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      01.12.2014 14:08
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      Advantages

      • " heady and long lasting"
      • inexpensive

      Disadvantages

      • "aimed at teenagers"

      A sparkly bottle and a sweet long lasting cheerful perfume

      ===Cost===

      Recommended retail price is shown as £23 but I bought mine for £10 off the Tesco website.

      ===My Opinion===

      This was Britney Spears' second fragrance in association with Elizabeth Arden and was launched in 2005.

      I therefore was going to buy some more but found that they were double the price of this old and original Fantasy perfume so thought I would try this instead.

      Going by the bottle design and the Britney Spears endorsement this perfume is aimed at the younger market. However I do not think perfume should be picked according to such criteria and I believe that if you like it then buy it.

      The bottle is colourful and, although slightly flambuoyant and a bit over the top, quite fun rather than being classy – though it is not that bad that I would bother hiding it. It is a little smaller than I expected but that is because it is a 30ml bottle rather than 50 ml.

      The perfume is similar to the Remix versions – it is sweet and slightly heavy and musky. Officially the composition is shown as 'red lychee, golden quince, kiwi, cupcake accord, jasmine petals, white chocolate, orchid, musk, orris root and sensual woods'.

      This is a sweet and cheerful aroma – a mix of slightly floral and fruity aromas with the musky and heavy undertones and with a tinge of the chocolate and cupcake as well.

      When first sprayed on it is quite strong – even with only one spray. However I love the sweet and chocolaty combination and even when it dies down a little it does still smell reasonably strong and lasts a good few hours. Good value for the price.

      Personally I love cupcake and chocolate smells – either in perfume or candles.

      Being the original Fantasy and now being 'old' as it came out in 2005 I was lucky to get this at a reduced price. Perfumes at Tesco were part of the double-up on vouchers so I actually had this for just a £5 voucher.

      The Remix versions are also lovely but being newly launched this year were almost double the price so I am pleased with this lovely bottle for a bargain price.

      As well as for yourself this would be a great gift for some teenager.

      It does vary a little from the Remixed versions but you can still detect the same basic aroma. As I love Angel perfume by Mugler which is sweet and chocolaty too I also love this one as it is a toned down version that is acceptable to my husband so I can actuially get to wear it.

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        18.11.2014 18:14
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        Advantages

        • " lovely rich aroma"
        • "Beautiful bottle"

        Disadvantages

        • "May be strong for some"

        My most favourite perfume ever - heavy and sultry

        ===Type===

        This is a very strong and distinctive perfume and not one for the faint-hearted.

        Don't go with the first smell - leave it develop on your skin and the undertones will be mellower.

        According to Fragrantica: 'Angel by Thierry Mugler is a Oriental Vanilla fragrance for women. Top notes are melon, coconut, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, bergamot and cotton candy; middle notes are honey, apricot, blackberry, plum, orchid, peach, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, red berries and rose; base notes are tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla, dark chocolate and caramel.'

        DO NOT over apply or you will be smelt from miles away!!

        Prices online vary widely so when buying search around for any cut price offers - though it is never very cheap.

        ===Bottle===

        Comes in a lovely star shaped clear glass bottle (as above picture shows), it is the perfume that is pale blue.

        It can also come in a more stand-up sort of bottle - still with star shaped sides and with star shaped silver lid.

        ===My Opinion===

        Well I absolutely love this perfume and have done for years - now having gone through quite a few bottles.

        It is very strong - so only a little squirt is needed. To begin with it seems very overpowering and strong but it does tone down - and then it just lasts and lasts.

        Don't expect sweet delicate vanilla perfume. This is a strong beast - heavy and intoxicating.

        The perfume itself is very strong - but even the hand cream is strong enough on its own - so be warned if you start layering this fragrance.

        It is a very hard fragrance to describe but once known will never be forgotten.

        A downside to my lovely perfume - its one of those aromas that is so strong and full bodied that you either love or hate it - and of course my husband has now decided to start hating it.

        It does come in tiny sample sprays which are available on ebay and which are good for putting in your bag - though with this perfume you do not need to top up through the day at all.

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          12.11.2014 23:50
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          Advantages

          • " or used on its own"
          • "gives good base or top coat"

          Disadvantages

          • "Not really strengthening"

          Gives a nice finish but not really strengthening

          ===The Product===

          Avon Nail Experts Gold Strength
          Comes in plain bottle in a black box.
          Has white screw cap with fitted brush.
          12 ml, made in the UK and use within 24 months.
          Nail strengthener.
          Pale golden cloudy slightly opaque liquid.
          'This strengthener helps make nails feel stronger and helps to hide nail ridges, making nails look smoother. Enriched with real gold for a natural looking glow.'



