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      12.07.2014 15:26
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      • "Tasty and inexpensive"

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      Don't let the cheapness put you off - a very tasty packet of crisps

      ===The Product=== Tesco Everyday Value Crisps With no artificial colours, flavours or mono sodium glutamate. 95 calories per 18 gram bag. Comes in plain cream colour bag with red writing and images or stylised potatoes, sunflower and salt shaker on front. Produced in the UK for Tesco. Each bag contains 5.9 grams of fat (8% of daily requirement) and 0.2 grams of salt (3% of daily requirements). No hydrogenated fats. Made with potatoes, sunflower oil and salt.

      ===Cost=== 12 bag pack costs 66p and you can also get a 12 bag multi pack with Salt and Vinegar and Cheese and Onion flavours also for 66 pence.

      ===My Opinion=== I have never been too much of a fan of plain crisps before and only bought these Tesco Everyday Value ones as I wanted a supply of cheap ready snacks to keep in my bedroom as I had not been well lately but was hoping I would not need them much ? hence I bought these cheap crisps for just 66p for 12 packets. I have never bought ''value'' crisps before as I did not really fancy them and thought they would be poor quality ? however how wrong I was. Undoubtedly the packets are smaller at 18 grams than what I would call the standard size of 25 grams. However for the price of under 6p a bag they are super value. However the main thing is ? what do they taste like? I was very pleasantly surprised. These crisps are good value and have a good flavour, without being too salty. The potatoes used have been good quality as the crisps are all a good colour and so not have any black or green bits which you can sometimes get. The crisps are all a light golden colour. They are flavoursome with just a hint of saltiness ? funnily enough these crisps contain much less salt (0.2 grams0 than the Salt & Vinegar or Cheese & Onion varieties. At only 95 calories and with only 8% of you daily requirements of fat these are not too unhealthy to eat as a snack and I like eating them with either bread and cheese or with Marmite sandwiches. If you put these in a dish for a party no-one would know they were a ''value'' product and they would be a good pack for children as they are not so large. Great value for the price I will definitely be buying more of these to have a quick snack to hand whenever I need one.

      ===Star Rating=== 5 stars.

      ===Would I Recommend?=== Yes.

      ===Website=== www.tesco.com

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      10.07.2014 18:27
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      • "Lightweight and compact"

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      • "Quite small"

      Small bag; just right to carry your essentials

      ===The Product=== Alvar XS Shoulder/Cross Body Bag. Adjustable shoulder strap (128cm x 1.9cm) 16cm x 17cm x 4 cm. Kipling website classes its size as 1 litre. Zipped main compartment contains: zipped inner pocket, mobile phone drop pocket, clipped key cord 2 Horizontal zipped front pockets Furry Kipling monkey key ring Material: fabric: nylon, lining: polyester Made by famous Kipling firm from Belgium ? most bags produced in China. ===Cost=== 42GBP on Kipling website but can often be purchased for around 20BGP on Amazon, depending on the colour chosen. ===My Opinion=== The Alvar is a popular slim style of bag from Kipling and comes in three versions: the larger one which has two main pockets, the medium one which comes in a set called Duo with a small purse and then this one ? called XS, presumably for extra small. The shape of the bag is very slim, it has one main pocket and then also the two smaller zipped pockets on the front. The long adjustable shoulder strap allows you to wear it on your shoulder or across your body and this bag is small enough to wear under your coat or jacket for security when out and about. Make no mistake this bag is quite small, but then it depends what you want. If you just need a lightweight and strong little bag to carry your purse, phone and keys then this one works fine. The profile is slim unless it is packed out and will lie flat against your body. All Kipling bags are strong and durable and have lovely strong zips. The strap adjusts very easily and stays wherever it is wanted. The lightweight nylon is water resistant and can be cleaned with a damp cloth or even washed in a cool wash if necessary, though Kipling do not advise putting it in a machine. I have hand washed these bags with no problem. This small bag makes you streamline what you carry with you but you can carry lipstick, purse, phone, pen, keys, tissues etc. You can even carry a small camera if you forego the purse and carry your money in the small zipped front pocket instead. Depending on your needs this is a lovely little bag for those times when you don''t want to be carrying vast amounts around with you and actually it is quite liberating with just a small bag. Also if you feel you do need a large shopping bag sort of bag then this one could even go inside to carry all your important personal items. This bag comes in a lot of lovely bright plain colours as well as some interesting patterns; there are also the usual browns and blacks for those who prefer a darker bag. ===Star Rating=== 4 stars. Expensive at full price. ===Would I Recommend?=== Yes. ===Website=== www.kipling.com

