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      04.12.2014 14:36
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      A luxurious bath gel

      I love using a variety of different bath and shower products and one of my favourite brands is Molton Brown who make a range of high quality bath and shower gels, hair products and candles all based on their unique scents. This Relaxing Yuan Zhi Bath and Shower gel is one of my favourite product in their range.

      The bath and shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle with a silver flip lid and the Molton Brown logo on it. You can see the product through the bottle which is a beautiful dark purple colour which looks really stylish in your bathroom.

      The bath and shower gel is created specifically for those in need of a little rest and relaxation. it contains yuan zhi extract and Madagascan ylang-ylang oil to help re-balance. The main fragrances are:
      Top note: ylang-ylang
      Middle note: sweet cardamom
      Base note: musk

      On pouring the gel into the bath the smell is really lovely. It is a very soothing and calming smell which immediately helps to make you feel de-stressed and forget about the worries of the day. The gel creates a large number of bubbles when poured into the water and is soft and smooth on my skin when I am soaking in the bath without drying it out at all. It is quite tempting to fall asleep with the warm water and the lovely smell.

      Molton Brown bath and shower gels are expensive and normally retail at about £18 each. However they are often on offer, especially over Christmas, so it is well worth getting one if you can find it cheaper.

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      04.12.2014 14:19
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      A powder foundation

      I had often heard about the benefits of using a mineral foundation but never used one before until I was given a free sample as part of an order I made at House Of Fraser. I was really interested in trying it to see if it would be any better than the liquid foundations that I normally try.

      The first thing that was interesting about my free sample was that it just included an empty container. I then had to take the container to the Bare Mineral counter where they undertook a colour matching to find out what would be the best colour for me and then filled the container with the foundation.

      The foundation looks like a loose powder that you apply with a brush. The container has small holes in it so you can shake just a small amount of foundation onto the brush and then apply it to your face. It is recommended that you do this in circular motions and this helps to let you slowly build up the level of coverage that your want.

      I did find the foundation a bit difficult to apply to get a smooth finish compared to applying liquid foundation. I found that if I was not careful my face looked a bit caked and it was more obvious that I was wearing a foundation. This might have been due to my lack of skill in applying it though.

      Once applied the foundation lasted and gave good coverage. It was easy to apply other make up on top of it and the colour looked quite natural on my skin.

      In summary I probably decided that mineral foundation was not for me and I do overall prefer liquid foundations. However I am glad that I have had the opportunity to try it for a few weeks

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      04.12.2014 13:42
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      A high quality cat food

      I try to give my cats high quality food to keep them as healthy as possible. I also prefer to feed them dry cat food and have done this since they were kittens as my vet recommend this to ensure that they did not get any dental problems. The brand of dry cat food that I currently use is Purina Pro Plan Adult and I buy the chicken and rice version.

      Purina Pro Plan is a premium cat food that includes a high level of meat and is specially developed to cater for adult cats providing all the nutrients and energy your cat needs to live a long, healthy, active life. It includes OptiRenal to help with kidney function, a special mixture of nutrients containing vitamins C, E, B-Carotine, arginine, and Omega-3 fatty acid EPA.

      The cat food comes is sealed paper packages and I normally buy a large 10kg bag that costs about £35. I find that even feeding my two cats twice a day this lasts for at least 6 months so eventually works out at good value for money.

      On opening the bag the food is a dry kibble that is not too large so it is easy for my cats to swallow. It hardly smells at all so is not unpleasant to have in the house.

      Both of my cats love this food and eat it very happily. It is meant to help with their general health and to give them shiny coats and I must admit that both of my cats always look very healthy and even the vet recently commented on how shiny one of my cat's coats was. Although it is expensive I prefer to know exactly what my cats are eating and trust Purina Proplan so am happy to continue feeding them this as long as they will eat tit

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    • Dreamies Cat Treats / Cat Food / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      04.12.2014 13:30

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      Great for greedy cats

      I try to feed my cats as healthily as possible as they both would eat for ever if I let them and then end up overweight and with health problems. I therefore rarely give them treats but have occasional bags of treats in the house for special occasions. The cat treats that I normally buy are these Dreamies brand.

