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      15.11.2011 16:51
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      A great double action product for a cheap price, widely available

      The 'Visibly clear 2-in-1 wash and mask' from Neutrogena is a great multitasking product. It is one of the few things that has helped my face, and is cheaper than my other alternatives. This gets some rave reviews online and after reading many of them and looking at the boots website for several hours trying to decide which facewash to pick, i'm glad i picked this one as it was 100% the right choice.

      It comes in neutrogena's classic visibly clear packaging, A squeezy tube that is half bright orange and half grey. The packaging has all of the directions and claims on the back and looks (and smells, we'll get to that later) very unisex. When the tube is squeezed, the wash comes out as a reasonably thick, white, clay consistency. If you are using this a mask I like to apply to dry skin and leave on and if used as a wash, it is applied to wet skin.

      It smells very fresh, kind of minty but just very refreshing and is pleasant to use on oily skin as the smell makes you feel clean and cleansed. When used as a mask I apply it to a dry face, avoiding the eye area, and leave it on for around 10 minutes or just until it dries. You can feel your skin tingle, it's not unpleasant at all and feels very purifying. I use this on days when my skin appears blocked and congested and it really gets all the grime out and leaves the face ready for treating further. It's a tiny bit hard to wash off but it nice to really massage it off of the skin and you can almost turn it into a face wash as you're rinsing it off. It's not harsh on my skin, i have combination oily but slightly sensitive skin, and leaves my face smooth and fresh looking.

      I use it as my everyday face wash and i have really noticed a difference. My spots have reduced and it really gets all the oil and dirt out from my pores. If i have an active breakout then it helps reduce healing time and redness. Even from the first use i noticed a change and i was surprised that such a cheap product had such an amazing effect. When washing my face with it, i apply it to wet skin and use circular motions to get it all over my face and then rinse off. It's easy to rinse off and again leaves my skin feeling refreshed but not dry or sensitised.

      This face wash is available from boots, superdrug and some supermarkets for around £3.99 but it is sometimes on buy 1 get 1 free offers so it's worth keeping an eye out. Overall, this is an amazing 2 in 1 that really gives great results and is reasonably priced. It has several rave reviews both here on DooYoo and on the boots website so i highly recommend you try this out.

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      15.11.2011 16:33
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      I wouldnt recommend this, you can get the same effect with hairspray or other products.

      The umberto giannini backcomb in a bottle claims to give you all the texture and volume of backcombing, without the damage. This received a lot of hype at the start of this year and i finally bought my first bottle in june for £5.61 from boots.

      In my opinion it's not really worth the price, the smell is pretty nice, a kind of flowery musky smell that is just a little bit sweet. The way that I like to use this is to randomnly section my hair and spray it from a distance into the roots, wait a few seconds, and then massage it in. It does give you a bit of volume but no where near a backcomb effect. It's nice to use if your hair needs a little perking up or a hint of texture, but don't expect amazing results.

      I have tried to be very precise with my sectioning, i tried spraying it close up, from far away and even using it as a hairspray while i'm backcombing but i just can't get it to work that well. It feels too sticky to be used as a hairspray and it generally makes the hair feel quite heavy. You can feel the product is there and it feels quite crispy, like you've overdone it with the hairspray. It's not terrible but i'm just not getting the results i was expecting and judging by the other reviews, neither are others. For £5.61 i just feel like it's a glorified hairspray, and not a very good one at that. I wouldn't particularly recommend this but since it got so much praise from bloggers it might be worth trying out just to see if you'll like the results. I won't be repurchasing however.

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      15.11.2011 16:19

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      A great shampoo for damaged hair, but other hair types should look for something else

      This shampoo claims to Fill in cracks, seal the cuticle, repair hair and leave it feeling silky. Quite a lot of claims for a £2.70 shampoo.

      The shampoo comes in a yellow bottle with the usual elvive design, and a diagram of the 'ceramide-cement' that is meant to repair your tresses. It comes in 250ml and 400ml and is available from Boots, superdrug and supermarkets. It comes out as a milky, creamy liquid and smells fresh, flowery but slighly chemical. It smells much better on the hair that in the bottle though!

