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I got this at Christmas as Clinique products are usually out of my price-range so we'll assume that it's not value for money. The packaging of this product is in the traditional Clinique style of clinically clean and smart. I don't have this in the small glass jar which is pictured above but in a squeezy tube with a twist off cap which you can stand it up in and thus squeezing every last drop of the stuff out of it. The texture of the product is light pink in colour, gloopy and a little goes a very long way unless you use it as a moisture mask as it suggests as an alternative use on the packaging in which case you'd be able to get through it a lot easier. But if, like me, you're using it in place of a daily moisturiser it looks like it'll last quite a while. I will update this review when I eventually get through it. I can't seem to detect a scent on this product, that's either my bad sense of smell or there isn't one. A little irritating that it doesn't have an SPF as I usually go for a daily facial moisturiser with this in. Yes this moisturiser is moisturising when you put it on but I can't personally feel a difference of it's long term effects on my skin.
This game is the sequel to Batman Arkham Asylum which was an awesome game and really set the standard for Batman's follow up games. Here we are in Arkham City where the enemies from Arkham Asylum of the previous game have now broken out and have taken over Arkham City and has now been locked off by the government creating a kind of baddie-playground of destruction which Batman has now got to go and sort out. Weirdly though Catwoman is on his side and you can play the game again but as Catwoman who handles quicker than Batman but her method of getting around the city by trying to jump up buildings but then falling down them if you don't hit the right control button at the right time is very annoying to say the least. Batman handles exactly like the previous game infact the whole game handles like Arkham Asylum only it's not in Arkham Asylum it's in a less scary city with streets, lamp posts, and public telephones. The scenery of the city looks like the cat's thrown up on a texturisation update. In plain I think they're trying to do too much too soon graphically although it does look nice and everything it still needs to keep up with Batman as he's flying around the place with his Bat Claw. Missions again don't differ too much from the original game only you're not focused on just one baddie you're trying to focus on all of them which is distracting and you get the feeling that there is just too much going on in this game. Infact people I know have tried to remedy this by just following the storyline missions, completing the game and then discovering that some of the side missions are locked off once the game is completed. So beware. Having said that the game is good and you will go back to play it again as Catwoman as she has her own set of different missions and collectables. Go back for seconds!
The first Saint's Row was relatively a serious game acting as a rival to the already established Grand Theft Auto series. Saints Row 2 poked fun at this genre of game and made it a little crazy and surreal. Saints Row the Third is taking the crazy and surreal-ness of Saints Row 2 to a whole different level to one that I would possibly say is too crude. This has everything you could possibly imagine such as sex toys, gimps, zombies, Tron, Mars, Lucha Libre, Hulk Hogan, Bert Reynolds, an auto-tuned pimp and even a nod to text based computer games in one mission. Beating to death a zombie with a dildo was something I enjoyed but guiltily, it felt as though this game was just too silly. Violition's third installment of the Saints Row open world series, Saints Row: The Third, finds the gang have reached super-stardom status in the fictional city of Steelport. The game revolves around the gang's fight for ownership of the city with the player controlling the leader of the Saints criminal gang in third-person. What struck me first was the reduced amount of customisation compared to the first two games to both character and vehicle however the developer did replace quantity with quality by adding fun features like a zombie voice you can plague your character with. I particularly enjoyed the humour in the game, Saints Row: The Third satirises everything from the current trend of survival modes in games (called whored mode) to the movie industry's saturation with zombie films. The structure of the game is the familiar main storyline missions accompanied by side missions and collectibles. Sometimes the player is asked to make to make binary choices which change the mission prize you receive meaning that there is an alternative playable storyline. One of my biggest irritations of this game was the fact that there was no difficulty curve. The game presented you with most of the more powerful abilities and vehicles from very early on in the main storyline. I was expecting these to be taken away from me as this is often used as a plot device in games. This pretty standard structure to the game wasn't there and was sorely missed because it took away some of the incentive to play. I was impressed by the technical quality of the game. Even on the 6 year old Xbox 360 the framerate remained constant even with multiple on screen explosions and there were no lockups or missions made impossible by pathfinding or scripting glitches. All in all a good game, that I can see myself going back to for a giggle if nothing else.
