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Febreze is an air freshener that claims to "eliminate everyday odours without masking them and leave a light and subtle scent behind".
It comes in the standard 300ml size or a slighly larger 400ml "professional size". It has an easy spray top and can be purchased in a variety of scents. It can be purchased from any of your usual supermarkets for around £2.00 - £3.00. I choose the "cotton fresh" variety and took it home to try it out.
I gave the house a quick spray and was a bit skeptical as it doesn't really seem to spray and diffuse into the air - to me it seems more like a linen spay than an air freshener. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find it actually did give the air a lovely, light "clean" smell - nothing too overpowering or sickly. The misty texture also meant that it was easy to freshen up my curtains, sofas and even my carpets! I find that the fresh smell lasts around a day so I can attack my house with it every morning and still come home in the evening to a fresh smelling house. As promised, it eliminates odours so that when the cover smell wears off you don't get a lingering smell of food, pets tc. that you were trying to cover up in the first place!
I've since found many other uses for it - the dog's bed, spraying my other half after he's been smoking, freshening up my coats inbetween washes and freshening up the car too. I have tried the other varieties of the spray but I have to say I prefer the original "cotton fresh" as it's such a simple, clean smell and I hate the artificial cover up smell of normal air fresheners anyway.
A bottle of this lasts about a week in our house which I think is pretty good considering how much of it we use and I simply pop in another one each time I do my weekly shop. I have yet to find a better product.
A couple of week's ago, my trusty old GHDs packed in on me. I must mention that I am obsessed with keeping my hair poker straight and in good shiny condition and have always had the "best" most expensive straighteners. Usually GHDS or similar.
However, I wanted a cheap but decent pair of straighteners while my GHDS were away getting repaired and I picked these as they were reduced to £20.00 and heat up to 230degrees. I wasn't really too fussed about them being cordless but I did try it out anyway.
First Impression: On opening the box I actually thought they looked like GHDs and was quite excited. They come with a docking station and a power cord.
First Use: After washing and drying my hair I covered it in heat protection spray and switched the straighteners on. I waited on them heating up (which took longer than the 30seconds), removed the straighteners from the dock and started to straighten my hair in sections as usual. I was quite happy with the first few strokes but after about 2mins the straighteners were cooling down and I would have to put them back in to charge again! I then decided just to use the power cord seeing as it was long enough anyway. This was a bit better and
Results: My hair was definately straight although still a little wispy/frizzy and I went over it again about half an hour later just to finish off. It also didn't have the same healthy shine it usually has from the professional/expensive straighteners and didn't have the same staying power either. It was looking a bit straggly and the ends were curling a bit after going outside for a little while.
I was also a little annoyed at the slight burning smell given off these constantly (I can also smell it a little from my hair) although maybe this will lessen the more I use them.
Overall, I was happy with them for my £20.00 and I would recommend if you want something for a basic/quick daily straighten of your hair.
Normally I'm a coffee drinker, however after deciding to sort my diet and excersise out I decided I should also cut out caffeine. Having never tried anything except standard coffee and tea I was a bit unsure of any other hot drinks but I came across a Twinings variety pack on offer in Tesco while doing the shopping.
After a quick read I decided to try it as it was all natural ingredients and I couldn't really go wrong for a couple of pound anyway.
I tried a few of the other flavours first and was quite impressed! Blackberry and Nettle was also in the pack so after brewing for a couple of mins and trying it I decided it was probably a bit rich and the taste was defintely different from anything I'd experienced before. However, determined not to waste the teabags I tried again with a teaspoon of honey and actually enjoyed my cup of tea and found it really refreshing and comforting after a long day at work. The taste definately takes a little bit of getting used to as it's very unusual but it's also enjoyable!
I've also done a little bit of research and discourvered that Blackberry and Nettle are really very good for you. Blackberry is a good source of Vitamins C and E and selenium (a mineral) and Blackberry is regular used by herbalists and naturopaths in treating a range of symptoms. You may wish to speak to a Health Food Shop about the benefits. Nettle is very good at clearing toxins from the body and, again, is used by herbalists for a variety of things.
I definately recommend trying these and maybe replacing one of your regular tea/coffee portions with this. Please also check out the rest of the Twinings Infusions as they all have different tastes and benefits.
