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I was lucky enough to win a complete set of the new John Frieda Full Repair products and with most of the products almost running out I thought it was the ideal time to review them. I have quite fine fly away hair with some split end damage caused through over colouring it red in the previous year so I was very happy to receive this range, hoping it really would fully repair my hair.
The products come in red bottles which are easily to flip open at the bottom and squeeze out. The shampoo itself is an opaque colour with a standard shampoo smell. It lathers well if you use just over a 50p size blob. To be honest it felt like your average shampoo, not the best, not the worst. It didn't give me the squeeky clean feeling I get from Lush solid shampoo's but it didn't smell too synthetic either.
The product is described as 'With Inca Inchi, a lightweight micro-oil rich in omega-3, this formula repairs the look and feel of overworked hair and adds body for full, flowing styles. Detangles strands, reducing the risk of breaking and snagging while combing or brushing'
It costs £5.59 a bottle aprox from Superdrug and is on offer 2 products for £7.49. I find this quite expensive considering I wasn't blown away by the results. My hair is still fine and fly away and I still have the same amount of split ends despite using all the products continuously.
So overall I wouldn't pay to buy this product again, I find it over priced and just didn't give me any improvement on my hair.
I had previously been buying Hills pouches to give to my cat alongside his dry food but found them to be very expensive but I refused to buy the cheaper brands which contain as little as 4% meat or fish and the rest sugars and rubbish!
I came across these pouches in Asda which were selling at 4 for £1, The packet advertised 'contains 60% real fish' which I thought was amazingly high compared to the 4% many others offer especially at such a bargain price!
My cat and kitten (and dog) went wild for these pouches! I bought a selection of the fish flavours; Pilchards, Seafood platter, Tuna etc. There isn't one they don't like. At the moment they are too rich for my kitten but I know he can't wait until he is big enough to get them. I give me cat half a pouch and the rest dry so they last ages.
You can buy a fish selection x12 pouches (85g i believe) for £3 or the best value is the fish collection box with x40 pouches for £8.36. Such a bargain I'm stocking up but even when it's not on offer it's only £9.26 and well worth it.
This brand is a big hit at my house and a bargain price considering the meat/fish content.
I have a 1 year old male cat and a 4 month old male kitten and after researching what goes into cat food I vowed never to be the likes of Whiskas or go cat but instead to only buy good quality food. I had previously stocked up on Hills and James Wellbeloved when it had been on offer but I was running low so had a look at some other brands and came across Purely, made by Pets at Home.
Purely comes in a brown natural looking bag, various sizes and flavours available and also comes in adult, senior or kitten. Unlike many cheaper brands there is a minimum meat/fish content of 26% and containes many natural ingredients rather than just sugars such as Poultry Meat Meal, Maize Meal, , Fresh Chicken (min.26% in the brown component), Rice Poultry Fat, Pork Gravy, Fish Meal, Sugar Beet Pulp, Linseed, Maize Gluten Meal,Yeast, Minerals, Barley Meal, Oatmeal, Vegetables (Peas, Carrots, Spinach), Fruit (Tomato, Citrus Pulp, Grape Skins), Salt.There are however some additives and colourants used however I feel the ingredients are much better than the cheaper brands.
The food itself comes in different shapes, such as little fish and round balls in different colours. It has your usual meaty/fishy smell and my cat has never had an issue eating it.
A 2kg bag full price costs £6.99 which is loads better value than your top premium brands and not much more expensive than your cheaper brands considering the quality is so much better. There is usually an offer on the food, be it two bags for £12, half price etc so is definitely worth stocking up on.
My kitten is a bit fussy on food as we have only had him a week and he was previously on cheap wet tins so he is struggling eating any solids but I am hoping he will move on to their kitten dry food soon.
Overall its much better quality than your cheap brands and is a very good price and competitor for the top brands.
