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Every girl needs nail varnish remover its simply one of those facts of life you cannot deny. This bottle I picked up in the pound shop for a grand total of (you guessed it) £1 and I have to say it was money very well spent. I hadn't heard of the brand classics before and to be honest haven't heard anything about it since I'm assuming it's just one of those obscure brands that turn up in discount stores that no one really knows much about.
You get 250ml of nail varnish remover and it comes in a semi transparent pink bottle so you can clearly see how much you have left. The actual liquid itself is clear and contains; acetone, aqua, glycerine and bitrex (the only one of these I've heard of is glycerine, and I thought that was the stuff you put in icing to stop it going rock solid but there you go). The nail polish remover is fungicidal but not being a sufferer of fungus I can't comment on its effectiveness with regards to this property but it's definitely useful to know. The product is flammable and unsurprisingly you are advised to keep it out of the reach of children. It's also made in the UK (this really did surprise me as nothing seems to be made here anymore) and is recyclable. It has a solid screw on lid which is easy to remove and replace as needed. Once open you are hit by the usual smell of nail polish remover although I have to say this one isn't nearly as strong as others I've used. I think it would be useful to have maybe a smaller opening at the top as if you knock this bottle over you really are done for as the remover will spill everywhere very quickly.
The directions on the bottle advise you to apply to cotton wool and press firmly against the nail and wipe towards the tip. Personally I don't think these instructions are necessary. I tend to use cotton wool but have also used tissue paper and kitchen roll as almost equally good substitutes and when I remove nail varnish I tend to simply soak the cotton wool and rub the nail and then go back with a cotton wool bud to get into any corners I've missed. In terms of effectiveness the nail polish remover works really well at removing most nail varnish's sometimes it takes a little longer to remove darker shades but thats to be expected. I also find that this nail polish remover actually makes my nails feel cleaner giving them almost a tingling feeling and although it's not described as a conditioning remover my nails don't feel brittle or weak as other polish removers can.
At only one pound for quite a large bottle you really can't go far wrong an essential for every woman.
When this product first appeared it was the only one like it and all of a sudden everyone was using the Barry M Instant Nail Effects to the point where I remember walking into town after 6th Form and not being able to find it in stock anywhere bearing in mind in the local high street there is 2 branches of boots and 2 branches of Superdrug. It was an instant hit and is still just as popular as it was back then.
Like all Barry M Nail products it comes in a classy clear square glass bottle with gold writing on the bottle stating what the product is, on the back it tells you to shake well, keep from heat and apply a base coat before use as well as an address to get in contact with the suppliers. On one side is a bar code, on the bottom is the product number and on the other side is a list on instructions specific to the use of the nail effects products. The instructions are fairly small but still readable and are clear. "1. Paint your nails with your chosen colour and let them dry, 2. Apply a single coat of instant nail effects, 3. Watch the effect appear." The lid of the bottle is black with a gold replica of the pattern the nail effects polish should cause on your nails and the words instant nail effects.
The product was originally only available in black but is now available in 6 different colours; Black magic, Pink Fizz, Blue Print, White Frost, Purple and Gold. I think this is a nice variety of colours and allows you to experiment with lots of different colour combinations. Personally I think the black and the white colours are the most useful as they tend to stand out best against any background colour.
...My Experience Using the Product...
One word of caution; you really do have to make sure your first colour is completely dry before applying the effects polish. I have tried to use this in a rush before with disastrous, smudged and bumpy and lumpy consequences.
The nail paint is quite thin and after a while tends to dry out around the top of the bottle creating small crusty lumps so shaking the bottle first is an absolute must. When you apply the polish I find it best to apply a fairly thick coat as you can't really reapply this polish or your nails look a mess hence if you do it too thinly or too thickly you don't get a well defined pattern. The nail polish does start to dry quite quickly so you do need to be quick and accurate with each nail although due to the nature of the effect if you don't make it all the way to the edges or if it isn't perfect it really doesn't matter. I find the brush is quite thin and aids the application process as it's of good quality.
Once you've applied the nail effects polish you simply have to watch as it dries into the cracked pattern. It does dry quite quickly into a neat smudge free pattern. The nail varnish tends to last as long as your base colour. If the base colour you apply is of good quality then your nails will look lovely for ages but if not you may find they begin to chip within a day or so. You can apply a clear top coat on top of this nail polish to help preserve your look and make it that little bit more hard wearing.
The nail effects varnish is easy to remove with any old nail varnish remover and as it goes on top of another colour I can't really comment about whether or not it stains your nails. I've not had any problems wit using this effects varnish with lots of different brands of nail varnish but I do recommend using it with Barry M nail paint simply because Barry M's colours are so vibrant they provide a really good contrast to the effects polish.
...Value For Money...
