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    • Toms Classic / Shoes / 27 Readings / 26 Ratings
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      05.03.2012 11:24
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      I love my toms. So should you.

      I am just going to come out and say it. I'm in love with my Toms. I bought a pair because one of my best friends lived in hers and I thought 'what the heck'. I'm now an addict too. I'm actually wearing them as I write this - my navy-blue, worn-out babies :)

      Experience:
      I bought my toms back last winter, even though I knew the weather was rubbish and they probably weren't going to be ideal footwear for the rain. I ordered them from amazon for about £30 (well, my mum did... I'm a poor student!) and since they arrived I never took them off for about a month. I did the exact same with my uggs, but these were totally different. They don't look anything special - a bit of burlap-y looking material attached to a white rubber sole. But I have to say, they are the comfiest things I have ever worn. Comfier than uggs. Cooler and free-er than them definitely. You wear them in very quickly and they become like permanent appendages to your feet.
      There are naturally some drawbacks to them though. They are very thin material and therefore not advisable to wear in cold conditions, or in the wet as they get soaked through in seconds. Especially not advisable in snow, despite the fact they have pretty good grip on the ground.
      I also found that, although I got a good half-years wear out of them (i wore them pretty much every day) your toenails come through the end, especially if they are not well trimmed. This may be a good excuse to get a pedicure every so often, but it is unfortunate when you see your toes peeping out of the end of your relatively new, £30 shoes...
      I have to say that I wore my navy blue toms up mount vesuvius, and they stood up to the challenge pretty well. They'll never recover from the dust and dirt that is now engrained into them, making them more grey than navy blue, but I can still wear them as slippers around the house and garden.
      Another wee niggle I have is regarding the sizing. Each pair of Toms is handmade, and therefore subject to a bit of difference in size. The first pair I bought fit like a glove, yet the second pair were a bit squashed at the toes and took a while to wear in.
      You definitely cannot wear these shoes if you have any kind of food deformity e.g. rheumatoid arthritis like my mother has. Toms made her feet look they belonged to the elephant man (well... they do anyway. Not much will improve that.) The material has very little give and you will be unlikely to find them comfortable.

      Charity work:
      The Toms owner, Blake Mycoskie, started an initiative in 2006, where for every pair of shoes bought by Toms customers, he would donate a pair of shoes to a child in a developing country e.g. Argentina. This protects them against soil-transmitted diseases like parasites which can burrow into the feet, and often allows them to go to school, as they are not allowed to attend school barefoot. The shoes also protect against cuts and sores which can get infected and cause death or serious harm. I think this is an amazing initiative, and, although the shoes cost £30 when they clearly look like they cost a few quid, I'd much prefer to buy these comfy, functional yet very ordinary shoes from their original supplier, Toms, as opposed to a £5 pair from Primark, as they will probably have been made by a child in a sweatshop.

      Overview:
      Overall, I think Toms are pretty good. I know I've slated the way they look (well they do look a bit like they're made from potato sacks..) and their lack of functionality in the wet, but their benefits outweigh the bad. A pair of shoes is going to an underprivileged child, and they're EXTREMELY comfy, and a very functional pair of shoes. For me, as a medical student with slightly funny feet, I find it difficult to get comfortable shoes which will stand up to a huge amount of walking in hospitals and to lectures etc., however Toms are perfect for my cause.

      If you are in any doubt about them, try a pair. At the very least you know you are buying a pair of shoes for a child very much in need of them. Revel in the good karma.

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        28.08.2011 15:07
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        Brilliant to use. Enjoyed my experience - would use it again. Congrats john frieda.

        **The Back Story**

        I've been dying my hair different colours (blonde, brown, red, ginger- by accident!) for about 5 years now, and I've found that often the hair dye kits you get in chemists (like boots) and supermarkets do not contain enough liquid to cover all of my hair. My hair is very thick and just below shoulder length. I decided to give this a go because it had good adverts and write ups, and, although more expensive than much of the competition - £9.99 at Boots, £6.99 at Superdrug (currently on offer at time this was written) - I liked the look of it, and I trusted it as John Frieda is a well known haircare brand which has been around for a while.

        **What they say**

        "Precision Foam Colour is the first ever premium permanent home hair colour that uses foam technology to deliver salon-quality results at home. With 20 flattering shades to choose from, achieving flawless, natural-looking results at home has never been quicker or easier. Simply massage the foam into your hair to achieve flawless coverage you thought you could only get at a salon. No drips, no stains - just gorgeous-looking hair from every angle."
        Website: http://www.johnfrieda.co.uk/homecolour/precision-foam-colour/
        On the website they give you handy hints, like how to get a professional look at home, and how to find your ideal shade.

        **My experience**

        I really enjoyed using this hair colour. It is much easier to use than other colour as it is far less gloopy than liquid hair colour. The foam is much less likely to drip and I found it goes a long way, especially on my thick hair which usually would need one and a half bottles of normal hair colour e.g. nice and easy, casting creme gloss. It also smells a lot more pleasant - not the usual full on ammonia smell you get with a lot of dyes. The colour I used was Medium Natural Blonde - I had light bleached blonde hair to begin with. However my dirty blonde/brown roots were growing through. This means there is a slight difference in the colour of my hair at the tips and at the roots.. However I believe this is not the fault of the product. The colour at my roots has come out more light reddy brown, whereas the colour at the tips has gone marginally darker, but in a nice way. My hair has an awful tendency to go ginger regardless of what i do to it, so it was a nice surprise when this colour kept it at blonde. It was really easy to apply, and didn't sting my sensitive scalp, which casting creme gloss has been known to do in the past. It came with a lovely conditioner which made my hair extremely soft after using, and smells beautiful, yet not overpowering.

