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      26.01.2014 23:37
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      An all-round good shower gel

      I have tried a lot of the different Body Shop products, I only buy things from The Body Shop if there's a sale or if I've got a discount code. The Body Shop bring out quite a lot of discount codes, like 40% off. I bought this shower gel using a 40% off code and the shower gel was also in the sale. The 40% off code was for sale and non-sale items but it usually only works on full priced things. If I remember rightly, this cost me about £1.50 after the discount was applied. You get 250mls in the bottles which I think is good value for money.

      The purple shower gel comes in a very simple clear plastic bottle. The Body Shop tends to use quite plain and boring packaging which is fine by me, what's inside the bottle is what matters! The bottle just has a standard cap which you lift up to squeeze the shower gel out.

      This shower gel has a nice, tropical passion fruit fragrance. It's strong enough to fill the bathroom with the lovely, fruity smell but I don't find it overpowering at all. I like how the scent isn't too sweet or artificial smelling. It definitely smells like passion fruit! I love the smell of this shower gel, it smells tropical and delicious and I'm so glad that it isn't sickly sweet like some fruit scented products.

      The texture is quite thick, it lathers up well so you don't need to use too much. I really like this because it means the bottle lasts longer. I have experienced a tight, dried out feeling on my skin while showering with some shower gels but luckily I haven't had that problem with this one. It actually leaves my skin feeling softer and I think it has moisturising properties. I have used creamy moisturising shower gels in the past that made my skin soft but didn't do a great job at cleaning. This one is a mix of both which is great, it definitely cleans the skin well but doesn't dry it out.

      I would recommend this, I love the scent and it's an effective product which I enjoy to use. The full price is £4 but it's in the sale at the moment at £3. I can't help thinking that £4 is a bit much for 250mls of shower gel but it is a lovely product to use.

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        23.01.2014 10:39
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        A versatile product that can be used in a variety of meals

        I buy this tomato purée from Tesco and it costs 48p for 200g. I think the price is pretty good, I don't really see the point of paying more if I can help it. There are other brands of tomato puree that are more expensive but tomato purée is always quite a cheap item, I have found.


        I use this tomato purée for so many different things! It's great in pasta sauces, I make a quick pasta sauce sometimes by frying an onion, maybe some garlic and sometimes some mushrooms too and then adding fresh or tinned tomatoes, a generous squeeze of this tomato purée, some water and then I either add basil or if I'm using dried mixed herbs I add them before I put the tomatoes and tomato purée in. It's simple and quick to prepare and the tomato purée is so convenient for thickening sauces like this.


        I also use it in curries and chillies, it cools them down a bit and adds colour and flavour. It can also be used on pizzas and I think it's very versatile. I find it really useful to keep some of this in the cupboards at all times, it has so many different uses.


        The tomato purée just tastes like highly concentrated tomatoes (which is it!) It adds a tomato-ey taste to any dish. I keep it in the cupboard before I open it and then I put it into the fridge when it's been opened.


        I would recommend this because it's simple to use, it's convenient and useful and I think it's great value for money. It has many different uses and I find it really handy, I always make sure I have it in the house.

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          A lovely, light hydrating lotion for hands and body

          I bought the OPI Avojuice Coconut Melon Juicie from Amazon, it cost about £8 for 200mls at the time. I have been a fan of OPI products for a while now but I had never tried an Avojuice before this. When I had an Amazon voucher to spend, I decided to treat myself to this.

          I own quite a few OPI products already, I have nail varnishes by them in different shades and a couple of their treatments- Avoplex nail and cuticle oil and Nail Envy nail strengthener. I haven't had any bad experiences with OPI products so I was fairly confident that this Avojuice wouldn't disappoint me.

          This is described on the bottle as an Avojuice skin quencher, this really appealed to me because my skin is prone to dryness and I like products that really hydrate my skin. The packaging is a plastic pump bottle, it's clear plastic so you can see the light yellow lotion through it. It doesn't look like a standard hand cream, most of the hand creams I have had have been in squeezable and opaque tubes. I think the Avojuice has a more fun look to it, I find the pump to be convenient and I think it's less messy than the usual tubes which have came open in my bag a few times in the past and made a mess! The Avojuice is actually not just for hands, it's a hand and body lotion but I intended to just use it for my hands when I bought it.

          I would describe the scent as tropical, it's quite a strong smell but I really like it. I have had coconut scented products that I have really hated the smell of but luckily this smells delicious to me. The smell does fade over time which I think is a good thing, it's pretty strong when you first apply it.