I am obsessed with Vegetable Crisps!!! They are made up of finely sliced beetroot, parsnip and carrot which are hand fried in vegetable oil and then tossed with rock salt. They are so flavoursome and moreish and completely prove that good quality root vegetables provide much more taste than synthetic flavoured potato crisps.
My only downside is that a 40g bag costs aroud £1.25 and a 150g bag costs around £2.99. They are available at most supermarkets and health stores and many coffee shops such as Costa. I find the 40g bag far too small for the price and the large one is far too expensive as well. I have sinced moved onto Lidl's vegetable crisps which cost around £1.16 for a 100g but they are someties on offer for around 79p.
I don't find these greasy or oily at all like some people have commented and find the seasoning perfect but I do like a slightly salty taste.
These are lovely crisps but probably not as healthy as eating your vegetables!
Definitely my prefered crisps if I can afford them
I've been vegetarian for 16 years and recently turned vegan. On researching my foods I stumbled across articles on vegan pets and quickly introduced a vegan meat into my dogs diet. I'm still reading up on cats diets as they are more complex so I decided to try a vegan product out of curiousity, whilst still feeding my cat his meaty dry food. Here is our opinion...
Unlike my dog, my cat Bilbo was not curious to the new food parcel I brought in or to the fuss it was getting from our dog. The cat sausage is very similar to the dog product I reviewed just a little shorter. It has a meaty smell and look to it and is very easy to slice and chop up. It does say you can mince it in a blender for a finer texture and even add a few drops of Soy sauce to it. I opted to finely dice mine and put it on top of Bilbo's dry food like I would on a morning with his wet pouches.
Bilbo had a quick sniff and then tucked in to his food. He ate it in two goes which is his normal routine. He seemed very satisfied and licked his lips repeatidly. I caught my dog trying to eat the last mouthful but chased her off in time.
The swiss cat maxi sausage is available from vegusto.co.uk along with two other cat products, dog products and human vegan food. It costs £4.49 for 500g.
It contains;water, wheat protein (gluten), vegetable oils (non-hydr.), VegecatTM, spices, yeast, spices, rice starch, rock salt, VegecatTM: ascophyllum nodosum (source of arachidonate), calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, DL-methionine, taurine, vitamin B4 (choline chloride), vitamin E (dl-alphatocopheryl acetate), zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, vitamin A-acetat, copper sulphate, vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), sodium selenite, vitamin B12
It has the following nutritional value per 100g; crude protein 26.6%. crude oils & fats 4.4%, crude ash 1.82%, crude fibre 0.62%, moisture 53.4%
Overall neither my cat or dog has experienced any problems in including vegan products into their diet. Both have ate it happily. The website delivers very quickly, mine came the next day and was refridgerated to ensure freshness. Againa, the product states it last 7 days once opened however I think it will last longer as it has no meat or dairy to go off.
I have been a vegetarian for 16 years and recently opted for a vegan diet for myself and whilst researching into a dairy free life I began reading about vegan diets for animals. After considering all pointers I decided to try a vegan sausage for my dog and also a similar one for my cat. This is what we thought ....
I used vegan food website Vegusto.co.uk who sell a range of foods for humans and pets which are all vegan and thankfully have a list of all the ingredients they are free from including Palm Oil. I opted for the Swiss Dog Rice Maxi Sausage which sells at £3.49 for a 700g sausage. They also sell a Swiss dog maxi classic sausage for £4.99.
The sausage is made up from Ingredients: water, wheat protein (gluten), vegetable oils (non-hydr.), rice (5.6%), yeast, VegedogTM, tomato paste - (tomatoes, salt), spices, rice starch, rock salt, natural smoke flavour VegedogTM: dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, ascophyllum nodosum (source of arachidonate), taurine, zinc oxide, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E, sodium selenite, vitamin B4 (choline chloride), sodium selenite, vitamin B12, vitamin D2, vitamin A-acetat
It has the following nutritional values; (100 g): crude protein 22.5%. crude oils & fats 0.8%, crude ash 1.33%, crude fibre 0.54%, moisture 56.3%
From the second I took this out of the delivery box my dog showed great interest, sniffing, licking and nudging at it. When I opened it, it had a strong meaty smell which drove my dog wild. It's very simple to use, just simply cut a slice off and cube the same way and to the same quantity you would serve wet dog food, or combine with dry or even use as a training aid.
