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For most toiletries, I am not really loyal to any brand, except when it comes to deodorant; I have a huge fear of smelling so when I find a brand that works, I stick to it. For around 7years now, this is the brand I have been using on a daily basis.
The deodorant can be found in most supermarkets and places such as Superdrug and Wilkos, surprisingly though, this isn’t stocked online at Boots which I think is quite strange. There are two different sizes available, a 100ml canister which retails for around £2 and a 250ml canister for around £3, I do think this is expensive when compared to similar brands on the market however it is one brand that is frequently on offer. I normally go for the bigger bottles and pick them up from Superdrug when they are ‘better than half price’.
The deodorant comes in a tall white bottle which is topped with a pale green spray; it doesn’t have a lid as such however the spray does have a little slider switch on the back so you can lock this when not in use. The front of the bottle is the Garnier logo in black lettering, beneath which is a pale green pattern.
In all the time I have been using this, I have only ever ones experienced an issue with the deodorant not coming out the bottle and that was last week, it seems to have blocked completely and just wouldn’t come out the canister. Luckily, there wasn’t much left and I had a few stashed away on the bathroom so I just started a new one.
The deodorant has a really nice fresh clean smell to it and I would say it is quite summery, when I give myself a top up at work, several people have commented on how nice I smell. Garnier claim that this will give you 48hour protection, to be honest, I have never tried this out as I shower daily however the next morning, and I still smell lovely and clean.
When applying, the deodorant doesn’t sting like others have in the past; it comes out the canister easily, in a nice fine mist and doesn’t leave that ‘wet’ feeling that other deodorants have in the past. It dries almost instantly, my morning routine is that I get dressed immediately after applying and I have never suffered with any marks on my clothes.
After applying, the skin under my arms looks and feels really soft so I think the moisturising elements on the deodorant are excellent.
I would recommend this deodorant; it keeps me fresh and dry all day long which means I only have to reapply in extreme circumstances so it lasts me ages. This gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
The lotion retails for £10 which is for a 500ml pump actioned bottle, it is available from Soap & Glory direct and also from Boots which is where I tend to buy mine from. The range is frequently on offer, whether that be 3 for 2 or a free gift, I tend to pick up the gift sets in the Christmas sales (which normally start on Christmas Eve) and then stash them away throughout the year. This is where I believe I got this one from.
The lotion is currently available in a pump action bottle however the one I had was in a cream tube which is topped with a pink flip top lid. The tube is cream in colour with a pink theme pattern and decoration, much like the rest of the Soap & Glory range.
Upon opening the cap, the fragrance is quite floral and not as sweet as I would have liked however this does settle down shortly after applying and some fruit notes start to come through. According to Soap & Glory, this product has a similar scent to Clean Girls body wash & Mist you Madly body spritz, I like that it tell you this as should I have really liked the fragrance, I would have been able to layer it up.
Unfortunately though, this is probably one of the worst Soap & Glory products I have used in terms of moisturising, it didn’t absorb easily into my skin and took quite a bit of rubbing for it to do so (which wasn’t great considering a had a bit of sunburn), once it had rubbed in as such, my skin did feel quite tacky for about 15minutes afterwards to I didn’t dare get dressed for fear of marking my clothes. Having said that, my skin did look hydrated and felt lovely when it finally did absorb and stayed that way until the following morning.
I must admit, I definitely prefer the pump action or pots of cream rather than having it in a tube, because the cream is so thick, I find it really hard to dispense the product, especially when I was half way through applying an my hands were greasy. When I got down the end of the tube, it was impossible to get the product out so I ended up cutting the top off the end and scooping it out with my fingers.
I like the product, but it’s not my favourite and there are better moisturisers available from Soap & Glory so for that reason, this only gets 3 out of 5 stars from me.
When it comes to any sort of fragrance, my preference is always fruity so when I spotted this reduced, I just had to try it.
The shower gel is available from most supermarkets and high street chemists, the actually RRP for a 250ml bottle it around £2 however this along with the majority of the Radox range often gets reduced down to less than £1 which is when I tend to pick it up.
