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      17.07.2012 21:31
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      Hypo-allergenic and tear proof leaving hair clean, soft and shiny..

      I have always used the boots branded products for my little boy's bath times. Being a sufferer of really bad exzema as a baby I really needed to be careful what smellies and washpowders we used on him and I found quite quickly that these products really suited him and minimized the flair ups. As much as I would like to say he has grown out of it, we switched washpowders, (because the fella went shopping and grabbed the cheapest as oppose to the best) and within a few days of the change, his back was rashy and spotty. So unfortunately he is still quite sensitive and we do have to be careful. However it's hard to rate products from the point of view of your child if you dont use it yourself. During bathtimes my son is a typical boy. He splashes, makes a mess and just doesn't care. He's also very independent and doesn't let me do anything. So he puts the shampoo on, he slops it around and scrubs it in, he leaves it on (just like mummy) while he plays and splashes some more. He then insists on laying back and rinsing it off. Not only is it kind to his skin, it is also kind to his eyes. In the 4 years we have used this, and honestly he must get it in his eyes, EVERY single bath time, he has never once cried because his eyes are stinging. Instead he just asks for the towel as he has 'water' in his eyes. It is extremely cost effective too, at less than £2 for a 500ml bottle, it lasts ages as you only need the smallest amount, leaving the little man's hair clean, soft, shiny and smelling lovely. It was only Sunday night (15th July) as we were chilling down getting ready for bed that, as I go to run my usual nightly bath, and realise that my drawer (which is usually full of an excess of bath smellies, shower gels, deodrents, etc) was completely empty. I had been leaving the filling up of the bath to the fella and he'd neglected to tell me there was nothing left. The only stuff of any kind left was baby shampoo and hand wash. Now, this is now where I am able to put my opinion across on it's use from an adults point of view. As I got into the bath filled with a cocktail of handwash and baby shampoo, I noticed how many bubbles there were..many more than I usually get with the average shower gel. Whether this is down to the handwash or the shampoo I can't be sure, but either way...lots of bubbles. As a washdown product, it frothed up well on the sponge and felt lovely and soothing on the skin, without drying it out. I had to use it as a shaving foam too as I do prefer to use my moisturising bath products when shaving. Needless to say it didnt froth up as much, and didnt quite moisturise as well as it should but netherless, I did manage to get a good shave. Then came my next problem, (and I really cant blame this one on the fella), I went to squeeze my trusted shampoo, and that was out tooooo!! A pea sized amount was all that was left and that was good for nothing, so I had to resort to the baby shampoo again. Now I have to say, as a person who bleaches her hair, and uses lots of heat, I do prefer my shampoo to do all the work as oppose to using conditioner as it makes my hair too heavy and unmanagable. So bearing this in mind, as a shampoo for adults, (which IS obviously it's use) I was really quite impressed. Now obviously, I am not talking it up, its not like it performed miracles like my current all singing, all dancing, shampoo but I was happy to make do for a day or two. It actually made my hair really soft and bouncy, not volumised by any means, but this obviously meant that the shampoo wasnt weighing down my hair and sitting heavy. If there were any negatives, it was that my hair was a bit static and flyaway. It also made my blonde bits soooo blonde. In fact people at work had actually asked whether I had been to the hairdressers, which was quite funny, as my usual shampoo is a blonde highlight activator. My hair didnt feel as soft as usual, but then that would be where I probably should have used a conditioner. I am quite lucky to have found the perfect shampoo that means I wouldnt need to use conditioner every time. I am now on day 2 of the baby shampooed hair and really don't feel the need to rewash my hair tonight. So all in all, i'm satisfied that if it's good enough for me, it's good enough for the little man..it lost a star merely down to the fact that I need to still use a conditioner on my hair, but then that's to be expected with most shampoos, just not my normal one.

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        17.07.2012 18:10
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        Ticks all the boxes every person wants on a smooth, clean, hasslefree shave.

