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A while ago I bought myself the Quattro with Bikini razor and these are the blades that came with it. I decided to give it a go after their clever TV ad caught my eye and I fund the razor on offer. Since buying it I have not even considered using anything else.
I don't know if it the 4 blades or the Aloe & duo-vitamine complex but it does a fantastic job. I get a really close shave and my legs and under arms always feel incredibly smooth after use. The new blades are very easily to replace. Simply unclip the old one and line up and clip in the new one.
They sell for about £5 for 3 blades but can be found on offer with a little bit of research and patience.
The packaging is attractive too which, while not making any difference to the high quality of the product, do make it easy to find in among all the other choices.
I would definitely recommend this product as it does the job very well.
This product caught my eye in the beginning due to their clever TV ad. I had watched the ad several times and it wasn't until I asked my husband out loud why there are all different shaped "bushes" that I got the ad, giggled and decided to buy one.
Well I certainly haven't been disappointed so far. The razor leaves my legs incredibly smooth after shaving and it gives a really close shave. I don't know if that's due to the 4 blades or the Aloe & duo-vitamine complex but it certainly does the job. The blades, as you would expect, are very easy to replace. Simply unclip the old one and clip on the new.
The trimmer is very easy to use with a choice of hair length which is achieved by sliding the trimmer head to the setting you want or removing it altogether. The trimmer head isn't too wide so can get into all the awkward places you need it to go and it does allow a good level of precision when shaping. It requires one AAA battery which I have found doesn't last as long as I would expect and i generally get two or three uses before it needs changing.
The whole unit can be submerged in water so you don't need to worry about the battery compartment if you use it in the bath - as I do. This also makes cleaning a lot easier than is could have been.
It comes with its own little holder which attaches to tiles by its suction cups so you even know where it is at all times and it doesn't get lost in a mountain of bottles at the end of the bath - as mine often did in the past.
It can currently be bought in Sainsburys for £6.49 and £5 for 3 replacement blades. However this can often be found cheaper if you are willing to do a bit of searching or wait until the supermarkets have it on offer.
I would recommend this product as it does the job well and is easy to maintain and clean.
I wouldn't say I particularly have sensitive skin but there are certain products that my skin definitely reacts to and my skin can be very dry at times.
I tried this product when it was on offer just to see how I would fair with it and so far so good. It leaves me feeling cleaning and fresh and my skin feels soft with no dry itchiness. I have used a couple of the shower gels from the Sanex range now and so far I have not reacted badly to any of them.
My only criticism would be the lack of scent. I love nice smells and, whilst i don't want anything over-powering, I do like my shower gels to leave me with a least a hint of its scent. I assume, rightly or wrongly, this range doesn't have stronger smells to reduce the risk of irritation.
The scents when actually using them are pleasant and subtle and the amount of suds on my sponge is good so it feels like a good quality product. I have also found I can get away with using less each time than with other shower gels so my bottle lasts longer giving even better value for money.
A 500ml bottle usually sells for about £3 in Sainsburys but it is a product they often have offers on so I tend to stock up when they are half price.
I would definitely recommend this product - especially if you have sensitive skin as I feel it would be gentle enough - and is definitely good value, especially as it can often be found on offer in the supermarkets. The only reason I have given it 4 stars instead of 5 is because i would like more scent.
When I moved into my house, the glass lid for the hob was caked in what looked like years of grease and i couldn't imagine how i was going to manage to clean it. I had tried other kitchen products but nothing even shifted the surface layer.
After successfully using this oven cleaner on the inside of the oven - which was surprisingly easy to clean - I decided to have one last attempt to clean the lid before trying to replace it, although i didn't hold out much hope. I managed to detach the lid and take it outside as I though this would be easier and covered it in Mr Muscle. I wandered off and left it for the suggested 20 minutes then returned to tackle the mess. I initially tried to remove it with a scouring pad but there was so much gunk to clean off that this wasn't working. I then tried with a paint scraper and found the oven cleaner had softened it all enough that it came off easily and by the time i finished my lid looked almost as good as new.
Thankfully cleaning my oven was not nearly as stressful. I simply sprayed the inside and came back 20 minutes later and wiped the oven out which left it perfectly clean. You definitely need to wear oven gloves as I imagine prolonged skin contact would not be a good thing.
