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      27.10.2013 09:13
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      An expensive yet effective shampoo

      From time to time I suffer from an itchy scalp and used TGel shampoo whenever this flared up to cope with it. This product was recommended to me as an alternative to the afore mentioned shampoo which didn't seem to be aiding in the treatment.

      -Price and Packaging-
      Philipkinglsey.co.uk £20.50 250ml
      Feelunique.com £17.45 for 250ml
      M&S £13.50 for 170ml

      A hunt around on the internet can bring up some more competitive prices.
      The 250ml bottle that I have comes in a simple box, inside of which is a white cylindrical shaped bottle with a transparent flip top lid. There is a small hole from which to dispense the shampoo which is far better than the usual large holes as it's much easier to get out just the right amount.

      -What is it?-

      As the name suggests, this is a shampoo that is an 'award-winning shampoo formulated specifically to relieve and clear flaking and/or itchy scalps.' It claims to 'leave hair shiny and manageable, whilst quickly clearing it of irritation. It will not strip the hair of colour or irritate the scalp.'

      -My Experience-

      On the packaging it suggests that this product is initially used daily to cleanse the scalp and after that, at regular intervals as required. This is great for my type of hair as I tend only to wash it 3 times a week due to the frizzy nature of it.

      Only a small amount is needed to lather up, making sure that you get it on to your scalp not just your hair. I tend to leave this on for a few minutes before rinsing it off although the instructions don't specify this. It's more of a psychological thing for me as I think it's working it's magic a little more, the longer it's kept on.
      The shampoo has a slight yellowy / orange tinge to it when looking in to the bottle. The smell is for me far better than TGel shampoo that I had previously used. It hasn't got an overpowering aroma but smells fresh and clean and a little bit fruity.

      As for the effectiveness of this product. It so far has worked on my itchy / flaky scalp which I get once in a while. I tend to use this once a week now just keep the symptoms under control and I have to say that the flakiness doesn't occur as much as it used to so overall for me, it does exactly what it promises with the exception of leaving my hair shiny, largely due to the fact that I haven't got that type of hair!
      I've had this for quite some time now and still have half the bottle left due to the fact that only a small amount is needed on a weekly basis so although it seemed expensive at the time, it's lasted.

      N.B. Review also appears on ciao

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        11.10.2013 22:21
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        Handy varnish remover for travelling.

        Having bought these a couple of years ago, they come out every time I travel. At home, I use liquid nail varnish remover but these are very handy and more convenient when I'm travelling.

        - Price and Packaging -

        These are currently £1 for 25 pads, working out at just 4p per pad. My little pot is just like the one shown on the photo however since I bought these, the colour of the packaging has changed and they have increased the amount from 20 to 25 pads.
        They come in a squashed, cylindrical shape with a screw top lid. Very neat and small so not much space needed when packing.

        - Using them -

        These are circular pads with very light bobbles on one side of them. The are packed quite tightly together so you have to peel one from the other so as to make sure you don't pick up two to use at once.
        They have a slightly greasy feel to them and once the varnish is removed I always have to wash my hands as the oily feeling remains on my nails and surrounding area of my fingers.

        I generally only have to use one pad for each hand. This is when I have used standard nail varnish with 2 layers. A rubbing action in different directions is needed but nothing too strenuous to remove the varnish. I have however tried to remove some OPI nail lacquer with these and it wasn't very effective due to the strength of the lacquer which was used as a top coat over two layers of varnish. I got it off but it took some effort and two pads per hand.

        Overall, I am pleased with these pads. They have lasted 24 months now as they only come out when travelling and they have retained their moisture as long as the lid is securely screwed on.

        Thanks for reading - N.B. Review also appears on ciao

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          27.09.2013 21:34
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          A good body butter

