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      26.01.2015 19:40
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      • "Non greasy"
      • De-frizzs
      • "Good at smoothing hair"

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      • "Not great at conditioning"
      • "Scent doesn't appeal to me "

      A dual benefit hair treatment that half delivers

      My hair was in serious need of smoothing when I saw the Dove Nourishing Oil Care leave-in spray in Boots for 3.59. Later, I realised the spray contained 3 oils - coconut, argan, and almond. I have combination hair with a greasy scalp and drier ends, and I was a bit nervous about how it would respond to those ingredients. Well Dove didn't specify what hair type this was for, so I took a chance and used it hoping it wouldn't make my hair look oily.

      Dove say that this spray offers dual benefits - conditioning and smoothing. You can use it on wet hair after shampooing or on dry hair between washes for an "instant boost of nourishment".

      It has a strong sweet scent which I am sure will really appeal to many but not me. It reminds me of watermelons, with an added sugariness. The scent lingers on the hair too, but I can tolerate the occasional waft throughout the day.

      You have to be more careful to apply this evenly on wet hair because you can't see where you have sprayed already. Otherwise, it is easy to use as it is a leave in product so no need to rinse it out. On dry hair is my favourite way to use the spray though, as it makes the most of the smoothing qualities. I was relieved that it doesn't make my hair slippery and harder to manage, as this would have cancelled out the smoothing benefits for me.

      As a leave in conditioner, I regard this as quite average. My hair feels conditioned to some degree - it feels softer and it is definitely easier to brush. But if I use this as my only conditioner, I miss the added shine I normally get. Between washes, I don't think using this delivers the promised "instant boost of nourishment" - or at least not in any way I can tell from the outside! It doesn't make my hair greasier but the first few times I used this, I found my hair actually looked duller after using the spray. BUT I toned down the amount I was applying and this gave my hair back it's shine, without really adding anything.

      The hair smoothing bit works, especially if this is sprayed on dry hair. The results last most of the day, which impressed me. I get the most annoying flyaway little hairs on the top of my head, and I was anxious about using a oil spray there close to my greasy scalp. But it works brilliantly. My hair doesn't look plastered down and feels reassuringly "normal" and not "tacky" to touch. My ends also look smoother and sleeker too.

      For me this dual benefit Dove leave in spray is recommendable for smoothing/de-frizzing, but not particularly as a conditioning treatment.

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        25.01.2015 19:33
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        • "Tastes fresh"
        • "Cooks quickly"
        • "Thin and crispy base"

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        • "More tomato would be nice"

        This crispy frozen pizza doesn't disappoint

        I love pizza, and despite being initially put off the idea of frozen versions, I am converted to them now. They are not all created equal of course, but Dr Oetkers Ristorante pizzas are definitely amongst the best. My favourite is the classic and vegetarian mozzarella variety. It's versatile because while there is plenty of topping, the flavours also make a great base for any fresh ingredients you want to add yourself.

        The Ristorante pizza has a thin and crispy base that is a perfect texture for me. It colours up nicely - no pale and doughy bases here. I love the fact it tastes perfectly fresh, despite having been frozen, which means I can have the convenience of buying a long time ahead and the taste of a chilled pizza at the same time.

        I am happy with the amount of topping which includes edam as well as mozzarella cheese plus tomato pieces and dots of basil pesto. I would like a little more tomato morsels myself but the tomato sauce is plentiful and tasty. So does this taste restaurant quality? Well restaurant pizzas tend to have a bit more seasoning but I actually prefer the simpler taste of Dr Oetkers. I add a touch more basil to my portion, but I wouldn't call it bland. It's certainly well presented with circles of mozzarella evenly distributed and the basil adding an attractive touch of colour. And it smells gorgeous as it cooks, with a particularly appetising cheese aroma. Frozen pizza doesn't feel a compromise for conveniences sake when you catch a waft of that.

        This isn't the cheapest option but one 335g pizza serves two comfortably and feels genuinely satisfying. You can expect to pay around 2.99 at full price but it is so often on offer in one supermarket or another, that I have almost never paid that much. Being frozen means you can safely stock up on it and it won't run out of date quickly.