This Radox bottle definitely stands out on the shelf as it is bright pink in colour and topped with a black flip top lid. To the front of the bottle is an image of a mixture of berries with a splash of milk over them. The bottle stands on the lid which I like as the gel runs all the way to the lid which means I don’t have to shake the bottle when I am getting towards the end of it.
I also like that the bottle has a cap on it which only dispenses the liquid when it is squeezed so that it doesn’t leak when not in use. The only downside of the bottle is that it doesn’t have a fold out hook at the top which means that it cant be hung in the shower like some of the other Radox bottles can.
The shower gel is white in colour and has quite a runny consistency to it so I do have to be careful when squeezing the bottle so as not to dispense too much out onto my shower puff. I would sat that I use around a 50p sized amount when using which is more than enough to produce a really nice lather and enough to clean my whole body.
My partner has quite sensitive skin and he has never experienced any problems when using this. I must say that I tend to have dry skin, especially on my legs and this does a great job and keeping my skin hydrated too.
The best thing about this product is the fragrance, it smells lovely and fruity, just as you would expect if to based on the image of the bottle. I love the fact that the fragrance is long lasting too, several hours after showering, I can still smell on my skin. Although I would say this is quite a feminine smell, the fragrance isn’t too overpowering and my hubby uses it without any complaints.
I really like the gel and it does a good job at cleaning and keeping my skin nice and soft so I would definitely recommend and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I have always like the Body Shop but I do find their products are a little on the expensive side so I always keep my eye out for when there is a sale on, one product I do like to pick up in the sales is the shower gel.
This is available in two different sizes, 250ml and 750ml and the price is £4 or £6, during sales, the larger bottles was reduced by 50% and then had another 40% off meaning that I managed to get the 750ml bottle for less than £2.
The shower gel comes in a large clear plastic bottle which is topped with a white pump dispenser, the dispenser is really easy to use and my daughter manages to do this unaided when in the shower. The gel is bright orange in colour and as soon as it is dispensed, I can really smell satsumas, the fragrance smells really fresh and awakening, it transfers onto my skin and leaves my skin smelling great.
I find that it lathers up really easily and you don’t need to use much at all, with this being a 750ml bottle, it lasts absolutely ages, and that’s with three of us using it every day. I recently took a non-branded 250ml bottle of shower gel on holiday with us for a week and it literally only lasted the week whereas this has lasted us over a month.
The shower gel feels really nice against my skin and after showering, the sweet fragrance is evident on my skin, although it is quite subtle so it doesn’t clash with my perfume. My skin feels lovely and soft afterwards too which is always a bonus.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this shower gel and it gets 5 out 5 stars from me.
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I have never really been a huge fan of leave in conditioners as I remember using them why I was younger and my hair used to look like it hadn’t been washed in a fortnight however my friend was selling a load of Toni & Guy products really cheap, this being one of them so I decided to give it a go.
There are two sizes of this available, a travel size (75ml) which retails for around £1.80 and a 200ml version which retails for around £6. I have only ever noticed these in Boots, online and in store and normally there are promotions such as 3 for 2.
The condition I have comes in a tall white bottle which has the product brand written in bright pink letters, it doesn’t stand out too much on the shelf to be honest but I think it does have quite an expensive look to it. Upon removing the lid, there is a pump action white dispenser which is a little hard to operate as the product is quite thick so does require a little bit of force to dispense a decent amount.
The conditioner is designed to be applied to damp hair, I wash and condition my hair as normal and then apply a 50p sized amount to the palm of my hands and then gently rub from mid length down to my ends, I always then go through my hair with a wide toothed comb to ensure that it is evenly distributed.
The conditioner is white in colour and looks very similar to normal hair conditioner except it is a little thicker. I was a bit worried at first that this would sit heavily on my hair but it is actually quite the opposite, it absorbs into my hair easily. It has quite a ‘clean’ smell which lingers on my hair for quite a while afterwards.
Toni & Guy claim that this will tame dry and frizzy hair, cut down on split ends and leaves hair hydrated. I must admit, after using, my hair does feel softer but the other claims, it doesn’t really delivery on. I straighten my hair nearly every day so it tends to be dry on the ends with lots of split ends and after using this for a couple of weeks, I didn’t really notice any difference.