At just £3.99 this nail varnish is very good value for money and it allows you to create so many different looks as you can pair it with lots of different other colours. Other brands are starting to offer effects varnish's but for me Barry M will always be my favorite.
I always think of innocent as a bit of a luxury brand and I wouldn't buy it on a regular basis mostly because I couldn't afford to but this week it was selling half price in Sainsburys so I felt it would simply be rude not to. I want to say a little bit about the brand innocent; firstly I really like the whole philosophy of the innocent brand they try to make products that don't harm the environment in anyway and are a firm believer of sustainability. With regards to the ingredients they source them from sustainable and ethical environments and they use minimum packaging which is recycled and recyclable. Not to mention the fact they donate 10% of there profits to charity and have supported numerous community projects around the world. Plus it's all natural and good for you. All in all if you are one of these people who want to make the world a better place through your shopping and consuming you really couldn't do better than buying innocent products but... for those of us on a budget all this good stuff comes at a price.
The innocent orange juice has been completely repackaged since the photo on dooyoo was uploaded it no longer comes in cartons but rather snazzy clear plastic bottles. The fact there clear helps you to see exactly how much you've got left and you make sure you can get all the last bits out. You get 900ml of orange juice which really is only enough for 4 or 5 large glasses. The large green lid fits the bottle securely and is easy to remove and replace and has a helpful reminder sticker to "shake it up baby" before drinking this is particularly important because I went for the with bits version.
The front of the bottle has on the label a juicy looking orange with a halo and simply the brand name innocent as the words "never ever from concentrate, orange juice with bits". One side of the label tells you a bit about all the good things innocent are doing and we discover that 25% of the carafe is made from recycled material and the whole bottle can be recycled. We also find out that the oranges are picked and squeezed in 24 hours and not sweetened. The back has an advertisement for one of there smoothie products. The final side gives us the nutritional information per 100ml (notably 42 kcal and 9.6g of carbohydrates of which 8.1g is sugars) just 150ml gives you one portion of your 5 a day and you also get the ingredients simply 11 oranges (no pips or peel). This side also has contact information on it.
One teeny tiny thing that would aid the packaging is giving the percentages of the recommended daily allowance in the nutritional info, because one thing I like to see when looking at fruit juice is how much of daily sugar allowance is in one portion often its more than you think.
...The Product and The Taste...
The product is a gorgeous sunshine yellow colour and is a little bit thicker than your usual fruit juice and you really have to make sure you shake it well to get all the bits from the bottom of the bottle into the glass. It easily pours out of the large lid. The use buy date isn't very long the bottle I brought would need to be used within 6 weeks of purchase and once open you're advised to keep refrigerated and consume within 4 days. To be honest ours didn't last 2 days it was that good.
This really is the important bit and I have to say its taste lived up to expectations. It tasted very much like how you would expect orange juice to taste. It tasted sweet but not artificially sweet and had a lovely citrus flavour to it. This is actually one of few orange juice's that I think actually tastes like oranges and is a great juice to have at breakfast time when you're a bit sleepy and need a gentle wake up. I think it's best served chilled and I wouldn't serve it with ice or lemon or anything extra as the taste is perfect on its own. I haven't tried using this juice as a mixer as I think its too good to waste although I imagine it would make some yummy cocktails.
...Value for Money...
As I've already hinted this product is well worth the buy if you're trying to save the world whilst consuming but this bottle retails usually between £1.98 (Asda) and £2.19 (Sainsburys, Waitrose and Tesco) which for me is just far too much money to regularly be spending on fruit juice, no matter how good it is. But as an occasional treat when it's offer I think its worth the money I paid £1.09 for my bottle from Sainsburys.
Whenever I can I always try and buy fresh bread thats made in store as opposed to bread thats been pre packaged and made elsewhere because although it doesn't last so long it just tastes so much better. I was looking for a nice crusty bread specifically to have with soup for lunch and this loaf didn't dissapoint.
You can buy to sizes a smallish one that I guess would cut about 14 to 16 medium sices and costs 70p and a larger loaf that, and this is a complete guess, would give you an extra 10 slices and this one costs £1.20. You can alternatively get your loaf cut in store but I think that spoils the funof cutting your own and being as greedy or stingey as you like.
The bread is sold in a cellophane wrapping which has simply got a sainsburys label attached to it stating what you are buying "Giraffe Bread" formerly known as tiger bread, the price, a best before date and a note reffering you to a member of staff for a list of ingredients and allergy advice. The bread changed its name after a 3 year old wrote to sainsburys suggesting that it shouldbe called giraffe bread at the begining of this year. The crust resembles giraffe print due to a glaze which is put on the bread which cracks in the cooking process
When you open the bread you get the wonderful sent of freshly made bread and I'm going to be honest it made my mouth water and my belly rumble. It's easy to cut into with a normal serrated bread knife and the bread has a lovely white colour to it and is soft, light and fluffy on the inside wih a solid chewy crust. It tastes absolutely wonderful and is one of the few breads I'm happy to eat just with a little bit of butter that said it also makes great sandwichs and I imagine would be a really good bread to make bread and butter pudding with on the off chance it's left to go a tad stale. There's little chance of this hanging around for long though as it's just so good.
