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      17.08.2011 17:20
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      Hair dye that would make anyone that desired blonde bombshell they've been dreaming about!

      Now for a while now I have been contemplating dying my hair. I've never done it myself before, and the only time I have had it dyed is only by having a few highlights one shade lighter. I had no experience about dying it before this!

      The look I was going for was 'ombre' hair. For people who don't realise what ombre hair is I will explain. It is a colouring of the hair which has a gradient effect, from one shade to another. In my case I wanted the ends /midlength of my hair to be blonde, while the rest of it stayed the same colour (light brown). It has been a growing fashion trend recently, shown in quite a few magazines. Some celebrities that have had this done are; Rachel bilson, Nicole Richie, Drew Barrymore, Erin Wasson.

      If you type 'ombre hair' into google, you'll be able to see photographs and it gives you a clearer image of the look I was going for!

      Now ofcourse the big difference between me and these celebs is that they have money, and unfortunately I do not. I was tempted to save up and get this done at the hairdressers, but... I have bad experiences at hairdressers. Especially when you get them picky types they style your hair the way they want to, not what YOU want! While on a food shopping trip routing through the hair dye boxes, I eventually found this one. At a little price £4.49 at my local Morrisons, I thought just go for it.

      The box includes:
      -1 tube of lightening crème 50ml
      -1 application bottle with developer lotion 50ml
      -1 sachet of blonde booster ultra plus 20g
      -1 tube live colour conditioner 22.5ml
      -1application tip (for the application bottle)
      -1 pair of gloves
      -1 instruction leaflet

      Through the while I've been deciding whether to dye or not, I had done previous research online (mainly from youtube bloggers) and general advice given was to get a 'highlighting' kit not a normal hair dye, because it needed bleach in it (unless your hair was dark blonde, or a few shades darker). At Morrisons there wasn't any 'highlighting' kits so I searched through numerous boxes to see if 'bleach' was included on the ingredient list on the back. My nerdy boyfriend then pointed out that 'hydrogen peroxide' is the posh word for bleach, and this box had it on!

      I won't tell you the exact directions to use, a well laid out information leaflet came with the box giving a step by step guide. You must read this before and be prepared for what you are doing! I was quite worried how complicated the process would be, But it wasn't that difficult. No need to worry for first-timers (aslong as you read instructions before you do it). It's also incredibly important to take a skin/allergy test before too. This is also explained on the info leaflet.

      Mixing the products as I said wasn't too difficult. One disadvantage is that the packaging of the different components. The sachet of 'blonde-booster ultra plus' sachet was ridicously tricky to get into the bottle without spilling the powdery form everywhere. You must use like an old towel or table to mix these on, cause the powder stuff goes EVERYWHERE, even with the carefullest of hands. And the tube lightening crème was just as difficult. This is in a metal tube but it takes forever to get the whole contents out.

      I got my sister to help me apply it to my hair, as me being quite clumsy is not a good trait to have when handling hair dye. After everything was mixed up we started! We split my hair into different sections, otherwise the hair dye would not have covered. My sister ran her hands (with gloves on) through the ends of my hair and tried to get an even coverage. Feedback from my sister was that because the dye sets so quickly, its extremely difficult to get the dye on the whole of the hair, and on every strand. It would have been so much more easier if an applicator brushes were provided in the box, like one used in a hairdressers. If I ever do the process again, I would definitely invest in one and even perhaps use some foil.

      What I do have to warn you about is the smell when putting this on! Woahh, it is so strong it blows you away. Luckily, I did actually like the smell, whereas my sister hated it. Your hair is left with this smell and essence a couple of washes later, although I found it a nice side effect.

      We used about two thirds of the dye in the bottle, which only covered the ends of my hair. So anyone with long hair like me, you'd need atleast 2 boxes to get an even coverage. This needs to be taken into consideration when buying! There was an offer on at Morrisons that sold the boxes 2 for £7.50, this is pretty good pricewise although it didn't occur to me at the time.

      Because I wanted 'ombre' (the gradient-look) I also got my sister after 10 minutes to put some more hair dye on further up, at mid-length. Although it states on the box, to NOT use the dye after 2-3 minutes after mixed, we sneakly did it anyway. She also used an afrocomb to try and spread little tiny bits of blonde randomly here and there, to try get a more natural look.

      As the dye set, I left it in for a lengthy 40 minutes (the longest 40 minutes of my life!). Then with a helping hand from my sister I washed it out over the bath using the showerhead. Although conditioner is supplied in the box, I didn't use it. I just used my normal trusty Simple conditioner and it seemed perfectly fine. As soon as the water hit it, I could tell it had worked. Even when wet my hair looked bright blonde. This caused a great deal of panic and regret. *Oh no what have I done, this is gonna look awful, what was I thinking* thoughts running through my head.

