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    • Converse All Star Trainers / Shoes / 91 Readings / 90 Ratings
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      26.04.2013 17:07
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      Good day to day wear.

      Introduction:

      Converse trainers, have been THE brand to have for a number of years now. As with any fashion, they edged their way in, being most commonly worn by 'goths', 'emos' and 'skaters' for the first couple of seasons, before they became more mainstream, and are now worn by a wide variety of people. They show no signs of fading out of fashion at the moment, at least not this year. As the popularity has expanded, so has the range. This particular review is about the hi top version.

      Price and availability:

      Many shops now sell Converse trainers, as do most show shops, online and in store, for example Office, Soletrader, as well as the online shop ASOS. Price doesn't vary hugely, you are looking at between £42-47 for a pair of these. The only way you could get them cheaper, is by buying one of the slightly less popular colours, as they are reduced more often. I managed to get a pair reduced before Christmas when ASOS did a one day sale with 25% off everything. I would recommend shopping around for internet discount codes, as I really do think that is the best way to get a pair at a bargain price.

      Actual product:

      Converse trainers are primarily designer plimsoles. They have a rubber base which is quite flexible, and the rest of the trainer is made up of canvass. The sole is very flexible so very practical, but that is not to be confused with being sporty. They would not be suitable for the gym or running, as they sole is not contoured and does not give that sort of support. These trainers are however, incredibly good for running round doing chores and errands in, you can just put them on at the beginning of the day, be on your feet all day and them not be uncomfortable.

      There are long laces in these trainers, and you have to undo them quite a bit to take them on and off, so they are quite time consuming to put on. They tend to be pulled quite narrowly when you wear them, but that does make them harder to pull your feet out of.

      Conclusion:

      Converse trainers are fabulous every day footwear. They aren't smart, but they are no scruffier than any other form of trainers. Because their style makes them appear quite long and thin, when you are wearing them it does feel like they are unflattering. When you look at them on other people you are quite reassured as they do not look like they are feel when they are on yourself.

      I would recommend hi top converse shoes as a fashionable, every day wear shoe.

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        05.12.2012 21:01
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        Good foundation, but not for those who want full face coverage.

        Introduction:

        I love Clinique make up. It is quite expensive so I normally treat myself when it is on offer. A couple of times a year they do an offer which involves buying two products (one being skincare) and getting a beauty bag with loads of free products in. I like it because it gives me access to a lot of products which I can trial and see if I like them. Expensive make up works out much cheaper that way. I needed a new foundation and the lady behind the counter recommended me this one once I had under gone a small trial with her.

        Price and availability:

        You can purchase this product from Clinique skin counters all over the UK. Counters are located in a lot of department stores, including John Lewis, Debenhams, House of Fraser and also in lots of the larger Boots stores. It is priced around £23. If you are buying it on the internet, make sure the site is reputable as it is easy to come across fakes.

        Actual product:

        Although I have been calling this product a foundation, it is actually a tinted moisturiser. To some people it does the same job, to others it is very different. The product comes in an almost oval squeezy container with a screw on and off lid. The lid is really secure, which is good as it is awful when make up leaks in your make up bag. To apply the make up I squeeze a small amount onto the back of my hand (a small amount really is the key, you can build up more later if you want, but it is best not to waste any by squeezing out too much). Then I use a brush to rub it into my face. The key is to rub it in, so it really blends with your face and is absorbed really well into the skin to give you the perfect colour match and the most natural finish. You can use your fingers if you wish but I find a good quality brush gives a much nicer finish.

        The product is really nice and moist, so it gives your skin a fabulous dewy glow, which is really hard to get with any other products. It doesn't make your skin look dry at all, and doesn't cling to dry skin patches or spots. It evens out colour and gives moderate coverage to different patches to give a reasonably even skin tone.

        Conclusion:

        It does not act like some kind of full face cover, like thicker, heavier foundations, so if that is what you are after then this is not the right product for you. If you want a lighter, more natural appearance then this is the foundation for you. It is worth noting, that unlike a lot of tinted moisturiser, this is not greasy at all, and does not feel like it is going to slide off your face.