I've found the bread remains perfect for two sometimes 3 days after that it starts to go a bit dry but is usually still edible for another 1 or 2 days after which you probably wouldn't want to eat it anymore. In terms of value for money I think this bread is exceptionally good quality and I am more than happy to the price for it. Many other supermarkets and bakers sell tiger bread and its of equally good quality and value I guess where you buy it from depends more on location of the supermarket and where you tend to shop.
To be honest with you I don't have enough money to get my hair cut as often as I should and, as a result, I end up with nightmare hair which gets greasy round the roots within about a day and a half yet the ends stay brittle dry and damaged. I also (unsurrisingly) have so so many split ends but I'm holding off that haircut (my last one was about 5 months ago) for a few weeks until just before I go back to university. So when herbal essences recently brought out the beautiful ends range I had to give it a go.
...Once upon a time...
There was a beautiful 400ml (there is a smaller version available) ruby red bottle of shampoo just waiting to be purchased selling at half price in boots (usually £3.49 but often on offer in someway or another). The magical bottle promissed split end protection for mid to long hair and contained red raspberry and silk extracts. The text on the back of said magical bottle is written in a quirky appealing way and the product is essentially promising to clean, smooth and reveal natural shine. You can also find on the back of the bottle the usual list of special ingredients and the recycling information and an address to send any comments or queries.
The bottle is semi transparrnt enabling the prince or princess using the shampoo to see how much product is left. The bottle is designed well and is comfortable to hold and stands on its lid therefore allowing all the product to stay at the end which opens. The product easily opens with a push down lid avoiding the problem of loosing lids in thehower or flip tops breaking.
...And then the magic shampoo was used...
Upon squeezing out the potion (sorry shampoo), which has a gorgeous regal lilac colour, an amazing aroma filled the air although it's difficult to describe it smells fruity and sweet. The shampoo had a great consistency which was think enough to stay put on your hand but not so thick it was difficult to apply. When applying to the hair a delightful white lather forms to cover the hair which cleanses and cleans and the gorgeous smell transfers itself to the hair the lather washes out easily and, I have to say my hair was left feeling super soft before I'd even reached for the conditioner.
...And the princess was amazed at her beautiful shiny hair...
I dried and styled my hair in the usual way and the results truly were far better than I expected them to be. My hair was left feeling silky soft and smooth with a lovely shine to it. The ends of my hair seemed significantly softer and more hydrated than they previously had been and my hair continued improving throughout using this shampoo. The results weren't quite as good as you'd get from a salon treatment but you can never really exect them to be, however at a fraction of the price you can't go wrong. Definitely a happy ending for my hair!
This nail varnish caught my eye in boots because it's just so cheap and there was quite a good variety of colours and has the added bonus of being quick drying.
The product comes in a clear bottle so you can clearly see the colour of the nail varnish and it stands up on a square sturdy base. The lid is white plastic with a barcode sticker stuck on it and the miss sporty name and "clubbing colours quick dry" is also stuck on but the writing is in white and silver and is actually a but hard to read. To be honest I think it looks quite tacky as that label will soon start to peal at the edges and look scruffy. The brush attached to the lid is securely attached with well made bristles. The brush itself is bigger than all nail brushes I've used previously and only requires one stroke to cover all the nail which adds to the idea you'd be able to use this nail varnish if you were in a rush before going out. Personally I like the big brush but I understand it may be awkward for some people to use.
Looking on the miss sporty website it appears in this range of nail varnish's that they do there's 21 different colours to choose from which sounds like a lot but I think there are some key colours missing for example there isn't a black, white or deep red colour to name a few. The colour I chose was called china glaze which actually is a very deceptive name for what is essentially a light turquoise colour. It does irritate me when the colour doesn't have an appropriate name I don't understand the need for confusing names whats wrong with turquoise?? The product is also (like much of the miss sporty brand) aimed at young people and thinking about it this may be why it's so cheap and explain the lack of some colours in this range.
...My Experience Using This Product...
I found applying this product the varnish went on smoothly and covered the nail well. The thick brush however was too wide for my smallest finger nail and as a result I had to dig out the nail varnish to remove the polish on my skin which did in fact come off fairly esily. I applied 2 coats and the colour came out vivid and strong with a shiny almost metalic finish. The nail varnish did indeed dry quickly it was touch dry within a few minutes and completely dry after approximately 10 minutes. It did seem chip resistant for a few days but I found the nail varnish starts to peel not long after this.
