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    • Pot Noodle / Other Food / 14 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      22.07.2014 19:44
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      • "It didn't take up too much room in the bin"

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      • " tastd tooes salty and too sweet"
      • "Tastes horrid and gives 430 calories and 8g of Saturated fat per pot"

      Brazilian...you gotta be kidding me!

      Not very often do I buy pot noodles though over the years of course I have pretty much tried all of them. When I saw this new one brought out because of the football recently and reduced to only 50p I bought myself one as I was curious really what Brazillian, BBQ Steak noodles could taste like...I wish I'd never bothered this really is vile!


      The Packaging:

      This comes in the usual style of plastic cup style plastic container which is green, yellow and blue in colour with a peel of foil lid to the top of it. On the front of the pot and on the lid we are told that it is Pot Noodle Brazilian BBQ Steak Flavour and there is a little picture shown of a bbq a piece of beef and a pepper on it and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and then on the back of the pot we are told a bit about the product, directions for making it up are given, ingredients and nutritional advice is given, we are told that the pot noodle is 90g in weight and contact details for the manufacturer are given.

      The Pot Noodle:

      Rip off the lid you get a big block of dried, light cream coloured noodles and a little yellow plastic pack and all you do is boil the kettle, fill the pot up to the line shown, leave it for a couple of minutes, stir and leave for another couple of minutes then squeeze in the contents of the little yellow sachet which is provided and tuck in.

      When made up the noodles did smell really meaty and slightly tangy and the noodles went soft but not gloopy in a brown coloured sauce and I spied lots of little green flakes of herbs. The consistency was good and as mentioned I liked the smell but that was it......

      The whole thing tasted foul. There was a hint of a meat flavour to it and a smokiness which I guess was the BBQ sauce which I added from the sachet that was provided but all I could taste was too much sweetness in a really artificial way and the taste lingered way after consuming it. It was also a little sour which I felt was the tomato flavouring. The whole thing tasted too thick and too rich. It was simply way too sweet and its weird as well to eat something that is meant to taste meaty but is actually suitable for Vegetarians!

      This gave me indigestion after just trying to eat a couple of mouthfuls and its not often I bin food but on this occasion I had to give up! Not for me, not recommended either!

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        03.07.2014 21:33
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        • Everything

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        • "None at all"

        Caring for my hands with Carex!

        One thing that I like to have in my home is a hand wash and in my kitchen I do like to have one that offers some anti-bacterial protection. I''m not sure quite how anti-bacterial a product like this really is but when I''m cooking I do like my kitchen and me to be as clean as possible, particularly when cooking for other people! This cost me just a Pound from Poundland and I felt that offered good value for money for such a well known brand. The Packaging: The bottle this comes in is see-through and squarish in shape and to the top of it, it has a white frosted sort of lever arm dispenser which twists to an on and off position. On the front of the bottle we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that it is meant to kill 99.9% of bacteria and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, how to use it, the ingredients are listed, the size is stated which is 250ml and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough bottle and easy to use this is. The Hand Wash: Well this is a light green transparent and rather runny gel and for this reason you really don''t need very much of it at all per hand wash. It lathers up quickly and feels soft and moisturising as you use it and the scent of this in use is lovely. It has a really crisp and clean aloe vera scent to the hand wash with a slight but still natural sweetness to it and I really do like this one because not only does it smell nice and refreshing in use but the scent lingers for ages after I have used it too on my hands. This leaves my hands feeling very clean and gently moisturised and well, just cared for really and I am very impressed with it. Like I mentioned earlier I''m not sure really how effective it really is in killing bacteria and I''m no scientist though I trust well enough what I''ve been told and at the end of the day I''m sure this cleans my hands well enough so yep I like it and will certainly purchase it again in the future! Widely available from all good supermarkets etc. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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          23.06.2014 16:27
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          • Everything

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          • "None at all!"

