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      04.02.2014 22:55
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      Not for me

      - Why I Bought -
      While pregnant with my second child I found I was often stressed at work as I had a lot of responsibilities and not enough staff and time. I am a perfectionist so I do tend to get stressed quite easily. This wouldn't usually concern me but of course being pregnant meant my baby might be affected by my stress too. The causes of the stress weren't going to change so I decided I would need to find other ways of keeping calm. I started to drink camomile tea a couple of times a day, have a nice hot bath when I got home from work and I also started to take a Bach Rescue Remedy Pastille a few times a day.

      - Bach Rescue Remedy -
      Bach Rescue Remedy is a range invented by Homeopath Edward Bach. All of Bach's remedies are made from diluted flowers. The Rescue range is probably the most popular and best known and is designed to be used in moments of stress and anxiety. The range is a mixture of five individual flower remedies: Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Impatiens and Rock Rose. Other products in the range include chewing gum, spray, liquid drops, cream and gummy sweets.

      - The Packaging -
      The Pastilles come in a small yellow tin. It is very eye catching and matches the rest of the Bach Rescue Remedy Range. It is a handy little container as it can easily fit into a pocket or bag to use when out and about. The tin is easy to open and the lid stays on well. The packaging states that the pastilles are alcohol free and have a natural flavour. They may contain traces of gluten and excessive consumption may have a laxative effect. It is recommended to chew one pastille as required. Ingredients include Xylitol which is a natural sweetener.

      - Who Can Take These? -
      As with most homeopathic remedies these pastilles are suitable for the whole family, even young children and pregnant women.

      - The Pastilles -
      The pastilles are available in two flavours; blackcurrant or orange and elderflower. Being a fan of elderflower I opted for the latter. The pastille is rather small in size and is yellow/orange in colour. They were a little harder than I was expecting. I'm not sure whether they are meant to be sucked or chewed, or if this even matters but I sucked them. As they are so small they can be sucked very discreetly and it took a good ten minutes for one to dissolve in my mouth. The taste is quite mild, pleasantly sweet but not sickly.

      - The Results -
      I'm not really sure whether there were any results from the pastilles. I may have felt slightly more relaxed after having one but I wouldn't say there was much of a difference. I think the pleasant taste and distraction of sucking something may have calmed me a little but I could have got this from sucking on a sweet perhaps. I wouldn't go so far as to say they don't work but the results were minimal.

      - Price and Availability -
      Prices vary for this 50g tin so it is worth shopping around. Holland and Barrett sell them for £6.19 but do sometimes have them on a buy one get one half price offer. It is a relatively small price to pay if they work for you but you feel like you have been conned when there isn't much effect!

      - Would I Recommend? -
      Even though these didn't really work for me I would recommend trying them yourself as many people rave about them so perhaps they work better for some people than others. For me they may have just been expensive sweets but they certainly didn't do any harm, the taste is nice and they are natural. However, I don't think these are for me so I won't be buying them again.

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      • Apple iPod Earphones / Headphones / 38 Readings / 37 Ratings
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        28.01.2014 22:59
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        Not the latest version but they are good reliable headphones

        I have owned my Apple iPod Earphones since Christmas 2008 when I was given my iPod touch. This makes them five years old and still going strong. During this time I would say they have been used a couple of times a week, mainly on my lunch break at work. I tend to take care of my stuff so have kept them with my iPod in a separate pocket of my bag and avoid using them in the rain.

        - The Look -
        The earphones themselves are quite small and discreet, measuring approximately 1cm in diameter. The little panel where the sound comes from is silver in colour. The casing is made from a hard white plastic and there is some light grey coloured rubber detail. This has peeled quite badly on my pair but then they are five years old. Each earphone has an L for left and a R for right to indicate which ear they should be placed in. The earphones are attached to a white wire which leads to the attachment you connect into the iPod.

        - The Sound -
        I think the sound quality is quite good for earphones. I'm sure there is better available but I think for the price and the age of them it is good and perfectly adequate for listening to music on my lunch break. At home our sound systems are good quality systems by Denon and Bose so in comparison listening to music on my iPod through these earphones is going to be a far inferior quality but it is still of a fairly good standard.

        - The Feel -
        I find wearing these earphones to be comfortable and it doesn't cause me any problems to have them in my ears for an hour. I like that they are very light weight. They stay in quite well but aren't a perfect fit for my ears so they do fall out sometimes. This is mildly irritating but not a huge problem to me. I think it would be more of a problem if I tried to use them while exercising. They just about stay in my ears while walking but I'm not sure they would do so well if I was running.

        - Ease of Use -
        I find using these earphones very easy. It is easy to attach it into my iPod and easy to place them into my ear. Thanks to the L and R it is easy to get them in the correct ear too. They are light so easy to move around with and travel with. I find the wire gets tangled quite easily but I try to avoid this by wrapping it neatly around my iPod.

        - Durability -
        I think these earphones have lasted well. The white doesn't look as clean as it used to and some of the rubber has worn away but overall they still look good. I don't think the sound quality has deteriorated but I don't have a new pair to compare them to.

        - Price and Availability -
        It seems you can buy a new set for as little as £1.24 on Amazon. This is a bargain but then there are more up to date versions available now.

        - Would I Recommend -
        I would recommend these earphones. They look good, sound good and last a long time. They may not be as fancy as newer models but they are good reliable earphones and they suit my needs well.

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        21.01.2014 23:38
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        Better as table and chair rather than a highchair

        I knew before my son was even born that I wanted an attractive wooden highchair after seeing a friend's, so when my parents asked what they could buy our son for his first Christmas I did some research before suggesting the East Coast Combination Wooden Highchair. I liked this particular chair because it could be used as both a highchair and a table and chair.

        - The Highchair -
        There are three main parts to this highchair: a chair, a table and a tray. Each part is made from lacquered rubberwood which feels very solid and durable. It also has an attractive satin finish and is wipe clean. Attached to the chair is a cream five point harness.

        For use as a highchair you stand the table on one end and slide the chair into place on top. You then decide whether to attach the tray or simply put the chair at a regular dining table. It might sound precarious that the chair is merely slid on top of the table but it is very sturdy. It is very easy to do and there are no fiddly parts to worry about. You really can't go wrong. The tray is also very easy to attach and lock into place. It slides onto the arms of the chair so if you are putting the tray on with the child already in the seat, you just need to make sure their fingers aren't going to get in the way. We have usually used the highchair with the tray but it is nice to have the option of removing it so that the child can be sat at the table when having family meals.

        The chair can then be removed from the table to use as a separate chair and table on the floor. This is great for toddlers as it is the ideal size for them to use for meal times or play.

        - Everyday Use -
        We started using this chair when my son was six months old. We realised straight away that it really wasn't a good fit for him. He slouched down too much as the piece of the harness that was between his legs was right at the front of the seat but having the harness tightly secured at the top meant that the top half of his body was pushed right to the back of the seat. This resulted in a very uncomfortable laid back position, made even more uncomfortable as the seat is made from a hard wood. This was far from ideal when trying to encourage feeding in a newly weaned baby. However, after looking for a solution online I found an insert for this highchair on Amazon. This made my son a little more comfortable but the chair still wasn't a good fit for his skinny body. Because of this we tended to use our Ikea Antilop highchair until my son was about one and it fitted better. Generally it is easy to use. The harness is simple enough and it is easy to assemble the highchair, attach the tray and clean it after use. The tray is a good size and will easily fit a plate, bowl, cup and cutlery.