      They come in a variety of different flavours including chicken, tuna and cheese and the version that I normally buy is the chicken flavour. This is because it does not smell too bad and both of my cats really like it.

      The treats are quite small in size and you are only meant to give your cat a few at a time. They come in bags of 60 grams and I normally find that a bag can last me about a month if I only give my cats a treat occasionally. They are meant to be crunchy on the inside with a soft filling on the inside. However I doubt very much that my cats ever notice the soft filling as they just gulp the whole treat down in one go in about a second and do not even chew them.

      My cats love these treats but I am aware that they are high in calories and are not suitable to be eaten that regularly. Having said that one of cats who goes round to other people's houses and is given food (or steals it) has come home a few times carrying a whole unopened packet of Dreamies that she has got from somewhere and devoured the whole bag in one go before I could get it off her. I do worry that maybe there is something addictive in them but maybe my cats are just greedy!

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      04.12.2014 11:54
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      How do you get your cats to use it?!

      I have two cats and have recently started keeping them indoors after one of them went missing for a week. One of things that I worried about in doing this was that they would scratch the furniture as they would not be able to go out and scratch on trees etc. One of my cats in particular likes to scratch the sofa so I was pleased when I found this cat scratcher that I could buy that I hoped would solve this problem.

      I bought the cat scratcher from Amazon for about £8. It is basically made from shredded cardboard shaped in a design that is meant to attract cats and they can also sit on it if they want to. When the cat scratches the scratcher the cardboard is meant to wear down and I have read some reviews saying that bits can get everywhere in your house. I have not had this problem but unfortunately this is not due to the quality of the product but due to the fact that my cats will not use it!

      On first putting the cat scratcher out I was quite excited to see what my cats would do. I even put some catnip on it to attract them. Sadly they both totally ignored it. The cat who scratches the soap continued to do this even when I tried to place her on the cat scratcher instead. My other cat sat on it briefly for 10 minutes and then ignored it.

      I left the cat scratcher out in my lounge for the cats to use for about a month but still they never used it or even looked at it once. I have now given up and put it in a cupboard.

      I am sure that this is a great cat scratcher if you can actually get your cats to use it. Sadly mine just refused so I still have a scratched sofa!

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      04.12.2014 11:43
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      A stylish cat bowl for two

      I love both of my cats but they are very greedy so feeding them is always a bit hectic. I like to feed them together but make sure that they have a bowl each and always have to put the food down for both of them at exactly the same time otherwise one of them will finish first and try and steal the other's food. I was therefore looking for a twin cat bowl and was very pleased when I found this Alessi Tigrito Cat Bowl.

      The cat bowl is a wonderful design and is very stylish. It is shaped like a cat with a tail and the two feeding bowls attached to the body. It comes in three different colours - grey, yellow or the turquoise blue version which is the one that I have. All of the versions have a white cat's face on them.

      Using the cat bowl is very easy. What I like best about it is that you can pick it up by the tail and this makes it very easy to use without having to keep bending down at all. The cat bowls are stainless steel and removable so very easy to wash without having to wash the whole unit. It also look really funky and great in my kitchen.

      The cat bowl is quite expensive and costs about £45 from places such as House of Fraser. However you are mainly paying for the design and quality of the product so if this is important to you I definitely think that it is worth the money. I have had one for a few years now and continue to love it (my cat's just love the food that is put in it!)

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      04.12.2014 11:34
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      Great at killing fleas

      I have two cats who I care about a lot and spend a lot of time looking after. I regularly de-flea them and normally use Frontline to help kill any fleas that are on them. However the vet recommended to me that I also needed to spray my house with a flea insecticide as otherwise the flea eggs that had been laid in the carpets would come to life later in the year even if my cats no longer had any fleas on them. I therefore bought this Indorex House Flea spray from Amazon.

      The flea spray comes in a white pressurised container with a spray nozzle. It costs about £9 for 500ml which I have found lasts a long time and covers 79 square metres. It is meant to kill adult fleas whilst also preventing the development of eggs and larvae. It also helps eliminate house dust mites.