The sausage was in the bowl a matter of seconds before my dog wolfed it down her neck!
No nasty side affects either; no bad smells, toilet issues etc.
Kepp refridgerated and eat within a week, however as it is vegan it will probably last longer.
Overall my dog loves this food. It's not the cheapest but its a good healthy option.
I've been a vegetarian for the past 16 years and hadn't been to a veggie restaurant before until the end of last year, which set me off visiting all my local restaurants to compare. I've since turned vegan so I will give my opinion from both aspects.
Jack Sprats is based in Heaton, Newcastle on the main road and has lots of free parking in nearby streets. It's very much a homely cafe / restaurant with a slightly hippyish vibe. It's family run and has very polite welcoming members of staff.
On my first visit I went with my recently turned veggie boyfriend and we enjoyed starters of Pea fritters which were gorgeous and potato skins which was also very nice but your typical starter. On my second visit with my veggie mam and non meat eating sister they all enjoyed stuffed potatoes whilst I had an abosiltely divine vegan creamy mushroom pate with toast and salad. It was so flavoursome and moreish.
For mains on my first visit by other half opted for the Jack Sprats burger which has turned into his favourite meal. It is stacked high with all sorts of things from onion rings to olives! It came with a mozeralla, tomato and basil salad and the best chips ever, so golden and home made they are to die for. I had the sunday night which was very tasty but I find the sosmix pie slice can be very filliing as I find it stodgy yet tasty all the same. On my second visit I tried the vegan fish and chips with mushy peas and went to heaven! It is so similar to the real thing, the texture and taste, it even had a crispy skin made from seaweed, delicious batter, I am since having cravings for it and can't wait for my next batch! My sister enjoyed a mushroom and spinach tagliatelle.
For dessert we all had the vegan bakewell tart which was sooooo tasty we ended up buying extra to have the following day. I enjoyed a millionaires shortcake but this was a lot smaller and no competition for the bakewell tart.
Typically a starter is around £4, mains from £6-8 and desserts £1.50-4.00. They do a light snacks day menu but we've always had the evening menu and take away items.
Overall a lovely cosy place and by far the best veggie restaurant for miles. Their vegan breakfast was recently came in the top ten in the country!
With my hair drier recently blowing out I had to spend a month using a poxy travel hair dryer, so I was over the moon to receive a new Mark Hill Raw Hair Drier for Christmas.
The Raw hair drier is 2000w of raw power and comes in a range of animal print, eye catching designs. Mine is a pink zebra print design. It looks young and trendy and comes with 3 nozzle attachments and a booklet of recommended hair products and know how tips to get the perfect hair styles.
There are three heat settings and three speed settings (on being 'off'). These are great and the drier is extremely powerful and dries your hair super quick, if ever so noisy. The only issue and it's a major issue is that the buttons are on the side of the hair drier you hold, so every few seconds I accidentally knock the buttons and it turns off. This is a flaw in the design and I'm your typical right handed person, its just the positioning of the buttons and the fact that they slide. Maybe if they were harded to move it wouldn't be an issue but hey ho.
Overall its a nice design, fair price (mine was a gift but I believe they are often reduced to £24.99), the speed and heat settings are just what you need for a speedy hair dry its just a shame about the buttons.
Lush, to anyone unlucky enough to not have come across this amazing store, sells 100% vegetarian products, many are vegan, all are cruelty free and 100% amazing. They have many stores and online shops. Many products are naked to reduce packaging and the rest are packaged for biodegradable and recycled packaging.
