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When taking a trip to the supermarket to do my weekly shop sometimes I can't resist to take a little look down the sweet aisle. Recently while looking I came across rainbow drops! I recognised them immediately from when I use to buy them from the corner shop after school. I couldn't resist, they went straight in to my trolley.
The packaging was just as I remembered, in blue with a massive rainbow on the front with red bubble writing. Some of the packet is see through so you can see the actual product inside. I think it helps make the packaging look more colourful as the rainbow drops come in all kinds of colours.
The rainbow drops are puffs of rice and maize, that are sugar coated. They come in all different colours though pretty much they all taste the same. If anything some may be sweeter than others as they have more sugar on. You know which ones these will be as they are darker in colour and have the colour all over, where as others you can see the actual puff. But they still do taste yummy and can get quite morish if you ask me. Though make sure you or your children are ok with E numbers as they do contain it.
These rainbow drops can be a very cheap little treat if you want to treat yourself. They do come in different sized bags but you can pick up a medium size bag for around 30p. Rainbow drops are worth a try if you have not tried them before.
4 stars from me!
Personally I do love a bit of soup every now and again. It's always nice if you want something light on your tummy or something to nibble on with bread. About a year ago I came across Heinz big soup. It comes in all kinds of flavours such as chicken, minted lamb, chunky veg and many others. This particular review is about the beef and vegetable flavour.
Like all soups it's very easy to cook, just stick it on the hob for around 2-3 minutes bringing it to the boil and your done. As its big soup the name of it is just not the flavour, it actually has bits of beef and different vegetables with the soup. The beef is very tender and tastes lovely. The vegetables include carrots, peas and potatoes which just adds to the tastiness. The actual soup is very thick and is nice to have with or without bread.
The packaging comes in a 400g tin which is mainly green in colour and has a picture of which flavour of soup you have chosen on the front as well as the Heinz logo and flavour. In the back is a little about the product and the ingredients.
This is definitely something to have in your shopping basket when out on the weekly shop. You can pick a tin up for around £1. The soup and the pieces of beef and veg to me are all high quality and is well worth the money.
Five stars from me!
When I was younger I use to watch my mam play X-COM on the first playstation. I always use to moan because I always use to watch her play games, but never really got this one. Or quite simply I got bored of waiting for my turn on the playstation, but then I would moan and get told off. She was addicted and I never understood why. Eventually after completing the game countless times she swapped it. Finally.
Many years have gone now and I am a lot older. A couple of months a go I seen a new X-COM released so, I had to get it. I had to see what all the fuss was about and well, tease my mam as they don't have anything to play it on at the moment. But I can now say I understand why mother got like she did..
X-COM: enemy unknown is a remake of the 1994 version on the pc. It is available on the playstation 3, X-box 360 and pc. Is is developed by Firaxis Games as published from 2k Games.
Through out the game you have control over X-COM an elite part of the military tasked to defend the earth against an alien invasion. The game is based in the future. A group of countries have come together to create 'the council of nations' and thus the 'extraterrestrial combat unit' (X-COM) was born.
Just like the other games you play the part as the commander if X-COM. It is a turn based strategy game, where you take part in missions to defeat the enemy.
During the missions you have control of four to six human soldiers, later in the game you can get robotic units. The main aim of the mission is to hunt down and kill all aliens on the field. However you do get other objectives on some missions, these can include finding and saving survivors, protecting someone throughout the map and deactivating certain enemy units. Though a mission will never end until all enemy units have been destroyed.
On the field a can carry items. These can range from grenades, healing items, aiming equipment, armour and sprays that lift stats for a certain amount of turns. You gain other items as the game goes on. A soldier can also learn certain abilities as they survive missions an killing aliens allowing them to gain experience through out the game. Depending on what abilities they learn will depend on what class they are. These are;- sniper, assault, heavy and support.
A sniper, as the name suggests is best at distant combat and are great with head shots.