        If you like pizza with a proper crispy base and plenty of cheese, this is well worth a try. It's ready in just 10-13 minutes from frozen, which makes it a great standby meal or hearty snack. If you add extra topping it may take longer if you put a lot on. It's not low fat at 23.4g per half pizza but no one expects this sort of thing to be good for you. So not for dieters but a tasty treat in moderation for everyone else.

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        • Mini Cheddar Crinklys / Snacks / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          24.01.2015 19:01
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          • "Full of flavour"
          • Crunchy

          Disadvantages

          • "Not very filling "

          If you like Mini Cheddars, these are worth a try.

          When I first discovered Mini Cheddars Crinklys I was in heaven. They are a moreish twist on the old classic Mini Cheddars with a crisper texture and a really intense flavour. But then suddenly I couldn't buy them anywhere. Next time I found them, they seemed to be carrying a Jacobs not Mcvities branding. I then came across a Financial Times article that said Mcvities were rebranding most of their savoury snacks under their Jacobs label. So at least my beloved Crinklys haven't disappeared, they just have new packaging.

          The Crinklys are cheese biscuits with different extra flavourings, such as bbq or salt and vinegar. I find the little 25g bags a great snack because the flavours are strong and satisfy a savoury craving. They aren't that filling admittedly, but sometimes it's nice to have a light snack that won't spoil your appetite for something healthier later. The cheese tends to take a back seat to the other flavours, but it is there. The salt and vinegar is my tangy favourite although I couldn't eat more than one bag as they make me a little thirsty. The bbq ones have a delicious smokiness that means they come a close second.

          The texture is really what makes these stand out from classic Cheddars. They are thinner, crispier and of course have a crinkled, ridged surface. I love how crunchy they are as a result and the fact they aren't too crumbly and brittle. Being baked not fried means no greasy feel either. They are bitesize so more of a biscuit to eat as is rather than top but they have a lot of flavour all of their own.

          You can buy these in individual bags in places like newsagents for around 50-60p but the multi packs are easier to get hold of and better value. The six pack are usually in the Poundshop, otherwise you will pay about 1.75 in the supermarkets, on the rare occasion they aren't on offer. I think some varieties are only available to buy in a variety pack anyway. I definitely recommend these to Mini Cheddars fans, providing you like the favoured varieties as the Crinklys are a more intense and crunchier version of those. A little bag has 6.9g fat in and 129 calories which could add up if you find these as moreish as I do so restraint is in order!

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          17.01.2015 19:00
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          • "Natural source of vitamin E"
          • Versatile
          • "Seriously softens skin"

          Disadvantages

          • "Be careful not to use too much"

          A versatile oil for the skin

          I have been a fan of sweet almond oil as a skin multitasker for some time. I use it as a moisturiser, make up remover, nail conditioner and occasional deep hair treatment. I bought Absolute aromas sweet almond oil from Amazon when there was a deal on the 500ml bottle that mention I paid only 7 pounds, with the usual price being 8-12 pounds for that size. That was months ago, and I have used less than half of the bottle. You only need a drop or two for most tasks so it's great value.

          The bottle is sturdy if basic but has a practical press top dispenser that presents too much gushing out. It's clear so you can see how much is left.

          The brand say this oil is suitable for all skin types and can be used alone or as a carrier oil if you wish to use it as a masage oil. My skin is combination type but this oil is light and relatively quickly absorbed, so I have no trouble with using it on the oily parts of my face. it doesn't block pores or cause breakouts which essential services I am prone to blackheads. You really need just a drop or two to leave your entire face baby soft. I leave it to absorb for half hour then wipe away any excess. And it doesn't leave my forehead shiny! It's also an effective make up remover for long wear foundation but not all waterproof mascara.

          I wipe my hands with oil lightly when coming in from the garden and it helps to speed up getting rid of grime there. It also softens cuticles and adds a little shine to my nails although that doesn't last that long. So it's very useful all in all. This oil doesn't contain any additives including scents or colourants. So it doesn't look glamorous or smell luxurious - it's yellow tinged and has a light but not almondy scent, but the natural vitamin E and A means this type of oil is a staple of lots more expensive skin oil blends. I'm happy to stick to the basic product but I will order the organic version next time. It does cost more but I like to support organic farming.

