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    • Post-It Notes / Homeware / 41 Readings / 40 Ratings
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      I have to sue these every day and highly recommend

      What on earth would we all do without Post it Notes. I use them just about every day when I'm at Uni and I'd be lost without them. I've been using them since I started my GCSE's, then my A levels, and now I'm still using them regularly at Uni. They are indispensable and I'm sure they are an everyday item that we now all take just massively for granted.


      For anyone who doesn't know what a Post it Note is, what they look like or what they are used for, well, here goes. The ones I use are square in shape and they come in little pads which I buy from Smith's in Manchester. They also sell them at an independent local stationers nearer to my college (but it's hardly ever open) and they are slightly cheaper in there. As I say, they come in pads of various sizes and the ones I buy cost me £5 for 100 small yellow square shaped sheets. You can get Post it Notes in different colours, different sizes (some of them really tiny) and some of them are in other shapes other than square shaped. I actually prefer the square shaped ones, or occasionally I'll use the slightly larger oblong ones as I can write more information on them. I use the smaller ones for when I need to remind myself to take something with me to lectures on a morning and I stick it to the inside door of the flat so I can see it before I rush out on a morning.


      The important bit about Post it Notes is that they have a sight adhesive strip running down the back of them all so that you can attach it to walls, doors etc., as a way to remind yourself to do something / remember something that you might forget. The bright yellow square shaped Post it Notes that I use now are the original ones that first came out years ago but these are the ons I prefer to use. If you want to look all bright ad colourful and make your notes stand out a lot then you can opt for some truly fluorescent and heart shaped or smiley faces ones, but I actually don't find these as useful for writing notes on and they annoy me slightly.

      I find them particularly useful if I am writing an essay and I need to make notes to refer to later to makes sure I've included certain information. I stick them side my textbooks and as the adhesive isn't too strong (but strong enough to stick to the fridge / walls etc without falling off) then it doesn't harm the paper inside the textbooks and it just peels right off.

      If my friend calls round to my flat she'll often leave me a Post it Note on the outside of my door to tell me when she called and where's she's gone or to remind me to do something (terrible memory and I'm only 19!). They are very versatile, I think and they are useful for such a wide range of purposes. I have a large pad of them inside a little white tin container in my room and use them all the time, every day, without fail.

      They last for ages and are really economical and even if I have to pay full price from at Smith's, then they are still well worth the money as they are an item I use so much and really rely on. They are such a useful piece of stationery.

      Highly recommended.

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        05.01.2013 13:33
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        It's a great primer for under make up

        I now have 2 jars of L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer and that's because I lost my first jar and asked for another one for Christmas this year. Then, about three days ago, I found where the original one was hiding - in the bottom of my brown bag, which I hardly ever use. Goodness knows how it managed to get in there! I love this primer and I can confidently state that I have tried a lot of other ones, all claiming to resurface the skin etc etc., but none of them work as well as L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer.

        I've been using this for over 18 months and it comes in a small sized glass jar with a black lid that twists off. The pot contains only 15ml of product but as you only need a tiny amount, then it lasts for ages and a small bit does a great job. You do NOT need to overload your face with this primer.

        The texture and feel and look of the primer is as follows:

        It's a pale pink in colour. It's what I consider to me quite a thick primer and it feels exceptionally smooth if you take a tiny bit and rub it between your two fingers. Before you even apply it to your skin you can tell that it's going to make a big difference to the way your skin feels in terms of smoothness, just by feeling it between your fingers.

        It doesn't really have any smell, I don't think and it's simple and easy to apply. I had never really considered using a primer before but it was my friend at Uni who recommended this to me. I use it when I am performing in a concert or when I am going out for a special night. I don't use any primer during the day as I think it can feel a little bit like I am 'over done'.

        I use it only around my nose area and on my chin. It smoothes the skin and it makes any open pores look less open. In fact, it erases large pores completely. It also makes my make up in general last much longer. You can't see it when you've applied it to your skin and it's really designed to be used under a foundation. I've used it this way and it really does help the foundation last longer and look a lot and smoother than it would have done with out it.

        Before I started to use this primer, I thought it was meant more for older people with wrinkles. I suppose it is, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't do a great job on younger skins like mine. Obviously I've got no wrinkles (yet) but this stuff isn't just meant to eliminate wrinkles, it's designed to smoothen out and even out the skin tone and make it look and feel ready for the foundation. I have actually also worn it without any foundation and I have just used a little concealer stick on my face and then applied some pressed powder. The final result is still really impressive which ever way you choose to use this primer and it really suits my skin tone perfectly.

        I really do recommend this primer and it's even superior to the (very expensive) Laura Mercier primer that I've also used.

        I'd give this one 5 out of 5 stars.

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        04.01.2013 19:42
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        Will continue to use this

        I don't think that anyone could possibly suffer from hair like mine. It goes really greasy at the roots really fast and this means I have to wash it every day (if I can). When I am at Uni I just don't have the time and this is why Batiste Dry Shampoos are so very useful to me. I use them all the time. My favourite by far is the XXL Big and Bouncy but I also use the Original one too. I stock up whenever they are on offer and I also use the teeny little ones which I keep in my sax case to freshen up my hair during the day if I am going straight out after lectures and I don't have time to get across to and get back to my flat.

