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      07.10.2010 10:19
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      A quick fix to smarten up your bathroom

      I wanted to review this product as I know that I've found some really helpful tips from reading reviews on dooyoo and I think this product could be one of them.

      We are currently having a big 'spring' clean (yes, I know its October) of the house and one area to come under attack is the tiles around the bath, or more specifically the grout. They have had a good clean with mould cleaner and a toothbrush but the slight pinky staining from the mould is still there and that's when I remembered seeing something on the telly about a pen you can touch up your grout with.

      The Unibond Anti-Mould Grout Reviver pen in Ice White is the product I bought as it was the only one available in Homebase. This cost about £5 and looks like a thick felt tip. The instuctions on it are limited to what they can fit on the side of the pen, in essence: shake the tube, press the nib a few times to get the paint flowing, draw over your grout and wipe off anything that gets on the tiles.

      It says that the area it is to be used on should be clean, dry and mould free which ours was. This is really easy to use, you can literally get started in a minute and you can put down and pick up the job at your leisure without needing to get a load of equipment ready, although I have to say once you get started its quite addictive.

      I did the whole shower area of the bath tiles in about 15 minutes, you use the pen like a felt tip and simply draw over the grout and it covers up the stains. I found it really easy to use around our larger wall tiles, I simply drew it on the grout and none of the paint got on the tiles. We have a strip of small mosaic tiles around the middle of the wall and this was more tricky as the gaps are smaller and the grout is deeper. It took longer to force the paint into the gaps and lots went on the tiles too. Being unprepared and lazy I didn't have the stated damp cloth on hand to wipe off the excess so gave it a quick swipe with a few baby wipes which did the job fine.

      It didn't say anything about drying time, but I did it at about lunchtime so it had a few hours before anyone wanted to use the shower and its all still intact.

      My bath now looks as good as new and there's plenty of paint left so I'm looking for more mouldy grout to revive! (I told you it was addictive)

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        01.10.2010 23:40
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        Great way of earning cash and vouchers

        I felt like writing something about dooyoo seeing as my time here is nearly up (more on that later - what a teaser!). I'm not really sure why anyone would be interested in what I spend my dooyoo earnings on but I suppose its just natural curiosity.

        I joined about a year ago when I was on unpaid maternity leave and looking for ways to earn money whilst sat on my sofa. I managed to redeem for 2 £50 cheques before christmas which helped with Christmas and a relative's wedding in December (clothes, hotel, travel etc).

        I slowed down a bit then and managed to get another £50 cheque earlier this year, then I had a bit of a break as I was spending far too long on the internet obsessively trying to build up my pennies. I've come back with a vengence recently as I'm moving to Spain in a few months and won't be able to come on here writing and earning any more! I've just redeemed £20 for Amazon which I'm putting towards a Cabin Max backpack (watch out for the review). I'm hoping to eek out another £20 on Amazon before we go, to get a 'summer cover' for my 2 year olds car seat. I've no idea if it'll work but if nothing else it'll be easier to take off and wash when its covered in sand and sweat, that reminds me, I haven't looked to see if there are any reviews of it yet!

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          29.09.2010 17:05
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          I think I'll stick with Lush from now on.

          When I was doing my mega Boots shops in their points events last Christmas I decided to treat myself and chose some of the Extracts Fairtrade minitures. One of the product I chose was the Bergamot body wash as I like the smell of Bergamot and have heard that it has a mood enhancing effect, something that I can always do with.

          I started using this body wash recently when I found it during a big clear out and have to say I am very disappointed. The wash comes out the tube easily and is a pale green liquid, it is not too runny and is easy to wash with and that's about as far as it goes really. The tube claims to contain organic bergamot oil and fairtrade honey and if i smell the wash itself it does smell of bergamot but the fragrance is not very strong and I can't smell it whilst I'm using let alone staying on my skin afterwards.