        **Overall**

        I really enjoyed using this hair dye, and I would definitely use it again, even though it is a few quid more expensive than most other hair colours. It is definitely worth the money, and I have received much better results with it than with other liquid colours. The foam is a massive advantage, and it is easy to get every last drop of foam out of the bottle. I would give this product 5/5 for ease of use and results.

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          15.08.2011 21:41
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          Overall a canny little external hard disk for macs and pcs

          **The Back Story**

          I got introduced to this by my father. He bought it to store his encyclopaedic range of music and films, which were clogging up his little HP laptop. We share custody of it now, as we transfer files and music between our computers due to our oddly similar taste in music.

          **What the manufacturer says**

          "Get stylish, compact, portable storage with the Little Disk, Design by Sam Hecht. Easily carry your photos, music, videos and files on this petite mobile solution. Designed exclusively for LaCie by Sam Hecht, it has a high-gloss, black elegance with clean, simple lines and comes with a removable protective cap. The integrated, extractable USB cable pulls out and retracts so it can never be lost or forgotten. The LaCieSync software allows you to bring your important data with you safely. Just plug the Little Disk into any PC to access and modify your files, emails (Microsoft Outlook) or personal settings and it will sync updated data back to your computer with AES 128-bit encryption (Windows only)."

          **My Experience**
          I really enjoy using this as it is very portable, not hard to look at and does its job. However I have a few main niggles:

          1)The USB cable is waaaaaay too short - I use this hard disk on a desktop computer as well as with my laptop. When with my laptop, the hard disk and the laptop both sit on a table/my knee. However, as the length of the usb cable is no longer than an inch or so, it has to hang off my desktop computer's usb drives precariously, and I would not be surprised if either the LaCie or the computer's usb drives themselves got damaged in the process. This makes the LaCie more adapted for laptop use, unless you wish to fashion a little desk for it so it can be the same height as your desktop computer's usb drives. I have the main part of my desktop computer on the lower part of a desk by my feet, and I have knee'd and kicked the LaCie before - however I injured myself more than the hard disk I think...

          2)It feels rather plasticky - For something that cost my father nigh on £60 at "awd-it.co.uk" (or so he tells me) I guess it is pretty good - value over style in this case I guess. It is shiny black, which is attractive, but perhaps if made of metal it would appear more robust and less likely to break immediately when dropped.

          **Overall...**
          I think this is a canny little piece of equipment, and to have 320GB of space for about £60 is wonderful. LaCie is a well known name so you know when buying any of their items that you are not just buying tat that fails as soon as you plug it in.

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          • Samsung GT E1080 / Mobile Phone / 27 Readings / 27 Ratings
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            05.07.2011 18:49
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            Great cheap little phone

            I decided to get this phone because I needed a cheap little phone to supplement my iPhone. Not only do I take it on nights out, but I use it for my calls as my iPhone's microphone has broken so I divert all my calls to this handy little phone. I actually got this phone on Orange as they had a special offer on where you paid 1p for the phone as well as £10 credit. I thought this was quite a good deal and I'm very pleased with my purchase for the following reasons.

            --What They Say--
            Samsung's description:

            Samsung GT E1080 ... Comfortable and easy-to-press buttons.

            Easy-to-use one-hand operation. 200-entry phonebook contains all your phone numbers for easy retrieval. SMS storage of up to 100 messages. 800mAh battery prolongs the battery life.

            Mobile tracker alerts the user when the mobile's SIM card is changed. SOS message sends out emergency messages to pre-designated contacts with just a single click of a button. Fake call function lets the phone automatically start ringing Power LED flash provides a flash of light in dark surroundings.

            Alarm notifies the user when a call time limit (set by the user) has been reached, helping users curb lengthy calls. Call manager keeps track of call costs and duration so you know exactly how much you are spending on your conversations. Power saving mode lets your mobile to be turned off when not in use.

            Built-in flashlight offers light in a blackout or dark situations. Convenient feature lets you see easily when it is dark.

            --What I think--

            Overall I've had a very positive experience with this phone. I've split my opinions up into pros and cons...

            **THE PROS**
            1) The price - As I've already discussed, I got this phone effectively for 1p (as the £10 was for credit). Although this phone does not have spectacular features (as discussed below) it is easy to use, functional and pretty much everything you'd want for 1p! I wouldn't argue with paying £20 for this phone.

            2) The features - I shal list them as this is the easiest way: Phone, text, phone book, call log, calender, notes, one game (similar to bejewelled), converter (of currency, length, weight, volume, area, temperature), timer, stopwatch, torch (just a bright white screen but it sort of works), orange plus (topup, traffic news, directory enquiries, football, sport, lotto, horoscopes, news, weather, jokes - but all of these cost money), an alarm, and the settings including call profiles (loud, vibrate etc), the background picture, time and date, security (pin code and sim lock), and a fake call feature!!!!. I must note that there is NO CAMERA and NO BLUETOOTH, however I don't think this is a particularly big loss as these are not essential features, and what do you expect for 1p!!!! The feature I was definitely most surprised at was the fake call feature. This enables you to activate a 'call' in a certain length of time, eg 30 seconds, 5 minutes etc, to get you out of a difficult situation, for example you want to excuse yourself from a conversation. This is certainly not a feature I would expect as standard, and I had to pay for this kind of feature on my iPhone as an app!!! The features on this phone exceed those of what I would expect for such a cheap, basic phone, and I was definitely pleasantly surprised by them.

            3) The battery life - Now I text off this phone a few times a day, and probably talk on it for up to an hour a week, sometimes more, and i sometimes use the apps. With this amount of usage i get just over a week of life of the phone before the battery runs out. Although I am not using this to its full capacity by any means, I have it switched on at all times, and the battery life certainly does not go down quickly. For someone using this phone more frequently, I would say it would last about 3 days when using it for a few hours a day for phone calls and sending lots of texts.