I didn't use a base coat or a top coat and found upon removing the nail varnish my nails were left with an ever so slightly green tinge which same off through general hand washing after a few days. When removing the nail varnish I found it did come off very easily in no time at all.
...Value For Money...
You get 7ml of varnish for £1.99 which I think is exceptional value for money for a product which although not perfect is still pretty good.
I am a bit of a sucker for anything with the word "minerals" in it simply because I'm then convinced that the product is clearly good for me and significantly better for my skin than non mineral alternatives. I am fully aware that this view is not always correct but there you go my mind still makes the link mineral equals good for you. Hence when flicking through an avon brochure and I sure the mineral foundation on offer I had to purchase it and to be honest I'm guite glad I did.
The tube I purchased I think is an older version of the one shown above as I brought the product aproximately a year ago and is ever so slightly different. The tube I have is still black with white writing stating the brand "avon" and the product name "smooth minerals liquid foundation". On the back of the tube is (I assume) the product name in a huge number of different languages, the shade (nude) and lots of little symbols that mean the packaging is recylable. The tube contains 30ml of product which really doesn't sound like a lot but I assure you a little goes a long way. The tube also stand on its black screw on lid meaning less product gets stuck in the tube and overall I think the product looks quite classy.
...My Exprience Using The Product...
The first time I used this product it was a bit of a disaster to be honest but this was my fault. I squeezed the tube and the product came out easier than I expected, but all the same it didn't look like I had too much product on my fingers. However on application the product glided over my skin so smoothly and spread so well it was obvious I had far too much product and this left me with a cakey finish.
Since the first time however this product has been nothing short of perfect. I use my fingers to apply this foundation by gently rubbing a very small ammount over my skin in circular motions. The foundation goes on smoothly and spreads well allowing for an even coverage. The foundation hides blemishs well and the overall finish is quite matt but without leaving your skin dry. I don't need to apply any powder on top of the foundation and find that I don't need to re-apply the foundadtion for approximately 4 hours. The foundation has a good staying power and doesn't "melt" or go flakey or cakey on the face even in humid environments. The foundation is easily removed with make-up wipes although I can say from exerience it won't stain you're pillow case! The product hasn't given me greasy or dry skin and my skin still feels soft and looks healthy when I'm not wearing the foundation.
In terms of shade I went for the nude version and in a sense got lucky because obviously with avon you can't test the product before you purchase it. I find this shade matches my skin perfectly during the winter months but can make me look pale in the summer. Other shades in the range include; spice, earth, nutmeg, medium beige, sand beige, pure beige, shell, light beige and soft ivory.
...Value For Money...
I don't use foundation everday but perhaps 2 or 3 times a week when I go out with friends. So considering that the small 30ml tube has lasted me such a long time I really do think this foundation is good value for money. I don't think I would have paid full price for this product when I first brought it through avon and having just tried to find out the current price have discovered that avon no longer stock the product!!! I have no idea why because I really liked it but anyway it can still be found readily available on ebay and amazon for approximately £4. I'm going to stock up quickly!
I assume most people reading this will no doubt have eaten a malteser at somepoint but, if not, maltesers are essentialy a sweet created by mars many years ago. They consist of a ball of malted honeycomb surrounded by a layer of milk chocolate. I find maltesers the perfect enduldgent snack particularly when I'm watching a film. I don't really know why, I guess because you can just grab a handful and munch you're way through without having to look at, or think about it, kind of like popcorn.
Well the packaging is always essentially the same (with odd additional bits and pieces for promotional packs) but its bright red with pictures of some whole and some halved maltesers flying about all over the place and the word maltesers in white accross the front. It is appealing, but really what I want to mention is that you can buy maltesers in all sort of different sized packs, boxes, tubs, tubes etc. As a result you can find a pack for any occasion; to munch on by yourself, share with a partner, share at a party, to give as a gift, you name it mars have thought of it. Its also worth noting Maltesers are fair trade wooo!
...The Actual Malteser...
Its spherical in shape with a diameter about that of a pound coin. Obviously it's chocolate coloured. What I love about maltesers is not only have they got a great chrunch if you bight into them but if you suck on them, once you're past the chocolate, the honeycomb slowly melts in you're mouth. When you first taste them you taste the usual good quality mars milk chocolate that is very sweet and delicous and this is greatly complemented by the honeycomb which is moorish yet not overpowering. The maltesers themselves are light and airy, as anyone whose seen their advertising will know, Mars are trying to market maltesers, not quite as a healthy chocolate, but almost like the best pick of an unhealthy bunch, if that makes sense. They've been doing this with the catchphrase "you'll have to find other ways to be naughty".