        Now my son is two and a half we mostly use it as a table and chair. We tend to all eat together at the dining table but sometimes we will use it for his lunch, which he loves. We also use it for creative activities such as painting, drawing and play dough. We have another little wooden chair which we use if my son has a friend to play so they can both sit at the little table. I think we have actually had more use out of the chair as a table and chair rather than a highchair.

        - Comfort -
        As I have said, my son was really uncomfortable in this chair unless we used the insert and even then it wasn't a good fit until he was one year old as he was quite a skinny baby. When he was a little older we used the chair without the insert and although my son didn't complain of being uncomfortable, as it is made from hard wood, I don't think it is the most comfortable seat.

        - On the Go -
        I really wouldn't recommend taking this highchair anywhere. It is definitely a just at home highchair as it is heavy, bulky and doesn't fold. We bought the Ikea Antilop highchair which is very lightweight and easy to take apart, this is much better suited to transporting around.

        - Cleaning -
        This chair is easy to wipe clean as it doesn't have nooks and crannies like some highchairs do. However, if you are using the insert this can easily become dirty and need a run in the washing machine. It then needs to be dried which can leave you a bit stuck if you find the insert is essential for your baby.

        - Safety -
        I think this is a very safe highchair. It is very sturdy so there is no danger of it collapsing or being knocked over. The five point harness ensures that the child is well secured into the chair and there is no danger of them escaping. The only downside of this is that you can't whip a small child out easily in the event of a choking incident. This wasn't a big problem for us as we barely used it until my son was one year old and by then he was able to chew and swallow his food much more easily. But perhaps this is another reason not to use this chair for younger babies.

        - Age Range -
        I can't find any information on an age recommendation for this highchair. For us it wasn't really suitable until my son was one year old and obviously a highchair is usually needed from six months if not younger. This is another reason to not have this chair as your only highchair. On the plus side the chair can be used long past the usual highchair using age as it can be used as a separate table and chair.

        - Price and Availability -
        The highchair was bought by my parents and I believe they bought it from John Lewis for £70. We paid £12.99 for the insert. I think this is reasonable given the quality of the highchair and that it has two uses. Our second highchair only cost £14 which is considerably cheaper but I think £97 in total for two highchairs which between them have suited us well isn't too bad.

        - Would I Recommend? -
        I'm not sure whether to recommend this highchair or not. I think it isn't suitable for skinny babies under one year or as a highchair to travel with so for us it wasn't suitable to have this as our only highchair. However, it is a lovely chair which is safe, easy to use and has a brilliant second use as a table and chair. I don't regret buying it as we have had our money's worth, even if that has mostly been from using it as a table and chair.

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          16.01.2014 23:37
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          A few niggles but still a brilliant car seat

          - Why We Bought -
          When it comes to car seats safety is by far the most important factor in my opinion. It is one of the few items I would buy where I would say price is pretty much irrelevant to me as I would pay over the odds as long as it will keep my child safe. Car seats range a lot in price but does paying more guarantee safety? You can pick one up in a supermarket for as little as £25 or you could pay up to £300 for a car seat and base that supposedly increases the safety. With so many car seats available how do you know which one is going to best protect your child in the event of an accident?

          For me the answer is on the Which.co.uk website. On this site you can look at the safety rating of hundreds of car seats as well as looking at general ease of use, comfort and size as reviewed by experts and parents. There is a Best Buys table which lists the 30 or so top rated car seats currently available. My son's 0+ car seat, the Cybex Aton, appeared on the Best Buys list so when my son was one and the time came to move onto a stage 1 car seat I knew we would be buying another from the list.

          Browsing the list I was able to discount many of the top rated car seats as they were stage 0+. One of the top rated stage 1 car seats was the Kiddy Guardian Pro 2. It is currently in 15th place on the table over all. It is a stage 1-2-3 car seat which means that it adjusts so that it is suitable from around nine months up until the child is about 12. It is currently in 5th place for stage 1 car seats, 1st place for stage 2 and 1st place for stage 3. It is one of only four stage 1-2-3 car seats on the Best Buys list and it receives the highest rating of the four (one of the other four is a very similar Kiddy Guardian seat). This seemed to be a glowing recommendation so we purchased the Kiddy Guardian Pro 2 from Amazon for around £200.

          - Who Can Use the Car Seat? -
          As I have said the car seat is a stage 1-2-3 seat. It is forward facing like most car seats beyond the 0+ stage. The seat adjusts for each stage. Stage one is suitable for children who weigh 20-40lbs (9-18kgs). This is approximately a nine month old up to a four year old. Once the child has outgrown this stage you adjust the seat and they move on to stage 2. This stage is suitable for children who weigh 33-55lbs (15-25kgs) which is approximately four to six years old. Then stage 3 is for children who weigh 48-79lbs (22-36kgs), six to twelve years. In the UK a child can stop using a car seat at 12 years old or once they are 4ft 5in (135cm) in height. So this seat would see a child through from approximately nine months up until 12 years with no other seat needing to be purchased other than the seat they would use from birth to around nine months. This could potentially save parents money.

          For stage 1 there is a safety shield across the child which is removed for the later stages. As the child grows there are a couple of small adjustments that can be made to ensure a suitable fit. My son first started using this seat when he was one year old and he is now two and a half. There is a padded cushion on the seat which is doubled over for a smaller child which we have now unfolded as he is bigger. We have also made the seat taller as he has grown in height. This takes seconds to adjust but it is important to check the head protector part is in the correct place in relation to the child's head and shoulders. This information is clearly explained in the manual. So far we have found all the adjustments are easy to make.

          - Putting the Seat into the Car -
          This could not be easier. As the car seat uses the adult seat belt all you need to do is place the car seat onto the seat. It can be used in the front or rear of the car. However, it is safer to put it in the rear, especially if there is an airbag for the front passenger seat.

          - Putting the Child into the Seat -
          Most stage 1 car seats use the adult seat belt to attach the car seat (or isofix base) to the car but then have an integral harness to attach the child into the seat. However, the Kiddy Guardian Pro 2 is different. The child sits on the car seat and a separate piece known as the safety shield or impact bar is slotted onto the car seat and across the child. The regular three point seat belt is then pulled over the bar and slotted into it before being fastened. It is very simple and you can't go wrong which increases the seat's safety. However, trying to do this when your toddler is having a tantrum and pushing the bar away from them is very difficult! Having said that I would imagine trying to strap a stroppy child into a car seat with an integral harness is equally challenging. The safety shield provides good crash protection according to the experts so it is part of what makes this seat one of the safest around. None the less it is frustrating at times. Once the child is secured it is worth checking that the belt is tight enough with limited room to manoeuvre.

          As I have already mentioned the safety shield is removed for stages 2 and 3. The child is then secured in place by bringing the regular seat belt over the child and seat before fastening. We haven't got to this stage yet but it looks like it would be very easy to do. Hopefully by the time the child is four years old and the bar is removed they will have grown out of the tantrum stage and they will be compliant when you fasten them in!