      After another 10 minutes blow drying and tadarrrr, I was over the moon! It looked surprisingly exactly what I wanted it to look like. The blonde was also practically as blonde as it showed on the box too. It's been 2 weeks since I dyed it and I have washed it pretty harshly (I wash my hair obsessively every other day) and the colour has not changed or faded the slightest. I think this must be down to the bleach content, by whatever the reason I am happy.

      **Advantages**
      -This process was a lot more easier and less daunting than I made it out to be.
      -So much more cheaper than a hairdressers
      -£4.49 is one of the cheaper hair dyes sold
      -Got the ombre look I wanted!
      - The smell

      **Disadvantages**
      -One box would no where near cover me as a full head
      -If an application brush was provided it would be a lot easier to get an even coverage
      -Packaging needs to be improved, tricky the mixing ingredients in the bottle.
      -The 40 minutes seemed to last forever!
      -Another person is needed. I wouldn't have been able to do this on my own.
      -The smell (according to my sister)

      Although I have listed some disadvantages, the fact that this turned out so well for me I am giving it 5 stars. I will definitely be doing this again, I hugely recommend doing this at home rather than the hairdressers. Although it has been bleached my hair doesn't look frazzled or as dry as I thought it would be, even sticking to my normal conditioner. I never expected the result to be so successful, and comparing this to a perhaps £40+ trip to the hairdressers, the money I'm saving is outstanding!

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        17.08.2011 00:33
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        It does moisturise well, but I believe you are better off with a different Palmer's product

        I am a big fan of Palmer's cocoa butter cream and have bought quite a few variations of the brand. One of these includes the concentrated tube!

        I suffer from eczema and red, dry skin, resulting from severe itchiness possibly caused by allergies. I have always found any Palmer's cream helps soothe and calm down my sore skin and this is no exception.

        I only use this concentrated cream on my extreme dry areas such as my cracking hands and skin around my elbows. It helps moisturise these areas in much more depth rather than the Palmer's Cocoa butter formula cream (original) which isn't as strong. The concentrated cream is a lot more thicker and rich in consistency, but it has the same appealing, sweet chocolatey smell that gives the cream it's distinct essence.

        It has a yellow colour and although it's a lot thicker, it still manages to blend and sink/absorb into your skin nicely. It has a high amount of Vitamin E in in it which also has anti-ageing benefits and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because of the vitamin e, the concentrated cream can also be useful as an after tanning butter. It can help soothe skin and protects epidermis layers of the skin from early stages of ultra violet light damage.

        Other benefits from using this cream includes; can help reduce and try overcome appearance of stretch marks, can prevent appearance of age spots, and can help balance out the body's natural oils in the skin.
        One difference between the previous cream I used and the concentrated edition is the pricetag! It is more expensive, and I have found it a lot more difficult to find. You can get it off Ocado but they charge £2.99 for a 60g tube, or Superdrug for £3.05 for a 100g (although if you're quick superdrug have it on offer for £2.05). I'm sure if you look on the internet you might be able to find it even cheaper maybe?

        Another downside to this concentrated tube is that is you use it up so quick. In the matter of 2 weeks I had practically used the whole tube.

        Although I do like this concentrated cream, I do have to recommend a different product in replacement. I do not buy this concentrated cream anymore instead, I continue to use my palmer's cocoa butter formula cream, but now alongside Palmer's Original "Solid" Formula 100g. This can be bought in a tub and is even more richer. It is better value for money compared to the concentrated tube as you can buy it for £3.25 a tub, and lasts about 10x longer. I won't tell you too much about this, as this is not what I'm reviewing, I just thought it would be a helpful suggestion if anyone's in the same situation as me!

        Overall I give this concentrated version of Palmer's cocoa butter formula 3.5/5. It is richer and more suited for extreme dry areas of skin and it does help soothe my sore, eczema suffering skin! However, I cannot give it any more than a 4 because I have found a different Palmer's product in replacement!
        Hope this is helpful, thanks for reading.

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        17.08.2011 00:25
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        Good value for money ear plugs that can save you some sleep.

        Recently I went on a holiday to Ibiza. Of course being young, I wanted to experience the Ibiza nightlife to the full, but I also wanted time to relax!

        We went to a really nice 4 star hotel in San Antonio bay, and the entertainment was good. Unfortunately however, we were on the bottom floor and had a room a few metres from the stage where a disco/entertainment occurred at 10am and 9.30pm. We arrived at the hotel the day of travel, about 12 in the afternoon, but travelling since 2am UK time we were knackered! It was unbearable trying to get to sleep while such a loud riot was happening merely metres away.

        Fortunately, I was prepared! My mum had been harassing me for ages to consider getting earplugs before I go on holiday, as she warned me this situation would happen. I bought these earplugs pictured for a random price of £2.03 off amazon (not including delivery however!). I didn't have high expectations as I knew for the price, I probably wouldn't be guaranteed much. But they worked! Whosever idea it was to have a disco at 10am in the morning in Ibiza, I could slap them. But with these earplugs it didn't matter. I'm not a heavy sleeper anyway, but somehow through the noise and disruption, I did manage to sleep!

