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You may well be wondering if I have lost my marbles after reading the title of this piece. You are not alone, I frequently question my sanity and occasionally stumble across one of the aforementioned marbles staring in stupefied wonder - generally trying to figure out when exactly I lost that particular one! Our beloved hamster 'Roxy the Rock Chic' passed away peacefully in her sleep yesterday. This gloriously entertaining furry fiend was well past the average age for a hamster, almost three and a half years old. But from our first meeting this little creature nibbled her way well and truly into our hearts; this was no ordinary hamster and I will be so bold as to say that she was more super-hero like than hamster. The decision to get a hamster was in all honesty a compromise agreement with my daughter; she is an animal lover, a very determined one at that. After a three month barrage of 'Mom can we get a pet' and multiple explanations of 'Honey, I work full time.... pets are a very big responsibility'; well I was worn out and I relented. Much debate followed as to exactly what type of pet would fit well into our family and the conclusion was that as we would both be away from home during the day a hamster would be a good choice for us. And that was when our adventure began. From the moment we saw this beautiful badger like creature (her colouring was black, white and cream with black slashes coming from her eyes across her cheeks like a gothic queen) we were smitten. Whilst all the other hamsters in the shop were snuggled up in their beds as their genetic make - up dictates, this little beauty was sitting at the front of her cage observing the activity on the shop floor. She was a rebel, a strong one at that, going against what is the norm for her breed. I already liked her very much indeed and my daughter was as enraptured as I. We asked the shop attended if we could please hold the hamster and this was when the fun really began. I am trying to be diplomatic but in all honesty this shop assistant was not trained in animal handling and his actions that followed were very foolish indeed. He unceremoniously opened the top of the cage, thrust his hand in and attempted to grab this rebellious little creature; did the hamster run and hide? No she didn't and nor did she flinch, as quick as a flash this feisty hamster reared up on her bottom and growled - YES GROWLED - at the foolish shop assistant. I started to giggle helplessly and my daughter eyes as wide as saucers started to giggle too, the shop assistant blushed and the hand in the cage started to ever so gently quiver. He gulped, looked at me and asked 'you sure you want this one? She doesn't seem to have a very good temperament...', I happily said yes, this feisty hamster was growing more and more entertaining by the minute. I also knew that it was his actions that had caused the hamster to react as she did and I was pleased that she had stood up for herself. What followed was a ten-minute stand off between man and hamster with the hamster definitely winning and my daughter and I avidly watching this very entertaining dual. I had come to the conclusion at this point that the hamster was smarter than the shop assistant and the exasperated man eventually muttered, 'you can't have the hamster if I can't get it out the cage!' After deciding that the shop assistant had been tortured enough I politely asked if he could give me some hamster food and let me try, he agreed. I put a little food in my hand and slowly lowered my hand into the 'war zone'; I was apprehensive as this was one tough hamster and I really was hoping that she would like me! We waited for fifteen minutes with my daughter and I breathing deeply and the shop assistant regularly huffing his displeasure, needless to say if I had a sock to hand it would have been unceremoniously stuffed in the foolish mans mouth. Eventually I passed the hamsters test with her deciding to sit in my hand to be lifted out of the cage, much to my daughter's and my delight and the shop assistants shock; I figure that she wanted out of the shop far away from the foolish man and perhaps smelled a bit of rebel in me too. Roxy the Rock Chic as my daughter named her was a surprisingly entertaining and loving pet; she adored human interaction and our nightly cuddles were always a magical part of the day. She over the years has astonished us in many ways, most memorably her ability, like Houdini to escape from any type of cage; the first time this happened she went missing for four anxiety filled days and was eventually discovered under the floorboards. But as in the shop when we first met, a little offering of food and the promise of a cuddle resulted in her being captured; this escape and capture routine ultimately became part of our daily lives. No cage could outfox this intrepid hamster; her most genius discovery was jumping up and down in a tube on one of the cages