          The wash leaves me feeling clean but not particularly more so than any other shower gel or wash that I use, and I'm not sure about mood enhancing effects. I feel OK when I get out the shower, but that's not unusual and I'd say if anything I've felt more emotional since starting to use it than before but I don't think that's anything to do with the wash. All in all this is no nicer to use than the bog standard shower gel I get from the supermarket so I don't think its worth the money at all.

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          28.09.2010 12:23
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          A freebie that I'm really please I got

          I've never spent much money on make up but recently decided to splash out on some really good, expensive foundation and my research (and the £5 no 7 voucher I had) led me to the no 7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation (see separate review). Boots had an offer on where if you spent £20 you got a free gift set of no 7 product so I bought a foundation brush too, got the set and a 2.5ml tube of Stay Perfect Eye mousse in the Pewter colour was one of the items in this set.

          I was particularly keen to try this as eyeshadow is probably the one bit of makeup that I'm willing to be a bit adventurous on. I wasn't quite sure of the correct method to apply the mousse so decided on squeezing a tiny bit onto my little finger to transfer to my eye. This worked well for me and a tiny bit gave very good and even coverage. The texture is more cream than mousse but I didn't find this a problem, the colour is a very shimmery slightly purpley dark silver which I really like. Its quite striking without being too in your face which makes it that little bit easier to apply without worrying about slightly blurry edges. It actually appears to be one of the lighter colours and I don't know if I'd be bold enough to go for a darker one personally, as this seems quite dark enough.

          Despite being quite thick the mousse didn't sit heavily on my eyelids and was very comfortable to wear. On close inspection a good few hours later it still looked almost as good as when I'd put it on and I was pleased to see that it had stayed put on my eyelids and not ended up all over my cheeks, despite walking around in light drizzle and getting a bit teary eyed in a film.

          At £8.75 for a full size 5ml tube I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy more of this but I'm very pleased with my little freebie and as such a tiny amount is needed this will last a while. When Boots are giving out the £5 no 7 vouchers again I might consider getting a full size, but there are so many other products to try!

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          27.09.2010 16:33
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          A great product, thoroughly recommended

          Since having my son, who is now 2, I have been concerned about the amount of chemicals used in cleaning my house, recently I became more concerned after reading about the environmental damage they can do so went to Waitrose to check out the 'green' cleaners with a view to phasing them in as my old ones ran out. They stock the Method range which came recommended by a colleague and I couldn't resist getting a couple of products straight away, one was this ylang ylang fragranced shower cleaner and the other was an almond fragranced wood polish.

          I put the shower cleaner in the bathroom where it looks contemporary and fairly inconspicuous. I have always struggled with getting my shower screen clean and free of water marks and have tried glass cleaner and bathroom cleaner without much success. The fact that the screen wasn't very clean to start with combined with the fact that I only remembered to use the 'daily' spray about once a week meant that it didn't have much chance to prove its worth.

          Then one day when trying to clean the shower screen I decided to use the spray as a cleaner, sprayed it liberally and gave the screen a bit of a scrub with a cloth and I could instantly feel that it was making a huge difference. The screen is now the cleanest it has been since I bought it thanks to the cleaning power of this environmentally friendly spray that has succeeded where various chemicals have failed! A huge added bonus is the ylang ylang fragrance which is lovely, as Method say 'we love it when (your bathrooms) smell like spa'.

          The bottle is recyclable and the ingredients are:

          Ingredients
          Potassium Citrate, Alcohol (from Beets), <5% Non-Ionic Surfactant (Biodegradeable from Coconut/Corn), Baking Soda, Fragrance Oil Blend (Perfumes), Emulsifier, Preservative (under 0.1% - Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone), Purified Water.
          Biodegradability based on international standard OECD 301D.

          This doesn't mean much to me but I trust Method (and my work colleague) to have done their research and created a 'kind' product.