        I pay about £2.99 for a standard sized can which has 200ml in it. These were on offer in Superdrug in Manchester just before Christmas and they were on sale for half price. That's when I stocked up. This one comes in the bright green tin and the smell of this one I can stand (unlike the Tropical one, which actually makes me feel quite sick).

        This dry shampoo I use like any of the others in this range. I always make sure that I shake the can really vigorously, not just before the first spray, but I find it works best that if you are going to be spraying your hair in several sections then it's best to make sure you shake between each spraying. I don't know why, but I always find the contents of this Original Batiste in particular, seem to settle very quickly and the best results are definitely achieved with plenty of shaking.

        The contents come out of the can with an almighty blast of what feels like really cold fine talcum powder. This can look a bit odd if your hair is darker, like mine, and it's best to spray too little rather than too much the first time you use this spray as too much can look quite floury and matt. I brush the power through my hair so it's well dispersed and distributed and then my hair not only looks much better but it also smells cleaner and fresher, too.


        This is a fantastic product to use for those in between days when my hair is looking lank and lifeless and a bit greasy. It definitely perks it up and gives it a bit of bounce. It doesn't lift or volumise the hair as much as the XXL Volume one does, but this one I use to soak up the greasies rather than using it to give my hair added volume.

        The only downside is that one can never seems to last me for very long at all. One can will last me about two weeks on average and I certainly don't use it every day. I have no idea why cans don't last me any longer, maybe they don't put much in or I use more than I think I do.

        Anyway, it's definitely a product I can really recommend and as a dry shampoo it beats the likes of Tresemme hands down (and it's cheaper).

        I give this full marks!

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          04.01.2013 13:00
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          I simply love this particular bar - my favourite

          I received a lot of Lush bubble bars this year. I like Lush, but actually when I think about it, the only things I tend to use are their bubble bars or very occasionally, their bath ballistics. If I had to choose between the two items, I'd choose the bubble bars as I always find them more costs effective, I can snap them up and make them last a bit longer and I like the range of different ones they do. Mum hates it whenever I use a bath bar though as they nearly all make a terrible mess of the bath.

          The absolute best bubble bar in my personal opinion, has to be the Karma bubble bar. This is by far the best I terms of scent, the way it makes my skin feel after I've used it and also when not in use, I keep them in my underwear drawers because the smell of the Karma one in particular is just SO strong and it makes my undies smell fab!

          About a year and half ago I remember these bars cost £2.65 each. Now they have jumped massively in price and the last time I was in a Lush shop I saw they were over £3. Now, I personally think that's way too much to pay for one bath, but I usually get at least two baths out of the bubble bars, if not three, as I snap them up. Even when snapped and only using bits of the bubble bar, the Karma one is so strong in scent that it hardly makes a difference.

          I think what makes te Karma bar so special for me is definitely the warm citrus aroma it has. It's very spicy smelling and strong and it has definite scents of lemons and limes and other citrus fruits mixed with a warm sort of woody smell. It's quite hard to describe, really, but it's a memorable smell and it's definitely at the top of my Lush List of Bubble Bars.

          Shape wise, the Karma bar is rounded in shape, sometimes they are more dome shaped than at other times. In terms of colour, it seems to have deepened over the last year. It used to be a paler orange but the ones I received at Christmas were almost red. They definitely seem to be a lot darker than they used to be. I'd describe it as a very deep dark orange with small streaks of golden yellow running through.

          The way I use this is to try my best to snap it into three (rather than two) pieces. I turn on the hot water tap and gently crumble on third of the bar under the hot water. As soon as the hot water hits the crumbled bar, the heat seems to intensify the smell of the Bubble Bar and if I pop downstairs and then come back up whilst the bath is still running, the smell has already started to waft its way downstairs.

          My dad likes the smell of this bubble bar and he reckons it's more of a man's smell. I actually disagree with him, though I think I know what he means, as it's quite an intense and heavy smell and might be good as a man's aftershave or cologne.

          The Karma bar smell is one of those that also seems to last on my skin for ages after I have had my bath. I can smell it for a good few hours after I am washed and dried - I love it. It makes my skin feel soft and moisturised and smooth. Mum hates this bubble bar as she says it makes her skin itch and the smell is so intense it actually makes her sneeze.

          Snapping the bubble bar into three bits doesn't make a real of difference in terms of the bubble factor in the bath - though you'd think it would do. The amount of bubbles I manage to get from only one third of a Bubble Bar is still pretty impressive, especially if I mash up the water with both hands and then quickly jump in.

          Overall, I cannot really find any negative comments to make about this particular Bubble Bar. Mum knows it's my favourite ad I'm glad she got me some for Christmas this year. They are shockingly expensive but as a treat, then it's simply a really lovely luxurious indulgence.

