- Premium reviews
- Express reviews
- Reviews rated
- Ratings received
The New Year has brought a new me, it's time to get fit and healthy and to start it off I'm onto Danone Actimel every day of the week. I've decided I could spend money on material things but it's also a waste of money, so now I'd rather foot the bill on some healthy products.
This flavour is definitely my favourite, the strawberry flavour is spot on, and tastes like real strawberries! Not too sweat and doesn't have any bits. That's not a problem because I wouldn't mind, like say bits in pure orange juice, but it means it slides down in one big gulp and I'm good for the day. I know this is supposed to be to top up your good bacteria, but at times I just see it as a nice tasty treat!
The reason I buy this is to get the good bacteria in the morning to kick start my defenses for the day. It's like taking vitamins, though I'm hopeless at that because I always seem to forget, however this is something I can take out when I have my breakfast in the morning and I don't have to think about it too much.
If you're a calorie counter you might be surprised to find out this has 75 calories per pot. It seems a lot, but really, cut down on a biscuit or two and replace it with this scrumptious yogurt drink and you're helping your body out, rather than eating those biscuits that will put on the pounds.
These aren't cheap, but like I said, it's my health at the end of the day. At around £2-2.50 for eight pots you'll want to look out for the offers when you get two packs for cheaper. It's quite an expense but think of your health! One way of making sure you top up your bad bacteria with some good ones!
I'm quite into stand-up comedy, and have never laughed so hard when I watched this DVD last night! Michael MacIntyre clearly has a way with words and is superb to watch!
I think what makes this so funny is that nearly all his gags are those you can relate to. I was clutching my sides and in parts crying with laughter when I realised that I do some of these things that are our pet hates. He has a way with telling the story and his timing is outstanding, sending the audience roaring with laughter, I can imagine the atmosphere would have been brilliant! Michael MacIntyre is not afraid to make a fool of himself during his routines which shows how genuine he is and makes it more believable and watchable.
Thankfully here we have a comedian that doesn't need to fill his script with endless swearing! I don't have a problem with swearing, but in stand-up it's not usually necessary and really isn't funny! Michael does use the odd f-word, so watch out if you choose to watch this with kids, but it is very infrequent so it's not a big issue.
The DVD can be found for as little as £9.99 from most retailers and I can say for sure that I'll be watching it again so it's definitely not a waste of money, very far from it! Watch it with your friends and laugh out loud because this is comedy at its best!
I once drank a great deal of coffee, probably down to the idea of a hot stimulating drink in the morning, but realising that coffee wasn't very good for me, I went in search of something healthier which is when I found Twinings Peppermint Tea!
Every morning I still wake up to a hot drink that warms me from the inside. The taste is revitilising which is essential in the morning when you are groggy and tired, and not feeling activated to get on with the day. Not only is it hot, but it has the same benefits as coffee in that it refreshes me and stimulates my activities... I don't need a bad caffeine boost from coffee, a refreshing cup of Peppermint tea does just the trick.
Not only does it have a great taste, and lives up to all that you look for in coffee, it also has the added benefit of being healthy and providing you with some essential minerals which work well to stimulate the brain and balance out those bad toxins in your body... definitely one for the detoxers!
At around £2 per box containing 20 tea bags it does seem a litte expensive, when a jar of coffee is just the same price but lasts longer than three weeks! However, I don't mind the difference in price when I know that it's a great deal better for me that the bad toxins that come with coffee!
Also its better without milk, so can be used to reduce/cut out your milk consumption to add to your dietary needs if you vegan. This is something that everyone should try once; the healthy alternative to coffee!
I've used Lemsip in the past, but have always felt robbed when it's never actually aided in my recovery. I thought I'd give it another shot the other week while I was ill over Christmas, but decided as I always do that it just doesn't cut it, and isn't a great help.
At around £2.50 it's quite expensive when you only get 5 sachets and unfortunately 5 sachets will only last you a day or two so you'll need a couple of boxes if you're going to try to get better using this alone.
