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    • Marmite Squeezy. / Spread / 25 Readings / 25 Ratings
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      11.07.2012 12:50
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      You WILL either LOVE it or HATE it!

      I have always liked Marmite and luckily it is something my 7 year old daughter likes as she won't eat ham or cheese or any other sandwich filling for that matter so the fact that she will eat marmite is a godsend as it does have health benefits and is not as unhealthy as having say jam every day due to the sugary content. There is no sugar in marmite! The main marketing ploy behind this squeezy bottle variety is that unlike its predecessor (which hasn't been usurped and is still available in varying sizes) it claims that there will be less mess with this because it won't drizzle down off of your knife and you can get exactly the right quantity out and it will therefore be easier to spread and do less damage to your bread! I do prefer buying this squeezy, plastic variant on the usual screw top lidded glass jar for other reasons though - firstly, because I think it is more hygienic in that you aren't putting a knife back and forth in the jar and possibly leaving margarine and crumbs behind that may go off or stale - as marmite, even once opened - does not require refrigeration. You merely need to store it in a cool, dry place because if refrigerated, it will become very difficult to spread plus it would make your toast go cold lol. Secondly, should you be 'butter fingered' and if you are having this on toast or bread you might be ;-) and drop it, there is no chance that it might smash! Even though this does not need refrigeration, it has a shelf life of about a year although if you love marmite you will get through even a big bottle in about a quarter of that if not less!!! Tesco sell a 200g tub for £2.50 but I tend to buy the bigger 400g tub as this is more cost effective, selling at £4.78 (a saving of 22p) and that's not to be sniffed at in these current economic times. It comes in the same colouring as the glass one an is see through showing the dark brown content of the marmite inside, with a yellow flip-top lid which is at the bottom rather like many shower gels. Usually this means that you can get out the last vestiges of a product but for some reason with this, (possibly because of the rounded shape), as you get to the end of the product, it becomes quite difficult to expel those last globules! However, I have a similar problem getting the last little bits out of the glass jars so am not too bothered by this and I think because the product clings around the sides it looks like there is more in there than actually in reality is! You can always unscrew the flip top lid and scrape out what's left if you want to. It has a seal in the form of a yellow tab which is attached to a label stuck to the lid that has the nutritional values inside (although this can be hard to prise apart to get at). The main difference on the front if the product is that instead of Marmite written in big white letters on a red background, it has Big Squeeze (as in the picture). I guess the packaging for marmite is so well-known they feel they can get away now without having to scream out the product name which is much more discreetly featured on the pot of yeast below as is also the case on the glass jars. For those interested the nutritional values these are detailed below: Nutrition Typical Values Typical values per 4g serving - Energy 39kJ/9kcal - Protein 1.5g - Carbohydrate 0.8g - of which sugars trace - Fat nil - of which saturates nil - Fibre 0.1g - Sodium 0.2g - Salt 0.43g - I think you would have to be from another planet or asleep for the last hundred years or so to not have sighted or heard the famous "You either Love it or Hate it slogan and I think it is a very good one as my husband hates it whereas the rest of the Reidy family love it and I think this is true in many families across the world! Marmite is largely made from a yeast extract and is mostly used as a spread on bread or toast or whatever you want to spread it on - anything goes I guess. It goes nicely with cheese and crackers in my opinion. I have heard that some people cook with it using it in stews or curries for example or even make this into a drink a bit like you do with Bovril so it is quite a versatile product although personally I have never tried doing either of those things. Marmite is rich in B vitamins including Vitamin B12 as well as Folic Acid which is good for women (particularly pregnant ones) and is 100% vegetarian. Something I heard recently, which I did not know, is that marmite is purported to keep the mozzies from biting because of its strong favour - they HATE it but I assume each one would have to bite you at least once to know you've been eating it lol so not sure how true that is (unless they land on you and can smell it through your skin - ewww) which must be the case if this is a true fact and I did hear this off of Dr. Hilary on breakfast TV so it must be true! The texture of Marmite is very thick and smooth; the rich, dark brown colour is meaty looking in colour and in taste. It does have a beefy like taste and unique smell which I can't quite equate to anything else and, as mentioned, also has quite a strong, unique flavour, quite unlike anything else!!! I do like to spread this thinly on toast otherwise I find this too strong. A little will spread a long way which also makes it cost effective. I can't imagine this being half as tasty if slathered on thickly and I have to have margarine or butter underneath it. As well as the yeast extract Marmite also includes salt, vegetable extract, Niacin, Thiamin, Spice Extracts (contains celery) Riboflavin and the aforementioned Folic Acid and Vitamin B12. Gosh, who'd have thought little old Marmite would produce such a lengthy review. I hope I haven't bored you. Would I recommend it? Well, I'm a lover not a hater, so yes! Thanks for reading and rating. x also on ciao

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      • Horrid Henry (DS) / Nintendo DS Game / 45 Readings / 44 Ratings
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        21.02.2012 17:00
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        Good, unclean fun!