until this part of the tube fell down with her safely nestled inside. Following her nightly escapades she would wait under the bookshelf for morning and whilst I had my morning cup of tea she would amble over to me feet waiting to be returned to her bed to have a well deserved sleep. The first time this happened I ended up with a burn marks on my legs as my tea went flying but with the passing of time this little morning ritual became another of our treasured moments in time. We buried her in the garden last night in a boxed filled with dandelions (her favourite treat of all) and eyes filled with tears we said good-bye to a very unique member of our family. She will be very sorely missed and my daughter and I have decided that for us another hamster is not an option, how do you find another as exceptional as Roxy? Whilst my daughter was regaling her granny with how I had given her a very lovely velvet jewellery box to bury Roxy in and all the details of the little funeral we had, my mother began to laugh. I looked at her questioningly and a little alarmed and then she said, 'You do realise that the box is not very bio - degradable, you have mummified the hamster.' All of us started howling with laughter and in that moment our hearts started ever so slightly to heal; I like to think that had Roxy known I had inadvertently entombed her that she would have laughed too, at least that is what I told my daughter. RIP you lovable furry fiend, xxx
Firstly and most importantly what follows is in no way meant to offend whoever reads it but rather is a reflection on my opinions and will hopefully encourage some lively and healthy debate, free of unnecessary insults. Ever since I had my daughter who is now aged 9 years, I have held very strong beliefs about what my rights and responsibilities as a parent are and much like a doctor I believe in the old adage 'first do no harm'. It is therefore with bewilderment that I observe young in fact very young babies sporting metal in their ears. I struggle to understand why a parent would willingly do that to their child - Do I have the right to physically alter another adult's physical appearance without their permission? The answer, of course, is ultimately no and only if I am prepared for a lawsuit. If it is unacceptable for me to do this to another adult then in my opinion I have no right to do that to a child even if it is my own child. In all honesty I believe that to pierce your child's ears without their mature and educated permission it verging on criminal. I say this because in this day and age where human rights and children's rights are so very important and people are well informed that this procedure remains so socially acceptable. In reality it is socially 'frowned' upon to smack my child's hand if she decides to harm another child for example (I do not believe in smacking children full stop), so I find it baffling that I can puncture a hole in my child's body without any such recriminations. And to be brutally frank the very fact that the equipment used is called a 'piercing gun' means that it should not be allowed anywhere near children and babies. Alongside this it is a procedure that does cause pain and I can recollect being quite frightened as an 8 year old when I had my ears pierced; it must be very disillusioning for a young child/ baby to go through an experience where their parents are allowing someone to inflict pain. I also pose the question: How can you effectively explain to a baby what they are about to be exposed to? Can a young child or baby ever completely understand why this practice is deemed acceptable? I personally will not make that decision for my child. I will not be responsible for altering her body for the rest of her life (I do not wear earrings and had mine pierced at the age of 8 - the holes in my ears remain!) I will however allow her to make that decision for herself when she is rationally and emotionally ready to do so; at the end of the day decisions such as these are her right to make. I feel that there is a dual responsibility for making changes to the custom of children's piercing. Firstly there is a need for tighter legislation regarding this matter; organisations that allow this procedure to be carried out on babies and children have an ethical responsibility too in my opinion. But most importantly there needs to be a shift in how easily society accepts this custom - it is sadly an encouragement of children being seen as 'fashionable' accessories and it leaves me worried about the de-humanisation of children's rights. Yet again I will reiterate that I am not trying to cause offence but rather open up this topic for debate! Sincerely and Respectfully, Lilysunx