          - On the Road -
          Once the child is secured in the seat there should be no problems. Unless of course you didn't follow the instruction above about fastening the belt tightly to limit the room to manoeuvre! We learnt this the hard way after a mid journey tantrum. Our son thrashed about so much in his seat that he was able to slip down until his chin was resting on the safety shield! Needless to say we now secure it tightly and he hasn't managed it since. Potentially being able to slip down is a hazard and wouldn't be possible with the integral harness that goes between the legs on other car seats, but it is avoidable as long as you are careful.

          My son seems to find the seat comfortable and is happy to sit in it (most the time anyway!) and although he isn't much of a car sleeper he has fallen asleep in the seat occasionally. The safety shield provides a comfortable rest in this instance. The seat can be reclined but this needs to be done before you sit the child in it. It is easy to do but personally I haven't found much use for it.

          A simple yet brilliant feature of the car seat is a thin strip of material that is attached across the top of the safety shield by poppers. The purpose of this is to attach toys onto it to entertain the child. My son loves this but even when we have forgotten to bring toys he loves to unpopper the strip.

          - Safety-
          There are four main reasons that this seat is highly rated with regards to safety. First is the safety shield used for stage 1. It protects the child if they are forced forward in a crash. Second; the seat of the car seat has horn shapes which are designed to protect the pelvis. Third and fourth are the side wings and head protection which both keep the child in place and protect the upper body and head in the event of a side collision. These aspects have been well tested in crash tests. Thankfully our seat hasn't been put through a real life crash so I have to trust that it will do what it is meant to do to protect my child if this does ever happen.

          It is worth mentioning that you should always strap the empty car seat into the car if you leave it in the car when driving without the child. This is because if you were in an accident a loose car seat could cause you a lot of damage if it was thrown around the car at speed.

          - Size -
          One negative of this car seat is the size. It is rather bulky and while this is probably essential for the safety of the child it could make it difficult if you want to fit three children across the back seats of your car and two or more of the children have this or another car seat. You might end up needing a bigger car!

          - The Look -
          The car seat is available in several colours. The original seat we purchased is black and red which looks very smart. We have recently bought a second one to keep in my husband's car. This one is black and also looks smart.

          - Cleaning -
          The seat cover is not removable but we have wiped it clean and used the Hoover to remove crumbs. This has been sufficient so far after around 20 months of use.

          - Price and Availability -
          We bought our first Kiddy Guardian Pro 2 from Amazon for approximately £200 and our second from Kiddicare.com for £179. While this is towards the higher end of the scale for a car seat it is by no means the most expensive. I think this is actually a very reasonable price to pay considering the good crash protection it provides and how long it can be used for.

          - Would I Recommend? -
          I would definitely recommend this car seat. While there are a few niggles with regards to the size of the seat, trying to secure a toddler mid tantrum and the potential risk of the child slipping in the seat, my overall experience of using this car seat is very positive. It is simple to use, comfortable and even entertaining for my son, it looks smart, is easy to clean, is suitable for a child to use for 11 years and is reasonably priced. Most importantly it is well reviewed with regards to safety in the event of a crash. I liked it enough to purchase a second one which we will use for our daughter when she is big enough.

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            12.01.2014 16:34
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            A good hand cream at a reasonable price

            Both my mother and grandmother are a bit obsessed with hand cream and as a result of this I often receive hand cream as a gift. On the plus side I don't think I will ever need to buy myself hand cream as I have about ten unopened tubes and pots and no doubt will receive more each Christmas and Birthday. On the down side it does seem a bit of a waste as I struggle to use the lovely gifts. The cream I currently have on my bed side table is Dove Visible Effects, a Christmas present from my grandmother.

            - The Packaging -
            The cream comes in a simple cream-coloured plastic tube. The dove logo is clearly displayed on the front with a gold dove. One thing I like about this tube is that the top of the tube is rounded, a simple design touch but it somehow makes it look more attractive. The flip top lid is easy to open and close and the small hole allows a controlled amount of cream to be squeezed out. It would be very easy to cut open the tube to ensure every last drop of cream is utilised.

            The tube states that the cream is a multi-layer complex. I assume this means that it penetrates several layers of skin. It also says the cream is a nourishing hand cream and that it gives supreme moisture for visible skin improvement. I think 'visual effects' is a bit of a daft name as this is something I would expect from a hand cream. In my opinion a decent hand cream will make your hands soft, smooth and moisturised enough that you can see the results, so the name doesn't make this cream anything special it just states that it fulfils a basic requirement.

            The back of the tube explains the multi-layer complex as nourishing every layer of skin; 'the top, the middle and deep down where beautiful skin begins'. This sounds good, although whether deep layers of skin are nourished is not something I am going to be able to prove myself. It is also mentioned that this is a 'breakthrough formula' implying this should be better than other creams that have been available for a while. A full list of ingredients is provided which I won't copy out, it seems to include the usual non natural suspects.

            - The Cream -
            When I squeeze a small amount of cream onto my hand it feels light and creamy. It is a good consistency, not too thick and greasy but not too runny either. It rubs into the hands quickly and seems to be easily absorbed with no excess cream left on my hands. The smell is very nice. I would describe it as buttery and creamy with a light floral note.

            - The Results -
            After using this cream morning and night for a couple of weeks I do think my hands are nicely nourished and moisturised. However, I do use hand cream fairly frequently and I wouldn't say I notice any special difference to my hands when I use this cream over others. My hands are visibly soft and smooth, as I would expect from any hand cream.

            - Price and Availability -
            Full price for this cream is around £3.70 for 75ml. Boots are currently selling it on offer for £2.47.Both these prices are quite reasonable for a good hand cream. As the product is boasting a breakthrough formula and multi-layer complex I thought the price might be inflated but I am pleased to see it isn't. If I did ever need to buy myself a hand cream I think this would be a good choice.

            - Would I Recommend? -
            I would recommend this hand cream as it does what I expect a hand cream to do; moisturises and nourishes my hands leaving them soft and smooth enough that the results are visible. I don't think it is any more special than many other hand creams I have tried but it is a good cream, with a nice smell at a reasonable price.

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            A great antacid to eliminate heartburn

            - Why I Bought -
            During my second pregnancy I suffered badly with heartburn. I tried Gaviscon tablets to relieve this but while they were effective I didn't like the taste or texture and they were expensive. When I ran out I decided to try some from the Rennie range but when I visited my local Sainsbury's they only had the peppermint flavour, not my ideal flavour. However, as there was no other choice and I needed them straight away I bought a box of 24 tablets for £2.

            - What is heartburn? -
            Heartburn is a fairly common symptom during pregnancy but can affect anyone. It is worsened by certain food and drink, for example spicy, fatty or processed food, alcohol, caffeine and fizzy drinks. I would describe it as an acidy feeling in the chest and throat which has an unpleasant burning sensation. It often feels like acid is coming up from your stomach, through your chest and up your throat and this is essentially what is happening. It is common in pregnancy because hormones relax a valve at the top of the stomach which is there to stop acid coming up from the stomach. This is exacerbated later in pregnancy when your internal organs are squashed by the growing baby.