        Much to my dismay my son loves Horrid Henry so he spent some of his last birthday money on this DS game. Henry wants to go to the Killer Boy Rats concert and he needs his parents to think he can be good in order to get them (but he doesn't plan to be) and Moody Margaret also wants the tickets so he has her to battle with too along with some other obstacles. Henry has to complete many missions to achieve his goal armed with a range of special skills and equipment. Just like on the TV show and in the books he has at his disposal a double drencher, gross goo, spiders and stink bombs! There are 40 levels in total and each level has it's own individual mission to complete. You also have to keep a look out for Henry's bear Mr Kill (lovely!) as this will enable you to unlock the bonus level that comes with each set of levels which also has to be completed! The game is quite easy to navigate and the controls to get henry to run, jump, hide etc. are quite straight forward. You have an energy bar that goes up and down and there are many ways to boost your energy so don't worry. You get rewards (yucky ones) for doing well of course. Along with Henry and Margaret there are other favourite characters such as Pefect Peter, Mum, Dad and Miss Battle-Axe so if your child is a fan of the show, they are bound to be a fan of this game. The levels are also timed and you can obtain gold, silver or bronze Gizmos depending on how fast you are! After each level your progress is saved automatically. The downside is that you can quit in the middle of a level as your progress won't be saved, unless you don't mind having to start the level again. Personally I prefer games where they save regularly or you get a choice to save where you want to. The graphics and music are bright and jaunty and my son tells me that some of the levels are pretty easy whilst some are quite challenging so it has quite good longevity in that they can't race it through it in a day! It has multiple difficulty settings so this can lengthen the game play too depending on what setting you have it. This is also good for younger players who can opt for an easier setting. This is a three plus game but I think 6-9 is a more appropriate age range. We bought our copy from game for Naughty fun for mischievious children! Thanks for reading. x

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        20.02.2012 09:55
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        My daughter got into Zhu Zhu pets about a year ago and so when she spotted a DS game featuring the little critters, she couldn't wait to get it for her DS. There is a lot of merchandise linked to these furry little creatures, originally hamsters but extended to include the 'wild bunch' comprising skunks, bunnies etc. You get to choose your pet first off to adopt and the main premise of the game is to take care of your virtual pet by entering Nuture Mode where you can feed them, let them exercise put them to bed and play with them. Your pet has a health meter which goes up and down depending on how well you look after it so I guess an element of learning about responsibility does come with this game which is something all children need to learn! As you go through the game you also get the opportunity to adopt more pets which is appealing as who wants one when you can have two or more! Adventure Mode is where you play through various levels travelling through mazes where you can collect items and race against the Wild Bunch and each other. If you do well nurturing your pet you can obtain a high Nuture Rating which helps you progress through the game and receive extra items and ultimately race against the wild bunch at the end. The game is narrated which is good for children that maybe are not at a high level of reading capability although the music can be a little annoying but both can be controlled or turned off which is helpful. There are a total of 36 levels to unlock so there is lots to keep a little one occupied but some levels (particularly the boss level) is pretty hard to get through and even a parent may struggle with parts of this game which is not great as you want something that is challenging for you child, yes, but not something that is virtually impossible for them to do as at some points you have to use the stylus and the buttons on the DS together which may be difficult for younger players and can get frustrating. The game does automatically save and update your progress and profile and achievements which is a plus that I always look for on games to save the upset of a child losing all of their progress should they forget to save at appropriate points. A bonus feature that comes with this game is that it has bonus levels with special camera features designed for the DSi but if yours doesn't have a camera then obviously this will make no odds to you! The graphics are fairly good and this is a bright and colourful game but I feel that it could have been structured better so that it doesn't come across so confusing. Perhaps less is more is a good adage that should have been adhered to as far as this game goes. My daughter soon tired of the difficulty and confusing aspects of this game after getting off to a positive start and it has been relegated to the no longer played with pile so this is not a game I would ultimately recommend despite the idea being a good one with a fairly entertaining premise so I only give it two stars.

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        19.02.2012 17:09
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        A simple, fun game.