      It lathers up beautifully and is easy to rinse out, it also doens't tangle the hair too badly which is very important especially if you have long hair like myself. There is a matching conditioner to go with this and both shoud be used to attin the full results, however i found that just by using the shampoo i had far less breakage during brushing and my split ends looked a little more 'bonded' and less scraggly. Apart from stronger hair, I was also left with soft hair that wasn't weighed down. It remained full of life and didn't stick to my head as some other damage controlling shampoo's cause.

      Overall i would recommend this shampoo if your hair is damaged, weak and brittle as it really does strenghthen, but if you are looking for moisture or huge shine then you should either use a deep conditioning treatment after, or go for something else.

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      13.11.2011 23:11
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      a lovely smell but not much apart from that

      This year was the first time i tried Glogg. I paid £3.90 for 100g, and fell in love the first time i smelt it. It genuinely makes your bath smell like a giant cup of mulled wine. The smell is very spicy and slightly (but very slightly) sweet, with notes of Cinnamon, red wine, patchouli, sweet orange, cloves and brandy it smells good enough to drink!

      The shower gel comes in 3 sizes, £3.90 for 100g, £7.75 for 250g and £12.95 for 500g, the price is quite steep and for £4 you can buy giant sizes of shower gels from the likes of dove etc.. but i guess thats the point because lush is always praised for being natural and fresh, chemical free. It also has some reasonably pricey ingredients so i guess the price is slightly justified but £4 is still a lot for such a small bottle.

      The smell really is beautiful and lingers on your skin whether you use it as a shower gel, shampoo or bubble bath (It doesn't say on the bottle that it can be used as bubbles but it still works if you put enough in). Now for the negatives, its not really moisturising for your body or hair and can leave both quite dry, it's also quite runny and you need quite a bit for it to lather so the small bottle gets used up quickly. It runs off your hands and for the price i was expecting a more luxurious consistency.

      Overall i think that apart from the smell this shower gel is not worth it for the price. For the same price much more moisturising and pleasant to use products can be bought and in bigger sizes! For that reason i won't be repurchasing.

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        13.11.2011 22:57
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        well priced effective conditioner with lovely smell

        I bought this right before i went on holiday to Turkey. My hair always goes frizzy in sea water, pool water or just heat so i thought that this would be a good, cheap conditioner to tame the madness.

        You can definetly find this in Superdrug as that is where i got mine from, i'm not sure about boots as i couldn't find the exact product on the website and i couldn't find it on superdrug's website either. I remember that i paid around £2.70 for 250ml of conditioner though.

        The conditioner comes in a brown-orange bottle with gold and brown writing. The cap is on the bottom of the bottle so every drop of conditioner is always near the opening, this could prove useful for squeezing it out when it's almost finished but i can't comment on that as it's so long lasting that i've had it for 3 months and it's absolutely not done yet.

        It smells very nice, it's hard to describe but it smells like the classic elvive smell but a little richer. It's not sweet, fresh, musky or any category in particular it's just a good smell. The conditioner comes out cream-yellow coloured, with a very creamy consistency so it feels very nourishing and smoothing while on the hair. It's not runny like others and feels quite luxurious and like it's actually doing something good for your locks.

        The directions say to rinse out immediately but i like to leave it in for a few minutes as my hair is quite dry, it's easy to rinse out and doesn't leave residue or a heavy feeling. Once your hair is dry it will be much softer and smoother. This conditioner makes your hair shiny and whilst it does de-frizz your hair i'm not sure if the '48 hour anti frizz' claim is accurate as my hair becomes slightly frizzy during the day or the next morning.

        Overall i do reccommend this conditioner as it's reasonably priced and makes your hair feel and smell fabulous. It makes it shinier, smoother and less frizzy, and i would consider repurchasing it in the future!