            - The Packaging and Instructions -
            The tablets come in a small red box with the Rennie brand name clearly displayed. The back of the box provides instructions and ingredients. Calcium Carbonate 680mg and Heavy Magnesium Carbonate 80mg forms an antacid which neutralises the acid. The tablets contain sucrose and glucose which are natural sugars. The recommended dose is two tablets as required, preferably one hour after meals and before bedtime. Up to ten tablets can be taken per day. They are not recommended for children under 12. Pregnant woman and breast feeding mothers can follow the same dosage instructions. I decided to use them as little as possible as this is what the midwives recommend with any medication you take during pregnancy, so I only took them when I needed them.

            - The Tablets -
            Inside the box there are two blister packs. The small white chewable tablet smells very minty which is quite pleasant. They are quite small but a little large than the Gaviscon tablets. My symptoms would usually come on after a meal so I would take one tablet when I could feel the acidy feeling starting. They are easily chewed and, although they are still a little chalky in texture, they are much more like sweets than the Gaviscon tablets. They taste quite nice really and refresh your breath as well as combating heartburn! My preference would be a fruit flavoured tablet but that is just my personal taste.

            - The Results -
            I found that one tablet was usually sufficient and would eliminate the symptoms within minutes. Sometimes I second tablet was required in the evenings when the heartburn was at its worst. I usually took four or five per day. I think they are as effective as Gaviscon tablets.

            - Price and Availability -
            The standard price for this 24 pack is £2 which is what I paid in Sainsbury's. Some supermarkets and chemists have offers such as 2 for 3 or buy one get one half price so it is worth looking for a deal. However, I was desperate and £2 seemed quite reasonable and cheaper than Gaviscon. Larger packs of 48 and 72 are also available which would bring down the price per tablet.

            - Would I Recommend? -
            If you suffer from heartburn then these are definitely worth a try. They worked wonders for me, they taste quite nice and they are a reasonable price.

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              By far my favourite biscuits

              I first tried these Lotus Original Caramelised Biscuits a couple of years ago. I was at a friend's house enjoying a film and a cup of tea when my friend offered me one. I didn't recognise the name or the packaging and when I read 'caramelised' I thought of caramel and assumed it wouldn't be to my taste. However, never one to turn down a biscuit I gave it a go. Within seconds of tasting the biscuit I declared it was the best biscuit I had ever tasted. Since then I have bought these biscuits regularly and my opinion of them hasn't changed.

              - The Packaging -
              The packet for these biscuits has a simple design of a white background with the red and white Lotus logo and a picture of the biscuits next to a hot drink, probably tea or coffee. The packet is easy enough to open despite not having the easy open design of many biscuit packets. You can't reseal the packet so you need to be careful not to allow the biscuits to get soft. The packet states that 'The Lotus Original, a delicious caramelised biscuit, has been giving pleasure to both young and old since 1932. The unique caramelised taste is created by a traditional baking process, using only the finest ingredients. A perfect accompaniment for tea or coffee, alternatively this delicious biscuit is a real family favourite to enjoy at any time of the day.'

              - The Brand -
              The Lotus brand originated in Belgium in 1932 as a small family business. Since then it has grown to a multi million pound company and their products are available to buy all over the world. The Lotus product range also includes a packet with 12 twin packs of biscuits which would be handy for taking out with you but doesn't work out as such good value for money. There is a Belgian chocolate covered version of the original biscuit. I haven't tried this yet but it sounds lovely. There is also a bite size version of the original biscuit. In addition to this Lotus has recently launched two spreads, smooth and crunchy. They apparently have the same taste as the lotus biscuit and are a great alternative to peanut butter or chocolate spread. I will definitely be looking out for these!

              - The Biscuit -
              The biscuit has a gorgeous caramel colour. It is quite a firm, crunchy biscuit which isn't particularly crumbly. This is definitely an advantage for me as I hate crumbs getting everywhere. The biscuit has a raised design with the Lotus brand name clearly displayed.

              - The Taste -
              I would describe the taste of the biscuit as sweet but not sickly. It has a burnt sugar/caramel flavour which is warm and luxurious. I think what makes this biscuit so special is the hint of spice provided by the cinnamon ingredient. I think it is a luxurious 'grown up' biscuit ideal alongside a cup of tea or coffee. Having said that it seems my toddler loves them too. I had hidden an open packet of these in my bed side table which were obviously not hidden well enough as my little boy discovered them while I was sorting the washing recently. He had been playing on our bed but I suddenly realised he was suspiciously quiet. When I checked what he was doing I found him with a mouth full of biscuit and eight more in his little hands. He had discarded the now empty packet onto the floor. He clearly shared my sentiment that one just isn't enough!

              - Nutritional Information -
              The ingredients are wheat flour, vegetable oil and fat, candy sugar syrup, raising agent, soya flour, salt and cinnamon. Each biscuit contains 36 calories, 2.8g of sugar, 1.4g of fat, 0.07g of salt. I think this is reasonable compared to some other biscuits but obviously being a sweet biscuit it isn't the healthiest snack.

              - Price and Availability -
              These biscuits are widely available in supermarkets and are usually priced at around 99p for 250g. I think this is very reasonable for what I would consider a luxury biscuit. In both Sainsbury's and Tesco I often receive a printed voucher at the till for money off these. They know me so well!

              - Would I recommend? -
              My description of these biscuits really can't do the flavour justice so I definitely recommend trying it for yourself!

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                Worth the price and taste as they work very well

                - Why I Bought -
                I am 24 weeks pregnant and have been suffering terribly with heartburn for the past few weeks. During my first pregnancy I only experienced these unpleasant symptoms mildly in the last few weeks and simply drinking lots of milk did the trick in relieving that uncomfortable acid feeling. Unfortunately this time around the idea of drinking milk makes me feel sick. I was wondering what medication might be safe to treat heartburn during pregnancy when I read a review on Rennie tablets. This seemed like an ideal solution but I wasn't sure about the minty flavours available. I looked online and saw that an orange flavour was also available which appealed much more so I went to Tesco in search of this. However, the Tesco I visited had quite a small selection of heartburn relief tablets and unfortunately no orange flavour. Instead I opted to try a 16 pack of Gaviscon strawberry flavour.

                - What is heartburn? -
                Heartburn is also known as acid reflux and indigestion. It is a burning/acidy feeling which can be felt in the chest and throat. It is often experienced after eating and at night. Many women experience it for the first time during pregnancy. This is because pregnancy hormones relax the valve which usually prevents gastric acid coming up from the stomach. This allows the acid to come up and cause the burning feeling. This isn't helped by the growing baby taking up more space as this further increases the force with which the acid is pushed up. Certain food and drink can aggravate this such as spicy food, fizzy drinks, alcohol, caffeine, fatty food, processed meat and citrus fruits.

                - The Packaging and Instructions -
                The Gaviscon tablets come in a slim turquoise box which is quite easy to spot on the supermarket shelves. The front of the box displays the brand name and an image of fire in a person's chest. The back of the box gives clear information on what the tablets actually are. They are Sodium Alginate (250mg per tablet), Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate (133.5mg per tablet) and Calcium Carbonate (80mg per tablet). This makes an antacid which works by neutralising the stomach acid so it no longer burns. They contain no sugar or gluten and are safe to take during pregnancy and breast feeding. The recommend dosage for adults and children over 12 is when symptoms occur take two to four tablets after meals and at bed time. You can take this dose up to four times a day. Potentially this means that you can take all 16 tablets in one day. This seems like a lot and would make the cost add up very quickly. Although these are safe to take during pregnancy my intention was to use them as little as possible. This is what is usually advised during pregnancy, even with medication that is considered safe to take. Inside the box there is more detailed information but I didn't read this.