Soothing and Nourishing... Introduction If you have read any of my previous reviews you will have guessed by now that I am an Elemis 'SUPERFAN' however I do not give my praise to products lightly, ultimately when it comes to my skin care and products I choose I want results. And yet again this elemis facial toner does not disappoint. The key to youthful looking skin is moisture and this is exactly what their Lavender Toner does; it feeds ands soothes my skin. I personally do not like using astringent toners that dry out my skin even on the areas of my face that I experience 'oily' issues with and in my opinion there are far better ways to deal with these problems than applying a toner that sucks all the moisture from my face - think about it folks when things dry out they generally become weak and brittle our skin is no different! It is far better to go without using a facial toner than use an inferior one that potentially causes more issues with your skin and leads to more money being spent to 'correct' these problems. Product Information This product comes in a 'spritz' container (200ml) and on average retails at £19 -40; yes it is more expensive than most run of the mill facial toners but it is a great product and well worth the expense. It is pale green in colour and has a light lavender scent - Lavender can be a tricky scent for me to work with as it can sometimes be very synthetic and overpowering - however Elemis have yet again managed to balance it perfectly. It is not astringent in any way shape or form and I particularly enjoy it calming and nourishing effect after using Elemis Try-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash. It is simple to apply as you just gently spritz it over your face, please don't use too much because it works beautifully with only 2 or so 'pumps' - hold it approximately 60cm from your face whilst 'spritzing'. This toner feeds and nourishes your skin and the lavender has natural disinfectant properties so it helps keep unsightly break outs at bay. This is a shining example of skin care at it's best. Hot Tip Please don't use cotton wool when using toner; what is the point of applying a product to your face only to remove it straight away? Rather once you have applied the toner gently dab it over your face using your fingertips, wait a few seconds and then apply your facial moisturiser. Firstly using this method of application means that your skin benefits from the products ingredients. As an added bonus when applying your moisturiser while your skin is still slightly damp your moisturiser goes further and therefore last longer saving you money in the long run! Product Positives Need I say more than I have already stated? This product works and is an excellent addition to any individuals skin care regime. I love the moisture infusion that this toner gives to my skin without any oily or greasy after effects. Product Negatives Yes it is costly but as with so many of the products in the Elemis range it is worth its weight in gold as it produces results. In Conclusion First and foremost please, please, please stop using astringent facial toners; use your cleanser/ facial wash to deal withy the dirt and ensure you use a non-greasy moisturiser to keep the 'oily' areas under control. Your toner is the first point post cleansing to start getting the moisture into your skin that keeps your skin looking plumper and younger. In my opinion this product is of an excellent quality and leaves my skin feeling dewy and fresh. Give it a try and please if you have missed any of my previous hot tips take a look at my previous reviews on the Elemis range. I hope you find this review useful and may we all walk around with happy healthy skin, Lilysunx
Attractive to look at...complicated to use! Introduction I was happy and extremely excited to receive this little ruby gem as a gift from a friend as I have never owned a digital camera of my own and was generally reliant on others to take and pass on photographs of special moments. This is an attractive camera and its compact size and sturdy construction make it easy to carry with you wherever go, particularly if you are of a 'snap happy' disposition. This camera packaging is attractive, compact and in my opinion 'fuss free'; I strongly dislike the excessive packaging that seems to have become the 'norm' in recent years. You are supplied with a dense but dimensionally small instruction manual and as much as I love reading I found this manual not particularly user friendly. The initial assembly of this camera (battery etc) is minimal and uncomplicated. I put the camera to charge overnight for the first time and found that the battery lasted approximately 4 weeks before needing re-charged; bearing in mind that I was using it frequently as I tried to explore the various features of this camera. I would suggest that you read the manual from beginning to end as the various functions on this camera are not simple to navigate around. I have many times huffed in frustration as a lovely 'shot' slipped through my fingers as I frantically tried to navigate the functions to try and get the correct setting. However this camera does produce pictures of a high quality when all the correct conditions are