        A really good foundation, for a really good price, if full face matte cover is NOT what you are looking for.

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          02.12.2012 22:23
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          Enjoy your new boots!

          Introduction:

          Hunter wellies have become very popular in the last 3 years and have moved on from a wealthy middle class country staple, to a fashion lovers accessory. From summer festivals, to winter in the rain, they have made themselves a year round foot wear option. I tend to follow fashion and after pining after these for some time I finally caved in and purchased some at the beginning of the summer. They come in such a huge range of colours, you can go for the brights, the patterns, or decorated (for example with studs). Even special edition ones exist! I went for a timeless navy blue, as when spending so much on a product I want to make sure it is a versatile as possible and isn't just a shade which will be out of fashion the next year.

          Price and availability:

          There are a whole host of websites which sell Hunters. As with any designer brand, be careful not to buy fakes, so check out reputable websites only. I bought mine from a high street shop, office. I am an adults size 4 and was most excited to find children's sizes go up that high, so I saved myself a considerable amount of money by buying these in a children's size for only £40. I have also seen these foe sale in Schuh. They are such good quality and stand the test of time that buying a second hand pair is also an option, to get a better price, if that is an option you fancy.

          Actual product:

          Hunters are superb quality as you would expect for the price paid. The material is thick and very hard wearing. I haven't got so much as a scratch on mine and they have been quite heavily used. As they are a childs size they have a cute printed area on the inside for you to write your name so they don't get muddled up with your friends and always make it back to you.

          Even though the boots are thick and fantastic quality, they still have the ease of movement when you bend your feet and it doesn't feel like they are really inflexible and hard to move in. It makes them OK to wear when you are going for a long walk, as they won't get uncomfortable like I have with cheaper wellington boots in the past. The soles are also hard wearing, and hardly wear down. As long as my feet always stay the same size, I can't imagine having to replace these.

          I have also worn these in the summer when it was hot, but raining (not for a festival- I am definitely not that exciting!) and my feet did not get too hot, like you could imagine.

          Conclusion:

          I know these boots are a little extra than what most people would normally pay, but I think they are worth it, so long as you are going to get plenty of use out of them. I almost feel they are an investment piece, as I could quite easily sell mine now and get back almost what I paid, even though they have been well used. There is just one thing to note, I would advise trying on before you buy, to confirm the exact size required as I found they came up half a size smaller than I had anticipated.

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            02.12.2012 22:06
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            Would not recommend this.

            Introduction:

            I regularly buy Clinique products. I know they are costly, but I do feel like the more money I put into my skin care regime, the better my skin will be. I bought this for the first time two months ago. I went into the Clinique counter and needed a new make up remover and general face cleanser. I decided to ask the lady behind the beauty counter for her advice, being the beauty expert after all. She recommended this cleansing balm. I bought it, with another product, as they were doing their regular offers of buy two products (one to be skincare) and get a whole host of travel size goodies for free (and I just love trialling the products I haven't tried yet).

            Price and availability:

            Every Clinique counter I have seen, stock this product. Clinique counters can be found in large department stores, like John Lewis, House of Fraser, etc as well as stores like Boots. I have always found the sale assistants really helpful. This product is priced around £22.50, which in my opinion is quite a lot of money, so I expect a lot for that. I am never normally disappointed by Clinique products, so I had high hopes.

            Actual product:

            The packaging is quite heavy, so makes the product feel quite substantial. The pot is short and round, and clear purple plastic. The lid is a screw on and off lid. It is easy to take off and on again, and secure once done up tight. The product is a thick solid constancy. It reminds me of hair wax. You rub a little bit onto cotton wool and then rub it onto your face to remove make up, and as the name might suggest, the day off, so all general dirt and life build up! The product smooths on easily, but it takes quite a lot of applications to get the make up off as it does not absorb much each time, certainly less than traditional creamier more liquid types of make up remover. I also find this product quite difficult to remove, it leaves my skin so greasy, which is horrible. In fact my chin has got considerably more spots since I started using this product.