                - The Tablets -
                There are two blister packs each containing eight light pink chewable tablets. They are quite small in size, just slightly bigger and thicker than Paracetamol tablets. I tend to take one or two tablets when I experience symptoms, this if usually after a meal and in the evening. They are easy to chew but I don't find them particularly pleasant. They have a sweet strawberry flavour but the taste is slightly soapy and the texture is chalky.

                - The Results -
                I was genuinely quite impressed with the results. Even after taking just one tablet I can feel the acidy feeling start to fade within about three minutes. The symptoms then don't usually reappear until after my next meal. This means I can take one tablet after breakfast, lunch and dinner and a fourth tablet in the evening. If I take the tablets as soon as I feel the burning sensation coming then I experience minimal discomfort. If the symptoms are particularly bad a second tablet is sometimes needed and this usually does the trick.

                - Price and Availability -
                Most supermarkets and pharmacies sell products from the Gaviscon range and these tablets seem to be widely available. You can get a pack of 16 for around £2-£3.50 and a pack of 32 for around £3.50-£4 so it is worth shopping around. I paid £2.25 for a 16 pack in Tesco. I think this is quite expensive for the number of tablets, particularly if you need the full dosage of 16 tablets per day. It seems that Rennie tablets work out a little cheaper per tablet so I am interested to see if they are as effective.

                - Would I Recommend? -
                I would definitely recommend you give these a go if you suffer with heartburn as I found them to be very effective and I needed nowhere near the full dose. My only criticisms would be that the price per tablet is quite high and also I am not a fan of the taste. However, I would much rather put up with these issues than experience the discomfort.

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                  If it wasn't for the tricky cap it would get 5 stars!

                  - Why I Bought -
                  I used to purchase shampoo and conditioner from the Alberto Balsam brand as I could usually get it for £1 a bottle in supermarkets. I then discovered the wide range of great quality shampoos and conditioners that are available in Poundland. I got rather hooked on the Palmolive range but more recently I have spotted Garnier Fructis products. I know this to be a great brand so I have bought quite a few to try. As my hair has been feeling a little dry recently this conditioner for dry and damaged hair seemed like it would work well for me.

                  - The Packaging -
                  The Repair and Shine conditioner comes in a bright yellow, curved, thick plastic bottle. The bright egg yolk yellow shade manages to look quite cool and vibrant rather than garish. The plastic has a bit of a shine to it which makes it look like a good quality item. At the bottom there is a cap lid which is a little tricky to open when you have wet hands. I often end up opening it with my teeth and inevitably get a nasty taste in my mouth. I think this is something Garnier should improve as it is quite irritating. I am always wary of bottles that open at the bottom but I haven't had any problems with leaking. The opening of the bottle is quite small so a controlled about of conditioner is delivered when the bottle is squeezed. I like that the bottom of the bottle is quite narrow because it means it fits nicely on the edge of my bath when I'm using it.

                  On the front of the bottle is the name of the conditioner, that it is for dry and damaged hair and contains olive, avocado and shea. It states that the conditioner intensely nourishes and replenishes soft, silky and shiny hair and that it makes detangling easy. There is a picture of what I presume is the olive, avocado and shea oils. On the back there is a list of ingredients and a bit of information about the conditioner such as that the ingredients do specific things for your hair: Olive oil nourishes hair to give it shine; avocado oil conditions the hair for a softer feel; and shea oil leaves it with a silky touch. I think the bottle makes it look like it cost more than £1, it looks more like it cost £2-3 to me. I think the bottle is attractive enough for a conditioner, the only downside is that the cap can be tricky to open. I like my shampoo and conditioner to match and the shampoo in the same range does have a matching bottle.

                  - Conditioning -
                  The conditioner is pearly white in colour and I would describe it as having a quite thick consistency. Even before applying it to my hair I could tell there was a difference in quality compared to cheap brands.
                  It feels really creamy and luxurious in my hand and this feels really nice when it is applied to my hair. When I ran my hands down my hair to rub in the conditioner my hair felt amazingly silky and I was left hoping my hair would continue to feel like this after I had washed it off. I would describe the smell as sweet and pleasant enough. It is fairly easy to wash off the conditioner and it leaves my hair feeling thoroughly cleaned and fresh. I always use it in combination with the shampoo from the same range.

                  - The Results -
                  It is easy to brush through my long hair after using this and I would say my hair feels really silky and nourished. I chose the conditioner for dry and damaged hair as during my pregnancy I have noticed that my hair has more split ends than normal and my hair is a little dry. I didn't really expect the conditioner to solve the split ends problem but it is nice that my hair feels more nourished. When dried I prefer the appearance of my hair as it looks sleeker and smoother than it had previously with other conditioners. This is a real benefit for me as I don't like to straighten and style my hair everyday so it is great if my hair can look good 'o naturelle'. The smell lingers on my hair for about a day which is nice. As I also use the shampoo from the same range it is hard to say if the results are down to the shampoo, conditioner or both but overall I am very happy with the results.

                  - Priced Availability -
                  I paid £1 for this conditioner in Poundland which I thought was very good for what I would consider a good quality brand. I haven't had much luck comparing prices for this conditioner as it seems not many shops stock it but it is also £1 in Asda. I do think this price is very reasonable.

                  - Would I Recommend? -
                  I would certainly recommend this conditioner as I have been really pleased with the results when used in combination with the shampoo. I feel my hair is silky soft, nourished and looks great. I will definitely continue to stock up on this in Poundland.

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                    One of my favourite hobbies is charity shop shopping

                    - Why I Shop in Charity Shops -
                    I have memories of shopping in charity shops when I was as young as nine. My mother was always on a tight budget being a stay-at-home mum with three children while my father worked. Living in Surrey we were spoilt for choice as the quality of donations in many charity shops was really very high. I remember we were bought clothes which were good as new and my mother bought china which would have been ten times the price new. As a teenager I would hunt out fashionable clothes amongst the items that really should have been burnt twenty years ago. I found quite a few vintage designer pieces in charity shops which I wouldn't have been able to afford new. I also bought books, bags, shoes and jewellery at bargain prices. After my teens I didn't often trawl the charity shops unless shopping with my mother, who despite no long being on a tight budget couldn't quite kick the bargain hunting habit.

                    My love of charity shops really started when I had my first child. My son was about a month old when I was killing time wandering around some shops and I spotted a brand new Next baby grow for £1 in a Fara charity shop. I suddenly realised baby clothes were the perfect thing to look for as they are worn for such a short period of time so are often in great condition and of course can be quite over priced to buy new. Two years later I am now hunting for bargain girly pieces for the birth of our second child in November.

