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The Tigi Bed Head Superstar product describes itself as a blowdry lotion for thick massive hair. It claims to inflame hair to such an extent that 'extreme volume' is achieved. The product is quite oily in consistency and only a small amount should be applied to wet hair before blow drying. I have to say, although the product is oily when applying to the hair, it does not leave your hair feeling oily nor does your hair become greasy from the use of this product.
Tigi Bed Head Superstar Blowdry Lotion comes in a shapely, curvy plastic bottle which is tinted a pinky/purple colour. I say tinted as I like the fact that you can still see the level of the lotion through the tint and therefore you are able to see exactly how much of the product you have left. The lotion is squirted through the grey nozzle at the top of the bottle which has a push/pull fastener to it so it is easily opened and closed. There have been a few occasions where I have had leakages from this bottle, especially when taking it on journeys, so in my opinion this is not the most secure fastening. Another point to add is that the lotion is quite oily and overtime, the lotion has spilled onto the bottle making it look quite dirty. This is probably just me being a messy pup but it is something to think about when consider ease of usage.
I bought this product a couple of years ago and after a few uses it was put back in my drawer and lay there for quite some time. I started using it again about 6 months ago so am not really sure if it is widely available on the high street today. I have researched online however and have found a number of stockists:
Cheapsmells.com (250ml) - £8.85
Feelunique.com (250ml) - £10.10
Chemistdirect.co.uk (250ml) - £9.45
Escentual.com (250ml) - £6.80
Chichic.co.uk (250ml) - £7.77
Aqua, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Oleth-20, Methyl Gluceth-20, Vp/Dmapa Acrylates Copolymer, Parfum, Limonene, Methylparaben, Panthenol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Methylisothiazolinone, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Alcohol, Amyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citric Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Wheat Amino Acids.
I bought this product because I have very thin, lank hair and am always looking for ways in which to achieve more volume. As stated earlier, I did purchase my bottle a couple of years ago, and the fact that I used it a couple of times and then placed it back in my drawer says a lot. Did it 'inflate my hair to extreme volume'? No. Did it give me 'thick massive hair'? No. But on the other hand it did nothing drastic to make me not want to use it again. It does not give the volume it promises but it does help in the styling of your hair. Having recently started using this again, alongside a volumising shampoo and various other products, I wouldn't be without it in my daily routine. Fair enough, I probably wouldn't purchase it again, but for the moment it is keeping my hair from looking like a total fly away disaster and that will do for me.
I have just bought this printer at the weekend and think I have got a pretty good deal. PC World were selling the HP Photosmart C4780 All-in-One for £99.99 but dropped their prices for the bank holiday weekend, so I ended up paying £69.99 for the printer plus a black ink, a colour ink, and photo paper pack!
Having previously owned an HP printer, I was familiar with the brand and had quite a lot of faith in them already. This faith was increased when I realised just how easy this printer was to install. The printer comes with a disk which you insert into your computer. If you have a netbook and are therefore unable to insert the CD into a drive, you can run the install software from the HP website - the address is provided in the manual. The install CD then takes you through the installation process step-by-step. All in all it took about 15 minutes to get everything set up. The printer comes with the option of being used via a USB cable or through a wireless router. I have a wireless router and was a little sceptical about how easy this would be to make the printer join the wireless network. However, my worries were unfounded as the installation disk takes you through this process and configures your printer to the network for you so you don't have to do anything other than click 'next' on the guided instructions on your laptop.
This printer can not only print but it can also scan and copy documents. As the name suggests, it can also print your photos, which are not very bright in colour, but are still of good quality.
The HP Photosmart printer is very easy to use and also has a tough screen display which means that you can still copy, scan or print without having to switch on your computer. It has a 6-in-1 card reader slot enabling you to easily load the photos that you wish to be printed.
This printer also has quite fast print speeds with speeds of up to 29 pages per minute for black and 23 pages per minute if printing in colour.