          Forget the chippy hunni lets let Youngs feed us tonight!

          For me and my partner in crime I do cook alot from scratch. However with a small kitchen and a couple of boiling nights I was starting to flake even with a heavy duty fan on. We eat out alot and have alot of takeaways but this week we are saving for our little holiday so being very good and it was actually him that said why don''t we just do our own fish and chips. Me I love chippy fish and chips and never really like things like this that you shove in the oven however at Farmfoods I spotted these at just a pound a box so grabbed them knowing I was getting a bit of a bargain. The Packaging: These come n a box with a photograph of the the fish on the front and we are told that they are Youngs Chip Chop ''Specials'', 2 Extra Large Fish Fillets and that the ones I picked up are in Beer Batter and then other information listed on the back of the box includes being told a bit about the fish, the ingredients and a nutritional chart are stated, we are told how to cook them and contact details for the manufacturer are given. On the side of the box we are told that they are indeed suitable for home freezing and that 2 portions of the fish weigh 320g, Nice, informative box this is. The Fish: When I opened the box I couldn''t actually believe how big one portion was. Its a really large battered fish with lots of golden batter on it. To cook these you can oven cook or grill them and we oven cooked ours which took about half an hour. We really did enjoy these and ran back out and bought a few boxes more straight away. The batter is crispy with a slight malty taste to it, the fish is well seasoned pollock, nice,white and quite juicy with no bones or skin in it. The batter was plentiful and only slightly greasy which we felt added to the overall enjoyment and the it was a big ole slab of fish encased within. All in all we think these are lovely. I have since our first box cooked them in the oven and given them a quick finish off in my deep fat frier to really crisp up the batter and I have also grilled them though we preferred them oven cooked as we felt by grilling them they just went a bit dry. These deffo get the thumbs up from us and one oven cooked fish is only 315 Calories and 3.3g of Saturated Fat which isn''t too bad! try them! This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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          05.06.2014 17:01
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          • "Easy to wash and dry"
          • Lightweight
          • Cheap

          Disadvantages

          • "Cheap looking and feeling"

          Notog to look at here really!

          The one thing that I suffer from is bad circulation. I get cold very easily and even in the summer months I wouldn''t dream of trying to get to sleep all comfy under a 4.5 tog duvet cover.I bought this a few months back to actually go on top of my 15 tog usual duvet as lately I have been so cold and felt that this could go some way to keeping me a bit warmer without having my central heating on all night! I also thought this might be nice to wrap around me of a cooler evening on the sofa whilst watching the soaps and at just 7.99 I though it had to be worth a go. This comes in basic white and blue bag and is tightly packed and on it your basically just told what it is and who it is by and then when you open the bag the duvet pops out and unfolds. The duvet is double in size which is one thing that I do appreciate about this duvet as it actually does fit in my washing machine and I can wash it on a 60c wash however I usually pop it on a 40c wash and it comes out clean and I allow it to dry naturally. In appearance this duvet looks cheap. Its covered in like a papery material (100% spun bonded non-woven polypropylene cover) and that does rip quite easily opposed to my lovely and expensive King size duvet cover which feels really nice and has a material cover on it. Sections on this are stitched and it is filled with polyester. A care label is on it but it looks cheap and feels it. It is lightweight though and I pop it in a really nice quality duvet cover which is double and fits nicely on it and I pop this over my usual duvet which is also covered. it doesn''t add any real weight to me which is appreciated and I do feel a bit of added warmth with it on. I have popped this over me on the sofa and its simply ok, doesn''t give me the warmth I require though but for most people as a summer duvet I''m sure this is adequate though I cant stress enough the better the duvet cover you put it in the better or you can feel the duvet and it doesn''t feel great, if you own this you will fully understand what I mean I''m sure! It is hypo allergenic, its great that it can be washed in a standard sized washing machine and because its so light and not too big dries quite quickly naturally and as said if you like lightweight and something that isn''t going to roast you this is great! Available from Argos. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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            12.05.2014 17:40
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            • "Nice bottle"

            Disadvantages

            • "Initially a strong scent but it disappears quickly "
            • "Smells old fashioned"

            JLo tried to turn me into a Granny!

