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I suffer from dehydrated skin that suffers from hormonal outbreaks from spots. I've resigned myself to the fact that no product will clear my skin but find that I still need to be selective in selection as often the heavier products will clog my pores leading to worse outbreaks. I had been on the look out for a day moisturiser which also contained a SPF which rehydrated rather than over moisturised my skin. So when I came across Hydraphase UV intensive rehydration I was keen to try it. I didn't know much about La Roche Posay but at £12 for 50 ml, I felt that it must be from a decent skin care range. The packaging also seemed to reiterate this as the white cylinder stuck me as being classic and simple. The product was delivered via a pump system which I liked as it meant that I wasn't wasting any of it . The moisturiser itself was surprisingly light, with a little going a long way. It smelt fresh and clean and was reminiscent of cucumbers. It felt cool on application and my skin felt instantly hydrated and soft. One complaint would be that the product did seem to take a little longer than other moisturisers to sink into my skin and because of this I have only given it 4 stars. As mentioned earlier, a little of this moisturiser goes a long way and I have been using this now for several months and it's still going. I recently took it on a holiday where we went from dry desert heat to hot humid weather and it performed fantastically in both situations. Although I do still suffer from outbreaks, my skin doesn't seem as clogged as it used to be and my complexion appears brighter and more even. I would recommend this product to all skin types except very dry skin.
Although I do not have curly hair, I use products for curly hair as nothing else manages to tame my wild coarse hair into submission! I bought this product in a vain attempt to limit the amount of times I needed to use my hair straighteners. I find that, even though I do not need to wash my hair daily, I still need to straighten it as it starts to stick out all over the place. I had hoped that this would mean that I wouldn't need to rely on daily straightening. First things first. This product is a pump activated spray which you are instructed to spray 7-15 times into damp or wet hair. Now, I tend to like quite specific instructions, there seemed to be a big difference in the amount of sprays and also the state of the hair. However, as most people have different hair I thought that less specific may be necessary. The product itself felt very much like hairspray and was a bit sticky. Dispensing it into the hair was tricky as the pump action was cheap and basic. Combing it through my hair was difficult as I'm used to cream products which ease the tangles. Blow drying my hair was also a lot trickier than usual as the product seemed to make my hair feel coarser and the hair seemed to "stick" in the bristles of my brush. I was also a little concerned that it didn't offer heat protection, especially as you are instructed to use hair straighteners following blow drying. The overall effect following drying and straightening initially seemed quite impressive. My hair was straight and I had no complaints. However, as the day progressed, I noticed that my hair seemed really coarse as if there was lots of hairspray in and it seemed to get tangled much more easily than usual. I do have a slightly sensitive scalp but I found that my scalp also itched a lot more than usual and just felt clogged up. I persevered hoping to see an improvement the next day. Unfortunately, I was not impressed. Due to the hairspray like texture of my hair, it tended to stay in the position I slept in, whilst the bits that always end up sticking out, ended up sticking out. Overall, I was very disappointed with this product and will be going back to tried and tested daily straightening, at least until I can save up for a Brazilian blow dry! I would have given it no stars if I could.
Before I start, a little background about my hair. I have thick, dry, rebellious hair that is the bane of my life. Upon becoming engaged two years ago I decided to grow my hair which made my hair horrific to control with a strong reliance on hair straightners and tying it back. As a result my hair looked and felt awful and was desperate for some TLC. I bought this after seeing it mentioned in lots of magazines and also from squeezing my nose up at expensive hair salon windows! I paid approximately £15 from a store on the internet, which to me is rather expensive but I was at desperation point. I was hooked immediately. The smell of the product is amazing and the consistency is thick and creamy. Essentially, you use a small amount (walnut sized is recommended but as my hair is past shoulder length I felt I needed to use slightly more) and massage it through the hair. You then leave it on for up to 15 minutes. (I tended to slather it on, wrap my hair in either Clingfilm or a shower cap and then relax in a hot bath with a good book). I did feel that it needed a little bit longer rinsing than my normal conditioner but this is a small price to pay for the healthy, smooth looking locks that await you once you have dried your hair. My hair was much easier to style and although I still needed to use hair straightners to compact down my thick hair, I felt that I was spending less time in doing so. Another bonus is that the fragrance of the product stays with you for a few days. Initially I used this product on a weekly basis, but due to time constraints had to cut this back to an "as and when" attitude, even at times not leaving the product on for as long as stated. I was still very pleased with the results and am finding that the product still seems to work even after further washes without using the masque. If you have dry, thick hair I would definitely recommend this product. UPDATE- apologies forgot to mention how much use you get out of a pot (smacks head with palm of hand!) I've been using this product for approx 5 months now and am roughly halfway through the pot. If you were using it more regularly then I imagine a pot would last roughly 6 months.