** Features **
- Built in Card Reader Sony Memory Stick, Compact Flash, MMC, SD, SDHC, xD
- Built in LCD Screen
- Compatible Black Cartridge HP 60 and 60XL
- Compatible Cmy Cartridge HP 60 and 60XL
- Copying Facility
- Direct Printing From Memory Card
- Direct USB Printing
- Built in wireless
- Colour display with touchsmart frame
- HP photo print gadget
- Memory card slots
- HP smart web printing
- Borderless printing up to panorama
- Horizontal Scanning Resolution DPI 1200
- Maximum Print Size A4
- Maximum Resolution Horizontal DPI 1200
- Maximum Resolution Vertical DPI 1200
- No of Ink Cartridges 2
- Pages Per Minute - Colour 23
- Pages Per Minute - Mono 29
- Paper Tray Capacity 100
- Pictbridge Compatible
- USB 2 Connection
- Vertical Scanning Resolution DPI 2400
- Wireless G Connection
- Wireless N Connection
Product Depth: 42.2 cm
Product Height: 17 cm
Product Width: 42.2 cm
Product Weight: 4.6 kg
** Price **
The HP Photosmart C4780 All-in-One Printer is available to buy from the following retailers:
Tesco - £68.97
Amazon - £73.97
Argos - £79.99
Currys - £73.97
Dixons - £73.97
John Lewis - £99.95
PC World - £73.97 (normally but bank holiday deal £69.99 with extra ink and photo pack included)
** Product Update **
I would just like to add that I have now owned this printer for a little over a month and all is working great. Sometimes it disconnects from the wireless network and this can be a little irritating but it is simple enough to hit the reconnect button on the HP solution window that automatically pops up, and all is back to normal once again. I am still thoroughly enjoying my new printer!
I bought Jungle Formula's Bite and Sting Relief spray two years ago from Matalan. It was on offer in their summer section and I decided to buy it for my holiday to Cyprus. I had been to Cyprus the previous year and had experienced the extreme number of mosquitoes they have over there so I wanted to be prepared for my next visit!
I am so glad I did because about a week into my holiday, I was relaxing by the pool and felt an itch in my bikini top. I went to scratch it to discover the biggest wasp ever had crawled its way into my top and then it stung me in a very delicate area! Crying with pain I ran to my first aid kit and sprayed some of this spray on - it was amazing. The pain was instantly gone and never reappeared. It was so bizarre! 5 minutes later I was relaxing by the pool again like the wasp sting had never happened! I highly recommend this spray.
Here is some additional info:
* What is it? *
Jungle Formula Bite and Sting Relief spray comes in a 50ml can which is blue and white in colour. The spray comes with a lid so it can be safely transported in your luggage without any spillages or leakages. The spray states that it effectively soothes and relieves the discomfort and itching from insect bites, insect stings and nettle stings.
* How to use *
This product is very easy to use and can be used on anyone aged 3 upwards. Firstly, you try to remove the sting from the area if possible. Then, shake the can well and hold about 10cm from the affected area, spraying for 1-2 seconds and allow to dry. Results are best when the spray is used immediately after the bite or sting.
* Ingredients *
The product contains:
* Alcohol Denat
* Polyvinyl Caprolactam
* Benzyl Alcohol
* Licorice (Glycyrriza Glabra) Extract
* Matricarcia (Chamomilla Recutita) Extract
* Phenoxyethanol, Methyl, Ethyl, Propyl & Butyl Parabens
* Glycyrrhetic Acid
* Menthyl Lactate
* Price *
I bought this from Matalan and it cost me around £4.00 for 50ml.
I bought Dr. Beckmann non-bio travel wash to take on holiday this year and found it to be quite a good product for washing your clothes when there is no washing machine available.
* What is it? *
Dr Beckmann is a well known and well established range of laundry cleaning products. This particular product is a travel wash concentrated gel specifically designed for use away from home. The product claims to bring colours up bright and to give brilliantly clean whites and so far in my use of this product, I have found this to be the case.
* How to use *
This product is fairly easy to use. Simply dissolve one or two teaspoons of the product in a basin of hot water and then hand wash your clothes. It states on the product that you should wash similar colours together - as is usually the case when washing clothes. It also states on the packet that you can also wash your clothes in cold water but I personally like to use hot water when cleaning - I just wouldn't feel my clothes were very clean if I used cold water however this is just my own personal feeling on the matter and it probably doesn't make any difference either way.
Although these are the only instructions for use given on the actual product itself, I found that this product was also quite effective at removing stains from clothes when applied directly to the stain. I had spilled some tomato pasta on a white skirt on holiday and applied some of the gel directly to the skirt (about a teaspoonful), gave it a gentle rub and then continued to wash it as directed on the packet. My white skirt came up beautifully and I was very impressed :)
* Ingredients *
The product contains:
* Non-ionic surfactant :- less than 5%
* Anionic surfactants :- 5%-15%
* Methylchloroisothiazolinone:- amount not given
* Methylisothiazolinone:- amount not given
* Tetramethylolacetylenediurea:- amount not given
* Perfume:- amount not given
* Price *
I bought this from Asda and it cost me about £1.00 for 100ml which claims to be enough for 20 washes.
Dr Backmann non-bio travel wash is also available from:
Morrisons 100ml - 78p
Asda 100ml - 76p
Sainsbury's 100ml - 78p
* Summary *
I found this product to be very good value for money. For a few pence, you can purchase this product which will remove stains from your clothes whilst being gentle enough to preserve their colour. One little thing would be to make sure you wear some gloves when using this product as I found my skin to be quite dry after use. Excellent value for money though!