          If you want some sweet almond oil, then this brand has proved reliable and good value to me. You can buy smaller bottles too, but whatever size you opt for, remember just to be sparing in application as you don't need alot for good results.

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          12.01.2015 19:22
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          • "Pure and natural taste"
          • "No added sugar"

          Disadvantages

          • "Natural oil may seperate out"

          A delicious nut butter that isn't made of peanuts

          I have enjoyed peanut butter for a while so I thought I may as well try butters made from different nuts too. A tub of the Meridian smooth almond butter cost me 2.29 in a local health food shop, while Tesco sell the same size jar for 2.39 at the time of writing.(170g)



          The almond butter consists of roast almonds that have then been ground until smooth with a little sea salt. That's it. There's no added oil or sugar. A product as pure as this can hardly help taste natural. What surprises me is that while almonds are not my favourite nuts, and I hate many things made from them such as marzipan, I find almond butter to be one of my absolute favourites. Roasting them intensifies the flavour I suppose, and the salt added probably does the same. It's perfect if you want a spread that's full of taste but not too sweet. Meridian suggest using it on crackers and crumpets and as an ingredient in shakes, cakes and bakes. I haven't tried it on the first two but I do like it on toast, and as a replacement for peanut butter in recipes for cookies. I adjust the sugar a little to take into account the almond butter isn't sweetened but otherwise I use it in the same way. I have also used it to make a ice cream shake. It made a thick drink but one with a nice flavour - when mixed with chocolate ice cream in particular.



          When you first open the jar, you may notice that there looks like some oil settled on the top. This is the natural oil from the nuts and even home made nut butters often separate like this when you store them. It may not look appealing but you can reassure yourself it's a sign of a natural product. Stirring the jar around with combine the oil back into the butter or if there seems a lot you can pour some off without the storage qualities seeming to be affected. Oil aside I like the texture of this. It is described as smooth, and it is true that there are no large crunchy bits present. But if you look at the butter closely, you can see it has a slightly granular appearance. It doesn't feel bitty in the mouth but if you rub it between your fingers (odd I know!) you can feel a few pieces. It seems as though that although the nuts have been ground to a powder, sometimes the powder wasn't very fine. That doesn't matter to me as you don't seem to notice the tiny "bits" when you have it spread on toast for example. Overall it is quite thick and because the flavour is intense you don't need a lot.



          If you like almonds, then this "butter" is definitely worth a try.

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            06.01.2015 17:58
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            • "Intense colour"
            • "Applies beautifully"
            • "Good quality creamy feel"

            Disadvantages

            • "Not very moisturising"
            • "Not long lasting"

            This lip butter is a good lipstick but not very conditioning

            Despite having too many lipsticks already, I was seduced into buying another because I liked the sound of the name "Colorburst lip butter". I had been experiencing a period of dry lips which was sometimes worsened by using certain lip sticks. Lip butter sounded hopefully moisturising and the makers Revlon promised intense colour with soft lips as well. It cost me 7.99 in Boots. I chose the colour "Raspberry Pie".

            I am not very keen on the Revlon lip butter tube. The lid is pink plastic with a raised herringbone type pattern on two sides. I just think it looks a bit cheap and flimsy but I am sure the pink colour will appeal to many.

            The lip butter feels like a lipstick crossed with a balm, taking the best aspects of both. It has the creaminess and non greasy feel of a good quality lipstick with the soft and smoothing feel of a balm. It glides on beautifully despite feeling a bit thicker than average. What I loved when my lips were looking dry was how the Revlon lip butter had a smoothing effect and made my lips look plumper and somehow back to normal. Sometimes, I feel a very slight stickiness when I put my lips together, even though I have blotted. But as the feeling is mild and doesn't last, it doesn't bother me much.

            I love the colour of this lipstick - it's a darker shade than the raspberry name might suggest. The pigment is rich and intense with a good glossy finish that seems to especially suit the colour. I find it versatile, and I feel it's a smart colour to wear to work and impactful enough to wear for a night out as well.