          During the course of the summer, given the fine weather over here and the fact that I was away in even sunnier climes for 3 weeks, my skin needed a lot of hydrating and this was one of the ones that I sampled for the first time.
          This 200ml body butter is currently priced at £13. It comes in a deep orange 'squashed' cylindrical plastic tub with at screw top lid which is instantly a positive for me as this doesn't allow for any waste compared to bottled moisturisers.
          For those of you who are interested, the packaging is also recyclable.
          This body butter is a moisturiser for normal skin and contains a number of ingredients such as shea butter, papaya seed oil as well as glycerine. The packaging states the following:
          *Provides 24-hour hydration
          *Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth
          *Buttery texture
          *Sweet papaya scent
          - Using it -
          This moisturiser is pale cream in colour when in the tub. It has a rather sweet smell to it which does linger for some time after application so be warned that should you be wearing any perfume it may clash.
          It has a lovely rich consistency to it but unlike other body butters and moisturisers that I have used it doesn't give a greasy look or a sticky feel ot it although it does offer a slight sheen to tanned skin.
          I used a substantial amount of this on a daily basis but it didn't take too long to absorb in to my skin which was craving some form of nourishment after being out and about in very hot weather throughout the course of the day.
          Overall, I would recommend this body butter in terms of it's moisturising qualities. The sweet aroma may not be to everyone's liking but it certainly kept my skin hydrated although on the expensive side to what I'd normally use.

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            25.08.2012 22:43
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            Refreshing toothpaste but no great whitening of teeth!

            I'm not loyal to a particular brand of toothpaste so when I saw this one in a local B&M Bargains store for just 99p, I thought I'd give it a try.

            - Packaging & What it looks like -
            This comes in a box, within which is a tube with a flip top lid.
            The toothpaste has a very slight, light green appearance when squeezed out of the tube. It has very small, square white 'bits' in it which I assume are the 'whitening strips' outlined on the box and the tube.

            - What it promises -
            ~ Infused with whitening strips that dissolve as you brush.
            ~ Whitens teeth.
            ~ Freshens breath.
            ~ Helps fight cavities.

            - My experience -
            This has a slightly spearmint smell to it when first squeezed out on to your brush, reminding me of some chewing gums. It has a fresh minty flavour to it and froths up when brushing. It leaves my teeth feeling squeaky clean and with a fresh feel to my mouth.

            As for whitening my teeth. I haven't seen any difference in the level of whiteness in my teeth since using this in comparison to what they look like when using toothpastes that don't promise whitening effects.
            Overall, this is a pleasant, refreshing toothpaste, reasonably priced, depending on where you buy it. Don't expect your teeth to end up with that shiny, dazzling whiteness that you see on adverts hence the 3 star rating based on it's failed promise of whitening effects!

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              26.06.2012 20:29
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              An adequate gloss but lacks 'plumping' effects!

              Not being a huge user of lip glosses, I nonetheless have quite a few in my make up box, this being the most expensive one at the moment.

              - Price and Packaging -
              It currently retails at £14.50 for 4.7ml. A small little, slim cylindrical dispenser. The bottom half of which is transparent so that you can see the colour. The top half holds the applicator sponge at the end of the silver screw top handle.

              The applicator is a sponge, better in my view than some of the glosses that I have used with tiny little brushes at the end. When you pull it out of the bottom half, be sure to wipe a little of it from the sponge at the top of the rim as quite a lot comes out absorbed by the sponge.

              - What Clinique says about the product -

              Instantly make lips looks fuller and lusher.
              Helps lips appear smoother with fewer lines.
              High gloss shine with a multi-dimensional pearl (whatever that may be!)

              - My experience -

              I have the Peony Pop shade in the range although this doesn't appear on Clinique's website, I have had it for quite some time so they may have stopped making this shade.
              It appears as quite a deep pink in the holder but when applied it is a subtle pink with a pleasant sheen to it, perfect for me as I'm not bold with lip colours.
              I've used a couple of other 'plumping' products for my lips before and was expecting more of a tingle when applied. However this gloss gives a more pleasant tingle as others I've actually had to wash off with the level of tingling that occurred. A very slight tingle, no burning sensation and if truth be known, if you weren't expecting this you probably wouldn't even be aware of it, it is that mild!

              It is easy to apply thanks to the sponge but be warned that it is quite sticky which stays until it either comes off of it's own accord or is washed off.
              For me, the effectiveness of this gloss isn't it any plumpness of my lips. I can't actually see the difference, instead it is the length of time that it stays on which is a huge improvement on other products that I've used which come off in an instant or with one sip of a drink.
              All in all, a little more expensive than my usual lip glosses. No major change in the plumpness of my lips but it lasts. As stated previously, I don't often wear lip gloss, usually only once or twice a week and this product has lasted for a year without any drying out in the holder.

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              21.04.2012 16:55
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              An efficient, reasonably priced, air freshener for your car.