            Conclusion:

            I really didn't like this product, I found it hard to use, you had to use lots of remove your make up, making it quite poor value for money. It left my skin greasy and feeling horrible. I only pushed through and finished the pot because it cost so much money I felt like I had to, but I was so relieved when I finished. In my opinion this is definitely not worth the money it cost and I will not be buying it again. I am rarely disappointed with Clinique products, but sadly, this time I was.

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              02.12.2012 21:48
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              Good product, would recommend.

              Introduction:

              A dishwasher is just one of those things I can't seem to live without! I can't imagine having to ash everything up by hand, it seems like it would take so much time! The problem is though, that we get through so many tablets the price can really add up if you are not careful and shop around. I often buy premium brands when they are on special offer, which works out better value, but the other day when I went to Tesco, there were none on special offer and these daisy tablets caught my eye. I did a quick price comparison and they were close to 10p per tablet which works out as good value in my opinion. I decided to give them a go an hoped all my utensils came out clean as I dreaded having to re-wash everything with dried on dirt!

              Price and availability:

              Daisy, the brand, is exclusive to Tesco. It was introduced to give extra choice in the bottom end of the market, as previously there was just Tesco Value (which has since become every day value). I think a lot of people felt self conscious about buying Tesco Value products, and this is a more subtle way of being a cheap skate (!) in my opinion! I have seen the Daisy brand in all sizes of Tesco store, so relatively easy to track down.

              Actual product:

              The dishwasher tablets come in a cardboard box (which is 100% recyclable). Inside the box comes powdery tablets wrapped in a plastic sleeve, which needs to be removed before you use them. Each tablet gives one whole dishwasher cycle.

              Conclusion:

              I found no downsides at all to using these bargain dishwasher tablets. They left all the washing perfectly clean. Left no build up, no damage and no scratches. They had only positive effects and I have no complaints what so ever. I have used about 4 packets of these now and I can honestly say I haven't seen my glasses fade or deteriorate any quicker than I would expect. I would 100% recommend these. I think Tesco should promote these more!

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                02.12.2012 18:41
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                Good product, would recommend.

                Introduction:

                At a time when everyone is feeling the pinch, predominately due to the recession, and more recently due to the usual Christmas expense, it makes it even more important to tightly budget. One of the ways I try and be more money conscious is to keep a tight eye on my household expenses. When doing the weekly shop there are certain items which you can try and save money on by buying a cheaper equivalent, and some of them do the same good job as the more expensive equivalents, and others which do not really compare, and you totally do get what you pay for. I was hoping that this daisy washing powder would be one of those which saved me some money and did as good a job as the more expensive brands.

                Price and availability:

                Daisy is a brand exclusive to Tesco. It is part of Tesco's efforts to bring in more variety at the lower end of the price range spectrum. Therefore you can only buy this in Tesco stores, and I have seen it in the bigger stores and the smaller ones. It is priced at the higher end of £3, just below the £4 mark and varies slightly, yet I have never seen any special offers (like buy one get one half price etc).

                Actual product:

                The washing powder comes in a cardboard box, and this is the only packaging, which is good as it is 100% recyclable. The product is lose powder, rather than tablets, and I find a couple of big spoonfuls does a good job for me, unless the washing is very dirty. I use less than it states on the box, which makes the product even more economical. It is easy to measure out and use and has a mild, clean, non offensive smell. I find the washing powder works well, it always gets my clothes clean (although I don't really have heavily soiled muddy clothes etc), it smells nice when dry, doesn't make my towels or flannels crusty etc. I have used this for a couple of months now and none of my clothes that have vibrant colours have faded excessively.

                Conclusion:

                In short, this washing powder, does exactly what you would expect and hope. I have had no problems what so ever with it and will continue to do so. It is a good bargain product and one I would definitely recommend.

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                06.11.2012 19:42
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                Worth buying.

                Introduction:

                With the current economic climate, I like many people, am doing what I can to take care of the pennies here and there. One of the ways I do this is by trying to maximise on value in my weekly food and essentials shop. This means, where I can buy cheaper items and them be of the same quality then I do. Some items you can purchase a much cheaper version and they end up doing the same job, and with other things this is impossible. Before purchasing Tesco Value Kitchen Towel I was hoping that this would be one of those items where I could save on price without compromising on quality.