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          • Lava Lamps / Homeware / 41 Readings / 41 Ratings
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            I would never buy one for myself .... ever

            My lava lamp was bought for me two Christmases ago, I'm sure with the very best of intentions, but quite honestly it's not something I really like very much. I still have it now but it's no longer in use and when my dad came down to Manchester to collect me to come back home for Christmas this year, we brought it back with us in the car. Why? It's taking up too much space in my already teeny tiny flat and I have nowhere to put it, it looks naff (sorry dad) and also I think it's bloody dangerous! It gets hot - and I mean REALLY hot and I'm too scared to use it. Added to that, I never though it shed too much light anyway and once you've seen one lava lamp then I think you've seen them all. I think they were probably great fun back in their time and they came back again as a sort of retro thing, but I don't think I'm one of their fans to be honest.

            I had my lava lamp at home with me before I moved onto my flat at Uni and dad insisted that I took it with me. I felt a bit sorry for him so I agreed. Some of my friends have commented to me that they love it and think it's trendy but I personally don't think it does anything for me. The lamp is shaped like a very large suppository. It's glass in the middle and mine is silver at the top end and the bottom end. It works by electricity. I plug it in (wait all night for it to heat up) and then very slowly I can see the waxy red lumps, which change colour as they heat up and they move to the top of the lamp and then float back down to the bottom. It's a lamp too, of course, so it obviously sheds some light but not a lot.

            There are expensive lava lamps and not so expensive ones and I think mine is probably middle of the range. As it was a gift, I have no idea how much it cost. As it was dad buying the gift, I'd hazard a guess it was less than a tenner!! Now my lava lamp is in bits (literally). I had it on top of a low level shelf in the flat and when I reached for the book I needed, the lamp toppled and the top fell off (the silver bit). Later on the bottom fell off and I was afraid to try to fix it myself. I fessed up to dad when he came to collect me on December 18th to take me home and he brought the lamp back with him to fix so that we can take it back with us when he takes me back to Manchester on Sunday coming!

            They get madly hot and I think they are possibly even dangerous. I'm guessing that if you should accidentally touch one of these you could give yourself a nasty burn. If you have kids I'd advise you to keep them well out o reach. I don't like it and prefer a more traditional sort of light. I personally feel they look tacky and that they have had their day.

            Sorry but I only give lava lamps only one star!!

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            • Pringles Sour Cream & Onion / Snacks / 38 Readings / 37 Ratings
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              I love the sour cream and onion best

              Has anyone else noticed lately just how much these cans of Pringles seem to be going up on price? I couldn't believe how much they were when dad collected me from Manchester and we stopped off at the service station in Wetherby. They were nearly £4 for a normal sized can. Dad (quite rightly) said he wasn't going to pay that much and that they were cheaper back home. We got home, went to the supermarket the next day ad they were still £2.59 a tin. I'm sure these were about 99p at one point not so very long ago. I have to watch the pennies now I'm a student and in charge of my own finances and I hardly ever buy these but if I see them on offer I always opt for the Sour Cream and Onion. I love the flavour of these as they are so strong and I think I might even be ever so slightly addicted to them.


              The tins I buy are the largest ones and they contain 190g. The tube is long and made of cardboard with a little transparent circular lift off cap which you can pop on again afterwards to keep them nice and fresh and crisps. I have personally never experienced a soggy Pringle and I guess that's because I eat them all up so quickly and they never really get time to 'go off'. Underneath this plastic lid the Pringles have a silver seal which you have to peel off before you can take out your first crisp.

              Inside the tube there seem to be hundreds of gorgeous, fairly large curved crisps. I have no idea how many there are in a tube and I wouldn't like to guess but there are a lot, honestly. Each one is light and crispy and I always think they melt in the mouth. I love salty food so this is the ideal snack for me personally. Their salt and vinegar ones are my second favourite but I love the sour cream and onion best as I always think there are the strongest ones out of the entire range.

              I love the clever way in which Pringles are packages because they are all stacked one on top of the other one and because of their unique curved shape, they all sit together neatly inside their tube.

              They are a simple potato crisp but unlike the bags of crisps you buy, these obviously have a unique shape and also the taste is different to a normal crisp. They are lighter, I think they are crispier and they melt in the mouth. I also think they have a more 'full on' flavour and I can never ever eat just one - I can easily eat an entire large can and goodness knows how much salt and fat that would be, but they are truly addictive.


              These are great to eat if you are having a night in, in front of the TV. They go well with wine and lager. I took some to the cinema last week when I went to see the Hobbit and they are great for sharing amongst friends. All of my friends love Pringles and if we go round to one another's flat you can bet there will be at least one can on offer. The sour cream and cheese ones really do taste like real sour cream and cheese and in my opinion they don't taste artificial.

              Overall though, the sour cream and onion ones are the best, in my opinion and I hope they never discontinue these delicious little crispy snacks as they are possibly my favourite crisp in the world.

              I give them top marks.

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                02.01.2013 20:19
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                I really love this shower gel and I'd buy it again

                For Christmas this year (as well as most years) I received a lot of body washes and shower gels etc. My brother exceeded himself this year by presenting me with a gift box containing Fenjal 'Vitality' Revitalising Body Wash, which stated it was intended to give 'Invigorating and uplifting care for maturing skin'. I'm 19!!! Cheers bro! Alongside the body wash there was also a body cream but for now it's the body wash I want to review. I used it despite it's being his stupid idea of a joke and I'm actually rather glad I did because I really like it.