            First off I would like to point out that I am not a fan of celebrity perfumes. I tend to like very expensive perfumes as a rule!

            I didn''t go out of my way to buy this. I was given some commission from a catalogue I use and had nothing I needed to buy and I realised that I hadn''t treated myself to a bottle of perfume in a while and this one was only ten pounds for a 30ml bottle.

            The Packaging:

            The bottle is glass and dark blue and its bulbus shaped to the base of and tapers up and there is a little push button sprayer to the top of it and around that we are told that it JLo Blue Glow and on the base of the bottle there is a little label and I am told the size of it and contact details for the the manufacturer are given. The outer box is very nice and it looks to me like an ocean scene is on it and again we are told what it is is and who it is by and that it is an Eau De Toilette Spray and the size is given, on the back of the the ingredients are given and again contact details for the manufacturer are listed. The bottle is simple, plain and unfussy and I appreciate that!

            The Scent:

            The scent is said to be a blend of mangostine, Valencia orange, cranberry blossom, wild water lily, vintage rose, vanilla orchid and foamy aquatic accords and the base notes a blend of cedar, sandalwood, mahogany, moss and Venezuelan Tonka.

            To me this is like a watered down aftershave sort of scent and quite odd. I''m knocking 40 and I feel that this scent is too old for me, well no... sort of too old for my personality really!

            The scent is hard to pin down of this one. If I was to say what I think it is like I''d say it reminds of me of an ocean breeze sort of aroma, watery and reminds me of ocean scented fabric softeners and the like. Its harsh and in your face and instead of making me feel sexy/feminine makes me feel a little butch. There is a hint of Lilly of the valley, old fashioned and the other ingredients within it gets lost!

            I can tell this is a cheap fragrance by the fact when I spray some on I get a headache as its really strong with a really heavy scent of Sandalwood initially going on however it settles fast and within about an hour all of the scent is undetectable anyway!

            I expected a nice, sexy little blend with this and feel that I didn''t get it and I can''t even use it as air freshener without getting a headache so this one is going to my Mum to try!

            This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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              12.05.2014 16:48
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              • "You can use it as a cook in sauce (E.G great in pasta dishes)"
              • "Easy to make up"
              • "Very tasty"

              Disadvantages

              • "55 Calories per quarter of a pack"

              Zingy and peppery sauce!

              One of the things that I buy a lot of is sauce to accompany my meals.I have absolutely loads of them at the moment and I bought this one to go with chicken and chips I was making for my tea one night to pep it up a bit really and I bought it on offer in my local Sainsbury''s store for just 25p!

              The Packaging:

              This sauce comes in powder form and and in a plastic, square shaped pack which is mainly a light yellow in colour and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who is is by, that it cooks in 10 minutes and gives 4 servings and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown along with a nice looking piece of steak temptingly cooked up I guess as a meal idea and then on the back of the pack other information listed includes being told how to make the sauce up and hints and tips are given, ingredients and allergy advice are stated along with a full nutritional chart, the weight is stated which is 25g (and the only size I have ever seen this available to purchase in by the way) and contact details for the manufacturer are given also. The only thing I don''t understand is that on the front of the pack we are told that this takes 10 minutes to heat up but on the hob and in a saucepan it actually takes 1-2 minutes or in a microwave 4 minutes!

              The Sauce:

              Upon opening the packet I got greeted by a fine light brown powder and plenty of it with little pieces of cracked black pepper shell within it and all you do is add milk before heating in the way I have described already.