Fill Tilt Poker is one of the unofficial 'big two' sites on the online poker scene along with Poker Stars. Both have numerous professional poker player endorsements to back their claims to be number one, but at the end of the day it comes down to the tables and variety on the site. Like nearly all of the big poker sites, Full Tilt requires a download and installation of software on your PC before you can get going. The download itself is easy to find on the main site and takes less than three minutes with a decent broadband connection. Once installed its time to set up an account and log in. The log in page is well presented yet simple, and features images of Chris Ferguson and Gus Hansen, two of the most recognisable poker players in the world. Once logged in you are offered the chance to deposit money in to your new account. The site takes payment from Mastercard, Visa credit and debit cards, Maestro and Solo as well as PayPoint, NetTeller and Click and Buy. The minimum deposit being $10 (around £6 at current exchange rates) is better than Party Poker which has a £25 minimum and, in my opinion, is less convenient for the casual social player of small stakes. Once you delve in to Full Tilt the options are numerous. There is a play money option for those who don't want to play for real money, allowing you to practice your game without risking cash. This however results in a very different style of poker to real money as people are more cavalier when not playing for real money. No Limit Texas Hold Em' is the main staple on the site, not surprisingly as that is the biggest form of poker bar none. However this is not all that is on offer. The site also provides tables for Omaha, Omaha Hi/Low, Stud, HORSE and other mixed games. The buy ins are also massively different, with tournaments starting at less than a dollar and ring (cash) games starting from 1/2c blinds. However for bigger stakes players the buy ins go up to $5000 for tournaments and $2000/$4000 blinds in 'Ivey's Room' named after another affiliated player Phil Ivey. One feature of Full Tilt is that it allows the opportunity to play against these professionals in special events, so if you want to test your game then coming up against Ivey or Hansen is a good way to start! Overall the site is slick, well put together and offers a wide variety of gaming for both the beginner, intermediate or advanced player. Alas good cards cannot be guaranteed!
The Book of Fate centres around the character of Wes Holloway, aide to the president who within the first chapter of the novel is permanently disfigured by an assassination attempt. During this attempt, a close friend of the president is killed. Fast forward 8 years later and Wes is struggling to come to terms with his life while the president is now a former president touring the world giving talks. It is on such a talk that Wes stumbles across an intruder in dressing room. An intruder who looks all too familiar... Events escalate so that Wes finds himself running for his life and trying to clear his name. Unfortunately this book is nowhere near as interesting and exciting as it sounds. The blurb makes reference to a code invented by Jefferson and clues hidden by Masons in a vain attempt to jump on the Dan Brown band wagon. Both are indeed mentioned in the book but only very briefly and are in no way central to the plot. In fact it seems to me that they may have been added following an Editors request in order to increase sales. The characters in this novel are flat and I found I was neither interested or cared for the welfare of any of them. And believe me there were many, many characters in this book! Far too many which meant that the plot became strained and contrived to include them all. I won't spoil the ending, just in case any of you want to try it for yourself, but I found the "twist" highly predictable and a waste of the few days I had spent reading the book. Days that I won't ever see again! In summary, a very dull novel desperate to be something it isn't.
My boyfriend bought this after not being able to find my usual product and I won't be going back to my usual! I suffer from dry, itchy and quite sensitive skin and have struggled to find body moisturisers that combat all three issues. Garnier Soothing Restorative Balm was great at all of them. The balm is thick and feels luxurious but is absorbed quickly and without the greasiness often associated with moisturisers for dry skin. At present I am only applying the balm once a day, following a bath but am finding this is more than sufficient as my skin feels moisturised for the next 24 hours and no itching!! I'm always a bit sceptical of claims by companies that their products "nourish" skin - exactly what is this? Oddly enough though since using this product I would have to agree that my skin does feel nourished! (Even if I still can't pin point exactly why!) I am a little disappointed by the smell of the product (It smells a little "hospitally" and clinical) but I suppose if it's being targeted at those with very sensitive skin then it needs to be fragrance free and the odd smell does disappear quickly. Due to the price, it wouldn't have been a product I would have tried, it was only because it was on offer that my boyfriend picked it up in the first place. As it comes in a tube it also means that you don't use too much as I am often guilty of with products in tubs like E45. I would have given it maximum stars had it not been for the full price cost and I'm trying my hardest to be frugal!
I ordered this book out of my local library following a recommendation. Initially I was a little concerned about the cover of the book as at best it could be described as dull (Red with what looks like black splodges on). However, the saying "Never judge a book by it's cover" has never been more true! This was a thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery in the style of a grown up Famous Five jaunt. The main character of the story is Flavia de Luce, a somewhat precocious 11 year old girl usually preoccupied by all things chemistry and constant feuds with her older sisters Daphne and Ophelia. This all comes to an end one day with the discovery of a dead snipe on her doorstep and a dead body in the cucumber patch below her window. Soon her father, Colonel de Luce is in the frame for the murder and so Flavia embarks on a mission to solve the crime and clear her father's name. Along the way Flavia pieces together clues and solves puzzles using her chemistry lab and her trusty stead (bicycle) Gladys. Flavia also deals with issues such as the death of her mother shortly after her birth, being taken seriously as a girl and all the challenges facing 11 year olds! This was just the book to read on a rainy Sunday afternoon as I for one could not put it down. I was sent back to a time of innocence (save for the odd attempted sabotage of older sisters ) where children were able to roam the countryside solving murders and then returning home for tea. Do not be put off by the odd Americanisms that creep into the story (The Times of London etc) this is a spiffing yarn that all of us who loved the Famous Five and Secret Seven will adore. Here's hoping for a series of books!