                The body wash comes in a plastic bottle, which goes in a little bit in the middle so it's shaped like a 'waist'. The top flips up and the body wash is inside and comes out quite easily as I'm able to slightly depress the plastic. It's not one of those rigid plastic bottles which are often impossible to use because they cannot be squeezed.

                I'm pretty sure this make of body wash has been about for a long time as I think it's a make my mum actually uses herself. The bottle I received was a full sized 200ml bottle and the colour is rather pretty in a light blue turquoise. It looks a little bit old fashioned but then I suppose that's to be expected as it's designed for the more 'mature' lady. The bottle itself gives a lot of information about the product and on the back there is a full list of ingredients which are so tiny to read that you'd need a magnifying glass. If you are older and your eyesight isn't what it used to be, I think you'll have trouble in trying to decipher this bit.

                Apparently this body wash contains (amongst other ingredients) vitamins C and also vitamin B5 and grape seed oil. These are meant to nourish and protect and moisturise your skin whilst you shower and make sure your don't dry up and go crispy. I used this on Christmas Day night in the shower with my white exfoliating 'Michael Jackson' glove. It was brilliant.

                The smell is very subtle and as I'm used to the more modern and stronger smelling shower gels and creams, I was a little bit put off by how gentle and lacking in smell this shower gel was when I first used it. Mind you, the way it moisturises and lathers up on my skin more than makes up for the lack of smell. It's gorgeous stuff and I soon found out very quickly that you hardly need to use very much of this at all.

                The lotion itself is light in colour, almost white and a little bit shiny. It is medium thickness and not as runny as I'd expected it to be. It actually feels very creamy in the palm of your hand as soon as it comes out of the bottle. It felt quite luxurious on my skin and I do suffer from eczema patches on certain parts of my body and this didn't cause any adverse reaction whatsoever, in fact, after I'd got out of the shower and was dried, the eczema patches felt a little bit better than they had done before, and my body generally felt quite soft and moisturised.

                With the heat of the shower, I've found that the smell of this shower gel actually intensifies and what is originally quite a subtle fragrance, actually depends and becomes stronger with the heat of the water. It rinses of my skin well afterwards and I think it's great stuff.

                It is most certainly not a product I would ever have gone out and bought for myself from Boots, or anywhere else I've seen this, as I think it's maybe a gift you'd buy for your mum or your nan, but I'm actually really pleased my brother tried to be 'funny' when he bought me this because it worked out well. I love it.

                Also, can I just say, that when I use the body lotion after using this shower gel, it has a double whammy effect and the cream really makes the skin feel so much smoother than just using the shower gel alone. Having said that though, I would happily just use the shower gel on it's own without the body lotion if that was all I had to use as I do love it. It suits my skin perfectly. The smell is floral and light and subtle and it really moisturises and makes my skin feel soft.

                Lovely and I give it five out of five stars.

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                • Nestle After Eight / Chocolate / 41 Readings / 40 Ratings
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                  Not one of my favourite sweets

                  Every year, without fail, nan gives dad a box of After Eight Mints at Christmas time. Sometimes she forgets she's wrapped one box up and he's often had two boxes from her. She always says, "Well no matter, you like them". Dad loves his After Eights but I can actually take them or leave them. These seem to have been around for many years and now supermarkets make their own sort of 'substitute' After Eights (Tesco and Sainsbury's both spring to mind) and the cheaper shops such as Home Bargains also do their own replica of the traditional After Eight Mints, usually at a reduced price.

                  These are classed 'after dinner mints' but dad just eats them at any time of the day. They seem to be very popular with older people, and I don't know any of my friends who particularly like these. I can still remember when I was really tiny at Christmas time, these sweets lying around the house.

                  The mints are in a long dark green cardboard box, which is covered with a plastic, wrapping. Inside, when you lift up the lid, there are loads of mints, each one standing up and each one is inside a little loose fitting dark paper wrapper. They are not fiddly to remove, you just put your fingers in there and out they come! Dad tells me they only have 35 calories each but I'm still not too impressed with the taste.

                  I generally speaking, like mint fondant, such as Terry's Chocolate Cream, but there is just something about After Eights that I find a little bit too sickly. They are very thin and flat and square shaped and covered in very rich dark plain chocolate and inside there is the tiniest amount of white fondant mint cream. I think the mint is quite strong, though dad disagrees with me. I can eat probably about four of these and then that's enough for me and I have to stop. They make me thirsty and I'm not really keen on the cloying peppermint taste which can be a little bit overwhelming.

                  Dad shoves them in whole into his mouth but if I do have one then I just nibble them bit by bit and thy last longer that way, anyway. The boxes weigh 300g (at least the two boxes wee had weighed this much) and there are about 25 mint thins in each box, I would guess. They were selling them in our Tesco's just before Christmas with £1 off and so this made them only £2 which I suppose is good value for money if this is your sort of thing.

                  It's dad's birthday on January 20th and no doubt he'll be getting some more of his favourite sweeties but they are not something I'd want to go out and buy for myself. I'd rather just eat the chocolate and not have to eat the fondant mint filling.

                  I give them three out of five stars because they're not for everyone but I cant deny they are still a poplar choice even after all this time.

