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    • Potato / Recipe / 40 Readings / 36 Ratings
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      27.09.2014 09:30
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      Posh potatoes!

      I don't know about you but I think most of us are guilty of buying potatoes and being pretty unimaginative with them. I know that I am and that I stick to making chips, roasting them or occasionally having a baked potato (I don't like mash much).

      Not being the biggest fan of potato in the world though I was left thinking I made a huge blunder recently when I ordered a couple of bags of potatoes from a local supplier. As they started to sprout because I couldn't get them used quick enough I decided to look in my cookery books for simple, cost effective but still tasty recipes to help me get rid of them and prevent waste!

      As many of you will now be aware if you read my recipe reviews often I like simplistic recipes and that basically I can make on a whim. Unless I'm cooking for other people I don't write a shopping list or meal plan and its all about using what I usually buy in

      Dauphinoise Potato:

      550g of floury potatoes,I do peel mine but you don't have to and they need to be finely sliced
      2 cloves of garlic thinly sliced, you can use more or less depending on your taste though or omit it entirely if your not a fan
      A sprig of chopped up rosemary and thyme and this is optional and dried can be used if you don't have fresh though to be fair fresh in this recipe is better
      Pinch of nutmeg (optional)
      150ml of milk (I used semi skimmed)
      150ml of double cream
      Good sized know of unsalted butter
      Cheese of your choice (optional and this can be put into the sauce mix or sprinkled on towards the end of baking though I don't like it made with it!
      Seasoning to taste

      To Make It:

      Pop the oven on to 200c whilst you do your preparation. I place the milk, cream, herbs and garlic in a saucepan and bring it to the boil and when that happens I remove the mixture from the heat. I then layer the raw potato into a large dish that I have rubbed my butter with quite thickly. I layer as neat as I can and I season from time to time with a bit of salt and pepper and then I simply pour my saucy mixture all over the top and then it all goes in the oven for about 45 minutes and it sets firmish and has a lovely golden brown colour to it.

      This is a lovely and rich tasting dish and it looks lovely served on a table in the dish its baked in. I love this with sausage for a posh sausage and mash meal, its great with steak and salmon and although my recipe is quite traditional you could add a dash of chilli to it to spice it up or pop some horseradish or mustard into the liquid mix. You could add some vegetables to bulk it out and my recipe serves 3,nice large portions.

      Enjoy!

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

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      • Curry / Recipe / 22 Readings / 19 Ratings
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        26.09.2014 21:03
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        Easy peasy curry to suit your needs!

        I love a good eat in or takeaway curry. Course though like many of you reading this review I am on a tight budget so can't have one as often as I'd like which leaves me with shop bought ones that have never impressed me very much so I'm left really to making them. The problem I always found with making my own was the amount of effort that one took or the complex list of usually quite expensive ingredients to make anything almost authentic. I remember making a curry from scratch once for friends which took almost all day to make and ended up costing me almost as much as just ordering a curry from a takeaway! With pastes and things like that I find them to go off quicker than I use them up and I hate to be wasteful so my recipe is simple, cost effective and tasty in my opinion. Once I bought the basics I now find that I can make a curry whenever I want one as I usually have everything required in!

        My recipe is for chicken curry but you virtually use what you like. I have also used beef, prawns and vegetables as the base sauce of this is Vegetarian. You could try cauliflower, potato and pea curry, aubergine and courgette curry and to make a hot curry add extra chillis, for a fruity one add some dried fruit and swap the milk I use for coconut milk. This curry includes curry powder and I have several different ones. I have a mild powder as well as a hot and a tikka one and there are loads on the market priced around 49p a tub (you get plenty of meals from one tub by the way and I buy mine in Asda).