Assault soldiers are the first in the battle field going deep in to find the aliens.
Heavy soldiers are alway heavily armed and are masters at the rocket launcher.
Supports pretty much are the healers and hold items like gas grenades. As the game goes on you do start developing different kinds of abilities due to alien research. But I won't give to much away.
Between your missions you have control over at the main base. This is where the strategy comes in to play. You have to assign research to scientists. This can help soldiers gain better weapons and armour and ways to defeat the aliens. It also helps with your jets when it comes to beating UFO's.
Assign the engineers with items and rooms to build. These can be the robotic units weapons, and rooms to do alien autopsy's. In the hanger you can better your jets and place them around the world to protect other countries and in the barracks you can recruit new soldiers, pay respects to your dead an better the ones you already have. Of course all of this take money.
As you go through the game the enemy is always getting stronger and has more and different units, so it's up to you to decide what's not important. Research and engineering will always take a few days. So while your getting stronger they always will be too.
This is also the time you hear and can check how your doing in the council if nations, this where you gain most of your money. They can contact you from time to time with missions. They will give you money for these it gave you more researchers and engineers to complete there tasks quicker.
Checking where you stand is always a must. The countries you have satellites over will give you money, researchers and engineers when it's times for your yearly report. This lets you know how your managing in the game and your stats. Each country has a panic bar. As soon as that bar hits the top that country leaves the council if nations. So you will lose out on there facilities. As soon as 8 countries have left, it's game over! You can reduce panic levels by completing missions in this area and achieving high success. Having satellites over the country helps also, these help to find alien activity in the country it is in.
The only thing about the game that sometimes annoys me is that it can be a game if chance. Out in the battle field when choosing an alien to shoot, it gives you a percentage of the chance of hitting the target. Even when this can quite high sometimes it will miss. Still not every shot can be a hit I guess. It will make it to easy.
I find the game very addictive, when I start playing its hard to put it down. It's one of those where your like 'oh let me just do this, oh and then this' and then something else comes up! I think I'm turning in to my mother. It will keep you entertained for hours.
It is rated 15, I personally think this is about right. Thought the graphics are not horrific or anything like that, the actual game play is a lot to take in and understand in strategy side, and you don't want your youngsters coming in an asking you if you think there doing it right all the time.
I would recommend this game to anyone that likes this kind of genre and those who have played the old games. It is an excellent remake. Four stars from me!
So if you have not yet noticed by my other reviews I am quite lazy when it comes to cooking, and most other things, but mainly cooking. I've always liked uncle bens rice but never got it that often when I first moved out of home as you have to wait for the water to boil, wait for the rice - yes that lazy!! I eventually came across the express rice. A good thing about this rice is that it comes in a variety of flavours. However this review is for the golden vegetable flavour.
The packaging is really simple in a bright orange packet with Uncle Bens at the top. There is a picture of the type of rice that you choose on the front. On the back is a little about the product and how to cook. What I like is that it gives you a suggestion on what you can share the rice with. On the golden vegetable packet it suggests crusted cod. Personally I haven't tried it as I am not very fond of fish.
The rice is extremely easy to cook. Just tear open a 2cm gap at the top and pop in the microwave for 2 minutes. Alternatively you can cook on the hob for only 3 minutes. The rice is very golden and has a few veggies mixed in. These include pea's, sweetcorn and peppers. It's very soft and moist the rice and I think it tastes lovely. It's good to share with someone in a meal or you can have the whole packet like I do! There's 193 calories per 125g and that's just half a packet.
I really do like this rice as it tastes lovely and is very simple to cook. You can pick a packet up at around £1.60 at most supermarkets, but some do sometimes have them on offer for 2 for £3 or something similar. 4 stars for me the only reason it's not 5 is because I would prefer more vegetables!
Having curly, frizzy hair is a pain. It seems when you have straight hair you want it curly, and when you have straight hair you want it curly. So quite naturally I want mine straight and I am always on the look out for good, decent heat sprays as I straighten my hair quite often.