              What I end up with is still a light brown sauce with a nice and rich smell of pepper to it. Its quite smooth and nicely thick without being gloopy with still the little black bits of peppercorn visible. The sauce is very slightly creamy with a nice natural sweetness to it and it is peppery but not in a burn your mouth out way but it certainly gives a little tingle on the tongue and is obviously what it is and the bits of pepper in it are smooth.

              I have served this alongside meats, vegetables and pasta and I''ve made it up and drizzled it over home made garlic mushrooms. I have served this along with steak, chips and onion rings and things and any way that I have eaten it I have really enjoyed it. Its quick and easy to make up, very tasty and I am really glad I have found this and I will buy it in the future even at full price!

              Can be bought in many supermarkets etc at about 90p a pack.

              This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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            • Tetley Red Bush Tea / Tea / 23 Readings / 21 Ratings
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              07.05.2014 15:25
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              • "Only 1 calorie and no fat per cup"
              • "Makes a nice coloured drinks"
              • "Easy to make up"

              Disadvantages

              • "The bark smell and flavour!"

              Interesting name but thats about it for me!

              With my love of tea and me drinking copious amounts per day I''m always on the look out for something a bit different and to give me a little variety. I had never heard of Redbush tea before and so when I spotted this one on offer in my local Nisa store for a pound for a box of 40 teabags I was intrigued enough to buy some!

              The Packaging:

              These come in a flip top style red and orange box and on the front of the box we are told that they are indeed Tetley Redbush ''Pure'' that are as I have mentioned already 40 bags are in the box and we are told to ''Relax with naturally caffeine free Rooibos'' and there is a cartoon man holding two mugs of the tea and then on the rest of the box other information given includes being told a bit about the tea and how to make it up, there is a nutritional chart stated, the weight is given (my box is 100g) and contact details for the manufacturer are listed.

              The Tea:

              What you get is a good quality, white and round teabag and in that bag all that is in it are redbush leaves and nothing else and once you have brewed one of these in boiling water for a couple of minutes or so you can see clearly in the bag that the leaves are red in colour and no bits are left in your bright orange, transparent drink. The colour is really nice I do have to say and you can add milk and/or sugar if you want to but drinking it natural is better for you of course!

              I personally add a drop of skimmed milk into my tea and I end up with an orangy coloured drink which looks much nicer than plain tea bags!

              The smell once this is made is like a sweet bark aroma. Its really quite odd and offputting I think though its only a minor niggle to be honest I just don''t breath in and my problem is solved!

              The flavour of this is a bit odd too in my opinion. It does taste like normal tea with an added kind of zest flavour and that smell of bark you can taste as well. I can''t say I hate these and they are very different to what I''ve tasted before and great quality but me...I''ll be sticking with my usual cups of caffeine included tea and simply finish these off and not repurchase them!

              As I say these are not awful though but I think they are probably an acquired taste and sadly I don''t have that acquired taste lol.

              Available in all good supermarkets etc.

              This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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              07.05.2014 13:27
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              • "Very tasty with white meat"
              • "Easy to make up"
              • "Great quality"
              • "Cheap to buy"

              Disadvantages

              • "None for me at all!"

              Tasty chicken gravy but not sure where the chicken is!

              One thing that I do like to make myself is a roast dinner from time to time and for me it just wouldn''t be complete without gravy! I have seen (and used) alot of Goldenfry products as they are usually great prices and equally good quality. I have seen from this brand both gravy granules for beef and for chicken and for the purpose of this review I am reviewing the gravy granules for chicken as this is the one I use the most and am most familiar with.

              The Packaging:

              I bought a tub of this which is 480g in size as it was a promotional offer of getting 20% free so usually this is available to purchase in a 400g size and even better....I paid just a pound in a local pound store for it! The tub is cardboard and bright yellow with a red plastic lid to the top of it and on the front of the tub we are clearly told that it is Goldenfry Gravy Granules For Chicken ''Simply add boiling water'' and there is a little picture shown of a gravy boat and then on the back of the tub other information listed includes being told how to use the gravy granules, the ingredients are given, there is a nutritional chart shown, the size is stated and contact details for Goldenfry are given. Nice enough, robust and informative packaging this is.