              Having bought myself a new little car, I thought I'd turn over a new leaf and keep it fresh and clean smelling. Given this, when I was in Wilkinson's looking for some bargains, I decided to get a car air freshener. I hadn't realised how much choice was on offer in a range of prices and 'looks'.


              - Price -

              This is currently priced at £1.99 at Wilkinson's. A middle of the range price from those that were on show but I opted for this one on the basis of knowing the brand.


              - What is it? -

              In very simple terms, it's an air freshener designed specifically to use in your car. As it's name suggests, it is said to be a 'vibrant fragrance of refreshing and energising citrus fruits'.


              - My Views -


              It is presented in a basic card holder which is great considering some products that are 'over-packaged'. Approximately 8cm in length and 5 cm at it's widest part, it isn't too garish for me unlike some of the other options available.


              It comes with a small piece of elastic tied through a hole at the top of the 2D shape. Initially I was concerned that this wouldn't fit around my rear view mirror but it does stretch considerably and hangs down without getting in the way of your view. It doesn't swing around, distracting you so another plus point of this product.


              As for the smell... I like it. I wasn't keen on quite a lot of the other car fresheners of which there were quite a few vanilla scents offer. I didn't want anything that would be nauseating or too heavy. I have to say that initially this gave a very strong scent and filled the car but once in the car and used to the smell which is pleasant then it doesn't give me a headache which some smells do, nor is it too over-powering.


              It says that it lasts up to 7 weeks - After 4 weeks, the scent hasn't diminished at all and given the price I'm really pleased with my purchase. Therefore, if you're looking for a fresh, strong aroma for your car, giving it a clean, refreshing smell then try this. No 'bling', just a simple look which doesn't offend the eye!


              Thanks for reading - N.B. Review also posted on ciao.

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              06.04.2012 18:09
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              Efficient cotton wool pads, worth buying when on offer.

              - Price and Packaging -

              These are currently priced at £1.89 for 100 pads but Boots currently have a Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price and therefore got myself two packs.

              They come in a transparent bag, one stacked on top of the other. The bag is easily opened at the top but make sure that you keep the drawstring section attached as this is good for ensuring that the unused ones are kept dry and clean.

              There are quite a few types of these pads on offer from Boots which range slightly in price. Strangely the pack of 50 oval shaped double faced pads are the same price as the pack of 100 round ones.

              - What are they? -

              * 100% cotton circular cotton wool pads.
              * Two textures / surfaces, one on each side of the pad.
              * Can be used on face or nails.

              - My Experience -

              I am really odd about cotton wool and can't abide the squeaky feel of traditional cotton wool against my nails. The very thought of it actually makes my arms go a little goose bumpy! I would liken this to how quite a lot of people feel about chalk scraping across a board?!

              These cotton wool pads are therefore ideal for me as I haven't had a 'squeamish' moment with using them.
              The pads have two different textures:
              * Light textured side is ideal for taking off cleansers when removing make up. They are absorbent and soft but I find that at least two are needed per cleanse and I also turn over and use the other side.

              * Compact surface - This doesn't show any signs of cotton wool on them whereas the textured one does ever so slightly. It has very tiny pin pricks on the surface and is great for using to remove my nail varnish which is a once or twice a week job for me. I used to use toilet roll but found that it was never efficient at removing the varnish whereas these pads have sufficient resistance to do the job along with the varnish remover, very efficiently.

              I am aware that there are cheaper brands on offer such as Tesco's Value ones that are only £1.25 for 160 and Wilko Baby Oval Pads which are £1.47 but I've been happy with the efficiency of these and given my 'squeamishness' about cotton wool squeaking, I'm yet to brave these. More realistically, I would have to make a special trip to these shops to try them but one day will give them a try to save a few pennies!

              All in all, these are good pads with a number of uses.

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              24.03.2012 06:20
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              An effective varnish given the price. Doesn't dry as quickly as claimed and needs two coats.

              - Price & Colour Range -

              Currently priced at a lowly £2.99 per 8ml standard bottle of varnish although it's worth looking out for 3 for 2 offers which Boots regularly have which is when I bought mine.

              19 shades available in a range of colours: pink, yellow, grey, raspberry , red, purple, blue etc. For ideas of the colours on offer in this range visit the Boots website although it has to be said that the colour of my choice, 'Gemstone' is much darker than is shown on the colour swatch.