        If you have read my previous review on 'Veet Hair Minimising Moisturiser' you will already know a little bit about my hair problems. I honestly believe I have the fastest growing hairy bits in the world! I can safely say my legs are the spikiest out of the girls I have worked with over my 6 years in the shop. When girl A is complaining that her 'legs are so prickly and she will have to shave when she gets in before she can wear her little skirt into town that night'. She follows on with 'I only shaved on Tuesday'. It's now Saturday, in my nosiness, I can't help it, I have to cop a feel! I knew it!!!....You can hardly see the tiny blonde hairs that have sprouted up on her skinny legs, let alone feel them! 'Haha!' I scoff 'You think you have it bad. My legs feel like that an hour after I have shaved them! They'd look like a mans if I had left them for 4 days' And this is a regular conversation, with friends, co-workers and family. In fact, people I have had the conversations with, use me as a comparison, 'well at least they aren't as bad as SJ's'. As a guide, I was on my holidays recently, I went for just one week. I shaved the night we left England, I managed day one not shaving, the next day I was actually embarrassed, as you could see the hairs coming through, and they are not blonde, even though the sun bleached my arm hairs. I just had to shave that night. All in all from the day we left England to the day we got back 8 days later, I had to shave 4 times. EXCESSIVE!! But totally and completely neccessary!! I have waxed, used hair removal creams, switched and changed razor blades in the hope of finding the smoothest possible shave as I do believe this is a good starting point to minimize hair growth. After quickly realising that waxing was a total no no. The pain and mess for me completely outweighed the pitiful week of hairfree legs. The mess that comes with hair removal creams also put me off quite quickly. The smell of them are foul and some of them irritate me, leaving my quite scaley. I also prefer to bath as oppose to shower so always had to do my legs in the sink. Until I can afford lazor hair removal, I have just been settling with finding a good razor. So prior to realising how spectactular my Mans blade was, I was using Gillette Venus Embrace. Now this isn't a bad razor by any means, it's the first 5 blade razor for women and has a ribbon of moisture for smoother shaving. I just found it didnt last very long and can be so expensive. I found the blades would blunt in a matter of weeks and in 'certain areas' I couldn't get as smoothe a shave as I would have liked. I even had to go over some areas twice, maybe three times as hairs would be missed. The cost of blades was very expensive. For just 3 blades, it costs around £9 and for 6 blades it's £16!! I found it cheaper to get a new starter pack everytime. Which seems to always be on half price (Usually about £8 at full price) and comes with 2 blades and a new razor. Much more affordable at half the price. Anyway, in realising my blades were blunt for the umpteenth time and needing a close shave quick, I swiped the fella's razor. Well I can honestly say it is the closest shave I have EVER had. All the problems I had with the Gillette Venus were completely irradicated with this. It just glideds through my hairs, absolutely no need for shaving the same area twice. The Hydro strip really works to moisturise and soothe the shaved strip too. I find the head of the razor really follows the contours of my skin very well, much more than a woman's razor ever has done. From (sneaky) continued use of this blade I am amazed at the fact that I haven't once nicked myself or caused irritation, these skin guards do exactly what they are supposed to. I know it sounds daft (but I hope you know what I mean) but I also feel it's shaving off less of my tan than previous razors have done, which must mean it is less damaging on the skin. This is confirmed by the fact there isnt a desperate need to moisturise my legs as soon as I get out of the bath. The outlay for this razor is much more beneficial too. The razor itself plus two blades costs around £9, (but I think we purchased it on offer.) As we all know it's the blades can cost the most and these set you back £8 for 4 blades and £15 for 8 blades. And with two of us using it, these blades last about a month before they need renewing, which is fantastic and definately much more cost effective than it used to be. Obviously I can confirm the fella has a much closer shave with these, but having tried it myself and comparing it to everything else I have tried I know this is a brilliant razor, ticking all the boxes and passing the test on my hairs...which does take an awful lot, and something that nothing else seems to have done very well.

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        16.07.2012 22:29
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        Perfect for ladies who want perfected skin..but not just for legs

        THIS IS MY REVIEW OF SALLY HANSEN AS A FAKE TAN AND LEG MAKE-UP TOO... I, unfortunately am one of those girls in the retail industry who may look a little (JUST A LITTLE) bit on the orange side...I am naturally quite medium to light skin toned but if I were to go au-natural I would look poorly, especially in the harsh lighting in the shop. Every woman feels healthier and fresher with the glow of a summers holiday behind them. Add to this the fact that I like to wear my eyes and lips heavily made up, therefore, I do need to warm up the complexion in order to wear the heavier, brighter colours. Once, (maybe twice if we are lucky) a year I will go on my holiday's, specifically to bring back with me the best golden tan I possibly can. This will inevitably fade very quickly, even with the right moisturising products, but in desperation of holding on to that tan for as long as possible, I will jump on the sunbed three times a week. Naughty! Naughty! Needless to say, there does come a point after about 12 weeks when your white bits begin to merge in with the rest of your bits and you really need to fake it...Your skin's been burnt with the tri-weekly use of sunbeds, it needs a rest. You seem to be using lots of minutes and getting nowhere, you have to accept it...the tan's gone. PASTY, PALE AND UNINTERESTING! I just can't accept 'embracing the paleness'. The celebs look amazing with it, my customers all look fab..I just look washed out. Now is the time to resort to the bottle!! I started with the 'wear off' fake tans. After lots of playing around, switching to recommended products and lots of failures, I found out the hard way fake tan isnt my thing. It stinks!! Living alone, it's fine, but when living with a boy its not nice for him to endure. If it does go right, of course it has to be fully developed to be able to determine whether it did go right. At which point it's too late to do anything about. Fake tan has a tendency to dry the skin out, sits patchy in places and sticks in clumps to other dry bits. And it looks horrendous as it fades! The only way it looks good is layered up....and up....and up...and then you can risk looking dirty. BIG FAIL!! I moved over to the 'wash off' market and much prefer this way of doing things. If plans are booked last minute, you just smooth on and you're good to go. There's absolutely no mess and less chance of streakiness as you build your desired colour. Because it washes off straight away, you dont get the patchy look as your skin starts to shred its skin cells. The colour is adaptable, just layer it up for more intensity and play it down for a subtle look. The big downside to this, is the fact they tend not to be as waterproof as they should be. I'd wear it to work and wash my hands and be left with the white bits. Or get rained on during a night out and be left with big splodges. The worst was one night when some silly billy poured his wholke drink down my left side, right at the start of the night...Que the worst looking tan, ALLL NIGHT!! This is where Sally Hansen comes in to play. I've seen this product everywhere, heard so may raves about it but had never been able to play with it. I like to test products at this price before I purchase, and had never drummed up the courage to buy it out right. I had a very important doo coming up and with the lovely weather being typically british (and rainy) needed something for my legs, that wasn't going anywhere. I couldn't wear tights as I had the prettiest of sandals on and didn't want to ruin it. So after 2 years of 'nearly' buying it, I bought it!! Well, in a rush, I just grabbed the product, didn't really look at it, paid for it, walked out the shop and went home to beautify myself for the night...! I will note here, this comes in LOTS of shades, (I now realise), light, medium, tan and dark plus you can choose between matt, glow and shimmer too. I realised, as I sprayed the product onto my mit, the product was quite dark! As I smoothed the silky texture onto my legs it wasn't lightening very much at all...ARRRRGGHHHH! I had bought the dark glow!! eeeek! As instant tanning is the very last thing I do before I leave the house, I couldnt do anything about my faux pas! It wasn't completely horrendous, the colour was rather nice, as though I had been on holiday. I was amazed at how hot my legs looked too. This product had smoothed out the bad bits perfectly, like foundation would, while also giving a great tan!! I just had to somehow even myself out. The product says absolutely nothing about where not to use it...in panic and madness, I quickly smoothed it onto my arms, chest shoulders and back and rushed out the door in the rain. Well what an amazing little product, even in the rain, this product did NOT budge! It gave perfect coverage, smoothing out the bad bits, while giving a great natural tan too! It didnt transfer to clothes too badly and washed off in the bath, (with a bit of a scub). This is alll I will ever use now as my fake tan as its outstood the rest and at £9 it's cheaper than alot of the good fake tans out there. I tend to use a little bit of this every day on the skin on show, and lots on nights out, with it being so dark I dont need much, it lasts ages, about 2 to 3 months on average. Personally I prefer this one over the lighter colours. I bought the golden tan (a shade lighter) once by accident and as much as the colour was perfect for my friend and still ok for me, I had gotten so used to the darker one. Plus, I used the golden tan one much quicker trying to build up colour. Obviously dependent upon what you're after, and the look you want to achieve would determine which of the shades you would opt for. People constantly comment on my tan all the time and especially in the summer, ask where I have been. I still go on the sunbeds but this allows me to minimise the hammering of them. So although this is advertised as leg makeup, I would definately recommend it as instant, waterproof fake tan for all over the body as it works brilliantly. Juts play with the colours and determine the shade thats right for you. Spray straight onto the skin, or to minimise mess on the carpet and walls, spray onto a mitt quite liberally (about a 50ps worth) and spread across a small area. Don't over blend it as this may rub it off, just as your foundation would. I have used it on my face too, mixed in with a touch of foundation!! ha ha! Just to help the colour along a bit!