              The Gravy Granules:

              What you get is alot of thick and quite large, mid brown coloured granules that have a lovely chicken aroma to them and to use these all you do is add boiling water to some of the granules and stir it up and you end up with a nice, unlumpy light coloured gravy. I love the fact that I don''t have to go mad stirring to get all of the granules dissolved and of course you can add more or less depending on how thick you like your gravy and I even add some of the granules ''neat'' to dishes that I am creating. Oddly enough I can''t see anything in the ingredients that look related to chicken however it doesn''t say on the tub that it is suitable for Vegetarians! However that aside this does taste of chicken, its well seasoned though not overly salted and quite often I add some chopped up sage to my gravy for a little extra flavour!

              For me this is a wonderful, easy to make up and flavoursome gravy and it just gets better cos per 100ml made up as directed on the tub it only contains 34Kcal and 0.9g of Saturated Fat!

              Widely available in all good discount style stores and supermarkets and a big thumbs up from I!

              This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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              06.05.2014 14:06
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              Advantages

              • "Kind to my sensitive teeth"
              • "Fresh breath"
              • "Less stains are appearing"
              • "Slightly whitening"

              Disadvantages

              • "You can buy toothpaste just as good cheaper"
              • "Slightly too sweet in flavour"

              Beverly Hills looking teeth? Hmm not quite!

              When it comes to buying toothpaste I always buy branded stuff but usually buy whatever I see on offer to be honest. I do tend to go for stuff meant to be good for sensitive teeth as I do suffer with sensitivity due to enamel loss and most of the time my teeth really hurt.

              I didn''t buy this though. My lovely and thoughtful Mum bought me this along with a few other items when she was out shopping as she didn''t know I already had a huge stock pile of toothpaste however I didn''t mention it, stored it and now have been using this for a while!

              The Packaging:

              The box this comes in is gold and white and on three sides of it we are simply told what it was and who it is by and that it is ''Low abrasion'' and gives a ''Great dentist feel'' and also that it gives ''Whiter teeth in 1 minute'' and that my tube is 75ml/100g in size and then other information on one side of the box tells us a bit about the product, the ingredients are given, we are told how to use it, to use it up within 12 months of first opening it and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. The tube itself is white and gold in colour and made of plastic with a screw on/off lid and gives much the same information as given on the box.

              The Toothpaste:

              The toothpaste is white and of thick consistency with a minty aroma to it and a sweet minty taste to it. In use it doesn''t foam up too much and doesn''t feel gritty or abrasive on the teeth. The taste of this is very sweet but it is fresh and not awful.

              I always brush my teeth for about 2 minutes a time, twice a day. This leaves my breath fresh for up to an hour after using it and my teeth do feel generally cleaner since using this and with less film and stuff on them. I can''t say my teeth are alot whiter but after a few weeks of consistently using this I do think they are a little whiter and although this isn''t meant for sensitive teeth again I do feel my teeth are a little less sensitive than before I used this.

              All in all I like this one but not the sweetness of it really and all round I do think its a decent toothpaste however I don''t think it majorly whitens teeth but because I appreciate what it does do for me I am will to buy this for myself in the future for about four pounds a time!

              This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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              06.05.2014 10:00
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              Advantages

              • Tasty!
              • "Gets metabolism moving"
              • "Suppresses appetite"
              • Aphrodisiac
              • "Lots of health benefits"

              Disadvantages

              • "Some people may not like its classed as level 4 meaning its extra hot!"

              Some like it hot and I'm one of them!

              One thing I always have out when I''m cooking for myself or beside myself when I''ve made a dish is Cayenne Pepper. For some reason as I have gotten older I like my food to be really hot and spicy, if I''m cooking for me I usually add this to whatever I''m creating or if I''m making a meal for myself and others I will use this to sprinkle on my food as I have found that most people don''t appreciate my love of blow your head off hot cos to me it really isn''t!