met. Product Positives As I already stated, this is an attractive and compact camera; its design sleek and contemporary and the red colour is attractive without being garish. The compact design of the camera means it fits comfortably in your hand and all buttons etc are within easy reach (my 9 year old daughter can work comfortably with this camera). It comes with a protective case that is well designed and of a sturdy enough material to offer genuine safety when transporting your camera. This camera definitely takes quality photographs when the correct settings are selected and as it comes with a 4GB memory card it can hold a fairly large quantity of images and film footage too. So in some ways this camera does have a few positives that make it an appealing choice but I am not of the opinion that is a good choice for someone who is new to using cameras and digital technology. Product Negatives I have two serious concerns with this camera namely auto focus/ over - sensitivity to unsteady hands and in my opinion over - complicated settings navigation. I have had frequent issues with regards to my images being 'blurry' even when the correct setting is in place. I personally find that this camera is far to sensitive even in there is the slightest tremor in your hand and unless you have steady hands like 'Iron Man' or place the camera on a stand you will be dealing with images that are distorted and of an inferior quality. After 5 months of experimenting with the camera I have found that by depressing the 'take a picture button' halfway and holding it there for approximately 5 - 10 seconds and then complete depressing all the way there is some improvement of the above mentioned issue - RE: 'take a picture button' - I know there is a technical term for this but for the life of me can't remember it right now, sorry! However this does not eliminate the problem completely and therefore this makes the camera unsuitable for many people and certainly for first time users. Although I persevered and read the instruction manual the practical navigation of settings is in my opinion over complicated; and ultimately leads to a lot of fantastic photographic opportunities being missed. It is certainly not a case of 'point and click'. I am hoping that with a bit more time and practice my ability to navigate these setting more efficiently will improve - I will keep you updated on developments. In Conclusion I will treasure this generous gift and I am hopeful that because of it's sturdy structure and with the correct care/usage of this camera I will get many years of happy shots from it. With regards to cost it retails at approximately £60 - 00 and I am undecided at this point as to whether or not I would personally pay that price considering the two serious issues I have encountered with it. I would not recommend this camera to anyone who is new to digital technology nor anyone who has unsteady hands, which would make it unsuitable for the elderly and individuals with certain conditions/ailments. After reassessing my previous review of this product and weighing up the pro's and con's I do feel I was originally too harsh and there are definitely some aspects of this little ruby gem that do shine and perhaps with time at least one of the issues I have identified can be remedied. I will update this review and rating in a few months hopefully there will be some improvements. I hope you find this review useful and happy snapping! Lilysunx
Yet again the qualities of Elemis skin care products shines through! Whilst I cannot ignore the fact that this products price label is 'gulp' worthy...it is a price I am prepared to swallow as it genuinely fulfils all my expectations. With most 'serum' based products I am often disappointed with the residue and sticky or oily consistencies that my skin it left with; this product has none of the unpalatable after effects. This product packaging is well designed as it comes in a pump, which inevitably means that you manage to get the most out of the package without 30% left behind. Useful tip - store this bottle upside down when it is nearly finished; screw the top off to use the last of the product - waste not, want not especially at this price. The texture of this serum is silky to the touch and it eases onto your skin without the tugging that inevitably happens with 'sticky serum - like products'. It absorbs easily into my skin and as with Elemis Tri - Enzyme Resurfacing Face Wash, I get results. My skin feels soft and plumped after using the serum; when used in conjunction other Elemis products of the same 'family' the result is skin that is well and truly pampered, supple and younger looking too! It definitely improves the texture of my skin and has helped improve the scarring that I have from having impetigo as a child - simply I LOVE THIS PRODUCT! This product is truly worthy of a 5 star rating; if you haven't tried it you are missing out on a product that clearly lives up to its hype.