Having suffered from Coldsores every few months for as long as I can remember I'm always on the lookout for new treatments. Normally I managed just fine on L-Lysine and Zovirax and manage to keep the outbreaks to a minimum and heal them up quickly. Anyway, after a bad breakout I decided to try something new! Compeed claim to reduce healing time, pain, swelling and also prevent scabbing so I thought they'd be perfect.
So, I visited Boots and came out over £7.00 lighter thinking "these better be bloody worth it!!! Got myself home (yep, a little excited about my new cure), opened the packaging and inside I found little plastic box of 15 patches. I had a quick read through the instructions which are basically -
1 - Wash hands and lip
2- Open patch carefully (diagram shown in instruction)
3 - Stick patch to lip
4 - Apply make- up over the top
5 - Carry on as normal
Well, I managed to apply it correctly without any hassle, tried to put make-up over the top but it's like putting make-up on over a standard sticky plaster - looks fake and ridiculously awful. I then applied another patch and decided I could manage without the make-up as I wasn't going anywhere anyway. A patch with no make-up definately isn't invisible but it does make the coldsore a little less obvious and gross looking.
I was happy enough for the first hour - the patch didn't bother me at all and I felt a lot more hygienic and less self-conscious having it covered. However, after a little sip of juice (yes, I was careful) the patch started to peel at the edges which made me look as if I had icky bits of skin peeling off. Eating my dinner was uncomfortable - I could feel the patch stretching with every movement of my mouth and was panicking the little patch would fall onto my plate. I had to replace the patch every few hours as it peeled and got uncomfortable although the one I put on before bed was still fine in the morning.
5 days later, my coldsores are still full-blown blisters. I think the patches are actually slowing down healing as they are not allowing the blisters to dry up, scab over and fall off. On top of that they haven't reduced the pain or swelling at all and I wish I had just stuck with my normal Zovirax. Therefore, I've decided to stop using them and will not be buying them in future!
Batchelors Cup-A-Soup is a range of instant powdered soups handy for use on the go and when you're pushed for time. Available in variety of flavours each with a different nutritional content, these aren't the healthiest of snacks available but there is definately a flavour for everyone. Finding the right flavour for you can be a bit of a trial and error exercise but my favourites are Chicken & Leek, Tomato and Chicken Noodle.
Costing less than £1.00 for a box of 4 or 5 sachets to fill a mug, you can't really go far wrong with these and I always keep a couple of boxes in the cupboard. I also find them really handing for taking to work with a nice sandwich to dip in. But mosty I just use them as a nice steaming, tasty filling mug to keep me going until dinner time!
I believe there are also low-fat versions out there although personally I haven't tried these.
I would recommend that you give these a shot!
What Is It and What Does It Do?
Oxy 10 is a lotion containing 10% Benzoyl Peroxide. It costs around £6.00. It can be bought from your pharmacist without a prescription although you will need to ask for it from behind the desk.
Oxy claim there is nothing more effective without a prescription at treating acne. It has been clinically proven that it kills 90% of spot causing bacteria in 24 hours.
Is It Easy To Use?
It's a simple, easy to use lotion. Simply wash and dry your face and then massage the cream into the areas affected by spots. DO NOT smear cream all over your face. Wash hands after use. This will most certainly bleach clothing if it comes into contact with it. For the first week apply only once per day (very sparingly if you have sensitive skin) and if no irritation develops you can use it twice a day. If your skin becomes red and irritated stop using it and ask your doctor for another treatment.
Does It Work?
Definately one of the best over the counter remedies you can find. In the first week or two, my existing spots dried up and fell off, leaving faint red marks on my skin which then faded away a few days later. Once under control, I applied this very thinly daily and was able to keep my spots away (I suffer from moderate acne). It does have a few side effect though, such as peeling, dry skin and sensitivity to sunlight so please read the label before use and stop if any side-effects become troublesome!
Is It Worth It?
Although it's a very effective treatment, you can get almost identical creams and gels for much cheaper. Try searching for Panoxyl 10 or Quinoderm online. They contain the same active ingredient - 10% Benzoyl Peroxide and do the same job. Therefore, I'd recommend you use one of the cheaper alternatives!
Having suffered from cold sores since I can remember I have always been seeking that "miracle cure". The closest I have come is Zovirax. It comes in a tiny 2g tube which is quite expensive at around £6.00. The cream contains acyclovir which fights the virus and prevents it from spreading.