              My Cayenne Pepper comes in a glass jar with a twist on/off lid and under that lid there is a round piece of plastic with holes in it so that its easy to sprinkle out and around the jar there is a label and on the front of that we are clearly told that it is indeed Schwartz Cayenne Pepper and then on the back of that label the size is stated which is 26g, there is an idea given on how to use it and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly given. Nice enough looking jar this is and its informative as it needs to be really.

              Using It:

              This cayenne pepper is a nice rich red colour with a peppery smell. Its a fine powder and dispenses very well out of the jar. It does has a lot of hotness to it, it isn''t the hottest pepper by any means out of all of the peppers but it certainly does have a kick and hotness to it.

              I use it the most in curries and things that I want to be really hot and spicy, like I say I do sprinkle this on most things that I eat and personally I don''t find it too hot but ex''s have told me its burnt their lips and tongues (shame! Haha) but like I say this is great for me.

              One of the reasons I upped my intake of chillis and peppers like this is because its said to speed up the metabolism a bit and with an under-active thyroid I like to do whatever I can to try and keep my metabolism moving the best I can so I don''t gain weight and I know that some people add this to drinks and stuff to aid their weight loss (thought I wont be doing that any time soon).

              For me this quickly adds a heat to my food without tasting powdery or bitter and it really does get the thumbs up from I!

              Available from all good supermarkets and costs under two pounds a jar!

              This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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              06.05.2014 08:27
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              • "Kind to skin"
              • Effective
              • "Brilliant quality"
              • Cheap

              Disadvantages

              • "None for me at all!"

              Perfect cleansing wipes from Aldi!

              Usually I like to use a separate cleaner, toner and moisturiser however there are times like after a late night out or basically being too tired to bother that I do like a decent facial wipe. I bought a pack of these for 89p from my local Aldi store not only because I knew I needed some but also because I had read lots of positive reviews about them online.

              There are a few different varieties to choose from in Aldi (all at the same price) and just to be clear the ones I opted for are the ones for ''Mature Skin''. The reason that I went for these is because I''m knocking 40 and simply thought that they would be a little richer and more moisturising on my face.

              The Packaging:

              The ones I opted for come in a white and light pink plastic squarish pack and on the front of them we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and that they are a 3 in 1 product and are ''Soft, soothing facial wipes to Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise'' and that the pack contains 30 wipes within it and then on the back of the pack other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use them, the ingredients are given and contact details for Aldi are listed. To pull a wipe out there is the usual sticky tab to the centre of the front of the pack and all in all its good quality and informative packaging.

              The Wipes:

              The wipes are white in colour and made of thick and stretchy white material. I''m very impressed with the quality of these as they don''t rip or tear in use and feel really soft when in use. They are moist though not soaking wet or drippy and have a wonderful sort of sweet floral scent to them.

              These lift off all traces of make up, grease and grime with total ease. Even my heavy make up is removed with just one of these as they are so large (one wipe is far bigger than my face!) and although they feel a little greasy in use that feeling just disappears quickly anyway.

              My face is left perfectly clean, not left feeling over toned and does leave my face feeling gently moisturised so if I want to I don''t have moisturise after using one (though I do use a light moisturiser usually after using these) and all in all I think these are one of the best products that Aldi sell. The quality of them is perfect, you get loads of them for 89p and personally i have no issues with them and they are now my favourite face wipe!

              Only available from Aldi stores.

              This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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                03.05.2014 15:26
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                • "I bought it cheap!"

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                Vinegar overload!