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        12.07.2012 22:52
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        Easy to use and highly addictive....I'm hunting for things to review!!!

        So, I am a new member and haven't accrued anywhere near enough dooyoo miles to redeem yet but I thought I would comment on my motivations for joining this website to write and review. Therefore if it's all written down I can keep referring to it as is neccessary. On the 23rd June this year, my lovely boyfriend of 3 and a half years, made me the happiest women alive and asked me to marry him!!!!! Now I am a 25 year old mummy to my 4 year old boy and I work full time in the retail industry, which doesn't bring in the best of wages for us. My lovely fella is a Valuer at a local Estate Agents (he tells you how much your house is worth) so is on a healthier wage. But as all you ladies know a wedding isn't cheap, regardless of how you go about it. I googled, 'money making ideas' and re-read all my emails from 'martain's money saving tips', and was amazed at how much money could be made from writing reviews on all your favourite (and not so favourite) products, thus enabling people to make better decisions on the things they buy. I'm often googling, newly recommended products and problems I may have with such products. And seeing as Literature is my favourite and best performing subject in Education, this felt like such a good way to get back into writing. This is my plan for dooyoo...we have decided to tie the knot in feb/may 2014, (2013 being unlucky for some and me) plus plenty of time to save save save!! I do like the idea of a new lipstick or book from amazon but I have vowed I will not redeem my vouchers until I am at the £50 mark! (Pinky promise!) If I can generate that amount, even every 3 months then over the period to the wedding that is an extra £400! Which is phenominal! It could be my wedding dress paid for? (i haven't looked into the cost of this yet? Am i being a bit hopeful?) As I have not been on this site long enough, I am not sure how quickly my miles are likely to generate so if there's any tips please do tell me!) We are planning to marry in Mexico so will save a bucket load of cash in doing this. Apparently the average wedding in the UK costs £20'000, yet the average for a wedding abroad is only £6'000! Can you believe the difference!! We are only taking our close friends and immediate family abroad with us as the costs will hit the roof!! The plan is then to have a big doo back in England for those who were unable to make the wedding. As we have lots of friends and family who live right across the UK, from the southern tips of Poole, Dorset to Wales, Leicester to Northampton and us in the Lincolnshire area and up to Hull, getting us all together will be fun...And cost a penny or two.. I'm proud to say I have stopped the dreaded deathly cigarettes too!!!!! I shouldn't be smoking anyway I know but it's all in a desperate bid to save for the most amazing day of my special little families life :)

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          12.07.2012 20:53
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          Reasonably priced for such a wonderful product!! Highly recommend!!