              - What is it? -

              The back of the bottle boasts that this varnish gives high shine colour with just one coat and dries in 60 seconds.

              - My Experience -

              The brush is quite thick and the arm attaching it to the handle of the bottle top is short but just the right length to fit to the bottom of the bottle as quite a few I have used, the brush the 'arm' is too short for the depth of the bottle and therefore not all of the varnish is 'picked' up, leaving quite a lot of waste.

              The size and shape of the brush makes for easy application and even I don't get too many flaws when using my left hand. I do however have to say that I wasn't happy with the depth and richness of the colour after just one application and it certainly takes longer than the 60 seconds to dry. I therefore apply a second coat which gives a lovely shine and darkens the shade but the downside is that the whole process can take up to half an hour ensuring that the first coat is fully dry before applying the second, the latter of which does take up to 20 minutes to dry. That said, even though I patiently sit and wait, it has smudged or come away in parts if I have tried to do things like undo a button and it has caught on the varnish.

              Once on and FULLY dried, the varnish does last some time. The first signs of it wearing off are on the very tips of my nails but I tend to rectify this with gentle little touch ups on these areas rather than going through the whole process as I am not the most patient of folk when it comes to pampering. The varnish blends in well and doesn't show obvious signs that I have done some repair work on the nails unless you closely scrutinise the areas.

              Even after two coats, the varnish is removed quite easily with the liquid remover that I have and it doesn't stain the skin area around the nails which some very strong polishes do.

              - Overall -

              Given the price, this is an effective nail varnish. It isn't the longest lasting but saying that, I have paid more for more inefficient nail polishes.

              The colour and shine is good for me although it's a little irritating that it doesn't dry as quickly as it claims. It may seem dry to the touch but try doing anything as outlined above and it can smudge and come away from the nail.

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              20.01.2012 18:57
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              Initially a good basecoat, protecting and strengthening nails.

              Since I stopped chewing my nails a few years ago, I have been using bolder colours in an attempt to remind me to stop nibbling away at them which has thus far been quite beneficial. However the downside is that my nails were beginning to become a little stained so I thought it was time to start using a basecoat.

              Having had a file and polish at the local Beauty Salon, I thought I'd try out the Jessica range. This basecoat is said to:

              *Be suitable for normal nails
              *Contain natural botanicals and antioxidants combined with Vitamins A, C and E to maximize growth
              *Add strength and flexibitily through the calcium and aloe ingredients
              *Maintans nail condition
              So not only would this prevent the dark colours I was using on my nails from staining them but I was looking forward to the other benefits of maximum growth and strength.

              - Price -

              The Jessica range isn't the cheapest available and I paid £7.95 for this 14.8ml bottle although it is worth looking round on the internet for different prices as they can vary quite a lot.

              There are a lot of products available in the Basecoat range such as: brittle nails, peeling nails, dry nails, weak nails etc so something to match most nail types.

              - What do I think of it? -

              The packaging is simple, a transparent thick glass bottle with quite a long black handle to which the applicator brush is attached. The white bristle brush is thin and quite a bit longer than some of the ones from the varnishes that I have used lately.

              When I first started using this basecoat I was really quite pleased with the effects. It was easy to apply and prevented my nails from staining due to dark varnish colours although it has to be said that it takes quite a while to dry. Not being the most patient of beings, I initially applied my varnish when the basecoat obviously completely dry, although touch dry it was still a little sticky when applying the varnish resulting in less of an easy flow on some of my nails. However once I became wise to this, I actually got in to the habit of applying two coats of the base coat the night before applying any varnish which resulted in better results.

              I have also worn two coats of the basecoat as a neutral colour for my nails when I want a rest from colours and this gives a lovely transparent, very shiny look to my nails as well as helping to strengthen my nails as they were definitely less brittle and prone to splitting.

              Despite these positives, there are disadvantages to the product and packaging:

              * Now that I am left with approximately one quarter of the basecoat in the bottle, the brush doesn't reach this far down and therefore can't 'pick up' the liquid so as a result I end up having to tilt the bottle at different angles and different directions to try to 'catch' some of it to apply to my nails. Whilst this not seem too arduous it slows the whole process down and can be somewhat laborious.

