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PRODUCT: Me and my boyfriend like to have fun in the bedroom and quite often we will buy some things to spice up our life a little such as toys. My boyfriend will often give me a massage due to having a sore back but of course these always leads to other things. We noticed this product in our local Boots store quite a while ago and decided to give it a try. This is a 2 in 1 massage gel and lubricant which sounded great as sometimes oils can be a little too oily for massages.
PRICE: This is priced at around £6.49 so it's not all that cheap. You can purchase this either from Boots or Superdrug. Prices may vary.
IN USE: We decide to use this as a massage gel first. You have to squeeze the bottle gently in order to dispense some o the product which is a clear gel. Sometimes the product can came out rather fast. The gel feels quite smooth and feels cool on the skin. When using this product to massage to be honest ts complete rubbish as we found that it ends up feeling sticky after a few rubs and doesn't last for very long before you have to dispense more otherwise your skin can end up a little sticky.
In terms of using the product as a lubricant it seems to work rather well as it makes things a lot more comfortable down there which in turn makes sex more pleasurable. The product doesn't irritate and seems to be kind to the downstairs area without causing any reactions which is good. A little of this product does go quite a long way so you don't need to use too much of it.
OVERALL: A good lubricant but a bad massage product.
PRODUCT: When it comes to toilet tissue I'm not really that bothered which brand we use in our household so long a it's not cheap stuff that falls apart or feels rough. I have to admit that Andrex is probably my favourite brand when it come to toilet tissue as I always find it to be good quality. Andrex has been aroun for years now and we all know that it's associated with the golden puppy that has featured in adverts for years now.
PRICE: Prices vary but you can normally purchas a pack of 4 toilet rolls for around £1.94 which doesn't seem to bad. I often purchase these when they are on offer as larger packs can seem quite expensive sometimes.
IN USE: Although this is available in a few different colours I always purchase white because I just find this colour a lot cleaner than others. The roll is easy to tear sheets from whether you want to use a single sheet or individual sheet. The paper feels soft and is absorbant at the same time. The paper is also nice and strong as well. I find that this toilet tissue lasts a little longer than other, cheaper brands.
OVERALL: A decent toilet tisue that is soft, strong and long.
ABOUT: Haribo starmix isn't comething that I eat very often as I know they are quite unhealthy and contain a lot of sugar. These sweets are very moreish as well so I often void eating them for this reason. The sweet come in a blue and clear plastic bag and you can see some of the sweets through the bag. It states on the front that the sweets don't contain any artificial colours. On the back of the packet you can find nutritional information and list of ingredients.
PRICE: You can normally pick a bag of these up from your local shop or supermarket for around £1.00 when they are on offer, which they tend to be a lot.
TASTE: In the bag there are various different sweets including mini bears, fried eggs, foam hearts, coloured rings and cola bottle. Most of the sweets are jelly but the heart backs are foam and the fried eggs are like foam as well. My favourite are the bears and ring as I like the taste and how chewy these are. I think the coloured jelly sweets have more flavour than the fried eggs and the hearts so I never normally end up eating these one's. Thes are very more-ish and do contain a fair amount of sugar so you do have to be careful how many of these sweets you eat.
OVERALL: Nice sweets every now and again.
ABOUT: Maynards Wine Gums have been around for as long as I can remember and although I have never been a massive fan of them I don't mind a few from time to time. Wine gums come in a ube or packet although this review is based on the packet of wine gums rather than the small tube. The wine gums come in a plastic bag which is quite bright and colourful and it states what the product is on the front. On the back you can find a list of ingredients and nutritional information.
PRICE: You can purchase the bags of sweets from most local shops and also supermarkets. Sometimes these are on offer for around £1.00 in my local Co-op store.
TASTE: The wine gums come in various shapes including diamonds, crowns, rectangular and also long shapes. The colours of the shapes includes red, black, orange, yello and green. The red is flavoured strawberry, orange is flavoured orange, etc. On each wine gum is the name of a drink such as port, claret, champagne and other drink. The wine gum themselves are a nice size. I personally only really like the red and black one's in the pack. The wine gums are chewy and are nice and fruity and are not too sweet. I find these a little moreish as well. These are great if you fancy something sweet or something chewy and they are good if you are going on long travels and want something to chew.
OVERALL: An old favourite that is still going strong.