                With the weather brightening up slightly (for short times) lately I have made a huge effort to eat more fruit and vegetables and one thing I do enjoy is a nice, fresh salad. However I do buy alot of sauces and dressings and the likes to pep it up a bit. This I found in my local B & M Store and I bought a huge bottle for 49p, that same say I spotted it in Sainsbury''s costing two pounds for a 235ml size bottle, less than half the size of my 500ml bottle I paid far less for!

                The packaging of the bottle whether you go for the smaller size or the size bottle I have in my possession is the same. Its a glass bottle with a black twist on/off cap to the top of it and the labeling is black, white and light blue and distinctly Pizza Express if you are aware of the brand. On the front of it we are told that it is ''House Light'', Pizza Express ''Our Famous Light Dressing'' then other information on the bottle includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients and allergy advice is given, there is a nutritional chart stated, the size is stated and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly given. It is a nice looking bottle and looks rather expensive to be fair to it and of course it is informative enough too.

                The Dressing:

                What you get is a light cream coloured and rather runny dressing and it smells really, really vinegary and that''s due to the addition of too much white wine and malt vinegar listed on the ingredients in my opinion.

                The flavour of this is rather strong. I can''t really taste any olive oil in it at all and all I can really taste is tart and rather sour vinegar and although this contains dried oregano, dried parsley, onion and garlic powder, tamarind, dried ginger and even chilli powder you can''t really taste those things due to the overwhelming amount of vinegar this contains and this even made my eyes water when it was on my salad!

                It looks nice, you can see lots of herbs within it but really this should be called a vinaigrette as I feel its name is misleading. Its simply a sour and harsh and not well balanced dressing. It contains 298 calories and 4.2g of saturated fat, this isn''t broken down any so I can''t tell at a glance how much a smaller amount would contain but I can say that unless you adore vinegar your probably going to be like me and only be able to tolerate a tablespoon drizzled over a salad at best!

                Available at all good supermarkets etc.

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                03.05.2014 12:27
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                • "Only contain 70 calories and 0.2g of saturated fat per 80g serving"
                • Tasty
                • "Easy to heat up"

                Disadvantages

                • "None for me at all!"

                Yummy mushy peas!

                One of the things I buy often is mushy peas. I love them with faggots, with fish all-sorts really and always tend to have a tin lurking somewhere in a cupboard!

                The can that these come has dark blue and green labeling and on the front of it we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and that they are ideal to heat up in a microwave and then on the back of the can other information listed includes being told how to heat the mushy peas up, the ingredients used are listed, there is a nutritional chart given, the weight of the product is given which in my case is 300g and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Nice enough can and its as informative as it needs to be however there is no ring pull to the top of it however that''s only a little niggle on my part!

                The Mushy Peas:

                You can heat these on the hob and in a saucepan or in a microwave, I always microwave my mushy peas for quickness and cos I hate the mess they leave behind when I''ve cooked them in a saucepan to be honest.

                What you get is lots of light green and soft peas with water, salt and sugar added along with some colouring. It doesn''t say that these are suitable for Vegetarians on the tin so you''d need to investigate that if need be.

                So you get lots of peas in lots of light green juice and they simply smell like mushy peas should. When heated through the peas really are mushy and you get lots of juice. They are nicely seasoned but not overly so and although slightly sweet they are are not too much so and it all tastes naturally sweet and well balanced in flavours.

                I love these mushy peas. Easy to heat through and they are tasty mushy peas with no hard bits in them and not too much pea skin is shredded. They are great quality and I appreciate the fact that for once these mushy peas don''t contain mint extract as I''m not keen on that!

                Overall these are a great quality mushy pea and are widely available for around 50p a tin in most good supermarkets etc.

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                • Go Cat Crunchy and Tender / Cat Food / 9 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                  23.04.2014 18:11
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                  Crunchy and tender enough for my precious girl!