So I come across Charles Worthington's heat defence styling spray. The product comes in a grey bottle with the logo on the front. On the back it has some easy to read instructions and a little about the product. The nozzle is a pink colour that has an on and off twist. It comes in a 200ml bottle.
The product is very simple to use, just spray on to wet or dry hair before using something with heat for example a hairdryer or straighteners. I find that around 6-8 sprays do it, and I have really long hair.
It smells absolutely lovely, like you just came out of a salon, it's very fresh and revitalising. It protects your hair from heat and that includes UV heat and pollution. It also helps with styling very well, leaving my hair with hardly any frizz.
Personally I've really loved this product, it's lasted me around 5 - 6 months though I do not use it every day. Absolutely something you should have if you have curly hair like mine. I picked the bottle up from boots for around £6.
Shopping at Asda you always find a good bargain I find. So I never fail to get a load of juice when shopping at Asda. One of my favourites is Asda's own grape, apple and raspberry juice.
The packaging comes in a purple card board and shows on the front pictures of the fruit in the juice. On the sides it has all the ingredients and a little about how the product was made. It's a really simple package for opening and closing, it has a twist lid at the top. Helping keep the juice fresh. It says on the packaging that it can serve up to five servings.
The juice it self is very sweet and refreshing as the packaging promises. It's also from concentrate and is reddish in colour. It tastes absolutely amazing and I always have it for my breakfast to help wake me up!
You can pick these up for around £1 each or you can get four for £3. There is also other types of juice in that offer. They include blueberry, cranberry, orange, mango, forest fruits and many, many others. A very good bargain with the Asda juice!
If you ask me Ginsters do the best steak slices going. Best yet, the steak in them is from Britain, so nice and local! There are different varieties of slices that are available from Ginsters, though is about the peppered steak slice.
It comes in black packaging with the Ginsters logo on the front, both sides and back. I don't think they want you to forget who made it. It had a little about Ginsters on the back and some easy to read cooking instructions on the back. It tells you what flavour you have and has a picture of the slice of your choice on the front. If you haven't tried these before, the picture is enough to make you want to try it.
It's very simple to cook, only 20 minutes if you want to stick it in the oven. Or only a minute and a half in the microwave. Of course if done in the microwave though it can lose some of the crunchy-ness in the pastry. Though it still tastes amazing.
The steak is always tender and tastes amazing. It has some potatoes and onions in and is in a peppered sauce. So if you are not fond of spicy foods it may not be for you. However it is only slightly spicy. I love these slices. There great for a big snack and they are a very decent size too. You can pick them up from most super markets for around £1.50 which is absolutely worth it!
There comes a time in every week where I simply don't feel like cooking, slaving over a stove for around half an hour. That's where the lovely Batchrlors super noodles come in for me. There very cheap to buy and very easy to cook, and that's right, tastes delicious well, most flavours might I add.
The packaging comes in a foil dark blue packet with the super noodles and Batchrlors logo on the front. It also states what flavour the noodles are. It has a picture of them on the front which is enough to make me buy them because they look yummy! It also has some easy to read cooking instructions on the back and a bit about the product.
The super noodles come in a variety of flavours which include:
Mild Curry - my favourite
Chinese Chow Mein to name but a few.
They are really easy to cook, doing them either in the microwave or on the hob. Just put some water to the boil and add the noodles. Inside the packet is a sachet of powder which brings the flavour to the noodles. Which ever way you cook them it only takes around 5-10 minutes to cook.
Of course there not the healthiest of options, what is when it's pretty much instantly cooked? They hold quite a bit of fat and are high in calories.
The noodles themselves taste lovely once cooked and are very soft when cooked right. If over cooked they tend to get quite sticky. It says on the packet that they can be served as part of a meal for two. But personally I eat the whole packet as a quick meal with some bread on my breaks at work.