              * Another negative relates to the lower levels in the bottle - the liquid has become a lot thicker and doesn't apply easily, that is, it no longer glides over my nail, having become more sticky.

              Worth noting, that the symbol on the back of the bottle of a rabbit on top of a triangle suggests that it is tested on animals, as this may deter quite a few consumers.

              All in all, although I was very pleased with the basecoat, approximately a quarter of it is no longer satisfactory so it has to be said that I won't be buying this again despite the initial advantages. Despite this I have given it 3 stars due to the fact that it has helped strengthen my nails slightly.

              N.B. Review also appears on ciao.

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                03.01.2012 18:22
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                Nothing to rave about and for me not worth the cost.

                This is the first Christmas that I've ever received any Lush products and thus the first time of using them, having read so many reviews about the products over recent years.

                This Satsumo Santa came in a large metallic red gift box with 5 other Christmas themed products although it was available for sale individually priced at £2.95.

                What is it?

                According to Lush, it is meant to be 'a fusion of the British tradition of an orange in the bottom of your Christmas stocking and the Japanese tradition of splitting a yuzu orange and putting it in your bathwater at Winter Solstice'. With these two themes put together they came up with the Satsumo Santa.

                The ballistic is in the shape of a very chubby Santa Claus not in the traditional red colour but orange with white beard and detailed facial features such as the mouth and eyes. He stands about 8cm tall and is larger than I had initially envisaged.

                This bath ballistic contains oils such as mandarin and bergamot and orange flower. Like all of the bath ballistics from Lush it contains Sodium bicarbonate which makes it fizz and break down in water.

                - My first 'Lush' experience -

                It has to be said that I was really looking forward to using this and experiencing the 'Lush' effect that so many speak positively about.

                As instructed, I ran a lovely warm bath on a cold, blustery evening and dropped the Santa in to it. The Santa did look rather a large helping for one bath but I watched and waited as he began to bubble and fizz ever so slightly, reminding me of a sherbet dip when it used to fizz in my mouth.

                This process didn't take long, no more than 3 minutes and the clear water was changed into a very deep, rich orange colour with a subtle, pleasant but not overpowering warm scent. Lush actually say that it 'will fill your bathroom with the sweet smell of summer' which I think is a little strange considering this is in the range that is exclusive to winter months. However I really didn't feel as if this made me think of summer.

                Being new to all of this kind of pampering other than the bog standard bath foams and bubble baths that I use, I was really disappointed that I didn't get any bubbles with this. Yes the colour was lovely and the smell was pleasant but when I got in the bath I didn't feel as if it was a chance to lie in a luxurious relaxing soak after quite a busy festive period so for me this was a big disadvantage.

                I didn't feel as if the oils left my skin feeling moisturised although I have to say that it didn't make my skin any drier than what it already is around my shins in the cold weather months.

                - Overall -
                Contrary to what many others have probably said about this product, I felt that it was disappointing. It didn't make me relax and feel pampered. The smell was pleasant but nothing that I would rave about and had it offered extra moisturising properties to my skin then I would certainly have not as been as disappointed about the no bubble factor!

                Despite this, I am looking forward to trying out the other 5 Lush products in the Christmas box set which are making my bathroom smell great. Had it not been given to me as part of a stocking filler and I had paid £2.95 for a treat at bath time, I really would have been disappointed.

                Thanks for reading. N.B. Review also appears on ciao.

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                  A well priced, efficient shower cream.

                  Always on the look out for savings when it comes to toiletries, I'd rather a good bargain as opposed to sticking to a particular brand, I happened upon this shower cream.

                  * Price and Packaging

                  This is priced at £1 for a 250ml tube but Wilkinsons currently have the following offer: 2 for just £1.50 so it was a must have purchase.

                  The shower cream comes in a brightly coloured tube, rather like an extremely large toothpaste tube. It looks appealing with a bright, refreshing cut lemon on the front.
                  It is dispensed through a hole under the black flip top lid on which the tube sits. The packaging is bright and vibrant but it does have a slight disadvantage in my opinion. Sometimes the shower gel continues to come out of the hole and goes into the lid area so that when you next open it, there are bits of it on the interior of the lid. A minor flaw but thought it worth pointing out.

                  * What does the packaging state?

                  ~ Gently cleanses and moisturises.
                  ~ Lemon and green tea fragrance.
                  ~ Leaves you feeling zesty and zingy!