I bought these recently as I was going on holiday and, as I suffer with Crohn's disease, pain relief tablets are an essential part of my first aid kit. Luckily, I did not need to use them on holiday however since my return, my wisdom teeth have started to come through and as a result I have this horrible pain all along my left jaw and down the right side of my neck. I have used these to try to ease the pain and they seem to be doing the job!
* Uses *
These tablets state that they can be used for the relief of:
* Dental pain
* Sore throat
* Period pain
* Rheumatic pain
* Joint swelling and stiffness
* Muscular aches and pains
* Cold and flu symptoms
* Feverishness and feverish colds
This is quite a long list of some quite common aches and pains and I personally feel that it is very useful to have a strong pain reliever such as these tablets in your medical cupboard which cover such a vast array of common complaints.
* Dosage *
These tablets are taken orally with water. I personally found these tablets to have quite an unpleasant taste when you first put them in your mouth but once you swallow them down with water this soon disappears. It is also quite important to note that the tablets are capsule shaped, are quite large (approx 1cm long) and not coated in anything, so for some people they may be quite difficult to swallow. I personally found them okay to swallow with a gulp of water to help.
The packet recommends the following dosage:
Adults, the elderly and children over 16 years - 1 to 2 tablets as required, taken with water every 4 hours. Dose not to be taken more frequently than every 4 hours with a maximum of 6 tablets in 24 hours.
It is important to note that the information on the packet states that this product should NOT be given to children under 16 years old.
* Ingredients *
Each tablet contains:
* Paracetamol 200mg
* Aspirin 300mg
* Caffeine 45mg
* Sorbitol 30mg
* Price *
I bought these from Sainsbury's (funnily enough!) and they cost 45p for 16 tablets.
* Summary *
Overall, I found these tablets to be good value for money. They are fast acting pain relief for a vast array of aches and pains and very handy to have in any home. They do taste a little funny initially but this soon goes after a few glugs of water. Most importantly, they do give you fast relief from pain.
I had never had any problems with my eyesight before however, when I was on holiday last year, my dad (who wears glasses) was surprised when I couldn't read the departures board at the airport and he could! I decided to go and get an eye test done to find out exactly how bad my eyesight actually was.
I had heard that you could get a free eye test done at some opticians and as I was a student at the time, I was on the look out for the best deal. I decided to try out Optical Express as they were offering a free eye test and 20% discount for students on any glasses (should I need any).
I booked an appointment over the phone at the Gyle, Edinburgh branch and the member of staff was quite friendly on the phone - so far so good. However, when I actually went to the branch for my appointment, I found customer service rather disappointing. You would have thought that a customer, a new customer to be exact, would have received high quality customer service as you would think that they would be trying to get your business, but this was not the case.
When I first entered the store, there were three members of staff on the shop floor and, although I was standing waiting patiently at their desk, it took 5-10 minutes for someone to come and speak to me. Fair enough if they were busy, but they were having a little chat amongst themselves about their weekends, blah, blah, blah.
Once I was actually spoken to, I was directed to sit at a row of chairs on the shop floor and wait for the optician to usher me through for my eye test. So I waited.... and waited ..... and waited. After about 20 minutes I was taken through to the back room where I was asked to sit down on a chair and look into a lens of some sort. I had never been for an eye test before, so I am not really sure what this machine/lens thing actually did and the woman sure enough did not explain a single detail of why I was doing this! After looking like a bit of an idiot looking into this lens thing, she then told me to sit back down on the seat on the shop floor again.
Was that it? Was that my eye test done? I was no further forward. During the whole looking in the lens thing, the woman had not once spoken to me other than to tell me to look into the lens. I was sitting on the seat twiddling my thumbs, wondering whether I should just leave the shop as my eye test was complete or whether there was more to come. This thought process continued for approx 30 minutes until a man came out and ushered me into the back shop again.
I was sat down in a chair similar to that which a dentist may own and asked to look at a series of letters being projected onto the wall. There was no friendly banter, or even polite conversation from the optician - he just kept repeating 'can you see that'? Or and 'what is this letter'? Fair enough he was just doing his job, but this was my first eye test and I would have liked him to have put me at ease a little and explained the process.
After a series of letters were projected, I was then shown three letters all in a different colour and I had to read each one. Then the optician put a machine in front of me and asked me to look through the lenses and tell him which one of the letters being projected was the clearest. This bit I found really hard! Sometimes there was a clear winner, however sometimes, in fact most of the time, they all looked the same! I explained this to the optician and he got quite frustrated with me and just said 'choose one!'. So I kind of just made it up after that!