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        06.07.2014 16:46
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        • " inexpensive"
        • " refreshing"
        • Lightweight

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        • "Not long lasting"

        A refreshing fragrance for under a pound - cannot be bad

        ===The Product=== Can of Impulse True Love Body Spray. Tall white can with pink hearts and floral images. Freesia and tangerine body fragrance. Cinched in neck to can. 75 mls and highly flammable. White spray cap which is self sealing. Dermatologically tested ? gentle on your skin. Hold can 15cms from body when spraying. Lots of warnings regarding the spray can ? do not puncture, do not spray near naked flames or while smoking, do not inhale etc. The main ingredient is alcohol denat. Made by unilever. ===Cost=== 98p at Superdrug. I believe the full price is around 1.99. Comes in11 varieties. ===My Opinion=== Impulse Sprays are a bargain range of products produced by Unilever. I do not buy them regularly but recently while ordering from Superdrug I ordered one for 98p to make up the total to 10 pounds to save paying postage. The design of the images on the cans have changed since I last bought one so I decided to try a different one so ordered this True Love version. Not having tried any in the shops it was just a random choice but I do like citrus smells so figured one with tangerine might be a good bet. For the price these cans are great value. The top has to be twisted for the spray part to pop up ? very handy as you never loose the cap and its a good way of shutting the can if you carry it around in your bag ? safer than a glass bottle of perfume and also very lightweight. The smell of this spray is quite strong when first sprayed on and it does come out in a strong blast ? not only does it perfume yourself but also the room ? so a great inexpensive room freshener as well ? or if you buy one that you are not too keen on. This spray is quite sharp and citrusy ? not exactly identifiable as tnagerine but it does have a sharpness to it but it is also very fresh and clean smelling. I do not detect any floral freesia fragrance but the overall smell is quite pleasing and invigorating. It smells quite strongly for an hour, then faintly for perhaps an hour or so more. Not in the league of an expensive perfume of course but great to carry with you for a quick freshen up and to have a quick blast of fragrance. I mush prefer to carry a can in my bag rather than a glass bottle, especially as I love my handbags so much. You can be freshened up anywhere and one or two squirts is all that is needed. At under a pound they provide an inexpenisve treat and a good change of fragrance without breaking the bank. I am giving 4 stars as although the fragrance does not last for very long they are inexpensive. ===Star Rating=== 4 stars. ===Would I Recommend?=== Yes. ===Website=== www.impulsefragrances.co.uk www.unilever.com

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          24.06.2014 17:04
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          • " lovely rich aroma"
          • "Beautiful bottle"

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          • "May be strong for some"

          Very attratcive bottle and rich and sultry perfume

          ===The Product=== Striking eau de parfum comes in a pointed red graduated coloured glass bottle with a gold coloured cap like a crown. Comes in a sumptuous red box with am image to represent a studded red velvet cushion with a black and white trim around the edges of the box to represent fur. The name was based on the group Queen''s famous record called ''Killer Queen''. Manufactured by Coty. ===Cost=== 30 ml bottle has a recommended price of 23GBP but is currently on sale at fragrance direct website for 10.95 The fragrance is available as 15, 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum with body lotion and shower gel. Killer Queen was launched in 2013. ===My Opinion=== The fragrantica website states: ''Top notes include wild berries, dark plum and bergamot accords. The main note of the heart is velvety red flower (Celosia), but there are also Sambac jasmine and rainbow plumeria. The base contains cashmere, patchouli and liquid praline.'' I am not into celebrities or their perfumes and have not got around to trying Katy Perry''s first two perfumes, which I would probably like, insomuch as they come in cat bottles. When I first tired this perfume I did not even know what it was or who by, but the unusual shaped bottle drew my attention as I love glass things and this pointed base bottle certainly was unusual. The gold colour cap is a bit cheap in my opinion but the bottle is lovely. The perfume itself is quite strong and heavy and not really a summery daytime perfume but more one for the evening ? it may be a bit overpowering for the office! It is very heavy, rich and sultry and I would say leans toward the patchouli and berbamot notes rather than any florals that are listed. I have no idea what ''liquid praline'' is or why it is listed as am ingredient ? to me praline comes in a chocolate box. I find this perfume lasts well and is rich and enjoyable to smell. It lasts for a good 4-5 hours or more depending on how much you apply. If you look online you can find some great bargains for this perfume and if you like it its worth buying it now. May not be to everyone''s taste as it is heavy and rich but not as much of an acquired taste as my Angel perfume. ===Star Rating=== 5 stars. ===Would I Recommend?=== Yes. ===Website=== www.katyperryfragrances.com/killer-queen