        The earplugs work by squeezing them into a thin long shape and then pushing them into your ear holes. At first I didn't think they made a difference, but you have to be patient, it takes a while. Once they're in your ears, they then slowly expand, forming against the natural shape of your inner ears. I can't give you an exact time, but I'd roughly say it took about 10 minutes for the earplugs to fully expand for the highest potential.

        I wouldn't say they blocked completely all sound, I could still hear the murmur of vibrations coming from the fun-filled disco outside. But in the end, I managed to sleep, which was all that matters. As for the 'comfort' side of these foam earplugs, I wouldn't say it meets their claim. I found it rather uncomfortable having these in my ears and if I laid on my side, it put quite a lot of pressure on my ears and hurt a little. I had to sleep facing upwards which I don't usually do, so from this perspective this was a downside.

        **Overall rating**
        Overall though, for the price I was pleasantly surprised by how much sound these managed to block. I definitely recommend them. The worst thing possible is to have a hangover in the morning with a deathly disco blasting out at 10am. These earplugs made it bearable!
        I give these 4.5/5 overall. I would give them 5 except they didn't meet the claim of being 'comfortable'.

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          16.08.2011 15:07
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          My favourite drink!

          Bailey's Irish cream is one of my all-time favourite drinks. Bailey's is an alcoholic liqueur, and served with ice is the classic way to drink it. I personally always drink Bailey's with ice. It dilutes the drink, making it less overpowering and also drinking it cold makes it a lot more refreshing. The drink has a rich, velvety consistency and has a distinctive taste. It has a subtle sweet taste, similar to caramel.

          It is made from fresh Irish cream, mixed with high quality spirits and in particular Irish Whiskey. It has an alcohol volume of 17%. Saying it's made from fresh Irish cream, the best before date are usually quite reasonable when you buy the bottles. Bailey's claim the liqueur is fine up until 2 years after produced, and that it should be drunk within 6 months of being opened.

          The drink is rich and creamy, which is also reflected in the nutritional value of a 100ml serving. In one serving it consists of 13g of fat and includes 327 calories! So this is definitely something to drink when watching you're weight, the creamy drink is definitely fattening if anything.

          I feel like this shouldn't put you off too much, because for me personally a drink of Bailey's isn't a reoccurring thing happening every week, more like every so often. I have a glass to treat myself once in a while. I have also tried the Caramel flavoured Bailey's which is also a nice variety. It doesn't have a huge difference from the original, but of course there is a much stronger essence of caramel. This flavour I find is a lot more 'sickly' than the original and I have to drink this is even less proportion.

          The full list of different flavours include: Bailey's Original, Creme Caramel Bailey's, Mint Chocolate flavoured Bailey's, Coffee flavoured Bailey's, and the recently released new flavour of; Hazelnut flavoured Bailey's.
          As well as being drunk, Bailey's is often used to compliment food and used as ingredients in desserts. If you go onto the official Bailey's website (www.baileys.com), there is a long list of interesting recipes used with Bailey's. One of my favourites we have attempted at home is 'Bailey's Dark Chocolate Truffles'. They are absolutely devine!

          Haagen Daz has also brought out a Bailey's icecream which is worth trying!

          I have looked up the different sized bottle and their pricetags via thedrinkshop.com. It is one of the cheapest online alcohol shops I have found and has a good reputation.
          Prices are as follows:
          5cl (miniature) bottle: £1.65
          70cl bottle:£13.59
          1.5 litre bottle: £29.59

          If this isn't within your price range you could decide to invest in some cheaper alternatives. You can find a lot of these in supermarket and the main difference is wine is used rather than whiskey. A few examples are; 'Irish knights' 70cl for £3.97 at ASDA, or 'Irish meadow cream liqueur' 70cl for £3.97 at tescos.

          So there you go, I have jammed as much information as I know in Bailey's in this review, hope its been of some use! Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed.

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            15.08.2011 17:39
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            A good everyday moisturiser, just doesn't match to the standards of classic Palmer's.

            My dad currently works for tescos and also has a big obsession of buying me moisturising creams to help conquer my problem of eczema. He often tries to seek out moisturises that are similar to my favourite brand of Palmer's cocoa butter (and ones with a lower price tag).

            Tescos cocoa butter lotion is being sold at a £1 for 400ml. This is nearly 4x cheaper than a standard Palmer's bottle! So knowing my dad, he buys me 3 bottles.Great. So I'll have to like it good or bad.