          I've checked Ocado and this is listed as £3 although I thought I remembered paying more in Waitrose, maybe it just seemed like a lot cause its more than 99p! I am now determined to have a proper clean of the shower and get all traces of mould and scum off, then remember to use this every day so that my shower can sparkle forever more!

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          • Lush Snow Fairy / Bath & Shower / 42 Readings / 40 Ratings
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            27.09.2010 10:45
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            Try before you buy

            In January I was in Lush at the end of their post-Christmas sale and managed to get 4 christmas gift boxes for free with the stuff that I was buying. I intended to save these for gifts next Christmas but during a recent clearout I decided they were looking a bit ropey and as they would be past their use by date and I have an abundance of various toiletry sets in my 'Christmas cupboard' that I'd use them up myself.

            I was particularly keen to use the Snow Fairy shower gel as I'd previously read reviews saying how much people loved it and stocked up at Christmas to last them through the year. As my bottles have been sat at the back of a cupboard for months the glitter seems to have seperated from the gel a bit and doesn't mix back in when you shake it, not a problem for me but thought it didn't look very good for a gift.

            Having tried the gel I have to say that I really don't know what the fuss is about. It is a vibrant pink colour with a silvery shimmer rather than glitter so it looks nice and it leaves me felling clean but it doesn't have the luxuriousness or leave the softness that I'm used to with Lush products. It has a sickeningly sweet smell that I find quite unpleasant and, as sods law predicts, this smell hangs around on your skin for ages. I could smell it on my hands all morning and even after I'd washed them a couple of times there was still a hint, I suppose this is an advantage of the product if you like the smell.

            Lush say that there is a 'hint of wicked fruitiness' in this gel but I failed to pick that up. I couldn't quite put my finger on what the smell reminded me of and was trying to work it out for the review so the first thing I did was look at the ingredients. Normally with Lush products this provides a good idea of the fragrance with ingredients like rose absolute and lemon oil but in the case of Snow Fairy the only ingredients that I could see that related to the smell were perfume and synthetic musk so that wasn't much help. I read a few reviews on here to see if I was the only one who didn't like this product and another reviewer mentioned Calpol which I realised is what it reminds me of, but much sweeter.

            This is defintely not one for me, I don't know if I can even finish the small bottle I have. If you're thinking of trying this I'd recommend having a good smell of it first to see what you think and not just picking up the gift set because it looks nice and other people seem to love it!

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            • Hob-Brite / Household Cleaning / 59 Readings / 58 Ratings
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              22.09.2010 17:01
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              I'd definitely recommend this for anyone with a ceramic hob

              When I got my new cooker with ceramic hob about 6 months ago it came with a small sample of Hob Brite cleaner. I'm not normally one for fancy cleaners but thought I'd use it as I had it and also as this was my very first brand new cooker and I wanted to keep it clean.

              I think it is recommended that you use this after every use of the hob but I don't do that. I use the hob daily and always give it a wipe after use as part of the washing up and that removes any spills but does leave silvery marks which look like they might be under the glass and this is what I use the Hob Brite for about once a week.

              You need to shake the bottle well and then use a tiny amount, I put one to two drops on each 'ring' depending on how marked they are. When the oven was brand new and I was really enthusiastic I used to keep two cloths handy as the instructions said, and used one of them damp to spread the cleaner and remove the marks and the other one damp to remove the residue then I used kitchen roll to dry it. The cleaner requires very little effort to remove the marks and this method did always leave my hob looking shiny and new but as time has gone on my habits have slipped and now I use the same amount of cleaner but just use my normal washing up sponge to clean and rinse the hob with it. Its not quite as shiny but it is still very clean.

              After about 5 months the little bottle I got had nearly run out. Unfortunately I forgot to check how much was in it, but I'd say 25-50ml. I tried using my normal kitchen cleaner but it just didn't get the silvery marks off so I purchased a full size bottle of Hob Brite at £1.50 for 300ml and as I expect this to last me a few years I think this is fantastic value for money for a really effective cleaner.