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          06.06.2014 18:52
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          • "Feels relaxing to use "

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          • "Does not do very much"

          It did not make me look as if I had had a good night's sleep

          ===The Product=== Avon Solutions Truly Radiant Vibes Brightening Eye Roller. A slightly updated version of the one in the picture. Just over 5.5 inches long. Comes in orange tinted box with instruction leaflet. Long tube with grey cap and orange label. To illuminate the eye area and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Keep out of eyes. Dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic. Also non comedogenic (should not clog skin). Do not use with wet hands or immerse in water. For external use only. 12 mls, use within 12 months and made in Poland. ===Cost=== Full price 10 pounds but currently selling for 6. ===My Opinion=== ''With a hint of colour! Instantly illuminates the eye area to make eyes look like you''ve had a full 8 hours of sleep. Provides 24 hour moisturisation. Includes built-in battery that cannot be replaced''. This Solutions Radiant Vibes Eye Roller is just the next reincarnation of previous models. The roller ball itself is silver colour metal and can be used with or without the battery vibe part being switched in. To activate the tube you just turn the grey base a little way clockwise to switch on and anti clockwise to turn off. It can be turned on with the cap still in place and then it gives a little huma nd you can feel it gently vibrating. The leaflet gives instructions of how to hold and use the rollerball but really all you do is switch it on and hold it upright so that the solution comes out through the rollerball. You can then move it back and forth gently over the under eye area. The solution in the tube is supposed to be slightly tinted ? but it is so very slightly coloured that it is virtually un-noticeable. ===In Use=== This is the first one of these battery eye massagers I have tried from Avon but they are on sale often and the new version does not seem dissimilar to the previous ones. The battery gives a gentle massage which I find quite relaxing to the under eye area. I only do it for a few seconds at a time and would not recommend doing it for too long. Apart from feeling nice and relaxing I have not noticed any improvement to my under eye area and if I wanted the dark circles covered up I would have to use a proper concealer. It did not make me look as if I had had 8 hour''s sleep! The battery is lasting well on my tube but some people on the Avon site have complained about it running out quickly ? if this was the case I would advice returning it to Avon. Pleasant to use but more a novelty for me. Not something I would bother buying again ? even at the currently reduced price of 6 pounds. ===Star Rating=== 3 stars. ===Would I Recommend?=== Yes, if you just wanted it for a massage. ===Website=== www.avonshop.co.uk

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        • Fox's Glacier Mints / Sweets / 13 Readings / 13 Ratings
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          06.06.2014 18:36
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          • "Good quality and well known brand "

          Disadvantages

          • "Loads of sugar"

          A reputable brand of minty boiled sweet

          ===The Product=== Fox's Glacier Mints Made with natural mint oils. Clearly a better mint. No artificial colours or flavours. Comes in a blue plastic type bag with the trade mark image of a polar bear on top of the clear mint. Slightly updated from the image shown. The Fox family have been producing sweets since 1897 and have been making mints since 1918. The trademark polar bear is called Peppy and has been used since the 1920s. The sweets have always been made in Leicester. Long shelf life ? mine is up to April 2015. Mint flavoured boiled sweets. Suitable for Vegetarians. Contains sulphites. ===Cost=== 1.29 for 200 grams at Tesco. ===My Opinion=== My 200 gram packet contained 39 individually wrapped mints. The mints are individually wrapped in blue and white waxed type paper and are oblong lumps of clear hard boiled mint sweet which do look like chunks of ice - hence the polar bear. These have been around now for almost 100 years and I am sure most of us are well acquainted with these sweets. I recently had a bag from my sister and have found them most enjoyable. I enjoy mint flavours and these smooth, curved oblongs are a good minty flavour ? quite strong and minty but not too strong ? just a happy medium. I find that the sweets seem a little smaller than I remember from years ago and I do enjoy eating two at a time ? for double the amount of flavour. These hard mints last a long time if you just suck then, about 10 minutes for me, and do not crunch and are also quite refreshing to eat. The inner wrappings surrounding the mints can be quite sticky inside so make sure you watch your fingers if you are out and about and have no wipes to clean your fingers. Not very healthy being almost entirely sugar but nice as an occasional treat. ===Star Rating=== 5 stars. ===Would I Recommend?=== Yes. ===Website=== www.foxs.co.uk ===Ingredients=== Glucose Syrup (contains Sulphites),Sugar ,Natural Flavouring (0.1 Mint Oil)