          The texture is very light, it's actually quite watery and I think it might be the thinnest hand or body lotion I have used. When I first dispensed a pump of this into my hands, I didn't think it was thick or creamy enough to moisturise or hydrate my skin. The lotion spreads very easily and there is no greasiness. I was very happy when I saw how fast it absorbs! It sinks into my skin quickly and doesn't leave an oily residue or any stickiness like so many lotions I have tried.

          I was surprised at how the Avojuice absorbs into my skin almost instantly, I was even more surprised when I felt my skin and it felt very soft. I wasn't sure that a lotion with such a light consistency would moisturise my skin but this really does, the hydrating effects do last too, my skin feels soft for hours after applying a bit of this. I love how I can apply this to my hands and I don't have to wait around while it dries. I love how my hands don't feel slippery or sticky after applying the Avojuice, they just feel silky, smooth and soft. Instead of leaving a film of product on my skin that does feel smooth but doesn't actually treat the skin, this actually hydrates my skin. It's effective enough to not need to keep reapplying but light enough to keep reapplying if I want and most importantly- it works well enough to want to reapply it!

          I didn't plan on using this anywhere other than my hands, I now use this on dry areas like my elbows and knees. It moisturises and softens but it's a very light consistency so I can use it all over my body. I really like this product and the effects it gives, I definitely want to try another 'flavour' next. I have seen mango, jasmine, ginger & lily, cranberry, sweet tea, hibiscus blossom, peppermint and vanilla scents. There seems to be a huge range of scents that the Avojuice skin quencher is available in, I think I will buy myself a multi-pack of mini bottles so I can try a variety.

          I would definitely recommend this product, I enjoy using it, it moisturises my skin, it's light and they're available in lots of different scents.

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          • Weleda Lip Balm / Weleda / 106 Readings / 104 Ratings
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            10.01.2014 19:29
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            A natural and effective lip balm

            I have owned so many different lip balms. Sometimes I'm out and about with sore and chapped lips and just need the relief that a lip balm should give. I like a lip balm that soothes and hydrates while also protecting the lips from further damage, I have found lip balms to be very hit and miss though. I bought this Weleda lip balm from the internet for about £3.50. It did seem a bit pricey to me considering you can get similar looking lip balms for about £1. I always end up losing or just not using the cheaper lip balms like Chapstick because I haven't found any of them to be that great. I decided to buy this Weleda one to keep in my bag so it would always be there when I needed it and I could reapply it throughout the day when I'm out.

            The packaging is just the standard lip balm in a stick that you twist the base of to push the lip balm up. I like the way this lip balm smells but I don't think everyone would like it. This smells like a roses and subtle vanilla with touches of other essential oils, the fragrance is quite blended, the rose scent is noticeable but there are also other scents that I can't quite put my finger on. I wouldn't say it's the softest of scents but it's definitely not overpowering. I don't find the smell offensive which I'm glad of because I've had a couple of lip balms that I've had to just wipe off because the smell was irritating. Your mouth is right under your nose after all so you definitely don't want to be smelling something that you don't like all day! I like how the scent of this doesn't smell artificial, the lip balm contains natural essential oils.

            One of the first things I noticed when I applied this was that it isn't shiny, it's more matte with a slight sheen which I really like although I'd never really thought about it before. I do love how it isn't glossy and it's also not slippery and sticky on the lips but it does smooth them. You can't tell that you have anything on your lips with this really, it's definitely a unisex product. The lip balm goes on smoothly and has quite a soft consistency instead of being too solid. It spreads onto the lips easily and you don't need to use too much which is always a plus. Along with the softer consistency is a waxy texture, I find that this is what protects the lips from the winter and creates a shield from the weather to prevent them getting sorer, drier and more chapped.

            I like this lip balm because it relieves my dry lips when I apply it and it also shields them from the elements and protects them. My lips feel a lot softer when I use this, I have found that this lip balm actually has moisturising qualities which I don't actually find in a lot of lip balms. A lot of the lip balms that I've tried only smooth the lips because they are coating them in a waxy layer. Not only does this lip balm soften my lips while it's on but it actually gives a lasting effect too. I don't need to keep applying this, it continues to protect my lips for quite a while after I first put it on.

            I've tried so many different lip balms and I have decided that the Weleda lip balm is one of my favourite stick type of lip balms for these reasons
            - My hair doesn't stick to it when I'm out in the wind
            - It actually moisturises my lips
            - My lips don't become dependant on it like with many of the lip balms I've tried
            - It's mostly made of nice ingredients; jojoba seed oil, shea butter, natural essential oils

            The ingredients are;
            Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena Extract, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Geraniol*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*. *from natural essential oils.