Now I'm not a doughnut fan but when my friend brought some Krispy Kremes back from London about 5 years ago I knew then and there that I was Krispy Kreme fan for life. It seems there is a Krispy Kreme outlet in every city apart from Lincoln. So when anyone I know travels outside of Lincoln I request a box of Krispy Kremes if they're passing. When I'm traveling I seek out my nearest Krispy Kreme outlet via their website and plan my route to it. Why do I love them so? Because they are, without a single doubt, the most sweetest thing I've ever put into my mouth. They even smell of sweetness. I love all the Krispy Kreme doughnuts but my two favourite ones are the chocolate ring with rainbow sprinkles and the chocolate covered creme filled one - a taste of heaven! Krispy Kreme also do themed doughnuts depending on the season or who their sponsorship deal is with. They have valentines, easter, halloween, christmas dougnuts. I have also seen a Glamour magazine doughnut which was a standard ring doughnut but with a thick, pink glaze over it to imitate lip gloss. Weird right? But it tastes oh so good! The price of Krispy Kremes vary from place to place but you're talking over a £1 each. Try next time you see them.
On recommendation of a friend I tried Cherrygood. The packaging reads: "A very rich source of antioxidants for an active lifestyle...the super cherry juice drink...a refreshing Montmorency cherry juice drink." I was excited to try as the packaging and words on the carton drew me in and I could feel the antioxidants working already! The carton fits nicely into the door shelf of my fridge and is also recyclable which gets my vote. The carton opens via a screw cap on the top which, when you twist, creates a hole in the carton for the juice to be poured from. No mess and works really well. Pouring a glass of this stuff makes me feel like a vampire in hiding, and I almost feel the urge to look over my shoulder just in-case anyone is watching me pour this blood-coloured liquid into a glass. Rather fun actually. The taste really wakes you, more of a sour cherry than a sweet one but is really very nice. It wakes me up so much that I have switched from my usual Berocca to this as it gets me more alert quicker and is a lot less expensive. 1 litre of this product will set you back £1.50 from Sainsbury's which is the only place I've seen it for sale in. As this is the only fruit juice I drink I think it's well worth the money and in my opinion is good value.
I have resisted to review this game as it's so epic-ly enormous it'd rather like be trying to review War and Peace. Plus I doubt my ramblings would do the game justice. HOWEVER: Never been much of a fan of first-person RPGs. I gave Oblivion a go, spent about 5 minutes trying to kill and rat and then gave up. Morrowind is Skyrim's other sister game which I haven't tried. Skyrim I tried on the recommendation of everyone in the world. People who I didn't have down as being gamers as such were talking about this game. I tried it and loved it. At first though it is rather over-whelming simply because of the sheer amount of missions there are and how much land is given to you to explore. I was worried that because of this I wasn't going to feel a sense of achievement throughout the game. Yet you do and you keep going. Plus when you're not playing Skyrim you are definately thinking about playing Skyrim and talking about it with your friends which then turns into a bug-finding competiton. The further into the game you go the more buggy it gets with people standing waist-deep in the floor and horses flying around. I even found a chest you could buy from a merchant called "DO NOT DELETE". Beware: I spent the first few weeks of my life with this game randomly finding caves and executing all the enemies within. Do not do this though as you'll only get a mission where you have to do just that to the same cave you just went and executed all the enemies have magically come back to life and you have to then do it all over again - despite the little reminder on the map which says "cleared". I'm currently at level 42 and have decided I'm going to try and get to level 50 and then I'm going to create a new game with a new character as I'm told that by doing this you get a completely different gaming experience which excites me and will update this review when I do so. I have spent more time on this game than any other and I have been playing games since I've been able to hold a joystick in my little hands. In a nut-shell this game is awesome.
Last Saturday (2/2/2012) myself and my partner's parents drove from Lincoln to Stoke to see a football match. On the way back it started to snow heavily but we ploughed on through, what was a 3 hour journey took us 5 hours just to get us to Nottingham (an hour from Lincoln) by which point the snow was so bad that people were abandoning their cars. The snow storm was terrible, a 30 min walk to the train station revealed that there were no more trains to Lincoln - we were stuck and we needed a hotel room. The closest hotel to Nottingham train station is Jury's Inn. We entered the lobby looking a state among all the stag and hen parties who were milling around. £87 gets you a last minute double room with no wifi or breakfast which is pricey by any standard but we were desperate! The room was immaculate and a good size with a tv which had all the standard Freeview channels with good reception. The room also had a kettle with a standard selection of tea, coffee and decaf coffee. I got rather excited by the fact they had Twinnings Everyday tea. There was also a hairdryer which I didn't use. There wasn't a radiator in the room which would have been handy to dry our wet socks. The ensuite was a good size with a shower in the bath, sink and toilet with two large mirrors. Liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner are provided from dispensers. The shower boggled the mind. It had two settings - freezing cold or scolding hot. I opted for the scolding hot. Towels were provided, they weren't a massive size but would have to do. They also provided a smaller towel for the hair. The size of the double bed wasn't as big as I'm used to but was comfortable. The pillows were also a bit on the small size and for those who like extra support for the head one extra pillow was provided though I would have expected two given as it was a double room. It was a little cold in the room but you do have access to temperature controls, we cranked it up to full blast as we were so cold but had to turn it down in the night when it got too hot. A restful night's sleep though my partner did report that he was woken by drunks in the night. All in all okay but it was really expensive for what you actually got. We left in the morning and returned safely home, you'll be glad to know!