                  The shower gel lasts for 24 months from opening

                  * So what's it like?

                  This is an extremely bright, almost luminous yellow when squeezed out of the tube, although it doesn't take much of a helping hand to dispense the cream especially when the tube is full.
                  It is quite a thick consistency and lathers up really well but is easily washed off. A little, really does go a long way with this shower cream.

                  For me, the smell is the winning factor - it has such a vibrant, zingy, refreshing scent but obviously not for those who are averse to lemony fragrances. I can't actually smell the green tea in this shower cream, suspecting that the lemon fragrance drowns it. The smell stays on my skin for a short while after using it but definitely doesn't conflict with any perfumes or body lotions that I may use after washing.
                  It makes my skin feel cleansed and although I can't see any moisturising qualities, I should also point out that it doesn't dry out my skin which has sometimes been the case with cheaper shower cream / gel products that I've used in the past.

                  * Overall
                  ~ Lovely smell
                  ~ Great price
                  ~ Cleanses my skin
                  All in all, I really like this shower cream for all of the above reasons. The shortfall of some of it seeping out into the lid is hugely overshadowed by the advantages of this. I'll definitely be buying this again and trying some others from the same range.

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                  • Boots Super Comfort Insoles / Shoes / 87 Readings / 83 Ratings
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                    Adequate insoles but wouldn't give that much comfort for stressed, aching soles.

                    A couple of months ago I foolishly purchased some flat slip on shoes in the sale at a huge knock down price but half a size too big. I therefore thought that given the bargain price of the shoes, I could get away with adding some insoles to the shoes for a snugger fit. Never having purchased insoles before I was at a bit of a loss as to which ones to get as there are quite a few available at differing prices.

                    - Price & Packaging -
                    I opted for the cheaper variety, Boots on make - One pair currently £1.99, whilst if you are in need of two pairs, quite a saving is made as these are price at just £2.59. In comparison to some of the Scholl ones on the shelf at the same time, this was a reasonable price for one pair of insoles compared to some that were around the £5.99 mark.

                    The insoles come in a very basic, thin, sealed plastic bag, reminding me a little of the packaging for rubber gloves. I wasn't put off by the minimal nature of the packaging, preferring this to products that come with much too much waste of packaging.

                    - What are they? -

                    These insoles are said to have:
                    ~ a soft layer of cushioning foam for all day comfort.
                    ~ a second layer of more rigid cushioning foam to retain the shape of the insole
                    ~ dual cushioned for comfort.

                    Washing instructions are also given on the back of the packaging:
                    1.Gently handwash in warm soapy water.
                    2.Rinse and dry slowly away from direct heat.

                    - My Experience -

                    Never having used insoles previously I had initially been looking for ones in my shoe size and was surprised at the clever simplicity of the actual insoles on taking them out of the packet - it clearly didn't take a great deal to 'wow' me on that particular day!

                    On one side of the light blue insoles, there is a plain side and on the other side there is a printed guideline for sizes from a Ladies 2 (Euro 35) to a Mens 11 (Euro 45). This lines not only go around the toe area but around the heel and side of the foot obviously accounting for perhaps the width of feet being less for shorter lengths of shoes. I should also point out that up until that moment, I had no idea that Ladies 8 was equivalent to a Mens 7 (Euro 41). All in all an educational experience for me!
                    There is also printed 'right foot' and 'left foot' for novices such as myself.


                    So once the insoles were cut to the desired / required size, they fit easily into the shoes that I bought which were quite wide and round toed. I have no doubt that should the shoes be pointed then some more trimming would be needed.

                    The insoles are quite thin and when turned on their side you can see a blue top and bottom layer with a white one, which I am assuming is the 'more rigid cushioning foam', sandwiched inbetween. I don't suffer from weary feet and since I only really needed these insoles to fill the shoe a little, then the comfort I experienced was adequate as they did cushion the soles of my feet slightly as I pounded along the streets.

                    However I have tried these on some shoes that I have worn to death whose ageing, walking beaten soles are flimsier than they should be and the comfort levels offered by these insoles wasn't as the name suggests 'super comfort'.

                    The longevity of the insoles would obviously depend on usage and since I generally only need to use these once or twice, maximum per week, they are still in good condition and have moulded ever so slightly into the shape of my toes, particularly my big one. They show no signs of ripping or tearing as yet and still do the job for which they were purchased.