                    - Guilt Free Shopping -
                    One of the lovely things about shopping in charity shops is that it is guilt free, for two reasons. The first being that the money you pay will be used for a good cause, whether it is used for helping the homeless, treatment and research of diseases such as cancer and heart disease, deprived children, or impoverished and war stricken countries. I don't have much spare money to donate to charities at the moment so this is a great way of donating while getting something I want/need in return. The second reason this is guilt free shopping is that even if you only wear/use the item once or twice usually the cost per wear/use will still be considerably low. For example, a few years ago I bought a rather sparkly, revealing and eye catching Warehouse top for £3 in a charity shop which I think would have cost £30 plus new. I wore the top once for a party but felt that although I really liked it I couldn't wear it again as so many people had seen me wear it or might have seen photos of me in it on Facebook. It didn't feel extravagant or a waste that I never wore it again as I had paid such a low price.

                    - Vintage or Tat -
                    I have already mentioned that I have purchased some lovely vintage designer clothes over the years which would have no doubt cost a fortune new and still been way out of my budget in vintage shops. But of course charity shops aren't just full of vintage designer pieces. They are also full of what can only be described as tat. Some of the, to me, very undesirable items I regularly see are meringue wedding dresses from the 80s, old lady linens, novelty ties, tacky fairground cuddly toys, and CDs from musicians you wish you could forget. Not to mention old, smelly and stained items in some charity shops that don't have as high standards as most in Surrey. You have to consider that you might have to trawl through a lot of junk before you find a gem and whether you have the time and patience for this.

                    - Charity Shop Tactics -
                    One of the annoying things about charity shops is that they could be selling any item under the sun except the one thing you are looking for. It isn't always a good idea to go charity shop shopping with something very specific in mind because you will most likely come away disappointed. That doesn't mean you can't have a rough shopping list though. For example at the end of June we found out that our baby due in November is a girl. We are able to reuse many of our baby items from last time around but some of our baby bedding is a little too boyish. I decided I would keep an eye out for pink Moses basket sheets, cot sheets and a cot bumper. Within two weeks I found a white and pink Mothercare cot bumper for £3. I am still looking for the sheets but I feel confident I will find some before November.

                    It is also important to remember that buying something in a charity shop is often a one off opportunity. You may never find that item again at that price so you might not want to risk going away to think about it because someone else could come along and snap it up before you return to purchase it.

                    - Charity Shop Etiquette -
                    Not all charity shops price their items reasonably. I have often seen Primark clothing priced very similar to their original retail prices. Often this is because the ladies who work in the shops don't always know about the different brands, making some items an absolute steal and others very overpriced. It is important to remember that the money you pay goes to charity and that it might not be considered appropriate to start haggling over the price. I try to think of it like any other high street shop with fixed prices rather than a boot sale.

                    - My Best Bargains -
                    I must have bought hundreds of items over the years but here are a few of my favourites:

                    - 1950s Vintage clutch I bought when I was 17 for £5. I still use this for evenings out
                    - Navy blue vintage velvet and sequin dress. I don't think it is a fancy designer but it is late 80s/early 90s and absolutely stunning. I get so many comments when I wear it and I only paid £6
                    - New Carvela black patent heals with tag for £3.50 that would have been £65 originally
                    - Ralph Lauren jumper and jacket for my toddler. They are good as new and cost me about £2 each but I'm sure cost a fortune new
                    - Jojo Maman Bebe dungarees, vest and babygrow for £1 each. Would have cost over £30 new
                    - Many books from the "That's not my..." range of children's books by Fiona Watt for £1 each. They are £5.99 each new
                    - Countless Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks for around 30p each. These aren't widely available new and when you do find them they cost a fortune

                    - Some of My Favourite Charity Shops -
                    My favourite charity shops tend to be those that exclusively sell items for babies and children. The very best of these is All 4 Kids SOS!SEN on Hampton Hill high street, Surrey. They have an amazing selection of baby and toddler items at very reasonable prices. They usually have a few large items like buggies, cots, Moses baskets and bouncers so you could kit yourself out with most baby essentials. Other children's charity shops that are worth a look are Fara Kids shops in Teddington and Clapham, and Barnardo's in Teddington. There are some towns near me in Surrey/London which have quite a few good charity shops, some towns have as many as five. Some of the best towns are Esher, Weybridge, Walton, Cobham, Teddington, Hampton Hill, Twickenham, New Malden, Raynes Park and Clapham.

                    - Wash Everything -
                    Always remember that however good an item looks you don't know where it has been so it is advisable to wash/wipe the item as appropriate. This is particularly important for children's things as you wouldn't want your little one picking up nasty germs.

                    - Sell or Donate When You Are Done -
                    It is lovely if when you are finished with the item you have bought you can donate it back to a charity shop so someone else can enjoy it and more money goes to charity. Alternatively some items may be good enough to sell yourself so you can recoup some of the money you have spent. I have sold a few things on ebay and made my money back but mostly I just donate things back to a charity shop.

                    - Would I Recommend? -
                    I would absolutely recommend shopping in charity shops for anyone who has a tight budget or simply loves a bargain. You can get quite a kick out of getting a good deal on an amazing second hand item and you feel like you have done a good deed by giving money to charity. Baby and children's items seem to be the best as they often get very little use but there really is a huge variety of gems hidden away in charity shops so it is worth a look for anyone.

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                      Luxury on a budget

                      I use a day cream on my face every morning but I'm not quite as strict with night creams. In fact rather than buying a specific night cream I used to just use my day cream. That was until I used Soap & Glory's Knight in Shining Armour Night Cream which converted me to using night creams in general. Last year I was given Dirty Works Sleep It Off Night Cream as a gift. It looked very much like a Soap & Glory product so I was intrigued to see if it was as good as Knight in Shining Armour.

                      - The Packaging -
                      The night cream came packaged in a pale pink and blue box which could have easily been mistaken for a product from the Soap & Glory range. Inside the box was a pale blue plastic tub of 'intense moisturiser'. The tub has a screw on lid which displays the claim 'replenishes and recharges skin while you sleep. Sweet Dreams!'. The side of the tub has directions for use. I think the tub feels and looks a little cheap, but this can be said of some of Soap & Glory's products too. I do find a tub to be useful when you are trying to use up every last bit of the cream. Over all the packaging is certainly nice enough and is functional.

                      - The Cream -
                      The cream is white in colour and rather thick in consistency. I like this for a night cream as it does suggest it will be hydrating and moisturising your skin all through the night. As with the Knight in Shining Armour cream the smell of this cream isn't particularly nice. It smells rather artificial and not fragranced with a nice scent at all. This seems a shame but isn't crucial as long as the cream is effective. As directed I massage the cream onto my face and neck before bed. This is easy to do and feels refreshing. Although the cream is quite thick it doesn't feel too heavy on the skin and does start to sink in quickly. It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised and not greasy. This is good as I wouldn't want to get a greasy cream onto the bed sheets.

                      - The Results -
                      When I wake in the morning after using this cream the night before it always feels like I've not long moisturised. This is impressive considering eight hours have passed. My skin continues to feel soft and hydrated and my complexion looks even. I don't quite manage to fit this into my bed time routine every night but I really should because the results are good. Overall I would say this cream, along with other skin care products I use, keeps my skin looking healthy and hydrated.

                      - Price and Availability -
                      This range is sold in Sainsbury's stores and on their website. I believe this night cream cost £4.99 which I think is a brilliant price for a night cream, particularly one with such good results.