Unlike a lot of kitchen products, the smell wasn't completely over-powering and rinsing thoroughly seemed to get rid of most of it. I was happy to notice that I didn't get that telltale chemical smell when using the oven after cleaning.
This oven cleaner is priced around £3 for a 300ml can in Sainsburys but I tend to watch out for it on offer and buy one whether I need it or not. One can usually allows for about 4 oven cleans - although i am known for using too much with most of my cleaning products - and i don't feel this is bad value for money.
I would definitely recommend this product as it managed to do what other tried products couldn't.
I recently treated myself to a decent carpet cleaner so thought to make it really worth getting I would buy the decent carpet cleaning solution too.
I did a little research, checked prices and reviews and decided to go for the Ultra+ and so far I am very happy with my choice.
Considering how little of the solution I needed - 3 caps in my 3.5litre capacity cleaner - I was very impressed with its cleaning ability.
I tried the high traffic area in my front hall first, which was also stained with coffee spills and marks left by the dog when we were still struggling to get her toilet trained. As you can imagine my carpet was a bit of a mess and we had decided to try cleaning it just once to see the effects before going to the expense of replacing it. Much to me delight all the stains bar one disappeared but, on the second go in that area, even the particularly stubborn mark vanished.
It leaves a subtle clean smell in its wake which disappears as the carpet dries.
Amazon is currently selling the 1.4l bottle for just £9.91 with free postage which is a price I am very happy to pay.
I would definitely recommend this product and it is well worth hunting for bargains as they can be found.
I have used a fair few of the Mr Muscle range over the years and generally found them to be very good so it was natural for me to try this one.
It is a very good cleaner and I have used it in my bath and sinks as well as on my tiles. It cleans efficiently and doesn't leave streaks which pleases me as I hate streaks.
The smell of this product isn't too over-bearing either which is always a nice surprise. It has a decent, clean smell but isn't so strong that I have a headache before I have finished cleaning.
The size and shape of the bottle and the ease of using the spray and turning the spray on and off are what you would expect.
The only problem I have with this product is the way the spray comes out. Other products I have used spray a fairly big area each time allowing me to cover the area needed quickly and easily then leave it for a few minutes before cleaning off. This bottle however sprays out what I call a splat of foam rather than a spray. I understand now that this maybe because it is meant to be used on a cloth or sponge which, in my opinion, makes this much loathed job harder than it needs to be. It is also means I tend to use more than I really need to so get through a bottle much quicker than I would like to. For this reason I have stopped buying it.
At a little under £2 in most places it is the price I would expect to pay for this product.
I would recommend it for its cleaning ability but would also point out the problem I have with the spray and why I no longer buy it.
Getting 5 a day into my stubborn kids can be a bit of a nightmare but these smoothies make it so much easier and more enjoyable. Both my kids, aged 10 and 17, love smoothies so I am happy to buy them now and then as they never get wasted - if I am not quick I don't even get a glass myself.
Each carton lists the fruit included, depending on the variety of course, so it gives a clear, easy guide to what it contains, that you get 2 of your 5 a day in a 250ml glass and shows that a good variety is included. It also shows it is made from 100% real fruit with no added sugar. Our favourite is strawberries and bananas, which also includes apple, orange, grapes and a dash of lime. The calorie content, at around 133 calories in a 250ml glass, is quite high in my opinion, but this is due to the levels of natural sugars found in the fruit. So whilst this is an excellent addition to a healthy, balanced diet, its use should be limited somewhat to avoid a huge intake of sugar.
On of the other things we all love about these smoothies in our house is that it is fairly thick and can be used for a quick snack when needed as a glass of it leave you feeling like you've had something small to eat. We usually buy the 750ml cartons but have often grabbed a 250ml bottle or 2 when out and about.
At £2.79 for the carton it is a little too expensive to have everyday but we tend to stock up and buy a few at a time when they are on offer. The bottles sell at around £1.79 each, so again a little expensive, However if you were to make your own smoothies using the variety of fruit that are in these it would end up costing a lot more and a lot of effort would be involved in the making - I do this occasionally but much prefer grabbing a bottle or carton that Innocent have kindly done all the work for.