            Although this lip balm has a lot of good points, it's not perfect for me. I would like it to be more moisturising and to penetrate the lips more to give a lasting effect but I'm glad it does have moisturising properties. This contains beeswax which means I won't be repurchasing it now that I'm a vegan. I'm not sure that the beeswax is necessary, I think it protects and shields the lips because it stays on the surface but I've found that shea butter does a similar thing although it eventually absorbs.

            I'd recommend this because it's effective and made from natural ingredients. It's not the cheapest of lip balms but I have found that one of these lasts a while making it reasonably good value for money.

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              09.01.2014 21:28
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              An effective mouthwash

              I have been using Aloe Dent products for a while now, I alternate between the Aloe Dent toothpaste and a couple of other natural brands (Kingfisher and Dr Organics.) I actually don't always use mouthwash, but when I do it's always Aloe Dent. I buy this from my local health food shop, it's also sold in Holland and Barrett and online.

              The Aloe Dent mouthwash appealed to me because of the natural ingredients like aloe vera, tea tree and peppermint oil. The ingredents are as follows;
              Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis, Sorbitol, Polysorbate 20, Citrus Patadisi (Grapefruit Seed Extract), Metha Piperita, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Aroma, Menthol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea tree oil), Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Escin (horse chestnut) Centella Asiatica (indian pennywort), Xylitol, sodium, Syfroxymethylglycinate, Citric Acid, CI75810.
              Tea tree oil attracted me to this mouthwash because it's antiseptic and I've found it to be effective in the dental products I've used that contain it. I know that vitamin K is supposed to be great for the teeth, I've heard that it reduces the risk of tooth decay. This mouthwash doesn't contain any alcohol which is definitely a plus for me, I hate mouthwashes with alcohol, they always seem too harsh.

              It's great that this mouthwash is made with natural ingredients but I still want the products I use to be effective! Luckily I have been very pleased with this mouthwash...
              The taste is pretty strong, it just tastes of aloe vera really, I can also taste the tea tree. I really wasn't keen on the taste at first, it really is quite strong but you do get used to it. It's nowhere near as strong as Listerine though which I can barely stand to use for very long at all. The peppermint and menthol are quite strong too, they leave the mouth with a tingly and very fresh and clean feeling.

              After brushing my teeth and then using this mouthwash my whole mouth feels refreshed and very clean, I don't get the dry feeling I have experienced with other mouthwashes. I'm sure this is because this one doesn't contain any alcohol. My mouth feels cleaner and fresher for longer when using this mouthwash, I love the tingly feeling the menthol gives and the minty taste of the peppermint. I have found that the overall health of my gums has improved since I started using this mouthwash.

              I'd recommend this mouthwash, I have found it to be effective but I don't think it's as powerful as brands like Listerine. I personally don't mind this, it suits my needs and I prefer Aloe Dent because it's gentler. It costs around £3 although I've seen it being sold on the internet for higher prices. Luckily I stocked up when my local health food shop had loads of bottles of this reduced. It's a bit pricey for 250mls compared to some.

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                08.01.2014 15:49
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                Great quality pair of headphones at a great price

                I ordered these headphones from the internet to go with the Samsung Galaxy Pro phone that I used to have. They were reasonably priced at £3.99 from Amazon. Mine look a little bit different than the ones in the picture, the silver band is bigger and the shape is slightly different too. These headphones look sleek and modern, you can tell that they aren't just the pound shop version!

                They feel like good quality headphones, the wire isn't too thin and they don't feel flimsy like most of the cheap pairs I have owned. I like how the wire isn't too thin because it means they don't tangle as easily as cheaper pairs and I have found that it means they won't break too easily either.

                I have found these earphones to be comfortable to wear, not too big and not too small so they don't fall out. The part that goes in your ear is cushioned and soft enough not to make the ears start feeling sore after a while of having them. The headphones are smooth in general which I think is a sign of quality, there aren't any jagged or sharp parts on these.

                The sound quality is quite clear, the sound is definitely directed into the ear which matters a lot. With some headphones, the sound isn't directed straight into the ear so you can hear a lot of outside noises and the music sounds a lot quieter and not as clear. These also aren't too quiet, there are certain songs on my phone that I can't listen to when I'm out of the house with some other headphones because they're too quiet and the headphones just don't do a good enough job of actually letting me hear the sound! Luckily I haven't had that problem with these, they aren't the loudest headphones I've tried though but the sound quality is very good, especially for the price. I haven't experienced crackling with these and they don't give that tinny sound which I would definitely say means that these are a pretty good quality pair of headphones.