              I was meant to get a scraper with my sample but that seemed to be missing, apparently the scraping part is similar to a razor blade so I'm not sure I would have dared let it near my cooker but as it happens I haven't had any use for it so far anyway. With practically no effort from me my cooker still looks as good as new.

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                22.09.2010 12:06
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                If you have time you can save money

                I came across the moneysavingexpert.com about 9 months ago after lots of people on the free bingo portal I use mentioned having been referred there by the mysterious 'mse'.

                This is a fantastic site run by Martin Lewis, the 'money saving expert' himself. The main site covers all financial matters and I never buy anything (insurance, credit card, train tickets ...) without reading the relevant article on mse first and despite already being pretty canny about comparing prices and minimising the cost I have still managed to save money by following the tips on here. One thing I would say is that 'time is money', for example when I last bought train tickets I did manage to reduce the cost from £29.50 to £21 however I spent a few hours reading the article and checking out different options in order to do this. I'd say that how useful you find the site and how much money you can save definitely depends on how much time you can invest. eg. if the option is available you might prefer to do an hours overtime and just spend 5 minutes booking your full price train tickets.

                If you register you get a really useful email every Wednesday with the latest bargains and offers in. I've just received mine and am trying to get a £6 Amazon voucher for £1 but the site is really busy with all the mse'ers so I'm struggling at the moment, should have read my email quicker!

                There are also vast forums on this site, which I sometime visit but haven't really got into. There are loads of threads with advice and support on subjects such as supermarket bargains, competitions and the 'challenge' threads like Debtfree wannabe and cost neutral Christmas.

                One other disadvantage of the site is that I do find myself getting a bit annoyed when I can't find things on there. This isn't a fault of the site as its clearly laid out with a very good search facility so its easy to find the articles, its just that some things aren't covered. I'm likely to be moving abroad in the next few months and wanted to know which foreign bank accounts are best, but there is no information on mse about it so I feel slightly annoyed and a bit lost now!

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                  17.09.2010 11:19
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                  A fantastic shower gel, highly recommended.

                  I was in Lush the other week purchasing my son's Dream Cream and Dream Wash and decided that I deserved a little treat too. I intended to find a really nice, strong smelling shampoo so that the scent would waft around me all day long and set about having a sniff of all the shampoos they offered. Nothing really caught my attention, in fact nothing really smelt of much as my nose was full of the intense smell of the Lush shop itself.

                  Not to be put off my mission to treat myself I wandered over to the shower gels and had a look at what was on offer there. I initially dismissed this boring sounding, brownish shower gel with what appeared to be scum floating on the top and started sniffing the other ones, but in the end this was the only thing that I could actually smell over the smell of the shop and really appealed to me. Being a big believer in the body knowing what it needs I picked up a small bottle and went to buy it. This is towards the more expensive end of Lush's shower gel range costing £3.90 for 100g but it was a treat so I didn't worry about that.

                  To use the shower gel you have to give it a good shake first to get the oil mixed back in with the other ingredients, as the bottle empties a bit this is much easier to do. The gel then goes cloudy like in the picture above, it is runny so easy to get out the bottle which is good as you only need a little bit and at this price you will want to make it last. It doesn't produce a huge amount of lather and feels very gentle on the skin it left me feeling clean and exceptionally soft due to the oil in the gel.

                  I take it for granted with Lush products that they will work well and leave my skin soft so getting this was more to do with the smell. Unfortunately its not a strong smell so doesn't stay with me after the shower but it is really nice whilst I'm using it. I noticed that the gel was also in a men's shaving gift set and would agree that it could be used by anyone. It is not overpowering, nor is it feminine or floral.

                  It has a warm, woodsy scent from the olive oil and vine leaves, citrus infusions from the lemon and mandarin oils and also a nice hit of bergamot (I think this mood enhancing fragrance is what made the gel stand out to me in the first place). The bergamot and the thoughts of summer holidays invoked by the other ingredients combine to make a sniff of this gel send you to your happy place.