It's a simple product, which I have known to work before when family members have used it, but really when it comes to me, a good old fashioned rest, tucked up in bed to sweat out the cold and flu works wonders. Why spend money when you can get better by utilising what you have already for free? An additional hot drink can help too!
I've been greatly disappointed with these as they are nothing more than a hot drink. Try a cup of green tea which is full of the right minerals you'll need to boost your immune system and provides a much needed rise in body temperature to help sweat out the cold and flu. Not to mention it's a great deal cheaper, perhaps 20 tea bags for the same price!
I won't be buying any more of these, and will stick to old fashioned remedies I know do the job. If they were the same price as tea bags I might consider, because all I'm after is the hot drink and minerals. which can be found in green tea.
I have never quite been satisfied with the service offered by 3. Though it does boast a great Skype feature which keep me drawn in, but I'll never be able to praise it's reception. I'm focusing solely on the Skype feature and reception in this review for the purpose of using the network just for calling.
What keeps me using 3 as a network provide is solely the Skype abilities available on this network. I haven't seen another provider that offers such a good rate and as I am forever using Skype then it's just one way I manage to keep the cost of my calls down. 3 offer Skype for free as part of their Pay as you go service. At first I thought that by buying a Skype enabled 3 phone I would get to use Skype for free all the time as long as I was in credit, how wrong I was. There's a catch. In order to be able to use Skype for free all the time, you must top up £10 every month. This seems quite steep to those of you who may not use Skype so much, I for one thought it was initially, but with my family using Skype so often, and I've actually got a few of them on this deal, then we can talk for hours and hours at the expense of £10 per month. Forget needing to keep how many minutes you've got, it's unlimited for £10!
I can see however that this isn't so great if you don't use Skype. And unfortunately 3 doesn't boast a great signal so it can be temperamental at times. I actually have two phones, the Pay as you go 3 Skype phone and another on Orange which I use out and about because I can actually get some signal. This means I tend to only use my Skype phone around the house because I know I can get good signal there. It works for me, but unfortunately isn't ideal if you are going to be using your 3 phone all the time and can't rely on a backup.
I use 3 for this sole purpose, but I wouldn't if I wanted it as my main phone because I find it very hard to get signal when I'm out and about. There's so many other providers out there, and what's the point on having a portable mobile phone if you can't get signal on the move? If Skype wasn't a feature I'd not be using this provider.
'Wall's Magnum' ice creams might just been the best tasting ice cream around! Besides the ice cream that comes in a tub, these are the best tasting creamy ice cream that melts slowly on your tongue and fills your taste buds with fantastic flavours.
The 'White Magnum' variety is definitely my favourite. The white chocolate is the best white chocolate I've tasted on an ice cream, it's rich in flavour, but isn't sickly, and doesn't make you feel like you've over indulged.
A pack of three of these gorgeous delights comes in at just £1.60 from 'ASDA', a huge saving when you can buy one from an ice cream van at around £1.20.
There's also just 210 calories in one ice cream, and in the mini variety there's around 180 calories. In the mini variety this is quite high, however as long as you don't eat too many then it shouldn't be a problem. Something hard to do when these taste so good and the summer is on its way!
2009 may just have been the turning point in 'Eurovision' history. No longer is the infamous song contest just a political fight with countries voting for their allies. This year we saw talent, we saw voting from the public based on this talent, which instills hope that 'Eurovision' may just be back to what it should have always been; a European song contest with great talent captured in an entertaining evening.
This year the way 'Eurovision' began was a great deal different to any of the previous years, with contestants actually promotion their song around each country to build up support and interest. It means we no longer have one hit wonders, with songs growing on people before the final night when the magic happens.
The event this year was in Moscow, after a fantastic victory for them back in 2008. The stadium was electrifying, full of special lighting effects and it really was quite a show stopping performance. With a well known circus act starting off the show and other acts - a famous water stunt high above the audiences heads - to add that 'je ne ce quoi'!
This year we saw 25 fantastic performances from countries all over Europe, in all honesty I don't think there were many that were truly a shamballs, maybe one or two acts that really were quite rubbish, but apart from that the night was outstanding. I sat there watching it, with a hint of surprise on my face. I couldn't quite believe how we had gone from a show that was beginning to become full of trashy, can't sing, acts, into a show that presented some really quite brilliant talent.