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      • Carmex Lip Balm / Make Up / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        13.11.2011 21:18
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        A really nice smelling balm which genuinely works

        I first bought carmex last year when i was suffering with very chapped and dry lips. I'd heard a lot about it so decided to spend the £2.69 and take the plunge, and it really worked, it soothed and moisturised my lips and i actually noticed a difference, not like some lip balms which feel good when they're on but once they rub off your lips feel the same as before. My previously pained lips were left soft and the effect stayed until the next time i applied it.

        Carmex comes in a bright yellow tube with a red cap and red writing. It's a squeezy tube and it's easy to control the amount that comes out. The lip balm comes out quite thick but once on the lips it becomes a non greasy non sticky balm. It also has quite a medicine-y smell which others have mentioned, now i personally love the smell but not everyone will like it.

        Overall this balm really helped my dry lips and made them less chapped. It also comes in mint, strawberry and cherry flavours and in a pot and as a stick so there should be a type and smell for everyone even if you don't like the original. It's available in Boots, Superdrug, supermarkets and some Topshops so it should be relatively easy to find. it's also on offer quite often so it might be a good idea to keep an eye out.

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      • Apple iPhone 4 16 GB / Smartphone / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        12.11.2011 20:19
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        highly recommended to anyone, buisness-man to trendy teen

        I had my eye on the iphone for a while so when it came to picking a gift for my birthday, i couldn't resist. I got the Iphone 4 16gb in black from o2. My contract is £45 a month and i paid only £30 for the phone. I don't think this particular contract is available anymore as i got it the week it came out but there are many different options so you'll find one to suit you from whichever network.

        Now where do i start? The phone itself is a 'brick' type, this means it's not a slider or a flip up. The front and back are made from special glass, apple claim it is very hard to scratch and this is true. There is not a single scratch on mine and i have had it for over a year. The edges of the phone are chrome and there are only 5 buttons, The home button on the front, the two volume control buttons, the slider to mute the phone and the lock or off button on the top.

        There was a lot of hoo ha when the iphone 4 first came out about the antenna/signal issues when holding the phone in a certain place. I'm pretty sure apple have now sorted this out but to be honest i never noticed an issue even when purposefully holding it in that place on the lower left hand side. However because apple was determined to sort it out, i qualified for a free case worth around £25. I really recommend you buy a case for your phone, i have dropped it a few times, it spends time in my bag and pockets and it's just generally thrown around a little (not on purpose, i'm no idiot) so really a case to protect it is quite a must have to keep it scratch free and looking nice. Especially if you plan to sell it on one day or sell it to one of those phone recycling sites.

        The phone is not very heavy, and feels sturdy nice in the hand. It is a simple design and will suit any man or woman. It's also not that heavy, just heavy enough to feel it in your bag or pocket but not so heavy that it becomes uncomfortable during use.

        It is a very fast phone, faster than it's predecessors. Upon clicking any app or link or number everything is loaded quickly. The internet, provided by safari of course, is capable of a lot, it'll load all the websites you want quickly and supports both mobile websites and their full versions. The phone will also play youtube videos from the website and from the app that comes with it. It does everything, texting, calling, playing videos, providing books and magazines to read (using the new 'Newsstand' feature), letting you take notes, setting reminder for yourself, letting you read your emails, it plays your music and takes beautiful pictures and thats only half of it. Let's stay with the camera for a minute, it is 5 megapixels on the back camera and 0.3 mp on the front, although the quality seems better for both. You can also record using both cameras, with HD 720p videos using the back camera and SD 480p using the front. The back camera has flash and makes a useful torch when the flash is switched on in record video mode, as the flash stays on! In the new iOS 5 when clicking options in taking pictures mode, you are provided with two features. HDR which enhances your pictures, adjusting the light among other things and Grid which is useful for checking someone is centered in the shot.

        The app store provides us with millions of apps including games, deal finders, camera editing apps, funny apps and genuinely useful ones like train and bus timetables. Itunes lets you buy music, movies and tv shows and as i said earlier newsstand sells magazines, newspapers and various publications from around the world.

