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We have these phones at my workplace and I therefore use them everyday. I think that they are brilliant for the office, but they aren't really home phones. They work well in the big company but each phone does seem to take up quite a bit of room on our desks.
I don't have any dealings with how the phone is set up or how expensive it is so I will just talk here about how easy it is to use and that sort of thing.
The phone has a handset but you can also use it on speaker phone and you can plug a headset in but I have never done that. The speaker phone system is really good for when you are on a long conference call and you really want to do other things at the same time. You can also mute the speaker so that no one can hear you at times - another thing which is really useful during conference calls. Don't forget to check if you have this on or not when you say something!! I know that this has lead to many embarrassing moments!
So the phone has a lot of buttons on it and they are great. You can change the call/ringer volume on the set easily and this is good if you are speaking to someone who is really quiet, or if you don't want the phone to ring too loudly i.e. if you are expecting a private call perhaps. There are also the standard numbers buttons but there are others like the ones I mentioned for mute, speaker etc. There are some buttons too under the screen and some up and down buttons and these are great for navigating through the on screen menus.
The menus are easy to understand and they take you to what you are looking for pretty easily. You can use the phone to put people on hold, transfer calls, use redial, edit peoples numbers before you dial them, conference calling and it also has an answering machine.
The answer phone is great and it tells you when you have missed calls and messages. Mine is also linked to my outlook which means I can hear the messages through my computer. You need a password (number) to listen to your messages which is good because it means it is nice and secure. You can record your name and your own number and you can also save quite a lot of messages.
You really can do all sorts on these phones like customise the display to have a logo on there, or have one of a big range of ring tones. I have found this phone very useful in my day to day work life.
Another quick thing is that on its display this phone has the date and time on it which are really useful as I am always glancing at it when I need to know the time or the date which is great.
Overall I really recommend these phones if you have a big office!
I use this clingfilm loads and loads and always buy it over the more expensive versions simply because it is cheap!! You get one roll in a box and each one is 60m long and about 30cm wide and it only costs 53p!!
I generally use this film not in any holder or even in the box because I find the box is too flimsy, cheap and rips too easily. The perforated edge doesn't make it easy to tear the film and it generally frustrates me. I have had a different (posh!) brand of this in a holder before which was beautiful, it cut the film every time and it was really easy to use. As I am on a cost-cutting mission everywhere in my life right now, I choose to buy the cheap one and put up with it!
I use this film for wrapping things before they go in the fridge, for wrapping sandwiches and for putting over things before I microwave them to prevent splattering and generally ruining the inside of my machine. It is really good at all of these jobs, as you would expect a cling film to be.
My only gripes are that if you accidentally rip this wrong, your whole roll can be ruined as the different layers rip differently and you can't get any lengths long/wide enough off the roll. This really annoys me but I guess I should be more careful in future.
Another thing is that it is hard to tear sometimes. I mentioned that I throw away the box but even with the box it is not as easy as with some other brands. It is hard to get an even/straight tear too. As with other clingfilms, it can be hard to find the end on this one sometimes which can also be frustrating but that's what you get for using clingfilm and not sandwich bags or foil!!
This hi-fi system has been in the family for a pretty long time but it is still going strong and still gets used on a daily basis. The two tape players which it has is making it show it's age and it could be considered a bit bulky now, especially compared to iPod docks and new DAB radios but it is an old friend which still knows its place in the kitchen.
The system has a 3 cd changer which is good as it means you don't have to keep changing discs over, and it means you can keep 3 discs in there at a time. Changing between them is really easy as there is just a thing inside which spins.
I mentioned the tape players; this is a double cassette set up which is for recording. I have never used it in this way but it is a useful thing to have. I don't really ever use the tape player but I have some story tapes which I might want to listen to and it is nice not to have lost this format.
For its age, I would say that this hi-fi has a rather sleek design. It doesn't look particularly 1990s or anything and it is black which looks quite good and non-distinctive, apart from the big orange dial on the front.