                I think £4 is great value for money for these, there are so many different types of headphones out there at all sorts of different prices. I haven't tried any really expensive headphones but I'm sure there are some fantastic ones out there. These are one of the best pairs I've tried in my price range though, they're good quality and well made and I would definitely recommend them.

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                  07.01.2014 20:45
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                  Overall a decent water bottle but not worth it due to all the others out there

                  I have owned loads of water bottles, I like to stay hydrated so water bottles are very useful to. I have gone through quite a few water bottles and even though it's quite a boring and simple item, they really do vary. I bought this water bottle while I was picking a couple of things for my bike up from Halfords. I hadn't had a specific water bottle for my bike before. I thought it would be a good idea when I saw it because I drink quite a lot of water. I chose this one because I like water bottles with grip, it stops the bottle slipping out of my hand which would be especially annoying while cycling.

                  I'd describe the size of this bottle as medium, it holds 700mls which is pretty generous compared to some water bottles. I have owned 300ml bottles and it was never enough. The bottle isn't huge which is useful because it means it's not too heavy but it still holds a decent amount. This is quite a wide bottle so I think some people (with smaller hands) might need to use two hands to hold this. I find that the grip makes it really easy though, it grips my hand so I don't need to hold onto the bottle really tightly or anything like that. The grip sections of the bottle are made from rubber and even though they may seem a bit insignificant, it's really handy that they are there and it does make a difference.

                  The spout is a sports cap so it's quick and simple to open. I do usually use my teeth to open sports caps on water bottles. It's part convenience and part laziness. Luckily, it's easy to open so I don't have to bite hard or use a lot of force. I have never had any issues with leaking with this bottle which is definitely a plus. The cap comes off to reveal quite a wide opening, this means that it's easy to fill up and I've found it easy to clean too. The added protective cap is another plus, it seems more hygienic and keeps dust and dirt away from the part you drink from.

                  This bottle cost me £3.99 down from £4.99, the bottle is quite good quality, it hasn't broke in any way or split and I don't treat it with as much care as I could... I have used cheap bottles before and some of them have this really strong plastic smell, this bottle had the same strong smell which I really really hate! That was really off-putting but it did start to fade after a while. I don't use this bottle that often because of this though, I think it affects the taste of the water which is a shame. I'm not sure why it has this smell but it definitely puts me off this bottle.

                  On one hand, I'd recommend this bottle because of the grip, the size and how easy it is to use while cycling. On the other hand, I find the smell off-putting and there are so many different water bottles out there with the same features but without the weird smell. I give this a 3/5 because of the good features, I don't think it's worth £3.99 simply because of the smell which is the same smell that I've experienced with cheap bottles for about £1.

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                    07.01.2014 14:58
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                    Mixed results from this serum

                    I bought this Aussie Dual Personality Curl Definition Soft Feel Serum in a 3 for 2 offer at Boots, along with two other Aussie products. My hair is naturally wavy/curly and I like to style it by defining the curls. I hadn't tried a serum for curl definition before so I decided to buy this.

                    The packaging is just a simple white plastic bottle, with a pump to dispense the serum. The text on the front of the bottle says that it's supposed to 'help curly hair bounce back - unbelievably soft and curvy'. There are 75mls of serum in this which is quite a good amount compared to some serums which are very small.

                    The texture is thin and runny but you don't use much so there isn't a problem with dripping. One pump goes a very long way! I would usually need to add more serum but I was very surprised at how far a little bit of this went. It spreads easily and even on my thick and long hair, two pumps was more than enough. I'm not sure how to describe the smell... I would say it's a 'clean' smell, it just smells like a lot of other hair products really.

                    I used this on damp hair after washing as normal. I applied it by rubbing a couple of pumps between my hands before smoothing it through the middle of my hair down to the tips. When my hair was dry, I definitely saw results- there was no frizz and my hair looked a bit smoother. My hair did feel quite soft but it wasn't long before some frizz started to show. I wasn't impressed that I didn't notice any curl definition though... What I did notice was that it didn't weigh my curls down like some serums do. It's a very light formula but it still smooths the hair and makes it feel softer.

                    I'd recommend this as a light serum that does help with frizz and smooths the hair and softens it. I didn't notice any curl definition results but I was pleased that it didn't weigh my curls down. Compared to other serums I have tried, it was light and a thinner consistency which I definitely liked, it spread further and didn't make my hair look greasy but it did add a bit of shine. There are things I liked about this serum but I'm giving it a 3 out of 5 because it failed to deliver the results it was meant to. If I could I would rate it 2.5/5 because it's also quite pricey.