Mask of Magnaminty
Mask of magnaminty is a special cleanser designed to tackle promblem spots,those particularly bad ones, in a gentle way, so not to upset sensitive skin. It has a green texture and you've guessed it, a minty fresh smell, just like toothpaste (not my favourite smell but does smell fresh). The combination of bentonite gel, talc, kaolin and vegetable glycerine, enables you to gently smooth this over your face and get great coverage. Its like a scrub but a very gentle one. Ground Aduki beans and Evening primrose seeds make this a genlte scrub and removes any dead skin cells. Honey is used as a moisturiser and as an antiseptic. Peppermint oil is used for the scent and to stimulate the blood. Marigold oil helps to treat the skin. Can be used on face of back in times of break out or as a regular, once a week, exfoliator. I rarely get spots but find this is a great once a week treat to remove any dead skin cells and help prevent breakouts.
It's nice for a once a week treat of for those who get spots regularly. I'm not keen on minty scents but understand it's benefits as an essential oil. At £4.75 for 125g or £8.25 for 315g it's a little bit expensive for me. Not my favourite product but does the job, my skin feels fresh and gently cleansed.
Lush, to anyone unlucky enough to not have come across this amazing store, sells 100% vegetarian products, many are vegan, all are cruelty free and 100% amazing. They have many stores and online shops. They do loads of charity work and sell charity products and are big on environmentally friendly products as well as 'naked' products.
Solid Facial Cleanser
Coal Face is an amazingly innovative solid, yes, solid face cleanser (not your old fashion drying soap bar). It is a black colour and could be mistaken for a bar of soap but its more like a slice of cake (for your skin anyway). Being solid it keeps packaging to a minimum, saving the environment. I have used many of the cleansers from Lush and found the solid cleansers (Coal Face and Fresh Farmacy) last almost a year for one slice! Just make sure you don't leave them against a hot tap/pipe or on a wet shower/bath floor as it will melt, obviously! The drier you can keep it the longer it will last. You can get any size cut, depending on your budget or the staff will cut them to fit in the handy metal storage tins lush sell or give away with certain multi-buys. It averages out so 100g costs £4.50 but honestly this lasts for around 1 year as a little really does go a long way.
This cleanser is designed for oily skin; using liquorice infusion for softening and charcoal which absorbs grease and gently exfoliates the skin. I have normal skin and it felt a bit too stripped using this product, so definitely keep this for oily skin, NEVER on sensitive, normal or dry skin.
I can't comment too much as I'm not the skin type its designed for (silly me) but I love hw long the product lasts, the fact that its naked and packaging free, the cost is fair too. It does what it sets out to do.
Lush are a store that sell only cruelty free products, all are vegetarian, many are vegan and I love the majority of their products. There are stores up and down the country, a few special Lush Spa's and various online stores for each country. Lush is big on amazing fresh ingredients, unique products and environmentally friendly as well as 'naked' products.
I have tried most of Lush's moisturisers, admitted Gorgous is my favourite but costing over £35 a pot I've had to opt for a cheaper but just as effective alternative. Celestial is a beautifully creamy moisturiser tha smells of Vanilla and Cream. It does cost £11.50 for 45g but a little bit goes a long way, with one pot lasting around 6 months. It is silky smooth and sinks into your skin without it feeling heavy or clogged and removes all dryness from my skin. I have normal skin and feels this works well with Fresh Farmacy solid facial cleanser bar.
This moisturiser has an addictively delightful vanilla cream scent and is wonderfully light and creamy on the skin. It not too heavy, not too light and absorbs easily into the skin, lasting all day long. One pt lasts a long time so works out at good value for money considering it is cruelty free.
Lush, to anyone unlucky enough to not have come across this amazing store, sells 100% vegetarian products, many are vegan, all are cruelty free and 100% amazing. They have many stores and online shops.
Solid face wash?!?!