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                    One of my absolute favourite sweets

                    Mum and dad still like to give my brother and me a proper stocking on Christmas morning. Inside each of our stockings there is always a few handfuls of wrapped Quality Street, a tangerine, some nuts and the obligatory few tubes of sweets such as Revels, Smarties, Rolos etc. This year though, we each had a change - we got Munchies. They've never give us Munchies before and I love these as I've been eating them while I've been away at Uni so I was really chuffed.

                    Instead of the little individual packs though, these Munchies came in one of those long tubes that you can only seem to get at Christmas time. It always amazes me how few sweets you really get inside these tubes as they look so big on the outside and yet when you take off the lid you find that there's another wrapper inside and inside that are the few mingy sweets. It's a bit like a Tardis but in reverse!

                    Now, how can I describe what these lovely little caramel sweets are like? Well, they are sort of square in shape and they have a biscuity bit on the bottom and the soft caramel toffee on the top and they are completely covered in thick milk chocolate. Nestle isn't my favourite chocolate brand (Cadbury is) but I still really like the sweet milky taste of this chocolate. I think it's the combination of the caramel and the biscuit - it just all seems to go together perfectly.

                    When I buy these sweets at Uni, they come in little packs (long in shape, in a sort of square shaped package) ad I eat them one at a time. When I got these in the large tube on Christmas day, I was throwing a few into my mouth at once. Well, they are rather small and as they seem to just dissolve in the mouth very quickly without me having to actually chew them up, I think you definitely need more than one at a time in your mouth to properly appreciate the taste. About three usually does it !

                    When these are in the smaller packets there are about 12 little square shaped chocolates per pack and they have a sort of gold foil wrapping on the inside of the paper to keep them fresh, I suppose. The ones in the tube were more plainly presented but hey, they taste the same, don't they? The thing I really love about these sweets is that I can eat a lot of them without feeling too sickly too quickly. The chocolate on them is lovely and smooth and almost tastes as good as Cadbury. They also smell really lovely as soon as you open the packet or the tube and the smell of chocolate is there already before you've even tasted one.

                    I don't usually like sweets with caramel inside them as they can be a little sickly. For example, I'm not a great fan of Rolos (and these are made by the same people) but I think that's because Rolos caramel is very thick and chewy. They've made the caramel in Munchies so much lighter in texture, more runny and very smooth tasting. It compliments the chocolate and the small amount of biscuit they have put in the base of these delicious chocolates. The overall blend of ingredients works perfectly, I think. They are definitely up there as one of my Top Ten favourite sweets.

                    Obviously I've finished the tube now - finished it on Christmas day in fact. However, I see that Sainsbury's are currently selling these with 20% off as they seem to be amongst their overstock of Christmas goodies and they are trying to get rid of them. Time to stock up, I think.

                    Highly recommended and I definitely give them five out of five stars!

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                      I love this shower gel and it's now going to be a staple in my bathroom

                      I love to try out different sorts of shower gels and smellies for the bath. Just before Christmas this year I was using some lovely shower gel from Original Source. I had already used the mint version of this shower gel but to be honest I wasn't too keen on the smell, it also made my skin feel a bit itchy afterwards. I decided to try the Orange and Cinnamon variety simply because I love the smell of these things and they always remind me of the scented candles I have in my flat. Cinnamon is also a Christmassy sort of smell, they were selling them for buy one get the other one half price (in Tesco's) and also I quite liked the look of the bright orange gel I could clearly see inside the slightly transparent plastic bottle.

                      The bottle is quite plain looking and simply designed. It's made of squeezy plastic with a black flip top lid and its sort of triangular in shape and stands on its head. It's a bit big for my shower at college (but that's only because my bathroom there is super tiny and there's nowhere to hang the bottle up so I have to balance it on the bottom of the shower floor).

                      I used this the first time with my 'special glove'. I know this might sound odd, but I'd bought myself a pair of those exfoliating gloves and I used one on my right hand and applied the shower gel straight onto the glove with my left hand. It smelled really quite strong of a combination of both cinnamon and oranges and I thought I could also smell tangerines too. It's a beautiful fresh smell and slightly heavier on the orange front than it is on the cinnamon front. I was actually expecting it to be a little bit spicier but it's still really lovely and very freshly scented nevertheless.

                      The shower gel was medium level consistency, I'd say, when I poured it into my gloved hand and I noticed it lathered very well and as I massaged it into my arms first, it started to release the smell of the cinnamon. My mum has used this too and she says she can smell the cinnamon more strongly than the oranges but I actually find it's the other way around. I suppose we must have a different sense of smell !

                      I've used it loads of times since, (both with and without the glove, as I've decided I look like Michael Jackson in the shower when I wear it, so that's put me off a bit) and whichever way I use it, it still lathers up really well and creates a lot of nice foam. It freshens my skin and it rinses off very well and leaves my skin feeling not only clean but nicely moisturised too. I've used it in my hair on one occasion and this was a huge mistake as it dried it out something terrible - so not recommended for hair washing.

                      The bottles last for ages (and I get showered every day!) and I love the way the smell lasts on my skin for ages afterwards. This is definitely SO much better than the mint version. The bottles are recyclable and the product is also vegan friendly, so those have to be plus points as fair as I'm concerned.