I would high recommend smoothies to anyone as the taste and texture is fantastic but I would love it even more if it was a bit more affordable.
This is just one of the many pairs of Dr Martens proudly owned and worn by me and my teenage daughter. I have always loved Dr Marten boots and recent years has provided lots of boots which now come with a zip which just makes them even more fantastic. You now get the expected quality and style without the need for lots of lacing up each time. Sort the laces to suit you the first time you wear them then ignore them. Fantastic!!!
I also found with these boots that they were comfortable enough to wear out as soon as I took them out of the box. Dr Martens I bought years ago needed the initial breaking in stage before they left the house, but that was not the case with these. The leather is the same exceptional standard I have come to expect but the boots are every bit as comfy as those I have worn for years.
As always, the stitching is of the highest standard and adds to the style of the boot. The gorgeous pattern on these is incredibly well done and shows no sign of wear or damage despite many, many hours of me wearing them. These boots beg to be worn over skinny jeans or leggings to show off the design and they often get commented on - as do a lot of my other pairs.
The soles are solid enough to stand up to much punishment but flexible enough to allow me to dance in them. In all the years of wearing Dr Martens, I have never seen signs of wear or aging in the soles and the boots in general still look in fantastic condition after much use.
If you aren't lucky enough to already own a pair of Dr Martens, this is a good pair to start with. On the other hand if you are that lucky, these are a must for your collection.
Retailing from around £100 they are a little more than I usually pay for boots but even I can see they are worth every penny. Research and patience can produce a bargain but stylish boots like this don't often appear on the sale racks. They last for years so well worth the initial investment.
I love these boots! I have owned a few pairs of these boots now and always make sure I have them in at least one colour in my boot collection. I have to be very fussy about what I put on my feet as past problems mean that many shoes and boots cause me pain and discomfort. These boots however have always been much loved by my feet. I have tried Timberland boots previously and found those to be a little too narrow and not nearly as kind to my feet and I lasted about 10 minutes in them at home before returning them.
The nubuck leather they are made from means that not only do they look fantastic, they feel great too. Each pair I have bought I have been able to wear out immediately with no need to spend time wearing them in the house to break them in. They are comfy enough to be kind to my feet but sturdy enough to stand up to constant wear and walking in the woods. Whilst there are products that can help protect the nubuck, I never seem to get round to using it. If I have managed to get my boots particularly muddy I clean them with hot running water and a toothbrush then leave them by the radiator to dry. My boots do not seem to have suffered because of this although i don't suppose it is the recommended way of cleaning them.
Its good solid sole never seems to wear out and even when the rest of the boot is looking decidedly aged the soles still show little sign or wear. The laces are always good quality and so far I have never replaced a pair.
I usually end up replacing mine about every 4-5 years as they are generally looking very scruffy by then but they are still intact enough to have many more miles in them by that stage. Mine get worn for all sorts of occasions, walking the dog, general days out, work etc and they look and feel great whatever the occasion. I have even been out all day in them when it's been raining and, unless my kids have encouraged me to stomp in all the big puddles, my feet have still been dry when I got home.
They often retail at around £80 but patience and good researching occasionally find a bargain. However, even at £80 they are well worth it and provide good value for money.
I would not be without at least one pair of Cats at home - I currently have three different colours - and would recommend these every time.
This is just one of many pairs of Dr Martens boots I proudly own and wear and I love them all. I have owned my black ones for about 20 years and they still look good but I felt it was time to get some that were a bit more fun and these are great.
Those of you who have had the pleasure of owning your own Dr Martens may have had the same experience as me in needing a little time wearing them in the house to break them in. I have found this is probably due the high quality leather used which needs a bit of wear to soften it up a little. However, I did not need to do that with these boots. The day I happily received them for a birthday present I wore them out that night and my feet still felt happy when i returned home after several hours walking and dancing. I have had problems with my feet so have to be careful with what shoes and boots I wear as many cause me pain and discomfort but I happily survive full days in these.
The patent leather also means I don't have to spend the time polishing and shining them as I did with my original black ones.
