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      30.03.2013 19:59
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      An ideal product during this age of constant hose pipe bans

      This product is a waterless car cleaning system, It comes in varying sized bottles from 1litre upwards, each litre cleans approximately 8 cars, it does not appear cheap at £17.49 however the price varies a lot and by searching for special offers can be got a lot cheaper i.e. 1lt X 2 for £24. The bottle has a spray top and is used with microfiber cloths. When it first arrives or when it has been left the liquid settles into 2 colours:
      Yellow - Detergent
      White - carnuba wax
      You need to shake the bottle to mix these to a uniform colour.

      This product is certainly not new as I have been using it for about 5 years, originally it was for the entire vehicle though I notice now they do lots of other products such as exterior glass cleaner, wheel cleaner, bumper cleaner etc. Application is either by spraying small areas of the car or the micro fibre cloth; you can use one cloth to clean the car and the second cloth to shine it. The idea is any grit is encapsulated and lifted off without causing any scratching of the paintwork. Repeated use builds up the carnuba wax which forms a hard protective covering.


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      To clean the car all you need is the bottle and 2 microfiber cloths (the ones they supply are by far superior to cheaper makes), so no more lugging buckets or setting up the hose pipe. You spray an area, clean it with the first cloth then shine it with the second, it does not scratch the paintwork. It works very effectively but is harder work than any of the demonstrations make out, however it is no harder than washing the car with soapy water and sponge, the main difference being a) you can see what you are doing so don't have to go back to an area once done, which I do find is necessary with sponge and water and b) you have waxed and polished the car at the same time therefore saves a lot of time. Due to the build up of wax subsequent uses become easier.

      The shine/polish is very easy as it just rubs off without much effort, prior to this I only tried waxing my car once as it took so much rubbing and pressure to get the wax rubbed in. The other advantage is that it leaves no residue, so no white marks or streaks even if you put too much on. I have found it works well on the wheel hubs and wheels, its good on the glass but best not put on the windscreen, but it is not very good on black-body trims, it will not shine them and leaves them an off-black colour.

      My car is a metallic silver blue and it does not show this product to its best, yes it is shiny but not glowing. I have used it on friends' cars and it looked much more effective, especially on old, uncared for cars!

      This product can be applied in hot sun and remains just as ease to use and rub in, it can apparently be applied in rain - but why would you? Once applied any water beads off nicely.

      Summary

      An ideal product during this age of constant hose pipe bans, works out far cheaper than a car wash and does a much better job than even the hand wash ones. It a lot less hassle than the more traditional methods and gives a very good looking finish and protection.

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        22.03.2013 16:32
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        Good product, overpriced and disappointing packaging.

        300 ml cream coloured liquid in a standard looking bottle, cream in colour with blue writing on it, you can see how much has been used which is useful. It has a flip top lid which when the bottle gets low can be stood upright to gets the last dregs from it. It really does not look impressive which is disappointing as the price is £22.00, yup just for a body wash.

        Elemis is re-known for its professional treatments provided by many spas. They try to combine natural ingredients with scientific advances which they turn into multi-active formulas these are used by the spas ensuring reliability before being sold direct to consumers.

        The liquid comes out easily and is a nice creamy consistency, fortunately a little goes a long way. I can manage a full body using a blob the size of a 10p piece so it does last for ages.

        I am no good at describing smells, but it is very pleasant though it really does not last, once out of the shower the smell is gone and nobody will ask you what you are wearing.

        The elemis website claims it contains 'Nourishing Camellia, Macadamia and Jojoba Oils deeply nourish and moisturise leaving skin satin soft, supple and healthy looking. Excellent for excessively dry skin'. This is difficult as my illness leaves me with extremely dry skin but according to the dermatologist no amount of moisturiser will solve it as the damage is deeper down. This does not stop me wanting to try and I do find relief from the itch even if only temporary.

        So how does it do?
        Well as I said the smell is pleasant, its creamy and goes a long way. It lathers nicely either with a buff or gloves. It has not aggravated my skin which is a bonus. It does add moisture to my skin and leaves it feeling better than other products I've tried, I did use this prior to my illness and I found it left my skin soft, smooth and supple and it lasted well.

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      • The Slanket / Homeware / 72 Readings / 72 Ratings
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        20.03.2013 14:16
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        has a purpose

        These blankets with sleeves are a practical way of keeping warm without the need to put the heating on. They are lovely and cosy and you can snuggle up in an armchair or sofa. It is huge which is helpful if your 6 foot tall not so much if your 5 foot nothing.

        The slanket comes in a wide variety of colours and designs which is being constantly added to. It can be worn anyway you like with the opening at the front or back, though I think the opening is supposed to be at the back. The sleeves allow you the freedom of drinking, using remote etc without the hassle caused by a blanket. Apart from in summer this gets used daily, washed frequently and still looks like new after 4 years.