      To use the treatment you spray it around the house particularly in areas such as the edges of carpets and down the back of your sofa etc. I find that although it claims to be odourless it actually has quite a horrible chemical smell but this does go quickly. It also does not stain household surfaces so you can use it safely anywhere.

      The treatment dries quickly and then hopefully does its job. Once I have used it I have never seen any fleas in my house so I guess that it is working OK. It is hard to know though what it would be like without using the treatment

      Overall I would recommend this flea spray as it certainly gives peace of mind and seems to work in killing all the horrible fleas!

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      02.12.2014 23:23
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      A lovely scrub

      When it was my birthday this year a friend of mine bought me a travel set from Molton Brown and one of the items was this Ambrusca Wash & Scrub. I think it might be from their range for men but I have been using it for a few months now and really like it.

      The scrub contains Ambrusca grape extract and ground olive stones to exfoliate the skin together with Moroccan argan oil to tone. It is meant to renew your skin so you get a healthy glowing appearance and protect the skin from environmental pollutants.

      I think that you can use the scrub on both your face and body but I only use it on my face. To use I splash some water on my face so the scrub will not be too harsh and then squeeze a small amount into my hand. It looks like a brown gel with tiny speckles of olive stones in it which help to exfoliate.

      I find that the scrub is lovely on my skin - the gel part foams and is gentle at the same time that the olive stones exfoliate - so it does not feel abrasive at all. It also has a wonderful smell - a bit of an exotic smell which might be the Moroccan argan oil.

      After massaging the scrub into my skin I then rinse it off. This can take a bit of time as the tiny exfoliating stones stay on your skin to begin with so you have to really make sure that you get rid of them all.

      After use my skin feels great - like it has had a really deep clean and got rid of any dead cells but not at all dry or damaged. However I tend to only use the scrub a few times a week just to make sure that I do not damage my skin at all.

      Overall I would really recommend this scrub as it feels like a luxurious product that really works

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      02.12.2014 23:08
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      An easy to use hair dye

      I have very fine hair that I have dyed for several years. The problem with dying your hair is that once you start it is very hard to stop and for the past few years I have been dying it dark blond. I then decided to return to my natural brown colour but only wanted to use a semi permanent so I would not damage my hair too much. I therefore chose this L'Oreal Casting Creme and have tried a few of the brown colours including Chilli Chocolate.

      The hair dye is meant to give hair a glossy and natural look with visible shimmering tones. During colouring, the patented conditioning complex helps protect the hair fibre, inside and out and after colouring, the Nutri-Shine conditioner with Aloe Vera and Green Tea enhances the shine of the colour.

      The product comes in cardboard packing that includes everything you need including the colour, the developer, gloves, instructions and the conditioner. One of the things I like about it is that it is very easy to use. You wet your hair first and then apply some of the product which you have already mixed to your roots using the applicator. You then wait 15 minutes and apply to the rest of your hair. It really does not drip anywhere so it is fine to do other things while you are waiting. I then tend to get into the shower to rinse it off and use the conditioner as this way I don't get mess from the dye being washed out of my hair all over the bathroom.

      After use the colour I get is quite shiny although I never get the level of shine that is advertised. However I do find it is a bit hit and miss what the colour ends up as - some of the warmer colours like this one tend to make my hair go quite red while some of the others make it darker than I wanted. However I do find that after a few washes it normally settles down to a colour that I am happy with.

      The colours lasts for quite a few weeks and I tend to only need to recolour my hair every 6 weeks which is about the same as if I had had it done at the hairdressers. However this is much cheaper and you can often buy the hair dye on offer in Boots for around £5 so overall I am pleased with it and will keep experimenting with different colours.

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      02.12.2014 22:48
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      • "Contains natural ingredients"

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      • "Did not make much difference to my skin"

      No long lasting effects

      I can sometimes have skin that is prone to spots so am often looking for products that can help with this. I received a free sample from Manuka doctor of their ApiClear range which is designed specifically to help with troubled skin so I then bought several of the products in their range. This is the last product in their range that I bought and is a gel specifically meant to help prevent blemishes.

      Manuka Doctor is a company that uses bee venom in their products to help maintain healthy balance & promote wellbeing. No bees are harmed in the sourcing of the raw ingredients and there are no harsh chemicals or GM ingredients. The skincare range is designed to be kind and naturally good for you.