          ===Cost===

          5 pounds at full price but often on offer.



          ===The Strengthener===

          I do not have particularly weak nails but do not grow them very long. As a strengthener I did not find that this product improved them at all really.

          The liquid goes on really easily and smells just like nail varnish and has a strong aroma.

          The product dries pretty quickly and leaves the nails with a shiny coating. In the bottle the strengthener looks a light golden colour but actually when just using one coat on your nails it is similar to just using clear polish.

          It does give a nice finish and looks good without having to have a colour.

          It does even out the little ridges but is not a miracle worker if you have very pronounced ridging.

          The finish tends to last for a few days without chipping or peeling but because it is clear it is not noticeable anyway.

          As well as just using it as a clear coat it can form a good base coat before using heavily pigmented shades to stop your nails staining.

          Also for a glossy finish this can double as a top coat as well.

          It does not protect your nail varnish for a long period but does help to maybe last a day or two longer without a chip.

          Not much different to me from just plain clear nail polish and I do not see what benefit the 'gold' adds to the product – other than being a marketing gimmick.



          ===Star Rating===

          3 stars. Not a perfect strengthener.



          ===Would I Recommend?===

          Yes.



          ===Website===

          www.avonshop.co.uk

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          10.11.2014 15:59
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          Advantages

          • " large bottle"
          • " acetone free"
          • Inexpensive

          Disadvantages

          • "Strong smell"

          Inexpensive product that does the job

          Gentle on nails, kinder on skin – 100% happiness guaranteed – if unhappy they will refund you the full amount plus 25% off your next own brand purchase.
          Tall bottle of watery aqua coloured remover.
          250mls made in EU and use within 36 months.
          Also suitable for use on artificial nails.
          Highly flammable – contains Bitrex.
          Avois eyes, polished and painted surfaces and synthetic material.
          Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
          Contains glycerine.
          ===Cost=== Was 1.39, now 99p.
          ===The Polish=== I bought this remover as it was one of the cheapest on the Superdrug website and I figured that the 'acetone free' version would be gentler on my nails.
          ===Acetone V Acetone Free?=== Acetone is harsher on your nails and also is not recommended for false nails. It is useful for hard to remove polishes and ones with glitter etc.
          Acetone free removers work by using ethyl acetate instead. This is supposed to be slightly less harsh and not so stripping for your nails.
          ===What is Bitrex?=== I had no idea but it appears to be a product that manufacturers can add to dangerous products to make them so bitter that children will not inadvertently drink them.
          ===In Use=== I do not use nail polish on a daily basis so only need to use polish remover occasionally. Therefore I do not bother buying an expensive product and an quite happy with a basic solution.
          This remover was easy to purchase off the Superdrug website and although a few pence dearer than the acetone version I figured that it would be slightly kinder for my nails.
          I usually use two coats of nail polish and have found that this remover works well. I usually use two cotton wool pads together and will slightly dampen them first to avoid the remover being soaked up too much.
          A few strokes of the pad and the polish removes easily. The last shade I used was quite a dark grey and there was no problems.
          The remover does not strip my nails as some others have done and in fact they feel quite smooth and soft after use. As I only use this occasionally I cannot comment on how this would be if used very frequently.
          The bottle is large and will probably last me a year or more – only a small amount is needed to remove all the polish.
          ===The Smell=== Now nail polishes and removers always seem to stink but I had hoped that being acetone free it might also have less smell as well – wrong!
          This one stinks just as much as others I have used and in fact I use it in the bathroom to avoid stinking out my bedroom. Though as it is only an occasionally used product it does not bother me too much.

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          04.11.2014 18:20
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          Advantages

          • " cleans well"
          • "Pleasant fresh fruity smell"

          Disadvantages

          • " an average product"
          • "Not currently on the Body Shop website"

          Fresh fruity shower gel but not one of my firm favourites

          ===The Product===
          Body Shop Papaya Shower Gel.
          Soap free cleanser with papaya fruit extract from Thailand.
          250 mls.
          Use within 12 months.
          'Unfit for consumption.'
          Against animal testing.