I find when I eat maltesers I open the packet and eat the first few then before I even notice it I'm eating the last one. Hense I guess the "tease", I always feel like I want just one more. Clearly not great for my waist line but the standard packets (37g) only have 181 calories and you do feel like you get a lot in the packet.
Well it's difficult to comment on the price because you can get so many different sized packets. Usually the standard packets are about 60p in most corner shops and supermarkets. I have seen multi packs of the fun sized packets in pound land so obviously if you're trying to save a bit of money this would be a good starting point especially as you'll probably find you eat fewer in one sitting as there smaller portions (19g bags opposed to 37g). In general though I would say they are priced similary to other chocolate and sweet products.
One final thing to mention is that Mars now offer other malteser products e.g. white maltesers, icecreams and hot chocolate that you may want to check out if you enjoyed this product.
I love painting my nails it is my favorite thing to do when I'm bored, or when I'm procrastinating and should be doing uni work and I don't think anything makes you look more classy than well painted finger and toe nails. There also the ideal way to splash colour into any outfit.
You receive 10mls of varnish in a clear glass square bottle which has on one side the bar code, another side is plain, the front says "Nail Paint by Barry M, and the website address" and the back simply says "Shake well. Keep from heat. Apply basecoat before use" and the address. The number and name of the colour are printed on the bottom. The black screw on lid is easy to use the brush aids the application process. The bottles are in no means fancy but look smart and give you all the necessary product information. Doing a little bit of research Barry M currently have 56 different varieties of nail paint (not including numerous effect varnishes). 56!!!!! I think this point really does need emphasising 56!!! This is a huge variety to choose from (although some of the colours appear a bit similar). I think the huge variety of colours is one of the things that makes Barry M nail paint my favorite nail varnish. The names of the varnishes are all very to the point for example raspberry, cyan blue and block orange you can visualise the colour from the name without seeing it which I think is a definite plus when you buy the product online I hate deceptive product names with a passion.
...My Experience Using the Product...
The other thing that makes this product by far my favorite is the quality. The colours not only look amazing in the bottle they also look amazing on your nails. The colour is strong and vibrant and 2 coats are all you need for a really vibrant colour.
Honestly I don't bother applying a base coat to my nails and just apply two thin layers of the product. The brush glides easily over the nail and the nail varnish is the perfect consistency; it's neither gloopy or too runny. It goes on smoothly leaving a really good finish that's shiny and glossy. The nail varnish is touch dry within a few minutes but I always try to avoid doing anything for about 15 minutes afterwards just in case. When I've applied a top coat this has helped the varnish last longer but usually I don't bother.
The nail varnish is hard wearing and doesn't chip easily it usually lasts a 3 or 4 days before I even begin to notice small chips and I usually wear the product for about a week before taking it off and reapplying (I'm not a fan of touch ups but if you are the product could easily last longer).
Removing the nail varnish I haven't had any problems with it staining my nails and I own 6 different nail paints plus a few of the effects paints but I do know other people who have found there nails stained for a few days. This nail varnish removes from the nails very easily even with cheap remover it comes off really well. Another good thing about the product is that the paint whilst staying firmly put on your nails comes off the skin easily with hot soapy water. Meaning you don't have to use nail varnish remover to get it off your skin and then have the awkward moment when you identically remove some off of the nail as well.
A word of warning I did once decide it was a great idea to do my nails whilst sunbathing on a very hot day and found that the nail varnish dried too quickly for me to apply it well but this was an exceptionally hot day.
...Value For Money...
The Barry M nail paint costs £2.99 a bottle which isn't the cheapest nail varnish on the market but is far from being the most expensive and in my opinion for the quality of the product an absolute bargain I haven't yet run out of a bottle, but obviously I don't wear the same varnish all the time, and I've been using Barry M for over a year. I managed to buy several bottles when they were on offer at 3 for 2 in boots sometime ago so it's definitely worth stocking up when you can find them on offer and they are also often up for sale on ebay.
So I'm not a massive fan of drinking water unless I'm at the gym or drinking it with a meal so for me squash is an absolute essential to have in the kitchen. I also really like bitter things and lemon seemed like the perfect flavour for a refreshing drink on a summers day hence my purchase. (Not to mention the two bottles for £1.50 offer in Tesco).
...The Packaging and Info...
You get 750ml of double strength (i.e. twice as concentrated) product in a nice sized bottle. The thing that annoys me most when buying bottles of squash is finding there too big to fit on your shelf, but this one fits in nicely. The label on the bottle has been updated since the photo above was taken but it's very similar. It features a cluster of juicy looking lemons sitting on grass with a blue sky type background. There's a little blue sticker on the packaging saying "improved, now 30% more fruit" which is good to know. It also tells us there's no artificial flavours or colours something that many people will be pleased to know and that there's no added sugar.