                    All in all, a good buy given the price and the requirement but I wouldn't like to say that these offer the super comfort that the product name suggests.

                    Thanks for reading. N.B. Review also appears on ciao.

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                    12.10.2011 08:19
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                    A brave attempt at stopping frizz!

                    Given the frizzy nature of my hair, holidaying abroad in what are sometimes damp, humid places at night time if near the sea etc, fills me with dread for battling night after night with the frizz!

                    I got this quite some time ago with a couple of the other items in the range bundled together in a gift pack and have only recently taken it away to sunnier climes with me.

                    - Price and Packaging -
                    This comes in a bright pink can with a transparent pink lid covering the push down nozzle from where the spray is dispensed.
                    The current RRP for this 200ml can is £5.89 in Boots

                    - So what is it? -
                    It promises to be a solution to frizzy locks when they are faced with humidity,keeping your hair poker straight when hunidity wants it to frizz! It says that it offers 'a perfect umbrella from frizz'.'.

                    It is also worth noting that Lee Stafford products are not tested on animals.

                    - How to use it-
                    It's suggested that you spray this fine mist half an arms length all over your hair.

                    - My Experience -
                    This is a very fine mist which I would suggest you use in a large open space as the smell and the mist is quite overpowering when first applied. The smell of it does linger on your hair for a while after using it but I wasn't averse to this if it indeed kept the frizz away.

                    I have incredibly unruly, unsightly frizzy hair and as stated earlier dread nights out in humid environments as no matter how much effort I have put in to straightening and trying to calm the mane it gets progressively worse as the night progresses.

                    When I first started using this I dried and straightened by hair and only then sprayed the product over my hair. The results it has to be said weren't great by the end of the night so on a second attempt, not one to give up on trying to calm the frizz, I dried, straightened and then sprayed this over my hair section by section. There was an improvement in the results and the efficiency of this product using this method although it was quite an arduous task.

                    The spray is lke a very fine mist and doesn't leave my hair sticky after using it. I could run my fingers through my hair without them getting stuck in clogged together sections which sometimes happens with other sprays. It doesn't make my hair damp so no waiting around for it to dry.

                    - Overall-
                    If I used the method described above, spraying section by section after straightening this spray did actually help my hair retain what little straightness that I had achieved before using it on most nights. However on a couple of occasions, the humidity and sea wind and fret were so strong, this was no match and the frizz won, leaving me no option but to tie my hair up and accept the unruly mane!

                    Depending on the level of frizz you have this obviously has different succees rates. Those with only a slight frizz could probably manage with one quick spray of this over your hair, making the bottle last longer. Anyone with very frizzy hair such as mine would be guided towards the sectioning spraying technique for best results but don't expect a miracle as nature and the elements often win.

                    Thanks for reading. N.B. Review also appears on ciao.

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                      07.09.2011 00:43
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                      A good nail polish but takes a lot longer than 60 seconds to dry!

                      I'm always on the look out for nail varnish that promises faster drying times as I often find it hard to sit and do nothing for long whilst waiting for it to dry.

                      - Price, Packaging & 'Bumph' -

                      I bought mine in Superdrug who currently have a 3 for 2 offer on Rimmel products. One 8ml bottle is £3.69 in Superdrug and Boots.

                      ~ Unsurprisingly this comes in a transparent glass bottle with a screw top lid. I like the quite chunky handle on the lid as it's not too flimsy which for me, makes application a little easier. The section from the lid / handle to the brush part is quite short, again making it easier to control which is all important when applying your own polish.

                      ~ It claims that this is a one stroke Xpress brush for a one second application, claiming 'picture perfect nail colour in a flash'.

                      ~ The packaging also states that this is a one coat nail polish which dries in 60 seconds.

                      - My Experience -

                      24 shades are available in this polish which gives a wide range of options to choose from with quite a few shades of pink, purple and turquoise. I plumped for the 'Pompous'' which from the look of it in the bottle was a deep purple shade with a very slight hint of glitter at the sides of the bottle.

                      As with all nail polishes I use, it's advisable to wipe the brush against the side of the lid of the bottle to ensure that there isn't too much on the brush which can then make it a little trickier to apply. The brush is slightly wider than some others I have used which certainly makes it easier to use but I can't agree with their claim of one stroke / one second application as one stroke doesn't cover the side sections of my nails, so for me it's 'three strokes' and therefore '3 seconds'.