        We picked a pre-owned copy of this up from Game for £24.99 for my daughter when she was 6 years old (she is now 7 going on 8) and is also a fan of the online game. This is a 3+ game which has very basic controls and is easy to understand and navigate around with cherry music and sound effects. The premise of the game is to complete all the missions as an Elite Penguin Force Agent. As well as the main game, there are also mini games. One of the good things about this DS game (if your child does have an online account) is that you can earn coins by completing missions and mini-games and transfer them wirelessly to your club penguin account. This was definitely something that made this game appeal more to my daughter. Herbert P. Bear Esq. is the culprit and it is his dastardly plans that you, as Agent, must unravel and stop him from carrying them out! This game also comes with an agent card which has a code on it that you can use on online to unlock new items for your online penguin. The game automatically saves your progress which is great for younger players. You get to create your own penguin at the start so can decide how your agent will look which my daughter particularly enjoyed doing and has you go through the game you unlook more accessories to dress him or her up in. This game can be downloaded so that two players can play together. The graphics, although fairly basic, are very bright and colourful as are the sound effects and music. Basically this is a very simple but fun and entertaining game to play but is aimed towards younger players in my opinion. Now aged 7, she doesn't play with it as much anymore so it doesn't have huge longevity, therefore I am only awarding it three stars overall. also on ciao

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        29.09.2011 20:41
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        an enticing cereal for children.

        My son Ryan (who asked to be given a credit in my review) came home from a sleepover and said that he had tried a new breakfast cereal - namely Weetabix's Chocolate Weetos. I wasn't too keen on the idea of him having a chocolatey cereal but being a rather soft mummy at times, I agreed to buy some so he could have them on occasion but on reading all the information on the pack, the healthier aspects of this cereal put my reservations somewhat to rest. This is a wholegrain cereal (which is a plus) as wholegrains release energy slowly os hopefully will fuel your child enough to get them through to lunchtime. They have also been fortified with vitamins (including vitamin D) and iron. They are also low in salt and free from artificial colours. Yes, this cereal does contain cocoa powder and is probably not that great for the teeth but on the whole I don't think these are too bad as far as these sweet cereals go and when my children eat plain cereals like rice krispies or cornflakes they have sugar added on top anyway. I have just eaten one dry and they are nice and crunchy without being too hard on the teeth with a good hit of chocolate favour derived from the cocoa powder covering. They are quite sweet and i personally would not choose these to eat myself but I can absolutely see why children like them. The smell of these is not overly chocolatey but nonetheless quite pleasant. These come in a hoop shape (about the size of a polo mint) and the packaging also appeals to children in that a giant weeto (with arms and legs) adorns the front and back of the box (different from box pictured by dooyoo) almost like a super hero character declaring; 'I'm crunchy', 'I'm chocolatey',I'm wholegrain' (whilst flexing his muscles), and 'I am Weeto!'. The box is mostly chocolate brown in colour and a 500g box contains around 16 30g servings. These do stay crunchy once the milk is added as long as you don't leave them for ages before eating and the milk does also turn chocolatey after a minute or two so the last of the milk can be drunk like a milkshake from the bowl or more demurely sipped off of the spoon!! Per 30g serviing these only contain 118 calories; 1.5g of fat 90 (0.3g of which is saturated fat); 7.1g of sugar and only 0.07g of salt. I have seen much higher sugar content in other sugary/chocolatey cereals so I really don't find these as bad as I thought they would be although it is obviously still quite high. This product is suitable for vegetarians and a 500g box cost me £2.50 although they do do a smaller 375g box which costs £1.99 if you want to try them out as cost effectively as possible. Allergen warning: This product contains wheat & milk. Despite my reservations about these types of cereals, I am happy that these contain wholegrain and vitamins and that my child enjoys them! Thanks for reading. x also on ciao

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        • Savlon Antiseptic Cream / First Aid / 45 Readings / 43 Ratings
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          28.09.2011 11:46
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          A must have in your first aid drawer