ABOUT: Due to mine and my boyfriend love of keeping reptiles we are always buying new things to ensure they have a nice home and are comfortable. This involves buying different kinds of things for their terrariums such as wood, fake plants and ornaments as well as things such as food bowls and water dishes. There is a great selection of fake plants made from silk and plastic that we use in our terrariums for our Crested Geckos.
This plant is made by Exo-Terra which is a well known reptile brand whom makes a large range of product, accessories and terrariums for your reptile. The plant is made from plastic and comes in Medium an Large sizes. It's easy to clean and maintain and can even be used alongside real plants as well. The plant creates natural hiding places and things for the gecko to climb on.
PRICE: I purchase this from www.thereptilecente.com for£4.12 hich is for a Medium size. The large is slighly more expensive. Prices may vary depending on where you purchase the plant from. You should also be able to purchase them from various reptiles shops and other website.
IN USE: I cleaned the plant and let it dry outside before placing it in the terrarium. This plants is easy to rinse off and it doesn't take long to dry it being made from plastic. There are plenty of leaves coming off from the plant which meant I could spread them out across the terrarium a little and over the peices of wood that I already have in the terrarium. Although the plant is made from plastc it doesn't have any sharp corners or edges on and it's nice and light-weight.
The plant is a light green colour and the tips of all of the leaves are a much lighter green; almost yellow looking. This plant gives the terrariums a lovely piece of colour to it and so far is proving very popular with my geckos hiding in between the leaves. I do wash the plant regularly and it's easy to clean an dirt or anything else off of it by spraying with disenfectant and leaving to air dry. The sucker on the back of the plant that sticks the terrarium glass is nice and strong and I never have any issues with it falling off
OVERALL: A good value plant that look great.
ABOUT: Me and my boyfriend have Crested Gecko's as pets and they require quite a lot of foliage in their terrarium to hide and to climb on and in between. There are various different plants and things available to buy and whilst we do have some plastic plants in the terraiums I much prefer the look of the silk plants as I think they looked nicer and they hang a lot better as well. This paticular plants comes in Small, Medium and Large and has plenty of silk leaves for the geckos to hide in. The leaves are various differen shades of green so adds a nice bit of colour to the terrarium.
PRICE: I purchased a small and medium plant from Northampton Reptiles Centre website. I can't remember the exact price I paid but I believe the Medium sized one was just under £8.00. These aren't the cheapest of plants to buy. You can also purchase them from various reptile shops and other websites as well.
IN USE: Before using the fake plant I always disinfect it using a reptile safe disinfectant and then rinse it before allowing it to air dry. At the back/top of the plant is a sucker which enables you to stick the plant onto the side walls of a glass terrarium. I advise cleaning the glass as the sucker won't stick very well to dirty glass. Moisten the sucker at the back and then gently press this onto the back of the glass and it should stick.
The plant hangs really well and you can seperate the leaves out a little if you wish. I hang them over various bits of wood in the terrarium if I can. The plant looks really nice in the terrarium and my gecko love hidin and going to sleep in between the leaves. The only downside to the plant is that is you use UV light or your terrarium that the light can fade the colour of the plant. The plant is really easy to clean and is also long lasting. I shall no doubt be purchasing more of these at some point.
OVERALL: A lovely plant to add to my Crested Gecko terrariums.
ABOUT: Me and my boyfriend often get through a lot of kitchen towel due to owning reptiles which we keep in glass terrariums. We often have to clean the glass and these paper towels are perfect. The towels come on a chunky roll which can make storing these a little more awkward than it is to store normal sized kitchen roll. We just normally keep this in a bag under the sink. These paper towels are apparently super absorbent and thicker than standard kitchen towels and are great for a range of jobs.
PRICE: To be honest I can't remember how much I paid for these but they were purchased from my local Co-op store.
IN USE: These towels are a lot thicker than standard paper towels and they seem a lot stronger as well. The towels are mainly white but do have blue on them as well. Each individual sheet is slightly bigger than your normal sheet of paper towel and it can be torn off from the main roll easily. This paper towel is great to clean the glass in the terrariums and it's also great for cleaning up spills and other things. We only tend to buy one roll of this as and when we need it and we tend to stock up when its on offer.
OVERALL:Super absorbent and thick paper towels.