Representing the UK this year was Jade Ewen, a singer who won the BBC's show 'Make Your Mind Up' (a show which finds the act that will represent the UK). Andrew Lloyd Webber helped to write a create, what is a fantastic ballad, unfortunately not one that will stand the test of time, but it was brilliant for 'Eurovision'. It was powerful and really showed off Jade's vocal talent.
We didn't win this year's song contest, but from coming in the bottom few last year, we made a huge gain! From near the bottom to fifth place! The talent above us definitely deserved their places, so it we can be proud that we did a damn good job.
Taking the title this year was a very catchy song from Norway. Not only was the song great, but I'm sure girls all around Europe were voting for this cheeky chappy. 'Fairytale' entered the UK charts at number 10, showing just how popular it was in this country. The song managed five number one's across Europe - pretty impressive!
Having enjoyed this years contest, I think it's safe to say 'Eurovision' is getting back on track, bringing us great talent every year, and at least it's not a political fight this time round! I'll be looking forward to next years contest, something I very rarely say!
Quite possibly the best dark chocolate on the market! Rich in flavour, but not in content. 'Cadburys' has done it again; produced amazing chocolate that captures quality taste with a reasonable price. The solid dark chocolate slowly melts in ones mouth, released the flavoursome chocolate essences. Unlike 'Dairy Milk', this isn't such a smooth chocolate, but that's what makes it different an exciting. Some would say it has a harsher bite to it, but this is a bonus, offering something else over bland boring chocolate.
The packaging show off the class this chocolate has, a rich shiny red with a streak of dark chocolate brown. At just 56p, you can purchase a 45g bar of this divine chocolate. For dark chocolate that really is a great price. A larger bar can be bought for £1.31. A whopping 200g! Of course, as I love this chocolate so much I tend to always opt for the 200g bar, which is actually a saving in itself if you compare it to the 56p bar.
As far as nutritional information, there's just 231 calories in a standard bar, which is quite a bit lower than some of the chocolate bars available to buy, though compared to those that aren't a standard whole chocolate bar, it's quite a bit more. Unfortunately it doesn't do well on the sugar front, at a whopping 58% made up of sugar, and when it comes to the fat content, that makes up about 27% which is a little better, but this of course isn't the most healthiest bar you could get with your money.
If you haven't tried 'Cadburys' finest dark chocolate, you're missing out! Available from 'Tescos' it's a must have in your next shopping basket! Don't go buying it every week, but it's certainly treat worthy!
'Yorkie Bars' were something I never really choose up until a month or two ago. I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe because they just weren't my usual choice of chocolate bar; others grabbing my attention straight away... and I guess I sort of browsed passed them on the shelf.
The first thing you'll notice is that famous signature feature; "Not for girls". I'm not entirely sure why this ever began, maybe because it's a solid chunky chocolate bar, more of a 'mans' bar, as it sort of wiped out half the population unless females wanted to rebel and buy it anyway.
After opening up the shiny blue wrapper, you'll see the solid, six piece bar. That's six solid chunks of pure chocolate bar. This for me, is the main reason I get it. There's not another chocolate bar on the market that comes with this much chocolate, it really is enormous! Biting into it and you'll taste the sweet chocolate, maybe a little too sweet mind, but it's not that bad. The chocolate lingers in your mouth, the taste never quite dissolving.
Of course this isn't 'Cadburys' finest, it's 'Nestles' alternative, and if I were to put one against the other in the boxing match over which had the best taste, 'Cadburys' would win hands down. Change the style of the match and this time, it's quantity of chocolate they're competing for, 'Nestle' wins hands down. For me, it just depends what moods I'm in, and if I really desire loads of chocolate, I'll always opt for this.