On recommendation from one of my roller derby team mates (go Imposters Roller Girls!), I saved up my Boots avantage card points to get these so I got them for nowt! After reading other member's reviews of this product I am suprised to learn that some people back in October 2011 have paid up to £7 for these which I think is a bit much! I don't know if these are just London prices or something but I know from my local Boots here in Lincoln they're only £4 which is a fairer price. Packaging for these is a band of Soap & Glory cardboard around them along with the plastic hanger which you have to snip off - minimal and recycle friendly - me likey! Removing the packaging was easy enough. As soon I put the gloves down my partner puts his giant hand into one of them which is a massive pet hate of mine because my hands are abnormally small and for some reason whenever I get a pair of new gloves out or have knitted myself a pair a male friend always has to have a go and stretches it with their giant hands! Grrrrr! So now I have one glove bigger than the other. But the one that he didn't stretch fits (like a glove) very well! I used these with a Clinique exfoliator but you can use any shower gel or soap with them. I start with them on dry skin and then pop into the shower for more exfoliating and a rinse. The gloves are very rough and only my legs, arms and bum can stand the harshness of these gloves so be careful, a light massage is all that is needed to make your skin feely all tingly. After use you need to rinse them in clean, warm water and then make sure they're dried through naturally before storing them. All in all a good product, these are my only exfoliating gloves so I can't compare them to others. My partner commented on my skin and said it felt "soft" - there's proof right there that they work!
I got this as a Christmas gift as Clinique products are usually out of my price-range so I'll assume this product is expensive and not good value for money. First impressions on the packaging are good, looks like a standard Clinique product. The exfoliator comes in a tube which you can stand on it's top so you can squeeze the life out of it for the very last smidgen of the stuff. It comes out gooey, an aqua blue in colour with tiny micro-beads which act as the main exfoliation agent. The scent of this product is different from other exfoliators, a kind of minty-fresh smell which I'm guessing is intended to invigorate your skin cells to get the blood flow going. It doesn't leave this scent on your skin which, in my opinion, is a good thing. I applied this product with Soap & Glory's exfoliation gloves firstly to my dry skin, and then I popped into the shower to rinse. It does not make your skin sparkle like the name of the product claims which was a bit disappointing. I'm not asking to look like Edward Cullen or anything but it would be nice to see the manufacturers at least make an effort in attempting a sparkle-effect for the skin if you're going to use the word "sparkle" in the naming of your product. It is also worth mentioning that you do need quite a lot of this product to cover your legs, torso and arms. The effect of the product was noted by my partner who commented that my skin felt soft which, for him, is a rare event! So the product does leave your skin feel soft without being overly harsh like some other exfoliators.
This was the first Bourjois product I have used and since then have used this foundation for the past 7 years. I have tried other foundations, even high price-range ones such as Dior but none have matched my skin tone or have provided the right coverage better than this one. The packaging is a pump-action plastic bottle which is fine, it dispences a fair amount and you probably need around 3-4 pumps to get enough to cover your face and neck. The consistency is of a thick liquid and gives good coverage for an uneven, combination skin tone like mine. It will cover spots and other blemishes you want to hide and it lasts throughout the day. You may need to re-apply if you're going out in the evening though. The scent of this product is very nice but not over-powering. It is also worth noting that I have tried many foundations and all have been too dark or orangy for me as I have a very fair complexion (so much so that I have even used gothic-style white foundation make-up) . I have this foundation in their lightest shade which is Abricote Rose and in the summer when I get a little tanned I can even drop down a shade to Rose Clair! At only £9.99 from Boots this product is well worth the money and usually lasts me 4-6 months. Boots usually have special offers on Bourjois products which I tend to take advange of so is well worth the money especially as I use this product daily.
I got this as a Christmas gift so unfortunately will not be able to comment on the price of this but needless to say it will most likely be out of my price-range. The packaging is a plastic bottle with a screw top, I would prefer there to be a stopper in the bottle to prevent too much of the product being administered at once, because you really don't need that much for an effective application. I have combination skin and usually use this product after using the Take the Day Off cleansing milk which is excellent at getting the excess dirt and make-up off the face. I would however not recommend this product on anywhere other than the eye lids, eye lashes and lips as it is oil based and whilst it would cleanse your facial skin it would also make you feel oily. I use this product to get rid of the more stubborn mascara on my eye lashes. This product does a great job and I am hard pushed to find anything else like it anywhere.