          So..I shall start by setting the scene of time gone by... Having thick and course hair, and plenty of it, is good in one aspect, my hair is always full of body! Years of bleach and heat (straightening and hairdrying) and nite using conditioner hasn't damaged it! And it grows so fast, which means if I hate a hairstyle (and there's been a few of those disasters), it grows back in no time. My friends hair can take 6 months to grow a centimeters..me, I have obvious roots within 3 weeks! Now this is all well and good with the hair on my head (apart from the hairdresser fees), the same can't be said for the rest of my body!! As a woman, and I know I speak for the majority, hair removal is the absolute bain of my life!! I have bought into copious amounts of products in a desperate bid to get the best possible head start on the regrowth process. Waxing regrowth is literally a week! Sooo much pain for a week hair free!?!? NOOOOO THANKYOU! I've tried hair removal cream, promising smother legs for longer, but my sensitive skin didn't like many of then and as I like my baths found it so messy, with regroqth being just as quick as shaving!! So back to blades I went! I found myself a mens one (eventually) that i have been really happy with as I do get a much closer shave there and then. Its the Wilkinson 5 blade and I do quite like the Gillette fusion too. However growth is still so quick. If I shave about 8pm, by the morning I'd feel the dreaded prickle, And shaving everyday make me scaley and rashey :( So a new method was needed. So this Veet ProMinimise came out as a new product that I thought i would give a go. Veet is a reknowned product and the science bit sounded good too. The moisturer uses a specially designed ingredient called 'proMinimise' which targets the hair follicle to noticeably slow down the appearance of hair growth, prolonging the silky smooth feeling so you can remove hair less often. It promised results in just weeks and 82% of 300 women agreed!! OOOOH, if it were to work that sounded perfect!! It was actually on an introductory price of half price so it took the sting out of buying it. £2.50 (usually £4.99) for a 250ml bottle so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try it. Its so easy to use, just moisturise every day, something I have recently gotten into the habit of, and alto if people are guilty of not doing and it's that simple. Its light, non-greasy formula smooothes in easily without clogging the pores. There are two types I personally prefer the one with added aloe vera, which nourises more intensely and calms the effects of shaving. Its delicate enough to be used straight after shaving without the usual stinging sensations. The smell is gorgeous too! It reminds me of suncream, that fresh clean coconut, watermelon smell! YUMMY!! So I get a reminder of my holidays everyday :) What about the results? I hear you ask...Well I am amazed!! I have been using this for at least 1 year now and U can honestly say the results came about so quickly. I am not feeling the need to shave everyday as I used to. I recently went on my holidays and I had to shave every 3 days, this was purely out of vanity, I could probably lasted an extra day! My hair is si much softer and less course, which means much less of that prickly feeling. My legs feel lovely and moisturised constantly and they do tend to shave easier aswell. I do use this all over, not just limited to my legs and I am very impressed with the results In summary, this has totally exceeded all expectations. I believe I am a very good advocate for the problem of leg hair..Out of all the girls I have worked with over the past 6 years, I do have the worst in the way of prickly bits!! Id it has worked for me, it will definitely work for all the normal ladies out there!!

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            04.07.2012 12:13
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            a laptop, mp3 player, camera and internet all rolled into one lightweight sleek design..

            Ok...so I am a bit of a snob when it comes to phones, but I am not a tech head. I like the latest and greatest! Since my first contract at 18, I found I quickly get bored of phones and constantly have two contracts going on because I have upgraded early to the next best thing. This makes my bank balance very unhappy.. Phones are bigger and better than when I first started out with my flashing Nokia 3220. (The one with the the dancing lights) The old favourite tetris was on there and the best game around was snake which would keep you entertained for hours. Ring tones were basic and very tinny 15 second clips of your favourite songs. The maximum text message memory was 100 and memory would be full and you'd have to manually delete..there was no room for lovey dovey keepsakes. Well fast forward 7 years and your little hand held phone does everything!! Even the basic phones have camera's, can access the internet, download music and games and have enough memory to store plenty of data. My previous phone before this was a Blackberry curve (again, following the crowds)..Its not that I dislike the phone...but in the year I had it (before I upgraded early) my rollerball started sticking, my 'A' and 'call' button just wouldn't work for weeks on end, meaning texts were incomprehensible and I couldnt ring out or answer my phone. It crashed CONSTANTLY, the plastic was coming away and was almost 2 pieces. I was not impressed. And my friend was litterally getting her Blackberry replaced every couple of months due to faults. The camera was rubbish as it had no flash. However I loved the fact I didn't have to tap a button 4 times to get the letter I wanted, I could download Apps, transfer Music, it was my little mp3 at the the gym and had plenty of storage. So needless to say I wanted something different with my upgrade. The Galaxy SII was new on the market, at the time the Iphone was EVERYWHERE and I didnt want to follow the crowd this time. Plus a typical Iphone contract would have set you back around £50 due to their high insurance and hidden charges. Plus the Apple apps can be quite expensive, for your music and games. I was shown the Galaxy SII by the Orange shop (although they weren't over enthusiastic about it) and had to pay 100 to upgrade early. I couldnt stand having my Blackberry for another year so thought it was a reasonable switch. THE PHONE; A really easy touch screen phone (with a whopping screen to allow easy reading) that glides and sweeps through it's menus so quickly thanks to its powerful dual core processor. It sports the sleek minimilist approach with One 'Homescreen' button in the bottom centre and two touch sensitive buttons either side. It's ultra slimline (less than 1 cm in thickness) and really really light, considering it's so powerful. This phone has had quite a few bashes and knocks but literally has no scratches or dents whatsoever. Its a pretty robust little beauty that just keeps on going. FEATURES; - It features an 8.0 megapixel camera with flash on the back which is brilliant for taking really good photos as it's autofocus and digital zoom. - You also have WiFi and the usual 3G so accessing the internet is quick and painless. I often have 3 or 4 different website pages going on at the same time but it still remains really fast and responsive. It's actually very rare I get my PC out now as this does everything I need it to. - The memory on it seems to be HUGE! I have hundreds of songs and photos on there, loads of Apps, and in the year I have had it never deleted my message inbox yet its still fast and apparantly only used a quarter of my avaliable memory. Plus if neccessary I can insert a memory card to generate more memory but I can't forsee the need for this any time soon. - The screen is bright and vibrant with extremely good colour saturation. Much more than the fiance's iphone so adds to its sleekness. I can use it just as well in the bright sunshine as in the dark. (this isnt always the case for certain phones. MY FAVOURITE BIT; Definately the multi screens....You have 5 different desktop screens to organise your most important features that you can sweep between and a main home screen with everything all in one place. So for me I have literally stuffed my desktops full of shortcuts. I have a page for daily things, like messages, internet, camera, clock etc. Then a page dedicated to fitness apps and gym routines, a page full of my little boys games...and so on. This way you dont need to go into the Main home and search for everything it's just where you put it..You can switch this up easily too by just dragging the icon into the bin if you no longer want it on your desktop screens. NEGTATIVES; The battery on this is appauling...I know Smartphones tend to consume battery and I have now gotten into the habit of recharging every night but prior to this I would go a whole day without my phone as the battery had died. I'd look at in the morning and there would be a third of battery left, go to it a couble of hours later and it's dead. I even had a battery replacement as I genuinely though it was a faulty battery. The new one was fine for a few weeks, lasting two days maximum, then it started deteriorating again. I hardly even get a full day if I have been over phone friendly. Being untechnical I have no idea what I can do about this and what to suggest. Although Android market does have an app killer that shuts down apps that kill your battery life easily and effectively, so clicking this can save you a bit of battery life. Bearing in mind I have this phone a year ago, it is still in reasonable condition. It never sticks or crashes. It hasnt slowed or lost its reliability and sensitivity. As mentioned already, its had lots of drops and is still robust as ever. Its interface is so simple my 4 year old often sneaks it and knows exactly what he is doing on it. Aside from the battery, I would highly recommend it, and proff of that is I am not yet on the lookout for my next one....although the SIII is very appealing :)