There are a lot of buttons on this thing and that can make it a bit confusing to use if you are not familiar with it. I think it's easy to get used to though and there are only so many buttons because there are so many things you can do with this system. For example, there are loads of options for different sound outputs (i.e. really bassy, or rocky or vocal options etc).
Another good thing about this system is that it has really excellent speakers. My brother used to use the speakers as the ones for playing on his Xbox, and when you hook up the surround sound, this is excellent!! The same can be said about using it in this way for watching movies.
This hi-fi also comes with a compact remote which you can use to control all of the settings. I think that this is good to keep at the bedside for listening to music / the radio etc. We keep it in the kitchen and hardly use the remote but it is a good feature to have.
Unusually there is space for 40 preset radio frequencies on this system which feels like a huge capacity! I don't think I could name 40 stations!! I have got my few favourites set up though.
My finally comment is that this machine is good to use for wakeup feature as well because you can set it like an alarm to turn radio on to wake you up - very handy if you have it in your bedroom!
I've had this eyeliner for ages and I flit between using this one, and using my MAC one. This one is great for travelling and things because it has a handy inbuilt sharpener in the lid!!
This inbuilt sharpener is one of my favourite features. It really works despite being quite plasticy and it also means that when I'm out and about I don't have to take a sharpener (or scrabble round in my make up bag to find one!) but I can always have a sharp pencil. There is no where for the sharpening to go however, so it can be a bit messy and I've had to sharpen into my make up bag before which is not really a good idea.
The pencil itself is a brilliant Kohl liner. I think it cost about £12 so you would expect it to be good really!! You can get a really clear smooth line with it with little effort and I think that this is a must in an eyeliner. The black is also super black and I don't feel that it melts down your face or comes off too easily either.
Unuually, the pencil is triangular in cross section. This is good for holding it steady I think and it is quite comfortable in your hand. I think that though, because of the in built sharpener I sharpen this more than usual and this has made it become used up fairly quickly - a clever ploy by Clinique I wonder to get you to buy more often...? Now it is short it is a bit harder to hold as I'm sure you can imagine.
Overall, I like this liner. It gives a sharp look and is very black and I think that black eyeliner can make or break a look. I recommend it but don't fall into the sharpening-too-often trap!
I've had this hard drive for a while now and I use it for many things including backing up m work and for storing all of my movies, videos and music files. I bought it online but I can't remember where from but I shopped around - about 3 years ago it cost me £65 which I thought was quite good and they haven't really come down in price that much since then.
The hard drive is super neat and it is really portable. It is quite lightweight and there is no need for a separate power supply which means it easily slips in my laptop bag or sometimes my handbag and there is no worry or trailing leads to worry about. It also only has only one wire mini usb to usb so you can use the same cables as quite a few other things use. The wire does come out so that it is separate unlike some other hard drives I have seen but I quite like that this one gives you a longer flex for manoeuvrability which is good if you have to plug it in in the library for example and getting the whole thing round to the usb slot might be cumbersome.
This hard drive is available in a range of sizes but I have the 500GB one. This is a fab capacity and even with whole series of loads of TV programmes, I have never filled it.
There is a handy light on the front of the hard drive which shows you when it's plugged into the computer and therefore getting power. This is ok but if you want to transfer files over night I tend to put something over it as it can be a bit distracting to have a little blue light on.
You can put things going overnight because the hard drive is relatively quiet which I think is a really good feature. You can hear it but the sound is ok and for example doesn't bother me while I watch a movie straight from the hard drive.
Another good point is that it is fast for the computer to recognise the drive and you don't need any software etc for the computer to recognise it. I know you don't for most pieces of kit like this but it is worth bearing in mind.
I really like this hard drive and think it is definitely worth the money. Having a comprehensive library of my music and videos is really great and it is priceless to know my work is backed up.
I started taking these vitamins when I started a bit of a health kick because I thought that I wasn't getting enough iron because I was more than tired, fatigued almost loads of the time. I am a vegetarian and my diet is pretty poor so I've tried to change that a bit and take these vitamins while I get on track.