                      I'm not sure if they are still on offer in Tesco's but to be honest, even if they have now gone back up in price to the original £2.30 for the 500ml bottle, I'd still be more than happy to pay the full price as I love it so much.

                      I give it 5 out of 5 stars and it's definitely a firm favourite of mine now.

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                    • Oasis Citrus Punch / Soft Drink / 43 Readings / 42 Ratings
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                      I love this and they are the perefct size bottles

                      Contrary to popular opinion, I do not spend my student life drinking vast quantities of alcohol. Apart from anything else, I simply couldn't afford to. I do enjoy soft drinks from time to time, though as it's New Year's Eve this evening, I guess I shall be having a few sips of wine or the odd cocktail or two. I've been buying a really nice soft fruit drink called Oasis citrus fruit juice from the Spar near to Oxford Road in Manchester, though I'm pretty sure you can buy this just about anywhere. The reason I buy it from this place is because they are selling this flavour off cheap for some reason, and it's not even near its use by date yet. I've bought a ton of them. The bottles are a good size, at 500ml and the guy in there is selling them off at only 65p each. That actually works out pretty good value for money and as they taste so nice, I've decided to stock up and I have them all in my fridge back at the flat for when I return there next week.

                      This is a citrus-based juice drink which the bottle says contains lemons, oranges and tangerines. All my favourites. It has no bits in it like the Tropicana fruit juice I also buy but this one is 'bit-free' and completely smooth. I often leave a bottle out on the floor at night if I have (on the odd occasion) been out drinking I tend to get really thirsty during the night and this saves me from having to get up during the night and go looking in the fridge. I leave it beside my bed and just reach out, take off the blue twist off cap and have a few mouthfuls. It's really refreshing and so much nicer to taste than plain old water, I think. I like that I can pop the top back on to keep it fresh too and for this reason I often take a bottle with me when I go to lectures. The bottle is plastic and is fully recyclable.

                      This isn't a diet drink and it does contain a lot of sugar. For this reason, I can find that drinking a bottle can sometimes make me even thirstier than I was before. It's best when it's really cold from the fridge or the glass is choc a block full of ice. It's quite sweet, possibly too sweet for some people, but I actually think it's rather pleasant tasting and very fruity.

                      It doesn't taste artificial at all and it does initially quench my thirst, especially if it's served very cold. It's a yellowy-orange in colour and as soon as you take off the top you can immediately smell the lovely fresh smell of oranges and tangerines. I'm not sure about the lemons though, they seem to be harder to detect. It makes a nice change from fizzy drinks.

                      I love this drink and so long as Spar keeps selling it at the reduced price, then I will keep on buying it. Definitely a pleasant drink if you feel like you've over indulged in the alcohol this time of the year and quite moreish!

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                        I love this Batiste and won't use anything else now

                        I already have very long thick and quite coarse hair but the ends are prone to being dry and the roots very greasy. Nightmare hair, you could say! It seems to take me ages to wash it and then dry it and then style it and now I am a busy busy student I just don't have the time to keep on washing it but obviously I still like my hair to look and smell nice and fresh and clean. I've used different sorts of dry shampoos before (mainly Batiste, but also Boot's own brand and the one they do in Superdrug) but I keep going back to Batiste. Now they just seem to have increased their range massively and there are all sorts of different types available. Last time I bought one of these dry shampoos was about a year ago and it was the tropical one and I simply hated the smell. For that reason, I was a little bit reluctant to try out this new XXL Volume one that my friend Hannah had recommended to me.

                        This stuff is just brilliant. It does loads of things at once. When my roots get greasy then my hair feels flat and lifeless. This Big and Bouncy XXL dry shampoo not only restores and revitalizes the hair but it gives me the bounce back that the greasy roots took away. I have used a load of stuff to add bounce to my roots and to try to give it some lift (Big Fatt Hair comes to mind) and the result was that my scalp was left feeling really powdery and gritty and uncomfortable. My hair was also less manageable and it didn't take away the greasies.

                        Batiste Big and Bouncy works on many levels at the same time. It restores hair so it looks freshly washed but it also gives it the bounce I sometimes lack when my hair gets dirty, both at the same time. I use it just like my normal Batiste shampoo. The trick is to keep on shaking this stuff between blasts. I only use a little bit and I apply it by parting my hair into three or four sections and gently spraying. I then comb through with my fingers.

                        The result is obvious, works instantly and it works so well. Some people brush or comb their hair after they have applied this, but I don't like to as I feel this actually flattens the hair back down again slightly. I get a better 'lift' effect by finger combing. It's great to use if I've had a really late night the evening before and I've just tumbled into bed. I have a lot of 9am lecturers and this means I have to leave the flat early and I don't always have the time to wash my hair. This is when I use this Batiste. I also use the smaller cans and I take them with me to college. They are really tiny and fit well into the sax case or my bag. These 200ml cans normally cost £3 a pop but last time I was in Superdrug in Manchester (just before Christmas) they were on offer of three for two. I bought SIX cans!! They will last me for ages. They didn't have the smaller cans on offer.