Following my eye test, the optician told me that I was slightly long sighted - in one eye! He then ushered me back to the seats on the shop floor - which I was getting very familiar with by now! After about 15 minutes, a sales assistant came over and the hard sale started! I hate this tactic - showing me the designer glasses and telling me that I am getting a fantastic deal at £300! I felt very uncomfortable so I asked if I could come back at another time with my partner to get his opinion.
Optical Express are very clever in this sense as they keep your eye test details on their computer and don't tell you the exact details of it so that you can't take it away with you and go to another store for your glasses. My partner had gone to Boots opticians and they had given him his details away with him, but this was not the case with Optical Express.
I did eventually go back with my partner and chose a very cheap but stylish pair of glasses - I can't remember the exact price but I think it was somewhere in the region of £20-£30. I was still due my 20% student discount so I thought - happy days! I told the sales assistant that I had made my choice and he ushered us over to the computer desk where he typed in a few numbers and came up with a figure in the region of £200! This was not what I was expecting! What happened to my £20 estimate! The sales assistant detailed the costing and the main expense was the lenses. Having never had glasses before I was completely naive as to how much they cost. The sales assistant told me that they were offering a free second pair though and I thought at least that is something. However, when I asked him if the final price included my 20% discount, he then informed me that I couldn't get my free second pair with the discount!
Overall, I received terrible service from Optical Express. Fair enough their eye test was free but their customer service was absolutely appalling. I wouldn't recommend them but this is only based on my own, personal experience, and perhaps other branches would offer a better experience than the Gyle, Edinburgh.
What is Vitamin E?
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin which means that the body stores any unused extracts of this vitamin for future use. This vitamin is good for fighting toxins and is known as a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin E protects Vitamin A and essential fatty acids in the body from oxidation in the body cells. Many people believe that Vitamin E helps in the protection of cells and helps in the regeneration of cells therefore some people use Vitamin E supplements in order to aid in the healing of scars. Some research also suggests that Vitamin E can be beneficial in the prevention of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's and cataracts.
How much Vitamin E do I need?
The body does not make Vitamin E so therefore we need to get our supplies from our diet or from supplements. Reported signs of Vitamin E deficiency include weak muscles and in some cases, fertility problems. The Food Standards Agency suggests that most people can get all the Vitamin E they need from their food alone; 4mg a day for men and 3mg a day for women. However some sites suggest the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin E to be as much as 10mg. The effects of taking too much Vitamin E are currently not fully known. Although some studies suggests there is little harm, I personally wouldn't recommend taking too much!
Where can I get Vitamin E from?
Vitamin E is readily available in most fatty and oily foods. Good sources of Vitamin E include nuts, vegetable oil, soya beans, eggs, brussel sprouts, broccoli, spinach and wholemeal products.
Another source of Vitamin E is through supplements. These can come in various forms such as capsules or tablets, creams and oils as well as being contained within other products such as lip balms or hand creams.
As there are so many forms available, I have only priced the Vitamin E capsules, however a quick search on the internet will show the price range for the specific form of Vitamin E that you are looking for.
Vitamin E capsules are available from the following stores:
Holland and Barrett (100iu) 100 capsules -£3.09
Boots (400iu) 30 capsules - £3.49
Lloyds Pharmacy (400iu) 60 capsules - £6.15
I personally do not take any Vitamin E supplements in capsule form such as this. I do however, use eye cream containing Vitamin E and have found this to be very effective in soothing swollen or puffing eyes - especially in the morning! My mum has also just had an operation on her leg and she swear by Vitamin E oil in helping to heal her scars. I would certainly recommend trying Vitamin E in whichever form would best suit your needs. If it works then its a bonus - if not , then at least you know that it is good for you anyway!
Vitamin C is probably the most commonly used vitamin supplement because of its usefulness in boosting the body's immune system. I used to take Vitamin C tablets every day as a child growing up and still take them today.
What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid and is found in a wide range of fruit and vegetables. It is a water soluble vitamin which means that the body cannot store any unused quantities for future use and therefore you need a daily intake of this vitamin in order to stay healthy. Vitamin C is vital in the production of collagen and helps to protect the body's cells and to keep them healthy and may also help the body to absorb iron from food.
You can obtain a sufficient amount of Vitamin C through your diet however, if your body has difficulty absorbing nutrients (as in my case with having Crohn's Disease) or if your diet is quite poor, then you probably will need to take Vitamin C supplements as it is recommended that adults consume 40mg a day. A Vitamin C deficiency causes the disease scurvy so you may want to take supplements just in case!
As stated earlier, Vitamin C is found in many fruit and vegetables. Those foods high in Vitamin C include citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit and lime as well as kiwi fruit. Brussel sprouts, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes and sweet potatoes also contain high levels of Vitamin C.