They were £2 for 90 and it's one a day so that's a month and a half worth which I think is a pretty good amount for the money. They say on the front that they "may help maintain good general health" which is pretty much what I was after.
They contain vitamin D2, Vitamin B2, B6, Folic acid, B12, Calcium, Iron, zinc and copper, all in varying percentages of our RDA (recommended daily allowance). B6 has 142%; B12 has 160% which is a bit weird because that sounds too high really. The lowest is calcium which is only 16%. The vitamin cocktail within these tablets are specially formulated for vegetarians hence the inclusion of the generally hard-to-find B vitamins which lots of vegetarians struggle to fit into their diet.
I also bought these ones because they are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and sometimes tablets aren't and I like that guarantee.
The tablets are round and they are also not too big either like some I've had before. These aren't exactly coated in something which makes them easier to swallow, but they are just like your average cheap paracetamol to swallow. They don't really have a taste and you do just swallow them down so they are not horrible like the little ones I used to have to chew as a child.
Overall, I like taking them, even if they are only helping psychologically. I haven't noticed a difference but overall I've been so tired and stressed that I don't think I would have noticed really.
I recommend these if you are looking for some vitamins as it's a good blend and they are super cheap, especially compared to those from the likes of Holland and Barrat.
This is another of my boyfriends many fragrances he owns which I hope I can give a bit of a girls opinion on. He's been wearing it for a while after he got it for about £15 for a 30ml bottle from Debenhams although he had a sample size bottle before that I think as a stocking filler from Superdrug.
The scent comes in a quite big box compared to the size of the bottle and it has the well known coloured stripes in straight lines (rather than curved on the ladies version) on both the box and the side of the bottle. On the bottle it also has the paul smith signature and it says "extreme", the name of the scent written in black.
To me the spray is a really light, summery smell which is super fresh and it reminds me of when my boy is all clean and straight from the shower. I think it is quite a young fragrance as it is so fresh and a bit fruity smelling (it smells a bit citrusy to me!), basically I think this would be great for my boyfriend or my brother, but it would be totally wrong for me dad.
The only thing about this which I find a bit annoying is that it doesn't seem to last too long. I think the scent wears off too quickly because I no longer seem to notice it after about an hour or less and I would expect a perfume to last longer than this really. This might be attributable in part to the fact that this is an EDT rather than EDP but it is still a bit of a let down compared to other eau de toilettes he's got and wears.
Price-wise, I think as with all perfumes, a bit of the price of this is on the name. As is has been out for quite a while now though I think you can get it on offer from some places and looking on boots.com shows me that you can expect to pay £37 for a 100ml bottle. I think that this is quite fair although bear in mind you may use this a bit faster than you would other scents because as I mentioned, it doesn't seem to last too long so you might need a few more applications.
The official line on this fragrance is that (boots.com) "Paul Smith Extreme for Men is a woody, spicy and unexpected fragrance. The top notes are fresh and combine the citrus notes of Bergamot with the piquant of Rosemary and the spice of Nutmeg and Cardamom. The heart of the fragrance is deep and intense with the floral hints of Geranium and Rosewood. Sweet notes of Tonka Bean and modern Musk give Paul Smith Extreme a sensual touch, while the presence of wood and Sandalwood in the base notes are also revealed." I find it hard to pick out these smells and I don't even know what all of these fragrances are meant to smell of, but it does kind of describe what I've said about it being fresh, floral and I smell fruit in there too!!
I recently got this brush after feeling that my old manual was just not doing the job anymore and I felt I was struggling with my teeth and dental hygiene a bit.
I bought this from my dentist but apparently you can get it from places like boots, Lloyds pharmacy and currys etc and there are often half price deals on at these places so you should be able to get one of these for about £60-80.
A cool thing about this brush is that it comes with the little wireless smart timer. I've been finding I've been brushing my teeth for longer now that I have this as if you brush past 2 minutes you get a little smiley face!! The smart timer also tells you when to change to the different areas of your mouth and t pulses differently as well so that you can change without the wireless device. You can also mount this device on your wall but I haven't done that yet. The timer takes batteries but these are easy to change and they seem to last for a relatively long time. The timer also tells you when you are brushing too hard with a little red light and a picture and it pulses to tell you too. This is good as it will hopefully help me to prevent gum damage.