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            • Aldi / Highstreet Shopping / 25 Readings / 23 Ratings
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              Fantastic Quality products, at Amazingly low prices....where have you been all my life??

              As a Mum and a wife (to be), I find it really important to ensure my family eat a well balanced diet. I have always been a firm believer of natural goodness and freshly prepared meals as often as is possible, (which can be pretty tough with my partner and I out of the house on average about 100 hours a week (combined of course) with just work alone!) I feel my little boy is at the crutial years where he is really influentuial to what he consumes. Not only will his teeth, but his waistline, his organs and maybe his brain development will be affected by unnatural, processed foods. So in a desperate bid to buy fresh ingredients for home cooked meals we were shopping at the bigger supermarket chains and spending somewhere in the region of £150 per week on our food shops. I very rarely purchase frozen, packet or tinned produce as I believe this is the unhealthier way forward and personally just prefer the freshly made taste. (Apart from curries, I havent had the time to learn to make them yet) The crunch came with our biggest spend, whilst at Sainsbury's at a whopping £190 and we knew something had to give. It is not like we buy lots of brands, but with inflation, food has begun reaching sky high prices. A few months after we moved into our current address, a new Aldi store opened a mile or so up the road. Our nearest one prior was a good 20 miles away. It took alot of pursuading the fella, but eventually we ventured up there. Having been brought up in Germany, i remember the german food well and had often ventured to the local Lidl on a few occassions in the past for certain German specifics. We started off with key essentials and have slowly converted most of our shopping to there over the past 6 months or so and we are both well and truely converted. First point to make is that we have cut our shopping bill in half! That is the best and most obvious reason for conversion. We have only spent over £100 once and that was this month when we literally ran out of EVERYTHING! We had been on holiday last month and for the last week before pay day ate the remainder of everything in the cupboards. We tend to always have an overfilled large trolly too. Take time to think of your trolly in the regular chains? What total cost are you looking at? Probably more like the money we paid before our switch. It might sound silly but I find Aldi fruit and Veg to be much bigger and fresher than in the chain stores. If I have forgotten anything, I will nip to our local Tescos and always disappointed to find the tomatoes alot softer than Aldi, cucumbers are much skinnier and mange toute have less crunch. Aldi bread always lasts us a week where as i'd give Tescos a few days and it starts to dry out. Obviously you can pick up the German and foreign foods up at a fraction of the price here too. Now I know Aldi's slogan is 'like brands, only cheaper' and for that fact it is tough making a comparison, however I can honestly say I do prefer alot of Aldi's products over the brands. I used to love heinz mayonnaise, I could only get it from Asda at about £2 but I much prefer this one at just 69p. Reggae Reggae sauce is my absolute favourite condiment, I will go to Tesco's purposefully for it at £1.49. I picked it up at Aldi's last week for 99p! The yogurts are the best I have ever tasted! so creamy and thick and only cost 27p each. This month we switched washing up liquid and it's not bad for 69p!! We purchased the 'jaffa cakes' and they have been demolished just as quick as the real thing so must be good. We love Chorizo sausage in this house and we save about 50p per ring So remembering they are like brands, here is my essential basket and price comparisons (as of review post date.) ALDI TESCO Butter 89p £1.80 15 pack free range eggs £2.09 £3.10 Tuna in brine 185g 54p £1.09 Tomato puree 35p 49p Lean Steak mince £2.69 £3.60 Salmon Fillets £2.99 £4.00 Homebake petit pains 12 £1.18 £1.75 Kids 18 Fromage Frais 92p £1.29 (3 x 6) Feta Cheese 75p £1.50 Strawberries 99p £2.00 Farmhouse bread 99p £1.45 Asparagus £1.49 £2.00 Shreddies 99p £2.99 TOTAL £16.86 £27.06 I could literally keep going all day but there really is no need, the figures above speak for themselves. To top this off Aldi constantly have fresh fruit and veg for 39p so we manage to pick up; spring onions, celery, cucumber, baby gem lettuce and new potatoes for all of £1.95. At Tescos these 5 products alone come to £5.13. Thats a huge difference of £3.18 which is phenominal saving on just 5 key salad ingredients. Add this difference over up over a year of weekly salads and thats £165!!! Needless to say, I wont purchase everything from Aldi I can't give up on some of my brands, like Coca Cola, my Dazz washing powder and lenor/comfort. I have to have Yorkshire Tea and my fella isnt a fan of the Aldi crisps. He prefers a really crunchy hearty bite, but they are fine for the kids lunchboxes. And of course Toilet Roll although we have tried the Aldi one and was quite surprised! We havent tried everything in the shop (we are working around that, putting more packets and different things in the trolley) but more or less everythin we consume and cook with is Aldi and I am more than happy with our diet and the foods we are consuming. I recommend it to EVERYONE! so here is my chance to reach a wider community!