                  Now, can I find a spare few quid to go and get some more or do I have to wait for Christmas? Hmmmm ...

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                    15.09.2010 10:30
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                    Shop around and choose the sun protection that suits you and your car

                    I bought these car window blinds at the same time as a baby car seat while I was pregnant to help shield my baby from the sun. There are 2 blinds, one for each side window of the car. They stick at the top of the window with two suction pads and then you can pull the blind down and secure it at the bottom with another suction pad.

                    My son is now 2 so these have been in use for 2 years, they stay well attached to the window at the top, but the bottom is a different matter. On one the bottom suction pad has fallen off the blind and disappeared, the other one doesn't seem to stick very well so the blinds just hang off the window. The whole fact of them being retractable is fairly pointless for a baby or toddler as he's hardly going to pull them up and down himself so they are just down most of the time, but the button at the top you press to retract them works fine.

                    We have a Suzuki Liani which is a similar size to a Ford Focus and the blind doesn't cover the width of the window very well at all. There is also the problem that when he was in a rear facing seat the sun got in his eyes through the back window and now that he is forward facing the sun gets in his eyes through the front window. I wouldn't consider any of these design faults of the blinds as they are for side windows and have to be a size to fit most cars but as a concept they are very limited in their usefulness.

                    If you are planning on buying window blinds for your car I would recommend measuring your windows to get a blind which provides maximum coverage or looking for a sunshade that will attach directly to the car seat. Unless the person sitting next to the blind is able to pull them up and down then I think that feature is fairly pointless.

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                      14.09.2010 09:10
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                      Get them if it suits you but don't put all your faith in them

                      When my son was about 1 I bought these cupboard locks for the kitchen cupboards in the same fit of panic for his safety in which I bought the useless corner cushions (see review), they were £1.99 for 6 from Amazon.

                      I had previously taken every item out of every cupboard, covering literally every surface in my kitchen so I could barely walk across the room, cried a bit at how overwhelming it all was then cleaned the cupboards and put everything back in such a way that the really dangerous items (glasses, knifes and cleaning products) were in the top cupboards. As there were still some heavy items in the bottom cupboards, and I didn't want to be having to put back everything he'd emptied I got these locks.

                      My partner fixed them to the cupboards which was a very quick and easy job but that pretty much exhausts my praise for them. The catches stop the doors opening more than a few inches (just about enough for a toddler to stick their arm through), then you have to press the bar down to release the catch and open the door. This is easy enough as long as your cupboard isn't next to an oven which sticks out slightly further than the worktop and makes it almost impossible for me to get my fat fingers to the catch, but maybe that's just a design flaw with my kitchen and fingers.

                      Occasionally I forgot that the catches were there and opened the doors quite forcefully, this resulted (a couple of months after the locks were put on) in one of them being ripped out the door and another getting so bent that unless you open the door very gently it doesn't catch. I haven't bothered replacing them, my son had got to judge a bit more carefully when going for the heavier items and as I said all the really dangerous stuff had been moved so the catches quickly lost their value.

                      The locks did work for a while and I suppose they did the job I wanted them for so on that basis I would half heartedly recommend them. I think its important to move cleaning products etc out of reach even if you are going to be using the locks, especially as they probably allow enough space for a toddler to reach in and retrieve a bottle if its close enough to the opening side. They do give some peace of mind and are convenient to stop your toddler emptying your cupboards but as long as you've taken sensible precautions I don't think they are completely necessary so I wouldn't feel that you have to have them, just consider if it suits you.

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                        13.09.2010 09:10
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                        Don't bother with these ones

                        As my son's ability to move himself around increased so did my paranoia that he would hurt himself on all the 'dangerous' things in our home (you know the horrors I mean, things like floors and furniture!).