          ===Cost===
          4 pounds but not currently listed on the Body Shop website.



          ===My Opinion===
          This shower gel comes in the standard Body Shop clear bottle. The gel itself is thick and an amber sort of shade – resembling syrup.

          The aroma is sweet and fruity and quite pleasant.

          I often use the gel in either the bath or shower and it cleans well and does not leave your skin feeling dry or tight.

          Quite a pleasant smell but not one I would rave over or one that is a firm favourite. It is fresh and fruity but some of the other gels in the range would be more my favourites.

          The colour is rich and golden and pretty to look at.

          Only a little of the gel is needed In the shower – I put a tiny blob on a sponge and it lathers and is enough to clean me easily. It is a fragrance that males can use as well as it is not too feminine.

          Not currently listed on the Body Shop website so I am not sure if it is being discontinued or just 'rested' for a while. Though of course it can still be bought on ebay or Amazon.

          Nothing wrong with this gel but just a fragrance that does not inspire me – though it may be a favourite with others.


          ===Star Rating===
          3 stars.



          ===Would I Recommend?===
          Yes but an average product.



          ===Website===

          www.bodyshop.co.uk

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          01.11.2014 19:43
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          Advantages

          • " good price when on offer"
          • " lasts a long time"
          • "Cleans well"

          Disadvantages

          • "Not much smell"

          Cleans well but the aroma is a bit disappointing

          ===The Product===

          Palmolive Hygiene Plus Fresh Liquid Handwash.
          With natural extract of eucalyptus.
          Antibacterial and kills 99.9% of bacteria.
          300mls of bright blue liquid.
          Dermatalogically tested.
          Keep out of direct sunlight.
          Use within 12 months.
          Made by Colgate-Palmolive UK.



          ===Cost===

          Full price is 1.89 but I bought when on offer for 85p at Tesco.
          The Hygiene Plus range also comes in red (family version) and white/pale green (sensitive with aloe).



          ===My Opinion===

          For the bargain price of 85p this is a decent sized bottle of antibacterial handwash.

          Both Palmolive and Colgate are well known brands and so you know you are getting a decent product.

          This Hygiene Plus range comes in three fragrances and I bought the bright blue version which is classed as 'Fresh'.

          It comes in a curved bottle as shown above with a large white press down pump top.

          If you depress the pump fully you get a good sized amount of the wash so if you only need to rinse your hands lightly you can save some of the handwash by only depressing the pump half way.

          The wash itself works perfectly well but while the product does smell sort of fresh it does not have a really pleasant and inviting aroma which was a bit of a disappointment.

          Supposedly these washes have a natural antibacterial ingredient but they do not explain what it is and I could not distinguish anything on the list of ingredients.

          The wash does include glycerine and eucalyptus extract. Eucalyptus has a very strong smell but the aroma is not noticeable to me in this product.

          It does not dry my hands especially but it does not feel very moisturising either.

          A decent every day handwash for all the family but nothing very inviting in regards to the fragrance. However it is a largish bottle and does last quite a while.

          I like the fact that this purports to kill 99.9% of bacteria but I may try the other versions in this range as the smell was a bit weak for me but that may be the way some people like it.



          ===Star Rating===

          4 stars.



          ===Would I Recommend?===

          Yes.



          ===Website===

          www.colgate.co.uk

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        • The Body Shop Chocomania Soaps / Soaps / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          28.10.2014 14:08
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          Advantages

          • " exfoliating pieces"
          • " good lather"
          • "Lovely aroma"

          Disadvantages

          • "Some may not like the coconut pieces"

          Yummy - a gorgeous chocolate smelling soap that also exfoliates

          ===The Product===

          Body Shop Chocomania Soap
          100 grams bars or as little hearts as shown in the image above
          Comes in transparent wrapper.
          Uses certified sustainable palm oil.
          Made in UK and use within 12 months.
          Body Shop avoids animal testing.
          Cocoa butter from Ghana.
          Standard bar is oval curved tablet of pale coffee coloured soap with flecks of exfoliating coconut shell, the hearts are small novelty soaps which came in a bag as above or I also was able to buy them singly.



          ===Cost===

          The bag of hearts was around 4 pounds, cannot recall the cost of a single heart but the standard bar was 2 pounds now selling for half price.