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                02.07.2012 21:27
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                This does exactly what it says on the tin, with fresh and clean aromas to see you through the day.

                Having a particularly dry skin means moisturising is a must! I would never go without moisturising my face but for years neglected to pay any attention to my body. I started using the dreaded sunbeds in my 20's and found my skin to be even drier (as one would expect from being sizzled and fried by 200+ WATT bulbs.) I also found when applying fake tan it would never smooth on perfectly and would stick to the drier areas..very unsightly and offputting. Shaving my legs was the worst as I would never get a close shave and ALWAYS felt scaley and prickly. It was definately time to find a suitable body lotion. This was a chore in itself! I'm quite fussy with the products I use...if I am buying things I have to feel like its working and can differentiate with and without but I can't abide thick, gloopy sticky products. So I tried a few...all the Jergens natural range (each of them had the foulest (apparently natural) smell that lasted all day..some may like this but really not my cup of tea) they were also quite light in texture which disappeared really quickly but didn't bounce back in moisture. I tried bio oil and as positive as the feed back is on that, I felt that wasn't enough either. No 7 and vaseline were far too greasy and cocoa butter was too thick and caused spots on the usual areas. So after 6 months was still really struggling finding something I wanted to repurchase. I eventually started trialling nivea and ended up with rich nourishing body lotion for dry skin and was happy with that for a little while but was going through a 400ml bottle in 2 weeks. They had an offer on at Boots for 3 for 2, so picked this up as my 3rd item to trial it. I liked the idea of firming (something the current one didn't offer) Well as soon as I tried it I knew it was the one. As with all nivea products it features that fresh clean distinctive scent of essential oils (you'd be able to recognise it blindfolded). I found it was just at the right consistency to not be too greasy and sticky (which would feed the spots), but felt there was enough moisture for it to not just disappear. It definately counteracts the damaging effects of the sunbeds! It brightened and illuminates my skin and even out my skintone which can tend to look a bit like corned beef! In regards to its 'firming' properties, there are soooo many products on the market with these claims, where do you start? Q10 has been around for years and is still a really popular ingredient within the Nivea brand and trusted by consumers so this is enough confirmation for me. Now I know at 25, I'm not by any means mature or aged but I do still have the dreaded dimpling of cellulite, with less bounceback on my skin than I once had. However I can confirm after a month my skin was firmer and much smoother around the thigh and bottom area. I also feel my skin looks much more glowy and radiant. And definately much more bounceback. I have been using this for 4 months now having repurchased time and time again and can safely say I WILL be using it for the foreseeable future. Boots often have rather good deals on this whether it is 3 for 2, buy one get one half price, or even half price on very rare occasions. I would definately recommend it and can confirm it does exactly what it says on the tin!!

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                  01.07.2012 20:46
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                  good product for a good price and even better with an offer

                  My skin has changed dramatically over the last 6 years, being rather oily and spot prone as a teenager, converting to dry and uncomfortable during my pregnancy 5 years ago. It still remains dry, bar certain times of the month where i can be prone to an oily chin and nose for a few days. For this reason I have found that using water on my skin is not great as it causes real tightness and I have to overload the serum and moisturiser. I can't use wipes as they sting and I only scrub once a week to minimize water to the face. After trying all sorts of face washes and milk cleansers, I wasn't happy and always on the lookout for the next one. I was recommended this product to work along side the soft and soothed cleanser by a consultant. Expecting very little (again) I tried it. The bottle sells as a 200ml and you administer it via a pump, this minimizes waste. I will note here I am a heavy makeup wearer more often than not wearing a full face. I use premium makeup in the way of; foundation, bronzer, highlighter, undereye highlighter and blusher. Add to that my eye make up too and I need lots of heavy duty makeup remover that is going to work effectively. A toner is a really important aspect of an average cleansing routine as it aids in removing the last traces of makeup and cleanser that may be left on the skin. It closes pores which minimizes oil production and neutralises the ph balance of the skin which enables your skincare to penetrate to its highest potential and gets to work straight away. As I spend £60 on my serum and the same again on my moisturisers I feel that this is a really important benefit of a toner. I would usually cleanse my face in the evening to clear my face and then pump some if this onto a pad and sweet across the face to finish off. And in the morning I just tend to tone to remove the oils and refresh my complexion ready for makeup application. In the past I have often found toners to be too drying, causing stinging to my face. This has never given me this problem, instead hydrating it and calming it. I even find the pad has makeup traces on it which confirms the fact that the last traces of makeup are cleared. It is hypo allergic so good for sensitive ladies with problem skin which is a bonus. I always grab my no 7 products when they are on offer as you can save quite a bit of money if you use the no7 vouchers or 3 for 2 is good too. A lovely toner that works really well for my skin. I just really hope they don't reformulate or discontinue this as they have with the rest of the brand!! I will cry as i have been so happy with this for a good few years now!

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                    01.07.2012 01:23
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                    Thoroughly cleans, nourishes and calms...trial with voucher for bargain.