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          06.06.2014 18:23
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          • "Professional woman sort of aroma and longlasting "

          Disadvantages

          • "Expensive and not very youthful "

          Sophisticated perfume for the older woman

          ===The Product=== Estee Lauder Modern Muse. Eau De Parfum. ''Be an inspiration''. Tall sleek glass bottle with a black bow effect to the top section. Non removable cap and a spray bottle. Flammable and made in Switzerland. ===Cost=== 30, 50 or 100mls plus 1.5ml sample sprays. On Estee Lauder website 30 ml is 44 pounds. ===My Opinion=== This fragrance was launched in 2013 and the Fragrantica website states - Modern Muse symbolizes what it means to be an independent and self-confident woman today, sure of herself and her style. It is a confidence that inspires. Containing a composition of sparkling jasmine (which symbolizes femininity) and sleek woods (representing strength). The first accord, accord of jasmine, blends exotic notes of mandarin, tuberose, fresh lily, honeysuckle, dewy petals, Sambac jasmine and Chinese Sambac jasmine absolute. The sleek woods accord combines two types of patchouli, Madagascar vanilla, amber wood and soft musk.'' Apparently the model called Arizona Muse was used to promote the fragrance ? though it was lost on me as I never saw the publicity or had heard of her before ? but a good play on the name. This perfume won the Grazia Beauty Awards 2013 - Scent of The Year so some people must have liked it but with perfume it is whether you yourself like it and if it suits your skin. The bottle is sleek and stylish in an understated way and one that would look good sitting out on your dressing table, thoguh I heave heard comments that it is unsuitbale for carrying around with you because it has no cap and the spray top is exposed. According the list of ingredients this is a very mixed sort of perfume, combining both woody notes with florals. You only need about two sprays of this perfume to last you about 6-8 hours. My first comment about this perfume is that is is grown up and sophisticated. It is sharp and cool and elegant and not one for the younger woman I would think. Wearing this makes me think of professional women in business suits and is is what I would describe as clean, fresh and sophisticated. Although it does contain florals they are not really prominent and it is not a very ''girly'' or feminine perfume. It is very pleasant and long lasting and one I enjoy wearing but it does tend to make me think of more older women and possibly business women so not what you would call a sexy scent. Very pleasant to wear and one I think many people will like but not one that I would want to keep rebuying at the price. ''An alluring contrast of sparkling florals and sleek, sensual woods.'' ===Star Rating=== 5 stars. Lovely smell but a bit expensive. ===Would I Recommend?=== Yes. ===Website=== www.esteelauder.co.uk

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          • The dooyoo Redesign / Discussion / 29 Readings / 24 Ratings
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            29.05.2014 21:39
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            The most shambolic relaunch ever! The golden prize for ineptitude.

            Gosh where do I start. I am really missing my old Dooyoo and having fun posting and reading reviews. Now it is hit or miss if I can post a review - one failed yesterday for some reason - you have to make sure you have no pound signs included - but often it still does not upload. The formatting is rubbish - that is - non-existent. Making reviews just one big bunch of text which is almost impossible to read. The reviews were so much easier to read when set out nicely in paragraphs and with various headings - now it just looks like a load of nonsense. Never has a site been ruined so badly and over so long a period - do you intend to actually get it working properly. A band of monkies could have sorted it out by now surely. If you are paying for this redesign then you deserve compensation. Some people are still waiting for their money and the rest of us have almost given up trying to post anything worthwhile - as no one is bothering to read them much anyway. This must go down as a shining example of how NOT to do a redesign and relaunch - I cannot fathom how your ''experts'' can make such a mess of things. This was a good site to post on and also to read interesting reviews. Now they are limited to 500 words but I suppose when they are in one block of unintelligible text that is enough - it makes your eyes swim just looking it at. So well done Dooyoo - award yourself the golden prize for the worst relaunch and website in history - there surely cannot be one that has been worse. If I had not been witness to its progress ( or lack of) I would not have believed it myself.