This product is really good if you have a tight budget or a student as its only around 60p in most super markets. In some you see them on offer at 4 for £2. So there always a bargain.
I do enjoy super noodles, they give you a break on proper cooking and is nice to your money. I honestly can't see why I would stop buying them. Always recommended.
When it comes to tango my favourite flavour changes every other month, and at this time it's the yummy cherry tango. Of course with tango you many other flavours from orange, apple, black current and citrus. However when I go in to the shops it seems that the orange is most popular, as tango was originally just the orange flavour.
Now first thing is I have done a little research in to the history of tango. It was first sold in 1950, launched by Corona. It is now manufactured by Britvic, since 1987. Tango was the actual name of only the orange flavoured drink, other flavours had there own name. There have been many other flavours in the tango range other than the four I mentioned. However they have all been discontinued. Cherry tango has been around since 1998.
The packaging has seen many changes in its time. Though the design now is the logo, the word 'tango' and the colour. So cherry tango has a picture of a cherry surrounded by black with red writing around the can. The logo is black and white with flavour underneath. You get it in 330ml cans and little and big bottles.
The can states that there is 4% cherry juice from concentrate in the tango. It contains sugar an sweeteners, but no artificial colours. You can pick up a can for around 60-80p in most shops.
My opinion on cherry tango - I absolutely love it! You can really taste the cherry in the flavour compared to most cherry tasting pops. I always love a can on a break at work as its very very refreshing although its very morish. I recommend you give it a taste if you have never tried it!
Whenever I nip to the supermarket I can never help myself, and buy myself some lovely pink and whites. Only around 55p for a pack of six, if you ask me you I say you can't go wrong with that.
There very easy to notice up in the biscuit section. Very bright pink packaging, with a picture of the sweet on the front, and also something you cant fail to miss - there only 2% fat! The actual product has two crunchy wafers whIch sandwich a pink and white marshmallow. The marshmallow itself is coated with granulated sugar, YUM!
A good thing about pink and whites is that they are fun to experiment with. I normally eat mine by eating the two wafers first, saving the best bit till last. The marshmallow tends to melt in your mouth as you eat it leaving a sweet taste. Though I have seen others eat it all at once and some even dip it in their tea. I would imagine that these little treats are great for someone that is on a diet as each one only contains 50 calories. Though they can be very morish!
I absolutely love these treats, I always buy then when I'm in the shops. They taste amazing. The only thing I would say about these are that they can go stale quite quickly. Once opened, so alway make sure that they are wrapped up when putting them away. Love them!!
On my quest to help me with crazy, curly, frizzy hair I come across different kinds of hair products. One that has been recently catching my eye is the brand John Frieda Collection, frizz ease. I have already done a few reviews on some of there products. As I said - it's a quest!! I'm starting to really like this brand, though some the products are a little pricey. However I picked up this product as part of a 2 for 3 offer.
The packaging is really simple just like most John Frieda products. A silver tone to the bottle with purple and black writing on the front, with some easy to read instructions, ingredients and a little about the straightening potion on the back. It has a lid covering the spray which comes outs in a light must. It comes in a 200ml rectangular bottle.
When sprayed on the hair it has a light fragrance that isn't over powering like some of these products can have. It's really simple to use, spraying in the hair from the roots to ends after towel drying. Comb through the hair and then blow dry straight. A quick and easy thing to do before blow drying.
On the product it promises to deliver smooth styles, repair and protect hair from heat stress. If you ask me it does exactly that. When I use it my hair is always much smoother after blow drying. Honestly, I do have to run the straighteners through my hair still but it's still better than it was.
I do really like this product and will keep using it for my hair. It makes doing it slightly quicker and leaves my hair looking healthy after straightening.
Having very curly frizzy hair I am always on the look out for products to help ease it and make my hair better. I have always been very lazy when it comes to my hair as its awkward to tame. I have recently started to use hair products from John Frieda, one of which is the heat styling spray.