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                    • Weleda Skin Food / Weleda / 52 Readings / 51 Ratings
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                      Good as a skin protector and to smooth rough skin, but not the moisturising treat I was hoping for

                      I first tried Weleda Skin Food when I received a free sample in an order from a natural beauty website. I used the sachet and was impressed so I bought a full sized tube.

                      This comes in a simple, green tube and it's definitely a unisex product. I have seen 30ml and 75ml tubes available to buy. A 75ml tube costs about £9 at the moment on the internet. The texture is thick but I don't find it to be easily spreadable. This is annoying because sometimes I'd like to only apply a very small amount. You can smell the natural essential oils in Skin Food, I think it smells of citrus and lavender.

                      Weleda products are all vegetarian, according to the Weleda website and many of their products are vegan.
                      The ingredients are as follows;
                      Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus A Glyceryl Linoleate, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Viola Tricolor Ext Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chole natural essential oils.

                      Unfortunately this product contains beeswax and lanolin which is from sheeps wool. This means that this isn't vegan so I won't repurchase it when this tube runs out since I have turned vegan. I definitely think that it is an unnecessary ingredient and that they could easily remove it. Lanolin can also be bad for sensitive skin, it can cause rashes and irritation. It can also clog the pores of your skin, I can't use this too often on my face because it can make me break out. It would be great if Weleda removed the lanolin from this.

                      This really is a mixed review, I am impressed with some properties of this and some not so much. I have had positive results from using Skin Food and I have found it to be versatile...
                      I've used it on my;

                      Hands- It softened and smoothed the rough skin on my hands. It's great for applying after washing up. I have found it to be very effective on my chapped, dry hands in the winter. It's also great for people who use their hands a lot, it soothes and smooths the skin.

                      Face- I have tried this on my face and the only times I've been impressed with the results were during the winter, when my face was extremely dry and rough and in desperate need of soothing and smoothing. The Skin Food definitely did both of those things but I'm not sure if it actually moisturised my skin that well. I applied quite a thick layer once on my very dry face before going to bed. When I woke up, my skin had broken out. I had small spots which were more like small red bumps. I think the Skin Food irritated my skin even though I don't think I have sensitive skin. This is useful as a face protector for times when I don't mind having a bit of shine from the thin layer of Skin Food that does sit on the skin for a while. I think it helps to shield the skin from the elements and prevent further damage and dryness.

                      Dry patches like elbows and knees- Skin Food is very thick so it's good for really dry patches, it really smooths rough skin. Unfortunately I have found that it doesn't absorb as well as other products and a layer of it sits on top of the skin. I applied it to my knees, elbows and arms and was disappointed in how long it took to soak in. I had to get dressed before it had absorbed which is never a nice feeling.

                      Feet- I'd recommend using this as an intensive treatment, applying a layer of Skin Food to the feet and then putting a pair of socks on. It seems to help heal rough patches of skin on the feet and chapped heals. It smooths the rough skin and makes the feet look better because of this.

                      I would recommend this as a simple rough skin smoother and skin protector. I also wouldn't recommend this for use on the face because of my experience with it but of course I only know my own skin.

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                        A really lovely masque!

                        My first experience of Weleda was when I received a free sachet of Skin Food when I ordered something from a natural beauty website. I was impressed with the Skin Food (face cream) so I searched for more Weleda products. I liked the look of this Wild Rose Smoothing Masque and so I decided to give it a try.

                        This product is suitable for vegans and the Weleda website says that all of their products are suitable for vegetarians. The ingredients are;

                        Water (Aqua), Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Kaolin, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, BenzylAlcohol*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Xanthan Gum. *from natural essential oils.

                        The peach kernel oil attracted me to this product because it leaves the skin soft and is light and non-greasy. The same goes for the sweet almond oil, which is moisturising and easily absorbed by the skin. I really like to use products that contain nice ingredients like the 'Rosa Moschata Seed Oil' (rosehip seed oil) which I have used alone before and found it to have lovely effects on my skin tone and texture. I almost always think that 'natural' brands could improve their ingredients, sometimes there are ingredients that I'm unsure about or that seem unnecessary but on the whole, I think these ingredients are pretty good!

                        I really love the smell of this, it has a subtle but noticeable rose fragrance. I like how it doesn't smell artificial to me, the natural essential oils smell great and leave a light scent on the skin. The texture of the masque itself is thick and creamy but it's still quite light, it isn't too heavy or gloopy which is great. It spreads easily and a little goes a long way. There is only 30ml in the tube so I was really glad that I don't have to use too much of this, it makes it better value for money and lasts longer!