                Price and availability:

                The price for two rolls of kitchen towel is £1.19. I have however seen it fluctuate up and back down again by about 10p. I know ten pence is not much at all, but it does bring it a bit closer to the more premium brands when they are on special offer, so beware that at times this may not be the cheapest option out there.

                Tesco Value Kitchen Towel (or Tesco Every Day Value Kitchen Towel as it has been renamed) is exclusively available to Tesco stores. I have seen it in the large ones, and occasionally in the metros or express branches (the smaller ones). I find it is generally always in stock.

                Actual product:

                To the first touch, this kitchen roll does not feel overly thick or indulgent, yet it is not so think that it feels like it will break as you touch it. In terms of thickness and luxury I would say it feels middle of the range, which is surprisingly good for a value product. In terms of absorbance I find this toilet roll good, not amazing, or excellent, but good and it definitely serves its purpose. It is good at mopping up spills, minimising mess, and not tearing and falling apart before you get it into the bin.

                Conclusion:

                I find this kitchen towel really good, I think it acts more like a middle of the range priced product than a cheap one. I think if you used it side by side with a premium brand, you would be able to tell a slight difference, but I do not think that difference would be worth the very significant difference in price. I will definitely continue to buy this product, and recommend it to others too.

                A value purchase!

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                  19.10.2012 17:23
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                  Not such every day value after all.

                  Introduction:

                  Unfortunately the economic state of this country is not going well, and peoples pay rises (if they get one) are less than the rate of inflation. This means peoples disposable incomes are getting less and less and there is increased pressure on spending. One of the ways I personally try to lessen the impact of tighter budgets is to try and make my weekly essentials shop as economical as possible. Where I can I 'down trade' from well known luxury brands to cheaper, supermarket own brands. I only do this where is makes sense, as if the product is useless or the taste is poor then I trade back up. Washing up liquid is one of the things I am trying to save money on. You cannot avoid buying it, and using it, as it is one of life's essentials, however if there is a way to save money on it wherever possible then we try to.

                  Price and availability:

                  Tesco everyday value washing up liquid is exclusively available in Tesco supermarkets. I have seen it in the larger stores, as well as the more local smaller stores such as 'metro' and 'express'. I have seen it priced between 50 and 60p.

                  Actual product:

                  The plastic bottle the washing up liquid comes in is recyclable. It is soft plastic so easy to use, and easy to squeeze out the amount of product you actually need. The washing up liquid is a green watery gel of medium consistency. The washing up liquid doesn't froth us too easily when added to water, so the make the product most effective some effort has to be made to get the product fully dispersed in the water. I have actually found you need to use quite a lot of the product to get it to clean your dishes, which makes it much worse value than initially anticipated.

                  Conclusion:

                  Overall I have found this washing up liquid quite ineffective. You have to add quite a lot of it to your water, and make sure you really froth it up for it to be effective. I am pretty sure that the amount you have to use per washing load that it doesn't work out quite so cheap after all. After using this I am left doubting the cleanliness of my dishes, and really wouldn't waste my time buying this product again.

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                    08.10.2012 16:25
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                    Worth buying.

                    Introduction:

                    In these times of recession, when peoples wages are not necessarily increasing as fast as household bills, more and more people are looking for ways to save money on day to day items. Tesco have a huge range of Daisy products which are like an economy brand, I view it as one step up from Tesco value. Bleach is one thing that you need, and you cannot avoid buying if you want to keep your house clean, I do believe that you should try and save money where you can, for the more important and fun things in life.

                    Price and availability:

                    As far as I am aware Daisy products are only available in Tesco. Luckily, there are Tescos in virtually every town and even village now in the UK. The bleach price fluctuates ever so slightly, but I have never seen it (yet) rise above 70 pence. I have seen it for sale in Large Tesco extras, and small Tesco metros.

                    Actual product:

                    The product simply is thick bleach with no additives. It is not watered down as you may expect from a cheap product, and has no extra flavourings or scents. In other words, it is not a jazzed up product, but plain and simply does it's job. The real advantage to this product over the cheaper everyday value version is the bottle that it comes in. The Tesco every day value bleach comes with an open neck which is wide, so it is harder to direct the product. The daisy bleach has a screw top cap, with a nozzle which means you can easily direct the product to the area of need, without wasting excess bleach. It also makes it safer as you have less chance of getting it on your person by accident, or god forbid, the carpet!