The packaging is a lot like other John Frieda hair products. It has a silver tone to it with purple and grey writing on the front, easy to read instructions and contents on the back. It comes in a 150ml bottle and has a squeeze spray lid on the top with a lock on the side for when your not using it.
It's really easy to use. You can use it when your hair is dry before using your straighteners. Which helps me a lot because then I can just get straight to it. You can also use it if you want to curl your hair too. On the bottle it states that it nourishes and protects hair, and I find it does just that! Also there is a light fragrance to the product. It smells very fresh and clean and is not over powering like some heat sprays.
I really like this product. Every time I use it when straightening my hair it leaves it sleek and and with a nice shine. I picked it up from boots on a 2 for 3 offer around 6 months ago and still have quite a bit left. I think it's a great product!
Normally I pick this product up from supermarkets. They always seem to have this deodorant on offer for around £1. So being quite a big impulse buyer I always seem to get one in my trolley. The can states that it helps with anti-stress and has 24 hours protection.
The packaging is very simple. It comes in a lovely purple and white 150ml aerosol can. With purple writing on the front, easy to read instructions and a little about the product on the back. The other scents come in slightly different coloured bottles, relating to what the scent is.
The scent of this particular bottle I lavender and patchouli. It's very fresh and clean smelling and you can slightly smell the lavender in there. The thing with the product is that it's not made me feel any less stressed when smelling or putting it on. Also it's never really lasted me 24 hours, maybe around 12 but that's really all I need.
Although soft and gentle has not made me feel less stressed or lasted the 24 hours I still think its a good product to have and a good brand (Palmolive). It's cheap to get and can be found in most places. A good deodorant to have.
I have always been a fan of the Charlie brand. Most the perfumes are cheap, can be found anywhere, and pretty much most of them smell nice. However my favourite fragrance by Charlie is Pink.
The packaging comes in a - you guessed it - pink, 75ml aerosol can with a pink lid. The logo is on the front and it had some easy to read instructions on the back as well as the ingredients. It's very simple but because of the colour it stands out and is always easy to find in store.
I think the scent smells lovely. It says on the back if the can 'a juicy mix of red fruits, tangerine and vanilla!' You can definitely smell the fruit. It's very sweet and girly just like the packaging. The scent doesn't really stay on all day. However the can is small and slim enough to fit in to your handbag. I think the spray can be used at any time day or night.
I like how this perfume is like a deodorant spray instead of in a glass bottle like most perfumes. You can pick up Charlie Pink for around £1.00 in most stores. I would recommend this to anyone, a lovely, fresh, fruity scent.
I absolutely love the brand collection 2000. It's cheap and you can find it in most places such as boots, superdrug and also supermarkets like morrisons and Asda. I've never really been the one to use foundation, it was just more money and I feel comfortable in the skin I'm in. However when picking up my concealer I noticed their matt foundation for only £2.99 so I thought I would give it a go.
The packaging is black, with a black lid at the bottom. It has a see through circle on the front so you can see the colour of the foundation. It has some writing saying what it is on the front as well a sticker saying what colour I have and some writing stating the ingredients on the back. It also says that it is a new improved formulation. You get 35ml of the foundation in the tube.
How you apply the product is really like any other liquid foundation. Just apply on to clean skin, I'm lazy I use my fingers, but you can use a brush or a sponge too and then blend in to the skin. I find it goes on and spreads quite well over my skin and as the product says it does have a matt finish. I was very pleased with the product as it did make my skin look slightly smoother and look like I had less imperfections.
The foundation stays on my skin pretty much all day and it also contains UVA and UVB sunscreens so it protects your skin. You can get the product in several different shades, going from pale to dark.
When buying concealed I tend to buy natural beige or ivory. The only thing with the foundation (ivory) is that the colour is slightly orange-y. So I only put a little on.
I really like this product and I am very happy I gave it a chance. I'l be buying them more often that's for sure, and will recommend this product to anyone who wears foundation.