        The Recipe:

        2 tbsp of oil (I use Vegetable)
        2 portions of chicken (If low on money I defrost 2 portions of chicken thigh and have used 4 legs as they are smaller though you can use breast if you prefer and I simply chop the meat off the bone)
        1 Large chopped onion (I use red as thats all I buy)
        3 Large cloves of garlic (Minced)
        3 Tbsp on curry powder
        200ml Of milk
        1 Tsp of tumeric
        1 Tsp coriander
        1 Can of chopped tomatoes
        1 Tsp of chilli powder (or to taste as I use belting hot stuff and only use half a tsp though fresh can be used too and if using fresh add them to the mix when frying off the garlic and the onion.
        I also use a handful of fresh mushrooms and a can of chickpeas but these are optional!

        Making It:

        Basically I chop up the chicken so there are no bones in it. I gently fry off my onions and garlic till soft but not brown which takes just a couple of minutes to do in a large hot pan and then I add all my spices and they make a bit of a paste. If its a bit lumpy looking I add a little more oil and then I add my chicken and make sure its coated in my spicy mix and goes brown and then I add the tomatoes and the milk and leave it all on a medium heat for about half an hour stirring occasionally. I have also made this in the slow cooker which is a great idea for you busy people too. I serve mine on a jacket spud or with rice and all in all find this a great recipe to play around with!

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

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        • Vegetables / Recipe / 16 Readings / 15 Ratings
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          25.09.2014 17:24
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          A lip smacking and healthy Vegetarian dish!

          Although I am a meat eater I do try to have a couple of days a week off from meat. I am aware that I do eat too much processed foods and another reason is that I love vegetables so meat free days I do enjoy!

          There are a few vegetarian meals that i enjoy making and this is one of them. Like all my other recipes you can omit what you don't like, add more of what you do and although i created this to be a Vegetarian dish I have added chicken and mince in the past to it so really this is very versatile and feel free to play about a bit with it!

          Quite simply this is my Vegetarian pasta dish!

          The Ingredients:

          2 large, crushed garlic cloves
          2 onions, I love onion so I use two but I would say for most people, unless you love onion as I do just use one and I only ever buy red onion but again use whatever onion you like!
          2 peppers, sliced (I use mixed coloured peppers which I buy frozen)
          1 Large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
          A teaspoon of chilli powder (omit if you don't like it or add more if you do)
          600ml of Vegetable stock
          2 tsp of fennel seeds
          1/2 tsp paprika
          2 tsp of dried basil, or a handful of fresh chopped up if you prefer and if using fresh leave some to garnish with whole
          410g can of chopped tomatoes
          3 tbsp of tomato puree
          Cheese (optional and I sprinkle some on when its cooked)
          Bag of pasta, I use a spaghetti but again use what you like

          My recipe serves 4 people and these are large portions.

          To make this is simple. I add some oil in a large pan and gently heat up the garlic, onions, carrot, and peppers and all my spices for about 10 minutes on a medium heat. When that little lots starts to looked cooked I add my made up stock, tomato puree and my tomatoes and I simmer the lot for about 20 minutes and till everything is soft. and voila its done! You can blend the sauce till its the texture you like or serve it as it is which is what i usually do. I usually serve this on top of my cooked pasta and with some grilled asparagus to dip into my sauce and sprinkle with some cheese if I have it in and I do like to use some fresh basil to garnish!

          This is really filling but not heavy and is reasonably healthy if you don't use cheese and for me this is a great feel good dish that is simple to prepare, tastes good and doesn't break my budget.The sauce can be frozen which is what I usually do and all you have to do to is let it defrost before reheating it.

          Also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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            13.09.2014 14:53
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            • "Easy to cook"

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            Treat yourself to 'proper' chips!

            I do love a bag of chips from the chippy or to make my own in the deep fat frier but lets face it that rally isn't a healthy option! I don't really ever buy oven chips, like I say if iI have chips I go for the naughty option as they are treat because more of the time I forgo chips and have salad, rice or pasta in potatoes place as really other than naughty options and my Step-Dads roast potatoes Im not really all that big a fan to be fair.

            I bought these when my ex boyfriend was round all the time and I was trying to mix up what was in the freezer a bit. He didn't like salad or rice and got sick of pasta so I do remember looking in the freezer section in Farmfoods and thinking that a bag if these was great value for a pound and very worth a go.