        It is not recommended that you walk while wearing one of these, not a problem for me as I would never succeed due to the length. . I have a love hate relationship with my slanket its looks way worse than a dressing gown but is warmer, not something I would be happy wearing if visitors were coming. On a positive note I think they are better 'looking' that a onesie which is the latest craze.

        The slanket can be bought for 17.95 from the original site. There are lots of cheaper copies appearing which may or may not work/wear as well. They also do a children's version which may be better for me!

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          19.03.2013 19:32
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          Perfect for me

          I love my Kindle, I got it 4 years ago and was extremely lucky to get a leather cover with a light attachment with it. The first thing you need to do is link it with your Amazon account, this is quite simple to do just follow the instructions.

          The controls consist of a 5 way square switch, which gives you movement right, left, up and down, select is in the centre. This allows you to scroll through the menu or your library of books. There is also a Home button, so wherever you are you can get straight back to the start page. The keyboard is a little fiddly to use, if you navigate to the Amazon site to search for a book you then need to put the authors name in, using the keyboard. To be honest I don't use this very often I normally search for books on my laptop and download them that way. To either side of the 'page' are 2 long buttons which allow you to turn the page over or go back.

          The Kindle screen is similar to a book, it is not backlit and picks up no glare making it easy to read in the sun or with normal room lighting. The addition of the case with light makes it perfect for the bedroom or anywhere others may be disturbed but you want to keep reading. The fact that you can change the text size was invaluable to me, while on chemo I need it big but can reduce this easily when my eyes can cope better.

          The battery life is excellent, I can easily get 7 days (and at times I read a lot) providing I turn the wireless off, it's about 3 days if you don't. Newer versions of the Kindle do not allow you to turn the wireless off and while battery life is impressive it is not as good as mine.

          Your library can be arranged into categories this is quite easy once you get the hang of it. I found it easiest to have one category which was read, I popped all read books into here and then the Kindle can sort them either by date or author. Done this way any new books downloaded end up on the front page.

          With the cover reading the Kindle is similar to reading a book, ok so maybe it is lighter/thinner than some books but it is easy to adapt to. Things that took time to adept to were; no new book smell/feel, not really knowing how thick the book was or how much was left till the end, the number of typos. Kindle have now converted so many books that they have introduced chapters or marks along a line that runs across the bottom of the reading screen and the typos have greatly improved.

          One of the best things about the Kindle, for me, is if you stop reading it will shut off, but keep your place. This makes it so useful when attending out patients appointments, chemo sessions, scan appointments, seeing a theme here lol, it wakes up very quickly and you are up and running again.

          Books can only be bought from Amazon, apparently there are ways around this but that is way beyond my brain. Amazon have improved their selection and offers over the last 4 years. Each day they have a deal of the day, usually greatly reduced. They have a list of 100 most popular books and 100 free books. As people generally don't like paying if they don't have to, these lists tend to reveal cheap reads. I have found some brilliant new authors over the last year and it has expanded my reading list considerably. I rarely pay more than a £1 for a book, though I have spent a fortune when I've found a series I like! It is not much different from the supermarkets do you buy straight away or do you wait for the price to drop. I confess to being very naughty as I still browse the supermarket books to find out what I fancy reading next or simply to make such I'm not missing something.

          4 Kindles can be linked to the same account allowing books to be read by family members however I do miss giving my books to friends or passing onwards to charity shops.

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          18.03.2013 16:56
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          Should be good enough for anyone, would recommend

          Kleenex balsam fresh

          Prices two twin packs for £5.00 at present
          6 small hanks pkts £1.47
          Strangely the 6 pks still work out cheaper.

          Kleenex has always been my brand of choice for a cold, others just leave me looking like Rudolf and don't always hold a sneeze. Kleenex claims these are Dermatologically tested, infused with a touch of menthol to help ease breathing, leaves behind a micro fine layer of soothing calendula, soothes and protects the nose.

          So how do they do; they have 3 layers they are not mansize but probably around 7 inches square. These do hold a good old sneeze without problem and based on recent advice to use it and bin it, should be perfect for everyone.

          Have no idea how the micro fine layer of calendula gets left on the nose as the tissues are dry and feel no different to other tissues, however looking at the Kleenex site these were launched in 1994 'This was a very exciting year for Kimberly-Clark with the UK launch of the first "dry to the touch" lotion-treated tissue.' (Kleenex web site). While this does not explain how it works the only thing I can think of, is that the transfer of calendula occurs as the tissue gets 'wet'.

          The menthol smell is great if you are not to blocked up to smell it, I'm on my last two tissues at the moment and the smell has disappeared. For these I think the 6 pks which are re-sealable are probably better, though I do find if you don't leave the tissue half out of the box they do last quite well.