I pop it on regularly when ever I feel that first tingling lump on my lip and it usually prevents the blister from appearing and I end up with a little spot that disappears after a few days. If I don't put it on straight away (i.e. if the blister has already appeared before I wake up in the morning) it doesn't stop the blister but it does seem to dry it out and help it heal much quicker.
I would definately recommend Zovirax, especially as a little thing to keep in your handbag for occasional coldsores!
If you suffer from coldsore's very regularly you may wish to speak to your doctor about prescribing a larger tube of cream as it can be quite expensive to keep buying this stuff. You doctor can also prescribe acyclovir tablets as a preventative measure but this will only be done in moderate-severe cases. This can also cause long-term side effects so you may wish to do some research and discuss it before taking this option.
Another method for coldsores you can use it to take 1000mg L-Lysine daily. Lysine is a dietary supplement that inhibits the cold sore virus and will prevent 99% of coldsores ever appearing if you remember to take it daily. If you forget a Lysine tablet and end up with a coldsore, you can also take up to 3000mg to prevent the coldsore turning into a full blown blister.
What Is It?
Witch Stick is a small stick aimed at treating and preventing spots by fighting bacteria and excess oil. It is like a mini pritt-stick and easily fits inside a handbag or pocket.
What Is It Supposed To Do?
Basically, you're supposed to dab in onto spots as soon as they start to appear. It's supposed to reduce inflammation and prevent new spots appearing in the area applied.
Does It Work?
I suffer from mild-moderate teenage acne (I'm actually almost 20 now!!!). Having used this stick regularly for a few months now I can say that it does make a difference although it's definately not a miracle treatment. I apply it around my nose, chin and forehead after taking my make-up off at night and again after washing my face in the morning. Apply it in the morning before I apply my make-up stops my face getting oily. I always feel a tingling/burning sensation for a few minutes afterwards and my face stinks like disinfectant for a bit! However, it really dries up any spots I do have and the skin I have applied it to feels clean and dry.
Is It Worth It?
Definately worth it! It's not an expensive chemist/prescription treatment but it's only around £2.00 for a stick that will last you 2-3months and can be carried everywhere.
A light, easy to apply matt finish foundation with medium coverage. It claims to control shine for up to 12 hours. It also contains chamomile, cumcumber and cotton. It is talc, oil, paraben and fragrance free.
Ranges from £3.99 online - £6.99 in shops. This is about average for a brand name foundation.
My Personal Experience
I have oily skin so my favourite foundations are always powder or mousse based foundation. However, I find that powder and mousse dry my skin out easily so I decided to try this foundation instead. It's watery but has good enough coverage you only need one layer and it blends in really well. It provides a dry, natural looking finish to your skin and with a little bit of concealer my skin is flawless. As long as I wash my face properly before putting it on and remove it at night it doesn't affect my skin at all. It is also a good base to apply other make-up on top if I am going out I will usually add a transparent powder over the top to enhance my skin.
Although it claims to control shine for 12 hours, about 6-8 is more accurate. I do my make-up before going to work and by the time I get home I am starting to look a teeny bit shiny. Other than that, I have no complaints!
What are they and what are they for?
Tyrozets are little lozenges which contain 5mg Benzocaine (anaesthetic, sometimes used by dentists) and 1mg Tyrothricin (antibiotic). They are to relieve throat pain and to help fight any throat infection you may have.
Do they work?
They do, but it doesn't last very long! They provide instant, numbing relief which lasts for above 20mins and then a little bit of relief for another hour or so. Considering you can only take 1 lozenge every 3hours this isn't long enough. They also help if you have a dry irritating/tickly cough as your throat is so numb you no longer feel the urge to cough.
Are they easy to use?
Yep, they come in a handy little pack of two tubes of 24 lozenges. Easy enough just to keep a tube in your pocket and pop in a lozenge very few hours. You have to buy them from behind the counter in a pharmacy which is a little annoying.
Are they worth it?
There are better pain relievers out there but for a couple of pound for the chemist they are certainly worth trying!
What Is It and What's It For?
Lemsip Max is a powdered medicine drink for the relief of cold and flu symtoms such as fever, headache, blocked nose, aches and pains including sore throat. It is a mixture of Paracetamol (maximum dose) and Phenylephrine Hydrochloride. Paracetamol is a pain reliever and it can reduce your temperature if you have a fever. It also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C), sucrose and aspartame.
Is It Easy To Use?
