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The lotions comes in different shades, dark, deep or natural, I chose the dark colour and my skin tone is quite dark
Application is really simple, as soon as I get out the shower (ensuring I have exfoliated), I simply rub all over my body. Make sure you wash your hands afterwards (as with must gradual tan products) or you will end up with orange palms. It absorbed into my skin really easily and was not greasy at all, it was just like a normal moisturiser, the other good point is it doesn't rub off very easily (I have white bedding and have found with previous products, there had tended to be a brownish tint to where I lie). The following day I could really notice a difference and had a healthy glow. I have been using it for 3 weeks now and I have a natural looking sun tan (no orange tints at all).
Another good point is that it doesn't seam to streak too much there are bits that I have clearly missed when applying (when I have been in a rush in the morning) but I just apply a bit more to that area and it is hardly visible now.
The product has apricot extract in which smells really nice and fresh unlike similar products.
You can also use the product on your face however I haven't as I prefer to use bronzer to ensure even and natural coverage.
The only downside of the product I would say is the moisturising element, although for most of the day, my skin feels and looks lovely, by the time I get home from work, my legs are starting to look a bit dry again yet Garnier boast it moisturises for 12 hours.
The RRP ranges from around £4 to £7 depending on offers, mine was half price from Superdrug, £3.55 for a 400ml bottle and it is widely available in most supermarkets and chemists.
I would really recommend this product to anybody wanting to have a healthy glow.
I picked mine up from Boots using my points and it cost me around £25, having a look online now I can see that the RRP is actually £50 however a lot of shops have this reduced. It is available from most supermarkets and chemists. For my money, not only did I get a toothbrush, but a charger which has a two pin plug and two replacement heads which when you consider that the heads alone would cost around £8, I think this is quite a good value toothbrush.
The toothbrush has quite a fairly basic look and feel to it, it is predominantly white in colour with a strip a pale blue along the front. Halfway down the brush handle is a little button which turns the toothbrush on and off, this is really easy to operate single handed.
When in use, the bristles oscilate really fast, which gives me a really good clean. After using, I can definitely tell that my teeth have been thoroughly cleaned; they have that smooth and clean feel to them. Using this over a period of time, I would say that using this has definitely improved the condition of my gums, when I use a standard toothbrush, I tend to suffer from sensitive gums which bleed quite easily however when I use this, they very rarely bleed. One feature I like about the toothbrush is that is times you for 2minutes, when the two minutes has been reached, the toothbrush makes a little noise and at 30second intervals, the speed of the brush slows down briefly to indicate to me that I need to change sides.
The toothbrush takes around 24hours to charge and will then last around a week when being used at least twice a day. The charger is really compact and doesnt take up much room in my bathroom drawers, it measures around 6cm in diameter and once my toothbrush is placed on top, its quite secure. As I mentioned earlier, this only comes with a two pin plug, luckily in our bathroom we have a two pin socket but you can pick up a three pin adapter plug for just a couple of pounds.
Whilst charging up, there is a little green light at the base of the toothbrush which lights up and flashes, once it has fully charges, the light goes out. This light will turn to red when the toothbrush is getting ready to be charged up again.
I would definitely recommend this and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Over the last few weeks I have been having a clear out of my wardrobes and come across this which I received a few years back as a present from Santa. As this was a present, I am not sure how much it was and I have just looked online and this only appears to be available from places such as Gumtree and eBay, although there are a few sellers overseas.
The set consists of a three different types of wand, the first is a triple waver where the ceramic plates have three bumps over them, the second is a standard curling tong wand and the final is a spiral wand (this looks the same as a curling wand except it has a spiral piece of metal all the way down which helps where to place you hair). All the wands are ceramic coated. It all comes in a nice plastic waterproof pink bag which has two little black handles to the front which makes it really easy to carry around. Included in the set is also a little instruction booklet which shows you how to create the perfect look which is great as I had no idea how to use any of the attachments.