Under the title "additional information" we are told the bottle contains about 30 servings and it should be stored in a cool dry place. The packaging is also recyclable On the back of the bottle the preparation guidelines recommend you shake the bottle well and dilute 1 part squash to 9 parts water. There's also the usual allergy advice and a list of ingredients, a rather long list but to be honest, but I don't really care too much about what I'm drinking as long as it tastes good and is fairly cheap. It also gives us the nutritional values per 100ml (it doesn't make clear if this is when the drink is diluted or not but I'm assuming not) on the front it has the nutritional values per 250ml diluted; 4 calories, 0.2g of naturally occurring sugar, traces of fat and 0.1g of salt. I'm pleased to see it's low cal as I probably wouldn't buy it if it wasn't.
...The Actual Drink...
In terms of look it's aesthetically pleasing; it simply makes the water look a bit cloudy (a bit like cloudy lemonade) but in the bottle it looks more yellowy. When you smell the bottle it smells very strongly of artificial lemons which isn't particularly appetizing to be honest but when you dilute the product the drink just smells faintly sweet and the lemon smell isn't noticeable.
So the big one, the taste. The drink if you make it as the guidelines suggest isn't very strong at all I tend to make it approximately one part squash six parts water but I know other people who prefer it stronger still. It tastes, as you'd expect it to really, of artificial lemons. The drink is maybe too sweet for me but at the same time it has that bitter kick of lemon to it. This drink definitely tastes better the colder you serve it although there's no "best served chilled" on the label. I've also diluted this with lemonade and it creates a really lovely strong lemon drink with a nice fizz. It also tastes good when you drink it with sparkling water as well. Overall I will continue to buy this squash as although the taste isn't perfect its very refreshing and quenches my thirst well.
As a Tesco product this is only available in Tesco stores or from there website. It cost 99p to buy it on it's own but you can get two bottles of squash for £1.50 a very good offer I think. It's not there cheapest squash, there everyday value lemon squash is only 32p but can only be found in the larger stores or online I purchased this squash from a Tesco express. However compared to other branded squash's it is very good value for money and I will be buying it again.
I tend to prefer body butter to moisturiser as it's less sloppy and I prefer the texture, although I do still use moisturiser as its often cheaper. Recently I had a voucher to spend at The Body Shop so decided to treat myself to this body butter. The Body Shop do a huge range of fabulous smelling body butters. I'm not normally a coconut fan (it reminds me too much of being on holiday and makes me feel rubbish about being stuck at home) and this is the first time I've used any kind of shimmer product so this quite an adventurous purchase for me.
I brought the 200ml sized tub although you can get smaller versions. The tub is pretty big and hence thought this product would last quite a long time. The tub is strong white plastic with a shimmer effect and the lid has a picture of yummy looking coconuts, the body shop symbol and a little bit of product information on it. The text is in white and is very easy to read. The text like on most body shop products is printed in English and French (I'm pretty certain its French but I could be wrong...) and it simply says "Coconut Shimmer Body Butter, with coconut virgin oil and a subtle shimmer. Normal/Dry Skin". The lid of the tub is screw on and screw off I'm able to do it with wet hands and I assume most people would be and the lid seems to help the product stay moist for longer.
On the bottom of the tub we are again told what the product is, how to use it and a list of instructions. I find that body shop products give a lot less text and product description than many other brands but, to be honest, there's nothing else I really want to know, I don't need promises of endless hours of moisturisation to make me want to buy the product.
...My Experience Using the Product...
The body butter is (unsurprisingly) very much like butter in texture, it's a white/ beige colour and you can see the shimmer in the light. I tend to towel myself dry apply the body butter and then towel off again after giving it a few minutes to sink in. The product feels luxurious to apply to the skin and you can immediately see the shimmer effect.
Personally I quite like the shimmer, it gives a silvery shimmer though rather than gold so if bronzed goddess was the look you were going for this product wouldn't be for you. The shimmer was subtle it was definitely noticeable in the light but I didn't feel like a walking glitter ball. It lasted effectively until the next time I showered as well. The only I found was a small problem was that it did rub off onto my towel and later onto my clothes although this disappeared after putting them through the washing machine.
In terms of sent it does smell like coconut and the smell is more subtle than I was expecting it to be and not at all as strong as sun cream. I could definitely still smell it on me up to 8 hours after applying it which I really enjoyed. For moisturisation this product is amazing it easily soaks into the skin and leaves my skin feeling super soft for ages and ages without it feeling greasy or sticky.
...Value For Money...
This product is pricey but it is Body Shop so you kind of expect it. The larger tub which I purchased retails at £12.50 but recently it was available in the sale at half price and using my voucher (£15 off when you spend £30) I effectively brought it for a quarter of this price. Personally although the product is amazing I wouldn't purchase it at full price (essentially because I'm a bit stingy) although I would buy it at half price and Body Shop products are always on my christmas list. I think this product is a great treat and perfect to use for nights out because of the shimmer but because of the price not an everyday product.