        Battery life is good, and with the screen brightness below half (which is enough for me) it lasts around 3 days from 100% to 20%. The only drawbacks as others have said are that 1)You can't always have your old simcard, you must get a micro sim. BUT, in some cases you can just cut your old sim card and there are tutorials of how to do this on the internet, just google it. The other disadvantage is that apple brings out a new phone every year and it'll always have something better than the old one. However that is true for all phones as companies are developing bigger and better things by the minute so really it's inevitable, but at least for around one year you can be safe in the knowledge that you have one of the best phones in the world!

        Overall this is a magnificent piece of workmanship and apple really continue to outdo themselves, you won't be dissappointed by this!

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      • Thomas Cook Airlines / Airline / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        12.11.2011 19:40

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        A good choice for cheap flights, with nice planes but not great staff in each country

        In June 2011 we booked a holiday to Turkey with broadway travel and on the 1st of august i flew to Dalaman with Thomas cook airlines. The flights were decided by the travel company but after finding out i was flying with Thomas cook i did my own research and found that actually TC was the cheapest by far! I was pleased to learn we were flying with them as we hadn't before.

        When we arrived at Gatwick, the thomas cook section was well organised and there was no massive queue as with some airlines, just a few people. The lad at the check in desk was very nice and told us all the important info we needed to know. In my opinion the ground staff of an airline are just as important as the people in the air with you so this was a good first impression. After some shopping we boarded the flight, we were flying in a plane with seats in the pattern of 3-3-3 so a large aircraft, and i was surprised to see we had in flight entertainment for a reasonably short flight. The aircraft was quite clean and the seats were not bad, they were comfortable and had average leg room, nothing amazing but enough for the 4 hour flight. However if your flight is longer it may not be adequate.

        We didn't book in flight meals so i can't comment on that but the menu of food and drink available was quite sizeable and the prices weren't too bad, a bit overpriced but there is no other choice so they can get away with it! The duty free selection was impressive with a wide range of alcohol, cigarettes , perfume , beauty and many other products for sale at reduced prices. I purchased some perfume that was originally £50, for £30.

        The journey back was very much the same, nothing went wrong and everyone was friendly so not much to say there :)

        Overall, the flights were cheap, the staff were helpful on the uk side and the products available to purchase were good. My only complaint is that we were delayed on the way back by about an hour so nothing terrible but the staff in Turkey seemed a bit uninterested and didn't give info as to why we were delayed. They also seemed to do things quite slowly at Dalaman airport and the ground staff at Gatwick were just a bit more keen to help and nice.

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      • Batiste Boho Dry Shampoo / Hair Care / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        12.11.2011 19:20
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        A useful product for days when washing is not an option

        I have had many variations of batiste, and recently purchased the boho scent. Dry shampoo really is a marvellous invention, on days when you don't have time to wash your hair or you wake up to an unexpectedly greasy barnet, this is a godsend. It also makes quite a useful styling product, adding volume and texture to your hair. All you have to do is shake the bottle, spray into your roots or all over, fluff/move/play with/ massage it into your hair and brush out. It claims to leave you with clean, refreshed hair in seconds, and it sure delivers!

        The packaging of the dry shampoo is very bright and bold. The new bottle (as batiste have recently re-done their packaging) is orange and yellow with flowers, fuits and plants on it, it has the name written along the top and a small circle with the words 'sweet & spirited boho' written inside it. On the back are some simple instructions, the ingredients and a brief description.

        The smell of this is quite sweet and musky with a hint of fruit, it won't be to everyone's taste and i don't love it but it's nothing horrible. The scent doesn't last too long in your hair so it's not really an issue anyway. The shampoo comes out as a white powder and this could be an issue for people with dark hair as if not rubbed in properly it can make the hair look ashy or grey. It can be a problem for blondes too for very much the same reason so you have to make sure you massage it in and brush it out really well.