            4) The build quality - now I will not say that this is of wonderful quality, and is of course pretty plasticky (what else do you expect for such a cheap phone?!) but it is certainly fine. It is black plastic, and the keypad is soft, almost silicone-y, and it stands up to being dropped a lot, and I've taken it on nights out where it's been in very hot, humid, sweaty conditions (which I have to say broke my iPhones microphone..). It's also really light and compact, which is important for me on a night out. It's about the weight of a dinner knife, and I'm not sure how to describe the size, but it fits comfortably in my hand. Therefore I'm pretty pleased with the build.

            Then there's...
            **THE CONS**
            Gotta admit, there's not that many cons I can really think of... but,
            1) The features - Ok, I know I put them in the pros, but I admit that the lack of a camera is a slight downside. I know the majority of people will carry cameras with them, but there's just some times when one will not carry a camera, and that may be the day that you meet a celebrity, with whom you want a picture.. and BOOM. No camera. I would pay a little more for a phone with even the most basic of cameras, as I do enjoy a phone that has a camera. And it can't be that expensive to insert a teeny camera...

            --All in all...--
            I really like this phone. I only really got it as a little phone for nights out and while my iphone mic is out of action. However I think I'll be hanging onto this for a long time as it is very functional, and perhaps it will outlast my iphone....

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          • ID Juicy Lube / Sexual Health / 28 Readings / 25 Ratings
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            28.06.2011 12:46
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            Wouldn't buy this again

            ---Back Story---

            I bought this product thinking it would make oral sex more enjoyable for both me and my boyfriend, however it ended up doing quite the opposite. This review is mainly about the 'bubblegum blast' flavour however I assume it applies to many if not all of the other products in this range.

            ---What they say---

            * Bubblegum Blast flavour water based lube...yum yum!
            * Bursting with flavours that really are good enough to eat.
            * Sugar free so no calories!
            * Waterbased and condom friendly.
            * Clear non staining formula.

            The reason ID Juicy Lubes are the undisputed flavoured lube champions of the world is they look and taste absolutely great! Bursting with flavours that really are good enough to eat, Juicy's oasis of thirst quenching varieties will satisfy even the most insatiable cravings for scrumptious sex play. And to top it all they are sugar free so no calories, which means you really can have your cake and eat it! Waterbased and condom friendly. Further more they have a clear non staining formula.

            ---What I think---

            I have 3 fundamental problems with this product:

            1) It tastes DISGUSTING.

            Seeing as this product is advertised as being very tasty ('good enough to eat') and mainly marketed as a flavoured lube for oral sex, one would have thought that it would be a bit tastier... I would describe the bubblegum blast flavour as extremely artificial and overly sickly sweet. It tastes vaguely pleasant at first, but very quickly it becomes far too sickly to bear; this is coming from someone with an extremely sweet tooth!!! I have to give it to them, that it does actually taste like bubblegum, but it is a horrible horrible kind of bubblegum. What is the point in this product if it is meant to make oral sex more pleasant but actually makes it more unpleasant!!!!

            2) It is incredibly sticky.

            Yes, it is lubricating AT FIRST, but then it begins to dry a bit and isnt at all like the durex lubes which melt perfectly and never leave a sticky residue. This lubricant is very sticky and tacky, and leaves you feeling very sticky down there after you've used it, as well as anywhere else it's touched eg hands, legs... It's really not pleasant if you're not immediately able to have a shower after using it.

            3) It leaves an uncomfortable feeling down there...

            I will be honest and say I gave this another go yesterday, as I have loads left and don't really want to waste my money. And now i'm feeling quite (sensitive readers please look away) itchy and uncomfortable, almost like I have an infection or something. It's really not a fun feeling in my opinion. Although it says it doesn't contain sugar, and therefore it shouldn't induce yeast infections, it still leaves you feeling rather uncomfortable......

            I paid £6.40 for this from Amazon.co.uk, and I feel that although this was a good price for a lubricant, that this lubricant was definitely not worth the price, as it caused me discomfort, and neither my boyfriend or I liked it.

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              31.01.2011 18:22
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              Why eat something that makes you want to gag?

              The Back Story...

              I tried these as they were on a multibuy deal at my local ASDA. I bought 1 6-pack of Quavers, a 6-Pack of Squares and a 6-Pack of mixed Wotsits for £3. I was really excited as I love prawns and prawn cocktail flavoured crisps! However these are really rather unpleasant - A taste which is nearly indescribably bad.

              My Experience...

              I was really disappointed by these. They were exactly like the cheesy and flamin' hot Wotsits in their texture. I also expected them to be bursting with lovely flavour that turns your fingers orange, like the original Wotsits and flamin' hot Wotsits. Unfortunately, these are vaguely bursting with flavour - the only problem is that I thought it was a terrible flavour. The flavours of each of the packs I tasted were exactly the same - a strong salmon-y taste. I'm not a big fan of salmon, and these made me gag they were so horrible. Along with the salmon is a slight Wotsit-y taste- like they covered the original cheesy ones in fish- yum. They do not taste reminiscent of prawn cocktail whatsoever. Perhaps it is an interaction between the actual Wotsits and the flavouring that makes them taste terrible. I'm sure food isn't meant to make you gag, so I tried these 3 times and will never try them again.

              Ingredients...

              Really Cheesy Flavour:
              Maize, Vegetable Oil, Cheese Flavour [Dried Cheese (7%), Milk Lactose, Flavour Enhancer (Disodium 5'ribonucleotide), Colours (Paprika Extract, Annatto), Natural Flavourings], Salt, Potassium Chloride.


              Nutritional Information...