                        The smell of this Big and Bouncy Batiste is so much nicer than the tropical one I used (which I gave away as I detest the smell so much) and this one smells fresh and slightly floral. It washes out so well afterwards too, but then I have to make sure that I wash my hair twice as I can feel very slight particles near to my scalp still after just one wash.

                        I really really do recommend this particular Batiste dry shampoo, especially if you want to make your hair look fuller and bouncier whilst getting rid of the greasiness at the same time. It's not for everyone though and it does take a little bit of getting used to but personally I really love this stuff and I definitely give it 5 stars out of 5.

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                      • Carmex Original Lip Balm / Lip Care / 45 Readings / 44 Ratings
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                        It's the best !!

                        Carmex lip balm was something I had never used until the beginning of last year. I play alto and tenor saxophone and I'm studying at Music College. I have to do several hours of fairly intense practice on my sax every day of the week. I have one to one sessions with tutors, I have ensembles, concerts and quartet rehearsals and my poor old lips really do suffer, especially when it's cold outside as well. You wouldn't believe how much blowing a wind instrument can actually harm the lips to the extent that they bleed and become really cracked with open sores. My fellow music students, and my college course tutor recommended Carmex to me and apparently this is THE lip balm to be using.

                        Now, I hate to put anything on my lips. I don't really use lipstick, well, I just don't use it at all, and I will only very occasionally use a lip-gloss if I am out and about on the razz. I hate the way they make my lips feel so claggy and sticky and I just wipe it off with my tongue anyway after a very short period of time.

                        I reluctantly tried Carmex but opted for the original one instead of the cherry type. It cost £2.69. I bought it from Boots and it comes in a tiny little yellow pot which has got 7g inside. This also comes in tubes but I prefer the pot container. I keep a pot in my sax case and I take it with me to lectures and I also have a couple of pots in my flat. I'm forever losing them though as the pots are really tiny and I just forget where I've put things in general as I'm not a very organized person. I do wish the pots were larger for that reason.

                        I find it hard to 'start off' this lip balm, as it's really hard and 'set' when the pot is new. To start it off, I have to scrape a small amount out with my little finger and apply quite generously to the lips. It smells medicated and I press my lips together slightly to get it to spread out and make sure it sinks right into all the little crevices of my lips.

                        I cannot lie to you and tell you that it doesn't feel tacky because it DOES. I don't like it, BUT I do like what it does for my lips. It heals and repairs them in next to no time and it also protects them from the elements.

                        Last year I was in halls and I was only a stone's throw from the college campus. This year, I have to get two buses into college, plus there's a bit of a hike at the end of it. I have to lug two saxes across the city centre and if it's really cold and windy my lips suffer before I've even started to blow my instruments.

                        This Carmex helps me no end. Another plus factor, I suppose, is that it also makes your lips tingle ever so slightly. I wasn't expecting this. The result (I think, anyway) is that it kind of stimulates the lips and makes them look a bit fuller. Much like a lip plumper would do. Obviously, this is cheaper than buying and expensive limp plumper, so in my opinion, it does two jobs at once.

                        One pot of this will last me for ages and the only reason I have to keep on buying more is because I keep on misplacing them. At the moment, they are on offer in Boots for Buy one get one free. I did, so now I have extra pots. I surely can't lose them all.

                        Simply using something like Vaseline just isn't an option for me, as hours spent playing the sax dries my lips out like you wouldn't believe. I think it's also because I have to be constantly wetting my lips in able to be able to get a decent vibrato and this really makes them dehydrated.

                        I would definitely recommend this to anyone who suffers from really very dehydrated lips. It's a Godsend to me and I think it's bloody brilliant !

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                        • Ferrero Rocher / Chocolate / 47 Readings / 45 Ratings
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                          I still love them, quite a festive treat

                          Every year, without fail, someone in my family gives me a box (or two) of Fererro Rocher chocolates. I do love them, I must admit, but sometimes I get so many I get a little bit sick of them by the time Christmas is over and done with. I have been back home from Uni now for a week and a half, and I feel like I have chomped my way through hundreds of these chocolatey little nutty balls.

                          They are lovely sweeties. They are a large hazelnut wrapped up inside a ball of thick milk chocolate. Each ball is individually wrapped in golden paper and this sits inside its own small red coloured base wrapper. They are made by Nutella (the people who make the gorgeous chocolate hazelnut spread). The reason these are so yummy is because not only do they have a hazelnut centre with a chocolate covering, they also have a delicious crispy bit between the nut and the chocolate. I can usually mage about six to eight of these before I start to feel ever so slightly queasy. I still love them though and I never know when to stop.

                          I have had three boxes so far this year. They come in different sizes and the boxes I have received have contained 16 choccies. These vary is price but cost around about £4 to £5 for these particular size boxes. They come in a little plastic case which clips shut and I use a couple of these to keep my nail varnish bottles in as they are quite durable and hard wearing. Mum has had the Fererro Rocher in the different flavours, such as the coconut but I've personally not tried these ones yet and the dark chocolate ones just don't appeal to me at all.