I quite like the conditioner and it does leave my hair feeling softer however it doesn’t deliver on all the points is claims to and for that reason, this only gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.
Last year at work we decided to give our office kitchen a refurbishment which involved buying some new electrical items. I quite like spending money so I put myself forward for the team and was involved in buying the new white goods. We ordered this online from Currys and it cost just under £220 and delivery was free.
Auto-defrost: One thing I liked about the fridge is that it has an auto-defrost function, this means that it then doesn't fall upon anyone to defrost every now and again. So far, this function has worked quite well and there aren't any signed of any ice building up.
Noise: The noise level is 43 dB(A), to be honest, I have no idea how loud this is, what I will say is that the fridge is really quite and having sat right next to it in the break room, I wouldn't know it was on.
Energy efficiency: This is an A+ rated fridge and has an annual consumption of 149kwh.
Extras: There are 5 shelves, 5 door compartments, 2 salad trays, a wine rack and an egg holder.
The fridge measures approximately 60cm wide, 65cm deep and 175cm tall which I think is an excellent size, it is actually bigger than my fridge freezer that I have at home. The door is hung to open with the hinges to the right; it can be re-hung on the left if needed.
Inside the fridge, there are 5 shelves, all of which are adjustable to different heights and the bottom one has two really deep salad boxes underneath. The shelves are all made from safety glass which is ideal as we do tend to be a little clumsy at work.
You can set the temperature of the fridge by turning a little dial which is situated just under the light in the top right hand corner of the fridge. I still haven’t worked out what is colder, 1 or 6 so I tend to set mine at 3. The fridge does a great job at keeping everything fresh and cool, despite the fact that it probably gets opened more times in a day than your fridge at home does. There is only one negative that I can give about this fridge and it is that the door only opens 90 degrees which can be a bit of a pain in a small space, my fridge door at home opens 180 degrees and if this did the same it would be a lot better.
The fridge serves its purpose really well, I am not sure it would be suitable in my home as its way too big but for work, it serves its purpose so this gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.
The last time The Bodyshop had a sale, I managed to pick up quite a few of their Body Butters for a really good price, this being one of them. The butter is available in two different sizes, a 50ml and a 200ml, I picked up the 200ml pot which has a RRP of around £13, during the sale though, this was reduced down to £5 and then had 40% off too making it a great bargain.
The butter comes in a lilac coloured pot which has a screw top lid which has an image of half a passion fruit on it. Upon removing the lid, I am greeted with a lovely fresh fruit scent, I am not sure if I am honest whether it is similar to a passion fruit as I don’t think I have ever smelt one but it certainly smells lovely and sweet. The fragrance is long lasting too which I love, at the end of the day, I can still smell the fruity aroma on my skin.
Just like the name says, this is just like butter except it is a pale lilac colour which makes applying it really easy, the butter glides over my skin and absorbs really easily and quickly, so much so that I can get dressed straight afterwards without the butter marking my clothes. I must say though that the results aren’t as long lasting as other butters I have used in the past, the skin on my lower legs tends to get a little dry from shaving and I find that they still look a bit dry a few hours after applying.
Overall, I would recommend this, but because it isn't as good with dry skin as some of the other butters, I would only give 4 out of 5 stars.
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The Bee Strong range is designed for people with dry and damaged hair, because I straighten mine most days, my hair definitely falls into this category. It is part of a larger range which consists of a shampoo, conditions and also a leave in conditioner treatment which all cost around £4.
The conditioner comes in a deep yellow pot which is topped with a screw top lid, to the front of the pot is the product information in white and green lettering, I find the range is quite eye catching and it stands out well on the shelf in the shops. I must admit though, I do get slightly annoyed with screw top lids as once my hands are wet in the shower, it can be a bit tricky to remove the lid.