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              23.05.2014 22:47
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              • "Good moisturiser and a delicate aroma "

              Disadvantages

              • "Expensive at full price "

              Delicately fragranced and a very good body moisturiser

              ===The Product===

              Body Shop White Musk Body Butter.
              Comes in white screw top plastic tub with a lilac lid.
              Solid white glossy body butter.
              Use within 12 months and it is made in UK.
              200 mls.
              Made wit cruelty free musk and do not use on your face.



              ===Cost===

              Full price was 13 pounds on the Body Shop website.



              ===White Musk Products Currently on Sale with Body Shop===

              There are currently many items using this fragrance including perfume and after shave as well as deodorants and soaps..

              As well as White Musk the Body Shop also sell White Musk Libertine and White Musk Smoky Rose.



              ===My Opinion===

              I was not well acquainted with the White Musk fragrance so must admit I bought this body butter online not knowing what it would smell like - but I had heard that the White Musk was a popular and long lasting line of products.

              The butter comes in the standard round tub that all the Body Shop body butters come in - this one has an attractive lilac lid.

              I was not sure what to expect from this butter but I am a great fan of all the other Body Shop body butters I have tried.

              This one is glossing and white and when you open the tub the smell is very light and feminine - there may be a very faint hint of mus but it is not the heavy sort of musky smell you get with some perfumes. This one has a more floral note in my opinion and s sweet and feminine. The butter is of the same good quality as the others I have tried and goes on well and is very moisturising - leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth for many hours after application.

              The smell is not overpowering but strong enough so that you could use this butter on your hands or body and then have enough aroma wafting around you delicately that you would not rally need perfume - especially if it was just for a hint of a fragrance.

              I can see why this white musk is a popular line with Body Shop and will definitely be buying some more of the range.

              The smell is such a general sweet one that it could be used any time fo the year.

              The cream is recommended to give up to 24 hours moisturisation - and I do find that the body butters last much longer than any other creams I have tried - i especially like using them on my feet overnight.

              According to their website the body butter contains ''notes of musk, lily, iris, rose and vanilla, as well as Community Fair Trade shea butter from Ghana''.

              This body butter is gorgeous but at 13 pounds I find it a little expensive but Body Shop often do promotions online when you can buy the body butters for bargain prices.



              ===Star Rating===

              4 stars - expensive at full price.



              ===Would I Recommend?===

              Yes.



              ===Website===

              www.bodyshop.co.uk

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              23.05.2014 22:42
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              • "One wipe cleans well "

              Disadvantages

              • "Quite expensive"

              Refreshing wipes that cleanse in one go

              ===The Product===

              Avon Solution Cleansing Wipes.
              Pack of 25 wipes in plastic pale blue and white pouch.
              Use within 3 months of opening.
              Made in Poland.
              Gentle for everyday use and will remove waterproof make up.
              Made with Edelweiss extract.
              Dermatologically tested and hypo-allergenic.
              Can be used around eye area.



              ===Cost===

              Full price 4pounds but currently selling for 3.



              ===My Opinion===

              These wipes come in a handy resealable pouch. The pouch is easy to open as there is a tab you can pull ? so not need to go searching round for an end to pull. Once you lift this clear tab you have to push in a pre-cut oval in the pouch itself.

              The wipes are approximately 6 x 7 inches and quite wet ? in fact they are still moist the next morning if I leave one lying around in the bedroom so you can see how wet they are to start will ? I have previously had some wipes that are almost dry before you get a chance to put them to your face.

              These wipes have a slight fragrance but nothing very noticeable or distinct.

              The wipes are moist and slightly fragrant and wipe over your face easily, removing your make up in one go ? including eye make up. I cannot comment on mascara as I never use it.

              The wipes do leave your face slightly wet but feeling very clean and fresh. They are also gentle and I do not notice any tightness or initiation after use.

              They are a quick and easy way to remove make up at the end of the day if you do not fancy using bottles and cotton wool pads.