          Savlon is a well-known antiseptic cream that can probably be found in most households, especially those that contain children who, as most parents will have experienced, often manage to cover themselves in bruises, cuts, grazes or inexplicably come out with spots or rashes in all sorts of places! I keep a ready supply of Savlon because, in my opinion, it is a gentle product that helps to cleanse a wound as well as helping to prevent infection and it works with the natural healing process of your own skin, thus enabling as quick a healing time as possible. If you have read some of my other reviews so you will note that I have problem skin every now and again and have tried several products to help reduce or get rid of spots and/or redness. Just lately, finding that those products work initially but then seem to have a gradually lessening effect, I have turned to my trusty savlon to see if it helps and thankfully it has helped diminish a few little persistent spots I had around my nose area that were very red and seemingly untouchable when using the other spot specific gels. In fact, I used this last night and the said spots are already noticeably less red and have reduced a little in size. What I particularly like is that this cream is not too aggressive and does not dry out the skin as many other products do but merely gently cleanses, protects and heals. It does have a faint smell which I can't really describe other than to say it is mild and not unpleasant and not overly medicinal. It feels very soothing on the skin and if rubbed in completely does not leave any residue and make-up can be applied over the top if using in the morning. The product comes in a blue, soft plastic tube with a white screw on lid. The cream is very white and thick and should be applied to the affected area (with clean hands obviously) using a small circular motion until the product has been absorbed into the skin. Only a small amount of product needs to be used and it does take a little while to sink in. Of a night I leave some product on the surface of the skin after some has sunk in, in the hope that this will continue sinking in overnight which it does as it is not there in the morning - (my husband knows to leave me alone if he comes to bed and I have savlon smeared all over my face so if you want a different excuse than a headache.....)! Savlon can be bought in supermarkets and chemists. A 30g tube costs £1.99 but you can buy larger tubes (100g for £4.19). Cetrimide 0.5% w/w and Chlorhexidine Gluconate 0.1% w/w are listed as the active ingredients. It should be noted that this product contains Cetostearyl alcohol which can in some people cause local skin reactions and it also contains Parahydroxybenzoates which may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed). Should these or any other unwanted side effects occur, you should stop using it and consult your doctor. Luckily, I have never had any adverse reactions to using this and neither have my children who find this very soothing when applied as the cream feels very soft and cool on the skin. I really do rate Savlon as it is so gentle and soothing and great for the whole family in time of tears or discomfort! Thanks for reading. x also on ciao

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          • Superdrug Beauty Card / Credit Card / 47 Readings / 43 Ratings
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            I usually shop at Boots and love my Advantage Card but on a recent shopping expedition into Superdrug I picked up some cheaper items than Boots and was offered their Beautycard at the till in order to start collecting Beauty points. The benefits of having this card are as follows: you can spend your points instore anytime you like; you can earn points when you shop at superdrug.com; you can check your current points balance at a glance at your receipt or even online (once you have registered your card which is quick and easy to do at superdrug.com/beautycard); plus you can sign up to become an email VIP and receive exlclusive offers and perks. WHAT DO YOU GET? You basically earn 1 point for every £1 you spend which then equates to 1 penny which is not as much as Boots as you earn 4 points for every pound you spend there although Superdrug is slightly cheaper on many products than Boots anyway but the real advantage here is that, unlike Boots, you don't have to cover the whole amount of the item you are buying so you can mix and match points and money and just deduct whatever you have on the card at the time (in multiples of 100 points) which is quite handy. There are often lots of bonus points to be had in the store on a daily basis and also online, so you can accumulate points quite quickly depending on what you are buying and whether your items have these promotional bonus points or not. You can also earn extra points from Superdrug's sister company, The Perfume Shop Limited if you shop with them too. The card itself is credit card size with Beautycard written in pink in one corner and Superdrug take another look in the opposite corner and the majority of the card is taken up with a handy wavy mirror on the front so if you need to check your hair or make up whilst out you can use this so it is a multi-purpose card!! All in all, although I don't think this beats the Boots advantage card in terms of value, I do feel it is a handy item to have if you do ever shop in Superdrug. I hope this review has been of some use to you. Thanks for reading. x also on ciao

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              I unfortunately suffer from very heavy periods especially during the first three days and usually have to use super plus tampons and also wear a sanitary pad for extra protection as I can come through even a super plus tampon in a matter of an hour or so. I was interested to see Lil-lets new super plus tampons with candystripe design technology which offers an anti-leak cord. The cord is striped pink and white hence the name and is attached to the tampon in a fairly long loop which is also to aid easy grip when wanting to remove the tampon. Lil-lets state that tampons are ideal for day or night as these can be kept in for up to 8 hours. Lil-lets expand widthways to fit your shape thus offering the best protection against leaks because no matter how active you are they will not budge. I have just learned from the website that there is super plus extra so I will look out for those for those first few days perhaps. These super plus are quite thick with a rounded end for easy insertion. Each tampon is individually wrapped in cellophane to keep them fresh and you basically twist the wrapper between each thumb and forefinger to break the wrapper in the middle (green arrows going in the opposite direction underneath each other give a helpful visual to explain what to do! The protective wrapper then comes away easily from either end of the tampon. The candystriped cord looks pretty but I was a little miffed as to how this helped prevent leaking and there was nothing on the box or in the information leaflet you get inside that expanded on this beyond it was 'candystriped technology' so went to look on their website: www.lil-lets.co.uk and this was all the extra information they had about it: "New CandystripeTM technology is the latest innovation from the girls at Lil-lets. Now easy-grip and anti-leak, the pink and white CandystripeTM cord offers all round protection to give you the confidence to carry on with your day. And because technology doesn't have to be boring, we made it Candystripe." Again, this doesn't really explain the technology so I will move past this and tell you my thoughts! Although I admit that I use Lil-lets and do find that they offer me the best protection overall, they still aren't enough to come well with those first few days without me having to change them every 1-2 hours rather than the average 4-6 hours even those these are marketed up to 8 hours. I do wear them of a night though as when I am lying down, I do not experience the flooding in the same way as when I am up and about and active. Whatever the candystripe is meant to do to avoid leaks or be 'anti-leak' sadly for me did not work during the first heavy days so I myself have found absolutely no extra benefit in having these new technology ones. However, the string is easy to see and grip to aid easy removal but not really any more so than the average tampon cord. Therefore I would not recommend these on the basis of this new technology but would still recommend Lil-lets as my preferred tampon. The information leaflet contained within the box is very good at explaining tampon use and warning you about toxic shock syndrome etc. so cannot be faulted in that respect - I just wish there had been more explanation about the new design and technology. A box of 16 super plus cost me around £2.20. Thanks for reading x also on ciao