            The Packaging:

            The chips comes in a plastic orange and yellow bag, it isn't resealable but you can tie and knot to where you have opened or do as I do and use a freezer clip or something. On the front of the bag we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and shown some sunflowers and some of the chips and we are gien n at a glance nutritonal chart and the size is stated (which is in this case 907g) then on the back of the bag other information given includes ingredients and allerggy advice, there is a full nutritonal chart given, cooking instructions are also stated and contact details for the manufacturer is gien.

            The Chips:

            What you get is lots of frozen off white crinkle cut chips which are quite chunky and of different sizes. To cook them you can grill or oven cook them, for grilling the time stated is 12-15 minutes, oven ccoked (as I did mine) says to cook them between 12-15 minutes and mine took about 15 to take on a really golden colour and go crispy at the edges....the way I like them!

            So they appeared nice, smelt of potatos and were robust and they were simple to cook.

            However thats where the good things stopped with these. They were bland. They were too hard on outside, I didn't like the ridges and the inside was dense. I tried to pep them up a bit with seasoning and a ton of vinegar but no I just couldn't get alot of flavour from them.

            So yes they are quick to cook, look good and are not greasy and only contain 220 Calories and 0.7g of fat per 135g serving but these...sorry McCain I do not like and won't be buying again!

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

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              26.08.2014 15:20
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              Not tight lipped about rosy lips!

              When it comes to lip products of any kind I don't really purchase them all that often. I wear lippy when I have to but really I'm just not a fan of stuff sat on my lips making them slip and slide all over the place!

              However lately I have had slightly dry lips. Just a bit of dry skin really and when I did pop a slick of lippy over them, underneath you could see bits of dry skin hanging about making the lipstick look a bit grubby really.

              So off I went to Boots to see what they had on offer in the way of lip balm and the likes and there was so much to choose from at an array of prices it was confusing so knowing the brand that is Vaseline I bought a couple of tins from the range and felt this 'rosy' one may be a nice little day time substitute for lipstick too!

              The Packaging:

              The lip balm/jelly or whatever you choose to refer to it as comes in a pink and white coloured tin to which the lid screws on/off though not easily, particularly when you've been using the product. I hate the lids to these.... yes they stay put on but getting them off is such a mither! Anyway on the top of the tin we are told what it is and who it by and then on the base of it we are told the size of it which in this in case is 20g (and the only size I have ever seen this to purchase in by the way) the ingredients are stated and contact details for Unilever are listed. Nice, robust and handy little tin with plenty of product in it...this is!

              Using:

              Well when you eventually get the lid off you are met with a pink coloured petroleum jelly and on the tin we are told that it should tint and care for our lips. Where as a couple of the lip products from the range say on their tins that they are suitable for anywhere on the skin this one really isn't as its tinted slightly pink!

              Applying it is easy. Its slightly oily in feel and smears on to the finger (or whatever you want to use to apply it with) and a little of it goes a long way.

              It goes on smooth and adds just a tint of pink colour to the lips. This doesn't give full on colour just a real barely there rosy colour which is transparent. It gives a nice healthy sheen and isn't too greasy. It has no flavour or smell to it and using it daily, my dry skin has gone and when I've applied it, it stays put and moisturises for a good couple of hours.

              Love this product and at about £2.29 a tin I think it offers real value for money!

              Also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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              25.08.2014 23:20
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              • "Lots of product"
              • "Handy sized tin"

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              • "Fiddly lid"
              • "Can be greasy if you apply too much"

              Cocoa on the lips but not on the hips!

              Just lately my lips have felt a little dry and uncomfortable. I don't know why and it isn't awful but I notice when I put my lipstick on sometimes that the lipstick doesn't go on so smoothly and sometimes you can also see bits on the lips under the lipstick that simply shouldn't be there.

              I do exfoliate and the likes and exfoliating has helped with the issue but just to keep it at bay as much as I can I did decide to get a lip balm and so when I spotted this in my local Boots store I decided to buy it!