                      After one application, the colour is a lighter purple than it shows in the bottle and it only becomes the same colour as that in the bottle after the second coat. It gives a glossy look with ever so subtle shiny flecks in but not so much so that it looks over the top for daytime varnish.

                      The nail varnish doesn't chip easily if left to dry for long enough. Despite it being a '60 second' drying time I have found that the end result is better if I leave the first coat about 10 minutes to thoroughly dry before applying the second coat and then leaving that to dry for a further 20 - 25 minutes so in total this is quite a long process. Being impatient, I have tried to avoid this waiting time by quickly applying the second coat and then getting on with ordinary activities but it smudges which doesn't make for a good look and I have to start all over again.

                      Once on and given sufficient time to dry, the varnish does last for up to a week, even when taking cleaning of the house and general daily wear and tear. The only thing that I've noticed is that it sometimes comes off at the very ends of some of my nails but this can be easily touched up if you don't want to go through the whole process of removing it all to reapply.

                      Given the length of time that this stays on and the deep colour, I was prepared for staining of my nails and a chore to remove, but this really hasn't been a problem. I usually wear a base coat after having had quite a few polishes staining my nails but this one doesn't seem to stain my nails which is an advantage but it can be a little stubborn when removing it, needing quite a firm rubbing action on my nail and a good helping of polish remover.

                      - Overall -

                      In my opinion this is a good nail polish if given sufficient time to dry.

                      Advantages:
                      * Easy to apply.
                      * Doesn't stain my nails
                      * Reasonably priced.
                      * A good choice of colours.
                      * Lasts up to a week if you are willing to 'touch up' the tips of your nails.

                      Disadvantages:
                      * It doesn't take 60 seconds to dry after the first coat which is a big disappointment.
                      * Needs two coats for a deep colour.
                      * Tips of nails can lose the colour.

                      N.B. Review also appears on ciao.

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                        A good bath product especially when on offer!

                        I rarely stick to one bath product as I tend to go for ones that are on special offer and this is one such product:

                        - Price and Packaging -

                        I bought this in Superdrug who currently have the 500ml bottle on offer for £1.45, compared to Boots current RRP of £3.22 so it was a must try product.

                        It comes in a very simple, opaque, thick plastic, pale cream bottle with a flip top lid and the product is dispensed through a small hole at the top. When nearing the end of the cream, like so many products in bottles like this, it's hard to get the remains out but I have turned this upside down, resting it against something to prop it up, inbetween baths so that the bulk of the last remaining bits are ready and waiting to be squeezed out!

                        - What is it? -

                        The bumph on the packaging states:
                        - A sheer silkening cream.
                        - Elegant fragrance
                        - Just like silk.
                        - One quarter moisturising cream.
                        - White orchid fragrance.

                        - My Experience -

                        I have used this in two ways:

                        As instructed on the bottle, I poured it under running warm water and waited for the bubbles to form. In order for bubbles to form without having to swish my hand around in the running bath water quite a lot of this is needed. With only a small amount this helping hand is needed. Once the bubbles are in the bath, this pale cream coloured, thick bath cream does maintain the bubbles unlike other bath products that lose the bubble effect once I introduce soap into the equation!

                        The smell is in my opinion quite feminine and floral though I can't say it smells exactly like an orchid. It fills the bathroom with a strong, pleasant aroma which creates a lovely relaxing environment.
                        When used in this way the scent doesn't stay on my skin after bathing nor have I found it to clash with any soap that I use. However if you want a more lingering smell then try using it as a liquid soap which I initially did before reading the back of the bottle as I assumed that it was a body wash when buying it.

                        It lathers up beautifully with just a small amount, cleans my skin and makes it smell fresh and perfumed for a short while after using it although it could clash with other perfumed products that you may wish to apply after your bath.

                        All in all this is a lovely product. It smells great, the value for money is very good when purchased whilst on offer although it does need a little helping hand to get the bubble effect if you don't pour a generous amount under running water.

                        The 5 star and value for money ratings are based on the £1.45 I paid for it, had it been the full RRP both ratings would have dropped by one. I will definitely be lookiing out for this bath product or others in the same range whilst on special offer. ..

                        Thanks for reading - review also appears on ciao.

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