Their hardwearing, rubber sole means they are sturdy enough for traipsing in the woods with the dog and the patent coating makes them easy to clean afterwards. Even the laces are really good quality and I haven't had to replace them in any of my boots yet. Dr Martens are well known for making quality boots that last and these are no different. As always the stitching is fantastic and adds to the general stylishness of the boots. Mine have had a lot of wear already and other than a couple of small very stubborn marks (which I could probably get off with a little effort) they still look great and feel good to wear.
The boots can be a little more expensive than I would usually pay for boots but a bit of patience and research can produce some bargains. These ones were on offer in Clarks (to my surprise) for £49.99 which is less than a lot of other prices. Even if you end up paying full price for the boots you will not be disappointed as they are great value for money as they last for years.
I decided to buy myself a mouse to use with my laptop as it is just so much easier and quicker than using the mouse pad. I chose this one as it is smaller than a lot of others and fits nicely into the pocket of my laptop case.
I also liked the ergonomic design as it is very comfortable and I had got used to, and like, using this shaped mouse with my desktop pc.This shape is slightly bigger than a normal shaped mouse and it took me a little while to get used to my first one but, once you've been using it for a while, you'll soon wonder why you haven't always had the ergonomic design. I much prefer to be able to have a wireless mouse as I found with wired versions, which I used with my desktop years ago, always got the wire caught on something and made it difficult to use it efficiently. This one uses one AA battery which I haven't had to change yet. I have been using it for over a year - although I do often forget to actually get it out of the bag - but it has had many hours of use on the original battery.
Being a good optical mouse I have not need to use a mouse mat and often just use it on whichever table I am sat at. Although it also works on top on my quilt if I am sitting in bed working and have even had no trouble with using it on my leg so it doesn't even need a hard, flat surface.
The back button on the top is very handy when browsing although I don't often need to use it as I tend to open most of my searches in a new tab.
This is a good, solid mouse which is still showing no signs of wear and tear. The mouse wheel moves smoothly and it all works as well now as it did when I first bought it. Setting up is very easy. Simply plug in the wireless dongle that comes with it and wait for it to connect. The dongle is a bit smaller than my thumb so does stick out a bit so at some point i will invest in one with the smaller nano connector. When not in use the dongle clips into a space on the underside of the mouse so even I haven't managed to lose it. I have the pink version which is currently selling for £7.25 on Amazon so not a huge amount of money for a quality product.
This is well worth the money, comfortable to use and hasn't let me down.
This is a hand-held game which tells you to push it, pull it, twist it, spin in or bop it and you have to push, pull twist etc the relevant bit on the game. The instructions, and therefore your required reactions, get quicker and the idea of the challenge is to fulfill the commands for as long as possible without hesitating or getting it wrong and therefore getting a higher number.
Well, I bought this for my daughter last Christmas and much fun was had - followed by much frustration when she wanted to play longer and the "grown ups" didn't want to listen to it any longer. We all had a go and it did get quite competitive. Thankfully it is a very solid game as it does put up with a certain amount of abuse if you are playing it right (or wrong). It is definitely a two handed game and requires a certain level of focus and concentration. We had all ages from 8 to 50+ having a go and we all managed to have a laugh whilst doing so.
It is one of those many toys that was fantastic to start with and soon got relegated to the box with all the other unused toys and games. It does still surface now and then but we did not find it was something to hold our attention for any length of time. I have not had to change the batteries yet - but this is possibly due to lack of use as much as anything else.
It is currently selling on Amazon for £49.99 which I feel is very over-priced but a quick search on ebay found it for a lot less if you don't mind it being pre-owned. It is a good fun game which would probably get sporadic used in most households but at almost £50 I do not think this is value for money.
I never really noticed there was a difference between Coke and Pepsi and would generally buy Coke out of habit. I only actually bought and tried Pepsi as it was on offer one day so thought I would get those and save a few pennies. Since then I would always pick Pepsi where there was a choice as I much prefer it now.
One of the things I like about it is kind of hard to explain but when I am drinking it Pepsi it a little "softer" than Coke whilst still being really fizzy. I find the taste nicer too although it is a little sweeter than other alternatives and whilst it's hard to explain exactly how it tastes different it does seem to have less of an artificial after-taste. On a hot day or when you've been working hard, it's a very refreshing drink to pull out of the fridge and relax with.