After removing the lid, I scope out about a golf ball sized amount and start applying generously from the mid shaft of my hair all the way down to the tips, although the pot says not to, I also apply a tiny amount to my roots too. The conditioner is a paler orange colour than the normal conditioner and has quite a thick consistency to it, I found it covered my hair easily and didn’t just slide off as other masks I have used in the past have.
The conditioner is designed to be left on for around 2-3minutes (it can be left on longer if you have time but to be honest, I never do) and to be used once a week. When rinsing, I found it took a little longer than my normal conditioner to rinse away, this may be because of how much I apply, what I did notice when rinsing was how soft my hair felt. I then towel dried my hair and again, my hair felt lovely and soft, the hairbrush glided though and the tangles were very few and far between. Because I straighten my hair on a regular basis, it can feel quite dry but when I had finished styling my hair, I was amazed at how soft it felt. However what impressed me most was how my hair shined - It really did look like I had been to the hairdressers.
What I really love about the Bee Strong range is the smell, it smells really sweet, just like fresh apricots mixed with honey and as soon as I removed the screw top lid, the fragrance was evident. After rinsing, I do find that the gorgeous smell stays on my hair for the rest of the day.
I would definitely recommend this conditioner and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
The Colourmatch range is from Argos and it consists of lots of different items for the home such as soft furnishings, cutlery and small kitchen appliances, they are all quite cheap and brightly coloured.
The blinds retail at a starting point of £6.99 for the smallest blind and £19.99 for the largest, what I love about the Colourmatch range is that it is frequently on offer, I have just looked online and the blinds have 20% off. When we purchased, this offer was also on along with a 3 for 2 promotions so we managed to pick up 4 blinds for less than £50.
The blinds are available in several different widths, 60cm, 90cm, 120cm, 150cm, 160cm and 180cm, each with a 160cm drop and each blind can be trimmed slightly if they are too big for your window, it is worth noting that you don't get a blind cutter with the blind however you can pick these up for around £5 from Argos too.
One of the things I love about the blinds is that they come in a range of different colours such as white, black, red, blue and finally the ones which we chose which was Purple Fizz. We have a purple feature wall in our dining room which is what the conservatory leads off so I though this would be a nice way to carry some colour through (and I did think they may hide the dirt a little too).
The blinds are made from PVC, come with a tilt control (where I can open and close the slats) and finally a cord to open and close the blind, you also get a little hook so you can hang the cord out of the way if you want so little hands cannot get hold of them.
When it came to the installation, I must admit, I was just a bystander as all DIY gets done by the hubby in our house but he said they were really easy to fit and it took him about 30minutes to fit all 4.
I would definitely recommend the blinds, they look stylish and with the large colour choice they would fit into most rooms and decors. As I mentioned earlier, we have a black one in our bathroom and this has been there for around 7 years and it still looks like new. I would recommend buying a blind cleaner though as I find Venetian blinds are a pain to clean.
Whilst I love painted nails, the upkeep of them is a bit annoying so when possible, I do like to keep them with the French manicure look so I was really pleased that this came with some nail varnish to create my own look. The bottles are smaller than the standard size; they are only 4ml as opposed to the standard 7ml one which you purchase. You get three different colours, white for the tips of your nails, Nougat (which is a very pale pink colour) and clear which acts as the top coat. Despite the bottles only being small, the bristles on the brush are quite wide, enough to be able to cover my nails in just a couple of sweeps.
The bottles are cylindrical and topped with a black lid with the words No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in gold lettering to the front. Boots advertise that the product now contains Okoume Extract (I have no idea what this mean but it is meant to stop nails becoming brittle but also increases flexibility). It also contains Lumiere powder which lifts the colour brightness in the product.
I must admit, when I first tried to use the nail set, I did struggle to apply the white, the brush is the same size in all the pots so it is quite thick and a couple of times, I ended up with quite messy white lines. I would have preferred there to have been a 'tip guide' which acts a bit like a stencil, luckily, I already had one of these from a previous nail set I had.
A word of warning, although I did find the nail varnish dried really quickly, I would give it a good 10minutes between layers to ensure each coat is fully dry. After application, I find the varnish is quite chip resistant and my nails last a good few days which is a lot longer than other brands I have used.