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              Helpful in combating problem skin

              I have been using Boots Skinclear Deep pore facial treatment scrub in conjunction with their gel spot treatment (reviewed separately) and I have found there to be a significant reduction in spots over the last couple of weeks. I was a little disappointed with the fast acting spot gel in itself but I do find that I am seeing better results whilst using the scrub regularly. The scrub comes in a 150ml recyclable plastic tube with a flip top lid at the bottom with a fairly large hole to dispense the scrub through. The scrub itself is a very pale blue colour speckled with dark blue specks in that obviously give the exfoliating element of this scrub. It has a fairly pleasant smell which is a plus as often products that are meant for problem skin can not always smell that nice. This is said to contain a unique formulation with ingredients that have been scientifically proven to give visible results by exfoliating and clearing the skin. This scrub is designed to penetrate the pores deeply and to lift away any impurities that could otherwise lead to skin breakouts. This is gentle enough to use everyday and should be applied to dampened skin and gently massaged onto the skin in a circular motion taking care to avoid the delicate skin around the eye area. This then needs to be rinsed thoroughly. This product is said to start working immediately and apart from helping to clear spots is also marketed as helping to reduce redness. My thoughts: I really like this product. The grains, although small, can be felt on the skin so you really do feel that some exfoliating is going on but at the same time make sure you maasage gently as instructed as you want to lift off impurities without scratching or damaging your skin unduly. The product is of a consistency that makes it easy to spread over the skin and I massage in small circles for a good minute to really allow the active ingredients to get to work on my skin which (although fast approaching 40) is still inclined to breakout in spots every now and again and lately I seem to permanently have at least one or two spots or little patches of tiny red spots. The product is very easy to rinse off and does not leave any residue and what I particuarly like is that my skin did not feel tight or dry at all (even though it contains a type of alcohol) and felt noticeably softer even before moisturising afterwards and it did also look clearer. Of course the pesky spots were still there but the unblemished part of my face looked cleaner and clearer and after using this product now for a couple of weeks, the blemishes and spots do seem to be reducing in redness and I haven't had any more breakouts so am just waiting to clear completely the existing ones. As I mentioned in my other review, obviously diet and drinking lots of water help to keep a clearer complexion and I am trying to improve on that front but a little help from these sort of products just seem to speed up the process a little more! Please note that it does say not to apply to damaged or irritated skin but obviously spots can make your skin look or feel irritated but if your skin is highly sensitive or has any open wounds this might not be the best product to use. I would recommend this product if you do have problem skin but you need to use it regularly, every day if possible, to see the full effect on your skin. I bought 2 items for £6.50 in this range from Boots and this item usually retails by itself at £4.07. Thanks for reading. x also on ciao

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              19.09.2011 18:54
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              A great value, good quality hand wash.