I had previously shy-ed away from electric brushed because I found them to be weirdly tickling on my nose and this was really uncomfortable. This one however doesn't seem to make me feel like this and that's fab! To check this out I first tried a new head on my friends brush and as it didn't make me feel weird, I invested in my own.
I've been using the polishing head and it's brilliant. I really feel like my teeth are clean and although the first time I used it properly it felt a bit sore afterwards as it is quite fast rotating etc and it was a bit of a change to my normal brush. Now I am used to it though it is fab and it really makes my teeth feel much cleaner - sort of like I've been to the dentist rather than just using my manual one which didn't feel that great.
You can also get other brush heads for this like a flossing heads but I haven't tried these yet as I am so far liking the polishing one. Apparently the heads have special brushes on them which let you know (after 3 months) that it is time to get a new head.
You charge the toothbrush using the included charger on one of those shaver type plugs but you can also get a 13amp adaptor plug to charge it I think.
There are a few settings and different speeds on this brush too which depends on what you want and how you like to use the brush. I keep mine on deep clean because I find it give me a lovely clean.
Another good thing is that my boyfriend can have his own head on this and then use the same handset which is good because it gives a fab clean but it is expensive so this way we don't have to buy 2.
I bought some of these pumps from Tesco almost a year ago when I needed some smarter clothes for a new job but I didn't have the money to buy flash things, and even if I had had it, I wouldn't want to spend all my money on work clothes!
I wear flat shoes quite often and often my choice of shoe is these F&F pumps. I have got them in a sparkly white version which feels a bit like polyester suede but I think that was a summer colour. I have seen them since in different colours and in a leather effect look including a pair of leather-look black shoes which I think would suit many uniform imposed shoe rules for lots of people and maybe even some schools.
You can only buy these shoes from Tesco stores or Tesco online stores because they are from the Florence and Fred brand which is unique/exclusive to Tesco. They cost me £5 last year and for a pair of shoes which has held up really well so far, I think that this is a bargain, especially considered normally some other shoes which aren't much higher quality, are often paraded in shops like Topshop etc with much larger price tags.
The sizing of these shoes is ok I am generally a size 5-5.5 and these are a size 6 because the size 5 in the shop didn't fit me with socks on and I always get cold so especially in winter I have to wear socks to work with my shoes. I think you would need to try these on and not just pick up your size and assume they will fit. I know I bought the bigger size so it is my fault slightly but I think that these shoes are actually now a tad too big because they have stretched somewhat with wearing them. I don't have to focus to keep them n my feet but if I sit down and a leg is dangling, it is easy for the shoe to fall off. (I take my shoes off all the time anyway though so I don't really mind!)
The shoes go with loads of outfits and because the ones I have are slightly sparkly I often get complimented on them and I think they help me to jazz up somewhat plainer outfits.
When I first got them I don't think these were that comfortable but - when are new shoes ever comfy? They are now well worn in and very comfortable! Even when they were new I never got blisters or anything but they did rub a bit.
These shoes are not very rain proof. They are thin and have a very thin sole and they are, as I mentioned, made of a suede like material. I tend not to even wear them in the rain because I know I will get wet feet! Don't get me wrong, they are ok for walking across a wet car park etc, but I wouldn't want to walk to the bus stop etc in them if it was raining.
The sole is thin as it usually is with this kind of shoe. I have found that while you can feel the road if you walk over a particularly bumpy surface etc, they are generally fine. No cracks or holes or areas of massive wear have started to show so I am pleased with them so far on this front. There is a tiny (2mm?) heel on the back of the shoe which you don't see on every pair of pumps. I think that this little heel is good because it makes you walk better and I have noticed less wear from turning my feet inwards as I walk as I have on other shoes with a straight flat bottom.