Overall, I would recommend the set and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
I have a friend who works for Boots and every now and again, she comes home with a bag of goodies which she sells on and this is one of the things I have picked up in the past from her.
The brush retails for £8.99 and it is available in store and online. Quite often, Boots do run the three for 2 promotion on their hair range so if you are thinking of buying it is worth keeping an eye out.
I didn’t actually need a hairbrush but my hair does tangle really easily (and so does Laurens) so I thought this would ideal to keep in my handbag when out and about. The brush is standard size, it has a long pale wooden handle which has the product name etched onto to it and finally is it topped with an oval shaped head. The brush head has a mixture of bristles, some harder thick plastic pins mixed in with some softer bristles (the ones similar to what I used for Lauren when she was a baby),
When using the brush, I find that it actually performs really well, the mixture of bristles means that is doesn’t tug too hard on my hair and actually does quite a good job at keeping my hair flat and smooth. The lack of tugging is definitely by far the best thing about this brush, my daughter hates having her hair brushed, especially during the day and unless I have a Tangle Teezer and some detangling spray, she wont let me near her but she will with this one.
I must admit, I a probably a but relaxed when it comes to washing my brushes, I do find though that I have had to wash this one a few times already, but that is mainly due to the fact there are all sorts in the bottom of my handbag. When it comes to washing, I just remove any excess hair and then rinse in warm soap water, I don’t worry about getting the handle wet.
Overall, I would recommend this brush, it has performed really well on Laurens hair and normally she will only ever use her Tangle Teezer. The RRP of the brush is a little on the expensive side though, and for that reason, this only gets 4 out of 5 stars.
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My mum always buys me a hair gift set from Boots every Christmas and a couple of years back, she gave me a Trevor Sorbie which contained this.
The balm retails for around £6 for a 250ml bottle and it is available from places such as Boots and Superdrug. Boots quite often have the product on offer, such as 3 for 2 or a third off. I received mine as part of a set which at the time cost £20 and contained a full sized bottle of shampoo, conditioner and a finishing spray. Because I liked the product so much, I managed to pick another one up in the January sales at a cost of £10.
The balm comes in a pale plastic bottle, which has the product name in silver letting to the front and is topped with a clear lid. Upon removing the lid you are presented with a pump action dispenser which is really easy to operate. It is designed for all hair types and states it gives heat protection which is something I need as my hair is naturally curly and I tend to straighten it everyday so it is subjected to a lot of heat.
I use a couple of pumps and apply to my hair from roots to tip as the bottle advises you too, I only put a small amount on my roots though as I don't want my hair to end up looking greasy. The balm is quite thick and feels a little bit like a serum, I found it absorbs into my hair really easily and doesn't leave a sticky residue on my hair (or hands).
The balm smells really nice, quite sweet and perfumed and after styling, I can still smell the product on my hair and it lasts all day too. After styling, I can definitely tell I have used it, my hair feels a lot softer, but best of all, the condition of my hair feels a lot better too; it feels lovely and soft.
I would recommend the balm as it leaves my hair wonderfully soft but disappointingly, although my hair feels lovely, it doesn't look any shinier, I have used balms in the past that have also given my hair a shine too. For this reason, I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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The oil retails for around 10pounds for a 100ml bottle and is widely available from high street chemists such as Boots, Superdrug and also from larger supermarkets. There are two different versions available, this one which is designed for coloured hair and one for non-coloured hair, now I' in my 30's, I have to colour my hair on a regular basis and not because I fancy a colour change, more to keep the grey at bay.
The oil comes in a square shaped, golden coloured glass bottle which is topped with a red pump action lid. To the front of the bottle is the product name and brand in a mixture of gold, ref and black lettering. I feel the bottle has a really quality look and feel to it, being made from glass means its quite heavy too, which again makes it feel like a quality product.
The product can be used in three different ways, the first is before styling, on damp hair, the second is after styling as a finishing product and finally, before washing, you can apply to your hair. To be honest, I tried using if before I washed once and I could really see the point, it didn't make any difference to the look and feel of my hair and I did feel like it was a bit of a waste as I was washing it straight out.