          ===My Opinion===

          I love nice soaps which I find worth indulging in and this was one of the Body Shop's soaps that I had not tried before.
          I had purchased some little hearts last year but these had been given as gifts.
          Almost all of the Body Shop's soaps come in standard 100 gram oval shape and sell for £2 at full price, that is apart from special ones made for Christmas etc.
          This Chocomania range has a lovely deep rich chocolate aroma – more like dark bitter choclate rather than the sweet and sickly smell of the milk versions.
          However this bar is a pale coffee colour and it has evident little dark flecks speckled through it. This is the exfoliating coconut shell pieces.
          The smell of this soap is gorgeous but you will not be smelling as if you just ate a chocolate bar.
          I also like the fact that it lathers up well and is lovely and creamy. The exfoliating bits do not bother me at all and I find them quite pleasant, both for my hands and on my body in the bath. They are not too sharp and scratchy and I even use this soap on my face and have had no problems.
          I hope this chocolate line is not being discontinued as it is a lovely one and also makes a good gift.
          The Body Shop soaps always last a long time and keep their shape pretty well – unless you leave them standing for days in a wet puddle of water.
          Definitely a good quality and aromatic soap which you can still smell on your skin very gently after washing.

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            28.10.2014 13:56
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            Advantages

            • " long lasting"
            • " sweet fruity aroma"
            • "Very moisturising"

            Disadvantages

            • "Discontinued I think? Expensive at full price"

            A fruity and sweet Body Butter that is very moisturising

            ===The Product===

            Body Shop Passion Fruit Body Butter.
            Deep aubergine plum tub with screw top lid.
            Image of a cut fruit on my lid.
            24 hour hydration for dry skin.
            200 mls, made in the UK and use within 12 months.
            'Unfit for consumption!'.
            With passion fruit oil for dry skin. Not to be used on your face.
            Shea butter and cocoa butter from Ghana.
            Against animal testing.
            Butter is a very pale lilac shade.



            ===Cost===

            Full price was 13 pounds but currently not listed on the Body Shop website.



            ===My Opinion===

            ===Does it moisturise?===

            Yes a very good moisturiser. It states not be used on your face but I would never try using any of these butters on my face anyway. The butter is thick and solid but a little goes a long way and it soaks in well, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth for well over 24 hours.

            ===The smell===

            This is another fruit that I am not familiar with so cannot comment on how true to life the aroma is.
            It is definitely a fruity and sweet aroma. Quite sickly in its way too so I don't think this would be one of my all time favourites. Luckily after a few hours the aroma does fade but although I like fruity smells this one is a little too sweet for me. But for those who know passion fruits this may be exactly as it should smell.

            ===Conclusion===

            This is great as a moisturiser and really keeps your skin soft and supple. A lot of the Body Butter's appeal is to have a super fragrance as well. The aroma is quite good and reasonably long lasting without being overpowering. However this fruity smell is not one of my favourites.



            ===The tub===

            A pretty mauve/purple muted sort of colour and one that blends well with my bedroom curtains and once the labels are removed it will be an attractive little storage tub.

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            26.10.2014 12:56
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            Advantages

            • " sweet and fruity smelling"
            • " long lasting"
            • Moisturising

            Disadvantages

            • "Expensive at full price and now not listed on their website"

            Another fruity body butter from Body Shop

            ===The Product===

            Body Shop Papaya Body Butter.
            Bright orange/tangerine tub with screw top lid.
            My tub has an image of a whole papaya on my lid.
            24 hour hydration for dry skin.
            With cold pressed papaya seed oil from Kenya.
            200 mls, made in the UK and use within 12 months.
            'Unfit for consumption!'
            Butter is a very pale peachy shade.



            ===Cost===

            Full price was 13 pounds but currently not listed on the Body Shop website.



            ===My Opinion===

            ===Does it moisturise?===

            Yes definitely. This one is classed as being for dry skin but personally I find all the body butters pretty much the same with their moisturising properties – all very good and long lasting. I do not have particularly dry skin but do not find this butter too rich or greasy – it goes on easily, sinks in reasonably well but you can still tell that you have moisturised with a product.
            Also keeps your skin feeling soft and smooth for 24 hours – but then so do the other butters that do not have that claim.

            ===The smell==

            Well I must admit I have never had papaya so cannot vouch for its authenticity but it has a good strong sweet fruity smell pretty much pear like.
            The smell does stay on my skin for an hour or so but is not overpowering. Being light and fruity I think this lends itself more to the summer months.
            It is pleasant enough but not one that would be my favourite – but that is just a personal preference.