              I tend to use a lot of Radox products both in their shower range and also in their hand wash range as they are a manufacturer that I trust and feel happy for all the family to use. We have six sinks in our house so we need quite a lot of hand wash to go round and I tend to have different varieties in several places. I picked up this clean & moisture natural antibacterial hand wash with chamomile and jojoba oil together with several other varieties as they were all on offer for a £1 in Tesco although on checking their website just now they are currently selling it for £0.95p (usually retailing at £1.90) so an even better bargain is to be had! This one is white in colour and comes in a 300ml recyclable bottle with a pump dispenser. Radox likes to use natural ingredients that are 'active' in that they have particular properties that enhance the other moisturisers and ingredients they use as a base for their products. Camomile is reknowned for its caring, soothing properties and although it doesn't state it specifically I googled it and this is where the naturally occurring anti-bacterial element comes in. Jojoba oil is a natural conditioner which helps to keep the skin on your hands soft and smooth. MY THOUGHTS: The product is quite thick and creamy and only one pump is needed to dispense enough hand wash which once mixed with water lathers up well and ensures thorough coverage and an adequate clean. This has a really lovely fresh smell and the scent of chamomile in particular lingers on your hands after use and helps to eliminate any unpleasant odours that your hands may have picked up whilst handling food etc. It does not smell medicinal or in any way anti-bacterial like some can but as this is a mild and natural anti-bacterial hand wash you don't have that but you do get a very clean and soothing effect on your hands. My skin does not feel tight after use and this seems to prevent them from drying out especially as I tend not to wear gloves whilst cleaning etc. although I know I should. My skin does feel nice and soft and I do feel that this protects my hands well and as I am a bit lax when it comes to piling on the hand cream as often as I should, it's good to know they are getting some help from the hand wash I use to stay in good condition. This product helps to maintain the skins natural pH balance, contains added moisturisers, is effective and caring and can be used by the whole family as it is mild enough for children. It has been dermatologically tested and as always stated has Radox's 100 years know-how behind it! This coming from Radox, at such a low price but a good quality product means I can highly recommend this as a good buy. Thanks for reading. x

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                gorgeous!

                Cussons Imperial Leather have bought out a new bigger bottled version of their Japanese Spa shower cream which boasts triple moisturising properties. This luxurious, nourishing shower cream contains ingredients such as green tea which is famed in the Orient for its gentle cleansing properties, rice milk which is a natural skin moisturiser and jasmine which is also known for its skin softening properties as well as its uplifting fragrance. This product comes in a plastic recyclable 300ml cream bottle with a slightly wavy shape which appears to be popular with bath and shower products of late which makes it easy to grip in the shower and makes it look just that little bit more elegant. The hole at the top under the fliptop lid is a good size which allows easy application and only a gentle squeeze is needed to dispense the required amount either onto your hand or a puff or sponge. The shower cream is a lovely creamy ivory colour, is quite thick and the smell is absolutely divine! Just sniffing the top of the bottle is uplifting and the jasmine scent comes through beautifully. On application the cream feels rich and soft on the skin and makes for a very fragrant lather. You don't need much to go a long way as this lathers immediately and well. the scent fills your shower and also stays subtely on the skin afterwards. After use I felt incredibly well cleansed, fresh, fragrant and my skin was undoubtedly soft although I do use my shower creams in conjunction with a puff which has a slight exfoliating effect and I do believe that this adds to the softness but even without using one this does moisturise your skin really well and does not leave it feeling tight or uncomfortable. The lather is bubbly and is easily spread over the body. As with most Imperial Leather shower creams, this has been dermatologically tested, has a skin friendly pH and is mild enough for the whole family to use although the scent might be a little too girlie for men but some might like it! I can highly recommend this shower cream as one of my favourites as it is very rich, moisturising and most of all I just love the smell of this one! This is currently on sale for £0.94p (usually £1.89 in Tescos - half price until 27th September) so snap it up whilst it is such a good deal as the larger sized bottle and need for only a small amount per shower will mean this should last you a good while!! Thanks for reading. x also on ciao

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                • Sally Hansen Miracle Cure / Make Up / 37 Readings / 35 Ratings
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                  11.09.2011 16:24
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                  a great product if used correctly