How much Vitamin C do I need?
The recommended daily intake of Vitamin C is 2000mg per day - this includes Vitamin C taken through food and through supplements combined. If you take too much Vitamin C this can cause some adverse effects such as stomach pains, diarrhoea and wind! However, these symptoms should cease once the supplements are stopped and the body's Vitamin C levels return to normal.
Where can I buy Vitamin C supplements?
Boots 30 tablets - £0.99
Lloyds Pharmacy 120 tablets - £3.89
Holland and Barrett 100 tablets - £3.99
What do they taste like?
Most Vitamin C tablets come as a chewable tablet - this is the tablet that I am used to taking although there may be other kinds which I am not aware of. Generally the brands I have tried such as Halib Orange, have a nice citrus flavour to them and the taste is quite pleasant.
I would definitely recommend taking a Vitamin C supplement if you have a medical condition such as mine or if you feel that your diet is particularly poor. Anything which helps the body and the immune system is highly recommended in my book!
I started taking Vitamin D tablets following a recent diagnosis of Crohn's Disease. As I had lost so much weight and nutrients whilst waiting to be diagnosed, the doctor advised me to take Vitamin D tablets to help strengthen my bones and replace the Calcium in my body. Although this is the reason why I first started taking these vitamins, Vitamin D tablets would be beneficial to anyone.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps the body to absorb Calcium and Phosphorous and maintain healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D is also said to help to regulate the immune system. There are also reports that Vitamin D may help to reduce the risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis and even cancer. A main source of Vitamin D is through sunlight and exposure to the sun although, this vitamin is also found in some foods. Foods which are good sources of this vitamin include oily fish and eggs, as well as cereal, margarine and powdered milk.
How much Vitamin D do I need?
As Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, you do not need it everyday as the body tends to store unused extracts for future use. Most people are able to get the right amount of this vitamin from their diet and from their exposure to the sun however, if you have been unwell or have a poor diet then this may not be the case. In addition, if you are pregnant or are breastfeeding it is recommended that you take a Vitamin D supplement each day. Be careful not to take too much Vitamin D though as this is reported to weaken bones rather than help to strengthen them.
If you are getting no sun exposure then the following doses are recommended by the Food Nutrition Board:
Children up to 18 years - 5mcg
18-50 years - 5mcg
51-70 years - 10mcg
71+ years - 15mcg
Where can I buy Vitamin D supplements?
Boots 90 capsules - £2.99
Lloyds Pharmacy 60 tablets - £2.05
Holland and Barrett 60 tablets - £2.99
What do they taste like?
You can buy Vitamin D tablets in a number of forms. One form is in capsules whereby you swallow 1-2 capsules per day with water. This form is virtually tasteless as it is washed down by the water quite quickly. The other form is the chewable type whereby you chew the tablet and it is swallowed as it dissolves. This tastes very chalky and I would definitely recommend having a drink of water or some other form of liquid in order to wash the taste away afterwards.
The V-fit Abdominus Tummy Trimmer is a great piece of fitness equipment if it is a toned, flat stomach you desire. This piece of equipment is basically a frame which helps you to conduct sit up exercises in the correct manner. It will not simply make you have a flat, toned stomach by doing nothing - you have to use it regularly! I use my Tummy Trimmer every evening and usually try to do about 60 sit ups. I do 20 reps lying in the traditional manner with my back on the floor, and 20 reps lying on my side and repeat for the other side. Some people simply use the Tummy Trimmer in the traditional manner but I personally like to do the side sit ups also as this helps to tone the muscles in the side of you stomach.
My Tummy Trimmer is black and silver, although I am not sure if it is available in other colours. It has a padded cushion for your head when you are conducting your exercises and it also has padded areas where your hands are positioned on the top bar of the frame. These padded grips also help to prevent your hands from slipping, especially important if you are doing a rigorous workout and build up a bit of sweat! The frame also has a stabiliser attached to either side so as the frame can easily move backwards and forwards without slipping. In addition, this piece of equipment comes with a monitor on the frame which provides you with information such as how many reps you have done, the time that has elapsed, and your pulse rate.
One thing I would say about the Tummy Trimmer is that it is not very easy to store unless you want to deconstruct it and reconstruct it every time you use it. The size of this piece of equipment is 61x72x61 cm and it does take up quite some room in my small flat.
If you are unsure how to use a piece of equipment such as the Tummy Trimmer it does come with a user manual included so no need to worry. You can also get some great exercise routines online which you can try out on your Tummy Trimmer if you want a change from the traditional sit ups.
Overall, I really like the Tummy Trimmer as it provides some structure for my sit ups and I know that I am doing them correctly and won't cause myself any injuries. I also like the fact that the digital monitor records my reps as sometimes you can lose count whilst exercising. The only down side would be the storage element and the fact that I can't hide it away anywhere, but if you have lots of storage space this will not be a problem.