                          I don't normally include ingredients but here it is anyway, just in case anyone is interested:

                          Milk chocolate 30% (sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, skimmed milk powder, concentrated butter, emulsifier: lecithins (soya); vanillin), hazelnuts (28.5%), sugar, vegetable oil, wheat flour, whey powder, fat-reduced cocoa, emulsifier: lecithins (soya), raising agent (sodium hydrogen carbonate), salt, vanillin.


                          Taste wise, they are absolutely delicious. I bite into the chocolate and then through to the crispy bit and then straight away there is that massive hazelnut right bang in the middle. They are smooth and sweet and really very creamy indeed. I only normally like Cadbury's chocolate but I could honestly just go on and on eating these sweeties all night. They are the perfect box of chocolates to eat if you are spending the night in watching the TV and as they look so pretty in their little plastic box, they are the perfect stocking filler or gift to give to someone. I just kind of wish I hadn't been bought quite so many this year.

                          Lovely choccies and I really do recommend them if you haven't tasted them already !!

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                          • George Foreman 12617 Grill / BBQ / 98 Readings / 93 Ratings
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                            Great little kitchen appliance

                            We have bought a new kitchen appliance recently - it's a George Foreman Grilling Machine (Model 12617) and it is the best thing ever!! We sort of bought it 'by accident'. Mum, dad and me went into town about a week ago. We were looking around some DIY shops as mum wants to have our kitchen painted a different colour and she'd like some new kitchen units. We can't afford it and dad was trying to persuade her to just change the cupboard doors. He said it would 'transform' the kitchen at half of the cost. Mum wasn't convinced though and still said she wanted the whole lot changing.

                            While we were looking around B&Q mum spotted some George Foreman Grills. I must admit, I was a bit confused, as I'd always thought that George Foreman was the guy from the black and white movies who played the banjo and sang in that strange voice. Dad explained though that I was thinking of George Formby! The shop claimed they were on 'special offer', but at £79 a shot, dad said "no way" was he paying that kind of money when we already had a perfectly good grill in the kitchen. Mum went on and on about it though, and kept on saying that it would work better than our old grill and would be better for dad's heart as the George Foreman machine claims to 'drain away' loads of fat from your food, that you never even knew existed.

                            Mum went on about is SO much that when we got home dad looked it up on the Internet and found that Amazon were selling the exact same model for a fraction of the price - only £24.99 (and with free delivery too!) In order to get a bit a peace, dad decided to buy one and it was delivered within three days.
                            It came in (quite a large) white box and before we opened it we did have doubts about whether it was going to be a bit bigger than we'd all anticipated. No fear though. As soon as we'd opened the box and removed all of the plastic bubble wrap that came with it, it really wasn't too big at all.

                            Dad grabbed the instructions and began to read out loud to all of us the 'boring bits, before he actually got to the bits about what the machine was capable of doing. It's not too heavy, at 4.05kg in weight and it has approximately 465cm squared grilling surface - so plenty of room for grilling quite a few sausages at once. Mum was really pleased about the fact that the grilling plates are removable and that they are dishwasher safe - not that we have a dishwasher, you understand, but she kept on mentioning this to dad as a plus point for some reason (I think she's after a dishwasher now!)

                            We immediately plugged it in and set to work on making our tea by plopping on a couple of sausages and two small chicken breasts. It also has cool handles. I don't mean they look good - I mean that no matter how hot or how long you've been using the machine for, the handles never heat up and therefore there's no risk of you burning yourself accidentally. As far as I'm concerned this has t be a good thing as I'm usually starving on Friday and Saturday nights after I've been out with my friends and like to quickly make myself something to eat when I get in. As I'm usually a bit worse for wear late on weekend nights, at least I know there's no risk of my burning my hands when I make my alcohol induced midnight feast.

                            We were all really impressed by how little time it actually took to cook the food. As there are plates on either side of the food, it obviously takes a lot less time for the food to cook. You don't have to turn it over like you would do with a conventional grill. After about ten to twelve minutes our meat was thoroughly cooked and smelled delicious. Dad was horrified at how much fat had dripped off the chicken and sausages and run down onto the separate tray underneath, which collects all the fat. Mum proudly announced to him that at least he was saving himself from eating 'all that muck' and dad said afterwards that he thought it was money well spent.

                            It's really easy to clean too. Just wait for it to cool down, wipe of the excess with some kitchen paper and wash the grill and fat tray in with your normal washing up. It's non-stick, so nothing gets glued to the plates and it cools down pretty quickly after you've switched it off.

                            All in all, we as a family are very pleased with the George Foreman 12617 Grilling Machine and we've used it every single day since we've bought it. Maybe the novelty will wear off soon, as we've only had it for a short time, but it's so easy to use, even my brother's had a go (and he doesn't do cooking!). He loves his beef burgers grilled on it and I've also used it for grilling our pork chops for our Sunday dinner a couple of days ago. They were cooked just right and mum said they tasted much better than they normally do, when we put them under our normal oven grill.

                            If you are looking for a new and healthy way to cook your food. I say give this grill a go. It's worth shopping about for the right price as they seem to vary so much, but at £24.99 I think we bagged a bargain. And at least now I know the difference between George Foreman and George Formby!!

                            This review was originally posted on Ciao! approximately five years ago! :)

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