            ===Conclusion===

            Another great body butter from the Body Shop. As with all the others it is expensive at full price but I get mine when on sale or if there is some money off offer on their website. I think my tub cost me under 4 pounds so definitely worth it.
            As with the other butters a little goes a long way and a tub will last you absolutely ages – though I have never kept an opened one over 12 months to find out if the product does go 'off' after that time.

            ===The tub===

            This is a gorgeous muted orange shade and as the labels peel off easily makes excellent storage – much too nice to throw away and they looked colourful if all different colours are stored in a stack.



            ===Star Rating===

            4 stars. Expensive at full price.




            ===Would I Recommend?===

            Yes.



            ===Website===

            www.bodyshop.co.uk

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            24.10.2014 17:16
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            Advantages

            • " pleasantly scented"
            • "Good moisturiser"

            Disadvantages

            • Discontinued

            An unusually scented body butter from Body Shop

            ===The Product===

            Body Shop Midnight Bakula Body Butter.
            With mysterious Bakula flower extract.
            200mls.
            Comes in vivid cerise/magenta coloured tub with a deep purple screw top lid.
            Use within 12 months and made in UK.
            Arabic sort of design on the top label in deep purples and pinks.
            For normal to dry skins.
            Contains fair trade cocoa butter from Ghana, shea butter, organic babassu oil and soya oil from Brazil.

            ===Cost===

            Now discontinued from their website but was 13 pounds at full price and they also made a matching perfume.

            ===My Opinion===

            This body butter was one of many I bought ages ago when they were all on offer on the website and I ended up getting lots of different ones to try for around the 3 pound mark.
            I had not heard of this butter before or tried the perfume so came to it completely ignorant of what to expect.
            Unlike its vivid packaging this butter is a pale off white shade – whereas you would expect something much brighter from the vivid container.
            The butter comes in the same standard tubs as all the other butters – only this one is two tone, having a different coloured lid.
            The butter is aimed at normal to dry skins but I must admit I do not find much difference to the moisturising properties whether the butter is aimed as either dry or normal skins – to me they are all equally good.
            I find this butter marvellous in re-moisturising my hands and feet and also dry knees and elbows.
            The butters are definitely the best moisturisers I have found.
            This fragrance is a good alternative if you do not really like the mass of fruity body butters that the Body Shop stocks, though I like them all.
            The perfume with this is not too overpowering but is rich and heavy in its way and definitely lasts a good few hours on your skin and you could get away with just using this and no perfume if you only like your skin delicately scented.
            Not so much a light floral but more an exotic and slightly musky aroma.
            Apparently the Bakula is an Indian flower. It does have medicinal properties but I think they are irrelevant when used in this product.
            This is no longer available from Body Sop but can be picked up on ebay.
            TIP - Make sure you keep the tub as the labels come off easily and they make great storage containers - you could even use them for alternative Christmas tree decorations as they are so colourful!

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            24.10.2014 17:12
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            Advantages

            • " floral fragrance."
            • " moisturising butter"
            • "Pretty tub"

            Disadvantages

            • " fragrance a little artificial for me."
            • " expensive at full price"
            • "May be discontinued"

            Good butter but not sure about the fragrance.

            ===The Product===
            Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Body Butter.
            200 ml sky blue tub with white screw top lid.
            Label has lots of small writing – 'a shooting star', 'unstoppable' etc.
            For normal skin with the fresh and uplifting fragrance of 'Dreams Unlimited'.
            Made in the UK and use within 12 months.
            Contains glycerine, shea butter and soy bean oil.
            Solid white butter.



            ===Cost===

            13 pounds full price. Not currently on their website.



            ===My Opinion===

            Body Shop state that this fragrance is 'a fusion of citrus, green chilli, white flowers and cedarwood notes'.

            I purchased this a while ago when it was on offer but it does not now seem to be listed on their website. Whether it is permanently discontinued or just being 'rested' for a while I do not know.

            Like most fo the other butters I find them expensive at full price but I am very happy to buy them when on offer occasionally.

            I did not know this fragrance but was pleased that this butter came in a very cheerful turquoise blue tub with a white lid.

            Again this butter is solid and this time fragranced with the Body Shop 'Dreams Unlimited' fragrance.

            The butter itself is for normal skin but I do find it very rich and moisturising and it sinks in well to the skin but you can still feel that you have moisturised your skin. Great for hands and feet and a tub lasts ages as you only need to use a small amount at a time.