Ginger nuts have always been my biscuit of choice to enjoy with a cup of tea wasting away on afternoon on dooyoo. To be honest I'm not a fussy eater and I've never been really tasted much difference between many Tesco value products and there branded equivalents. Also as a student saving money wherever possible is an absolute must. So the Tesco value ginger nuts were the perfect choice for me.
This image could do with updating as its now several months since the Tesco value range magically (seemingly overnight) morphed into Tesco everyday value. The packet is very similar to the one shown here, the biscuits are stacked tightly together ensuring that should you happen to drop the whole packet very few if any biscuits actually break. There's the usual product information on the back and something I was very pleased to note was that each biscuit is only 45 calories which is a lot fewer than I assumed there would be (perfect excuse to eat the whole packet with one cup of tea then...). There isn't any particularly unusual or note worthy ingredients listed in the packet, they are suitable for vegitarians and there's also some allergy advice on there too. Its worth noting that the packets have become easier to open the old ones didn't have an obvious way of opening but the new ones have a bit at each end that you can easily pull apart without finding that you've opened the packet half way down requiring you to eat all the biscuits above the point of opening (damn).
On the front is a picture of the biscuits which very accurately portrays the actual biscuits you find inside the packet and the words "Tesco Everyday Value Ginger Nuts, No artificial flavours, colours or hydrogenated fats" always reassuring to know as we become a more food conscious nation. I didn't actually count how many biscuits you get and having eaten a number of them I can't quite work it out but I reckon around 20 is a fairly good estimate. There isn't anyway of resealing the packaging once its open so either they have to be eaten quick or they need to be stored in an air tight container as they will go soft if left in an open packet for too long.
...The Actual Biscuit...
Is perfect. Put simply it looks like a ginger nut should quite thin, round (approximately 6 or 7 cm in diameter) it's a lovely golden brown colour with a few cracks and a few bits of sugar visible. It tastes like ginger and, for me, it's the perfect amount of ginger; its neither overpowering or bland, and neither too sweet or not sweet enough. The texture is crunchy and absolutely spot on for tea dunking. I should warn you these biscuits are highly addictive and I could easily get through the whole lot without thinking about it so be careful!
I've used these biscuits to make the base of a cheesecake before and they worked really well I simply crushed them with a rolling pin and stirred the crumbs into some melted butter with a touch of honey (I have a very sweet tooth) and this made a nice change to the usual digestive base. Definitely a versatile biscuit. Regardless of the price I would actually choose these biscuits over McVities or any other branded versions.
I've definitely saved the best thing about these biscuits till the end, the 300g packet can be brought in Tesco for a grand total of 29p. An absolute bargain. Which works out easily at less than 1.5p per biscuit. The only problem is there so good you'll be back buying more and feeling guilty about eating too many.
I try and keep an eye out for original source products because there not tested on animals and contain more natural ingredients and far fewer synthetic nasty things compared to many other products.
The bottle the shower gel come in is clear and is textured which is definitely a good design point because it means its not going to slip out of your hands if it gets wet in the shower. I'm also a big fan of clear bottles as you can see how much product you have left and design wise it gets better still it's designed to stand on its flip top lid which means you don't have to spend ages shaking the bottle to get the product out and the lid opens and close easy with a click ensuring no product is wasted and its easy to use when wet and slippy. So design wise this is possibly the most practical bottle I've come across. The design itself does actually appeal to me as well although its not pretty, floral or girly the colour of the shower gel it really stands out and the writing is clear and simple. There's certainly nothing offensive about its design.
The actual information given is useful and informative on the front it tells us "7,927 tingling real mint leaves are packed into original source mint and tea tree, packed with essential oils shower" which reading it now doesn't actually make sense but you get the idea. The little suitable for vegans symbol is also on the front. On the back the same information is given again with the addition of the line "This super refreshing pack will definitely leave you tingling". There's then a whole load of symbols that essentially mean its made from natural products, is recyclable and is tested on humans. I also thing the directions are inventive "directions: original source + water = the ultimate wake up call" and the note underneath made me laugh "be careful to avoid your eyes, its not for them it's for your body!".
The actual shower gel, as I've already mentioned, is bright green in colour and it smells very strongly of mint and tea tree with tea tree being the dominant smell (in my opinion) over the mint. The consistency of the shower gel is good it easily comes out the bottle when you squeeze it and doesn't run everywhere and you get 250ml of product in the bottle.
...My Experience Using This Product...