          After 2 colds this year I am pleased to report no red nose! Not the most glamorous item in my repertoire but possible one of the most essential!

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          17.03.2013 14:32
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          nice for a treat

          Pure grace is one of the many ranges from philosophy they describe it as 'pure grace is the clean smell of soap and water; the memory of fresh air woven into a set of crisp, white cotton sheets; a cold deep breath on a snowy winter night; the best summer morning you have ever known; the simple, pure pleasures of life; the refreshed feeling as you step from the shower, renewed to life; the one white t-shirt that feels better than all the rest.' (taken from my bottle) Hmm to me it's a gorgeous, clean smell that you can't tire of, it is inoffensive and subtle but you know it's there.

          For best effect the range is best used as a layering technique, starting with the shampoo, bath shower gel, followed next by the body lotion and finally a few sprays of the perfume. Used this way the smell lasts all day, yes really.
          You can apparently mix and match the smells but I have only ever used the pure grace as I like it. It cleans well, gives good moisturiser effect and nice soft skin. You will be asked what you are wearing, even I was and I'm not that sort of person, especially at work! It's a real treat to perk you up on a bad day.......... If you can afford it because it really is expensive.

          It can be bought from many outlets, looking at boots (because you at least get points!) the shower gel is £19.00 for 480 mls, the body lotion £29.00 for 480 mls, fragrance £29.50 (+p&p) for 60 mls (could only find this on QVC) I find the lotion needed replacing first so I now limit it to arms, chest and tummy, still on the original perfume though. A little does go a long way but it is easy to use more than you need. It comes in a wide range of fragrances but you'll have to look these up as there are too many to list. Reviews are varied some (like me) find it lasts all day, others complain it only lasts 20 mins whether this is affected by laying is unclear.

          What really puts me off the product is its ingredient list : water (aqua), sodium laureth sulfate, ppg-2 hydroxyethyl cocamide, lauryl betaine, glycol distearate, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, glycerin, fragrance (parfum), polyquaternium-7, isostearamidopropyl morpholine lactate, phytosterols, tocopherol, tocotrienols, squalene, oryza sativa (rice) bran wax, polyquaternium-10, methyl gluceth-20, sodium benzotriazolyl butylphenol sulfonate, buteth-3, tributyl citrate, sodium chloride, citric acid, tetrasodium edta, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone. (list on bottle)

          Now I really am no expert but none of that sounds remotely natural to me. According to their website their products 'are formulated with scientifically-proven ingredients' Following the stories on each bottle and the product names this does not seem to be a good fit indeed one could easy say it is misleading.

          Have removed one star for price and one star for ingredients!
          Thank you for reading my review

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          • Honeywell HO-5500RE / Fan / 49 Readings / 48 Ratings
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            16.03.2013 19:09
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            does what its supposed to do in a stylish way. Would definitely recommend despite the price

            Honeywell Ho-5500RE

            Background/previous experience
            Despite the English weather I have slept with a fan on for at least 5 years and yes that includes winter. I have always gone for the cheaper ones but they rarely last more than a year (if that) either through failure or worse through squeaks which develop. I recently swapped my bedroom to wooden flooring (not my best move) and the cheap fans were travelling across the floor and very noisy. While visiting my sister she provided me with a Honeywell fan for my stay, yes I am very spoilt! I noticed that while the fan oscillated the base did not and I thought this would be perfect so I started my research.

            The Honeywell range
            Well the Honeywell website leaves a lot to be desired and I'm being polite, none of the tower fans are listed at all. Amazon had a choice of 3 ranging from 49.99 to 94.99, there reviews were all essentially good but that's a lot more than I would normally pay. I then looked through Argos and it had scored 4.7 stars out of 101 reviews. Didn't know about this site then so never checked here! In the end I opted for the HO-5500 which was the middle range and cost me £69.99 gulp.

            Techie bits
            It came with a 3 year warranty which I hope not to have to try (but did use it to justify buying!).
            When delivered I had to wait for friend to come home as it was both heavy an awkward and with my decreased muscle strength I couldn't do anything with it. My friend had no problems making me look pathetic! The base needed attaching but this was easy to do following the diagrams. The remote and the buttons on top have 5 functions; 1 = on/off, 2 = speed of fans (3 available) 3 = oscillation on /off, 4 = timer, ½ hour,1hr, 2hr, 4hr, 5 = modes, natural breeze, sleep - fan slows gradually to low setting and normal fan runs at speed selected. The remote has a storage place on the unit to avoid losing it.