              The Packaging:

              The balm/jelly whatever you want to call it comes in a round metal tin that is an orangy and white colour and on the front of it we are clearly told that it is 'Lip Therapy' Vaseline Petroleum Jelly 'Cocoa Butter and then other information listed on the tin includes the ingredients being given, the size is stated which is 20g (and I have never seen this available to purchase in any other size) and contact details for Unilever (the manufacturer of the product) are stated. Its a nice looking tin this one however I do find the lid tricky to twist on and off, especially when I have been using the product!

              The Lip Balm/Jelly:

              When you open up the tin (eventually with a lot of faffing about!) you are greeted by a very generous amount of translucent off golden hard looking jelly. Its only when you have used it a few times that it looks more moist and is easier to use!

              The scent of this is wonderful. Its really sweet and like chocolate in its fragrance and rather strong....as soon as I open the tin I feel hungry!

              Applying this is simple. You only need a small amount and it does state on the tin that this can be used on the skin as well as lips.

              It is greasy when applied so you do need to be very careful the amount you pop on to your lips. Its give s a nice sheen, smells nice and has a very slight sweet flavour to it, not like chocolate though sadly!

              Once on the lips they feel soothed and moisturised greatly and the initial sheen this gives the lips stays on as long as you let it. By this I mean depends whether you lick your lips or not! Even though the initial sheen is lost quite fast in my case some of it sinks in and continues to moisturise for a good few hours after I've applied it and this has kept my lip skin soft, supple and with no cracks or dead skin on them!

              I only use this as a lip product and I for one am very pleased with it and think its great value for the £2.18 I paid for it as it lasts ages and ages!

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

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              25.08.2014 11:46
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              • " its a great buy"
              • "Everything really"

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              • "Not sure if its tested on animals"
              • "Annoying lid"

              I'm a soft touch for this!

              The one thing I find myself buying a lot of is bath products. I like a good old soak and i have to admit I am rather heavy handed on the products I use.

              For this reason I always try to go for branded products that are on offer or in a deal of some kind and this bath cream I found in my local Nisa store for just a pound.

              The Packaging:

              This product comes in a curvy shaped, tall plastic slightly frosted white bottle with a purple twist on/off cap to the top of it and on the front of it in mainly purple writing we are told that it is Cussons Imperial Leather 'Master Perfumers' Soft Touch Moisturising Bath Cream 'With Jojoba Milk & Vitamin E' and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients are listed , the size is stated which is 500ml (and the only size I have ever seen this available to purchase in) and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. The only thing I can't tell is if this is tested on animals. It doesn't say it isn't sadly and had I have thought for one second it was I would not of bought this to be honest with you.

              Using It:

              Using it is simple of course! Simply pop some of the thick white cream into the bath and just add water!

              This has a lovely, rather feminine scent to it and to me its floral with a really nice natural sweetness to it. Its creamy and not a harsh fragrance in my opinion. This give the water a nice froth to it which stays put over an hour (I tested this as I'm a lazy so and so!) and if you add more water whilst your in it it gives more froth and bubbles!

              This makes the water soft, not one bit greasy and it feels very gently moisturising whilst your in it. It gives my skin no hassle at all and is very skin friendly, even on the bottle it says its suitable for the whole family to use.

              Its said to contain triple moisturising ingredients and I have to say when I get out of the bath my skin is left looking clean and fresh, feels supple and moisturised and I'm left scented with this product for a good few hours.

              I'm never enthralled by Imperial Leather products as a rule but I rate this one very highly indeed and like everything about it....apart from the tricky shaped lid I struggled to get on and off but hey that's nothing to do with the bath cream so never mind! All in all its great, economical and I recommend it!

              Available from all good supermarkets etc.

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

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              23.08.2014 13:42
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              The very lazy way of adding flavour to food!

              The one thing that I use a lot of when I'm cooking is garlic. I tend to cook up a lot of spicy , Foreign sort of foods as that's what I like what I like to eat the best!