      The Manuka Doctor ApiClear Skin Ease and Repair Gel has a non-greasy formula that is meant to address the root cause of imperfections, prevent blocked pores, regenerate skin cells, prevent scarring and ultimately speed up the healing process. It includes an ingredient called propolis that is scientifically proven to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

      The gel comes in a small thin white tube of 25 ml with the green Manuka Doctor logo on it. It is easy to squeeze out of the tube and does not have any particularly strong scent or smell medicated at all. It is a clear gel and is easy to smooth over your face. On application I find that it sinks into my skin easily and is not sticky at all so it can be used under make up in the morning, After use my skin feel a bit tighter and fresher but not too dry.

      I have used this gel for several months now and to begin with I really did feel like it was making my skin a bit better and I was getting fewer spots. I did not notice it helping fade any blemish marks though. After a few months of use I think my skin has just got used to it as it does not really feel like it is helping any more. However it might work for longer for someone else.

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      02.12.2014 22:32
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      • "Gentle moisturiser"

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      • "Has not helped my troubled skin"

      Does not help troubled skin

      I can sometimes have skin that is prone to spots so am often looking for products that can help with this. I received a free sample from Manuka doctor of their ApiClear range which is designed specifically to help with troubled skin so I then bought several of the products in their range.

      Manuka Doctor is a company that uses bee venom in their products to help maintain healthy balance & promote wellbeing. No bees are harmed in the sourcing of the raw ingredients and there are no harsh chemicals or GM ingredients. The skincare range is designed to be kind and naturally good for you.

      The Manuka Doctor ApiClear facial moisturising lotion has been designed to help troubled skin and eliminate blemishes. It is advertised as a light moisturiser that quickly absorbs and refreshes the skin and is meant to enhance the skin’s innate shine while maintaining and the balance of the skin’s oil and moisture levels. The Purified Bee Venom is meant to help to eliminate spots and blemishes.

      The moisturiser comes in a white tube with the green Manuka Doctor logo on it. It is quite liquid and does not have any particularly strong scent. On application it sinks into my skin easily and I do feel like I am using a product that is natural and good for me. My skin feels fresh and healthy and the level of moisturising is just right for me.

      The only issue I have with the moisturiser is that it does not seem to have done anything for my troubled skin. The Bee Venom certainly has not helped prevent any new spots from occurring and it does not seem to have any benefits from other cheaper and more basic moisturisers I was disappointed with this as I am always hopping to find something that will help clear up my skin.

      Overall I would recommend this product if you want a natural and gently moisturiser. However I would not recommend buying it if you are really hoping that it will help prevent breakouts.

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      02.12.2014 22:21
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      • "A gentle cleanser"

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      A good cleanser but nothing special

      I can sometimes have skin that is prone to spots so am often looking for products that can help with this. I received a free sample from Manuka doctor of their ApiClear range which is designed specifically to help with troubled skin so I then bought several of the products in their range.

      Manuka Doctor is a company that uses bee venom in their products to help maintain healthy balance & promote wellbeing. No bees are harmed in the sourcing of the raw ingredients and there are no harsh chemicals or GM ingredients. The skincare range is designed to be kind and naturally good for you.

      The Manuka Doctor ApiClear cleanser is advertised as a foaming facial cleanser specially designed to help balance troubled skin. It is meant to be clinically proven to significantly improve blemish prone skin in just 3 weeks.

      The cleanser comes in a white tube with the green Manuka Doctor logo on it. The cleanser is then squeezed out of the tube. It has quite a thick white consistency. I find it best to splash some water on my face first and then massage the cleanser into it which makes it foam a bit. It feels quite soft and gentle on my skin and then rinses off easily.

      After use my skin does feel fresh and clean but a little dry so I tend to use a moisturiser on it afterwards. The cleanser is good at removing every day dirt but I would use something stronger to remove heavy make up. The cleanser works fine but I must admit I have not noticed it doing anything else for my troubled skin and do not think that it is any better than other cheaper general cleansers that you can buy. As it is quite expensive I would not buy it again

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      02.12.2014 22:08
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      • "Light and refreshing"

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      • "Not a high level of moisture"

      A light moisturiser

      For a few years my mobile contract has been with O2 and as part of this I get O2 priority moments which give you different freebies via your mobile. Earlier this year there was a code for a free full size version of Neal Yard Power Berry Daily Moisturiser which was a great deal and as I had a Neal's Yard store in my town I was able to collect one. I have since used the moisturiser every day for a few months as my main moisturiser.