The triple waver is designed to give natural looking waves to your hair, I found this to be quite easy to use and the finished look was very summery and I look like I have just come from the beach. This was really easy to use as all I needed to do was clamp sections of my hair for around 30seconds and then it was done. The spiral tong was a bit more difficult to use, this involved wrapped sections of my hair around the spirals and then holding for 30seconds. I did find this was a little tricky, I was ok using on one side of my head but seemed to struggle on the other and I ended up with one side of my head curling one way and the other the other way. Finally there is the curling wand, again, I did seem to struggle using on one side on my head but once I had figured out how to use them, the curls were really great.
The tongs are ceramic which means they conduct heat really well, they warm up in about 100seconds and the maximum heat they reach is 180degrees (there is a little dial on the wand which controls how hot you want these, you can pick anything from 100 - 180 degrees. When in use, there is a little red light on the side which illuminated.
I am quite impressed with the quality of these, every time I have used, the curls have stayed in place for several hours. These get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
The heads are priced at anything from £10 up to £20 and are available in three different pack sizes, 2pack, 4pack and 8pack.
There are a lot of cheaper heads available which will fit the Oral B toothbrush however I have tried this in the past and found that they don't last as long, nor do they clean as well so I always think its better to pay that little bit more.
Fitting the replacement head to my toothbrush is really easy; simply push down into place and it will make a small click sound when it is secure. I find that once attached, it stays securely in place and doesn't move at all. When it comes to replacing, all I need to do is pull the head off the main toothbrush; again, this is really easy to do.
In the pack there are also several little coloured rings, I must say, I never really knew what these were for until my mum told me recently, they are so if there are a few of you using the same bathroom, you can colour code whose brush is whose by adding one of the rings to the base of the brush head. If like me, you don't use these (as my hubby and I have completely different toothbrushes); the brush is still secure and works fine.
The heads come in a nice sealed pack and what I like the most is that each individual head is also sealed in its own packaging so I don't have to worry about storing these or them collecting dust, I can just pop them in my bathroom drawer.
The inner bristles of the brush are white and the outer ones are navy with an area to the top and bottom on pale blue bristles, these paler ones will fade in colour over time which is an indicator as to when the bristles need to be replaced. I like this feature however I tend to make my own judgement as to when to replace based on the straightness or firmness of the bristles. I find that the heads will last about 3 months before I need to replace, that is if I ensure that they are cleaned thoroughly after each use.
I find that when I use these brush heads, my teeth always look and feel clean, the bristles are really soft and don't hurt my gums when using, yet hard enough to get in and out of all the little crevices to ensure my teeth are super clean.
I would definitely recommend these heads and would give them 5 out of 5 stars.
My daughter did a gymnastics show last year and all the girls were asked to come with crimped hair, I tried the to get the crimped look by plaiting her hair when wet but it just didn't seem to work and what kinks she did have, dropped out within half an hour. I haven't owned a set of crimpers for many years now and I didn't know anyone who had some so I had to go and purchase some.
The crimpers were purchased from Amazon and cost me around £7; they are also available from places such as Superdrug, Boots and Argos and are normally priced at around £10.
These are classed as mini crimpers so I expected them to be smaller than the ones I had when I was younger but these really are quite small, they measure around 15cm in length with the plates being around 7cm long. They are mainly black in colour with little white swirls on and purple pictures of Hello Kitty. I must admit, when I first used these, they did feel a little weird because of how small and light they are, but I soon got use to that.
Included in the box is a little box of instructions however having used straighteners for the last 20years, I had a pretty good idea of what to do. Once you have plugged them in and turned them on using the sliding switch situated on one of the arms, you do have to wait around a minute for them to get hot (they do reach 200degrees). Then, by taking small sections of hair, simply clamp the hair between the plates and hold for around 30seconds, Laurens hair is quite fine so I did find that 20seconds seemed to do the trick, I did try on my own hair once which is quite thick and found it did need a little longer.
The process of crimping is actually a lot longer than straightening as you have to do each section of hair, Lauren has mid-length hair and I would say it took my about an hour to do her whole head. Once I had finished, I applied a bit of hairspray to try and keep the kinks in place and I was surprised at how well these stayed in her hair. By the end of the day, although they had relaxed a little, her hair still looked fab.