                        To use this, you are supposed to apply it evenly and thinly, avoiding the eyes and lips. It says that you can apply this to the face, neck and décolletage but I have only used it on my face. First, I wash my face and then I apply this in a thin and even layer like it says. I leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, I really like how it doesn't harden or tighten which can be unpleasant. It is recommended to wipe this masque off with moist cotton wool, I have done this but I've also just rinsed it off with water. I have had good results from both.

                        I found that this masque left my skin feeling soft and smooth, it was gentle and didn't irritate my skin or leave me with any soreness or redness like some other face masques have in the past. I think this is because of the nice, natural ingredients. My skin tone looked brighter after using this and my face also looked a lot smoother as well as feeling smooth. My skin is prone to dryness, especially in the colder months and this masque left it feeling moisturised. I wasn't expecting good moisturising results so I was pleasantly surprised by this.

                        I enjoyed using this because of the texture of the product and the lovely, light scent of roses. I really like the results of this masque and I definitely recommend it, although I think it's quite expensive. I bought mine from Amazon for £12.99 for only 30mls. Luckily, the masque spreads easily and you don't have to use too much of it.

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                        • Tesco Plum Touch Top Bin / Bin / 67 Readings / 64 Ratings
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                          A nice looking bin at a good price

                          When my old bin was getting old and dirty, I needed a new one but didn't want to spend too much on such a boring purchase. I really like the colour purple so there was already quite a lot of purple in my kitchen. When I saw this bin, I thought it was a nice shade of purple and a reasonable price so I bought it without too much thought- there's nothing exciting about bins or bin shopping!

                          This bin cost me £12 and really I was looking to spend as little as possible and maybe buy the cheapest bin they had. The plain white Tesco Value 50 litre bin was £8 which isn't a huge saving. I decided to buy this one because it looks so much better and I think the quality is better too.

                          This bin holds 45 litres which is more than enough in my house, I would call it a large bin. It's useful because it doesn't fill up really fast and need emptying all the time. There is also a non-slip base which is handy because it stops the bin from sliding around and also keeps it more secure. I have found this useful when my hands are full and I'm using the bin, it stays in place making it that little bit easier.

                          This is a touch top bin so you press a button to lift the lid. This was new to me as I had never had a bin with this feature before. It's called a 'touch top bin' so I assumed it would be a really sensitive button. It isn't a sensitive button but it's still easy to use, the button is small and you just have to press it to make the lid come up so you can put your rubbish in. To be honest, I haven't found that this feature makes things any easier or simpler but I think hygiene is one of the reasons why this exists.

                          I think the bin looks quite sleek and modern, but it's still simple without any features that I don't need. I like the way this bin looks and I love the colour, I prefer this to the usual silver, black or white bins. The purple colour makes this one a bit more special and stops it being so boring. I like the matte finish and I think it looks more expensive than it is.

                          The plastic is strong and durable, this bin seems to be long lasting and good quality. I have had no problems with it and it isn't showing any signs of wear which is fantastic. I'm definitely glad that I chose this bin and I think it was good value for money.

                          I find this bin easy to empty, I haven't had any issues with emptying this bin and the bin bag has always came out easily, I've found the opposite to be true with some of the bins I have owned previously. The lid is very easy to get off, I can lift it off with no effort which is useful and makes the process a little bit quicker which is always a good thing.

                          I would recommend this bin because it's good looking, good quality and good value for money. It's a little bit different in terms of appearance from a lot of the other bins you can get, I think it would look great in lots of different kitchens and there are other colours available too. I saw this in black, blue, silver, green and this plum colour.

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                            08.10.2013 17:58
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                            A good looking and great quality water bottle

                            I have had a fair few water bottles, I drink water all through the day so they are very useful for me. While I'm on the move it can be really annoying having to hold a water bottle in my hand, especially if it's a bulky one.

                            Karrimor is a popular brand that specialises in things like shoes and rucksacks designed for hiking and similar activities. I had never bought anything from them before but they seem like a company that really know what they're talking about. Their prices vary quite a bit and their products seem to be high quality.

                            This was really an impulse buy, I was browsing eBay and not really looking for anything in particular. This caught my eye because of the shape, it is oval shaped with a space in the middle which is moulded to fit your hand. There is text printed on the side saying 'karrimor' along with the Karrimor logo which is two letter Ks, one flipped the other way round so it looks like a union jack. I saw that this was available in pink with white cap and text, clear with yellow cap and black text, clear with pink text and pink cap and metallic blue with white cap and text. I went for the pink because it was the brightest colour and the nicest looking option to me. I would have liked to see this in more interesting colours instead of the standard colours and obligatory pink that all products seem to come in nowadays.