            Both with the colour of the tub and the fragrance I feel this butter is more suited for the spring and summer months, which may explain why it is not listed at present.

            The fragrance is quite a light floral when first applied and not too strong. However it does linger for quite a while and I do tend then to find that it does smell a little artificial and maybe this is not one of my favourites.

            Lots of people seem to love this butter but fragrance is such a personal thing. I like that it is fresh and floral and can be virtually used in place of perfume. However for me personally it is not one of their best offerings.



            ===Star Rating===

            3 stars. Not 100% keen on the fragrance.

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            20.10.2014 17:39
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            Advantages

            • " moisturises skin"
            • "Good bubbles"

            Disadvantages

            • "Not a strong aroma"

            Disappointingly weak lavender smell but good bubbles

            Radox Relax Bath Soak.
            Tall clear oblong plastic bottle.
            500 mls and now made by Unilever but still under the Radox brand name.
            'feel good fragrance' and use within 12 months.
            Deep purple transparent liquid.
            Transparent labels front and back.
            'A relaxing blend with lavender and waterlily.'
            If liquid gets into eyes rinse well.



            ===Cost===
            1.50 at present in Tesco but I bought them on buy one get one free.


            ===The Smell===
            Another Radox soak that does not have a very strong aroma. The soak does smell vaguely of lavender and floral when the water is running into the bath but then it seems to disappear. However the room does smell very pleasant afterwards.


            ===The Bubbles===
            Radox soaks all provide good long lasting bubbles which cover the entire bath and stay until you have finished bathing.


            ===Relaxing Blend?===
            Lavender is renowned for its relaxing properties but as the smell was so faint it did not really provide anything more relaxing for me than any other bubble bath.


            ===Your Skin===
            The bath soak does have moisturising properties and you can feel it on your skin when you are trying to dry yourself afterwards.


            ===My Conclusion===
            This Relax soak is a very pretty shade of deep purple and looks attractive on the windowsill.
            Not much of the liquid is needed to provide a lovely bath full of bubbles.
            The soak also leaves your skin feeling nice and soft and in my case I do not need to use a body lotion as well.
            However it is marketed as being a 'relaxing soak' and although it contains lavender the smell is too faint to be of benefit for me, also I am not sure what having 'waterlily' adds to the aroma at all.
            Lavender does provide a lovely smell but this si just not strong enough – so do not think men will find this too feminine as it is not that strong.
            A bit of a disappointment as I was hoping for more of a lovely relaxing aroma while I was soaking in the bath.


            ===Star Rating===
            3 stars. Hardly no aroma and not really very 'relaxing'.



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



            ===Website===
            www.radox.co.uk



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              15.10.2014 20:32
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              Advantages

              • "An 'ok' hand cream but nothing special"

              Disadvantages

              • " not the most moisturising"
              • " unusual smell"
              • expensive

              Not the perfect hand cream and distinctive and unusual smell

              ===Cost===30ml is 5 pounds and 100ml is 11.
              ===My Opinion===It comes in a silver thin aluminium tube which is rather odd these days as most things are in plastic.
              Why Absinthe, also known as Wormwood, should be included I have no idea.
              This comes in the unusual tube and looks quite distinctive, until you start using it and then it just starts to look crumpled and squashed.
              The cream itself is a very light colour green. You only need a very small amount, about the size or a pea or two. It comes out quite quickly and is to me a bit thinner than I would expect, not that it is runny, but not as thick as my other hand creams.
              The cream does go on rather funnily and can leave hands feeling a bit wet for a while. However it does smooth the hands and I have also used it on my feet. It does soak in after a while but not as quick as you would expect.
              There is an Absinthe butter for your hands which might be of a better and thicker texture but I have not tried that.
              So the cream goes on reasonably ok but not the best.
              Now to the main part.....===The Smell===
              Now this has a very distinctive aroma which I still have not decided if I like or not.
              It has a decidedly herby sort of aroma, quite masculine in my opinion and the type you often seen to get with either aftershaves or shaving gels.
              I cannot really tell if this cream removes other odours but it certainly has a strong enough smell of its own.
              It is not very strong and overpowering but it certainly hangs around. After use you often get a whiff of the cream.
              It is not one I really dislike and I usually like the 'natural' or vegetation type smells but I am still undecided about this.
              Definitely not a feminine sort of smell at all and with it only being an ok sort of hand cream I would say it is not worth 11 pounds.
              I will use up my free tube but it is not one I would want to buy or use again. It also has a massive list of ingredients.