I've suffered from cold sores for as long as I can remember and I've tried pretty much everything with varying degrees of success. I bought this product while suffering from a particularly nasty bout that felt as though it had taken over my face and would quite honestly have tried anything! I was very impressed with the device. My cold sores seemed to clear up quicker than I was expecting and the annoying mark where they have been phase was a lot shorter than usual (a day rather than a week plus). I am unlucky in that I never get the tingling phase they just appear. In a most recent bout I was able to use the device as soon as the cold sore appeared and the cold sore barely got to the blister stage. Where the cold sore has appeared over night and is in blister stage the device is still beneficial (see above paragraph). I tended not to follow the instructions of using 12 hours apart on the first day only and tended to use it 3 times a day for the duration whilst also using a combination of patches and Boots lotion. It was also great to have another method of treatment that didn't include messy creams or "invisible" patches. Yes it is quite a large initial outlay and yes you do look a little odd using it but I feel that it is well worth the money, even if it is a psychological effect of feeling as if you are doing something.
This product was bought for my boyfriend who doesn't like using "all that girly smelly stuff". From my point of view it smelt lovely, very masculine but light enough not to be overpowering, even the boyo liked it! My boyfriend has quite sensitive skin that gets very aggravated by shaving daily. From the very first use he was impressed. His skin felt less tighter than usual and a lot smoother, even onto the next day which meant he didn't have to shave again. It's not greasy so absorbs very quickly and doesn't make the skin look shiny. The advertising states that it also protects the epidermis from daily irritants which I'm not too convinced about - although the boyfriend's skin has looked less irritated over the last year. One downside is that it would be useful to have some sort of SPF included as I feel you are less likely to moisturise following using it. It isn't cheap but a little goes a very long way, the first tube lasted just under a year which if you compare it to other products is fantastic. The packaging also looks great and again "not girly".
I'm a big fan of the Sensodyne products, particularly the Pronamal range. I am also incredibly lazy when it comes to flossing so having seen the adverts for this product I decided to give it a whirl. Firstly the price tag for this product is pretty steep (£4.25 currently!!), luckily I got it on offer. Secondly the fragrance is less minty and more shaving gel like, not the best way to feel refreshed on a morning! I also did not like the method of toothpaste dispensing. Unlike the usual toothpaste tube, this product relies on pressing the button on the top. I'm assuming that it releases the recommended amount of toothpaste but I found this to be tiny and also a very messy method of dispensing - toothpaste on hands, round the button, down the tube, but not actually on my toothbrush. According to the advert, upon entering your mouth the blue gel turns into a powerful and invigorating gel which penetrates all areas of your mouth. Yet another disappointment when all that it felt like was I picked up some cheap shaving foam and sprayed it into my mouth. Even the fragrance of the product was disappointing being that it was over powered by the "foaminess". I persevered with it for just over a week as I am stubborn and didn't want to fork out for more toothpaste. However, I had to bite the bullet and return back to pronamal. As such I can't really comment on whether the product works for sensitive teeth, perhaps I should have seen whether it provided a smooth shave.
I agree with the other reviews that this book could not have been released at a more appropriate time. However, my opinion of the book differs greatly from this point on. I found the recipes incredibly dated and to be honest a bit "naff". They smacked very much of a 1970s dinner party (which is when the book was first released) and I felt most of the recipes were not for people short on time who would struggle to find the cheaper alternatives of fish if their local supermarket didn't stock them. While some of the recipes (and a whole chapter devoted to offal!) simply turned my stomach I did find the introduction to each chapter interesting, but more as an insight into the dietary habits of the 70s than with any reference to food. I was also very disappointed with the lack of pictures as mentioned in other reviews. Perhaps it screams I am a child of the 90s but I sort of like to see what my food is supposed to look like. Particularly as Delia is trying to promote less fashionable cuts of meat or fish you may not have come across before.
Just a bit of background to set the tone of the review. I have dry skin but suffer from spots bordering on acne. I was recommended this product and have to say I haven't been disappointed by the results. The cleanser feels great and is very soothing. I found the consistency of the product to be lovely and thick, a little does go a long way and my skin feels clean and fresh after use. Within two weeks of using it my skin felt and looked brighter and fresher with my spots very much under control. Those that I still had were much more diminished and were not as red as I usually experienced. My skin did not feel tight after use, which is unusual for me, and I could have got away with not using moisturiser. The product would be great for those with sensitive skin and I can confirm that it does indeed keep the skin "calm during the cleansing process" as the manufacturers claim. The fragrance of the product is heavenly - it smells like a spa and is great to use in a morning as it invigorates and refreshes. One major criticism I have of the product is the cost! I found that a bottle lasted just under 6 weeks despite being told it would last several months and although the results were great, I couldn't justify the cost. Probably not a product for the budget conscious among us! I also found that it wasn't fantastic at removing makeup and had to use cotton wool with the product to fully remove all traces. Therefore I have given it 4 out of 5 stars not the maximum of 5.