            I usually layer the lipstick up with blotting in between, to help it last. Even so, it doesn't hang around for long. I re-apply it every few hours. I can see lipstick marks on my coffee cups but it doesn't completely vanish after drinking. It sort if fades elegantly and without leaving a weird patchy look! I don't think this does much to actually soften my lips. It isn't like applying a balm. The lipstick itself has something of that feel, and doesn't make my lips any drier, but when at the end of the day my lips are in the same condition as when the day started. If you wanted a seriously lip softening product, I think you would be better off with something else.

            Just as a colour intense lipstick, this is a good product that doesn't irritate my lips. It would be good if the colour was longer lasting and if it did more in the softening department but the pigment and finish are good.

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          • Storck Toffifee / Chocolate / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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            04.01.2015 16:52
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            • Inexpensive
            • "Tastes delicious"
            • "Great mix of textures"

            Disadvantages

            • "As high in sugar as other sweets"

            A delicious nut, nougat and caramel treat

            I used to see boxes of Toffifee for sale but I never picked up a pack because I thought from the name that the sweet was a classic toffee. There's nothing wrong with classic toffee of course, but I tend to prefer chocolate or fudge if I am going to indulge in something sugary. My sister bought me a box of 12 Toffifee for a pound in a local convenience store, because unlike me she had taken a closer look at the box and had noticed that the sweets are actually made from some of my favourite things - namely hazelnuts, caramel and chocolate.

            Toffifee consists of a small hazelnut in a caramel cup surrounded by a "hazelnut chocolate filling", nougat and topped with a smaller chocolate disc. The packaging is a bit boring as it's a gold tray in a simple card sleeve. I don't really care about that myself. But they don't really look like a sweet where the makIers have put a lot of extra thought into the box with the idea of it looking especially presentable for gift purposes. I have to say I would be happy to receive Toffifee even if they were wrapped in newspaper!

            The "sweets " smell fantastic straight away. You can't mistake the hazelnut but the chocolate is a more subtle aroma. The crunch of the nut makes a delicious contrast with the smooth and creamy filling and the firmer outer shell. The caramel cup is solid enough to hold all of the delicious ingredients together while adding a really satisfying chewiness. I love the fact this makes me take my time over eating each bitesize piece so I get to savour the individual flavours as well as the delicious whole. On the other hand, I can't really pick out the nougat. It isn't the hard kind but this soft type you find in something like a Mars bar. I presume it's part of the filling where I think it adds more texture than flavour but overall the centre is scrumptious however it is made up.

            The caramel isn't too sweet and makes a great pairing with the nut and the little topping of chocolate. The latter isn't that thick but you can taste it which is the most important thing. If I would improve one thing would probably smother the whole thing in chocolate but I suppose the Toffifee would loose their distinctiveness that way.The downside of all these lovely ingredients is of course sadly they are not good for you. 100g of Toffifee contain 28.7g fat and a whopping 48.5g sugar. That is for the whole 12 piece box though so my best advice is to share it!

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              30.11.2014 20:55
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              • "Creamy feel"
              • "Strong pigment"

              Disadvantages

              • "Wears down fast"
              • "Not really moisturising"
              • "Not transfer proof"

              A good lipstick but not more intense or moisturising than others

              I re-discovered my L'Oreal Color Riche Made For Me Lipstick during make up sort out. I was struck by the nice colour and wondered why I had put it to the back of my make up box. Having worn it again for the last week, I now remember why.

              The Made For Me range is supposed to offer a colour for every skin tone and hair colour. The shade I have - Cassis passione, - is labelled as ideal for blondes. Apart from that, the Made for Me lipsticks offer a non drying, moisturising colour with vitamin E and Omega 3. The current price is 8.19GBP in Boots.

              The lipstick does have a creamy texture but I can think of several others that feel similar. So while it feels nice going on, I can't call this anything special. It feels a bit thicker than average to me, and sometimes it needs a bit of smoothing out as I get a little blob of lippie where the first apply it. But using a lip brush makes this less likely. I also think the texture means the lipstick wears down slightly faster than average. It looks like one of my most worn products, from how the end has disappeared, but actually it is one I only wear occasionally and I haven't owned it all that long.