              These wipes are slightly more expensive than I would normally buy but they do do the job well and only one is needed at a time ? so 25 wipes could last you almost a month ? so therefore not too expensive.



              ===Star Rating===

              5 stars.



              ===Would I Recommend?===

              Yes.



              ===Website===

              www.avonshop.co.uk

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              23.05.2014 22:37
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              Advantages

              • " matt finish and SPF15 . "
              • "Easily absorbed"

              Disadvantages

              • None

              Inexpensive cream that also protects from the sun.

              ===The Product===

              Avon Solution Balanced and Matte Cream SPF 15.
              Mattifying Day Cream.
              Comes in blue and green box.
              The cream is in the Solutions standard sort of glass jar with a green and blue label and with the standard mirrored silver colour screw top lid.
              ''Light-weight and oil-free. Helps regulate oily zones while maintaining moisture in drier patches to help reduce the appearance of shine and pores and help keep skin looking perfectly balanced. ''
              50ml. Use within 12 months and made in Poland.
              Contains oxybenzone.
              Claims to keep skin shine free for 12 hours.
              Oil free cream.
              Warning - avoid storing in direct sunlight or excessive heat.
              Also contains grape stem cell complex plus mattifying powders.
              For sensitive skin and dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic.
              Also non comedogenic (should not clog skin).


              ===Cost===

              Full price is 7.50, currently selling for 6.


              ===My Opinion===

              This cream, along with all other Avon Solutions creams, comes in a standard glass jar with the same mirrored silvery lid.
              This is a thickish white cream and has no discernable smell.
              Although thick and solid this cream goes on easily and blends in quickly.
              It does form a very nice matt finish to your face and is great to use on its own or under foundation.
              I do find that it keeps my skin quite matt for many hours but have not tried it for the 12 hour test yet.
              I like this cream as it is moisturising without being heavy or greasy.
              It leaves your skin with a nice surface even if you do not use foundation, and if your skin is in a reasonably good condition then in the summer it is good to not have to always wear a full face of make up.
              During the summer months I like that this cream contains SPF15 so I do not have to use another cream to protect my skin from the sun.
              This cream has a good texture and I agree that it does not block my pores at all,
              Quite a reasonably priced cream and a little does go a very long way.
              Has a leaflet in many languages inside the box.


              ===Star Rating===

              5 stars.


              ===Would I Recommend?===

              Yes.


              ===Website===

              www.avonshop.co.uk

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              23.05.2014 22:21
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              • "Good scrub and cleansing"

              Disadvantages

              • None

              Great scrub - not just for teenagers!

              ===The Product===

              Avon Clearskin Professional 1 Deep Pore Cleansing Scrub.
              Comes in a professional looking silvery tube with a flip up lid.
              Made in Poland and use within 12 months.
              Avon states ''Exfoliates to reveal fresher and brighter skin, dissolving and controlling pore-clogging dirt and oil for a shine-free look. With Salicylic Acid to remove dirt and oil and Glycolic Acid to exfoliate and reveal new skin. Massage over face to dissolve pore-clogging dirt, and rinse well.125ml.
              To use ? wet hands and rub into face. Rinse well. If you experience dryness reduce to using every other day. Avoid eyes.


              ===Cost===

              5.50 but currently selling as 2 for 6.


              ===My Opinion===

              This scrub is part of the Avon Clearskin range which focuses on problem skin and their advertising is aimed at the teenage market.

              The scrub comes in a sleek silver tube and so is suitable for both males and females.

              Now I am way past teenage years but I do have lots of large pores around my nose and cheeks which can become clogged with make up.

              This large tube of scrub is quite reasonable at present when it can be picked up at 3 pounds each.

              The scrub has very little aroma and so is gender neutral.

              The product is white and when rubbed over your face you can feel the tiny granules in the scrub.

              This product I use only over the central part of my face and is invigorating and pleasant to use.

              This scrub is suitable for use every day but it advices that if dryness occurs to use it less.

              Personally I only use it two or three times a week which I find perferctly adequate.

              Obviously for teenagers with very problematic skin they would probably use it daily.

              The scrub rinses off easily and leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft and not at all dry.

              This is a great product that all the adults in my family can use if they wish and is one that lasts a long time as only a small amount is needed for each application.