The Tummy Trimmer is available at the following stores:
Argos - £29.99
Amazon - £29.99
Homebase - £29.99
You can get it a little cheaper online. Try Ebay with most prices around £15.
I picked these dumbbells up from my local Asda store at a fairly cheap price in order to try and improve my upper body strength. I am quite physically fit but my body strength is absolutely appalling, so I thought in an effort to try and improve this, I best invest in something. I particularly like this product as they are small and easily stored away. As I live in a small one bedroom flat with very limited storage space, I thought that these dumbbells would be perfect. In addition, this product means that you can work out in the comfort of your own home - I particularly like watching corrie whilst having a quick workout and it beats the gym any day!
The dumbbells that I bought from Asda are 2lb in weight and are approximately 2x20 in size. They were only available in pink in my store and on the website but perhaps they are available in other colours in other stores. I quite like the colour though as it is a pleasant pastel pink.
I also found the dumbbells easy to use and easy to grip whilst working out. I found after about a month or two of weekly 30 minute sessions, I did feel that my arms felt more toned and defined. Although I only use these on my arms, they could quite easily be used for leg workouts also by placing them on your leg or holding them in place with your foot.
The current price of these Asda dumbbells is £8.00 on their online store but perhaps this may vary from the in-store price.
Overall, I have found this product to be easy to use, good value for money and convenient. They are much cheaper than a gym membership and do the same job so I would highly recommend.
** My Experience **
I bought this as a cheap treat for myself from Ebay a couple of years ago and can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised. I had never previously tried a Diesel perfume before but I am not a big fan of their clothing range as I find it a bit pricey and a bit common. Sorry if I have offended anyone who wears Diesel clothing - this is just my opinion!
** Packaging **
The perfume comes in quite a stylish form of packaging. The perfume bottle is encased in a clear plastic cylinder shaped tube so you can easily see the perfume bottle, name and brand through this packaging. The perfume bottle itself is red in colour with the name and brand displayed in silver colouring on the side of the bottle. There is no lid for this perfume apart from the clear tube like case which is a bit annoying when you are wanting to put in your handbag. The silver spray device at the top of the bottle is easy to use and provides an evenly distributed spray of the perfume when pressed. Overall, the packaging is quite stylish and unique in design although it does not portray a very feminine feel for a woman's fragrance.
** The Fragrance **
The perfume itself was launched in 1999 by Diesel. It has quite a deep scent which has oriental and woody qualities to it but also has a soft hint of some floral elements. Zero Plus Feminine blends notes of jasmine, geranium, plum and mandarin and contains warm undertones of musk and vanilla. The perfume is not too sweet nor fruity and has a lovely warmth and depth to it which I absolutely adore.
** Price **
The only negative about this fragrance is that it is quite hard to get hold of, so your best bet if you are looking to purchase this is to probably do it online. You can buy this fragrance from as little £8.50 for 75ml off of Ebay. An absolute bargain in my opinion!
** My Experience **
I received this perfume in miniature form as part of a gift set of miniature Dolce & Gabbana perfumes. I have to say that this was not my favourite perfume in the bunch simply because I felt that it smelled too old for me. I had not heard of this perfume before receiving it as part of the set, and I don't think the packaging did it any favours. This is just my opinion and some people may not agree but I found that the packaging looked quite classic, which meant that I immediately associated it with an older perfume for an older generation. Of course, I do not immediately judge a perfume by its packaging but combined with the strong depth of the fragrance it reminded me of something my Gran would wear.
** The Fragrance **
This perfume was first introduced to the market in 1992 and has been very popular since. The scent has a luxurious smell to it and is quite floral. It has notes of basil, orange flowers, tangerine, carnation, marigold and vanilla. This fragrance is not overly floral or citrus in smell but I personally found it to be quite strong. You certainly don't need to reapply it throughout the day as one spray will definitely last you.
** Packaging **
As I said earlier in the review, I personally found the packaging to have quite a dated look. The perfume comes in a cuboid shaped box which is quite a deep red/orange colour and has the brand name in black and gold on the front. The actual perfume bottle is very classically designed and is quite simplistic. It is cuboid in shape and is clear so you can easily see how much of the fragrance you have used. The actual spray part of the bottle is red with a slight gold band underneath.
** Price **
You can buy this fragrance for around £40-£45 for 50ml in most high street stores such as Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis and House of Fraser. You will probably be able to get it cheaper online though with most prices starting around £30-£35.