I found this product lathered up well, although I've used other shower gels that lathered better and it washed on and off my body in the way you'd expect shower gel to. The notable thing about this product is definitely the smell which took me buy surprise the first time I used it. It's almost a manly smell but I still quite enjoyed it and it's very very strong and I understand why some people may find the tea tree overpowering. I think this shower gel would be a great product to use is you had a cold as it would definitely help you breathe first thing in the morning. The smell thankfully doesn't linger on the skin and fades quite quickly once you've stopped using the product. The more times I've used this product the more I've come to enjoy the smell and it is a refreshing wake up first thing in the morning.
I didn't notice any tingling sensation which is a little bit disappointing as I was quite looking forward to it. I wasn't left feeling particularly moisturised or like the "essential oils" had really done anything for me although I wasn't left with dry or irritated skin either.
...Value For Money...
I brought this for half price in tesco at £1.10 which I think is an absolute bargain. Unless I'm buying a luxury shower gel (in which case it's usually from the body shop) I won't pay more than £1.50 (ish) for a shower gel so I wouldn't go for it at full price. I think this shower gel is most suited for people who don't mind strong fragrances and for households where shower gel is shared between men and women as I think this is one of the few sents that isn't too manly for women or too girly for men.
I often use an eyeliner pencil on the inside of my lower eyelid to accentuate my eyes on an almost daily basis I was never a big fan of liquid eyeliners until I brought this product. I used to find liquid eyeliners hard to use to create the desired look as they would smudge, or I'd end up with a line that was too thick, and I also found it impossible to make my eyes look the same. So because I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I found all these issues so frustrating I simply gave up. However recently whilst browsing the make up displays in boots, looking for something a bit different to add to my make up collection, I came across this product and decided why not? I might as well give it a go.
The Glam'Eyes liquid eyeliner is one of a few types that Rimmel produce and this one comes in 3 colours; black glamour, intense plum and diamond kiss (which is a grey/silver colour) so you have a choice although I assume the Black Glamour shade is the most popular and is the one I went for.
The product is in a black bottle which has silver writing on it simply stating that the product name, the brand Rimmel, plus details of where the product was made, the fact we have 3.5ml of product and it also has the little symbol saying the packaging is recyclable. The lid which has the brush attached screws into the bottle. Personally I think the product look professional and is a classy addition to any cosmetics bag.
...My Experience Using the Product...
To my surprise this eyeliner was actually fairly easy apply and following my upper eyelash line I achieved the look I desired (ok not first time round but after a little practice). I think this is because wand is of a good thickness and easy and comfortable to hold and the actual brush is fine and allows you to be very precise. I found the brush was coated with enough product to create a fine line in one simple sweep without needing to go over the line again. The product dried in less than a minute meaning I didn't end up with smudges but just a well defined line accentuating my eyes.
The product stayed on throughout the day and didn't need reapplying. At the end of the day it was easy to remove with cleansing wipes and although I did have to rub a little bit to get it all off I wasn't left with sore eyes.
...Value For Money...
I brought this product for £5.29 from boots and there Rimmel product are on a 3 for 2 offer at the moment. This is the first liquid eyeliner I've been able to use successfully and although I wouldn't consider the product to be cheap I can see it lasting for a long time and it isn't nearly as expensive as other brands. Hence I will be buying this product when I run out.
This product has converted me from a hater of liquid eyeliner to an avid fan.
The packaging of this product has changed ever so slightly from the image given here. Firstly the green part of the tin is more of a grass green than seen here and the positioning of the text has been swapped round but it still contains all the same information. The tin contains 20g of product which doesn't sound like a lot but one tin lasts absolutely ages. Taking the lid off you are greeted by the delicious smell of aloe vera which is subtle and not too in your face the tin is also completely full which is good to see. The tin is a nice size and easy to slip into a pocket or a bag.
I absolutely love Vaseline lip therapy products I use them near enough everyday as an alternative to both lip balm and lip gloss. Usually I go for the pink rose version as I like the additional colour it gives my lips but I brought this version as I wanted one that was more moisturising and due to the aloe vera in the product I chose this one. I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. Simply applying with a clean finger my lips felt instantly moisturised and were left with a lovely shine which lasted for several hours before I felt the need to reapply. I often use vaseline over the top of a lip stain or lipstick to help the colour stay in place and to give a nice gloss which is in no way at all sticky.
One thing you have to be careful about though is wear you leave your tin as if you leave it in the sun, near a radiator or anywhere else hot it will melt. Which can be a problem if you then open it and get some of the melted vaseline on the side of the tin as when it then goes solid again you find your tin has glued itself shut and it can be very difficult to open again.
This product can be purchased from boots, superdrug, supermarkets and various other places usually for between £1 and £1.50. You can also by gift sets of the vaseline lip therapy tins from boots around Christmas time (I'm not sure if they stock them all year round) and buying these will save you money. Overall I think this product is an essential for every girls handbag and is so useful for giving instant moisture and shine to dry lips.