THE PRODUCT: When it comes to washing up liquid I have to admit that I always normally go for Fairy as I find this the best washing up liquid but this was on offer at my local Co-op store so decided to purchased this instead. This washing up liquid is called 'Apple Fizz' and comes in a tall clear bottle which is quite flat. The bottle is made from flexible plastic so you can easily squeeze the bottle to dispense the product.
PRICE: I purchased this on offer in my local Co-op store for just £1.00 which was a reduced price. You should always be able to purchase this from supermarkets and possibly other local shops as well.
IN USE: You only need to use this product sparingly and it cannot be used on clothes. This product is for use on washing dishes, etc only. The washing up liquid is bright green and does have a slight apple scent to it although it's not very strong. I would have liked the scent to have been a little stronger as I can't really smell it once in the sink full of water. The washing up liquid foams up really well and it makes cleaning dishes and saucepans an easy job. I am not sure if this is as good as fairy but it is still good and better than supermarkets own brand which is what my parents always end up buying. The only downside to the product is that it did make my hands rather dry.
OVERALL: Not bad but I think I prefer Fairy.
ABOUT: BB Creams have been around for a while now and I have only just recently decided to try one. I went for this one as it had quite a lot of high ratings on the Boots website compared to other that were available. This BB cream gives you perfect looking skin instantly. The product claims to blur imperfections, give your skin a natural glow, feel fresh on the skin, compliments skin tone, smoothes and hydrates skin is oil free and non-greasy and it also had SPF 30. There are a total of 4 different shades (Light, Medium, Dark, Universal Glow) so you should be able to find a shade suitable for your skin tone. I am quite pale so I went for the light shade.
PRICE: I purchased a 30ml tube of this from my local Boots store for £7.99 but you can purchase it from Superdrug as well.
IN USE: I always apply a moisturiser and leave it for around 3-5mins before applying the BB Cream. I dispense a small amount onto the back of my hand and applied it to my face using my fingertips. The cream is quite runny and looks rather orange at first which I have to admit was a little worried about as I didn't want my skin to look orange. The cream was easy to apply and felt smooth on my face as I applied it. You only need to apply a thin layer of the cream as stated on the back of the packaging.
RESULTS: After applying the cream my skin did look healthier and it had a slight glow to it as well but I did find that it made me look quite pale; although this is probably because it covered up a few of my freckles and made them a little less obvious. The light shade was perfect for my skin tone as I couldn't actually see that I had any product on my face and my face didn't have an orange tinge to it thankfully. I thought that the cream gave my skin a slight matte like appearance to it as well.
I applied the cream in the morning and by around 1pm although the cheeks and sides of my face still looked great my forehead was starting to look ever so slightly shiny. This wasn't all that obvious though and to be honest if you apply a little more of the cream it would probably help. The cream doesn't last on the skin all day and to be honest I am not sure how well it would last in warmer weather. I did like using this as it was a lot lighter on my skin than foundation and it did appear to make my skin look healthier than what it normally does to when I just use moisturiser on it's own.
OVERALL: Not a great product but it's not a bad one either!
ABOUT: I have just got back into using facial masks on a weekly basis which is what I used to do and I have to admit that my skin looks a lot better when using facial masks on a regular basis. I have sensitive skin so have to be careful with what products I use on my face. This mask is enriched with natural cucumber fruit extract and dead sea minerals. The mask helps to eliminate impurities and soothes skin for a vibrant, fresh faced look. I chose this particular mask as it states on the front that it’s ideal for sensitive skin.
The mask comes in a foil sachet and on the front is states what the product is. There are cucumber slices on the front of the mask and also a lady with half the mask on her face. The mask looks a pale green colour although sometimes I find that these masks are a slightly different colour to what it shows on the packaging. On the back of the sachet it tells you a little about the product and how to apply it. You can also find a list of ingredients as well.
PRICE: This mask is priced at 99p or Superdrug currently have all their face masks on offer on 3 for 2 so this is a great opportunity to stock up on them.
IN USE: Gently massage the mask into cleansed, dry skin using your fingertips, avoiding the eye and lip area. I tore open the sachet which was easy as there is a small triangle shape cut out of the side of the packaging which is where you tear. I then carefully squeezed the sachet so the mask came to the top and I applied the mask to my face as stated. The mask is a light green colour and smells lovely and fresh. The smell does remind me a little of cucumbers which I find is always a fresh scent. The mask wasn’t too thick or too thin and in fact I would say the consistency of it was perfect.