        After spaying it in, massaging and brushing out the hair is no longer limp, but voluminous and fresh looking. You can feel the product in the hair a bit depending on how much you use but if you put it up, then this is no longer a problem. This has the potential to make your hair look quite dry but the clean effect lasts all day long and for that reason i would repurchase it. It's a brilliant solution for girls(and boys) on the go and comes in useful even if you don't think you need it. It retails for around £3 or £4 from boots and superdrug, and i find that the 200ml bottle lasts me around 8-10 uses (I have long hair though)

        Overall this is a great product to have for emergencies or times when you need a little more volume and texture, it's well priced and lasts a long time too.

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          12.11.2011 18:58
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          A lovely shampoo, shame it's expensive

          Let me start off by saying that I have half a head of light blonde highlights. My hair is naturally dark brown and the process of lightening it made it dry and brittle. After years of using shamppo's from the likes of boots and superdrug, I decided to invest in my haircare by purchasing something high end, since my hair would require more care.

          This shampoo retails at around £15 but i bought mine for £13 from lookfantastic.com. The bottle is a pink colour with the name 'Kerastase' written along the top and a brief description of the shampoo, and a screw on top. The packaging is simple and looks quite expensive. You get 250ml in a bottle and this usually lasts me around 5 months if i use it once a week or every two weeks. I don't use it too often because of the price and I want it to last me as long as possible. The 'Bain Chroma Riche' smells very nice, a fruity, fresh, clean smell which lingers in your hair.

          It says that it will soften and luminise your highlighted or colour treated hair and I do think this is true. This would be great to use if you're in a rush as you don't necessarily need to use a conditioner, but obviously one is still recommended for the wellbeing of your hair. This shampoo makes my hair soft and really makes my highlights stand out, it is the only shampoo that has made my hair look less brittle and i would repurchase it again.

          I think the price is quite steep but it's worth it for the effect you get. What works for me may not work for you but this is worth trying out if your hair is in need of some TLC. It boasts that it has UV filters and vitamin E so it's also suitable if your hair is dyed, as these will prevent the colour fading. The shampoo lathers well so not much is needed, that's why it lasts so long for me.

          The reason i gave this 4 stars is that, like the other reviewer said, this shampoo did not get rid of or help my frizz. But this can be helped with other products, and it's not what i bought the shampoo for so i guess it's fine, but if you wanted to specifically treat frizz then this may not be for you. Another 4 star reason is the price, it may not be practical for everyone to spend £15 on a shampoo but that is a personal choice.

          Overall i do recommend it but it's not completely flawless.

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        • JVC HA F140PN Gumy phones / Headphones / 4 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          12.11.2011 18:16

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          A solid pair of cheap earphones, go for these if you're looking for value and sound quality!

          Like many people who have purchased these, i originally had the classic apple earphones. I thought they were amazing until 6 months after getting them they broke. The sound quality plummeted and they literally fell apart. So one evening i started to look for a replacement and found these, they had glowing reviews and for £5 from amazon even if they were rubbish it wouldn't matter. Well thank god i bought them!

          The Gumy's are available in many colours ranging from bright green to red to blue and everything in between. They come in simple plastic packaging with the word 'Gumy' written across it in whichever colour you have selected. The headphones themselves are very comfortable to wear and stay in the ear longer than their apple counterpart. The sound quality is very good, not tinny at all. The sound quality gets slightly worse over time but for the price there is nothing to complain about. I have had my current pair for around 6 months and during that time they have been in several countries, 30 degree heat, bashed around in my handbag, stepped on and used almost every day and yet there are no significant problems.

          While these are very strong and sturdy, on one occasion one of the earphones didnt seem to work but after taking them out and putting them back into my laptop everything was fine. They are also quite versatile and fit into many devices. For example i have used them in my laptop, iphone, a friends ipod and a friends computer without any problems. The cable is also of a good length, long enough to have your device in your pocket or bag without any tugging or pulling.

          Overall, these are very good value for money and compared to more expensive models there are very few differences. So if you're looking for a strong, cheap pair of good quality earphones then definetly try these out.

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