I would recommend these for any little girl, she loved the look it gave her and has since requested her hair gets crimped several times. These get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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The curling tongs have a pretty basic look to them. They have a black handle and a long silver coloured ceramic barrel. The cable is really long, measuring just under 2m which is a bonus if you are using these when staying away from home as often, the mirrors are situated near the plugs however at home, I have a full wall of mirrored wardrobes so I actually find it a bit of a nuisance as it just gets in the way.
Along the handle of the curling tongs is a sliding switch, sliding up once turns the curling tongs on to their lowest heat setting and then moving along again puts them to their hottest setting. As you turn the tongs on, a little red light illuminates on the handle, when they have warmed up enough, this light starts to flash to alert you to the fact they are ready to use. The maximum temperature these reach is 150degrees and the lower setting is 120degrees. I tend to use the hotter setting as my hair is quite thick and I find this delivers the best results. The curling tongs have a little stand just above the end of the handle so that whilst they are hot, the barrel isn't touching any surfaces and damaging them.
According to the instructions, these take about 5minutes to get to the desired temperature, I find this to be true for the lower heat setting however for the hotter one, I would say it takes about 8minutes.
When I first used these, must admit, I was all fingers and thumbs and whilst one side of my head seemed to look really nice, I just couldn't get the other side to the look the same. I soon learned that it was because I was winding one side of my head one way and the other the opposite, once I had realised this, the curls looked a lot better.
The first thing you I do when using them is section my hair and then taking a small section at a time, clamp down right at the end of my length, then keeping the curling tongs horizontal, I simply wind the section of my hair around the wand into I get about a inch away from my scalp. By doing this, I get tighter curls but as my hair is quite heavy, I do find that these drop quite a lot and by the time I am ready to go out, they look just right.
I have used the wand a few times now and I think they are great for adding that something different to my hair.
I would definitely recommend these curling tongs, they get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
A 50ml bottle is priced at around £15, from looking online, it looks like this is only available in stores at the minute to I am not sure if they have dropped it from their range. I actually paid a little less than this, being a discount outlet, there was a promotion of buy three items and get 40% off you basket.
Although the Body shop opened in the late 70's, I first discovered it when I was at secondary school when it was trendy to wear their White Musk perfume or fruity scented body sprays. I remember going shopping on a Saturday with my friends and spending ages just trying all the different products. My daughter is the same now; whenever we go she always tries the different creams out.
The main USP's of the Body Shop is that they are very ethical, they are against testing on animals, protect the planet and use natural ingredients.
The fragrance didn't come in any outer packaging, I am not sure if it does normally and whether that was because I purchased from an Outlet rather than the main shop. The bottle is made from clear glass and is tall and shaped a little like a tear drop with a larger base and a slim neck. To the front of the bottle is a product name and description in bold pink lettering and it is topped with a silver lid and spray. I think the bottle looks quite simple yet elegant and looks really nice on my bathroom shelf.
I love fruity fragrances and this is what first attracted me to the fragrance, the fragrance notes are as follows:
Top notes - Orange and blackcurrant
Middle notes - Iris, green pepper and red chilli
Base notes - Virginia Cedar.
Upon first spray, it's definitely the fruit that's evident, the orange and blackcurrant work really well to give a fruity burst. Unfortunately, after around 15minutes, this does subside to leave a very woody scent with a citrus hint which is nice, but not what I wanted. I wish I had left for a while before purchasing as I probably wouldn't have purchased however this was definitely an impulse buy.
I must say that the fragrance isn't the longest lasting, within a couple of hours, the fragrance has subsided quite a lot and I feel I do have to have a top up, however based on the low price, I would expect this and it doesn't worry me.
I quite like the fragrance, its ideal as a cheaper work perfume, it's such as shame that it doesn't last long enough and it's for that reason that this only gets 3 out of 5 stars from me.
I must admit that when it comes to Cath Kidston, I do have a bit of a week point and this is one of my favourite bags that I have.