              The lipstick has a distinctive scent. I have tried to think what it is but the closest I can come is a sweet violet aroma. I am sure many woman will love it, but I don't. Whilst the fragrance is really only obvious when you apply the lipstick, it really puts me off using this more often.

              I love the particular colour I chose - a rich dark raspberry. It has a great quality smooth finish once applied properly. The pigment is good but colour isn't all that long lasting. When I eat, there is always some colour loss so it isn't transfer proof. But even eating and drinking aside, I have to apply this every 3 hours or so. I haven't experienced any bleeding or feathering which would look awful with a intense colour like this.

              This isn't a high shine lipstick to me. I actually think the muted shine works better with the colour I have as it might look a bit OTT otherwise. I definitely don't think this has any moisturising effect on my lips. They just feel completely average.

              I would recommend this as while I personally hate the scent, I know that's a very subjective thing, and not the main thing you buy lipstick for. The colour is good but at 8.19, I don't think this offers anything a even cheaper brand doesn't. So 4 stars for a lipstick that's good buy not great.


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              30.11.2014 20:20
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              • "Quickly and easily does the job"
              • "Low cost"

              Disadvantages

              • "None for me"

              An excellent nail polish remover that is cheap too

              I bought Boots Essentials nail polish remover simply because it was a pound. It is an acetone containing remover, and you get 250ml.

              Packaging wise, this is as basic as you can get, with a mostly white label but the remover is part of the cheapest of Boots own label ranges so it fits. I only care that the lid fits well as this is a pungent type of product after all. It does, and the opening is narrower than on some bottles. This is a good thing because it stops the liquid coming out too much at once. I have used bottles with dispensing stoppers in but they tend to be a little too restrictive for me as you end up shaking and shaking.

              The liquid looks purpley blue in the bottle but that isn't really obvious once it's poured out. It smells strong but these products all seem to. I open up a window before getting started which helps the otherwise lingering scent disappear faster.

              I've been really impressed by this basic products performance. Some polishes are easy to get off and then you don't notice any difference between one brand of remover and another. The Boots one deals with these quickly of course but it comes into it's own when used with polishes that I otherwise need to scrub away at, or ones that I have applied in more than a couple of coats. The Boots remover is more likely to get these off on the first attempt. I don't tend to need to use as much remover each time either so it's a money saver not just because of them initial low price. Glitter polish is often trickier to remove, as the glitter bits tend to hang around after the base colour has a melted away. The Boots product doesn't solve that problem, but I have also used considerably more expensive products that fail in this regard aswell. It does at least speed up the rest of the removal.

              The remover I chose has acetone in but Boots do offer an acetone free own label one. I have only used the former on my natural nails rather than artificial ones. I haven't experienced any obvious harm to my nails condition - this basic product doesn't promise any conditioning benefits but I am sceptical of those that do! I use almond oil on my nails often which I hope helps.

              Overall, I think this is a great value product as it performs better than some branded ones. The downside of a pungent smell is common to other removers so I won't hold that against it. If you don't mind an acetone remover, give this one a try.

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              30.11.2014 20:08
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              • "Highly scented"
              • "Low price"

              Disadvantages

              • "Lime scent is weak"
              • "Musk is stronger than name implies"

              A bit more than a hint of musk

              I haven't used a bodyspray regularly for years. But when I saw the Impulse Touch of Musk on a half price offer for 1GBP, I felt a bit nostalgic and picked up a 75ml spray. I hadn't tried one of the hint of musk ones before, and I was hoping the hint bit was accurate because I hate heavy musk scents. A touch however is fine, and I liked the sound of the other elements - lime and sandalwood. Impulse say the scent is delicate, clean, fresh, and discretely floral with an "alluring warmth " known to "inspire insanely romantic actions". Well if your boyfriend telling you your bodyspray reminds him a little of furniture polish counts as a romantic action, then this is a spectacular success! It's not that bad really but it isn't a scent that I have really warmed to.