                    My skin has changed dramatically over the last 6 years being rather oily and spot prone as a teenager, converting to dry and uncomfortable during my pregnancy 5 years ago. It still remains dry, bar certain times of the month where i can be prone to an oily chin and nose for a few days. For this reason I have found that using water on my skin is not great as it causes real tightness and I have to overload the serum and moisturiser. I can't use wipes as they sting and I only scrub once a week to minimize water to the face. After trying all sorts of face washes and milk cleansers, I wasn't happy and always on the lookout for the next one. I was recommended this by a consultant. Expecting very little (again) I tried it. It was just shy of £9 (but I had a No7 voucher so received £5 off it). The bottle sells as a 200 ml and you administer it via a pump, this minimizes waste. I will note here I am a heavy makeup wearer more often than not wearing a full face. I use premium makeup in the way of; foundation, bronzer, highlighter, undereye highlighter and blusher. Add to that my eye make up too and I need lots of heavy duty cleanser! This cleanser is either massaged onto the face or applied onto cotton wool, then wiped or washed off. The texture is smooth, creamy and silky, really nourishing for those with a drier skin. It removes most of my face makeup (you should always use a separate eye make up remover as this is too rich and is not designed for the eyes..check my review for the no7 version) Following this I always finish off my face with a sweep of the toner to match (also pink). A toner minimizes the need for water, removing the last traces of makeup and cleanser. It also nutrilises the ph in your skin allowing better absorption of your skincare. This may not be everyone's ideal product as it is creamier than many of the products out there and and I value that. I love the fact you can use it with or without water as most ladies like a quick cleanse in the morning and a wash at night and this is quick, soothing and moisturising perfect for normal to dry skins. Its hypo allergenic so suitable for sensitive skins and in conjunction with a toner leaves skin purified, fresh and clear. I have switched twice in the past but each time going back to this as much prefer it. I wouldst recommend it for ladies who are regularly oily/combination, however on those days that are oily days, I still find it works well for me.

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                    This removes all traces of makeup in a few quick sweeps...trial with your voucher for a bargain.

                    Having previously used No7's Cleanse and Care eye makeup remover for a few years now, about 6 months ago, during their re-branding I found that I could no longer get this product as it was discontinued. The Beautiful Skin eye makeup remover was a newer formula and had taken its place. It would usually have cost me £7.75 but as I was redeeming my regularly accrued No 7 £5 voucher, i figured I may as well try it for just £2.75. I must note here before I go any further I am a heavy eye makeup user...so I do tend to wear darker shadows, (blacks, browns or greys). I also wear an extremely black eyeliner that's waterproof and an extremely black mascara that I apply quite full. There are so many eye makeup removers on the market ranging from £1 right up to the £20 mark for your premium cosmetics (which I also use too). The cheaper products do absolutely nothing to get rid of the eyeliner or mascara and if I use face wipes I just feel like I am dragging at my eye area (which causes earlier signs of aging) So I obviously need something quite particular. This is a bi phase product, and it needs shaking to activate the formula, bringing the oil and the cleanser together allowing it to work to its full potential. So after shaking this up, when I opened this at home I was shocked to see the first major difference. The old makeup remover worked through a pump, which meant you could limit the amount you needed, whereas this new bottle had no pump, no filter..just a big gaping hole the size of a drink bottle...now for me who used to pump the old one to the point where my cotton pad was sodden, (I did eventually realise) I do prefer this new method, however for ladies who don't wear alot of eye make up, you may find this quite wasteful. Just a little tip for you if you place your pad on top of the opening, keeping the bottle upright just give it a quick shake up, forcing the liquid up, it minimizes the amount of product to use. I do tend to do this on my 'just mascara' days. Place the pad on your eyes and pat over the makeup lightly..this disputes the product, allowing it to breakdown and it will come off easier when you sweep downwards and sideways. Turn the pad around and using the back do the same again. Use a fresh pad for your second eye and maybe a third if necessary to confirm there are no traces of makeup left. I have had slight stinging from certain eye makeup removers in the past and with this one I can honestly say I have had no problems, as much as it is hypo allergenic, you never know. I also suffer from blemish's and spots with things that are too oily. I did find with the old Cleanse and Care i would constantly have a cluster of 10 to 15 of the tiniest little spots around my eyes for most of the 3 years I was using it (I've never pinned it down to the product though) since switching these have vanished and there have been no problems. Which shows it isn't to oily. As much as the product does have an oily texture, it does need tto be that way to minimize dragging on the delicate eye area, to remove all types of waterproof makeup that is on the marker now and a further thing to consider is that there are no sebacious glands leading to the skin around the eyes, so there is very little in the way of natural oils getting to the area. Something like this is just perfect for nourishing them too. I have absolutely no problems with this it removes every last bit of my makeup, , over 2 or 3 double faced pads (im reminding you I wear black eyeshadow)...it glides across my eyes, doesn't sting or burn. Im left with lovely nourished eye contours, minimal oils and the spots have vanished since using the new formula. A good eye makeup remover for just shy of £8 (£3 with voucher)

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                    Mascara's will come and go in your life...but this one is definitely a keeper!