It also comes in a range of sizes - either in bottles or cans - and multi=packs make it good value for money. Bottles range from 250ml to 2 litres so you can have a resealing bottle in sizes to suit all occasions. Cans are usually 330ml but I recently discovered a multi-pack of 250ml cans. I bought these by accident and only noticed the special offer price of £2.50 (usually £4.99) for 12 cans so was a little surprised when I pulled the first one out. However once I had them I could see how this size would be fantastic at Christmas as it's the perfect amount for mixing with spirits. It is also a much better can for my 10 year old, who is very rarely allowed to drink it.
It also comes in regular, diet and max. Having looked into it I believe the amount of aspartame in the diet and max varieties differ slightly and the max has absolutely no sugar trace in it. Having tried both I found I liked the max slightly better but you can't beat the full sugar taste. I don't drink it too often so I don't worry about it having 142 calories in a 330ml can.
It's one of those versatile drinks that can be enjoyed on its own, mixed with a variety of spirits or can just have a touch or lemon or lime added to give it a little something extra.
We bought this printer a few months ago when my Lexmark finally died. The reviews I read were pretty good and I paid around £50 (on offer) for it in Argos.
I mostly wanted to be able to photocopy things and for the kids to be able to print off their homework. The most important thing to us though was the fact it is wireless so now the kids can print from whichever computer they are using in the house rather than either having to use my laptop or email everything to me for printing. It can is hardwired via usb but we are all just using the wireless now.
I was very easy to install and only took a few minutes to load the software on each of our computers and setup the WiFi. My husband even managed to print from his smartphone - I haven't tried this yet.
To start with I was a bit dubious about using separate ink cartridges, as I had only ever had printers which had colour and black in them, so the thought of 4 cartridges concerned my a little. However, after a short time I completely saw the point in this and replacing one colour at a time makes more sense as some get used more than others. A full set of all four colours is around £22 on Amazon but if you are happy to have them supplied without excess packaging or using compatible cartridges (which I do), they can be found much cheaper with a quick search online. The ink certainly seems to last longer than it did in my Lexmark printer and so far I haven't had to do any maintenance other than adding paper or replacing ink.
As a lot of things are nowadays, it is mostly made from black plastic but, rather than looking cheap, I think it looks like a smart, professional machine. The quality of print so far has been great but I would suggest getting the proper paper if you want to print photos. I like the fact I can photocopy or view and print photos from an SD card without having to turn on my laptop. Scanning pages to then save on a computer is really easy and most things can be done via the buttons and view screen on the actual printer.
During the months my family has used this printer it has never given us any trouble, shows no signs of wear and tear and acts and feels like a quality, trustworthy product. My running costs, due to being able to find bargain ink which the printer doesn't go through too quickly, have been very good too.
The technical bits:
Printing Resolution 5,760 x 1,440 dpi
Paper Formats A4
Product dimensions 450 x 342 x 182 mm (Width x Depth x Height)
Product weight 7.5 kg
Compatible Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP - I use Windows 7 and it works fine
Interfaces USB, WiFi
I would definitely recommend this printer to anyone who wants quality for everyday use without wanting to pay through the nose for it
Being only an occasional drinker - and a fussy one at that - when I do drink I tend to stick with tastes i really enjoy and these are generally sweeter choices.
Archers is one of my top 5 for flavour and is one of those drinks that doesn't get me into trouble, despite its 21% vol alcohol content, or cause morning after headaches and problems.
I usually drink it nowadays mixed with orange juice which takes some of its sweetness away and, in my opinion, makes for a lovely tasty drink. I have tried it with lemonade, as this seems to be how a lot of people drink it, but it just didn't match the level of enjoyment I get with the orange juice. It is still a little too sweet even for my tastes so I never drink too many which is probably part of the reason why I don't suffer for it. I have tried it on its own but is definitely too sweet for that.
I do usually have some in the house as it gets drunk at Christmas and other occasions and at around £12.50 for 70cl in Sainsburys isn't too bad a price. It can also be found on offer now and then which is even better.
Its frosted glass bottle makes it look a bit more special than if it was just in a plain, clear bottle so as well as looking at home in my drinks cupboard is also a nice bottle to give as a gift.
A lovely drink if you like something sweet and fruity but if you enjoy something nearer the dry end of the spectrum this definitely isn't for you.