                      - Would I Recommend? -
                      I would definitely recommend this cream to anyone looking for a decent night cream on a budget. It feels like a luxurious beauty treat but without the price tag to match. Definitely one to pop in the trolley when doing a Sainsbury's food shop.

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                      08.07.2013 23:07
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                      A lovely daily moisturiser

                      - Why I Bought -
                      One skin care item I just can't live without is a decent day cream. I use this as part of my morning routine without fail so I get through quite a lot of pots and tubes. I usually opt to try a new product rather than sticking to one particular brand but if a cream is particularly good I do sometimes buy it again. In April I had just ran out of my last day cream and was pondering what to buy next when I happened to receive a reward voucher from Holland and Barrett. I have often been tempted by the lovely skin care ranges they have to offer and it seemed much more exciting to use my coupon to buy a day cream rather than spending it on vitamins. After much deliberation I bought the Dead Sea Spa Magik Rich moisturiser.

                      - The Packaging -
                      The packaging for this brand is very simple. All the products have white containers with blue writing and lids and a logo that is meant to be the sand and sea. The rich moisturiser fits in well with this theme. It comes in a white plastic tube with a blue plastic screw on lid. It is described as a nourishing moisturiser for all skin types. The simple packaging looks very clean and natural and I find a tube quite useful for a day cream as you can easily cut it open at the end of use to get every last drop out. It is a 75ml tube so it is quite easy to pack when travelling.

                      - The Moisturiser -
                      It is easy to squeeze a controlled amount of cream from the tube. It is white in colour and a medium consistency for a day cream. It is lightly scented with floral notes which is very pleasant and not at all over powering. The cream rubs into my skin easily and feels light but moisturising. It sinks in very quickly so I am able to apply makeup within a few minutes, this is very important to me as I am always in a hurry in the mornings. The cream leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. It is not at all greasy or oily.

                      - The Results -
                      I have used this cream every day for three months and have just finished the tube. I have been very pleased with the results as my skin feels soft, hydrated and healthy and my complexion is even.

                      - Parabens and Allergens -
                      Having bought this product from a health shop I was interested to know what made it different to other skin care items. The answer is that it is free from parabens and allergens that you might find in other products. Parabens are used to preserve products and prevents bacteria and mould forming. However, there are concerns that parabens may be toxic to the skin so this is something you might want to avoid. Many products also contain fragrances that can cause allergic reactions to sensitive skin but any fragrances used in the Dead Sea Spa Magik range are 100% allergen free.

                      - Price and Availability -
                      This moisturiser was priced at £7.99 in Holland and Barrett, although I only paid £3.99 as I had a voucher. I think £7.99 is a reasonable price to pay for a day cream especially considering its healthy credentials, the results and how long it lasted.

                      - Would I Recommend? -
                      I would definitely recommend giving this cream a try, particularly for those with sensitive skin or those keen to avoid parabens. I found it to be a lovely, great quality moisturiser at a reasonable price and would therefore buy it again in the future.

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                      A lovely scrub

                      I have recently moved house and have only just realised that I have a quite frankly ridiculous amount of unused beauty products and yet I keep buying more! I have decided to save some money by using up a lot of the lovely products that have been sitting untouched in cosmetics bags for god knows how long. One such product I found was the Montagne Jeunesse Apricot Scrub.

                      - The Packaging -
                      Like the other masks in this range the apricot scrub comes in a sachet. This means that it is a use once only product. The packet is very eye catching with bright oranges and yellows. There is a photo of a girl wearing the scrub mask with apricots over her eyes. She has a huge grin on her face implying the mask is not only good for your skin but is fun to use too. Overall this looks like a good quality skin care product.

                      - The Scrub -
                      The instructions on the packet are as follows: Cleanse face and dry. Apply evenly over face and neck with fingertips, avoiding eyes and lips. Lie back & relax for 5-10 minutes, or until dry. Rinse off with warm water. Pat dry. Use weekly. I followed these instructions perfectly with the exception of the use weekly bit. After all I only had one sachet and was trying to use up the products I had not buy more! When applying the mask I instantly noticed the lovely peachy smell. I know the ingredient used is apricots but they are very similar to peaches and for me I was reminded of peaches and cream when applying the mask. This was very pleasant. Other ingredients include mango, aloe vera and evening primrose. I couldn't smell these ingredients particularly but they are known to be very good for the skin. The second thing I noticed was how much there was in the sachet. I liberally applied the thick, creamy mask onto my face but found I had far more than I needed. If I was to buy another sachet I would probably use half and then keep the rest for another day. As expected the mask contained little grainy pieces for scrubbing and exfoliating the skin. When rubbing the mask onto your face you can roll these bits around a bit to get rid of dry skin and leave it silky soft. This makes it two products in one really as you can exfoliate and then leave the mask on your skin so the moisture and the lovely ingredients can be absorbed. I would say the mask was very easy to apply and then wash off, although I don't think I found it quite as enjoyable as the girl on the packet.

                      - The Results -
                      After washing the mask off my skin felt cleansed, refreshed, smooth and soft. I was pleased with the look and feel of my skin. These results lasted for about two days and then I felt I needed another one!

                      - Price and Availability -
                      I have seen this range of face masks in Boots and Superdrug so I assume they are widely available. They seem to retail at £1.09 or there about. I'm not sure how much I paid or where I got this from but I would say that £1.09 is a little more than I would be prepared to pay for a one time use mask. However, as there seemed to be enough in the sachet for two uses this does make it a little more affordable.

                      - Would I Recommend? -
                      I would definitely recommend this scrub mask and it has made me intrigued to try others from the Montagne Jeunesse range.

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                        A useful supplement for promoting health of the intestines and colon

                        - Why I Bought -
                        After being ill with Norovirus and food poisoning a few months ago I started taking a probiotic supplement to help keep my digestive tract healthy and hopefully prevent any such illnesses in the future. I also drink aloe vera juice daily to keep digestion running smoothly. I have been very pleased with both of these products purchased from Holland and Barrett and as a result I have been spending a little too much time 'hanging out' in the digestive health section of my local branch. I was browsing the many products on offer when I came across something called Intestinal Health IB which helps support intestinal balance (hence the IB, not irritable bowel as I first thought!) and a healthy gastrointestinal tract and colon. I don't suffer generally with digestion issues but having been ill three times in one month I have now decided that prevention is better than cure! I was also intrigued by the list of ingredients.

                        - Packaging -
                        Intestinal Health IB is presented in a white and purple box. The name of the product is clearly displayed in purple and green and the front of the box also displays the Holland and Barrett brand, the purpose for taking the capsules and a faint drawing of intestines. The back of the box lists the ingredients as well as the dose which is to take three capsules daily, preferably with a meal. There is a warning not to exceed the stated dose, consult your doctor if pregnant, breast feeding or on any medication, and they are not for persons under the age of 18. The capsules are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Inside the box and four blister pack sheets containing 60 capsules in total. The capsules are easy to remove from the blister pack.

                        - Ingredients -
                        Intestinal Health IB contains a long list of ingredients, each with benefits for intestinal balance and gastrointestinal and colon health:

                        Riboflavin (B2) is very important for metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrate, helping to produce energy. Deficiency of this vitamin can cause problems for digestion.