At 47p it's a standard price for a chocolate bar. Maybe this makes it a little more appealing because compare this to a 'Dairy Milk' and there's no difference in price, but a damn lot more chocolate. In fact, just to show you how much extra you're getting, 'Yorkies' come in at 68g, with 'Dairy Milks' weigh a measly 49g. In comparison, 'Yorkies' account for about 140% of a 'Dairy Milk'... I knew there was a reason I liked it so much! Yes these aren't the healthiest of chocolate bars, in fact there's 366 calories in one bar! That's even more than the same amount of 'Dairy Milk', but only just (357 calories).
I don't think I'll ever stopping having the odd 'Yorkie' here and there, after all it's a man's chocolate!
'Fairy' has been on our shelves for a number of years, but some people just don't quite realise how good 'Fairys' washing up liquid really is.
Amazingly, a 500ml bottle of this fantastic washing up liquid can be bought for just 98p! What I can't get over, is how cheap this is on comparison to other brands. Some can be as expensive as £1.48 (Ecover) and own brands are around 70p, but none of which can really compete with 'Fairy'. It's not only sells at a middle of the range price, it lasts the longest of the lot, giving you excellent value for money!
They say one bottle of 'Fairy' can last up to six to eight weeks! Having been using this product for years, and looking back at how often I have to buy a replacement, I wouldn't be surprised if this is really quite accurate, give or take a week, either side.
The reason it last so long, is you can use it sparingly, and still get a great wash. Don't be worried that you don't get lots of soapy suds, in actual fact, it's not the suds that will clean the glasses, is what's in the water. 'Fairy' helps to cut out the suds, ensuring more of the action takes place in the water, and on your dishes, making this a pretty darn efficient product!
Very rarely to I get to complain about the state of my dishes, except once they've just been used during a meal. Once washed the grime and grit is banished, and I'm proud to say that I can be sure my dishes are always 100% clean!
You can't really get much better than this, it does exactly what you expect it to, and at that ridiculously low price, you'd be a fool not to try it out. 'Fairy' comes in a range of scents, from apple to lemon and strawberry to silk orchid, there's definitely one that will make washing the dishes a pleasure.
'Head & Shoulders' is a leading brand in the hair care industry. Specialising in shampoo and conditions the brand has been trading all over the world since 1961. The first product was introduced in America, and has become the leading shampoo in this country.
I swear by 'Head & Shoulders'. I don't think there's a product on the market that can perform as well as 'Head & Shoulders'. From using the product as a young boy, to now a grown man, I've never had a problem with it, and only ever not used it due to my laziness in buying more from the supermarket, or to use a different shampoo so that my hair doesn't get too used to the product. They say that you should vary your shampoo in order to get the best out of it. I'd rather not do this because it means I don't get to use 'Head & Shoulders' during this period, but if it helps my hair in the long run, it's got to be done!
You'll notice from the bottle that it has a sleek design, and for most people who are familiar with the 'Head & Shoulders' brand, it stands out a mile from the other products on the shelves. That blue cap has been a signature feature from day one. Each brand has a special feature, this one being 'classic clean' for those that are just after the standard edition of 'Head & Shoulders'.
Upon opening up the cap, you'll get a clean, fresh and slightly minty scent, which maintains a fresh and clean smelling scalp and head of hair. I often dislike all the fancy smells that come with shampoo's; often brands trying too hard. This however is subtle and works wonders.
After squeezing just a tiny amount out of the bottle, because that's all you'll need. This shampoo seems to go for miles and miles, and because you can use it sparingly, it means you don't need to dip into your pocket every other week!
After lathering up the shampoo, it glides through your hair, getting every strand covered in shampoo. You'll never miss a bit with this shampoo, it soaps up well, and never leaves an area unclean! After one wash, which is what I get away with because of the effectiveness of this shampoo, you'll notice smooth, sleeky hair, even in the shower when you're hair is wet! Of course with longer hair you may need that extra wash, but most men, who have relatively short to medium length hair, one will do the trick.
After drying your hair, you'll realise just how good this shampoo is. It's managed to work every part of your scalp and hair, and there's not a place on your head that hasn't has a good wash and clean! No more grease, and with this shampoo specialising in anti-dandruff, you can be sure that your hair will stay flake free!