Elemis excellence from start to finish... Introduction This product does not come with fancy packaging nor does it come with any claims that it cannot fulfil. Plain and simple this product is sublime and as such should dance across the store shelves wearing bells and whistle to celebrate just how fantastic it is! A beautician introduced me to the elemis skin care range and since I first started using their products over 5yrs ago I have not looked back. Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash will become a must in your arsenal against aging. Product Information This facial wash comes in a 200ml pump dispenser container and retails on average at £27 - 60; admittedly this skin care range is on the pricey end of the skin care market but it does produce results and a little goes a long way. It is light but creamy in consistency which works perfectly with the dispenser it is sold in as it ensures that there is much less wasted when the wash is nearly all finished - Please see my Hot Tip for getting the leftovers out of your beauty product containers at the end of my review J I like to wet my face with warm water, put a single 'pump' of face wash in my hand and massage thoroughly all over my face it produces a satisfying and cleansing lather. It rinses off easily and literally leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean without the 'drying' effect that I have experienced with similar products. It is gentle enough to use on a daily basis and has for me personally produced dramatic results. Product Positives It is uncomplicated to use and its simplicity in application is one of the most pleasing aspects of this facial cleanser. I have experienced a reduction in the size of my pores, particularly across the bridge of my nose. Alongside this the scarring that I have on my chin has been dramatically improved by using this facial cleanser. I have a tendency to get the usual 'time of the month' break - out and this product definitely helps contain the level of the break - out as well as clears it up in super quick time. Product Negatives The only 'negative' I can honestly say about this product is that it is pricey BUT it does last a long time and it is incredibly effective; so for me personally it is definitely a price I will happily pay! In Conclusion All said and done this product is expensive and I tend to use it on a rotation system with other skin care products I have come to love and trust. This is a facial wash you can trust as it does exactly as it says on the bottle. Buy it and try it you will not be disappointed; I may not wake up tomorrow looking like Kim Kardashian BUT I will wake up with fresh and radiant skin looking the best possible version of me, here's to happy skin for us all. HOT TIP I certainly do not like wasting anything especially not something, which I have spent a fair amount of my hard earned money on; so to make sure you maximise all 'pump action' dispenser product try the following. Lay the container flat on a chopping board; using a knife (safety precautions - mind your fingers!!!) cut the container in half width wise. Stand the bottom of the container up, scoop all the product in the top end of the container into the bottom half; make sure you also dispense the remaining product that is in the pipe into the bottom part of the container. Turn the top half dispenser downwards and insert into the bottom half. Not only will be able to use pretty much every last drop but also by using the top half as a lid your products will not dry out - next time you need to use just pop the lid off and away you go! I hope you enjoyed reading my review, Lilysun x
Introduction This product is one that I grabbed in excitement when I saw it on the shelves in my local supermarket; I am always in search for the ultimate antiperspirant deodorant that lives up to its hype. This product was on an introductory special when I purchased it at Sainsbury's and therefore I only paid £1 for a 250ml can; this product normally retails £3-10 at this supermarket. I am of the opinion that most of the deodorants that you find within the 'antiperspirant' family always leave a residue of some sort or another. I personally believe that this is due to the chemicals used in order to achieve the 'antiperspirant effect' and ultimately the search is for a product that leaves the least residue once used. Product Positives This product has some appealing aspects namely it is attractively packaged and is compact enough to fit comfortably in a smaller handbag. It has a fresh and light fragrance, which is not overpowering and therefore allows the perfume that you use to work well without via for position with your deodorant. Most importantly in my opinion is that it does reduce the amount you perspire and helps minimise the unsightly sweat patches that can develop on your clothing during the course of the day. Product Negatives Its biggest downfall is the misleading 'INVISIBLE' claim; like most antiperspirant deodorants this product leaves a residue that can be frustrating and difficult to remove from clothing. I am of the opinion that all companies have a responsibility to ensure that their product is branded accurately and sadly this products name is in my opinion invalidated by the fact that it does as do many antiperspirant products leave a residue. In Conclusion All said and done I am of the opinion that this product is no worse than many others of a similar type available on the market; ultimately correct application/ use of antiperspirant deodorants will improve the outcome. I do personally feel that the usual recommended retail price is expensive considering the product does not live up to it's hype of being 'invisible' but I am happy to purchase it at discounted price. Hot Tip I was once given a tip about correctly using antiperspirant deodorant - the antiperspirant effect does not work unless the product is fully dry - so grab your hairdryer, set it to cool and make sure your deodorant is completely dry; alongside this after the deodorant is dry use a hand towel to dust off any residue prior to getting dressed and voila black clothing is your best friend again! This product in my opinion is no worse than other similar products available; what it does do is leave you smelling fresh and leaves you free from unsightly underarm sweat marks!