              The spray can is a handy size for handbags. You have to twist the top to unlock the spray so there isn't much danger of setting it off by accident and the spray mechanism delivers a good even spray. They recommend using it from a distance of about 15cm which works well - you aren't supposed to inhale this stuff. I haven't had any trouble with it marking clothes but I don't like the scent enough to be liberal with applying it. I use it with an unscented deodorant to prevent any real body odour.

              I associate Impulse with mainly sweet and fruity fragrances. This is definitely not sweet - I think it is quite masculine in overall feel. Maybe that's the sandalwood, as it's popular in men's sprays. I actually love sandalwood normally but I don't like it in the mix here. I definitely wouldn't class this as a floral scent. As for the lime, that is completely absent for me, although it may account for a sharpness in the scent that develops after a while. I think citrus would have given a more uplifting feel to a aroma that is otherwise quite heavy. The musk comes across as a bit too strong and lingering for me. Overall, I think the aroma is lacking in the warmth described, and seems to fade to a particularly artificial scent.

              I think if you wanted this to last all day you would definitely need to top the scent up by re-spraying but this is a bodyspray after all and that is quite common. If you like it, you will at least appreciate the fact you don't have to use a lot of product to get plenty of scent at first.

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              29.11.2014 11:05
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              • "Teeth feel clean after use"
              • "Freshens breath"
              • "Mild taste"

              Disadvantages

              • "Flavour too weak for some"
              • "Not long lasting"

              A gentle tasting mouthwash that does the job

              When I tried Colgate's Cool Soft Mint mouthwash, I didn't think that it lived up to its gentle sounding name. The flavour was too harsh for me. A friend suggested I should try the same brand's Cool Mint mouthwash instead. So when I saw it on half price offer in Superdrug, I decided to give it a try. Full price is about 3.50 for 500ml.

              From the Plax range, this is alcohol free and anti bacterial, offering 12 hour protection from germs, and it contains flouride too. The lid contains a feint marker line that shows you how much product to use each time, which saves the fiddle of measuring a side. I do think the line could be made a bit more obvious but that's a small quibble.

              The scent is surprisingly nice and authentically minty, without being too strong or overpowering. The taste is also less harsh than many. I enjoyed this but I suspect many would prefer a stronger mint flavour. I actually prefer the fact it doesn’t linger for long in my mouth because I don't like products that effect the taste of what I eat a little later. It does make my mouth feel pleasantly fresh and cool while I swish it around for the recommended 30 seconds. I don't think that despite the use of the word cool in the name, that this is any more refreshing than others, and when I breathe in a short while later, I don't still get that cool breath feel. But my mouth and teeth do feel clean which is most important to me. I notice that especially in the morning when otherwise my mouth feels dry and stale, and toothpaste alone doesn't have such a cleansing feel. I also feel confident that my breath is fresh from one use to the next.

              Some mouthwash makes my tongue sore or tingle but I have found this one gentle enough to use daily. I think being alcohol free probably helps with that. It doesn't dry my mouth out as some do which is important for me as I suffer from occasional problems in this area. I can't tell whether the mouthwash is killing germs or not, but I have no reason to suspect it isn't working.

              All in all this is an average priced mouthwash that does it's job without doing anything special for me. I would recommend it if you want a mild tasting product whose flavour doesn't linger. If you like to feel that cool breath feeling for most if the day, then this wouldn't suit you but I do feel this does keep my breath fresh all day nevertheless. I would definitely shop around for it because it is very frequently on offer somewhere. Try the supermarkets as well as chemists.

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              29.11.2014 10:58
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              • "Availabe cheaply"
              • "Prevents odour"
              • "No white marks"

              Disadvantages

              • "Artificial type scent"

              A good value deodorant if you like the scent

              I bought the Radox pure clear deodorant when I saw it for a pound in Tesco. I thought it was a good price to pay for a product from a reliable brand like Radox. I have seen it often in places like Poundland since so it's easy to find cheaply. It promises 24hr protection and minimises the risks of white marks. It does all that but the scent is what lets it down for me.