              Really Cheesy Flavour
              Average Values Per 100g Per Pack
              Energy (kJ) 2270 397
              Energy (kCal) 545 95
              Protein 5.5g 1.0g
              Carbohydrate 56.0g 9.8g
              of which Sugars 8.5g 1.5g
              Fat 33.0g 5.8g
              of which saturates 4.0g 0.7g
              of which mono-unsaturates 24.0g 4.2g
              of which polyunsaturates 3.5g 0.6g
              Fibre 1.1g 0.2g
              Sodium* 0.78g 0.14g
              *Equivalent as salt 1.98g 0.35g

              I've noticed that other people on Dooyoo have given very positive reviews of these. I'm not sure if every time I tried these I got a bad packet or my taste buds are just different to other people's but I do not have one positive thing to say about these. Crisps are not meant to make you feel physically sick, and these did, so unfortunately I have to give these an awful 1/5

              Supergirl out.

              Thanks for reading! :) (c) xxsupergirlxo

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                Overpriced scented cooking oil - yum

                The Back Story...

                I bought this product as I am an absolute toiletries addict. I buy as many products as my purse will allow me to; so much so that I should buy shares in Boots and Superdrug... I saw it on sale in TkMaxx actually, and felt the need to buy it, due to the eye-catching metallic pink spray can and contrasting bright green top. It's a very attractive hair product- one to put on the bathroom shelf/dresser for show.

                What they say...

                "Shine adrenaline for your hair. Superfine super shine spray that will go straight to your head. This lightweight spray gives your hair extreme gloss with all-over coverage.

                * Adds depth to highlights and colour
                * Eliminates static
                * Smooth, healthy finish

                To Use: Mist evenly over dry hair." (c) www.tigihaircare.com

                My Experience...

                Ok, I have to give this product its dues. It smells AMAZING. Very fruity and sweet. Although it does just smell like a generic hair product - I have a hair texturing wax from ASDA that smells pretty much the same. However, it is a lovely, uplifting smell. Almost like pear drops.

                Moving on to what the product is meant to do: make your hair shiny. It does make your hair shiny. Veeeeery shiny. So does it to everything else that the product lands on when sprayed by the not-so-accurate spray nozzle. This includes clothes, furnishings, and mainly skin. Nobody wants greasy skin, but with this product it is almost unavoidable. There is little way to stop this happening apart from tipping your head upside down whilst spraying - this means that only the bottom layers of hair get exposed to the shine spray which is completely pointless - you want the product on the top layers mainly. One way I've found of sorting this out is doing my hair before my makeup. I wash my face, do my hair then use a makeup wipe to remove traces of the product from my skin to stop the grease factor becoming a problem earlier in the day than it usually would ( I have oily/combination skin anyway, not to mind with this stuff!).

                Another problem is that this also can make your hair very greasy too. If you want to use this, it should really be on freshly washed hair, which you will wash the same day/the morning after you use it as your hair will probably be pretty greasy. You also have to spray this very lightly to get a good effect - use a tiny bit too much and you'll end up looking like you tipped cooking oil on your head- not a good look. I used this on a night before I went out and my hair was so greasy, lank and flat all night. It doesn't provide any form of hold like a hairspray; it just weighs your hair down.

                This product is also very succeptible to rubbing off on your hands if you run your hands through your hair frequently like I do. This leads to lovely grease marks on car dashboards, important work documents, computer keyboards etc etc.

                In conclusion...

                Overall I wouldn't rate this product too highly. It goes for about a fiver on ebay but I paid around £8 for it. I wouldn't say it's good value either way for all the reasons I have listed above. After all, who wants something that costs that much when I could use cooking oil and some perfume and get the same results?

                Supergirl out.


                Thanks for reading! (c) xxsupergirlxo

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                • Pepto Bismol / Medicine / 26 Readings / 25 Ratings
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                  Don't chance it. There's many more effective medications out there

                  Back Story...

                  I've had to take it before and it's not hugely pleasant.

                  Important Stuff...

                  Pepto Bismol is a very American medicine. It's made in America and mainly used in America. It's generally used to treat minor stomach upsets like diarrhoea, heartburn and indigestion. Its active ingredient is something called Bismuth Subsalicylate. It shouldn't be used in children with flu or chicken pox, or any kind of temperature, as the salicylate content, like Aspirin, has been proven to be linked to causing a mecical condition called Reye's Syndrome which is extremely serious. This is the first reason I don't like Pepto Bismol. It's difficult to know when not to use it if you're not medically trained or did not previously know this fact. You should also not take it when breastfeeding, as it can be transferred to the baby in the breast milk. Sure, it is sometimes effective, but not moreso than other medications, and would you take the risk in giving a child something which could make them extremely ill when it is not necessary?
                  The main thing you need to know if you're going to take Pepto Bismol is that it turns your tongue and your... faeces... black. I don't know the mechanism of this, but I do know that it's the bismuth in it that does it. The usual thing that people associate with black stools is a GI bleed - basically, bleeding in your digestive system. This is a very serious symptom, so I've heard of many people going to A&E or their GP convinced that they are dying, when it is just a simple case of 'pepto bismol poo', as a GP I did work experience called it. Of course if you still have black stools for days after not taking the Pepto Bismol, you must get it checked out by a medical professional.
                  As a child, when I was forced to take pepto bismol, I was intrigued, as it is the most sickly colour of barbie pink in the world. I loved Barbies, so naturally I was excited to drink something the same colour as my bedroom walls. Also, when you are a child and you don't like the taste of something, you won't eat/drink it. As soon as the Pepto Bismol gets anywhere near your face, the smell of Deep Heat hits you like a brick wall. Essentially I think it is known as 'Oil of Wintergreen' or something similar, but it really does smell (and taste) of deep heat. Luckily, nowadays they have brought out a cherry flavoured one, for if you really need to take it. It's about the same thickness as Gaviscon - a thick, sticky liquid basically.

