
It lathers up really well and while the conditioner isn't the best one in the world, because my hair is still quite knotted after I have used this, it does work very well at keeping away the dandruff. My dandruff and flaky scalps is a lot less noticeable after I have used this Vosene Shampoo and conditioner. It works very well and it even makes my hair look a bit more voluminous.
My partner also uses this shampoo, even though he doesn't suffer from dandruff, because he says he just likes it and it makes his hair look and feel good and soft. It's certainly a pleasant shampoo to use whether or not you are unfortunate enough to suffer from dandruff and it's also very well priced.
I recommend it.
I have used some very nice shampoo from a range I don't usually buy. VO5 Nourish Me Truly Shampoo was on sale for only £2 a bottle and for 500ml I thought this was good value for money, especially considering it normally sells for £3.49. VO5 also make a matching conditioner and I have used this too, though not always at the same time. The bottle is quite strange looking and it has a long thin neck with a fatter base. This means that it stands up well in the shower and won't topple over but it's not so pretty to look at.
The bottle is bright pink and the shampoo is thick and off white pearl coloured. I was expecting it to be pink or purple coloured. The shampoo lathers very well on my hair and it feels rich and thick and creamy. I use no more than a 50p size because it lathers so well and using any more would be a waste, quite simply.
It rises off well and makes my hair feel in much better condition and quite a bit thicker. Sometimes I don't even bother to use a separate conditioner when I use this shampoo because this seems to help to release any tangles in my hair. My hair is fine and limp and not prone to tangling anyway. The smell of this shampoo is lightly fragranced and slightly floral. It smells of roses and lilies and it lasts on my hair, even after it has been dried.
This shampoo is supposed to nourish and strengthen my hair because it contains keratin. I do feel it helps to improve the look and the feel of my hair and it also makes it less greasy between washes so I have to was it less often than I normally would. My hair is easier to style afterwards and it gives volume and shine.
I am pleased with this shampoo and I pleased I tried this range as it wasn't one I had consider previously. It comes highly recommended.
My hair has never been one of my best assets. Its on the short side and has a slight curl at the ends which I have never really liked. My style is probably quite dated and I never have been able to find one which suits my face shape as it is quite rounded. I have struggled with dull hair for all of my adult life and so I always look for something which claims it's going to add a bit of shine to my hair for me. I am quite easily swayed by the adverts which make big claims and I often get disappointed when they don't work.
I was tempted by the Clairol Herbal Essence Dazzling Shine shampoo because it was only £1 for the large bottle in Asda and also I though it it might help to add at least a little bit of a shine to my hair. The bottle says it has light reflecting properties and orange flower extracts, berry and tea. I don't know how berries and tea are going to help to make my hair shiny but I gave it a try. I used the whole bottle and I also used the matching conditioner.
It was pleasant to use and lathered up well and rinsed off well but I did think that my hair seemed to be more knotted up, especially when it was still wet. Even if I used the conditioner after this shampoo, my hair seemed to be slightly dry. There was no sign at all of any added shine and whilst the shampoo is green in colour, I liked the smell though for some reason I had expected it to smell of apples. I am not sure why.
It was a disappointing experience but as I had paid for the bottle when I was going to use it all up and not let it go to waste. I wouldn't say that this shampoo makes my hair any shinier than any other type of shampoo I have tried before. It makes it dry and brittle, if anything. It's not a shampoo I would personally recommend because it seems to dry the hair out and it definitely doesn't add shine as it claims to do.
I always think that it isn't very cost effective to buy those thin and runny cheap bleaches. I think that the thicker the bleach is the better it is going to work. I like Domestos but it's very expensive and I use bleach in the toilets every day and also down the drains so I do use this product a lot.
As I shop in Asda I buy a few of their own products and one of them is their thick lemon fragranced bleach. I don't really mind the smell of bleach too much but having one which is delicately fragranced with a nice lemon smell is an added bonus. This bleach comes in a bright yellow bottle from Asda and it has a pointed nozzle on the top and a very tight fitting child safety cap.
This bleach costs only £1 for the bottle but sometimes it can be found on offer or there is also often extra bleach added to the standard sized bottle and it is advertised as having '50% extra free'. I like to stock up. The bottle can be recycled after use. I use this bleach mainly in the toilet bowls where I can direct it right underneath the rim of the toilet. It's very accurate. The bleach is extra thick and even possibly slightly thicker than the Domestos bleach I also use from time to time. It sticks to the sides of the toilet bow like thick glue and one flush an hour or so later and the bowl is nice and clean and shiny.
If I get smelly drains I also like to put this thick bleach down the plug holes because it really does quickly eradicate all the bad smells very quickly. It's very versatile, easy to use and very effective and inexpensive.
Bleach isn't anything anyone should really be getting excited about so I am not gong to go on about it and sound silly, but I will say that this is one of the better ones I have ever used and I really do recommend it.