** Summary **
Although I personally found this perfume to be too strong a scent for me, this is purely my opinion and I am very picky about my perfumes so this will come as no surprise to some that I was so judgemental of this one. I personally feel this fragrance would be more suited to the older generation but again, this is purely my opinion and I apologise in advance if any of you young ones wear this!
This was a very hard review for me to write. At first, I was unsure as to whether a topic like this actually had a place on a site such as dooyoo but, after careful consideration, I decided that it is important for others to be aware of what I went through so as if anyone is unfortunate to go through something similar, they will able to see the signs a lot faster than I did.
In 2007, I was at university studying to become a teacher. I was a healthy 23 year old and, although I avoided exercise at all costs, I was fairly fit and well. I had just finished my university placement in a nursery and I was working day and night to try to finish writing an essay that was due in. To say I was stressed was an understatement! However, university life is hectic and as my chosen career is to teach, you have to get used to hard work and stress!
What happened next was to change the rest of my life forever. Initially, I started to have small stomach cramps, usually in the morning, which lasted for about 10 minutes and then went away. These were not really very painful and I did not think anything of them to be honest. Over the next few weeks these cramps became more frequent and more painful. I started to think that I had maybe picked up a stomach bug from the children at my nursery placement, but as I was so busy, I just carried on with my life as normal; attending university during the day and working in the evening and at weekends.
Gradually, the stomach cramps started to occur at meal times. I have never been one for dieting really and I absolutely love my food, but every time I sat down to a meal, these excruciating cramps would kick in and I would be doubled over in pain. Over the next week or two, I was unable to eat anything because of the cramps. I had also started to get mild diarrhoea. I still continued to think that I had picked up a stomach bug and tried to get on with my daily life as best as I could.
One Saturday, after about four weeks of the cramps initially starting, I was lying on my couch doubled over in pain. The cramps lasted all day and, to put it mildly in case anyone is eating whilst reading this, I could not stop going to the toilet. I was so thirsty, but every time I drank some water, I was throwing it back up. As the day progressed, my condition got worse. My partner returned home in the evening from playing golf and I couldn't talk to him. I do not really remember much about this part but I don't think I was making much sense in my replies to him. I also had a very high temperature and I was very dehydrated. He called my mum for some advice who then suggested phoning NHS 24. This is a 24 hour medical phone line for people who live in Scotland, who need some general medical advice.
Now, bearing in mind I was not able to hold a proper conversation and I had been lying on the couch all day in my pyjamas, unable to move, you can probably guess that I was in no fit state to talk to anyone! However, the NHS 24 woman spoke to my partner first and then insisted on talking to me. She asked me a few medical questions which I can't really remember being able to answer too well, just because of the terrible physical and mental state that I was in. She then said that she was going to phone the local hospital to get me seen. She asked if I could get there okay. I remember explaining that I was in my pyjamas unable to move from the couch because of the pain I was in, and she just simply said, 'well get dressed then'. Slightly unsympathetic to say the least!
My partner phoned my mum back to tell her that I was going to hospital and my parents decided to come and pick us up to take us there (they only live 10 minutes away). I live in a second floor flat, and being unable to walk because of the pain, my partner carried me down to the car. I remember my mum seeing me in that state and saying to my partner that I would need an overnight bag - 'she''ll be in overnight' she had said with a worried look on her face.
I don't remember much about the journey to the hospital or the actual consultation. My partner did most of the speaking for me and I was wheeled about on a wheelchair as I was so weak and not really conscious of what was going on. Initially, the hospital thought it was appendicitis and I was taken to the A&E part of the hospital. We waited in a consultation room for over an hour and then I was wheeled out to the corridor on a trolley until they found a room for me. My family were asked to leave, and I remember lying on that trolley, in that corridor, for ages, all by myself and so scared - I had never been in hospital before!
I was in hospital for just over a week. They conducted lots of tests but never told me what was going on. The doctor and his many students would come and gather around my bedside every morning and discuss my condition with one another but in medical terminology and never directly to me. I hated every second in hospital. The staff were so unfriendly. One nurse came to change the bed one morning and she said to me 'you should have a shower'. Now, I could barely get out of bed on my own never mind stand in the shower for any length of time, or even wash myself! I politely said that I would ask my mum to help me when she came at visiting hours. To which she replied 'Your in your 20's and you still need your mum to help you wash!' then she walked away laughing. Now, being a very independent person usually, and I am very sensitive at the best of times, never mind when I am in so much pain, being sick every minute and being unable to go to the toilet by myself but needing to go every second, I burst out into uncontrollable tears, and the nurse just continued to laugh. I felt so lonely.