                  Contraindications (interactions with other medical conditions/medications)...

                  - Medications:
                  * Methotrexate
                  * Doxycycline
                  * Probenecid
                  * Sulfinpyrazone
                  * Tamarind - yes, the tree/herb you use in cooking

                  You'll know if you're on any of these, so don't worry if you don't recognise their names.

                  - Medical Conditions:
                  * Gout-- The salicylate in this medicine may worsen the gout and make the medicines taken for gout less effective
                  * Haemophilia or other bleeding problems--The salicylate in this medicine may increase the chance of bleeding
                  * Kidney disease--There is a greater chance of side effects because the body may be unable to get rid of the bismuth subsalicylate
                  * Stomach ulcer--Use of this medicine may make the ulcer worse

                  Where can you get it..?

                  GYou can get it from most pharmacies and chemists, but I don't think you can get it on prescription from your doctor, although I could be wrong... 480ml from Boots costs £7.15 (correct on 14/01/11)

                  Overall...

                  I don't believe Pepto Bismol is the most effective medicine for stomach upsets on the market, but you might want to get it just because it's so pink...

                  Thanks for reading! Hope this is useful :)

                  (c) xxsupergirlxo

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                    14.01.2011 18:08
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                    Love it - best hair dye I've tried yet - and I've tried many

                    Back story...

                    My personal experience of Casting has been really positive. I've been colouring my hair since I was about 13 - I'm now 17 and I've coloured my hair many many times with many many different dyes. I've had multiple colours from Mahogany to Light Frosted Blonde, and I've got to say that I've used Casting the most as I've enjoyed it the most.

                    What L'Oreal say...

                    "L'Oreal Casting Crème Gloss gives hair a glossy and natural look, full of visible shimmering tones. It's as if your colour comes alive. During colouring, the patented conditioning complex helps protect the hair fibre, inside and out, for voluptuous hair and exceptional softness. After colouring, the Nutri-Shine conditioner with Aloe Vera and Green Tea enhances the shine of your colour until the next time you colour." (c) Boots.com

                    My Verdict...

                    I really loved this. The colours I can remember using are Mahogany, Iced Latte, Caramel, Chestnut Honey, Chocolate and Light Iced Blonde - quite an array of different colours over the years. The thing I like most about Casting is that it doesn't contain ammonia - all the colourants with ammonia in have stung my eyes and my nose - they smell like a cat's litterbox! With Casting you get a lovely, fruity smell. Well - it's lovely for the first day or so; it sticks around for ages and gets a bit sickly after a while; even the first time you wash your hair after dying it, it still smells its distinctive, fruity smell. Moving on, the colour really is lovely. Every colour I have used has had a beautiful, glossy, rich effect on my hair. Particularly the dark browns - they are very glossy. Currently I'm blonde, and because you require bleaching (hydrogen peroxide) when you stay blonde my hair is slightly damaged and dry. When I had darker hair it was much less damaged. I also use heated appliances eg. hairdryer, GHDs, curling tongs quite a lot which contributes to it. However I have never noticed my hair colour to go 'foul' - In the past I used another brand of brown hair dye and it turned me gingery; this has never happened with Casting. Another brilliant thing about Casting is the time it lasts. It states that it lasts around 28 washes - my colour tends to last a lot longer, probably because it's blonde, and darker colours particularly Mahogany have washed out slightly in the past. They never really lose their lustre - perhaps towards the 30-40 washes mark. I leave my hair until you can see the roots - I think my natural hair at the roots doesn't look as good or in as good condition as my dyed hair!

                    My main problem with Casting is that it makes my scalp itchy. I tend to have a degree of dandruff anyway so it could possibly only be my already irritated scalp interacting with the hair dye, but whenever I put the dye on my scalp is usually very itchy very quickly. I don't think that this is a reaction as I've never had any other signs and for the amount of times that I've used Casting I would undoubtedly had a severe reaction to it if I was allergic to it. I can't prove that this is or isn't the Casting, as I haven't used any other dyes for a while. We'll just hope it's not, and remember to always do a patch test 48 hours before application. Another niggle about Casting is the time it takes to develop. For pre-dyed hair you are supposed to put it on for 5 minutes on the roots then a further 15-20 for the rest of your hair. In the day and age of 10 minute hair colourants this almost seems like a waste of time - however it is nice when you're just sitting in the bath relaxing and waiting for it to develop.

                    Price...

                    £6.12 from Boots, £5.99 from Superdrug. Not a bad price all in all! Maybe a tad more expensive than others but I think it's better ;)

                    Overall experience...

                    As I said before, I've only had really positive experiences with Casting apart from the itchy scalp. I love Casting and the effect it has on my hair - It works a dream and I'll continue to buy it until L'Oreal stop making it, and this is why I'm giving it 5 stars!

                    Thanks for reading! Hope this was helpful :)

                    (c) xxsupergirlxo

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                      It's a big thumbs-down from me

                      Back story...

                      I tried Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid because I had previously tried the Dream Matte Mousse and LOVED it. That was when I was going through my slight emo stage and I enjoyed using the palest colour of foundation possible (ivory in that case) and looking like a ghost wearing lots and lots of thick makeup. Luckily I grew out of that stage, and ran out of Dream Matte Mousse.

                      What Maybelline Say...

                      "Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation helps skin appear completely poreless with our first liquid mousse foundation. Our lighweight, air-whipped liquid blends on to transform the look of skin. From flawless to impeccable, even coverage. Our new satin perfect finish!" (c) Boots.com

                      My Experience...