Fesh Pharmacy is an amzingly innovative solid, yes, solid face cleanser (not your old fashion drying soap bar). It is a light pinkish colour and could be mistaken for a bar of soap but its more like a slice of cake (for your skin anyway). Being solid it keeps packaging to a minimum, saving the environment. I have used many of the cleansers from Lush and found the solid cleansers (Coal Face and Fresh Pharmacy) last almost a year for one slice! Just make sure you don't leave them against a hot tap/pipe or on a wet shower/bath floor as it will melt, obviously! The drier you can keep it the longer it will last. You can get any size cut, depending on your budget or the staff will cut them to fit in the handy metal storage tins lush sell or give away with certain multi-buys. It averages out so 100g costs £4.50 but honestly this lasts for around 1 year as a little really does go a long way.
I would say this is for normal to combination skin. It is very creamy so it doesn't dry your skin out. It is so mild it can be used on the face and body. The Camomile and Marigold infusion are very cooling for your skin and can prevent breakouts.
Use this like you woukd a bar of soap, dampen skin, either rub bar on hands then face or direct on face, it creams and foams nicely, then wash thoroughly. I found my skin felt squeeky clean, literally, without feeling stripped or dry.
I had previously used Coal Face on my normal skin type and found it a little too harsh, almost stripping my skin too bare, but I did love how it lasted months longer than Angels on Bare Skin so I was pleased to try another solid product. I fund the creamy nature of the bar and ingredients a lot more gentle and soothing. It smelt nice and erm fresh! My face feels fresh and ready to go. I find this works really well when used with Celestial Moisturiser. I only wish this was textured to scrub and exfoliate at the same time.
I had booked to visit Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Dorset for September 2011 as a mini UK holiday. As funds were low and the weather was reasonably earm we decided to camp and searched for local sites at a fair price. I came across Longthorns online which is in the field next door to Monkey World and after reading positive reviews I decided to book it.
Longthorns offers camping spots up to 5 berth for £10.50 a night (not per person) in Mid Season (£8.50 low season and £12.50 high season). It offers cheaper prices for one person tents and also pitches for campervans/caravans and has the option to get an electricity hook up as well as extras such as fire pits. If you have more money to spend there are Shepherds huts (almost mini houses) and Tipi's availabale which are heated and furnished for arox £100 a night.
I booked online the week before for 2 nights and didn't need a deposit. On arrival I found the owner and asked if he took cheques or card payment but he said not to worry he could sort it out with me later. He was extremely friendly and very trusting. We pitched up and relaxed in the sun.
I love nature and wildlife and enjoyed the surroundings. In the field behind the tent were 2 friendly sheep whicn pawed at the fence to get you to feed and stroke them. The owner brought a baby Alaca over from his herd and bottle fed it next to me. He also showed me his foal. The whole family run nature of the farm is great and you feel part of the friendly atmosphere.
There is a fridge in the field for campers to put their food and drink in, a water tap and an honesty shop. They had everything you need! There is 3 showers and bathroom faciilities and the same number of each toilets, male and female. They were clean, the water was hot and I had no complaints.
The best thing by far had to be waking up on a morning and earing the Gibbons singing away and later on hearing the Chimpanzee's displaying. It was amazing and made me feel like I was in the jungle! You cna walk to Monkey World which is literally a field away and a couple of minutes walk. We didn't do the woodwalk walk but were woken up by wild deer barking near your tent!
Such a wonderful place with the most friendliest of owners. I loved it and can't wait to go back!
After recently rescuing my first kitten I was told to invest in a good scratch pole activity centre to avoid my kitten ruining all of my furntiure with his ever so sharp claws. I didn't want a basic small pole which my kitten may lose interest in but also didn't want to spend a small fortune in case he lost interest. As my kitten was only 10 weeks old when he got him I knew he had to stay in doors until he was 5 months and neutered so thought I would go for an activity centre which was somewhere in the middle. I opted for the kitty activity centre.
Price and where to buy
The Kitty Activity Centre costs £37.00 from Pets at Home and I received 10% online discount for registering an email address with them. I thought this was a fair price as some were retailing for £70 plus! The set does need assembling but this is very easy to do. You also get free delivery with the option of collecting at our local store.