                        I promptly spent loads of money on a whole range of safety equipment one item being these corner cushions, I got mine from Amazon, they are the Clippasafe brand and cost £1.99 for a pack of 4. I suppose the good news about these cushions is that you don't waste a lot of money when you buy them, the bad news is that they are useless.

                        When we got them we stuck them on some of the more obvious and dangerous corners. There is a bit of double sided tape on the underside which you peel off and then stick the corner on where you want it. There is a thick and slightly softer raised edge around the corner to help lessen the damage if your child slips and hits themselves on the corner. This is all very well, except the first thing your child will do on spotting this new addition to your room (well, the first thing my one year old did anyway) is poke it a bit and then pull it off the corner. You stick it back on, they pull it off, this happens a few times then you think you'll leave it for now and put it back on later when they've forgotten about it and it won't be as interesting next time. Unfortunately no matter how many times I stuck it back on my son just took it off again, and there was one particularly hard and sharp corner in an akward place that I spent months trying to get the thing to stay on but to no effect. The tape used to stick them is not great, hence my son's ability to get them off straight away, but the silver lining is at least they haven't left marks on my furniture.

                        I wouldn't recommend that anyone buy these as they don't seem up to the job at all based on my experience and other reviews. There are much better corner cushions out there, we also bought a pack of Prince Lionheart corner cushions, these are thick, padded cushions and cost a lot more at £7 for 4, but are hugely more successful. They are nice for a bit of peace of mind but in all honesty you're not going to be able to cover up every hard edge in your house so my general feeling is its probably not really worth worrying about.

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                          10.09.2010 11:56
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                          I think this is one for the kids

                          On a visit to Lush after Christmas I caught the very end of their stock clearance and on spending £20 (most of which I was going to spend anyway) received 4 free Christmas gift sets. My good intentions of saving them all for gifts in 2010 slipped slightly recently when I decided to open one of them to use myself and one of the items inside was this santa jelly.

                          It came in a small plastic pot and mine was not santa shaped, although as it had been sat in a box in a cupboard for 6 months I couldn't guarantee that it hadn't been at some point. There is a very strong, sweet smell of strawberries to this which I didn't find wholly natural and it seemed more fitting for a cheaper 'teen' bath product than a sophisticated adult one. I don't think it would suit everyone by any means but having said that I did not find it unpleasant.

                          The jelly is a bit tricky to use, first you have to try and seperate a bit out of the pot and then rub it over yourself without letting it slip through your fingers, however I have since read reviews saying they use a shower puff so will try that next time. It lathers nicely and I also used it on my hair as it states that it is suitable for this on the tub. My hair and skin was left feeling soft with a faint lingering smell of sweet strawberries. I find the product a bit gimmicky and wasteful and personally would prefer a shower gel.

                          I will however be buying shower jellies again as the use of this one caused a huge breakthrough in my house. My 2 year old son won't go near a shower and hates having water tipped over his head for his hair washed but on the first day I decided to use this jelly he wandered into the bathroom, saw it and started pulling his pyjamas off and trying to climb into the bath. I let him come in with me and play with it at the end of the bath, and over the next few days the same pattern repeated itself with him getting further and further under the water each time and 'washing' himself with the jelly. Unfortunately the jelly didn't last long as my pleas to 'save some for tomorrow' fell on deaf ears.

                          I'm very pleased with this shower breakthrough though as it could potentially save us lots of time and tears, although sadly it will cost us more pennies if we have to fuel it with jelly soap. My intention is to save the little pot, and decant a little jelly (or even just shower gel) into it each day for him to get his fingers into.

                          The santa jelly isn't around at the moment but I may well buy it if they do it again this christmas as although the scent isn't really for me, I think its lovely on a toddler!

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                            10.09.2010 11:35
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                            Delicious, high class cupcake recipe for keen bakers

                            I do a bit of cake decorating and will soon be making cupcakes for my friend's wedding so thought that was a good excuse to indulge in a cupcake recipe book. I chose the Primrose Bakery book as I found it in a cheap bookstore for the reasonable price of £5.99 and a quick look through the book suggested that the recipes were quite varied, rather than just repeating the same basic sponge mix over and over again with a different flavouring.