Anyway, enough of the pulling at the heart strings and on with my story! After a week and a half, the hospital finally decided that they didn't know what was wrong but I probably just had a stomach bug and so they were going to send me home. I went to my parents' house as I couldn't manage the flight of stairs at my flat. They had a prearranged holiday booked for a week so they said their goodbyes and left me in the hands of my partner. I stayed on that couch for the entire week apart from to go to the toilet - with my partner's help. It was so degrading. I was being sick 10-20 times a day. Everything I tried to eat just kept coming back up. I was in so much pain. When my parents returned from their holiday, I was on the couch, in exactly the same place I had been when they had left, and in exactly the same state.
The doctor was called out and he asked if the hospital had diagnosed me with 'Crohn's'. I had no idea what this was but I explained that they hadn't and that they had said it was a stomach bug. The doctor said that he wanted me to go back to hospital because of the state I was in. Before all of this had started I had been around 10 stone, I was now 6 stone and was loosing about 2 pounds a day.
I was taken back to hospital where my condition got progressively worse and blood was now starting to appear in my stools. I was also very dehydrated because of all the fluid lost through sickness and diarrhoea. After about three days, I was transferred by ambulance to another hospital that had a specialist ward for stomach problems. I cannot praise the staff enough at this hospital. From the second I got through the door I was given immediate treatment. The doctor explained everything to me about my condition and stated that he thought it was Crohn's Disease but he would do some tests to be sure. I actually laughed out loud with joy. The doctor did look a little confused as to why I had done this but the relief was so great just to actually know what was wrong with me! Whilst in hospital, I was tube fed because my body was rejecting all food and I was given steroids to help my body regain strength. I was told I might need a blood transfusion because of the amount of blood I had lost but thankfully I did not need this in the end. My body recovered well and I was released from hospital after about a month.
Crohn's Disease is a life long condition that has no cure. It affects the digestive system and little blisters appear along the intestines when the condition is aggravated. The body's immune system then almost turns on itself, and any food that passes through the intestines feels like sandpaper against the blisters. This is what causes the stomach cramps. It is controlled with daily medication. Initially I was on Azathioprine but was taken off of this because it was showing in my blood test results to be causing damage to my liver. I am now on Mercaptopurine which is usually used for Leukemia but it seems to be working well for me. I get blood tests done at my doctors every month just to monitor my condition and I attend a specialist clinic at the hospital every 3-4 months just to check everything is okay. No one knows what causes Crohn's Disease but there is a growing belief that it is genetic however, noone in my family has every had this.
I am now fully fit and sometimes forget that I have this condition. In July 2009, I graduated from university with a first class honours degree and have just completed my first full year as a proper teacher!
I wanted to write this review to let people know the seriousness of not getting even the smallest problem checked out by your doctor. Stomach pains are usually just fobbed off as a stomach bug and that may not be the case. If I had got my condition seen to as soon as I had the symptoms, maybe I would not have had to go through all of the fuss that I did. Another little bit of advice, don't just simply trust the diagnosis you are initially given. If I had been on my own without all of my family's support, I may still have been lying on that couch now. I hope this review has been interesting to some and I am sorry that it has gone on for so long and is so lengthy!
If you want to know more about Crohn's Disease or the support available this is a great website, recommended by the NHS:
Thanks for reading x
I absolutely adore this perfume, especially in summer, due to its warm, floral fragrance which is fresh as well as being slightly woody and seductive. I initially got this perfume in miniature form as part of a Givenchy gift set. Since then, I have bought this perfume time and time again, because of its unique and fresh scent which I cannot get enough of.
** The Perfume **
Very Irresistible is a fresh and vibrant scent which is mainly composed of rose notes. Star anise and verbena leaf are also present in a subtle form. The fragrance also has quite a zesty, fresh element to it created through the notes of mandarin and peach. This perfume is certainly economical as one spray first thing in the morning will last all day. I absolutely adore the unique, fresh and zesty scent of this perfume. I think that Very Irresistible is ideal for those summer months as well as daily wear all year round. I do not think this fragrance has a specific age for which it would be suited for, but perhaps the quirky design of the bottle, the pink colourings and the youthful scent suggest that it is aimed for the younger generation. However, I think this fragrance has such a fresh and vibrant smell, that it will appeal to all ages, especially for summer wear.
** The Packaging **
Very Irresistible comes in a pink, almost shimmery cuboid shaped box which truly reflects the vibrance of the scent inside. The glass perfume bottle has a pinkish tone to it and the bottle itself is twisted into quite a unique distorted shape. I like the fact that, although the bottle has some colour to it, you can easily see the perfume and how much you have left.
** The Price **
Very Irresistible is available from:
Next 30ml - £34.00
House of Fraser 30ml - £33.50
The Perfume Shop 30ml - £32.99
May be available cheaper online.
This is a gorgeous fragrance which is very vibrant and perfect for those summer months. I think this fragrance would suit any one of any age.