              ===Star Rating===

              5 stars.



              ===Would I Recommend?===

              Yes.



              ===Website===

              www.avonshop.co.uk

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              10.05.2014 18:17
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              Advantages

              • " refeshing and cleansing"
              • "Lovely smell"

              Disadvantages

              • Expensive

              Very refreshing and gentle toner

              The Product:
              Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner.
              Comes in curved opaque white bottle. Has a silver cap with a white press down top with a clear plastic cover.
              Watery minty green coloured liquid.
              200mls.
              Not tested on animals and use within 6 months.
              Made in England.
              ''Defined by nature, led by science.''
              Not to be used by children under 3 years.
              Avoid eyes.
              Can be used as a face spritzer but ensure eyes are closed.
              No parabens or artificial colours.
              For normal or combination skin.



              Cost:
              The Elemis website link takes you to a page where this is selling for 22.
              However you can buy it on Amazon for around 18.60 but a better buy is to get the Lime Blossom Cleanser and this Toner in one set for 30.75.



              My Opinion:
              This is a fragrant and gentle toner.
              It has no alcohol or harsh detergents so is gentle on your skin. The toner contains extracts of lavender and Sweet Betty Flower.
              Funnily enough his toner was also one I started using after it was recommended to my son by a friend, along with the lime blossom cleanser.
              I was surprised that he started using a lavender cleanser but it obviously works for his oily skin and is one that he is now repeatedly buying ? so I get to share the product as well.
              The liquid looks watery and has a lovely lavender smell ? but not so overpowering that it lingers on your skin to annoy you ? especially if you are male!
              When used with the Elemis cleanser all I do is have a slightly damp cotton pad and then put two or three squirts of the toner onto the pad and then sweet over my chin, cheeks and forehead.
              I know they say you can use this as a spritzer but I would be afraid of getting it in my eyes.
              It is lovely and cooling and refreshing and so ever better to use in the summer. Having no alcohol it does not leave your face feeling tight and stripped of all its oils.
              The product is in my view quite expensive, but the fact that it is in a spray bottle means you can use the least amount necessary, and there are no big amounts wasted by it pouring out of the bottle too quickly. So because of the spray the bottles do tend to last for ages.
              I enjoy using these products but do find them expensive, but my son, with combination skin and in his early 20s swears by this and has been buying it for a year or two now ? so he must be reaping the benefits and does find it helps with the oiliness of his skina nd he seldom gets spots on his face.
              A lovely smelling refreshing toner that goes a long way.



              Star Rating:
              4 stars.



              Would I Recommend?
              Yes.



              Website:
              www.elemis.com

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              09.05.2014 17:16
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              • "Lovely cleanser and a beautiful smell "

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              • Expensive

              A gorgeous and refreshingly fragranced cleanser

              Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser.
              200 mls.
              Not tested on animals.
              Made by Elemis Ltd, London.
              A British brand and use within 6 months.
              Comes in an opaque oval shaped white plastic bottle with a silver colour cap and a pump action white top.
              Contents are a very pale green.
              Made in England.
              Deep cleansing
              Rebalances problem skin
              Soothes breakouts
              Free from parabens, artificial colours and silicone.


              Cost
              About 15 per bottle but it is better volume if bought in a pack along with the Lavender Toner from Amazon for around 30.


              My Opinion:
              This is a gorgeous smelling cleanser from a well known British brand.
              Being in a pump action bottle means only a little of the liquid gets used at a time ? a great save as this is quite expensive to start with.
              The aroma with this cleanser is beautiful ? a lovely fresh and natural sort of smell. I do not get a citrus sort of smell but more a natural ''sap'' sort of smell ? gorgeous.
              You only need a small blob of this cleaner ? it leaves your skin feeling lovely and sort and not at all taut ? but the smell is the best part, almost as nice as perfume and the smell wafts around withyou.
              It is a really good cleanser and easily removes make up leaving your face feeling lovely and fresh.
              The product is designed for combination of congested skin types and is a product that both I, in my 50s, and my son in his 20s, can both use.
              It is my son who actually put me onto this product after having it recommended to him by a friend.
              The cleanser contains lime blossom extract, lecithin and Vitamin E.
              The cleanser is recommended to be used twice a day and applied with light fingertip massage and then to remove excess with cotton wool. However I like to use the product with a damp cotton wool pad.
              The nicest cleanser I have ever used, the only downside is the price.
              It works well on my more mature skin and my son loves it too - being in his early 20s his skin is still quite greasy and prone to the odd blemish and he swears by this product.