            Anyway, the bottle I've been given differs from the picture displayed on dooyoo. It must have been reinvented with a new look. You can find it on tesco.com to get a full image, but for those who can't be bothered, here's a description. The bottle has the same style and shape as the previous, except that the bottle colour is cream, and has a top colour of blue. 'Soft and smooth' is printed vertically across the bottle in light and dark brown capital letters. In general the newer design looks more modern and less 'cheap' than the old design.

            The colour of the cream is plain white, which is explained by the claim that the product is 'colour free'. It isn't fragrance free however. Although I have recently been looking for 'fragrance free' products, I can't really fault this because the smell is so appealing. It smells sweet and chocolately, being very appealing and the smell lasts surprisingly a long time, leaving the essence of your skin. It is a little bit more sickly sweet compared to Palmer's, but it isn't distasteful.

            I was worried about using this product at first because there was no obvious signage of suitability for sensitive skin. After using it however I found no problems. Sometimes I come out in a nasty patchy rash, or stinging, but no signs of this happened here. Applied on the skin, the lotion sinks in and moisturises easily, but not leaving a horrid greasy feel like some other brands.

            Like Palmer's this cocoa butter has also got the benefits of Vitamin E. This is highly beneficial for the skin, having anti-ageing assistance and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and also help overcome another issue of stretchmarks. Because of the vitamin E this lotion could be considered as an after-tanning lotion. It can help soothe layers of skin damaged in UV light.

            The texture of the cream isn't as thick or as rich as Palmer's cocoa butter , but I surprisingly like this. It's not as heavy to put on and is much more easily absorbed. Because the lotion is slightly more 'watery' it is also a lot more easier to get out of the bottle, compared to other thicker creams, which are especially hard near the end of its contents.

            This cocoa butter is definitely good value for money. And it is a good everyday moisturiser. Unfortunately, I don't believe it matches up to the standards of my trusty Palmer's. The tesco's version does moisturise and soften, but not to the extent of helping my extreme dry areas such as my hands. I often have areas of my skin cracking and peeling, and this cream is not so good at helping these.

            I have donated the three bottles to my sister and mum. While I'm sticking to the Palmer's.

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              Great game to keep kids and adults alike entertained.

              Swingball is an all-time classic garden game, one that kept me and my sister entertained for years of our childhood!

              **The game itself**

              The tether/string attached to the ball starts off in the middle of the swingball 'spiral' (this can be seen at the image of the product, the spiral-like attachment at the top of the pole!) Two players take part, each with a bat of their own. One player hits the ball clockwise, while the other player aims to hit it anti-clockwise. The winner will manage to get the ball at the desired top or end of the spiral before the other! You do this by simply hitting the ball in a circular motion around the pole, every time the opposition misses a shot, the ball spin round going up a level on the spiral. You continue this until the ball reaches top/bottom to win!
              A good idea to add to play games best out of 3. Sometimes the games can go quite quickly depending on the player's capability.

              Set up is easy enough, except it's probably easier getting someone like your dad involved. The pole comes in four sections, one of these which has a spike at the bottom. This enables you to hammer it into a patch of grass, which makes it secure from falling over.

              **Advantages**

              It is suited for any ages, from toddlers to oldies!! I remember we managed to get my grandma involved somehow once! As well as playing it's also funny watching others and egging them on. You could create a swingball competition and create , the winner winning some sweets, or for the adults among us, every looser has to down their drink. Just a thought. You don't have to just play in your garden either, it's a good addition to take to the beach, although it would be a bit heavy to carry.

              It's also height adjustable, so as I said, definitely suitable for various ages.

              The bats included in the set are pretty durable and will withstand quite a lot of hitting! They never failed us throughout the years we had one, and are definitely longlasting.

              **Disadvantages**

              In our garden there are a number of hidden stones in our garden, underneath the grass. This means it takes a number of times to find a right spot for the spike to be hammered into. It's fine when you find it eventually though. Another obvious point is that is leaves quite a nasty hole in your garden. This is unavoidable with this version of swingball, and garden lovers might find this game a bit of a burden.

              You will have to get something similar to a mallet for it to be secure at its best. We just got an old one out of our garage which was simple. It would be better if the swingball set included something like this, but unfortunately you'll have to purchase it yourself or improvise with something different.

              The red checkerbats that you get with the set are perhaps a little bit heavy for small children. There is an age recommendation of 5 years + which needs to be stuck to because the bats are too heavy otherwise.

              **Other versions**

              Avoiding the problem of a huge hole in your grass, you can buy an all-surface swingball which has a box at the bottom of the pole filled with water. Of course, this is a lot less sturdy however. It is a lot easier to fall over! This wouldn't happen if children were playing, but it wouldn't be suitable for adults who perhaps a bit more of the ambitious types.