I applied a reasonable layer to my skin and I still had plenty left in the sachet to use again the following week. I just squeezed the mask down to the bottom of the sachet and popped it into a small sandwich bag so that it didn’t leak. Within 2-3 minutes of having the mask on I could feel the mask starting to dry a little which felt slightly strange on my face but I assumed that this was just normal due to it being a clay mask. I left the mask on for 10 minutes and by this time the mask was practically dry all over so my face felt a little stiff. I washed the mask off using lukewarm water. The mask was nice and easy to wash off with a few splashes of water and gentle rub of my face with my hands. After removing the mask and patting my skin dry my face felt really fresh and clean and it also felt smooth and soft as well. I applied some moisturiser and my face felt even softer. I experienced no reactions with this face mask when using it.
OVERALL: Another great face mask from Superdrug.
ABOUT: This Yankee Candle Wax Melt is called Pink Sands and contains a beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla. The wax tart comes individually wrapped in clear plastic and on the front is a label stating the name of the wax tart and there is also a picture as well which goes with the scent. In this case it looks like a beach although the sand is a pink colour. The plastic is easy to take off the tart simply by using scissors or pulling at the plastic to remove it. The wax tart is a light pink colour and has a pretty scalloped edge to it. It has a gorgeous scent to it but I couldn't quite decide what scent really stood out at the moment.
PRICE: I purchased this from the Yankee Direct website for £1.45 but you can purchase various wax tarts from there and get 10 for the price of 8. You can also purchase this scent in different sized jar candles, tea lights and also air fresheners as well.
IN USE: I placed the wax tart into the top of my Yankee burner and then placed an unscented lit tea light in the bottom. This melts the wax which releases the scent from the tart. The wax tart started melting quite quickly and within 5-8 minutes the whole wax tart had melted leaving a pool of light pink wax in the top. The smell wasn't that strong but it smelt lovely. I could make out the citrus scents every now and again which was the most obvious scent but there were light notes of floral as well; although this wasn't all that strong and I think the citrus scent seemed to over-power the floral scent. To be honest I couldn't really smell any vanilla in the scent at all.
Although the scent was light it still made my bedroom smell gorgeous and the scent was quite obvious when walking into my room. I did keep gettting wafts from the wax tart so sometimes the scent did seem a little stronger at times. I'm not sure this scent would fill a big room due to it being so light. I had the tea light in the bottom of the burner going for a good hour at least bu which time the scent was very slightly stronger. When blowing the tea light out the scent seemed to dissapear very quickly which was a little dissapointing.
OVERALL: A gorgeous scent but very light.
ABOUT: I have been using Body Shop Muslin Cloths for a number of years now and would be lost withouy it. The muslin cloth is made from organically grown cotton and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. Used with cleanser the super-fine muslin cloth helps to remove make-up and impurities as it gently exfoliates the skin. The muslin cloth comes in a small plastic bag and you can clearly see the cloth inside. The cloth is white in colour and is made from very fine cotton. It doesn't feel too soft but it doesn't feel really rough or harsh either.
PRICE: You can purchase this from The Body Shop stores or from their website for £2.50 which I don't actually think is that bad of a price.
IN USE: Although they mention using this product with a cleanser I use it in a different way. After using a face mask I tend to splash off as much of the mask as possible and then use this cloth slightly damp to wipe over my face to ensure all of the mask has gone. The cloth gently exfoliates my skin as I wipe it across my face and when wet the cloth actually feels lovely on my skin and it feels as though it is gently exoliating it. I normally leave the cloth to dry after using it a few times but I do wash it regularly in the machine along with some normal towels. I also use the cloth after using a facial wash sometimes as well to ensure that all the soap is off my face. Despite having used the cloth quite a few times it's still going strong as i haven't come across any issues with it.
OVERALL: This is a great cleansing cloth to be used as part of your facial skincare routine. Highly recommended from me.
ABOUT: This firming lotion by Dove claims to give your skin nourishment with added white tea extract which is a well know antioxidant for an invigorating effect. The elasticity of your skin will improve and skin is toned after 24hrs after using the lotion. The lotion comes in a tall bottle which is mainly white in colour and it clearly states on the front what the product. On the back of the bottle is information about the lotion and how to use it. The bottle has a lid which flips open and this reveals a small hole in which to dispense the product out of.