                      Basically when I tried it I was expecting a heavy coverage as that's what I liked - something thick enough to cover up my first early-teenage spots. I found it was easiest to apply with a sponge, rather than fingers, but rather a lot got absorbed into the sponge and wasted - a little too much for my liking after I'd paid a good £8 for this... (When retrying this recently I discovered a foundation brush is much better) I did get a heavy coverage, but it was also very sticky too. It is a very sticky foundation overall, unlike its sister Dream Matte Mousse. You can actually feel it blocking your pores whilst it's sitting on your skin. I believe the aim is to get a poreless finish - you do get that, but you get a whole load of spots due to blockages caused by the darn foundation that you need to cover even more heavily! Although I found the coverage heavy, I also found that it wasn't good on dry patches. I know foundation is usually terrible on dry patches anyway, but since finding my current YSL radiant touch foundation that is a thing of the past for me. The Dream Satin Liquid tends to stick obviously to dead skin around spots and dry bits around the nose and eyes in particular. It also looks horrendous if you have dry skin on your lips, as you ideally need to put a little bit of foundation on them too just so you blend in and don't have a big orange outline on your lips. The final thing that really put me off was its price. It's £8 and for that I'd expect a pretty decent foundation... I much prefer paying £30 for my YSL one as it works like a dream - but I don't want to be paying £8 for a foundation I dislike. There is no real way of testing in the shops (best way is try a little on your jawline as they dont tend to have maybelline makeup artists around who will make you up and see what it really looks like, and usually when you shop you have a full face of makeup anyway so it's useless!) so it's a case of trial and error - especially with the colours, which from experience tend to be either too light or too dark with no inbetween.

                      Verdict...

                      I really didn't like this foundation and can't find any good points about it at all. Maybe if you need really really heavy makeup you can plaster this on, for example if you're going on stage or something. It really is that thick. I found this a real disappointment after my ex-fave foundation, its sister Dream Matte Mousse.

                      Thanks for reading! Hope it's helpful :)

                      (c) xxsupergirlxo

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                        Fab.

                        I bought the 453gram bottle of Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel which has a pump action top from Boots for £6.99. I have to say that it was an impulse buy, because I couldn't resist the colour (I'm weird like that). I got 24 points on my advantage card for this; not to be sniffed at!

                        I didn't use the aloe gel for a while because I bought it near the end of summer so didn't have any sunburn to apply it to. The first time I used this gel was actually after I had my eyebrows threaded. The woman put aloe vera gel on my eyebrows to soothe them so I thought hey! When I get home I'll slather my aloe on too! When I got home I washed off the aloe gel that had been applied after my eyebrows were done and tried the banana boat one. It has a jelly like consistency, and looks a bit bubbly in the bottle, like it has trapped air (possibly to increase the volume in the bottle, sneaky!) and is extremely green.. It doesn't look natural - I'd be worried if something that colour came out of the aloe plant! I applied it and it soothed my eyebrows instantly. It was completely non-oily and almost melted when it touched my skin, in the way that alcohol hand gel does. It stung a little bit as well, possibly because it contains alcohol and this was going under my skin where the eyebrow hairs were removed.

                        The gel certainly smells nice - basically like natural aloe vera but it may have a bit of perfume in. It's not unpleasant and is actually quite refreshing.

                        I read on a website not long ago that aloe vera gel is meant to be good for acne and the scarring which it causes. I was very interested as I have mild acne, which I am on medication for but it hasn't completely cleared up. I began applying it to the worst affected areas of my face (nose and forehead) and noticed that it moisturised my skin without leaving grease, which is a big problem for my skin. I can't tell yet whether it has affected my acne, but here's hoping!

                        This summer I used the Banana Boat aloe gel for some extremely bad sunburn I got on my feet whilst on holiday in Germany. As soon as I got home, I applied the gel and it took the sting out of the burn so well. It reduced the redness and my burn healed up very quickly, much moreso than if I'd have simply left it alone.

                        Recently I've started using the gel on any cuts and grazes I get because it seems to help them heal well! I don't know if it's proven or simply the placebo affect, but I feel that it helps wounds scab over more quickly and in general heal faster. It is certainly fabulous with burns and the dry skin that comes with them.


                        The next bit came off LIVESTRONG's website so full credit to them - it tells you a bit about the ingredients:

                        "Banana Boat's Aloe Vera Gel is typically used as an after-sun product for sunburn or after tanning to cool the skin. Many use it as a skin conditioner or to add extra hydration to their skin's surface. Other than water and fragrance, it has 11 ingredients.

                        Coloring
                        Colors should be certified by the Food and Drug Administration for use in personal care products, according to Cosmetics Info. The two FDA-approved colors in this product are yellow 5 and blue 1.

                        Vehicle
                        A "vehicle" is an agent that is used to transport ingredients to the skin's surface and have them stay there. The vehicle agent in Aloe Vera Gel is SD Alcohol 40, according to DERMAdoctor. It may also have a secondary effect of killing bacteria on the surface.

                        Preservatives
                        Preservatives are agents that help hinder the growth of mold, bacteria and fungi. This keeps the product from spoiling quickly. The preservatives in this Banana Boat product are iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, or IPBC, and imidazolidinyl urea. IPBC, according to Cosmetics Info., is generally safe and is a broad-spectrum preservative. Imidazolidinyl ureal, according to Cosmetics Cop, is a formaldehyde-releasing preservative and may be irritating for the skin.

                        Sunscreen
                        Benzophenone-4 is the sunscreen agent in this product, according to Cosmetics info. It reflects and scatters UV rays from the sun keeping them from being absorbed into the skin.

                        Aloe
                        Aloe has many different properties. It is antibacterial, an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory uses, provides hydration to skin and it binds with water to lock in moisture, according to Cosmetics Cop. It may be effective for anti-irritation and healing wounds.