              **Cost**
              I honestly can't remember how much we bought the swingball for at the time because it quite a few years ago. However, I have done some research to come up with the best prices:

              Amazon- £16.99
              Argos- £16.99
              Tescos- £25

              **Overall rating**
              This is a classic fun family game that won't get boring. It's competitive and lets you socialise! It'll make it even more exciting if you add a prize at the end of it such as a big packet of sweets. Suitable for adults and kids alike, I wouldn't mind playing it now even though it was years ago I was introduced.
              I give an overall rating of 4.5/5, only because of the small disadvantages listed above.
              Thanks for reading, hope it's been helpful, please rate!

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                13.08.2011 22:11
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                Great relief for my dry skin and helping with my eczema!

                These last couple of years I have bought countless bottles of this product and I have found palmer's cocoa butter amazing! It is one of my favourite ever moisturising brands and I really struggle to fault them.

                The cream is designed to help tackle and prevent dry skin by smoothing and moisturising. I personally use the 'fragrance free' version as I suffer from eczema and severe itching, until recently I have found that it might be due to allergies. So this has led me to search out for fragrance free everything, from shampoo to moisturises. I was over the moon the discover Palmer's did a fragrance free version (even though to be honest the original never seemed to do my skin any harm), because nowadays it's near to impossible finding a moisturiser 'fragrance free'.

                The only difference in packaging between the original and 'frag free' was that the lettering underneath the title logo was a purple colour rather than blue. The cream itself is just as affective and even though it does claim 'frag free', it still smells absolutely divine with the distinct cocoa butter essence.

                The cream is of a thick, rich consistency and is a pale yellow colour. It blends and sinks into your skin really well, but leaves a thin layer ontop making your skin feel moisturised and softened. It soothes my red eczema arms, and also helps overcome the cracking dry skin on my hands. It soothes the itching I unfortunately suffers from, which helps such a great deal more than cream I have been prescribed at my doctors!

                Having being given before in the past, horrible oily and bland thick ointments, this cream is not such a burden to put on. In fact I rather look forward to getting the stuff out! The smell is so appealing that it's better than actual chocolate itself. I've been given loads of compliments from peers and friends saying 'ooooo what is that! you smell nice!'.

                Being a big fan of Palmer's I have now purchased a lot more in the collection, including the solid formula tub. This helps even better with my extra dry areas such as my hands, and I use it alongside my original cocoa butter formula cream.

                The only downside is the design of the bottle. Near the end of completion it's extremely difficult to scrape the last bits of cream from the bottle. You can unscrew the top after some effort which makes it easier, but it's still pretty difficult. To be honest though, I can't really suggest a different design alternative so maybe this isn't such a big issue!

                I have bought the item from many different places, one of the cheapest I've found are some of the supermarkets. Only the other day I bought some more because Tescos have an offer on at the moment with a 1/3 off (offer lasts until 30th august 11 so hurry, hurry, hurry!). So then I bought it for £2.35, but originally it was priced at £3.53. I'd say it is pretty pricey but I've tried cheaper brands of a similar product and the quality is just not the same. I think it's worth paying for the quality, and to finally get my skin in this better state I especially think it's definitely worth the money.

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                • Mookie Boules Set / Outdoor Toy / 36 Readings / 34 Ratings
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                  A game that won't hold a child's attention for long.

                  I distinctly remember this game which me and my sister were given in our little years. I'm not sure where my mum bought them, but I think it will have probably from our local garden centre as they sell quite a lot of games/toys for the garden.

                  The set consists of 8 balls, each filled with water so they are weighed down. You also have a smaller ball in the middle named the 'jack'. Someone throws the jack and then the aim of the game is to roll your balls as closest to the jack as possible. The person with the closest ball to the jack wins. Simple. And perhaps too simple because I never really found this game especially exciting. We played the game outside in an effort of my mum to get us both off our bums and make the most of the sunshine! On this point, it is a good way to get kids outside, but I'm sad to say the game is too simple to be of extreme interest.

                  Although you can play it outside, you can also bring it inside which is a pluspoint. Only thing is you'll have to move any valuables out of your living room as if someone throws or rolls it too hard accidently, breakages could occur! They are being sold on amazon for £5.99 which I personally think is overpriced for something we never used more than twice! This set will now be at the back of our garage untouched for years! I'm sorry but compared to our countless PS2 games , this activity was just boring.

                  Another point is that it claims is ok for 3 years plus to play this game, but I don't really think this is suitable! The balls are really heavy (they're all filled with water) and if someone dropped one, even worse on someone's foot, it would be agonizing for a small child!

                  I don't want to put everyone off this game completely. Some people do consider it to be a fun family game. It's just I feel like because of it's repetition and simplicity it's a bit outdated, from a lot more modern gadgets such as the internet and the wii or other gaming. I reckon you could buy something a little be more exciting to keep the kiddies entertained.

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                  • Oilatum Gel / Skin Care / 31 Readings / 31 Ratings
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                    Excellent product to moisturise and soothe dry/itchy skin. Especially suitable for eczema sufferers!