So these shoes are never going to be the best in the world but for the price and the availability (I think this is like a standard design of shoe for F&F) they are higher quality than I was expecting and I have been pleasantly surprised. They have lasted me well and when they start to wear out I will be looking for a new pair. £5 for work shoes is brill and definitely worth keeping an eye out for (even if they are just to slip in your bag for the journey home or when your feet are refusing to take another step in heels!!)
I use these highlighters all the time and have done throughout school, uni and now at work. They are super useful and I would describe them as a stationary cupboard/pencil case staple.
These highlighters come in a range of about 8 colours but the most common are pink, green, yellow and orange. I like to have a pack of all 4 of these colours because then I can highlight different things in different colours and it makes it clearer (i.e. I highlight things to look up in one colour, and things which are important in another colour). My favourite is pink and, top tip - be careful with yellow as it can get dirty/pick up ink from the other colours and this can spoil the nib.
These highlighters are really ergonomic and easy to hold in your hand. They are a brill size in that they seem to fit everywhere, however they are a bit stubby and wide and this means they don't fit well in my pen pot. Their shape does make them easy to hold in the right way for highlighting though as you need the tip at a certain angle for best results.
These highlighters always seem to be full of a really vibrant ink. Previously I've tried buying different brands like supermarket own brands but I've always regretted it. The ink doesn't seem to dry out in these pens unless you leave the lid off for a while. These pens always seem last a long time too, way longer than other competitive products. Apparently these pens are refillable and rechargeable but I don't know really what rechargeable means and I wouldn't know how to do it.
The nibs of these highlighters are a good, slanted shape which makes it easy to highlight normal size printed text. For narrower/smaller text I often turn the pen and use just the tip of the nib. I'm not sure you're meant to do this but it works and doesn't seem to really do any harm to the highlighter pen.
You can buy these highlighters from loads of places like Rymans, Tesco etc but I think most workplaces which need highlighters will have these in the stationary cupboard. They cost about £3-£4 for the simple 4 pack of multi-colours but I think this is a product where there are savings to be made if you shop around.
Another thing I like is the lid. I have never lost a lid for a Stabilo Boss highlighter as they click on really well and are very secure. I seem to twist them a bit to get them off but just push them back on. I have had highlighters with flimsier lids before which inevitably get lost leaving the pens to dry out in the air.
Overall I really recommend these highlighters, they really help with organisation and they help to save time too as they enable you to pick out the important information quickly when you re-look at whatever you've highlighted.
I bought myself this mixer after finally caving into electricity after trying to whisk meringues by hand once (not fun!). For the bargainous price tag of about £4.20 - What did I have to lose?! This was at university and I have now had the mixer for over a year and it is still doing ok - so I am doubly pleased with my purchase as it is clearly not false economy.
The mixer is white and it comes in the standard red white and blue Tesco value packaging box. It comes in a few parts -the mixer body which has the controls and the handle on it, the beaters and some dough beaters for making bread I think but I have never needed to use these - I'm much more of a cake girl!!
I regularly use the mixers for baking and mixing things up and they always seem to do a good job. My cakes rise and are airy and my meringues (made with this, not made by hand) are formed from stiff egg whitey peaks like they are meant to. I think that this beater does a good job of mixing ingredients up and getting air into a batter.
One gripe for me is that the cable is so short. It is really really short (less than 1m) and this means I have to be very near a plug in order to use it and I often end up with my mixing bowl on the hob which is not ideal. I know in kitchens plugs generally are available but it would be nice to have a bit more flex for manoeuvrability.
Another thing is that the lower speeds on mine no longer work. I can't use speeds 1 and 2 but I have no idea why. I don't remember them breaking they just no longer work! This is a shame but I live life in the fast lane anyway so I don't mind only using the faster speeds. I do have to be careful they don't throw flour over my whole kitchen though because I can't gradually increase my speed and avoid a flowery mess!
The mixer is quite noisy but - aren't they all? I don't really mind if it's only for a few minutes mixing and I don't think anyone else does when the result is lovely cakes!!