The bag retails for around £40 which is a little more than what I normally pay for a bag but I received this as a Christmas present a couple of years back. It is available in store but also a lot of larger department stores also stock the range now such as Selfridges.
It is made from oilcloth which has a slightly patent look to it, oilcloth is actually waterproof and also really easy to wipe clean which is always a bonus having a little one around. This has an over the shoulder design which I prefer when it comes to handbags as it means that I have both hands free when out and about, I also feel more secure having my bag like that as I always think thieves would find it harder to steal.
The bag is bright blue with a lovely rose floral pattern over it, the shoulder strap is cream and is really soft making it quite comfortable to carry (even when full to the brim), the strap has a brown buckle on it meaning it can be adjusted to the length you want. To the front of the nag is a brown belt buckle style look which locks the bag and also the front pocket which is hidden under the flap of the bag. Inside the bag there are a couple of pockets, the main one has a zip too which I like as I keep my phone and keys secure.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the bag, I have had for a few years now and it still looks like new so it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
My daughter always wants to use my perfume when we are going out so for Christmas I decided to buy her a little bottle of her own so that she wouldn't be tempted to use mine when I wasn't looking.
The fragrance retails for around £8.50 for a 30ml bottle, it is only available from the Body Shop but both online and in store. What I like about the Body Shop is that there are always lots of offers available, on the run up to Christmas, they had a promotion running where they had 40% off which is when I picked this up (along with some other items for me).
The perfume comes in small clear glass bottle which is topped with a silver spray and lid, the spray is really easy to operate and when depressed the perfume comes out really evenly in a nice fine mist.
As you would imagine, the main notes to the fragrance is strawberry, upon spraying, it is evident what fragrance this is meant to be as it has a lovely sweet (very sweet in fact) aroma to it. I would say its definitely a summery kind of fragrance.
This isn't very long lasting and after a short while, the fragrance has really faded however I don't really think this bothers Lauren, she simply wants to be 'grown up like mummy'. I must admit though, I would be a little disappointed if I was buying for myself however I often find that EDT's are a little on the light side. Having said that, I have noticed that it seems to have better staying power when sprayed onto her clothes, at the end of the day when we are getting undressed, I can always smell on her top.
I would definitely recommend this fragrance, although it is a little on the light side, its ideal for what I wanted it for and therefore it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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My everyday watch was starting to look a little on the worn side so last year, santa decided to bring me a new one and this is what I got.
The watch retails for around £40 which I think is quite reasonable and it is available from most jewellers and watch shops, prices do vary so I would recommend having a look around.
The watch face is quite unique in its look, it is made of a stainless steel, the inner part has two cross over swirls made up of little diamantes. The inner part of the face is purple and a pearlescent look to it, the hands are silver and there are just four dots to indicate where the hour, quarter past, half past and quarter to marks are. I know some people wouldn't like that there are no numbers on the watch (like my mum) but in my opinion, this would spoil the look of the watch.
The strap is made from leather and is purple in colour, it is coated in a clear plastic film which gives it a slightly glittery look to it which looks really pretty. Unfortunately, within a couple of weeks of wearing, the plastic coating started to peel off making the strap look quite unsightly, I have managed to pick this all off now so the strap has a matt look to it.
I would say that the watch looks quite stylish and I have received several compliments on how it looks, the diamantes give is a nice glamorous look making it ideal on nights out but its not too over the top meaning I can wear it on a daily basis too without it looking out of place.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the watch however because of the issues with the strap, this gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.
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The sealant is available from most DIY stores and places such as Amazon and eBay priced at around £7 - £10 for a 220g gram tube. It is worth noting that this is only available to people aged over 18years old.
The sealant comes in a tall white tube which has a blue and silver cover to it, it actually reminds me of a large bottle of toothpaste. To the end is a slim nozzle which allows you to be quite accurate when applying, it is worth noting that you do need a sealant gun to use the product.
There are a few added bonus to using this rather than standard sealant, firstly, this comes with a 10year mould guarantee, I am yet to see if this works as we have only had this in place for less than a year but so far so good. Other sealants I have used in the past have started to go a little black which my hubby hates as he knows that I will then make him remove and reseal the shower. Another bonus is that once opened, the sealant stays usable for 1 year, so if there are any other DIY jobs needed, there is no need to repurchase.