              I do buy fresh garlic but with an arthritis I do try to make things as easy as I can when preparing food so when I spotted this garlic already chopped up and ready to use in my local Aldi store for just 99p I simply couldn't resist buying it!

              The Packaging;

              The garlic comes in a square, glass, see-through jar with a black screw on/off lid to the top of it and on the front label which is black and purple in colour we are told that what it is and that it is stored in White Wine Vinegar and then on the back of the label the ingredients and allergy advice is given and contact details for the English Provender Company are listed (the manufacturer of this product) and then if you peel back that label other information is listed such as being told a little bit about the product, directions for use are given as well as nutritional information. Nice looking, robust and informative jar this is.

              Using It:

              Well what you get is lots of finely chopped raw garlic which is golden in colour in lots of the white wine vinegar. When you undo the lid you get a pungent whiff of very strong garlic which does smell quite strongly of vinegar.

              To use this the directions tell us that one teaspoon equates to one clove of raw garlic. You don't need to peel, chop, crush or anything its simply ready to use.

              You use this as the same way as which you would use any garlic so me, I usually find myself frying off a little of this before adding other ingredients to it such as vegetable and/or meat. I use it in curries, stir fries and even in marinades with other bits and bobs.

              Conclusion:

              This is a very easy way of adding garlic to food and economical too. The white wine vinegar evaporates so your left with the full flavour of garlic and me, well I am certainly converted cos anything that makes my life easier is very well received in my home and whats more, once that its opened it lasts a whole 12 weeks and stores easily in my fridge (as advised) as it isn't a huge jar!

              Great stuff and this is a product I am really happy that I found and will purchase time and time again in the future!

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

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                23.08.2014 12:42
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                Buffing up my skin, salon stylie!


                When it comes to The Sanctuary Bath & Body products I am a fan of them. I love the scent and how kind they seem to be to my sensitive skin and along with Lush and Soap & Glory I deem them to be treats when I have a little bit of extra cash!

                This would have cost me 5.50 in Boots however at the time I purchased this I caught it on offer (more often than not this range is!) and I bought this in with a 3 for 2 item deal.

                The Packaging:

                The scrub comes in a squeezy slightly frosted white tube with a screw on/off orange cap to the bottom of the tube concealing a small hole and on the front of it we are told what it is and who it is by and that it is 'A natural scrub that's so gentle you can use it every day to leave to leave skin cleansed, radiant & refined' and the size is stated which is 200ml (there is a 50ml size in this available too) and then on the back of the tube other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it , the ingredients are stated and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its a nice looking, robust, informative tube this one and appears very unisex in its appearance.

                The Scrub:

                The scrub is orange in colour and gel like though not too runny...it is simple enough to squeeze out of the tube with no issues at all. The gel contains natural little pieces of pumice which of course are meant to buff up your skin.

                I always wash myself before using this to make sure I am clean (I use the matching products from this range to do this with) and use this after so I know that I'm nicely clean!

                This smells wonderfully Oriental with the scent of patchouli and a soft and juicy top note of oranges...it is really is lovely this one and not too heavy though I do think this is a product aimed at women.

                When I apply it the skin the scent is released beautifully, the gel feels soothing and very moisturising though not greasy, I get a small amount of lather from it so I can see where I have been and the pumice, though I can feel it buffing off my skin doesn't feel scratchy or uncomfortable to use at all. I make sure I buff up all of my body and then rinse it off which is simple and straightforward to do and I am left with smooth, supple skin. Its a brilliant, easy to use every-day product and I have found since using it regularly that my skin is smoother, brighter and prone to less blemishes!

                I highly recommend this product! Available from Boots.

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

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                22.08.2014 21:46
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                I floated all the way to heaven and sadly back!

                Just recently I decided to treat myself to a few little treats. Having given up the booze and cutting down on the cigs I have a little extra money to treat myself with and so I did on a big scale when i was last in town just because I could!

                This product I bought in a deal with any 3 The Sanctuary products for the price of 2 to which I bought a couple of other things from the range otherwise this would of cost me £10.00 on its own which of course is a little pricey!