                        Hydrator
                        Glycerin is the hydration agent in this product, allowing the product to glide smoothly over the skin and creating a barrier against heat and irritation, according to DERMAdoctor. It may clog pores if used in a high concentration.

                        Thickener
                        Thickeners are agents that keep a product from being too thin. The thickener in this product is carbomer, according to DERMAdoctor.

                        Surfactant
                        Surfactant agents give a smooth surface for the product to glide over and help to give continuous coverage. The surfactant in Aloe Vera Gel is polysorbate 20, according to Cosmetics Info.

                        Emulsifier
                        Emulsifiers help keep ingredients in a product blended together. The emulsifier in this Banana Boat product is triethanolamine, according to Cosmetics Info. It also reduces surface tension, allowing oil and water products to blend."

                        Back to my opinion! For the amount I got (453grams) and the price I paid (£6.99) I'm very happy with the product. I would probably be happy paying more because although 453 grams doesn't sound like a lot, the bottle is absolutely huge and seems to be lasting forever! I'm glad I purchased this, but I believe that if you order the 237ml bottle off amazon for £2.77, provided you get free delivery, if you buy two bottles you will save a bit of money!

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                          Saves you from long boring music-less car journeys!

                          The Belkin TuneCast has been fabulous in car rides with my friends. Everyone knows that music while driving is essential(ly fun ;)) and very enjoyable, but a few of my friends, having only just past their driving tests, are using family cars, which by standard have no AUX input. I say this, because my mother purposely purchased the Honda Civic model under the one she wanted just because the one she liked had an AUX cable and she hated the idea of me having control of the music!

                          The Belkin TuneCast is essentially a very small radio transmitter. It plugs into the iPhone or iPod through the Apple standard port on the bottom of them. Needless to say, this is only for iPhone and iPod, because other MP3 players will not have this port. The TuneCast converts the music, audiobook, podcast or other audio file on your iPod into a radio signal on a certain frequency which you can specify by pressing the '+' and '-' buttons on the front of the TuneCast. The TuneCast operates by emitting an FM frequency - ensure that your radio can receive FM transmission before buying.

                          To receive this radio signal, you must have a working radio which receives FM transmission. You would preferably tune the TuneCast to a radio frequency which you know is empty and for example is not taken up by BBC radio 5 live! Naturally the BBC transmission will be stronger and your music will be fighting with it. On your working radio, you would tune it to the same frequency that is displayed on the screen by the TuneCast. This will allow you to listen to your music as if it is a radio station!

                          In the box, I received the actual TuneCast FM transmitter and a removable car charging port which I could unplug (not sure if this is true with all models) which will also charge your iPhone or iPod whilst driving, as well as playing your beautiful music!

                          My experiences with the TuneCast have been generally good - it's a hardy little thing which has survived many drops down beside the seats in the car. I believe the only issue is that if you have got a different MP3 player than an iPhone or iPod which has a song on which you want to play, you cannot as this is not a universal TuneCast model. For a model with the headphone jack (which can be used with anything with a headphone jack - be imaginitive!) you need to look for the Belkin TuneCast Auto Universal. Ensure it says universal and have a good check of the picture too. As for the sound quality - well it's really good! It sounds like a very well transmitted radio station (which it kind of is) and the only problem is if you use it in the back of a car and move it behind the seats - it seems to lose a bit of signal then. Also, you can't take this out of the car.. unless you have a car electrical socket somewhere in your house.. Although in the house you should just be able to use one of the double ended headphone jacks in hifis and so on and soforth.

                          Price: It generally seems to lie about the £20-£30 mark- I purchased mine for £36.99 off amazon but I was quite ok because I had vouchers to burn. I'm sure you can get them cheaper other places but mine has lasted me two years now and I don't regret my purchase one bit.

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                        • Hypothyroidism / Health Problem / 34 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                          My experience of Hypothyroidism.

                          I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at the age of 15.

                          I would have to be different, wouldn't I?!

                          I was just about to take my GCSEs at school, and I'd been feeling really sluggish for a while. I had started to gain weight gradually, and I'd been unable to wake in the mornings as well, and started to go to bed at 7, or take a nap when I got home from school. My skin became dry and flaky and I had recurrent pains in my wrist which turned out to be carpel tunnel, linked to my hypothyroidism. I also had really bad periods, but to this day I'm not sure if that's something else. I really noticed something was wrong with me when I couldn't survive without wearing my north face body warmer - it was winter and, yes, it was cold, but I felt it especially; my hands and feet like icicles even when wearing thick socks and Ugg boots. My mum, who is also my GP, took my blood and had it tested for anaemia, but when the results came back, it turned out that I was badly hypothyroid (if you can put it that way).

                          Hypothyroidism is basically when the body is lacking in thyroxine - HYPO means lacking, HYPER means in excess. Thyroxine controls the metabolic rate of the body, which in turn controls burning of calories, your temperature, in a way- how quickly your body functions. I'm not going to go into specifics because it's easy to google that, but I have a type of autoimmune hypothyroiditis. This means that I have antibodies in my body which are attacking my thyroid and breaking it down. These antibodies attack my thyroid because I have too much tsh - thyroid stimulating hormone. When that goes down to a normal level - when I am replacing my thyroxine with synthetic thyroxine which i take in tablet form - the antibodies apparantly don't attack my thyroid as much. Or so I was told.

                          Being 15 and hypothyroid seemed like a death sentence to me. At the time I felt very ill because I was tired and cold all the time, and didn't want to do anything other than sleep. I thought it would ruin my chances of becoming a doctor (well at that time i wanted to be a vet but changed my mind, similar idea) because I had no stamina. Now I am 17 and am on 200micrograms daily of synthetic Thyroxine which I get on prescription. Lucky for me, that means I get my prescriptions free for life! My hypothyroidism is getting to be under control now, but it's still not quite there. I am still finding it difficult to regulate my temperature and often take naps, but I've lost a bit of weight since starting treatment and feel much better than I did a few years ago.