The main way I would use was before I dried my hair, I would rub a pea sized amount into my hands and then run through my hair, I must say, the oil seems to disappear into my hair and leaves it feeling wonderfully soft. Once dried, I can definitely tell I have used it; my hair does feel lovely and soft and has a nice fragrance to it too. I also always use this as a finishing product too, I quite often have little fly away bits and my hair looks quite dry but again, using this flattens down my whispy bits and gives my hair a nice shine too. My hair is just below shoulder length and for both applications, I apply just a couple of squirts each time, again, the oil absorbs really easily into my hair.
I would definitely recommend this product, although it is a little more expensive that some other brands out there so for that reason, this gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Back in my younger years, when perms were all the range, I used to get through lots of hairspray to create the perfect style, now I am a little older, I don't tend to use as much, just on nights out but I always like to have a bottle in the house.
The hairspray retails for around £1 a can and is widely available in most supermarkets, high street chemists and discount stores. I think the brand has been around for years as I always remember seeing a bottle on my mum’s dressing table in her bedroom when I was small. For your money, you get 330ml so it’s quite a decent size can too.
It comes in a pink aerosol which has white writing on the front, I must admit, it’s not the most attractive bottle on the shelf and I do think it has a slightly old style look to it but it does its job for a reasonable price. The canister is topped with a little button which dispenses the hairspray, a find the product comes out in a nice fine spry and doesn't 'clump' together.
There are a couple of different versions available such as Ultra-Hold, Conditioning Hold and this one, I prefer this as it does hold my hair in place better.
When on nights out, I will use the hairspray to keep my hair in place, sometimes adding to my roots to give a little more volume, I must admit, this does to a great job. After applying, my hair looks quite shiny and even better, it doesn't feel like cardboard. I have used this product from a young in age, back in the nineties when perms were in this was a god send and creating that all important ‘quiff’ at the front and it would stay in place all day long.
I have started to use this on my daughters hair as someone told me that head lice don't like hairspray (and being at that age now, it’s one thing I am dreading her bringing home) and its quite soft on her hair. At the end of the day, her ponytail is still intact and I find that the hairspray is really easy to brush out.
The hairspray has a nice subtle fragrance to it, slightly floral but not too overpowering, I also like the fact that it doesn't have that strong chemical scent that other brads sometimes have.
Overall, I would recommend this hairspray and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I must admit that up until a couple of years ago, I didn't own any over the head earphones but as my daughter is showing more of an interest in her dads IPad, we decided to invest in a pair for her. I personally don't have a clue when it comes to headphones but this what the hubby picked.
He purchased these from Amazon at a cost of around £18 and they were reduced at the time from £25. I have just had a look online and they are currently available for £19.99, they are also available from places such as Currys, Tescos and Argos for a similar price.
As I mentioned earlier, when it comes to headphones, I don't really know what I am talking about, but I have just asked my other half why he picked these over any others and his answer contained something along the lines of the fact they had good reviews and for the price, the 30mm speaker output was decent.
These are brilliant white in colour and have a cushioned headphones which are quite soft to touch, it feels a little bit like leather and despite having the earphones for a couple of years, these are showing any signed of deterioration which I think is excellent. On the outward facing part of the earphones is a sliver plate which has lots of little circular groves on (when I feel this part it reminds me of an old record). Each plate has the Sony logo engraved on it. They are available in a few different colours, blue, red and black to name a few.
They can be adjusted easily by placing on top of your head and then pulling them down slightly, they stay in this position too. The cushioned ears make these comfortable to wear, we have just come back from Lanzarote and my daughter wore them on the plane for the majority of the journey (once all she could see out the window was water) and her never complained once.
When it comes to the quality of the sound, these are great, especially for the price we paid, everything is clear and concise and there isn't that 'tin' sound that can sometimes arise when listening to music. The cable measure 1.2m long which I find it a really good size and you can easily use to listen to a tablet, phone and my laptop.
I would definitely recommend these headphones, they are suitable for all the family, my 7year old included and 3years later, these are still going strong so they get 5 out of 5 stars from me.