Just a mention about the anti-dandruff element. This shampoo is designed for hair that is prone to dandruff, and though I have never had dandruff, it doesn't stop me using it. It's almost working to prevent any dandruff I may get later on. What's the harm in using something that has additional benefits? I guess you might argue that it might be a waste of money to get shampoo that is designed specifically for dandruff prone heads, but when it works as well as it does, you can't complain.
I generally wash my hair once a day, but if you can't manage this, then you'll find your hair is still silky for the day after, and even possibly the day after that! At times when I'm just lazing around the house on a holiday and don't go out, and therefore can't be bothered to wash my hair, it's then that I realise it really is a marvelous shampoo! It must have a long lasting formula!
The 200ml bottle comes in at £1.84 however there is a larger variety at 400ml. It just depends if you want to build up some stock or not. The 200ml is great for traveling with, because it's not a huge bottle that is going to add a great deal of extra weight, or take up a lot of room.
My final words: If you aren't using 'Head & Shoulders' then you better than a good reason for not doing so! This shampoo is head and shoulders above the rest!
I tried this 'Eau de Toilette' about two years ago, and surprisingly it's stuck in my head as one of those I must not buy again! It's surprising because it seems it is quite popular, but for me, the very distinct fragrance was incredibly off putting.
Firstly the 'Ralph Lauren' brand is a strong brand in the industry, not only for fragrances, but for clothing as well. Realising that's who had produced the 'Eau de Toilette' gave me hope that it would be a nice smelling aftershave because they generally get things right.
The packaging of the box is sophisticated and bold. The bottle itself is very manly, and in the traditional aftershave style bottle, clean, simple, easy to use and effective. It doesn't come with a spray button; this 'Eau de Toilette' goes back to the roots of men's fragrances and it's applied by genitally tipping the bottle and dabbing it in the right places.
Unfortunately, even though it ticked so many boxes already, it was the fragrance that would let it down in my eyes. Maybe it's just me, but the scent was very overpowering, and although it's meant to be a cool, fresh smell, I found almost the complete opposite. It almost smelt like peanuts, which was definitely something I didn't want to smell of. It was slightly musty, maybe the combination of the peanut smell, and the image created by peanuts gave off this impression. It's a shame because I thought I was on to a winner.
I bought the fragrance for about £20 a few years back, and I'm not sure what it now sells for. I'd imagine, unless it really is popular it isn't available to buy from high street stores, and it would be a question of going online. 'Amazon' have it for £28.87. Is it worth the increase of £10? I definitely don't think so, I wouldn't even pay £10 for it now, especially with the scent I smelt. Sadly one I'll never think about buying again, though 'Ralph Lauren' do have other fragrances which stand proud as great fragrances, and maintain the great image of 'Ralph Lauren'.
This has to be one of my favourite varieties of 'Muller' yogurts. The exuberant pink yogurt that is playful and exciting, along with the white chocolate coated crunchy mini balls that dissolve in your mouth. The mix of runny yogurt and crunchy chocolate biscuit balls is desirable! It's no wonder they are my favourite!
The packaging is colourful and shows you exactly what to expect in your yogurt, so there's no unwanted surprises. I like the fact that it highlights that the yogurt has no artificial colours or flavours, just 'Muller' doing their bit for your peace of mind! Great!
There are some yogurts in the 'Muller' range that cheat you out of the chocolately bits. I had one the other day and the small pot on the side was only half full! Another reason why I like one so much is that they don't skimp on the white chocolate biscuit balls, it's a wonder why they do on some and not on others?
With regard to nutritional information, the yogurt is 231 calories, which isn't bad considering the chocolate element. You can feel like you actually got something worth that amount of calories! It's low on salt content, and does do bad on the fat front with just 5.7g per 100g. Unsurprisingly the sugar content is a lot higher at 17.4g per 100g. I can guess this being down to the chocolate biscuit balls and the pink yogurt, but really this is only 17.4% So is there much to complain about?
I've always found these to be a little expensive, I mean 52p for a yogurt? Maybe it's just me. They are currently on offer at 'Tescos'; 4 for £2.00, a great saving of 8p! Wowie! However 'Sainsburys' have a better deal of 8 for £2.00 which is a hefty saving of £2.16! Too good to miss! Think I'll have to get on down to 'Sainsburys'.