                  I have read other reviews whereby following on from having children, a woman's nails never seem to grow the same as beforehand and that is definitely my experience too! Before having my two children I used to be able to grow my nails quite long and they always looked strong and healthy but for the last 8 years that has not been the case - babies really do take a lot out of you during pregnancy and birth and it is on-going!!! Ever since my nails have split, flaked, become brittle and been virtually impossible to grow to a nice length and they don't grow as quickly as they once did. I did go through a period where I had false nails put on as I do like my hands and nails to look nice but when my husband was made redundant 18 months ago I of course stopped that little luxury and after using acrylic, my natural nails were in even more of a weakened state! I then turned to other remedies in order to get my own nails to grow and have used several Sally Hansen products in the past, not always with good results but I think that has often been down to the fact that I have not used the product as instructed, i.e. I forget to do it every day or whatever is required (although I usually start off with the best of intentions - but don't most of us?!). Of course any product that has the word 'miracle' in it is an immediate draw and a clever marketing ploy and even though we probably all have a little voice saying - 'you know that's probably an overstatement don't you?', I just can't resist them just in case one of them actually lives up to the promise. The nail strengthener comes in a bright blue nail varnish sized bottle with a gold top with white writing on the front. Once the lid is unscrewed you find an average sized nail varnish brush and apply the product just like any other varnish. The packaging as showed is a cardboard surround that has all the information on it about the product. Basically, this strengthener contains vitamins that nourish the nails from within whilst the varnish itself gives a hard protective covering to the nail itself thus protecting it from the stresses of day to day life. The instructions are very easy in that one thin coat needs to be applied to clean, bare, dry nails every other day or it can be used as a base coat under varnish. The product is quite thin and runny so take care not to apply too much but wipe off any excess on the neck of the bottle. This does have a very strong chemical smell which my husband really doesn't like so best to do this in an airy space with a window open! The product gives a subtle shine to your nails once dried and I must say on pressing my nail gently it did feel immediately a little bit stronger and less soft and bendy even after the first use. The blurb does state that your nails could be 50% in just 3 days and the fact you apply this every other day is quite impressive if true, no? This strengthener will help your nails to become healthier looking and much more resilient. It contains natural protein and powerful anti-oxidants which help the nails to become stronger from within - i.e. this doesn't just protect the outer layer but works much deeper down which is exactly what my nails need! This product also helps maintain a necessary amount of moisture within the nail to stop them from drying out and cracking and splitting through being dehydrated although drinking lots of water can also help that problem! On top of all this micro-minerals help to mend any tiny amounts of damage already in the nail and protects them from further damage. DOES IT WORK? I have today I have been really stringent in applying this product every other day for the past two weeks and my nails are 90% better than they were and they are all now all over the nail bed by a good 3-4mms and uniform in length so for me this really has helped to improve my nails and I am only another two weeks or so away from having long, healthy looking nails once again that belong to me!!!! I would say it is definitely worth giving this particular product a go but I would say that it really is important to follow the instructions to the letter to get the best out of this product. This costs around £8-9 so although it is cheaper than falsies it is still relatively expensive and therefore a waste if you are not going to use it properly and then not get the desired results. I would definitely recommend this product on the evidence of the current look of my nails. They are much stronger and more flexible and are not splitting or flaking as before. I am hopeful that I have found a way of maintaining my nails to the desired effect. Thanks for reading. x also on ciao

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                    08.09.2011 20:59
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                    great protection

                    I generally use tampons but I also use sanitary towels towards the end of my period when it is much lighter or sometimes of a night or indeed as added protection during the first few heavy days of my period together with a tampon. I have used probably most of the always varieties in my time but one that I favour in particular is the Ultra Long pads that come in purple packaging. The always brand has always been the brand I tend to go for and I haven't really ever deviated from them which tells you that I am pretty happy with the protection on offer. I tend to favour the Ultra Long but without wings because I find that the position you have to have the (winged) pads in order for the wings to wrap securely around your knickers is sometimes not high enough to offer complete protection and the benefit of these pads is that you can position them as high up as you need because you only have the sticky strip (once the protective covering is removed) that runs down the underside of the pad to worry about and I generally find that it is adequate to keep the pad in place without the need for the additional wrap around sticky tabs but this will be a matter of preference for each individual and also based on how active you are when using these pads. During this time of the month I tend to be less active and do less sports so don't worry about the need for extra security in terms of the pad moving about. The long length means that you have protection towards the front and towards the back so this gives an extra feeling of security which I like. Another plus of the ultra variety is that the pad is relatively thin and not bulky so you don't feel too uncomfortable whilst wearing it. You of course do notice it is there but not as much as the maxi pads that always also do. The thickness of the ultra long is 3mm and the length is 284mm. The ultra pads come individually sealed in their own wrapper which have a handy sticky tab on them so that you can then use it to roll your used pad in before disposal which is much nicer than just sticking a used pad straight in the bin (thank you to any men reading this who are sticking with it)! And remember folks DON'T FLUSH - flushed pads can end up 'in rivers and on beaches' and NO ONE wants to see that whilst walking their dog or taking a romantic walk do they? I do find these pads are really absorbent and rarely have I had trouble with leaking. The ultra pads have a blue secureguard contours design to absorb as much as possible so you feel dry for a long time. They say up to 8 hours clean feeling but I would say personally this would be pushing it as I change my pads on average every 3-4 hours if wearing pads alone to continue feeling fresh. The design helps to draw liquid deep into the core of the pad which is said to help control odour. To a point it does although I do feel fresher and cleaner with tampons but some people can't use those so this design I feel is the closest you will get to feeling clean and fresh outside of tampon use. These pads are dermatologically tested and are quite soft on your skin with what always term 'a cotton like feeling'. I paid £1.99 for a pack of 14 pads from Tesco and this product can be purchased in most supermarkets and chemists. There are often value packs offered so they are worth keeping an eye out for as well as special offers. All in all I would recommend always as a trusted brand that offers protection during that time of the month that many women dread and I will continue to use these until after the menopause!!!!! Thanks for reading. x also on ciao