PRICE: You can purchase this from Boots or Superdrug. A 250ml bottle will cost you around £4.90 and a 400ml bottle will cost around £5.99
IN USE: I normally use moisturiser twice a day, once in the morning and in the evening as well just before going to bed. The lotion is white in colour and isn't too thick but isn't too runny either. It felt cool as I applied it to my skin but it also felt nice and silky as well. The lotion has a light scent to it which is quite nice. I found that the lotion takes a couple of minutes to soak into my skin so I always wait a couple of minutes before getting dressed.
RESULTS: After applying the product my skin felt nice and soft and it didn't cause any irritation which was good. I used this lotion morning and night over the course of at least a month and to be honest I didn't notice a huge different in the tone of my skin. My skin did feel moisturised all the time but it didn't really seem to fim up my skin that much.
OVERALL: I wasn't all that impressed with this lotion and to be honest I did expect a little more. I think I am going to go back to my Nivea firming lotion as that one was much better and it made my skin look and feel amazing.
PRODUCT: I am reviewing Staedtler Noris Club colouring pencils which I purchased a few weeks ago. These classic hexagonal coloured pencils have an anti-break system which makes the pencils 30% stronger than other one’s that are out there. The pencils are lacquered in the lead colour for easy identification and the pencils come in a fantastic array of colours and shades all of which produce intensive colour results. The pencils have a break-resistant lead for smooth, colour intensive results and for uninterrupted creativity.
The pencils come in a cardboard box which clearly states on the front the brand and name of the product. There is a section of the cardboard box which has been cut out so you can see some of the pencils through the packaging and the selection of colour that are included. On the front is a picture of a butterfly which gives an example of the finished results you can expect from the pencils.
PRICE: I purchased a pack of the 24 pencils from Amazon for £4.40 which I thought was a real bargain.
IN USE: I have used the pencils in one of my colouring books and they are lovely to use. I am able to hold the pencil easily in between my fingers and am able to get a good grip on them. The pencil is really light as expected. When colouring in the pencil is lovely and smooth and the coloured barrel is true to the coloured lead of the pencil. Sometimes I apply very little pressure on the pencil for lighter shades and for other areas I may press slightly harder to make the colours a little darker or more vibrant. When pressing slightly harder on the pencil the lead doesn’t seem to break which is good.
When using a range of the different coloured pencils for colouring in it can make the pages look lovely and colourful and pressing down light and hard on the pencil gives the colouring different effects as well. The range of colours in this pack is brilliant and to be honest I wouldn’t want any more colours than what is included in the pack. I have sharpened the pencils a few times and they sharpen very easily and again the leads don’t seem to break when sharpening them like they do with other pencils. I kept the pencils in the cardboard packaging for a bit but then I decided to purchase a pencil case for them as this was easier to store them in and to carry them around if needed.
OVERALL: Good quality colouring pencils suitable for adults and children.
ABOUT: The Natural History Museum is in Kensington London and is easy to get there vis bus, train or tube. Here you will see and get the chance to read lots of information about a range of different things including dinosaurs, mammals, fish, amphibians and reptiles, human biology, blue whales, marine invertebrates and more. It is free to get into The Natural History Muesum although certain areas may be busy or may be closed due to being busy or school visits.
VISITING: Me and my sister went here when we had some time to spare in London. In the main entrance is a huge dinosaur skeleton which is truly amazing. Around the main hall there are different ways you can go. There is no specific way but we started off on the left and made our way round. Round the museum is different things to look at such as skeletons and life-sizes models of dinosaurs and other animals. You can also read plenty of information about the animals and what happened to them and why they no longer exist. You also get to learn about the earth such as earthquakes, volcanoes and other things. They have some beautiful information displayed and things you can read at look at such as fossils and other things.
There are also interactive areas as well, where you can do puzzles or other things. The muesum is so big you can easily spend a good couple of hours here. Me and my sister enjoyed the visit here but didn't spend a great deal of time here due to it being rather hot in here at the time, which probably isn't helped by the glass ceilings and windows as it's a very big building. There are various different shops you can visit in the mueseum to buy gifts, souvenirs and other items relating to the different galleries in the mueseum.
At different times of the year they may have additional galleries and things. For example when we visited they had a section about coral reef and also about butterflies but you do have to pay in order to get into these sections, but I have heard that they are well worth it. We didn't visit any of the pay sections when we visited here.
OVERALL: This is a great free museum that is worth a look if you are in the area. Younger children may find it boring but I think adults will find it very interesting.