                The Packaging:

                The bottle is clear and see-through with a grey coloured plastic screw on/off cap to the top of it and on the front of it we are told what it is and who it is by and 'Clouds of bubbles, irresistible skin-softening ingredients & sensual Oriental fragrance for the perfect long, hot soak' and the size is stated which is 500ml and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Nice enough, high quality looking bottle this is.

                The Bath Float:

                Light orange in colour and transparent, a small amount of this not only creates alot of thick white bubbles but also a lot of heavenly scent that really does fill the bathroom and beyond.
                The scent of this is Oriental floral and quite sweet but in a really natural way. It isn't too heavy or cloying but in my humble opinion this is really aimed at women really to use more then men!

                I find this wonderful to soak in, I love the relaxing feminine scent that seems to soothe my mind and find it soothing and none irritating on my skin. It makes the water wonderfully soft but not one bit greasy so it really is a nice one to soak in....for ages!

                I find this best used scent wise with other products from the range because using other products in the bath when using this can get confusing scent wise however I have used this with other lightly scented products and its been fine.

                All in all I find this a very nice, high quality product that although seems expensive doesn't work out so much so over time because you don't need much per bath doesn't and it is a very luxurious product and I use this when I just want a little treat. Its kind to my skin, the scent lingers on said skin for hours and all in all I rate this product very highly indeed and its great for a bit of 'me' time!

                Only available from Boots stores costing £10.00 a bottle unless as I did you find this on offer (which more likely that not it is!)

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                22.08.2014 01:58
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                My hair is bee 'ing' strong!

                When it comes to shampoos and conditioners I tend to look for whatever I feel offers me good value for my money, that's its from a brand that I know of, that it smells nice and that it says it offers something that I need to my hair.

                I bought this the other day from Asda for a pound as I have already been using the matching shampoo to this however ran out of conditioner and decided to buy this as it matched the shampoo....simple as that really!

                The Packaging:

                The bottle is a gold yellow in colour and plastic and curvy in shape with a green flip top lid concealing a small hole to the base of it and on the front of it we are told that it is Clairol Herbal Essences Bee Strong 'Strengthening Conditioner' and that it contains Honey & Apricot Extracts and that it is designed for damaged hair and then on the back of the bottle other information displayed includes being told a bit little bit about the product, directions for use and the ingredients are given, the size is stated (which my case my bottle is 200ml though other sizes are available too) and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Its a nice looking, rather unisex looking bottle and simple to use and informative enough.

                Using It:

                To use this all you need to do is thoroughly wash your hair with shampoo first and make sure your hair is free from product and then massage a good blob of this quite thick golden coloured conditioner which is very smooth to the touch and really smells wonderful of mainly of apricots to my nose with an underlying scent of sweet honey...as I have said the scent really is lovely and slightly creamy and quite natural.

                As I use this it feels really nourishing and soothing on my scalp and is a pleasure to use, releasing its scent as I go and then when I have made sure that I have gently massaged it into all of my hair I rinse it out which is simple and straightforward to do.

                I am left with smooth and soft hair and its easy to comb through as soon as I have used this. My hair is left heavily scented and for hours.

                This doesn't weigh my hair down, I don't feel like there is any residue left on my hair and I feel that generally my hair is easier to style and less flyaway and less frizzy and my hair appears glossy and well kept!

                I dye my hair from time to time and I find that this kind of brightens up that colour and doesn't rip any colour out and since using this my hair feels stronger and simply more healthy in general.

                This gets a giant thumbs up from me and I highly recommend it to anyone!

                Available from all good supermarkets, chemists etc.

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                  20.08.2014 19:04
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                  • "Doesn't stink!"
                  • "Easy to apply"

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                  • "Didn't work at all for me!"

                  I'd rather pop a pill!


                  I suffer with lots of random aches and pains. I suffer with M.E and along with that I get Sciatica and I also suffer with Arthritis and just general random aches and pains in general.