My skin is prone to areas which can be drier than others. The backs of my hands take some battering and the knuckle area is very dry and scaly, especially in the colder months during winter time. My friend recommended a very good cream to me which is made by Boots called No 7 beautiful skin dry skin rescue. This cost me £12 for a 50ml white tube, made of plastic but I also had a voucher for £5 off any No 7 product so in fact I paid only £7 for this tube. I am almost two thirds of the way through it now and I use it most nights and every morning before I go out.
This cream is white and very thick, rich and creamy. It feels a little bit oily at first when it is initially put onto the skin, especially the hands but it soon sinks into the skin and leaves behind a softer feel to the skin. The knuckle area can become itchy and this cream also helps to calm it down and prevents the desire to itch it so much.
It's suitable for all types of skin and also it is hypo allergenic so you won't break out in a rash if you use it. I have never had any nasty side effects whenever I have used this cream, and I have only experienced good results. Because the cream itself is so rich and thick it lasts a long time as you don't need to apply very much of it. I also use it on my forearms and my elbows and I have used Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream but actually prefer to use this one and it is much cheaper.
It contains Shea butter and has added minerals with vitamins which are designed to nourish and care for the skin and help to make it more hydrated. I do think that my skin is more hydrated since I have used this cream and it feels and looks in better condition. The tube is only small but I only use a tiny bit and it sinks right in.
It's only available in Boots and I would recommend it for anyone who suffers from intense dry patches which are difficult to hydrate with a normal moisturising cream.
I like to try different kinds of fabric softeners and I really like the Lenor Infusions, which have a very large choice to pick from. I really like fabric softeners which smell of flowers and I like a fabric softener to last a long time after I have washed my bedding as there is nothing nicer than getting into bed when the bedding smells fresh and clean. The fragrance in the Lenor Infusions range last longer than the standard fabric softeners and considerably longer than the basic ranges that I have also bought from different supermarkets. Lenor Infusions last for seven times longer than the standard Lenor Fabric Softeners.
The one I am using at present is the Pink Topaz and Magnolia. I love the smell of magnolia and this is what initially made me buy this one. It was also reduced from £4 for a 1.6 litre bottle to only £2.50. The smell is strong and very floral and quite heady. I use only a small capful, even if the drum of the machine is very full. The fabric softener really helps to add a lovely softness to my clothing, especially the towels and bedding and it makes ironing clothing in general much quicker and easier.
The softener is quite runny and not as thick as you might imagine. This fragrance is white in colour when I had expected it to be pinker. It has a pearly look to it and I only ever use one small capful. A bottle containing 1.6 litres is said to give me up to 33 washes, though I do manage to get less than thirty, usually.
For days and days afterwards I can smell the fragrance still on the clothing and it is so nice to iron when the heat of the appliance makes the fragrance come up and I can really smell it. It is floral and sweet smelling and this is why I like it so much on my bedding. I have used a few different types of fragrances in this range and this is one of my favourites at the moment.
It is expensive though you don't have to use very much to achieve excellent results. I really do recommend this.
I've used Nytol one a night tablet quite a few times, especially recently. I find it very difficult to sleep in warmer weather and then I become snappy the following day because I still feel tired. This isn't fair on the person who lives with me and so I take a short remedy of Nytol one a night tablet. This helps me to get back into the pattern of sleeping. I take one of these approximately half an hour before I go to bed and I make sure that I don't drink wine beforehand otherwise I would be completely knocked out and would feel awful the following morning.
These tablets I buy from Bots and they cost me £3.99. The box contains 16 tablets and they work well for me. I would have though that someone with more body weight, such as myself, might have needed a higher dosage but apparently this is not the case because I had a lengthy discussion about this with the pharmacist before I bought these for the first time. I have bought about three boxes of these tablets now over a longish period of time and I keep on buying them because quite simply, they work well for me. What I really like about them is that I don't have to bother my doctor as I don't need a prescription and also, they never make me feel drowsy the following day. I feel bright and cheery, so long as I have had my rest.
These never knock me out completely. For me personally, I can say that they just help me to feel a little drowsy and they get me off into a sound sleep. I still wake a few times during the night to use the bathroom and I have a full memory of this, and this is how I know that they haven't knocked me for six.
The active ingredient is an antihistamine called Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride and one 50mg tablet is all that is needed to help to get me off to sleep. My partner has also tried these himself and he also agrees with me that they work very well, they are very effective but mild enough not to give either rof us any nasty side effects.
I'm pleased with Nytol one a night. They are safe to take if you don't' rely on them and use them every night and they work well for me without any adverse reactions.
I use conditioner on my hair after every time I wash it I have to because otherwise my hair would look even worse than it does now. My hair is short and fine with a little bit of curl at the ends, but the ends can become dry and brittle if I neglect them for too long. As I already use the beautiful ends shampoo then I bought the conditioner to match and I love them both. Use them both together and sometimes just one their own. For example, the other evening I used Vosene Shampoo but I finished it off with the Herbal Essence Beautiful Ends conditioner.
This conditioner is quite thick and luxurious and it's a pretty pink colour. It has the consistency of a raspberry yogurt and they both smell very similar too. It feels velvety on my hair though I try to keep the treatment to the ends of my hair only as my hair can look very bad if I condition it too near to the roots.