For anyone that has never used sealant before, its really simple, and thats coming from someone like me who has never done any DIY in my life. I must admit, that using the gun is a little tricky at first and I would recommend practising at first otherwise you end up with too much sealant on the area you are trying to cover. It is recommended that you hold the gun to a 45 degree angle and sideways to ensure you get a good accurate coverage. Once applied, you smooth the sealant off with a special tool (or in our case, an index finger).
I would recommend wearing old clothes when using, at the sealant is waterproof so if you get it on your clothes, it is almost impossible to get off. The area that you are looking to seal must be completely dry and clean to ensure the sealant works correctly. There is a warning on the back of the tube to say that when using, the room must be well ventilated as it does have a really strong odour (which I actually really like).
After applying, the sealant takes around 24hours to completely dry, we tend to leave for a little longer than this, just to be on the safe side, especially when using around the bath as this is a pain to seal.
I would definitely recommend this sealant and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
I am not one for DIY but luckily I live with a man who will have a go at anything however this does mean, we have a house and garage full of tools and gadgets, this being one of them.
===Price & availability===
I cant quite remember where we purchased ours from, it seems we have had it for that long but my guess is was probably B&Q as we have a big superstore nearby. I have just had a look online and can see that this retails for around £10 as is available from most home improvements and DIY stores. Price do start from a little as £5 so I would recommend having a look around first if you are thinking of purchasing.
===The tape measure===
The tape measure is silver with a black and yellow sticker to the front with the product name and description on, this also clearly shows you how long the tape measure is which is 5meters or 16foot. The tape itself is yellow and made from quite sturdy yet flexible metal, it has been coated several times to prevent it from corroding if it gets wet (we have left it outside before and I can vouch it hasn't gone rusty). When I say sturdy, I can measure a good length single handed without the tape bending or kinking which means that I know I am getting an accurate reading. At the end of the tape measure is a little silver hook which allows you to hang over the edge of something when measuring, I find this ideal when I am measuring something on my own.
I really like that the tape measure has different markings on it, it displays lengths in centimetres, inches and feet, I prefer to measure in centimetres however my hubby uses feet and inches. To the front the tape measure is a little black button which allows you to lock the tape in place when you are measuring something, I quite like this feature as it allows me to write the measurements down rather than having to memorise them. To retract the tape, simply slide the button back up (this bit always terrifies me though as the tape retracts really fast).
There are larger ones on the market however we found this size to be perfect for our needs, we have used to measure numerous things, tiling our bathroom, measure a new settee, fitting our kitchen and to check that our new bed wood fit into the bedroom.
I would definitely recommend this, we have had for several years now and apart from a few paint splatters, it still looks and works like new so this gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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The hairdryer comes as part of a set which included a purse and hairbrush too; it retails at around £20.
The hairdryer is bright pink in colour with an image of Hello Kitty down the nozzle, it has two heat settings, hot and warm, my hubby was a little worried about Lauren burning herself by using the hot setting but I was able to talk to Lauren about only using the cooler setting and so far, she seems to have listened to what I have said. I must say, the hot setting seems to be even hotter than my own hairdryer so I am quite glad she only uses the other one.
The switch which alternates the different heat settings is locates on the handle of the dryer, the switch is like small light switch, it is easy to operate, even whilst styling my hair. The hairdryer also has a cool shot button which is situated above the heat control switch.
I was quite surprised that this is a 2000watt dryer which is the same as mine, with the Kitty design; I expected it to be less powerful as it's definitely aimed at younger children. Unlike my hairdryer, this doesn't come with any different nozzles, the fact that this doesn't have any different attachments probably accounts for when the end nozzle on the hairdryer cannot be removed.
I was quite surprised at how long the cord is on the hairdryer, it measures around 1.5 meters which I think is quite a decent size, for use at home, the length of the cord isn't really important as we both have mirrored wardrobes in our room however I know that if we ever go away and take this with us, it will come in quite handy as I have stopped in hotels before where the mirror isn't situated anywhere near the plug socket.