The handle is fairly comfortable and the mixer is easy to hold. It doesn't feel too heavy or anything which is good. The beaters can go in the dishwasher too which helps to make for quicker clearing up (unless you want to lick them clean!)
All in all I think that for the money this is a brilliant mixer and it is good for families and students alike. It is cheap so I haven't minded that it is not perfect.
I was bought these recently for a party and I was bought them in pink as that is my favourite colour. These balloons were intended as a bit of a novelty gift to bring something of a novelty to the party.
The balloons are like normal balloons but they have a plastic/cardboard tab sticking out from them. You pull the tab and the LED is turned on. This was fairly straightforward but on one of ours the LED didn't turn on and it took some wiggling of it to make it work. Once the LED is on, you just blow into the balloon like normal and it inflates. These weren't too hard and didn't require too much puff although due to the price of them I didn't want to risk over inflating them and having them pop too easily.
The balloons are quite pricey for what they are. They cost £3.59 for a pack of 5 which really makes the expensive in my book. They were bought for me from Tesco but they can also be bought from other party shops and at a few places online.
Because of the LED these balloons were relatively heavy and they all seemed to dangle around the floor "upside down" and they always rolled onto the LED. This little weight inside seemed to add another dimension to some balloon games i.e. when trying to keep it off the floor, the weight made it head that way more quickly than usual.
Perhaps if you filled these with helium it would be better but even then I don't know if the gas would be able to support the weight.
The light these gave off was pretty intense and cool. It was very bright pink and the full effect was really seen when we turned off all the lights. The light didn't seem to last as long as the packet suggested but it lasted the party and that's all that I'm really bothered about.
The balloons themselves seem to be very high quality. Some popped on spiky objects but one or two are still going strong and have shrunk a little but there is no sign of wrinkling as often happens as balloons age. These are over 2 weeks old so I am very impressed. (Although I don't think this is really a feature you look for in balloons!)
Overall, I think they were good as a novelty object and, while expensive, they aren't going to break the bank. They would probably be good for children's parties or parties for childlike adults!
Nails Inc nail varnishes are something which I have often seen and read about and am always almost tempted to buy because of their quite good reputation and their plethora of beautiful colours. They come with quite a hefty price tag however and I managed to restrain and keep my purse strings tightly knotted until I saw one as a free gift with a magazine (possibly glamour magazine?).
There were a few colour choices with the mag but I opted for "Warwick Avenue" because I loved the colour - it is a cute and wearable baby pink. Most of the shades are names after places in London or cities I think.
I have seen this magazine promotion with Nails Inc before and they also do promotions like "lucky dip" which is where for a cheap price, you get a lot of colours which they obviously have left over. They also have done promotions with Diet Coke but I don't drink it so I couldn't partake in that particular promo.
Nails inc are generally stocked at places like Debenhams but they are also sold at many retailers online, some nail bars and also I've seen them at TKMaxx before.
The varnish it's self I have found to be a real disappointment. It went on quite well with the brush being adequate but nothing special but then once on (and I do use about 2 coats, sometimes with a top coat) it seems to come off really easily. Some nails developed chips really fast - which is not unusual as I do use my hands and a computer a lot so I don't expect nail varnishes to last very long. Also though it peeled off; if you caught it at all it seemed to develop a nick which was really easy to peel off. When this happened it looked like it was damaging my nail underneath but I'm no expert and it might just be some sort of residue.
Another thing is that this varnish seems to take a long time to dry which is disappointing from a higher-end-of-the-market brand. I am quite impatient and find it easy to smudge my nails as I get bored waiting for the varnish to dry.
When you take this off with nail varnish remover (if it hasn't already all peeled off) then it's fine and it is easy to take off with my standard boots own brand remover.
Each bottle will normally set you back about £11 which puts Nails Inc around the top players like OPI in the nail varnish market. I don't think they belong here and they can command ha price tag because of the inferior quality but they seem to be getting by with their wide range of colours and quirky names.