                          For your information, here are some of the side effects of hypothyroidism:
                          tiredness, weight gain, constipation, aches, feeling cold, dry skin, lifeless hair, fluid retention, mental slowing, and depression, a hoarse voice, irregular or heavy menstrual periods in women, infertility, loss of sex drive, carpal tunnel syndrome (which causes pains and numbness in the hand), and memory loss or confusion in the elderly.

                          Living with hypothyroidism has its trials and tribulations, but in the end, I'm thankful that I'm living with a treatable condition, and not something much worse. I'm one of the lucky ones, and I tell myself that every day. After all, taking a few pills every day for the rest of my life reminds me that I'm lucky to have the rest of my life ahead of me.

                          Here's the British Thyroid Foundation address, if you need any information:
                          PO Box 97, Clifford, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 6XD
                          Tel: 01423 709 707 and 01423 709 448
                          Web: www.btf-thyroid.org

                          Thanks for reading.

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                          • Powerpuff Girls Doll / Doll / 17 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                            Lovely dolls but not the best ppg dolls around

                            I have to admit that I still watch the Powerpuff Girls on Cartoon Network when I can :). They were my absolute favourite tv show when I was little, and only now I have rewatched some of the episodes do I understand all of the jokes and connotations!

                            The Powerpuff Girls were 90s cartoon characters created by Craig McCracken, also the creater of Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends (another animated show on Cartoon Network).

                            Anyway, back to the dolls! The dolls I have are about 8 inches tall, with a fairly large head and smaller body, in keeping with the drawn cartoon characters. I have all 3, and they all look exactly as they do in the tv shows, apart from the material used for the colours in their eyes and on their dresses has some sort of metallic thread running through it. This looks good, but has its drawbacks. My dolls have come with velcro pads on their hands so they can cling onto things, hold hands with each other or look like they are praying. The hand with the hooks of the velcro (not the loops) catches on this metallic material and has caused it to fray on the dress. This is annoying as it ruins the look and there are bits of fabric now caught in the velcro which causes it to be less effective.

                            I bought the dolls when I was 10; about 7 years ago, when the Powerpuff Girls were fairly popular. I can't remember how much they cost, but will naturally be much more expensive on ebay than they were in the shops originally, providing they are mint condition.

                            They are decently made dolls, but they lack stuffing in the body so bend very easily and the head is much heavier than the body so they don't stay upright. Good dolls if you want to play with them actively, as in roleplay, but not so much if you want dolls that will look good and be durable.

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                            • Ugg Boots: Classic Tall / Shoes / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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                              Don't buy knock offs, you're better off buying the real deal.

                              I life in my Uggs. Honestly, I don't think I could live without them. I've had plenty of pairs of faux Uggs in the past, and none of them have done as well as the real deal.

                              I got my first pair of Uggs 5 years ago. I ordered them off a website which is now closed, but they were certainly genuine. They were short, in the sand colour. I noticed that they were a little small at first, but this was simply because the sheepskin inside was so fluffy and lovely and they just needed wearing in! These Uggs have been through everything.. I wear them on the beach - they have gotten soaked infinite times over the past 5 years! I have 2 dogs which frequently shake sand and salty water over them, but the boots are still going strong! The only thing is that they smell pretty bad (my own fault, my feet do that to all my shoes..) and the sheepskin on the sole is all impacted and solid because of my frequent use. They've even withstood having gelatine dropped on them whilst I was making a cheesecake, they only have a little stain now..

                              About 2 years after I got my old faithfuls, I decided to add another pair to the collection. This time, a pair of tall chestnuts from Just Sheepskin. I ordered a size 8, although I am a size 7, as people had said they were a little small. This was quite the opposite - as soon as I'd worn them a few times they were way too big. I can't wear them out now as they're massive but still wear them as slippers as they're quite comfy.

                              After this failure, I thought I'd abandon those and try some short black Just Sheepskins, and I've gotta say that I loved them for about half a year... until the soles wore down so much that both my feet were pointing inwards on the slopes. They were great while they lasted, as this time I got the correct size, but unfortunately the soles were just too succeptible to wearing down.

                              I gave up on Just Sheepskin and moved onto Emus. I bought a tall black pair to comfort myself after having to bin my JSs. They were as comfortable as the Uggs, but the soles just didn't look as nice. They felt really quality.. So much so that I bought a tall chestnut pair! I loved them so much that I wore them alternate days and hardly ever wore any other shoes.. that is until I had them about half a year and the soles came away from the rest of the shoe on both pairs of boots! I was so frustrated and thought that nothing would trump the Ugg.. I was right, for once! My short sand pair is still alive.

                              I finally decided to get another short chestnut pair.. this time genuine Ugg!! I'm wearing them right now, they're a bit wet from a walk on the beach but still my favourite shoes ever.

                              My only niggle about the Uggs, aside from the price (which I will come to later) is how quickly the lining deteriorates. I wear my Uggs pretty much daily so they have a lot of wear but unfortunately after only 2 months the lining is starting to come away from the sole! Possibly only because I walk dogs in them and do a lot of milage in them, but still, I'd expect more bang for my buck, and my old Uggs seem to withstand more.

                              Now, on to the price.. Oh my god they're blooming expensive. I have been fortunate enough to have my poor mum pay for my uggs, but I tell you I would never dream of spending the approximate £200 on any other pair of shoes.. Don't know why but I just trust the Ugg name.

                              Overall, they are pricey shoes, but if you want a pair, just buy the genuine Uggs! You'll do better that way then just buying cheap(er) knock-offs.

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