                    This past year I have great trouble with my skin. I have always had eczema but never to the extent of extreme itchiness. I am currently in the process of getting an allergy test from my local hospital because it seems it could possibly be an allergy not eczema causing this itching. Meanwhile, doctors have given me a countless number of creams, ointments, antihistamine tablets, all of which don't seem to give great affect.

                    My last visit ended with usual prescribed steroid creams, but this time I got prescribed Oilatum Gel to use in the shower. At first I was sceptical that it would make any difference, but I was pleasantly surprised. The gel has a really nice cooling affect in the shower, which calms my skin down and helps stop the itchiness, as well as helping soothe my eczema.

                    It is free from harsh chemicals and fragrances that is obviously a lot better for your skin than other shower gels. It is a clear gel liquid and doesn't have a particular distinct smell, really being quite mild.
                    After coming out the shower as well my skin is not left feeling dry and itchy as per usual. My skin feels almost moisturised as well, which is a task that usually seems impossible which my skin so dry irritated! It sinks right into your skin which is a lot more appealing compared to other much more oiler products that stays on the surface and feels grimey.

                    As I am in full-time education I get this product prescribed free at my local doctors, but I have noticed they are sold at extremely high prices at boots at £9.49 for 150g. I use so much of it at once I use the bottle up in around 2-3 weeks, so it is really expensive over a long period of time. If you are an eczema sufferer it is obivously cheaper trying to get it prescribed from your doctor at £7.50 (or however much it costs now for a prescription!).

                    It hasn't made a huge load of difference to my skin, I still suffer from a lot of itchiness. But it does calm my skin down and makes it feel less dry. It certainly helps me cope with my skin, and I recommend it to anyone with similar skin problems. Eczema is not something you can simply get rid of, it takes a long while to overcome it, but I think this product makes it easier.

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                      Best tasting shots I've ever had, just be careful you don't drink too many!

                      **The liqueur**

                      Corky's liqueur is an alcoholic spirit, which can be drunk in shots, over ice, can be found in cocktails or used in a mixer. The vodka shots are now considered the UK's number 1 vodka shot and has recently grown by 37% in popularity over the years. The brand has also won numerous awards including; Gold Medal Winner at 2007 world spirit awards, and Best Liqueur & Speciality Spirit at the 2006 Quality Drinks Awards.

                      They are usually bought as shots in a bar or mixers, but you can buy a bottle yourself. You have to buy it online however, as I've never seen it sold in supermarkets. Here is a list of the amazing flavours you can get: apple sour, blueberry, cappuccino, cherry, chocolate orange, cola cube, cream egg, strawberries & cream, toffee, white chocolate.

                      One of the cheapest online prices I've seen is £11.49 for a 70cl bottle on www.thedrinkshop.com (http://www.thedrinkshop.com/products/nlpdetail.php?prodid=4066). This could be considered quite expensive but they are good quality shots and the flavours are intensely delicious. In contrast they could be bought on amazon for £16.99.

                      **My thoughts**

                      I have only discovered the make recently after on a night out in Leeds. While I was at the bar 'Varisty' an offer on a blackboard stated buy one get one free, on double cherry corky's and coke! I had never tried corky's before but I liked the sound of it (especially as I got one free!).

                      Although it was double, I was still surprised by how strong the flavour was, I wasn't expecting the cherry to come through as much as it did. It was similar to cherry cola except alcoholic and for a second, your throat is on fire! It also has a lovely aftertaste, reminding me slightly of how a JD's shot aftertaste would be. I wouldn't have guessed it was vodka at all.

                      The strong cherry, fruity taste covers up the fact that it's vodka, and especially drinking it as a shot on its own, it doesn't seem as strong as other shots I've had before. You can still obviously taste the vodka, but it is so much more appealing to the tastebuds compared to straight vodka which I hate. The texture of the shots is quite syrupy and was surprisingly a little bit thicker than I thought they'd be.

                      **Cocktail recipe**

                      I found this cocktail recipe online and me and my friends split the price of cocktail night. It is the best cocktail by far I have ever managed to make, although the price of the alcohol did add up! There was around 8 of us though, and we spent approx £5. It'd be way too expensive to make this and buy the bottles separately on my own.

                      'LOVE HANDLES' cocktail recipe:
                      50ml disarano,
                      50ml Corky's Cherry Vodka,
                      75ml apple juice,
                      75ml lemonade,
                      5 ice cubes,
                      15ml Corky's Toffee Vodka.

                      **Overall**

                      These shots are delicious, and although I've only tried the minority of the flavours I cannot wait to try more. I am on the mission to save up for the 'blueberry' flavour and then after that I want to get a chocolate one. Although the price is a little bit steep, remember you can mix them as well which will make the bottle last longer!