                    The bleach is fully effective, it completely cleans my toilets and sinks. As far as I can tell it effectively kills germs, it removes odours, and removes limescale and any other build up. I cannot tell any difference between this bleach, and the more expensive brands.

                    Conclusion:

                    I would thoroughly recommend this bleach, in fact, I can't see any reason why I would not continue to buy this in future. The price is good, the quality of the product is good, it is fully fit for purpose, and the containment it comes in makes it easy to use. I would definitely recommend this product.

                    As with all bleach, avoid getting this into contact with skin.

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                    • www.glossybox.co.uk / Online Shop / 84 Readings / 83 Ratings
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                      If you are willing to take a gamble and love beauty products then this might be for you.

                      Introduction:

                      Beauty boxes are the latest craze for all those obsessed with make up and smellies. Glossybox is just one of the brands which offer beauty box subscriptions. Glossybox claims to be a brand which offers high end premium products. Glossy box sends you a beauty box each month which contains a minimum of five luxury sized sample products. The products which you are going to receive are a surprise, so it is a gamble.

                      Price and availability:

                      Glossy box charges £12.95 per month including postage. Every now and then you can get vouchers for a couple of pounds off, but they are fairly rare. You can buy the boxes one at a time, or on a rolling subscription where you just cancel when you no longer want the item, or you can buy packages of months (3, 6 or 12). The only place you can purchase glossy boxes are direct from the Glossy box website (www.glossybox.co.uk).

                      Actual box and contents:

                      I have been a received about 6 glossy boxes now. I often cancel my subscription and rejoin as I get fed up with the contents and then feel lured in again! The contents have really varied in my opinion, but I think that is just the nature of it, as people have such different tastes and you cannot please everyone. My favourite products have been moroccan oil samples, venom lipgloss and blingtonez eyeshadow. Sometimes I will open a box and realise none of the products are any good for me, and other times I will open it and be really excited that there are things I would like to they, but not chose to buy, so this is my chance. I believe that is just the luck of the draw though, and you are not going to be pleased each and every time.

                      Conclusion:

                      If you want to purchase Glossy boxes, you have to be prepared to take the risk. You may get things you love and be pleasantly surprised, but you may get things you feel are not relevant to you. Each and every month will be totally different. Glossy box is my favourite one out of all the ones I have tried. The real bonus to Glossy boxes to me are that you get to try things you wouldn't otherwise try, because buying a full pot of something you don't know if you like can be such a waste of money. This is a great way to explore new beauty products. The fact that they are delivered straight to your door in the most gorgeous packaging is a real bonus.

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                      • Clinique All About Eyes / Eye Care / 114 Readings / 112 Ratings
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                        My one woman campaign to stop my eyes ageing...

                        Introduction:

                        In relative terms I am only young, so do not already have tons of wrinkles which I feel like I need eye cream to combat. I do however believe that using eye cream from a relatively early age should (all fingers crossed) combat ageing skin before it even happens. It is difficult to find an eye cream which is marketed at all ages and stages of eyes. There is also such a wide variety of prices of eye creams on the market that it is so hard to know where to start. Do you really get what you pay for? I buy quite a lot of Clinique make up and skin care. Quite often they have special offers, of when you buy two items (one to be skin care) you get a make up bag of small trial sized goodies for free. Therefore I try to buy items when these offers are on as I love trying all the new products. Recently one of the goodie bags gave me some of this eye cream, which I was very eager and excited to try.

                        Price and availability:

                        'All abut the eyes' is available from all Clinique counters, which you can mainly find in large department stores such as Fenwicks and John Lewis. You can also find some counters in selected, larger Boots stores. For example a 15ml tub at John Lewis is £24. It seems like a lot of money and is such a shock when you buy any eye cream as the tubs are tiny and you feel like you get such little material for your money. Eye cream goes a long way though and you only need to use a tiny bit each day, so it will last longer than you think!