One of the biggest pluses about the hairdryer is how lightweight it is, we both find it quite easy to hold and angle whilst using without adding any strain on our arms. In the past, Lauren has tried to dry my hair when we have been playing 'hairdressers' and found that my hairdryer is too heavy for her to use.
I would definitely recommend the set and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
This retails for around £12 for a 200ml bottle. It comes in a dark blue and is topped with a bright yellow pump spray with a clear yellow lid. The sides of the bottle are slightly curved, as if molded to accommodate my fingers, I find this quite handy as it when I am applying, and my hands don't slip down the sides of the bottle.
The lotion is a nice consistency, not too thick that I cannot rub it in, or too think that is runs off as soon as I spray it on. I always try to buy the cream which is coloured (a pale blue hint) as I find this makes it a lot easier to see where I have already applied and can make sure I don't miss anywhere. Once applied, I find that the cream soaks in easily, although our skin has a bit of a shine to it, it doesn't look or feel greasy.
I do think that this has quite a nice smell too it, although I couldn't describe it exactly, only that people comment 'you smell like holidays!' I find it to be a nice pleasant smell which isn't too overpowering.
The bottle boasts that it is water resistant, and the SPF 30 states Very Water Resistant, I must admit, I haven't really tested this aspect as no sooner has either myself or Lauren come out of the water, I am reapplying the cream (just incase!)
With the run of hot weather we have had recently, I was a little concerned that Lauren may get burnt at school as although she has cream in her PE bag at school, she used to tell me that not everyday they put some more on but I did know that she had to apply this herself, so every morning, I ensured she had a full coating before she left. I must admit that she has never returned home with any type of sun burn, even on days when I know that they have spend extra time outside, which I am really pleased about and shows that the product does an excellent job.
The only downside is that it stains clothes, I am careful not to get it on any clothes when applying but when Lauren is at school, she has to apply it herself and gets it all around her collar and sleeves of her school shirts. This dries and leaves a yellow stain and no matter what stain removing product I use, I cannot get rid of.
Overall, I would recommend Nivea sun lotion and but due to the staining issue, I have to remove a star and it gets 4 out of 5 stars.
Solait is Superdrugs own brand so only available in store and also on line, priced from around £7.99 - £9, I paid less than £4 for a 200ml.
The bottle is bright red so it really does stand out on the shelf against all the other products. The writing on the bottle is a mixture of silver and white which contrasts really well with the red bottle. The bottle comes with a flip top lid which closes securely but is easy enough to open singled handed. I like the fact that the bottle ‘sits upside down’ so it actually sits on it lid, I find that this makes it easier when trying to squeeze the cream from the bottle.
According to the bottle, this has to be applied 20minutes before sun exposure, I will say that there have been times when I have put this on and then gone straight outside and I haven’t burnt. The lotion should then be re-applied frequently throughout the day, especially after swimming.
The first thing that I noticed about this was how light the cream felt compared to creams I have used in the past. The cream is white and I would describe the consistency to be a little like runny yoghurt. I was a little worried at first because of how thin the cream was but I found that it seemed to be absorbed into my skin really quickly and left my body with a nice moisturised look.
The fragrance is quite subtle, like most sun lotions, I can’t pick out any notes but I would say that this is slightly floral and it definitely reminds my of holiday time. The fragrance has good staying power, several hours after application, I still have that summer aroma about me.
According to Superdrug, the cream is enriched with Vitamin E and Aquarich which means that the lotion cream is meant to leave my skin feeling and looking hydrated for 24 hours, whilst I don’t doubt that my skin didn't feel dry, I don’t think it would last 24 hours.
The lotion is dermatologically tested and I do find it is quite kind to the skin, my other half has really sensitive skin, which can react badly to certain creams but also, it he doesn't cover up properly in the sun, he gets a really had prickly heat reaction, he has used this a couple of times when he has forgotten his own lotion and not suffered any problems or reactions.
Overall, I would recommend and I think I will be repurchasing this in the future; therefore the sun cream gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.