                        Pantothenic Acid (B5) works with Biotin and other B vitamins to ensure that food is properly digested and they are effectively metabolised to release energy. It is also important to help maintain the health of the digestive tract.

                        Folic Acid, like the vitamins above, is important for metabolising fats, proteins and carbohydrates. A symptom of deficiency is diarrhoea.

                        Biotin is essential for metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, protein and amino acids. People with conditions such as Crohn's disease are more likely to be deficient as they don't absorb this nutrient so easily from food.

                        FOS (Fructooligosaccharides) improves gastrointestinal health by preventing yeast infections and promoting the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut.

                        Inositol promotes digestive health and aids in metabolism of fats. Deficiency can cause constipation.

                        L-Glutamine is an amino acid that helps protect the mucosa lining of the digestive tract. Deficiency has been linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), colitis and Crohn's disease.

                        L-Lysine is an amino acid that helps break down food so that it is easily digested by the small intestine and nutrients are absorbed through the intestine wall.

                        L-Methionine improves digestion by ensuring that fats are adequately broken down so that they won't cause problems as they progress along the digestive tract.

                        RNA is needed for digestion of protein.

                        I think it is very clever that a lot of these ingredients need each other to work effectively. This means taking this particular combination is far superior than taking a couple of these ingredients separately. Each of these ingredients also have a host of other health benefits. It is also worth mentioning that increased stress levels can cause digestive upset as well as increasing the bodies need for some of the ingredients above such as the B vitamins, biotin, folic acid, L-Glutamine and L-Lysine. Therefore this could be an ideal product for someone that suffers with stress related digestive complaints. However, I think it could be really beneficial to anyone suffering from digestive problems such as diverticulitis, colitis, Crohn's disease, diarrhoea or constipation. Or like me, someone who wishes to promote healthy digestion as a way of preventing any digestive problems from arising.

                        - Taking the Capsules -
                        The capsules are quite large but have rounded edges and are quite smooth and soft making them not too challenging to swallow. They are transparent so you can see a fine yellow powder inside. They have no odour so aren't unpleasant to consume. I have no problem taking three of these daily.

                        - The Results -
                        This is always a tricky subject when it comes to supplements. As usual there aren't really any visible results. I haven't experienced any digestive issues since taking these, but I may not have done anyway. There is one significant change I have noticed since starting to take these capsules and that is I have more energy. This could well be because my food is being efficiently digested to release good amounts of energy but it is impossible to prove that this is the case. However, I feel confident that these capsules are doing me some good even if there are no miraculous results.

                        - Price and Availability -
                        I can't remember the exact price I paid for these but I think it was around £10 which I think is a little high for a 20 day supply. In actual fact I didn't read the packet before purchasing these just assuming that it would be one per day, giving me a two month supply. I will definitely look out for these again when they are on offer. They are available from Holland and Barrett stores but don't seem to be on their website.

                        - Would I Recommend? -
                        I would definitely recommend these to anyone who wants to help promote intestinal balance and a healthy gastrointestinal tract and colon. They could be particularly beneficial to those suffering from stress related digestive complaints but are a good supplement for anyone to take.

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                        Rose hip liquid may have health benefits from colds to cancer

                        - Why I Bought -
                        A few years ago I watched a documentary about Lycopene. It is a naturally occurring red carotene pigment found in red food such as tomatoes, pink grapefruit and papaya. The documentary explained how it has a strong antioxidant effect and that it could help reduce damage to the skin caused by the sun. As well as this it could help reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles and although not yet proven there does appear to be a link between Lycopene and reducing the risk of some cancers. I found this very interesting, especially as I have very fair skin and already have some sun damaged skin due to not being diligent enough with the sun cream. Since watching this programme I have tried to eat a lot of tomato in my diet as tomatoes are particularly rich in Lycopene. On a recent trip to Holland and Barrett I spotted a tomato Lycopene supplement but was disappointed to see it was around £13 for a 30 day supply. I decided to ask if there was anything else I could take that would be a good source of Lycopene but at a better price. I was informed that Rose hip was another good source of Lycopene and there happened to be a bottle of Rose Hip Liquid for just £5. I suspected the liquid wouldn't taste very nice but decided it was worth a go at that price.

                        - What is Rose Hip? -
                        Rose hip is the fruit produced by the rose plant. They have that red/orange colour typical of fruit which is rich in Lycopene. They can be eaten as they are but are usually used as an ingredient in jams, soups, wines and other foods. As well as being a rich source of Lycopene, Rose hips are also naturally high in Vitamin C and contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B and fatty acids such as galactolipids too.

                        - Uses -
                        Due to the Lycopene and antioxidant content Rosehip may be useful in protecting the skin from sun damage, reducing the signs of aging and even reducing the risk of some cancers.

                        Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant. In addition it can help your immune system to fight infection and reduce the symptoms and length of illness with colds and flu. It may also have an anti inflammatory effect.

                        Due to the high anti oxidant level from the Lycopene and Vitamin C and the supposed anti inflammatory action resulting from the Vitamin C and galactolipids, Rose hip is thought to be very beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis and similar inflammatory diseases.

                        - Packaging -
                        The rose hip liquid I purchased comes in a brown glass bottle. I can easily see how much liquid is left inside but I do think the glass makes it difficult to travel with. There is a brightly coloured orange screw top lid which seems to keep a tight seal without it being difficult to remove. The label is yellow and orange. It displays a picture of rose hips and the name of the product. It states that the liquid is blueberry flavour, the bottle contains 118ml of liquid and that it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. On the back there are directions which state to take one 5ml teaspoon daily, preferably with a meal and not to exceed this dose. Each 5ml teaspoon contains 1000mg of Rosehip, the Rosa Canina variety. There is a list of ingredients which unfortunately contains a sweetener (Xylitol). The liquid contains no starch, milk, lactose, soya, gluten, wheat, yeast, fish or porcine.

                        - A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down -
                        It is easy to pour out a teaspoon of this liquid. It has quite a sickly blueberry smell and is brown in colour. The taste is quite pleasant actually. It has a slightly metallic taste in my opinion but this is masked a little by the sweet blueberry flavour. It has a syrup consistency. It is certainly nicer than I expected and I don't mind having a teaspoon of this every day.

                        - The Results -
                        As with many supplements there is no visible of physical effects to speak of. I do not suffer with rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory conditions so I can't comment on the effect the rose hip liquid has on this. For me the purpose of taking the liquid is to get a high dose of the antioxidant Lycopene and it is a bonus that it also provides me with a good dose of vitamin C too. I like to think that the liquid will protect my skin from sun damage, prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging, reduce my risk of getting cancer and boost my immune system. However, I do not know whether it really does any of this or if it is just wishful thinking and much of the scientific research on this subject is inconclusive too.

                        - Price and Availability -
                        I paid £5 for my bottle in Holland and Barrett. I think this must have been on offer as it is currently around £10 a bottle in my local branch. I still think this isn't a bad price considering all the good things it contains. You can also buy rose hip capsules from Holland and Barrett.

                        - Would I Recommend? -
                        I would definitely recommend this blueberry flavoured rose hip liquid. It is easy to take, tastes nice, may benefit your health in a variety of ways from colds to cancer, and it is reasonably priced. I would rather it didn't contain a sweetener but I appreciate this helps with the nice sweet blueberry taste.

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