                        Actual product:

                        The eye cream comes in a pink, clear, thick plastic tub. There are no pictures on it, just minimalist writing, which is relatively classy, but this is a premium make up brand. The cream is an off white colour, quite thick, but smooth and not gloopy. It is very cool to the touch which is very soothing if you have tired eyes. I rub it in about 90% leaving a tiny bit on the surface to soak in over time.

                        I put this on at night, before bed, once I have taken my make up off and fully cleansed my face. I only use this on my eyes, and use other, standard moisturising cream on my other problem areas. You do not need much of this cream at all. I rub it all round my eyes, on top, underneath and into the outer corners. The shorter your nails are they less you will waste-as I find when I have longer nails I get a bit trapped underneath which is a waste when the price per ml is so high!

                        Initially the feeling is very cooling and relaxing. After a couple of weeks my eye skin feels slightly firmer. For this reason I will carry on using the cream daily.

                        Conclusion:

                        I honestly feel with eye cream we will never really know quite how effective it is. If you could do a test over 20 years of putting it on one eye and not the other then you would really be able to tell, but unfortunately due to the nature of the product and circumstances that is not at all possible. From what I have seen of this cream so far I really like it and will continue to use it until I have reason to stop!

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                          17.08.2012 16:40
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                          Great drink to have on standby in your cupboard at home.

                          Introduction:

                          Tesco sparkling water comes in a variety of flavours. The flavour reviewed here is Peach.

                          Price and availability:

                          The bottles cost around 40p (depending on what type of Tesco store you buy it from) they are often on offer, across all the flavours, as 3 for £1. They are for sale in the larger Tesco stores, and the smaller versions, the expresses and metros, where the price is a bit higher. They are easy to find in the drinks aisle and there is a lot of variety to choose from.

                          Actual product:

                          The product is a subtly flavoured water. The peach accents make it very sweet, and if you do not like peach flavour, you might find the drink quite sickly. The water is not fizzy as such, it is lightly so not strong enough to give you the hick ups like a can of coke might when immediately opened.

                          The drink is very mild and pleasant, and very very refreshing. I really like the taste of this water, and it serves to quench your thirst. For a more luxury drink it is actually very affordable and I like to keep lots of them in the cupboard so I can offer people a variety when they come to visit.

                          Conclusion:

                          I really like the taste of this water. It is also very thirst quenching. I think if I drunk too many bottles of this in one go the peachy flavour would become a bit sickly, so I do like to vary the flavours I drink. I would definitely recommend buying this drink.

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                            28.07.2012 23:40
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                            Bargain pain relief

                            *** I am not a medical expert and all content in this review is strictly my opinion. If you need medical advice, go to a doctor ***

                            Introduction:

                            Pain killers are something we never plan to take, but they are just one of life's little essentials. For this reason it is always good to carry some around incase of emergency. I keep some in my handbag and some in my house. I tend to keep paracetamol and ibuprofen. They both do different jobs, as a general rule, paracetamol numbs pain signals, and ibuprofen reduces swelling. Nurofen is the brand name of ibuprofen, and as it has run out of patent, it can be purchased from generic sellers rather than under it's brand name, so in basic terms ibuprofen from a shops own label, such as this Tesco one, is just a keep way of buying Nurofen. Check the ingredients list on the back of the packets if you don't believe me!

                            Price and availability:

                            This is Tesco ibuprofen I am reviewing, and is only available in Tesco stores. I have seen it in big ones (extras) and small ones (metros, and expresses). The price is around 40-50p for a pack of 16. It is not an over the counter drug, it is available on the normal shelves, and in the larger stores is situated towards the pharmacy area. There is a limit to how many packs you can buy in one purchase, and you will be guided through this by the shop assistants.

                            Actual product:

                            The tablets are caplets which means they are covered in hard sugary shells. This tends to make them easier to take as they shells are slippery, and when taken with a glass of water they slide down more easily. The sugar also makes the taste more bearable. They are much easier to take than the powdery tablets.