                      Thanks for reading x

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                        09.08.2011 22:52
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                        Really nice lashes but I prefer to save the pennies and buy cheaper ones,

                        *intro*

                        In the past year I have become increasingly obsessed with fake eyelashes. Whenever I have the chance to wear some on a night out I go for it. Not only does it enlarge your eyelashes, it makes your makeup look bolder, more defined and dramatic (If done correctly that is)! And these brand of lashes in particular has been one of my favourite buys.

                        I'm not sure if I picked up these 'Cheryl' edition eyelashes because of the actual lashes themselves, I think the main appeal was because at the time she was my favourite member of Girls Aloud. These lashes looked a lot more dramatic than some of the other available in GA the collection, so these are definitely not suited for a natural/daytime look.

                        *application*

                        I have always found applying eyelashes extremely difficult, especially the first couple of times. Before you do anything you need to read the instruction carefully, you don't want any accidents as eyelash glue can be fatal! I have known a few people having allergic reactions from the glue as well, so you need to be extra aware the first couple of times you wear any eyelashes.

                        The band on these eyelashes were quite thick, meaning that there is more to grip for the glue, and it also gives a nice effect of making it look like you're wearing eyeliner. They bend quite easily, and the lashes are soft and light to touch. I didn't use the glue provided in the set, as I use my own, so I can't comment on this aspect. In general however I have always found glue provided in these sets to be quite watery and weak, making them extremely hard to apply and lasting a fraction of the time of a decent glue.
                        When putting a small line of glue along the band of the fake lashes (never attempt to put glue on your own eyes first- disaster!), it is also best to wait about 20 seconds to let the glue set slightly. This makes it easier to stick them to your own lashes.

                        The most successful way I have found to apply a lash is to start with the outer corner and hold down a few seconds firmly, then using tweezers (or a cocktail stick) pat down the rest of the lash across the curve. Trying to attach the lash all at once can sometimes lead to wonkiness or messiness!

                        *extra tips and tricks*

                        -Tweezers are a must. It makes it so much easier to handle and to position, instead of using your fingers. It is also less messy as any excess glue will go on tweezers not your own skin!

                        -Instead of using the cheap mini glue provided in the pack invest in some, different glue. I personally recommend Mac Eyelash Glue, it's the best I've ever bought (although pricey) and it is such a timesaver and makes it easier to apply. Investing in better glue will reduce the risk of eyelashes coming off. Best to avoid this ever happening as it is one of the most embarrassing things ever. A sloppy mess with wonky eyes is not a good look.

                        -Before applying to yourself, bend the fake eyelashes in the direction of the curve, this will make it easier to apply to the natural curve of your own lashes.

                        -Give yourself quite a bit of time to apply the lashes as it can be quite time-consuming the first couple of times!

                        -Before using glue always check the eyelashes are the correct length and size by pressing them against your own beforehand. This can give you a rough idea of what they will look like after without any messiness.

                        -Last tip: BE PATIENT. I have always had a struggle with applying fake eyelashes, maybe it's because I'm inpatient or clumsy, I don't know, but once they're on they look gorgeous! Just take your time and be patient.

                        *end result*

                        These fake eyelashes, along with any eyelashes, look good depending on how you apply them and what additional makeup you put with them. These in particular are very bold and dramatic, with an almost feathering and fluttery affect. I personally think they would look too much with lipstick so best to focus on dramatic eyes rather than the whole face.

                        The lashes create a really defined look and adding dark eye shadow can also enhance the affect. For me these really suit the thin shape and sharp bone structure of my face, however these would not suit some certain people. Bring a friend along to decide which Girls Aloud eyelashes suit you because each one is designed for a different style.

                        *cost*

                        When I first bought these a couple of years ago, they were at a reasonable price of around £2.50. This was when these eyelashes were first released. Boots now sells them for the price of £5.30! I reckon this is way overpriced and although these have been some of my favourite lashes bought, I wouldn't be willing to pay for this price again. Me being a student I am quite picky with prices and for me, I now buy eyelashes off ebay, 10 for £2. Just think, you could buy 20 pairs for the price of 1!

                        *overall rating*

                        I do love the feathery, dramatic affect these lashes give. They are soft to touch and look dazzling on. They are some of the best I've bought, but for my current student life, I prefer to save the pennies and choose the cheaper option of ebaying !
                        I give a rating of 4.5/5

                        Thanks for reading

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                        • WKD Purple / Liqueur / Cocktails / 24 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                          09.08.2011 15:44
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                          Best WKD flavour yet!, ignoring the sugar content and the pricey cost.

                          Now initially I've not ever been a huge fan of WKD. I've always found them quite distasteful with a alcopop typical, 'fake' taste. However, I thought I might aswell try this new limited edition flavour and I was pleasantly surprised!

                          The limited edition WKD purple has been released since March 2011, and will be available for 6 months (so until August/September). You can buy them in cases of 12x275ml and 6x700ml bottles which are better value for money, but I bought mine in a single 700ml bottle for, I think, £2.99.