                  The Packaging:

                  The tube of product comes in an oblong red and silver box and on that we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that it is 100g in size and that it 'Relieves pain and information in conditions such as backache, rheumatic pains, muscular pains, sprains, strains, lumbago and fibrositis', the ingredients are listed on the box, directions for use are given and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Inside the box there is a leaflet and on that lots of warnings and further information is given. The tube is designed to look the same as the box and contains the same information on it and its squeezy with a red twist on/off lid to the top of it.

                  Using It:

                  This gel is suitable for people over the age of 14 to use (you do need to test a little out first just to check for allergic reaction of course) and you can use this every 4 hours but no more than 3 times a day.

                  The gel is clear in colour and of good consistency not being too thick and not at all watery. You only need a small amount and you are meant to rub it gently into the sore area. It has a very slight alcohol scent to it and when applying it, it feels a little sticky however both the scent and feeling of stickiness vanish quickly.

                  A little of this goes a very long way however I don't find this to help with any of the issues I have used it on.

                  I have applied this to wrist where I have joint pain, on my back, on my ankle (I suffer with a sore tendon there) and more recently I bashed one side of my body as I fell down my staircase and banged my shoulder and pulled muscles in my arm and by no means did this help me at all.

                  I don't know if this would help at all with minor issues but all the pain I have described really is very painful indeed at times and usually pain killers don't touch it even!

                  Yes its simple to apply and doesn't stink or be sticky but really....I notice no difference when I've applied this so its a waste of my time using it.

                  Not recommended from me for someone with a lot of pain but maybe on minor issues this could be of help and for less than 3.00 a tube it isn't a huge loss if it doesn't work!

                  Available from all good chemists etc.

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

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                    20.08.2014 15:43
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                    Advantages

                    • Everything!

                    Disadvantages

                    • None!

                    This shines like a diamond above alot of the rest!

                    With washing every day I am always on the look out for reasonably priced fabric softeners/conditioners to put in with my washing. My favoured brand is Lenor but saying that I only purchase it when there is a good deal or offer on it so if there isn't I will deviate after sniffing first at various other offerings in the store I am in!

                    At the time that I remembered I was running out of the fabric softener I was using I was in Tesco and spotted this product in various sized bottles and scents and chose to get this one and another (Golden Topaz) as usually they cost £2.00 each however they were on offer at the time I bought them at 2 bottles for £3.00 which I though was great value cos each bottle I bought contained a whopping 42 washes (so that is 84 washes for £3.00...bargain!).

                    The Bottle:

                    The bottle this comes in is a nice bright pink colour with a matching screw on/off cap to the top of which doubles up as a measurer. On the front and on the back of the bottle we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that it has 'Scent release luxurious 2 week freshness' and that as I have mentioned already my bottle contains 42 washes then other information on the sides of the bottle includes being told a bit about the product and being told how to use it , the ingredients are listed, the size is stated (in my case you get 1.47 Litres) and contact details for Tesco are clearly given. Nice looking bottle and easy to use it is.

                    The Liquid:

                    Light pink and floral in its scent it is really, really nice. Although floral it isn't sickly or cloying and all you do is measure out the amount you need into the cap provided to which the instructions about how much you need are given clearly on the bottle and I basically use one cap per full load of washing.

                    This makes my home smell lovely in use and when I get my washing out it smells wonderful, fresh and clean and above all feels soft and conditioned.

                    Although once dried the fragrance does tame down somewhat (making the washing then smell quite unisex) it does still smell wonderful and makes my ironing easier (yes I iron everything!) and even though I store things like bedding and towels for longer than a couple of weeks I can still detect this lovely fragrance on my fabrics.

                    All in all I think this is a lovely, high quality fabric conditioner and one that I shall certainly purchase time and time again in the future!

                    Only available from Tesco, a bottle the size I am reviewing cost £2.00 at the moment.

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

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                      19.08.2014 04:26
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                      Advantages

                      • "Effective on back pain"

                      Disadvantages

                      • Pricey
                      • "Only contain 300mg of Ibuprofen each"
                      • "No good for diagnosed back pain"

                      Not for acute back pain....great for niggles!