              The spray top is quite powerful and delivers a nice even blast under your arm. I like the fact it doesn't make my under arms feel either very wet or sticky, which makes it much nicer to use. You do have to wait for it to dry before dressing but it seems quicker than many to get to that stage. I'm sure that helps with the promised minimizing of white marks. I can't say that there have ever been any stains or marks in my clothes after using this, even on dark coloured tops which show them up if anything will.

              It has an alcohol free formula and the front of the spray says it will care for my skin. I don't think that it does as much as that but it feels gentle enough and I haven't experienced any sort of irritation from using this.

              The main thing is this does indeed provide long lasting protection from unwanted odour. I have one active job and one office based one and I can work up a sweat in a former even if it isn't warm outside. But Radox has never let me down aroma wise, and I always feel fresh. It isn't described as an anti perspirant on the packaging that I can see, so it won't stop wet patches. But as a deodorant, a morning dose does last until the evening. I have noticed that I need to spray less of this than similar products, to feel protected, which makes it quicker to use and even better value for money.

              The scent doesn't appeal much to me. It is fresh and clean at first, and quite feminine. The bottle shows flowers on the front but I can't pick out any individual flower. It is lighter than some florals but the scent resembles something sweeter as it fades. It reminds me of watermelon which I just don't like. There's something soapy about the fragrance which makes it seem very artificial. Overall, I find the aroma quite strong and lingering and it just isn't a favourite for me.

              If you do like the scent, and want a good value non marking deodorant, then this is definitely worth considering. The price is low and the protection high. It's probably not for those wanting subtle scents.

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              24.11.2014 22:22
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              • "Nice scent"
              • "Reliable protection"
              • "Pleasant texture"

              Disadvantages

              • "UVA is 3 star"

              A reliable sun lotion for children - and adults

              The October heat wave caught me with low supplies of sun lotion, especially when my boyfriend's two young cousins joined us for a few days at the seaside. So I purchased the Nivea Sun Kids Moisturising sun lotion, which cost me 8.99gbp in a local pharmacy for 200ml. We had one SPF30 for us and one SPF50 for the children. They both have a UVA star rating of three. Nivea say this product is specially formulated for children's delicate skin and that it contains mineral and organic filters to provide immediate protection. It's also highly water resistant and has a moisturising formula.



              There's a decent sized dispensing hole at the top which works with the texture of the lotion. It feels nice to apply, as it's not greasy or sticky. If anything, it's slightly creamy. It's absorbed surprisingly fast which does make things easier. The bottle label says that 200ml would give 13 applications to a small child's body if applied correctly. Correctly, according to the bottle, is to apply generously before going out in the sun so there's a visible layer, then rub it in, let it dry and apply again. I lost count of the number of applications we made throughout each day, as the children were in and out of the sea a lot and I know it is essential to reapply it after towelling off. But the 200ml factor 50 was gone when used on a 4 and 7 year old over two days. The other bottle lasted us adults about the same time because although we reapplied less often there is obviously more of us! The scent is fairly classic sun lotion smell. I like it as it seems clean and fresh but isn't too strong.



              Although this lotion was labelled as "immediate protection", you are still advised to apply it BEFORE going out in the sun. I suppose the immediate protection would mean the protection would kick in faster when you were reapplying the lotion later. I was really pleased to see that none of our party got the slightest hint of pink despite being on the beach/ in the sea - it was hot enough to burn others around! The lotion is water proof and my boyfriend spent a lot of time in the water without suffering any problems. You have to reapply it after swimming nevertheless as you will towel off a lot of the protection.

              I do think the lotion feels quite moisturising because of its relatively creamy texture and because my skin felt nice and soft/supple at the end of the day



              The lotion feels good to apply and didn't let us down protection wise. I am trying to use fewer products containing parabens now and so I probably wouldn't buy this again myself as it contains a couple, but if that doesn't bother you, then I would recommend this.

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              20.11.2014 20:30
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              Advantages

              • "Paraben free"
              • "Softens skin"

              Disadvantages

              • "Blocked my pores"
              • "Messy texture"
              • "Not long lasting results"

              A sloppy mess of a facemask from Boots Botanics

              Have you ever thought that your face could benefit from a negative electrical charge? The oceanic clay in Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic face mask exhibits such a charge. Apparently, it helps to draw out deep seated "impurities". I put my scepticism aside and paid 6.00 for 100g.