              Star Rating
              4 stars.


              Would I Recommend?
              Yes.


              Website
              www.elemis.com

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              14.03.2014 16:32
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              The usual sort of story with treasure, secrets and a lost castle

              ===Background===

              The Famous Fives series of adventure books were written by Enid Blyton and published between 1942 and 1963.

              The Five of the title are three siblings Julian, Dick and sister Anne Kirrin and their tomboy cousin Georgina together with her pet dog Timmy.

              These are middle class children whose families have cooks and who attend boarding schools and holiday abroad and ski.

              Each story involves the five meeting up during school holidays and being allowed to go off on their own without adults on some pretext - t is then the mystery and adventures begin.



              ===Brief Synopsis===

              This story involves the Five going to stay at Finniston Farm which is supposed to be in Dorset - this farm was modelled on one that Edid Blyton actually lived in.

              The farmer is forced to take in paying guests as the farm is short of money. He has twins and also staying there is an obnoxious American boy and his father. It turns out the father is into buying old British relics and shipping them back to the States.

              The name Finniston is also connected with a long since disappeared castle - supposedly ion the farm land.

              The American also hears this tale and tries to find the castle - but after so many years will there be anything left to find?



              ===My Opinion===

              This book Five on Finniston Farm was published in 1959 and is the 18th book in the Famous Five series. The series only ran for 21 books so I am coming towards the end of the series now.

              From having what I thought of as an uninspiring title I found this the most enjoyable read so far.

              We begin with the boys cycling along hot country lanes - they meet the girls and Timmy off the bus and then make their way up to the large old farmhouse called Finniston.

              At the farm are twins - again these have the tomboy element as they are both called Harries - one is a boy called Henry (which always seems to get changed to Harry) and the other is a girl with short cropped hair called Henrietta.

              Also staying on the farm are a horrid spoilt American boy called Junior together with his Pop. The contrast between this spoilt and rude boy and the well mannered Kirrin children is very noticeable. Even though the four Kirrin children have a well to do background and go to private schools they are always well mannered and polite and are eager to help - the two boys Julian and Dick are even happy to have camp beds in the barn.

              There are again lovely descriptions of the rolling farmland and poppy lined lanes.

              Anne it emerges is interested in history and visits a little antique shop in the village - owned by an old man called Finniston. It seems his family used to own a castle that stood on the farm - but it burnt down many centuries ago and now no trace remains - apart for one building now used as a bar which used to be an old chapel.

              The farmer and his family are very short of money and cannot afford to buy new tractors etc so that is why they take in paying guests - but the obnoxious Americans want to buy all the old relics they can find - much to the annoyance of the great grandfather - who, although shouting a lot, definitely speaks the truth.

              On hearing of the lost castle the Five plus the twins wonder if they can find the remains - but the American pays to have rights to dig in a certain place to see if the castle is there - on a mound - now how obvious is that!

              I like the historical part of this story - looking for old ruins, hearing tales of lost storerooms and possibly buried treasure.

              Who will find anything first - the mercenary American or the children? Well its with a little avian help that the children find their next clue - and then it is excitement all the way.

              This is a fast paced story and is funny in parts too - the the children having to avoid the awful American boy - and with George and Timmy teaching him a lesson for being so lazy.

              Of course lots of talk is of full tables and scrumptious food - all helped b the children who assist with preparation and clearing away. Dick and Julian also help the twins with chores around the farm -- definitely nice well brought kids you would be pleased to have around.

              As always things work our fine in the end - and great grandfather gets a new lease of life with all the excitement.



              ===Conclusion===

              One of the best tales I found and which incorporates all the things you expect from a Famous Five story - secret buildings, lost treasure and searching for tunnels. Also some humorous and also lots of good descriptions of nature and also mouth watering food.
              Some elements may seem repetitive - the twins, girls wanting to be called boys, an American and his child, lost treasure and a secret tunnel - but these are elements that go to make up a Famous Five story and being aimed at children I think this one really fits the bill.



              ===Star Rating===

              5 stars.



              ===Website===

              www.enidblyton.net/famous-five
              www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk

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