I usually get Clinque products as gifts for Christmas so will not be able to comment on the price of this product but I guess it will be out of my price-range. The packaging of this product is sleek, clean and professional. The cleanser is dispensed via a pump method which works well and is easy to use. I usually dispense the product (usually 2 pumps) on to a cotton pad and wipe over my face starting from the centre and moving outwards. The scent of the product is very calming and relaxing. Even after a shower when I have washed my face with a facial cleanser, this cleanser will still pick up missed dirt and left over make-up from off my face and neck. The only place where this cleanser does not pick up as much dirt are on the eye lashes but Clinque's Take the Day Off for Lids, Lashes and Lips will do that job more thoroughly and I usually follow up with that cleanser within my daily skin care routine. By far the best cleanser I have used. It would be good if you didn't have to use a second product for the removal of more stubborn mascara. I have combination skin which isn't a problem for this product and I would recommend this to any one.
I am generally a fan of Bourjois, I have used their foundation and nail varnish for many years and so have developed a brand loyalty with them. I wanted to branch out into their eye shadow range and, when Boots had a special offer on, bought two of their Smoky Eyes sets in green and brown. The packaging, on first impressions, seems quite good and attractive, you can see what shades you're buying on the cosmetics shelf due to the see-through plastic exterior. Within the first couple of uses of the product though and the eye shadows began to break up. If, like me, you like to travel with your eye shadow (hence the entire point of the product - all your shadows in one place?) then they will break up and disintegrate. I no longer travel with them and instead have them in a stationary position on my make-up desk, using as short, stiff eye make-up brush to crush up the shadows further to use them effectively. The eye shadow itself is easy enough to apply onto the eye lids, has staying power and, with the knowledge, you can make your eyes have the "smoky" look with the range of colours the trio comes in. The full retail price of this from Boots is £7.99 which for 3 shadows does seem value for money but, given my bad experience with this product, I shall not be buying their eye shadows again and, I have to say, I am quite disappointed in Bourjois.
I was bought this as a gift from my sister as she was so impressed with this product. This was my first experience of the Soap and Glory range and I think I'm right in saying that this was one of their first products which really made a name for themselves in the high street cosmetics industry. The reason why this product really set the cat among the pigeons in high street cosmetics is because this lip gloss actually does what it says it will do. When you apply this product, in the traditional lip gloss fashion with the gloss in a plastic tube and the applicator being a dib-dab wand, a chemical reaction happens which causes your lips to really tingle and they do actually grow in size at least for a good hour. The product's scent is fresh, minty and lovely. So far so good but what are the hidden implications to this lip-pumping lip gloss? Well, I know when I went to kiss my partner I was greeted with "What is that on your lips?". This lip gloss is not subtle, everyone in the room will know you're wearing lip gloss as it looks so shiny and sticky. In fact after an hour of the product on your lips they do begin to feel sticky and thus the product becomes uncomfortable to wear. When I kissed my partner he was in agony and asked me to please not wear this product if I as going to kiss him as it hurts his lips. So maybe this is a product for single ladies who intend on staying that way? I'm not sure. Unlike most cosmetics you do need to pay attention to the life span of the product from opening. After 6 months you will need to replace as the product goes gloopy and sticky. The retail price for this is £9 and taking into consideration that you will probably not want to wear this every day I'd say that's pretty bad value for money. But the product does do what it says on the "tin" only it should come with more warnings maybe.
This was the first of Soap and Glory's skincare range that I have tried. It was last summer and I was looking for a facial moisturiser with an SPF. What made me want to try this product was the fact that I was really impressed with Soap and Glory's "Sexy Mother Pucker" lip gloss and so wanted to give their skincare range a try. I bought the product from Boots at £12 which has lasted me about 6 months so at 50p a week for a daily moisturiser with a high SPF is, to my mind, good value for money. The product came boxed which is, in my opinion, unneeded excess packaging, though it does have the picture of the pretty 40's lady (as you can see above) which is a huge part of Soap and Glory's brand recognition and recent popularity. The product's packaging is colour-themed silver, pink and yellow which looks different when compared to other brands on the cosmetics shelves. The product itself is generic cream-coloured, goes on to the face as light as a feather, you can't feel it, it really does just sink into your skin ready for you to apply your daily make-up on top. You also don't need a lot of the product to cover your face and neck as it glides on easily enough without effort or vigorous rubbing. I have combination skin which doesn't seem to be a problem for this moisturiser, it doesn't block my pores but does provide adequate moisture along with sun protection. The product had a pleasant scent which smells of luxury and cleanliness. This is the best daily facial moisturiser I have ever used and would recommend this to anyone especially for those who are after a summer time moisturiser.