      The moisturiser is meant to boost radiance and promote youthful skin. It contains antioxidant-rich acai, bilberry and goji berry with moisturising hyaluronic acid. All of the ingredients are Fairtrade including Fairtrade Brazil nut oil to moisturise and antioxidant rooibos extract (not too sure what that is but it sounds good!)

      The moisturiser comes in a purple container and the size that I got (50ml) is in a plastic tube with a black lid rather than the pictured bottle.

      One of the first things I noticed about the moisturiser is that it is very runny. This makes it a bit difficult to store the right way up (so that it is sitting on the lid) as the product keeps running out every time you take the lid off. I have started to prop it up upside down next to my mirror to solve this problem.

      The moisturiser is very light and on application sinks into my skin easily. It has a pleasant fresh scent that is quite subtle and can't be smelt after a few minutes of it being applied. I find that my skin does feel moisturised afterwards but this feeling does not seem to last for too long. I think that it is probably better suited to younger skin that does not require as much moisture.

      Overall this is a nice product that contains high quality natural ingredients. I would not buy it again myself as it did not suit my skin type but I think it would be great for someone who only needs a light moisturiser.

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    • Nails inc. Tate / Make Up / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      01.12.2014 22:55
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      A great nail varnish

      I like trying a range of different nail varnishes and first received this nail varnish as a freebie in a magazine. I would not normally buy a bright red nail varnish as I would only wear it on my toes (I never wear bright colours on my hands as my nails are quite short and I find that natural colours work best) I was therefore glad to have the opportunity to try it for free.

      The colour is called Tate (after the Tate in London) and is a deep bright red colour that is not too orange. It comes in a glass bottle with a silver top and the Nails Inc logo printed on it and an internal applicator brush like most nail varnishes.

      On applying the nail varnish it has a good consistency and is not too thin or runny. It dries quickly which is helpful. I found that as it was quite thick I only needed to apply one coat to get full coverage which I was pleased about and this also means that the bottle will last for longer.

      The effect of the nail varnish is very bright and colourful and it would look nice with bare feet and sandals. I found it to be long wearing and chip resistant and it lasted very well for at least a week before it began to rub off a bit. I was pleased with this as it is expensive compared with other nail varnishes at £11 for 10ml so it needs to have some staying power!

      Overall I would recommend this nail varnish as a fun and high quality product that lasts and is worth the money.

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      01.12.2014 22:41
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      A soft and gentle shower gel

      This is the second of the Rituals shower gels that I am reviewing that I have used for the past few years. I love using different products in the shower and particularly like to use foaming shower gels as I find that these are easier to use and create more lather than a normal shower gel. I was therefore really pleased to find these high end foaming shower gels in a range of different scents that are produced by Rituals.

      Rituals was founded in 2000 and was the first brand in the world to pioneer a combination of luxury home and body cosmetics. All of the Rituals products use natural and organic ingredients and there are no harsh chemicals to damage your skin.

      The shower gel comes in a pretty white container with pictures of green foliage on it which is pressurised and has a plastic lid on the top. When you take the top off the pump is displayed and it is easy to press down to make the shower gel come out. The gel uses unique shower foam technology which transforms into a rich foam on contact with water. You can see it changing in your hand and it seems to grow as well as become a foam which means that you only need to use a small amount at a time.

      The shower gel includes the ingredients organic rice oil and cherry blossom. The scent is quite soothing and slightly mellow - a bit like warm milk infused with a soft fruit scent that makes it feel soft and gentle. The scent is not as strong as some of the other Rituals shower gels and this makes it a good shower product to use in the evening before bed.

      I really like this shower gel and I would recommend it. You can currently buy it from House of Fraser for between £5 - £8 depending on whether it is on sale or not and it is definitely worth it

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