I don't know if the promo bottles are different to the "real deal" but I doubt it. I wouldn't buy these again but I would take advantage of a good promo as I love the colours and it is ok for a free/cheap varnish.
As I just wrote about the shampoo I thought I should write now about the matching conditioner as they always recommend you use the matching products. I never know if this is so that they can sell more, or if the formulations are really matched to complement each other..!
As I mentioned in my shampoo review, I paid £1.69 for a twin pack of this shampoo and conditioner from home bargains but you can also buy this from lots of places including JTF and I believe pound land and some supermarkets. I think that 85p per bottle is a very good price, especially considering you get 400ml in each bottle, the product seems to work and you don't need to use more than you normally would.
The bottle has a label the same sort of style as that of the shampoo as they are a set and the bottle is the same style. I like 'top down' bottles more for this kind of product but this one works ok, it just might be a bit harder when I get nearer to the bottom of the bottle and there might be more waste/I'll have to wash out the bottle to make sure I don't waste any.
The product is more baby pink than bright pink so it is lighter than the shampoo. Luckily for me, the same scent is there. I do think that in the conditioner it is more masked than it is in the shampoo and you can smell a sort of chemical scent as well as the raspberry fragrance.
The conditioner is for dry/normal hair and I think I would say I have normal hair (except when it's dry from heat and hairspray, or greasy from being lazy!) and I use this product approximately every other day (I don't wash my hair every day and I don't always use conditioner). I think this would be gentle enough to use every day but I don't feel the need. I haven't noticed any product build up with this shampoo or conditioner or both when used together. They are actually really good at washing my hair and leaving it feeling fresh and clean.
Like the shampoo this has the same claims on the back i.e. "improves softness and shine", "revitalises and moisturises" and "strengthens with pro-vitamin B5". It contains juniper berry and chamomile extracts too. I find that this conditioner does give my hair a nice feeling and it makes it soft and light which is good as it doesn't weigh it down. It doesn't make my hair go greasy quicker than it normally would and I find my hair easy to style as it is untangled and it feels soft.
The only negative apart from the chemically smell is the viscosity of the formulation. It is a bit too watery for me so sometimes I squirt out more than I need which is not good.
All in all I don't think this will create hair miracles but it works on my hair and for 85p I'm not complaining!!
I recently bought this in a twin pack with the matching conditioner from Home Bargains for the bargainous price of £1.69 making it about 85p/bottle. I bought it because it was cheap and I'd used the strawberries one before and quite frankly, I was cheesed off with the shampoo I was using (see soap and glory shampoo review!)
The first thing which catches your eye with this is the colour. It is a super duper bright pink and kind of translucent like a lot of shampoos. The conditioner is a paler pink and they just look really nice in my bathroom.
The bottle is much like the picture, a tall cylindrical bottle with a black flip top lid. This lid is fine but I think when you get nearer the bottom it might be more of a struggle (I do prefer top-down bottles). It is a soft plastic so it is easy to squeeze the product out and the viscosity is fine so you get enough but not too much out. You get 400ml in a bottle which is quite a lot but although I don't think I use too much, this bottle has been going down quite quickly.
The label has a big picture of raspberries on it and some information about the product (ingredients etc). It says it is for normal/dry hair and that it "gently cleanses", "revitalises and moisturises" and "strengthens with pro-vitamin B5". I think that these are all fair statements as it does seem to leave my hair looking and feeling clean and fresh.
Especially compared to more expensive shampoos, this really does the job. I have "normal hair" but I use a lot of hairspray and heat styling but this seems to refresh my hair, remove product and leave it looking and feeling clean. I don't really know what another brand can offer which is worth the massive increase in price tag.
The best thing about this shampoo is without a doubt the smell. Mixed with the steam in the shower this fills me with a lovely smell of raspberries and summer. It is a very sweet smell and it doesn't really linger after the shower too much (apart from the lasting smell of "clean") but it makes those few minutes washing my hair really nice and I think, sets me up for a good day.
You can get this from a few places but I think Home Bargains generally always has something from this range and for 85p per bottle it is well worth a try!