                      When it comes to back pain, I am sadly am not a stranger to it. I often suffer with odd twinges and the likes along with suffering with fibromylagia and sciatica.

                      I bought these recently from Superdrug and they can only be bought over the counter from the pharmacy so I did have to answer a couple of questions before they were released to me.

                      The Packaging:

                      These come in an oblong green and silver metallic finished box and on the front of the box we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and that they can give 12 hours pain relief from back pain and I am told the amount of capsules that are within my box (in this case there are 24 capsules). Then on the back of the box other information listed includes dosage advice and warnings and then in the box you get a leaflet and on that lots more information is listed like warnings, ingredients and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The capsules are in a white plastic and foil tray that are easy to pop out.

                      Taking Them:

                      These are suitable for people over the age of 12 years of age and you can take 1 or 2 capsules twice daily and you have to leave 8 hours between each dose and I take 2 capsules when needed with a drop of water.

                      The capsules are made from clear, thin plastic and oblong and rounded to the end and filled with little white 'beads'. They are quite large in size so I take one at a time with a big gulp of liquid and I don't find them too difficult to take at all.

                      These are meant to help with back pain, muscular pain and rheumatic pain. They are not said to help more serious conditions like what I have however I do find that sometimes they do help me.

                      I know the difference between my illness pain and when I have just overdone it and overworked myself. Like the other day I cleaned my cooker, had been in weird position for ages and when i went to get up I felt sore. I also fell down the stairs and badly bruised and grazed my back and felt like I'd pulled a muscle on the way down and so I took these when I could and they really helped and I think more than paracetamol and ibuprofen would have as they quickly targeted my pain. I'm not saying they cured anything completely but certainly numbed the pain till the next dose until the pain had gone over time.

                      I find these a really good pain killer to be fair however I do find the price off putting at 6.29 for a box of 24 though I will buy them from time to time and take them when I really need to, to make them last!

                      Available from all good chemists.

                      This review is also posted on Ciao.

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                      19.08.2014 03:34
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                      Advantages

                      • Versatile
                      • "Leaves things feeling and looking clean"
                      • "Smells great"

                      Disadvantages

                      • "None for me at all!"

                      Not Dr Johnson's its mine thank you!

                      Along with bleach one thing that I buy very often to use within my home to keep it clean is disinfectant. I bought a bottle of this disinfectant in a Poundland store for of course just a pound recently!

                      The Packaging:

                      The bottle is plastic with indents to the side of it for ease of handling and it has a white plastic lid to the top of it which simply screws off and off (it has no safety feature to it) and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that it is the 'Original' fragrance and that it kills 99.9% of bacteria including E.Coli, that it is 'Safe, Gentle, Effective' and that the size of it is 500ml and then on the back of that label so that we can see it through the bottle we are told a bit about the product and how to use it, we are told that it is not tested on animals and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated.

                      The Disinfectant Itself:

                      The liquid is golden in colour (this is original version of this Anti-Bacterial product to be clear) and it smells really like what you'd expect a disinfectant to smell like, really fresh, clean and very pungent indeed.

                      You can use this in any way really you want to in and around the home as well as using it for personal use.

                      I use this neat in and around my toilet, over sinks, baths and tiles and it brings them up looking really clean. I dilute this to mop my floors and not only do I feel confident that this cleans and kills germs it also makes my home smell wonderful and for a good few hours after using it too.

                      I use a little of this weekly really diluted to clean things like my beauties cat litter tray and you can also use this in washing which again I do heavily dilute this to wash my cats bedding and then wash it again in usual laundry products before allowing her to use it.

                      This can also be used on your skin on things like insect stings, bites, cuts and grazes so really it is a great versatile product to have in my home and to do clean those things up nicely you just use it neat onto the skin.

                      I think this is a great product. I really do like it and trust it and think that it is a great quality product and I'm impressed with the price of it and can happily recommend it to anyone!

                      Available from discount stores such as Poundland, Poundworld and the likes or Google for a list if stockists.

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