            Personal opinion
            It's a joy to use, even on the highest setting I have no problem sleeping with it. My friend can't hear it from her bedroom whereas all my previous fans could be heard. Apart from on low it does seem to actually cool the air as opposed to just circulating it. I have to confess I use it on normal and oscillation and the only thing I vary is the fan speed. All my other fans I ran the same but the speed was always on the highest setting. This one I have only put on high once so far! One thing I have noticed is that my TV has had to be turned down as its now to loud, on the down side I can now hear my friends TV!
            Because the housing/base does not move when the unit oscillates this fan does not move from where its put and makes no extra noises, fingers crossed no squeaks yet! It appears to be well built, stylish looking but grey/black is probably not my first choice for a bedroom, it is also very tall at 103cms.
            Was it worth the extra? Well time will tell, if it lasts longer than a year then probably. However I would pay this yearly if needed as it suits my needs perfectly. I have used the remote far more than I anticipated but then I have just had flu (or a drug reaction) and when shivering I can just about manage to persuade my hand, to leave the duvet, to press the off button. Once you know where the buttons are, they are easy to feel in the dark.
            The only thing people might find a problem with at night is the blue lights and the bleeps, the lights are quite bright and may disturb some and if you change anything i.e. speed of fan then it bleeps, I sleep alone and if changing fan I'm awake anyway and lights do not bother me as I sleep with the tv on a timer!
            As one would expect it needs to be disposed of through a local retailer or collection point.

            Summary: I would happily recommend this fan with the above limitations on personal factors such as lights and bleep noise.

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            • Polymyositis / Health Problem / 54 Readings / 51 Ratings
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              13.03.2013 20:48
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              chronic disease which is rare and therefore hard to find information on.

              Dermatomyositis is a rare autoimmune disease whereby the body attacks itself, in this case mainly large muscles and the skin, though it can also attack the lung and throat muscles. While the cause is unknown it is felt that it can be triggered by a viral infection.

              On my 50th birthday I developed gastroenteritis (norovirus) it only lasted 1 day but I never really recovered from it, I had no energy and no appetite. About 2 weeks later I developed a rash, intensely itchy on my left knee which, being me, I decided was a post viral rash and could wait. As it was coming up to Christmas I ignored it until the 28th. Meanwhile the itch had spread to my chest, back and legs and it was purple in colour! My GP asked questions about muscle strength which at the time was ok, I was told it was Urticaria which I knew it wasn't (I was a nurse). A few days later I found I was struggling to wash my hair, I couldn't keep my arms up for the length of time required, I was struggling to get out of my chair, I had pains in my thighs but these were spasmodic and changed places, making me feel it was all in my head. Within a week I could not 'remember' how to kneel down instead I had to pull myself down using whatever furniture was available, then I couldn't manage to get downstairs but could climb stairs, at this point I really thought I was going mad. I visited a friend in the dermatology clinic who took one look and advised me to get my GP to refer me to a dermatologist. I got an appointment about a week later, usually gauntlet of blood tests, a skin biopsy and a muscle electro conductive test (not nice!) The skin directly below my nails was very red and this alongside the other tests lead to a diagnosis of Dermatomyositis. I was started on medium dose Steroids (30mgs) and these improved the muscles but not the skin or the itch. The Dermatologist wanted to start Azioprine or Metheltrexate (both oral chemotherapy drugs) but as there is a link between Dermatomyositis and cancer he felt a CT scan was needed. Surprisingly this showed an Ovarian cancer of which I had no symptoms! I will try and stick to the Dermatomyositis in an attempt not to make it too complex.
              My Steroids have been up and down ever since; the lowest I have managed is 4mgs. I have a great variety of anti histamines which provide psychological help if nothing else. They gave me an anti malarial drug which is supposed to work well for the skin but I was allergic to it, yes you guessed right, total body rash with itch! I had a course of Immunoglobulin therapy (given intravenously over 5 days) this worked brilliantly but unfortunately only lasted 6 weeks and really wasn't worth it, because it showed me how restricted my life had become and I really struggled as the effect wore of within a week. My oncologist has discussed Azathioprine/Methotrexate with the dermatologist as it would appear I can take these, at least while I'm not on chemotherapy. So hopefully these will start within the next few weeks, if these give less than satisfactory results the next suggestion is the Immunoglobulin therapy but with monthly top ups.
              At present my skin has improved (40mgs steroids now cutting down) I have had 'ulcers' body wide, my scalp flakes like there is no tomorrow and my hair is thinning, my thighs, knees, elbows and arms are now permanently purple which indicates a chronic disease process. Muscle wise I can still walk admittedly slowly and not far, I have trouble getting out of bed and find it very hard to roll over in bed. I cannot kneel, well I can, but I can't get up again so I don't try anymore. I find it difficult to get in/out of a car due to the height of the sill. I try and do as much as I can as I feel the muscles will only deteriorate if not used, my recover time is also extended.
              The itch is horrendous and has been so since 2009. Despite my complex history and that fact that the cancer will kill me (eventually) all my symptoms come from the Dermatomyositis despite this I remain upbeat, my attitude is that they are others much worse off than me

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