                            After purchasing I had a good read through the book, it is full of beautiful and inspiring pictures and the recipes were indeed very varied, producing a lot of different types and flavours of cakes and indicating icings to go with each. I couldn't wait to get started. I selected the ginger cupcakes to make first, these were very simple to make, just a matter of melting the butter and treacle and mixing in other ingredients, the ginger buttercream was also a very simple job with an electric hand whisk and after a bit of swirling and sprinkling I had a plate of very impressive looking cupcakes. There are instructions in the book on how to achieve the professional look with the icing which they spread with a palette knife rather than piping, I did follow these instructions and my cupcakes looked very nicely iced although not very much like those in the book. The cakes tasted great and lasted well and then it was time to make some more.

                            This time I tried chocolate cupcakes with caramel icing and I have to say these were much more complicated than the ginger cakes. The chocolate cake was easily the most complicated chocolate cake recipe I have ever used, taking 50 minutes, using 5 bowls and washing my beaters 3 times during the process of making the mix, they are really lovely, soft and light cakes so it is worth it, just a bit of a shock if you've started making them without fully reading the recipe first! The caramel icing was not completely successful, I followed the instructions but the finished result was grainy so I think the caramel needed boiling for longer, the recipe also stated to stir the mixture until the desired consistency was required with no indication of how long this would take. I actually used the icing about 40 minutes of making it (not continuous stirring for the entire time I have to add) and it was still too runny, so I think I might try an electric whisk next time.

                            There are recipes for all sorts of cupcakes in this book from the standard vanilla, chocolate and lemon to more exotic rose, amaretto and earl grey. I would say that the recipes are better suited to someone with a little experience in baking as they are not always explicit in their instructions and without some basic knowledge you could be left floundering. I would also advice thoroughly reading the recipe before starting as some do require some preparation in advance, or have quite complicated and time consuming methods which is fine if you're prepared for that when you start. Bearing those points in mind I would definitely recommend the book. The taste of the cakes is fantastic and the recipes seem luxurious. The cakes you produce from these recipes are definitely more like the individual cupcakes you buy from high end cupcake shops rather than the basic sponges you get in supermarkets and I'm sure everyone at my friend's wedding is going to be very happy with them.

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                              I'm not a big make up wearer normally and have a small collection of pretty cheap stuff that I slap on on a night out. I recently got the £5 off no 7 voucher when I made a purchase at Boots and as I will be moving abroad in a few months and need a foundation that can cope with the hot weather when going for job interviews so decided to get something from the no 7 range.

                              When I looked on the Boots website I saw that this had 72 reviews and just about all of them gave it 5 stars so decided this was the one for me and went and bought it along with a foundation brush (thus spending £22 and getting a free gift - bonus!).

                              I was eager to try out this miracle foundation so have been wearing it during the day since getting it, which is not something I normally do as my skin feels really greasy and mucky by the end of the day if I wear make up all day.

                              The foundation comes in a substantial glass pot with a screw lid that looks very expensive and it comes with a little spatula which I assume is so you can get a bit out and apply it from the back of your hand rather than digging your fingers in the pot. It says to apply with your fingers or sponges but so far I have been doing it with the brush that I bought and this seems fine for me.

                              The foundation goes on easily and a little goes a long way. It blends really nicely and goes on with a powdery finish meaning that I haven't felt the need to apply powder as well (as my skin is quite oily I wouldn't normally dream of applying make up without using powder). It gives a definite improvement in evening out the tone of your face and a nice natural matt finish.

                              The important thing for me is that I can wear it all day without getting that mucky feeling, I wouldn't say it lasts perfectly for 10 hours (but then I wouldn't expect it to) but at the end of that time I do still have some coverage and my skin still looks slightly better than it would with no make up. Just need to test it out in the hot weather now!

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