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                30.09.2014 23:15
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                Standard seasonal movie - not very memorable

                ===FILM ONLY REVIEW===

                A 1998 animated film.

                The film was the first theatrical feature from GoodTimes Entertainment. It stars Eric Idle, Whoopi Goldberg and Debbie Reynolds.

                ===Cost===

                Some of the DVDs on Amazon are quite expensive but if can be viewed for free online.

                ===My Opinion===

                I am not sure why I did not see it when it first came out as I did have a young family then.

                I am surprised that so many people are saying they really enjoyed it – but obviously they are the ones who watched it as children so it does hold a special place in their hearts.

                There are some additions to pad out the story, as well as added songs, which to me seemed as if they were just included for the sake of it.

                Rudolph is made to feel unwanted because he is different with his red nose.

                He runs away and meets up with an Arctic fox, so they then head off together.

                This story does have a narrator – well four in fact – little fairy type figures – with one being of coloured skin of course.

                The evil element in the story is Stormella, who wants to ruin Christmas by making a fearsome storm.

                There is nothing actually wrong with the movie as such. It is a conventional cartoon type of affair and with often crude drawings.

                The running time is around 75 minutes and it is reasonably entertaining, though it does not bring on such a warm Christmassy glow as some other movies.

                Rudolph seems to me to not be drawn in such a cute way as he should be and the four fairies who are the sort of commentators and pop in and out of the story seem a little incongruous and look decidedly 'modern' for a traditional type of story.

                Its ok to watch with youngsters around Christmas time but I don't think my sons would have enjoyed it even when they were really young as it did see to lack some fo the 'cuteness' element that I like about seasonal films.

                Also the songs were a bit of a time wasting intrusion for me.

                The cartoons to me seem to have more of the Japanese style at times rather than the cuteness that you see with Disney of old. But perhaps I am viewing it form an adult's perspective when really it is meant for the children – but this woquld not be one fot he first few Christmas films that I would recommend.

                ===Would I Recommend?=== Yes, better than nothing to watch.



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                29.09.2014 14:10
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                Although now 50 years old it has a nostalgic charm all of its own.

                A Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass. First shown in 1964.
                Based on the Johnny Marks song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" which was itself based on the 1939 poem written by Marks' brother-in-law, Robert L. May.
                ===Cost=== Can be bought as a DVD but can be viewed for free online.
                ===The Story=== Rudolph is the son of reindeer Donner. Born with a shining nose that glows red and is ostracised because of it.
                This story does add some extra elements and songs.
                Rudolph is made to feel an outcast and teams up with a little misfit elf who dreams of being a dentist and discover an island of misfit toys
                Of course Christmas Eve arrives with a storm and Santa realises they can use Rudolph's nose to guide the way.
                ===My Opinion=== This is the best Rudolph Christmas movie.
                I first saw this in the mid 60s.
                Watching as a child I found it enchanting and have watched it often since then – enjoying it as a nostalgic step into my past memories and being charmed by its innocent format.
                Rudolph's story is introduced by a charming tubby and bearded snowman called Sam, voiced by Burl Ives. Burl Ives also sings some of the songs in the programme. I found all the songs in this show both suitable and memorable. There is 'Holly Jolly Christmas', 'We're A Couple of Misfits', 'There's Always Tomorrow' and 'The Most Wonderful Day of the Year'.
                I love the design of the cute fat snowman and the lovely voice of Burl Ives.
                The snowy background scenary is dotted with fir trees which, although simple in their construction, are very pretty, and all covered with decorations. There are cute birds and rabbits and Rudolph himself is made to look very endearing, with a nose that sometimes lights up and shines red.
                The toys on Misfit Island are all quaint and old fashioned – a rag doll, stuffed elephant, wooden train and jack in the box.
                Personally I do not find this old fashioned at all or stilted.
                Christmas is a time of nostalgia and this movie fits the bill for me perfectly. I am sure that having watched it as a child has coloured my opinion but I also really like the songs and their philosophy – that misfits have a place in society, that there is 'always tomorrow for dreams to come true'.
                This programme is just under an hour long and I will happily watch this every year, sometimes more than once.
                It has an innocent charm which I find endearing and its simple story and message sets just the right tone to enjoy at Christmas time.

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