Smoking is an awful habit, and it's a real shame that some people get hooked and suffer traumatic experiences. Smoking destroys not only lives but families. For those that have to witness the death of a family member due to the act of smoking, it can change the way you look at life, and the way you perceive other people.
Those that are unfortunately hooked on cigarettes and do not make the attempt to quit are only putting their lives at risk and potentially causing pain to those around them. It's true that not every smoker will die from smoking, but are you prepared to take the risk?
There will be people that say smoking should be banned completely, to prevent people suffering and wasting their lives. Millions of pounds each year go towards transplants and surgery to repair failed organs through the act of smoking. I'm not saying that these people shouldn't be allowed these life saving operations, but should it not come with a price? It's all too easy to get addicted to smoking, and know that as long as it doesn't kill you out right, there are methods in place to help those failing organs.
Though there's the argument against the banning of smoking purely down to the economy of our country. To comprehend how much tax the government get from smoking is hard in itself. More money goes towards tax, than does to the manufacturer for every packed of cigarettes. Even though we take pity on those that are smoking, and hate the idea of it, if everyone stopped smoking, how would our economy look? Would we see more poverty due to taxes being raised to compensate for the fact that the government no longer received great sums of money from the tobacco industry?
It's a vicious circle.
In an ideal world the images on the cigarette packets would prevent people from buying them at the counter. The problem is that smokers realise exactly what could happen to them and the reminder doesn't stop them buying the packet. It's after you've asked for a packet of cigarettes, because of course they have to be bought over the counter, that you actually see the image. How hard then is it to resist not smoking a cigarette when you are holding the paid packet of cigarettes in your hand and have the cravings? Yes the scheme was a step towards helping reducing smoking, but it's effectiveness is questionable.
Smoking is going to live on, but maybe the recession will help reduce the amount of cigarettes smoked by anyone one person per day or week. We can only hope.
But as bad as smoking is, could this argument not be the same for alcohol? I don't smoke, but I drink. In this day and age, is it not alcohol that is causing more accidents and issue with health due to the accessibility of the stuff? In one night of over drinking, the ability to drink excessive amounts of alcohol and comatose one's self is so much easier than smoking a number of cigarettes in the same amount of time. Alcohol could be a bigger drainer on the NHS, and yet smoking gets more stick. I'm not advocating either of the two, but clearly something more needs to be done to help those that really wish to stop smoking.
I've been a member of 'KingoLotto' for a little while now and I'm yet to win big. The idea of the site; a free lottery with the chance of winning such prizes of a holiday, car or vouchers seems pretty ideal, which is why I joined in the first place. But now looking back it has all been a waste of time.
Registering is simple, and once registered each day you can choose six numbers and play the free lottery. You get 10 tries at winning the lottery each day, and can either use the same numbers on all 10 tries, or go for different ones.
Get one to four of the numbers correct and yippie you've won some 'KingoLotto' points! My points are building up very slowly, but when I realised what I could use them for; more gambling on prizes, I was a little disappointed.
Get five correct and you could win £15 or £30 worth of vouchers, and get all six right and you've won the top prize; a dream holiday or car... well not quite! It's not that simple for the top prize... yes you have to get numbers one to six right, but you've got to get them on one to nine of the boards you play each day. The chances of winning are slim. And if you choose different numbers on each of the 10 tries, you'll never win the jackpot!
Once you've won some points, which is where most people win, you'll get to use these to buy raffle tickets on other prizes! Or if you are incredibly lucky and win loads of points you can even buy gifts. Gifts are in the range of thousands of points (about 20,000 for a DVD), and to I think on average I was getting about 10 points a day, it'll take me almost 200 days before I see any rewards... and remember that's me choosing the six numbers, playing the ten boards each day every day - a lot of work if you ask me.
It sounds a great idea, but I've lost interest, or more I have more important things to do with my time. If, and this would never happen, you got to choose you six numbers and the site automatically played them on every board every day then of course it would be a fantastic site to get into, however that's just never going to happen.