                            I paid £5.99 for this on eBay and later spotted a very similar generic version for £3.95 which holds 500mls, it could be very cheaply made and bad quality though and I didn't regret this purchase. When it arrived at my house, the first thing I noticed was that I really like this shade of pink. The bottle is quite compact and isn't bulky at all, it's streamlined and fits easily in my hand. The moulded non-slip grip is great because it means I can grip the bottle and it won't slip out of my hand.

                            My bottle holds 500mls and it's also available in 300mls. I went for the larger size because I drink quite a bit of water and need the extra capacity. I don't find my 500ml bottle to be bulky so the 300ml would definitely be light and compact enough. I love how I can easily hold this bottle while moving around, it doesn't interfere with my activities and I haven't dropped it yet. It's comfortable to hold and the fist position that I hold my hand in feels natural. I find that holding regular water bottles is uncomfortable after a while.

                            The cap is a sports cap, you can easily pull it up with your fingers (or teeth! I tend to use my teeth but probably shouldn't recommend it as it can leave teeth-marks in the plastic) I think the spout is pretty easy to drink from but it's spill proof which is good and bad. It's great that it doesn't spill but it does require a bit of effort to have a drink from this, especially when you're on the move and don't really want to slow down or stop. This doesn't bother me too much and I got used to it very quickly. The whole lid screws off for cleaning and refilling, it screws back on tightly and securely so there are no leaks.

                            I would definitely recommend this if the hand-held feature would be useful to you. It is a lot for me to spend on a water bottle but it seems to be good quality and well made. This has been extremely useful to me and I am glad I bought it.

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                            07.10.2013 22:28
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                            A good value laptop bag that does the job

                            Last year I dropped my laptop and the hard-drive completely broke, the laptop was unusable just after one drop. I am very prone to dropping things and so I have a rubber case on my phone after a few too many smashed screens. I knew I had to buy something to protect my laptop in case something like that happens again! I really did not want to spend too much because it is quite a boring buy and I only needed something basic that does serves its purpose.

                            I found this laptop bag in Staples, it was in the sale at £6 so I snapped it up. There were other laptop bags available in different designs but I didn't see anything too interesting. This is on the larger side and most of the other laptop bags I saw in Staples were smaller than this one. This is great because I have noticed a lot of larger screened laptops these days, mine is just a regular sized 15 inch screen and a fairly standard thickness, it's not one of the wafer-thin laptops.

                            Even though this laptop bag looks pretty compact from the outside, it's surprisingly roomy. I can fit my laptop in there along with the charger but I'm not entirely sure whether a 17 inch laptop would fit along with the charger. I think this is designed for bigger laptops such as the 17 inch ones which definitely wouldn't fit in a lot of the laptop bags which are available to buy. I am glad for this extra space though as it's very handy to be able to fit the charger and cable in.

                            The appearance of this laptop bag is simple but fun. There is a multicoloured pattern and a thick handle on either side. It's definitely unisex and I think the design would suit many different people. There is quite thick padding all around the laptop bag which is great, luckily there isn't so much cushion that the amount of space is compromised. The padding protects the laptop and stops it getting scratched from little knocks which can happen so easily. As for quality, this feels fairly sturdy and the seams aren't starting to come apart or anything when I look closely, I take this as a sign that it isn't really cheaply made although it hasn't been used loads for long periods of time. I have got plenty of use out of this though and it is still going strong.

                            This laptop bag has been really useful to me, I don't use my laptop while I'm on the move but if I want to take it with me when I go away somewhere, this laptop bag gives me the peace of mind that it isn't getting banged around with the other things I have packed. This keeps the laptop secure and safe from damage and is really handy!

                            I definitely recommend this if you want a basic laptop bag that will do the job while also being available in a range of different designs. I recommend this for both larger screened laptops and regular sized laptops, I can fit my charger cable in so I expect many others can do the same (with a regular sized laptop) this would probably also suit a smaller laptop if you're packing other things in it although it may give it to much space to knock against things and possibly get damaged.

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                            • Alba In Ear Headphones / Headphones / 51 Readings / 50 Ratings
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                              23.09.2013 16:32
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                              Bad quality, bad value for money

                              I tend to alternate between JVC Gumy headphones and pairs from Poundland. I use headphones regularly and it is important for them to be good value for money and good enough quality too. I have tried pairs that have been pretty much unusable, crackly and such bad sound quality that I couldn't even hear the song. I have also tried more expensive ones like Apple and Samsung which have been great quality but quite pricey. I think usually with headphones you get what you pay for although one of the best pairs I tried were from Aldi.