Yes! Simply empty a sachet into a mug and fill with hot water (boil the kettle and leave it for 2 or 3 minutes before pouring). You can also add sugar or honey to sweeten the tase. Then drink like a mug of tea and let it get to work. The lemon taste is lovely and comforting and not too overpowering.
Does It Work?
It certainly does! By the time you have finished your mug you will already start to feel better. I've been suffering with an awful cold for a few days now and it really helps. The raspiness and soreness in my throat and chest is gone, my head and nose feel clear and my body doesn't feel so stiff and yucky.
Is It Worth It?
Definitely, I have no complaints and it's easy to get hold of a pack of these from your local supermarket. They're also reasonably cheap, ranging from £2.00 - £3.00 for 10 sachets. I only have to use 2 sachets a day (1 in the morning and 1 with my dinner) so one pack will last you the whole length of your cold.
I am a fake-tan addict! I live in a little town in the South West of Scotland near the coast where we only get sun once or twice a year (okay, I'm kidding but it's pretty miserable weather here). My skin used to be ghostly white all year round until my 2 weeks away in the sun where I might go the tiniest little bit bronze-ish and then back to my normal white.
Well, one day (a few years ago) I bumped into my cousin while on the beach and commented on her lovely golden tan and asked if she'd been on holiday. Turned out she'd gotten from a bottle and it put the idea into my head. I forgot about it for a little while until I had a big party for a friend I hadn't seen in months coming up. Was far too afraid to fake tan myself so instead I went into a salon and booked myself in for a spray "Fake Bake".
On the day of my Fake Bake I was a little nervous - I couldn't imagine myself standing semi-naked in front of a stranger while she studied me and sprayed me all over. I didn't have anything to worry about! I went into the salon, was shown into a little room with a screen and a big fan and asked to strip down into my underwear. I kept my bra on this time and just tucked my straps into the front being the shy girl I am! Then she knocked and came back in and started talking away to me as she sprayed me. It only took me a minute or two to relax and all I had to do was hold my legs and arms out here and there and it was over and done within 10 minutes. Afterwards she told me to stand infront of the fan for 5 minutes and then get dressed and go back through to the front of the salon. Easy peasy!
The tan was flawless and gorgeous and became the start of a (so far) 3 year long addiction! I've been to different salons and found the experience pretty much the same although there's quite a difference in price and the brands of fake tan. Price seems to range from £15.00 - £30.00. My favourite brands are Fake Ban and California Tan. I also like Xen Tan but it's pretty much the same results for a bit more expensive.
I soon realised that I really couldn't afford to have my tan done professionally every time and decided to have a go at DIY. I went to see my usual beautician who sold me a bottle of Fake Bake and gave me some tips. I went home and tried it out and the results were actually pretty decent. I then went on to try different brands and types of tan. I only ever get a professional tan applied when I'm going on holiday now! My top 3 for applying at home are -
1) St Moriz mousse - Only £2.99 a bottle in TJ Hughes, it's a nice light brown mousse and a bottle lasts ages. You can see exactly where you are applying and if you have any streaks. I really like this because you can choose how thickly to apply it and see exactly how dark it will go. Your tan will develop into the same colour as the guide colour on your skin.
2) Fake Bake lotion - This would be my No1 if it wasn't for the price! It costs about £15 a bottle although cheaper if you can find it on the internet. It's dead easy, just slap it on as thickly and messy as you want before you go to bed and shower it off in the morning. Looks a bit like a mud pack when first applied but well worth it in the morning.
3) U-Glo spray - Again, I found this in TJ Hughes for about £3.00 but I haven't been able to find it cheap since. It's a small spray can and usually lasts 1 application plus 1 light top-up application. Unlike my other favourite products it doesn't have a guide colour but it does leave a mist on your skin so you can see if you've missed any places. I like this one because you don't have to rub it in and it only takes a few seconds to dry.
Hopefully one of these works for you! I also have a few tips which will help you to get the hang of fake tanning and stop wasting money at the salon!
Day before tanning day - take a long hot shower/bath and exfoliate well using a loofah on body and a face scrub. Shave/wax - do not do this on the same day as you'll get funny patches! Moisturise.
Immediately before tanning - put gloves on or use a tanning mit. Put moisturiser thickly on knees, elbows, feet and the back of your hands (not your palms). Dont rub it in.
Apply the tan in circles all over avoiding the moisturised places and your face. Rub a tiny bit of tan into your hands and mix it in with all the moisturised places. Mix the tan half and half with moisturiser before applying to your face or you'll go orange! Also rub in moisturiser between your wrists so you can't see a line between your palms and arms!