The activity centre is made with woven sisal which is perfect for your kitten/cats as it is strong, durable and perfect for them to scratch their claws onto! There are 3 platforms which are padded with soft material making them perfect places for your cat to play or snooze on! There are three soft balls on elasticated material for your cat to play with and also two soft mice on elasticated strong which slot inside 2 of the poles and a a great game for your cat to play with. The set comes in a beige/brown fabric which is very neutral and fits into all colour schemes without looking tacky or standing out too much. The product dimensions out of the packaging are 94cm x 55cm x 40cm.
My kitten loves this activity set. He immediately ran over and started running his claws doen the main poles. He loves to climb onto the platforms and we had been feeding him on the top one to prevent our dog from eating his food. He loves to play with the soft balls and also to pull at the mice which are hidden in the poles. He hasn't had a nap on the centre yet but rather uses it for play time. The set seems pretty durable and sturdy. Overall a really good set at a fair price.
Having recently gotten my first kitten I was determined to find a dry kitten food that was healthy, not full of additives or rubbish but one that didn't bankrupt me at the same time! After searching online and researching many products I came across a brand called 'Purely' which I have never heard before. I have only managed to find this brand at Pets at Home and it has been suggested that it is their own brand but under a different name but I can't prove or disprove this.
I bought a 2kg bag of 'Purely kittified chicken complete' kitten dry food. It comes in a very natural looking brown strong paper type sack. It also states 'lovely healthy stuff' under the brand which gives the impression that this ia very natural healthy food. The text is in neutral shades of brown and burgandy with some small child like pictures underneath of a chicken and some ingredients. The sack is very strong but not resealable.
The food itself contains small kibbles which come in a few different colours, brown, beige and green and are round or shaped like a three leaf clover. They are a good size for my kitten and he seems to eat them with ease. They have a slightly meaty smell as expected but nothint too overpowering.
Poultry Meat Meal, Maize Meal, Fresh Chicken (min.26% in the brown component), Rice Poultry Fat, Pork Gravy, Fish Meal, Sugar Beet Pulp, Linseed, Maize Gluten Meal, Omega 3 Oil, Yeast, Minerals, Barley Meal, Oatmeal, Vegetables (Peas, Carrots, Spinach), Fruit (Tomato, Citrus Pulp, Grape Skins), Salt.
Additives, Colourants. Nutritional Additives; Vitamin A: 14000µ/kg, Vitamin D3: 1250µ/kg, Vitamin E (α-Tocopherol): 100mg/kg, Zinc (as Sulphate):100mg/kg, Iron (as Sulphate): 60mg/kg, Manganese (as Oxide): 30mg/kg, Copper (as Sulphate): 5mg/kg, Iodine (as Iodate): 0.9mg/kg, Selenium (as Selenite): 0.1mg/kg.
I'm not a vet or nutritionalist but do worry about the long list of additives, from a product which is described as being so healthy. I was impressed with the fresh chicken content for the price of the product and liked the healthy ingreidents. Althought there is no artificial colourings or preservatives there is a load of additives which I believe makes my kitten very hyper.
A 2kg sack is advertised for £6.99 but it is regularly on offer for £5 and you get 10% discount if you register with Pets at Home online first. The bag claims to feed your kitten from 23p a day based on a 6 month old kitten eating 65g a day which i think is a very fair price.
I think as this product is fairly new and isn't extensively reviewed I was wooed by the natural looking packaging and wording. Although it is has a higher meat content than the likes of Felix and Whiskas it does have a similar additives list which I am not impressed with. Yes it's good that there isn't any artifical colourings or preservatives but this is counter balanced with the large list of additives. The kibbles are a good size and my kitten will eat this food, not all in one go like he does with other brands, but he doesn't seem too fussed by it either way.
I have since changed to Hills Science Plan but will always be on the look out for a healthy, tasty and fair priced kitten food.