It rinses off well and doesn't leave my hair feeling too slick or slimy as some conditioners can do if they are too rich. I once paid a lot of money for a conditioner which did this to my hair and I was very disappointed. This conditioner is widely available in most supermarkets and seems to be a popular choice lately as I am seeing a lot of special offers on this Clairol range of products. I paid £1.99 for the bottle which is 200ml in size. As there is only myself who uses a conditioner in my house, then this will last me a very long time, especially as I don't need to use a lot anyway.
It makes a big difference to the ends of my hair and I feel that it helps to mend some of the more brittle split ends I have. It helps me to control my slight natural curl I have at the ends of my hair. I like it and I think it's very good value for money personally. I do recommend it.
I have bought Sainsbury's own brand of silver cooking foil in the past but it started to get quite expensive and I also don't much like the quality as it was on the thin side. Asda's silver foil is now the one I use most of the time as I prefer the quality and also the price is cheaper. I have both an Asda and Sainsbury's store near to where I live so in that respect I am quite lucky.
This foil can be bought in a larger roll which has 30 metres and costs £3. I buy the smaller roll, which costs £1.49 for ten metres of foil. The packaging is plain and the box is white (just as the Sainsbury's foil was). I don't think that the jagged cutting teeth on either of the rolls have been of very good quality. They lose their ability to effectively tear the foil in a straight line and I end up having to use scissors. I also find this to be the case with all foils I have bought whether they have been expensive or not. I prefer to cut with scissors anyway, as it means I can get a nice straight line.
I have used this foil for roasting joints in the oven to stop the fat from spattering and I also use it for wrapping sandwiches and cold meats and left overs in the fridge. The foil is quite good quality, nice and thick and it doesn't tear easily or break if I keep going into the oven to check on a roast and pull the foil back. It's rare that it will tear.
It's much better quality than Sainsbury's and I can really feel the difference in thickness between the two rolls. It's just as affective as Bacofoil and less than half the price.
It's well worth £1.49 and I recommend it highly.
I've used Daz washing powder for a lot of years. It's always reliable and manages to clean well on hot or cooler temperatures and on light coloured clothing as well as darker clothing. The only reason I stopped using it for a little while was because I wanted to try out the other sorts available such as Aerial and Surf.
Whenever I buy Daz it's always in one of the larger size boxes because this works out the best value for money. I pay £6.49 for the largest box I can find and this is a washing powder which is always in stock in every supermarket I have been to. The box isn't difficult to open but if I don't use it up quickly enough I always feel it absorbs some of the moisture from the air underneath my kitchen sink and that's when it clumps together slightly. This doesn't detract from the fact that it is still a very effective washing powder, it's just a little bit annoying whenever this happens.
I use a generous scoop for my washing and I like that even if I am washing clothes such as delicates on a very cold wash, this powder always dissolves and there are never any patches of undissolved powder left on the clothing after I take it out of the drum.
It has a nice clean and fresh smell and I really like to use it on bedding towels, which I boil wash or at least wash at sixty degrees to kill off germs. It's a strong and powerful detergent and I feel for this reason I prefer to use something a little less harsh on delicates such as silk, though the washing instructions on the reverse of the box still says it can be used on these materials.
The powder is white with very tiny blue flecks and it smells really nice even before it's been used on the clothing. A large box such as the one I always buy will last me for many weeks. I wash about two times per week but still the box lasts well. It's a reliable and effective detergent which still seems to be as popular now as it was years ago.
I'd recommend this detergent, as it's not too expensive and whilst it might not be as flash as some of the more modern cleaners out there now, it's stood the test of time, so that has to say a lot about it.
I use Carex liquid soaps a lot of the time in preference to bars of soaps. I like this range as they offer a lot of choice and I swap them around when I fancy something different. I try to get them half price whenever I can, but I don't always manage to do this successfully. I keep one in the kitchen as this is where I do most of my hand washing. The Aloe Vera hand wash is nice though doesn't lather up quite as much as the other varieties do.
I prefer to use a liquid soap which claims to kill bacteria whenever I possibly can. The Carex Aloe Vera makes this claim and it's a pleasant soap to use in that it lathers up well and has a very nice fresh fragrance which always seems to last for quiet a while after I have washed my hands.
This liquid soap has a pump dispenser. I press the pump twice on order for it to dispense the correct amount of soap need in order to obtain a good lather. It foams well and creates a lot of nice soapy suds and lather, though the others perhaps create a little more. It rinses off clean without leaving a residue behind and certainly no stickiness. I don't feel that this liquid soap dries my hands out any more than the other Carex liquid soaps I use. It seems to be very gentle on the skin and just cleans my hands effectively without any bother o itchiness or irritation. I do feel it's kind to hands and suitable for sensitive skin.
I'm generally very happy with this Aloe Vera liquid soap, as I am with all the ones I have used from the Carex range so far. I recommend this one too as I can get it as cheaply as only 99p.