              When I first used this, I was surprised to hear a sloshing sound in the tube. Clay masks are usually thick. What came out was a brownish liquid that ran everywhere. I have known clay masks to sort of seperate out on storage but I had obviously owned this for less than 24 hours. Giving the tube a vigorous shake helps thicken the mask enough to actually get the thing on your face. Make sure you dispense it over a sink at least. Even when shaken up ,the mask has a sloppy texture and cold feel. The usage instructions say to apply a generous layer. Well the texture makes that tricky but I did my best.

              The scent is quite mild for an unfragranced clay mask. This one is earthy but not strong. As it dries, the mask has a slight, not uncomfortable, tightening effect. Those negative electrical charges can't be felt anyway!

              After 10 mins , you are advised to remove any excess mask with tissues before rinsing with warm water. Well maybe its because I found it physically impossible to coat myself generously in this, I found the mask dried to a powdery finish. Any attempt to remove the mask with the said tissue results in fine powder flying everywhere. So rinsing is best.

              Straight after rinsing, my skin feels feels very soft, and until the next day at least. My face looks a little clearer overall, and any shine on my forehead is gone for a short while. But to be honest I could say the same for most face masks that are easier to use. The results don't last beyond 24 hours for me so this could hardly replace other products I use. As for deep cleansing, this is no way as good as my usual Garnier mask. In fact I noticed that the last time I used this, it actually appeared to sink into my larger nose pores. It made look like I had whiteheads! I ended up using a pore strip to clear it.

              To put up with the messy texture, I would have to experience better than average results. But as this appears to block my pores rather than clean them, this isn't worth the hassle for me. I know natural products can vary a bit in colour and texture, so you may get a better consistency with another tube but I don't think that it's worth running the risk.

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              20.11.2014 19:48
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              Advantages

              • "Lathers well"
              • " soft hair"
              • Smooth
              • "Gorgeous scent"

              Disadvantages

              • "Doesnt keep my hair clean as long"
              • "Doesn't add much shine"

              A good shampoo for smooth and soft hair, at a bargain price

              I came to try the Palmolive silky shine-effect shampoo, because it was available for the bargain price of 1GBP for 350ml in my local convenience store. I have since seen it in discount shops like Poundland. It's part of the Naturals range so called because it contains extracts of "100% natural origin" but NOT because all of the ingredients are in a pure natural form. This shampoo contains silk proteins and olive and aloe Vera extracts. On the less positive side, I would point out the presence of sodium laureth sulfate and parfum to those who wish to avoid these ingredients. It is intended for normal hair and Palmolive say it will gently cleanse and leave my locks silky and shiny.

              This shampoo has a gorgeous scent. I can smell the aloe, but the predominant aroma is deliciously fruity without being too sickly. It makes my hair smell lovely and I will catch a subtle waft of it during the day. The shampoo also has a great texture being very slightly thicker than average so there is no runny mess. It lathers incredibly easily and I can get away with using a third less of this shampoo compared to others. If I tried to use my usual amount, I would drown in foam! Spreading the shampoo through the hair is easy so all in all this is a pleasure to use. It may produce a big amount of lather but it isn't especially difficult to rinse out.
              I've used this with a variety of conditioners but I was most impressed with it when I skipped using one at all for a week, because doing so was required for a conditioner product trial. During that week, the Palmolive shampoo kept my hair in great condition. It was easy to brush and tangle free. I even received compliments on how bouncy and healthy my hair looked. That certainly made me think! In general my hair feels nice and soft after using the Palmolive shampoo. As for the shine claims, this does add some but it isn't exactly dazzling. I have used products that did a better job at that but my hair does at least look smoother.

              This doesn't stop me needing to wash my hair most days. Although the same could be said of many shampoos for me, I do think that my hair looks less fresh than average the next day. This is disappointing considering how good the Palmolive is in other ways. I have knocked off a star for this and the fact the shine created is quite average. I would definitely recommend it as a shampoo that delivers soft, smooth hair with a bit of shine and a great scent. The fact you can get it for a pound is brilliant.

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