                    Well as with every women out there I am a bit of a mascara junkie...I must have tried every mascara from L'Oreal, No 7, Lancome to Benefit in search of something I was happy with. I'm a bit fussy when it comes to my lashes and I have a list of likes and dislikes for my lashes; I like it to look fresh all day Absolutely no clumps Don't like the 'spiderleggy' look I want length, volume AND curl I hate the feeling of brittle lashes (you know when they feel like they will snap under your mascara) I don't want it to look like its lost its shape an hour into the day And the blacker the better I know that's alot to ask for but I'm fussy! Before I found this little beauty I was achieving everything I wanted but by using 3 different mascaras, one for length, one for intense volume and another which had a thinner brush to comb out the clumps and spiderleggy look..plus curlers and a drawing pin to separate! What a ball ache!!! Then in need of my Touche Eclat one day the young counter girl pointed me in the direction of a giftset containing my beloved touche eclat and the uk's no1 luxury mascara...I figured why not. On my first use of this mascara (as with all mascara's) it needed a little working and although the look was satisfactory it wasn't anything I hadn't seen before. But i persevered and with every passing week I fell a little more in love with it.. My lashes felt like they weren't wearing anything..they could bend and move (when I' d rub my eyes..gotta stop doing that) and I wouldnt snap my lashes off) It looked fresh and perfect all day..the curl i,d created i in the morning was still there at night. There were no fibres to aggravate my eyes (which wearing 3 different mascara's daily had obviously been doing.) People are CONSTANTLY commenting on my 'falsies'! I'd safely say at least twice daily!! They are more than shocked when they hear its just a little gold mascara!! I love how on a night out...i could layer this up 3 or 4 times and the lashes looked phenomenal! Have never ever created the effect of this mascara with anything else. This mascara does everything; length, curl, volume, definition. It also has vitamin B which strengthens and conditions the lashes, (extremely necessary after abusing them with cheaper mascara's). I go to the gym in it, run in it, sweat in it, sunbathe in it and even had a little cry and it does not budge! Be warned though, don't swim in it! Panda eyes aren't a great look! And it comes off so easily at the end of the day. It comes in an array of colours from violet to grey, brown to plum. I've since moved onto the 'noir radical' which is the intense black, and i love it! It is more of a wet look mascara so not everyone's cup of tea..but experiment and play with them all.

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                    27.06.2012 22:44
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                    A scorcher of a book filled with passion, sex, and naughtiness but won't satisfy the romantics...

                    So...after seeing the name of this book being plastered all over Facebook by a few of my friends (most of whom I'd have thought weren't avid readers) I was a little intrigued. Then I started to see it EVERYWHERE! On buses, at work, in the park, on the train. So when on my recent holiday I clocked this little beauty at the duty free lounge I had to buy it. I love more than burying my head into a good book and just had to see what all the hype was about. When a young and innocent Miss Anastasia Steele stumbles headfirst into the office of one Mr Christian Grey, little did she know that this 'young and attractive, very ractive' man, dressed in his 'fine gray suit' with 'unruly dark copper-coloured hair and intense, bright gray eyes' would be her undoing. Although he he had made a lasting impression on her, she was convinced their meeting went badly. Her lack of confidence and clumsliness had prevailed and so she forced herself to put this mysterious and intimidating man out of her head. However, during a further business meeting he invites her for coffee, and so begins a whirlwind err.. relationship...well it's hardly a romance, filled with lots of the naughty stuff thrown in for good measure. Unworldly Miss Steele's eyes are well and truly opened to a world filled with sex, control, submission and sadism. While she struggles to deal with Mr Grey secrets and demanding ways, she is shocked as her own deep desires come to fruition.. Well needless to say i could not put this book down..although the story line is not all romance and fairytales we all long for in a classic novel..its still a very good read despite the critics comments. I found myself blushing in parts and biting my lip in mirror of the lovely Miss Steele. I think every woman would like to meet a Christian Grey..if only to be used in the bedroom! I can honestly say I have absolutely no complaints in the bedroom department with my fella, so was more than surprised to find myself wanting to surrender my all to the little bit of Christian Grey in him..but only for one night...I couldn't walk the next day!!

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                      Amazing cult product I couldn't live without and deservedly the UK no 1!!

                      I must say i am not surprised to hear that this little cult beauty product has just celebrated its 20th year as the uk's no1 luxury beauty product...this product is phenomainally AMAZING and is my EVERYTHING!!! I've been using it for about 6 years when my mum bought me one for my birthday and had always used the original shade 1...it sculpts...it highlights...it gives radiance...it banishes dark circles...i even use it as a base for my eyeshadow and lipstick!! I even use it when im not wearing any other makeup on my days off so its perfect for those ladies who like the au naturel look.. I will note here i am of a fair to medium complexion...but often use the sunbeds and fake tan. But because this is a transparent colour it blends with your skin torn regardless of your skin tone. You just have to look at the celebrities who use Touche Eclat and there is your proof. You have Kate Middleton, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. All of whom have a range of skin tones but can wear Touche Eclat with ease. And now Yves Saint Laurent have spoiled us with 10 new shades for different tones! Alongside the original which i pop on top of my foundation to highlight my cheeks, brows and dark circles, I now also use shade 4.5 (which is a bit more yellow for when im especially dark under my eyes and for spots and shade 3 (which is a more tanned tone) in the hollow of my cheeks to define and sculpt. All you need is one click to achieve maximum results. Apply your foundation first, Touche Eclat is applied on top, dab in gently, try not to drag the delicate eye area, the technology in this means it just glides onto the skin. Within 30 seconds the colour will adapt to your skintone. I always apply mine facing the window as you can really see the light reflecting technology that's exclusive to YSL work. Doing this also enables you to see how little you really need.Touche Eclat will never sit in the lines and wrinkles either. It has a treatment in there which actually hydrates the eye area and will never sit cakey or chalky (the same can't be said for other 'versions') However if on the rare occasion it is sitting dry, consider changing your eye cream as this could be the problem. My fiance is an avid footballer and during a recent game was elbowed in the eye causing an absolute beauty of a purple and black eye. His job is of a professional nature and obviously to rock up sporting a black eye would have done nothing for his clients, so we tried Touche Eclat...(more out of intrigue than actually thinking it would work) I was amazed at the results for something as dark as that was and according to him for the whole 10 days he was 'made up' not one person noticed a) the black eye or b) his makeup! For all the ladies out there who are 'struggling' with this I'd highly recommend popping to your nearest counter and asking for their expertise...you may need a slight tweek in your shade.

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