                              I wasn't really expecting anything great when I bought this pair of headphones from Argos for £2.99. I bought a white pair but they were also available in pink and black. They were the cheapest headphones in Argos and I have bought other Alba products in the past which were cheap but good value for money. I have had my Alba DVD player for years now and it's still going strong, best of all it only cost about £20. I wasn't sure if they were going to be the same quality as Poundland headphones but more expensive or if they would surprise me and be great quality.

                              These headphones come with a little plastic case which is a good idea to keep them from getting tangled which can make them break a lot quicker if the inner wires break. I used the case a few times although most of the time I forgot.

                              The headphones appearance isn't anything exciting, just the standard pair of plastic in-ear headphones. I chose the white ones because I thought they looked the best, they were also available in black or pink for the same price. I didn't think these were very comfortable compared to a lot of other headphones which have rubber parts on the earphones. They are not the most secure headphones, if I am walking they do tend to move around and sometimes fall out, especially if I am walking fast. I would prefer if it they had a rubber covering to stop them slipping about and make them more comfortable.

                              The sound quality isn't the best, it's quite tinny and when I turned the volume up, the right ear would always start crackling so much that I had to turn the volume back down. There wasn't really any sound clarity or anything like that. Also, they just aren't very loud which is annoying because they don't cancel noise either so sometimes I just couldn't hear my music. I was a bit disappointed because the sound quality was just the same as a lot of the Poundland headphones I had tried. If these were being sold for about £1 then it would make more sense. £2.99 is cheap for a pair of headphones but I have owned many pairs which were only a little bit more expensive than £2.99 but far, far better quality.

                              After maybe a month of use, the sound completely went from the left ear. Luckily that meant I had to buy a new pair (not Alba ones!) I have to say I wasn't impressed by these, the main thing is that I could have just went to Poundland and bought 3 pairs of headphones of the same quality for the same price. I really don't think these are any better than Poundland pairs and fortunately I have bought more JVC Gumy headphones, they only cost me £3.98 from eBay and there are loads of fun colours available but most importantly the quality is SO much better!

                              I don't recommend these because I didn't find the quality to be any good, I don't think they are value for money at all. I don't mind using rubbish headphones sometimes and I buy pairs from Poundland when I don't have any better ones. I don't think £2.99 is a fair price for these when you can buy better ones for that kind of price.

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                            • New Look Ankle Leggings / Clothing / 56 Readings / 54 Ratings
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                              18.09.2013 22:30
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                              A bargain pair of leggings which are also great quality

                              I have been wearing leggings for a while now, I like them because they are comfy and versatile. They really vary in quality and price, I have found that Primark pairs for £3 are see-through and I need to wear two pairs of them. The quality of leggings and the fabric being thick enough is important. I also don't want them to stretch and become mishapen quickly or to be baggy anywhere or shapeless. Price is important too so I have tried to find the best pair for a good price and the best value for money.

                              New Look make ankle length leggings in quite a few different designs, colours and patterns. I went for boring black because it is simple and can be worn with lots of different things. This pair was also available in extra long for the same price- £7.99. The label says that these are 96% Viscose and 4% Elastane. The fabric feels soft and has stretch to it, I like how they are stretchy but not too much, they are stretchy enough for a comfortable but close fit. They're not so stretchy that they get misshapen and baggy around the knees though, that has been annoying with other pairs of leggings.

                              The fabric of these leggings is quite thick but still suitable for warm weather, I haven't found that these go see-through at all which is absolutely great. I can tell that these are good quality with strong fabric and stitching. My pair have lasted me a while and still haven't lost their shape, faded or ripped. I think these are great value for money and I think £7.99 is a good price for these, it's more expensive than the leggings from some shops but because of the quality, they last well and don't need replacing which I am sure saves money!

                              I like how these look when I am wearing them, they have a smooth look and they fit snugly without any bagginess or misshapennes but they aren't too tight, they are flattering. My legs are slightly on the shorter side so there is some crinkling around the ankle, but I actually think that looks quite good. It depends on the length of your legs if you get this or not, there is also an extra long version available for taller ladies for the same price, I like how New Look make things for different heights and sizes at a fair price.

                              I would definitely recommend these, they look good and are great quality. The price is good value for money and they compare well to more expensive leggings that I have bought. I also think they are a lot better than cheaper leggings I have bought for example Primark ones.

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