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                  • Plenty Kitchen Paper / Kitchenware / 36 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                    04.09.2011 21:22
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                    a must for your kitchen

                    I have to have a good stock of kitchen roll in my house as I hate how dishcloths can smell after only one or two uses so quite often I prefer to use kitchen towel as dispose of it as I go. Having tried less expensive brands, I do keep coming back to Plenty (formerly Bounty) as one of the better ones on the market. A two pack of Plenty costs around £1.86 but you can also buy four for £3.68 and eight for £4.50 packs (based on Tescos). If you fancy it you can also purchase Plenty with fun prints on or even ones with different border designs (to fit in with your home) lol! The plastic packaging states that they now have new dura lock with an arrow pointing to the many small indentations on the sheets that obviously aren't there just to make a pretty pattern!! The blurb on the back of the plastic packaging states 'Thanks to its advanced paper technology, Plenty offers you excellent absorbencyand durability (even when wet!)so you can handle spills effectively. Plenty lasts so long without shredding - you will be surprised how long one single sheet stays intact and for how many purposes you can use Plenty! Now although the packaging also displays lots of places you can use these sheets, i.e. pots, pans, taps, cookers, windows, car, barbeque etc. I tend to use these for everyday spills and cleaning. I also use one of these dampened to wipe strawberries or other fruits before serving. Each sheet's specifications are: 2 rolls - 2-ply tissue, average sheets 50 per roll. Roll length is 11.4m, total area per pack is 5.2sqm and the sheet size is 229mm x 228mm. MY THOUGHTS I find this to be an indispensible product to have in the kitchen. I frequently wipe over my kitchen surfaces with these and find that they do just as good a job as your average dishcloth. Also I have been able to reuse these during a larger cleaning job and you can rinse out any cleaning product and/or dirt and wring it out and carrying on using it without it tearing or shredding at all. Even if you are having to rub quite hard at stubborn stains the sheet will stay whole. The second use I use this most for is for cleaning up spills. I have an 8 and 7 year old and there are still the odd accidents whereby juice or milk get spilled and these are excellent for taking up most of the liquid which helps prevent staining if you get there quick enough. Again you can wring out the liquid and reapply to the spill before needing a new sheet. Another great use I have for these is to fold them up and run under cold water and use them as a cold compress on any grazes bumps or bruises my children happen to be sporting which tends to happen on quite a regular basis!! I like the fact that you can use and dispose of these once you have finshed with them and because they are so durable and absorbent, one roll should last you quite a long while. I also like the fact that each sheet is clean. I tend to worry about the germs lurking on used dishcloths so this gives me peace of mind as well. This product has apparently been approved by the Good Housekeeping Institute in 2011 so if you want a recommendation other than mine I guess that is as good as any. All in all I would recommend this product because it is highly absorbent, you can rinse and re-use if necessary and these are very durable. Please note that the packaging is recyclable and these should not be disposed of down the loo! Thanks for reading. x also on ciao

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                    02.09.2011 12:25
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                    A must for your medicine drawer

                    Wind-eze gentle action chewable peppermint tablets are a staple in my medicine draw (largely for my husband) and they can be a tremendous help and give fast relief from the discomfort or pain of trapped wind as well as minimising bloating which is more what I occassionally them for. The tablets come in a recyclable box which contains three strips of ten although a perforated line enables you to break them into 5 if you want to keep some in your handbag without taking up too much room. The tablets themselves are large and whilte (a little bigger than a five pence piece) but as you chew them this is not an issue. They are not the greatest tasting items but there is a vague taste of peppermint and as long as they do the job I am not overly fussed about that. Wind-eze is formulated so that any bubbles of trapped wind in your body are dispersed therefore saving you the embarrassment of making any loud, unsavoury noises!! I tablet can be taken 3 to 4 times daily or used especially after mealtimes or before bed. The tablets MUST be chewed before swallowing. They are a little chalky and don't take long to break up in the mouth. Each tablet contains he active ingredient simeticone. Those with allergies should look carefully at all the other ingredients. These are unsuitable for those who suffer with hereditary fructose intolerance and there are possible side effects can be stomach upset, diarrohea and other less common side effects although they are marketed as being gentle action tablets so hopefully most people would find these would not upset their stomach. I have in the past suffered with Irritable bowel and I do find these helpful with dealing with symptons of bloating and discomfort and I find that they work quite fast to dispel this discomfort (within 30 mins) and although they don't taste the best I would recommend having them in your medicine drawer for times when you need relief from trapped wind and/or bloating. I myself never usually find the need to take more than one when I do have trouble and my husband who can suffer from terrible wind also finds that these work for him well which is a blessed relief for me!!! A box of 30 tablets costs around £4. Thanks for reading. x also on ciao

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