Get dressed when your skin is touch dry (speed it up with a hairdryer if you want). If you're using a tan with a guide colour put old clothes on as it DOES stain no matter which brand you use. It will wash out of most things except whites where it goes a funny pink colour.
Rinse off next day/8 hours later and you'll have a lovely tan! Moisturise every couple of days to keep your tan and top up once or twice a week.
You Can't Hide is a book written by Karen Rose and first published by Headline Publishing Group in 2008. Some of Karen Rose's similar and popular titles include Nothing to Fear, Die For Me and I'm Watching You. The cover design and photo on the copy I have is by henrysteadman.com. The cover is eye-catching and intruiging with rope, binoculars and bricks and this is what first attracted me to this book (I actually picked it up doing my weekly shopping and put it in the trolley when I realised it was only £3.00).
Basically it's about a psychiatrist (Tess) who specialises in suicidal patients. The book starts when one of her patiends commits suicide by jumping out a top floor window (yes, the book is quite gory!!) and police discover she had been tormented to commit suicide. Tess is already hated by the police for testifying that a child killer was insane and stopping him going to prision. When more of her patients starts to die Tess becomes the main suspect and has to make difficult choices between keeping her patients right to confidentiality or protecting herself. Eventually it becomes clear that Tess is being set up by someone who really has it in for her. Tess & the police must work together to figure it out before any more of her patients die and the killer destroys Tess' career, family, reputation and eventually her life.
You never known what's going to happen next and the book kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing about the killer's identity and what they might do next all the way through. It was quite chilling in places but also quite sexy and exciting as Tess gets involved in a steamy and passionate relationship with Detective Aidan Reagan. I read it in a few days even though it's actually quite a thick book as I couldn't put in down.
I am now off to the bookshop to get more Karen Rose books as I found this fantastic!
I've had this game for a few years now but recently replaced it with SimCity 4.
Basically it's just a building game - you build up you're city, give it power, water, education, entertainment, transport, police/fire cover etc. and then see if you build up a big successful city. It's quite challenging at first - building your town is easy but slowly your city starts to crumble and people start moving away etc. if you haven't kept your population happy! For my first few months of playing I nearly always had to use cheats! Once you've successfully built 1 or 2 cities it becomes easier although it still takes lots of trial and error to get the right traffic system etc. You can also play about with disasters like fire, tornados etc. to make it more exciting. It get's a bit repetitive after a couple of months but I always get the urge to play it again a while later.
Graphics are pretty basic. Game doesn't seem to have any glitches, bugs etc. and there's no long loading times which is good.
Overall, a decent game, great fun to pass the time but it's getting a bit outdated now and you may prefer something newer.
I used to be a big fan of The Sims and The Sims 2 in my school days! I really enjoyed them but I guess I just kind of grew out of them and played them less and less until I'd almost forgotten about them. I don't know what made me go out and buy The Sims 3 last week, it simply popped into my head so I bought a copy and had a play about with it.
Installation was fairly simple, I got a little bored and impatient waiting as it took a bit longer than most other games but I guess that's just because it's a big game with a lot of content. First impression of the game was good, didn't take long at all to load up and get playing. First difference I noticed from The Sims 2 was the graphics, they are so much better! Also everything you build/buy can now be completely customised - colour, texture etc. although it does take a bit of time. My favourite difference is the ability to walk all over the neighbourhood, visiting different places without having to wait on the loading screen as in previous Sims. Other differences I really liked are the new hobbies, careers in local business's etc.
Not many downsides but one of the few things that really irked me were the tutorials!!! I hate doing tutorials and it seemed with every new thing I did a new one came up. Obviously you can opt not to do the tutorials or learn more about the new things but it still asks you for everything you do! I must find a way to switch off all tutorials! The only other thing I was disapointed in was the fact that it doesn't have any of the things the previous expansion packs did like uni, pets etc. I guess they will bring the expainsion packs out and make even more money!
Here are some of my favourite silly things to do (everybody has their immature moments!!) -
Try to kill my Sim by fire, starvation etc. so I can make them a zombie :D
Build a huge mansion and try and make it look real
Make a sim get married and get another sim pregnant
Try to build a copy of my own house
Try to make my sim an alien and have alien babies
Start off with a really poor family and try and make them as I can without cheating
You'll definately like this if you liked previous Sims and it's hours of fun.