                            I find these kick in quite quickly and if they are going to take effect they do so within about 20 minutes. They don't cure all illnesses, my headaches normally respond better to paracetamol, but aches and pains respond better to ibuprofen. Injuries, period pain or swollen muscles respond well to ibuprofen.

                            I have no adverse side effects to these tablets, but I do realise this will be on an individual basis.

                            Conclusion:

                            Depending on your symptoms, these can be an essential part of pain relief when you really really need it. I would never buy the more expensive branded pain relief, when these tablets exist, they have exactly the same effect and are SOOOO much cheaper.

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                              28.07.2012 11:40
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                              Sorry, this is not good enough!

                              Introduction:

                              Maybelline has such a great reputation. About 10 years ago it had a huge advertising campaign where the slogan 'maybe she's born with it, maybe it's Maybelline' became massive. Lots of people would recall the slogan as soon as they saw the logo. I am sure it did wonders for sales. I heard great positive feedback about the mascara too and new lots of people that raved about it. I never got round to trying it, until a month ago when I had a voucher for money off the product from Boots so it was worth trying, instead of my usual mascara.

                              Price and availability:

                              Maybelline mascara is very widley available. It is available from shops as Boots and superdrug, as well as supermarkets, such as Tesco, Sainsburys, and Asda. As well as many more places. I have seen prices range around £6.50-£8.

                              Actual product:

                              The mascara is in a bright pink plastic tube with simple writing describing the product. It is nothing innovative or extraordinary, but it doesn't necessarily have to be so. The brush of the mascara can be extracted following a few simple twists, it is easy to do up and secure again. I have never had a problem with it leaking. The mascara itself applies to your lashes nice and easily, and it has good staying power (easily a whole day) and is easy to remove with standard make up remover. No panda eyes here.

                              The problem I have with this product is that it doesn't really cute my lashes very thickly. It gives them very even and fine coverage, so it doesn't give my lashes the extra va va voom they need! I think part of the problem is with the actual liquid as the mascara, and part is with the design of the brush. The brushes bristles are not very close together, they are quite far apart and it means it doesn't separate your eyelashes very well, so you end up looking like you have fewer lashes as they are clumped together.

                              Conclusion:

                              For me, this mascara does not lengthen, thicken, or separate my lashes enough to compete with the good mascaras out there, that are pretty much the same price. Sadly, I will not be purchasing this again, and feel rather let down after the high hopes the branding gave me.

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                              16.05.2012 16:52
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                              Good for light foundation users.

                              Introduction:

                              I used to really like Rimmel's recover foundation. I naturally think my skin looks tired and dull, and I don't think thick coverage and that foundation fitted that bill really well. Unfortuntaley they stopped selling it one day, and almost immediately, out came Rimmel's wake me up foundation. The name gave me the impression that it would still fulfill the requirements I had for my skin, so I was encouraged to buy it.

                              Price and availability:

                              Price varies depending on where you purchase it, and whether there is currently a special offer on it that store. This foundation is available from a wide variety of places. In store from supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda, as well as make up shops such as Boots. It is also avilable online, from places including Amazon. I would expect to pay around seven pounds for this product.

                              Actual use of product:

                              You really don't need a lot of this product to go a long way. It is really hard to get your head round how much you need to use, and I quite often end up wasting some of the product as it is hard to only pump out (the foundation has a press down nozzle which ejects a small amount of material for you). The foundation is very moist and easy to apply as it is almost like tinted moisturiser. It soaks into the skin easily and doesn't irritate even the more sensitive areas of my skin. As it is quite a moist foundation, it doesn't cling to your dry spots quite as obviously as some of the foundations do.

                              The foundation really does brighten up my skin, and although it helps to even out skin tone, it does not completely eliminate spots as it doesn't have that thick coverage that some of the mac foundations have. It is just designed for a different purpose. It does liven up tired skin and give it a bit of a glow. Not as much as the Rimmel recover foundation did, but it is close.

                              The foundation needs a lot of blending to give the best, most natural results in my opinion.

                              Conclusion:

                              It depends what you are after in a foundation as to whether this would suit you. I like a light coverage, which adds radiance to my face, which is exactly what this does. If you are after a more complete coverage then this will not suit you so much.

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