                  My Myrtle is extremely fussy and its very hard to find food for her that she enjoys. Recently I got a trial pack of these through the post that I requested free from a website and Myrtle relished them. I forgot about that though and continued to buy whatever I saw for her that I thought she would enjoy but then out of the blue I spotted a 375g bag of these of these ''With Beef, Chicken And Added Vegetables'' in Poundland and remembered how much she loved them so I bought a couple of bags sadly though they had no choice other than these in flavours but hey ho I knew that I was getting a good deal and the most important thing is that my little munchkin loves them, a great fact that I knew already!

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                  The bag is plastic and mainly bright yellow in colour with a photograph shown of a ginger cat on the front of it and then we are clearly told they are product from Purina and that this food provides 100% Nutrition and then what they are of course and the flavour as I have mentioned already and we are also told that these were voted product of the year this year and that they keep teeth and gums healthy and help to keep muscle tone and strong bones and then on the back of the bag other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, a feeding guide is given, the ingredients are listed along with nutritional advice, the weight of the product is stated and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. This bag is strong and robust and has a press zip style way of getting in and out of the bag so the kibbles stay fresh.

                  The Food Itself:

                  These are basically dried kibbles and they are small and some are a deep red colour, some green and some beige and they just have a sort of vegetable smell to me really.

                  I feed Myrtle on demand and she has a diet of both wet and dried food, these she comes running for and I''m sure she thinks of these as a treat! They sound crunchy as she tucks into them and I''m happy that she likes these because they are a reasonably healthy and nutritionally balanced food that contain real meat, Proteins and Vitamin D. My Myrtle is a young coming up for two year old cat so she''s healthy in my opinion but I do like her to have a healthy diet but one that she enjoys at the same time of course! These don''t seem to make her more thirsty after eating them than other foods and they certainly don''t seem to upset her somewhat iffy tummy she has from time to time! All in all she loves them so, so do I!

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                  23.04.2014 16:44
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                  • "Very filling"
                  • "low in calories and fat content"
                  • "Easy to make up"
                  • "Cheap to buy"

                  Disadvantages

                  • "None for me at all!"

                  Easy peasy mash with Smash!

                  I am not the worlds biggest lover of potatoes. I do however eat them but never do I make my own mashed potato but thats because I get pains in my hands and can''t be doing with peeling, chopping and mashing and if I spot one single lump in a mash I won''t not eat it!

                  However I will eat a quality instant mash from time to time and for that reason I always have a pack of instant in and I have a liking of this one cos years ago I did Weightwatchers and ate a lot of this stuff to actually help lose my weight and fill me up!

                  The Packaging:

                  The bag that my Original Smash came in is a dark red. On the front if we are told what it is and who it by, that my pack makes 6 servings and that it is low in fat and contains no artificial colours and only natural flavourings and that it is made from real potatoes and to just add water and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and a photograph of some made up Smash and then on the back of the pack other information given includes being told a bit about the product and how to make it up, the ingredients are clearly given along with a null nutritional chart, the weight is stated (in my case 176g) and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its a nice, robust and informative pack however it isn''t resealable''

                  Using It:

                  What you get is a lot of dried white flakes and all you need to do is add boiling water and mix it with a fork until it thickens (instructions for making up one portion are given). You can use more water to make a thinner potato mix, less water and/or more flakes for a thicker mash and so on. You can add butter/spread/milk/herbs or whatever...I simply make this up with boiling water and add a little seasoning cos I do think this needs a little seasoning.

                  What you get is lots of white fluffy potato, I never get lumpy mash and I like the smooth texture and do think it tastes like a good quality mash! Its simple as anything to make up and of course you can use this as accompaniment to a meal or use it on a quick to make up Shepherd''s pie and the likes. It is totally suitable for Vegetarians and for children over 12 months and one serving of 180g of this mash only contains 97 Calories and just 0.2g of Saturated Fat which is brilliant as its so filling.

                  So yep I like this, its handy to have in the cupboard, tasty and can be made up in just a few seconds and for that reason I always have it in!

                  Widely available in all good supermarkets and in different sizes and flavours too!

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