                          Costwise I thought it is a quite expensive (I am student), especially as I probably only got about 3 glasses out of it. If you compare a 2 litre bottle of coca cola for £1.78 (tescos) and 700ml bottle WKD £3 (tescos), you can see the cost in price changes dramatically! Obviously alcohol added makes a difference, but drinking a drink with only 4% alcohol, it practically feels like you're drinking a soft drink!

                          The flavour itself is advertised as 'Mixed Berries', and reminds me of the taste of blackcurrant fizzy pop. I thought it differed from other WKD flavours I had before, and thought it tasted a little less cheap, is that the right word? It definitely tastes how it's described as mixed berries and could be passed to reflect tastes of raspberry, blackcurrant and cherry. I'd say this flavour was a little bit more sophisticated and looks and tastes more grown up. The colour is more appealing and doesn't leave your tongue a nasty colour such as WKD blue. It also doesn't reflect that fakey, artificial look as much, with a more natural taste and colour (although of course this is deception, the contents is no different to other WKDS). To put it simply, it reminds me of an alcoholic version of a bottle of 'Shloer'.

                          It is sweet, and the sugar content definitely mirrors this. I could give you a detailed list of the ingredients, but let's face it no one really understands them so here it is in my basic terms: artificial substances, fizzy water, sugar and vodka. All WKD's in general have a high content of artificial preservatives/flavourings/colours, of course which is no good for anyone in a large proportion or small. Which is the consequence of buying alcopops!

                          Overall, I did like this product, it is a refreshingly fruity fizzy drink. I think it is definitely the best WKD flavour out there. I guess the price is good for a cheap alcoholic drink, but the fact that the alchohol content is so low and ineffective, it is practically non-alcoholic. So I consider it pretty pricey!

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                            05.08.2011 15:12
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                            yummy!

                            Loving innocent smoothies, I was delighted to discover new innocent veg pots are being introduced. I bought mine from a tesco express, as a quick dinner as I was planning to go out later that night. From the various different flavours, it was really hard to choose between all of them: 'mexican veg pot', 'portugese red pepper piri piri', 'thai coconut curry', 'thai vegetable sweet chilli' and 'indian vegetable masala' are just some examples!

                            After a lengthy decision, I chose the Thai vegetable sweet chilli pot! (Just to note, I've chosen to review this version because currently the thai vegetable on isn't available on dooyoo! must be new!).
                            The veg pot is probably more suited for lunch, although I found it was filling enough anyway for tea. When I bought it I didn't realise that it didn't have any meat in it, but there is so much other ingredients in there this didn't seem to matter.

                            Here is a full list: Red pepper (15%), water chestnut (14%), water, onion, babycorn (10%), cooked rice (9%) (water, rice, vegetable oil), carrot, soy sauce* (water, salt, molasses, sugar, soya bean, wheat), demerara sugar, ginger, red chilli (1%), cornflour, garlic, red wine vinegar, coriander, vegetable oil, lemongrass, red thai curry paste (vegetable oil, water, red chilli, salt, ginger, garlic, galangal, sugar, lemongrass, shallot, kaffir lime peel, coriander seed, coriander (0.8%), cumin, cardamon seeds, white pepper), lime juice, sea salt, lime leaves. (*Contains: gluten, soya).

                            This certain veg pot gives you 3 out of your 5 veg a day which I thought was exceptional! There's not many supermarket meals that could claim that. The various vegetables make it healthy, but also interesting. You might read this and think, 'urghh a veg fest! This must be really bland!' But it isn't at all! Lots of interesting spices and seasoning are added and there are strong but suited flavours. I do have to add though, this is hot! You need to like hot, spicy food for this to appeal to you, I was surprised at how spicy it was!

                            I was also worried whether or not it would be filling enough, as there is no meat, but the rice in the pot and chunky pieces of veg, made it just right. Obviously this is a good vegetarian and vegan choice, but I would definitely not hesitate to have it again being a meat lover. It is also extremely healthy, low in fat, high in fibre!

                            The favourite part of this meal was the fact that there was so much waterchestnuts! This is of course a personal preference but I absolutely love them. Every chinese take out I end up being disappointed cause I only find 2 pieces, but this is jam packed! Yum! Relating to the ingredients though, it as wasn't until after I read the packet I realised lemongrass was in it. In contrast, I hate lemongrass! Worst vegetable ever, if I realised I might not have even bought it. Saying this though, I didn't find the taste overpowering and I didn't notice it at the time, so it must be in small proportions.

                            Other places you can buy these vegpots are Sainsbury's, Tescos (where I bought mine from) and Waitrose. When I bought mine I got 2 for £6, so £3 each which isn't bad, but at an individual £3.79 guess it is quite expensive. It depends what budgets you spend usually when shopping. But I'd say it was worth the extra cash.

                            It is simple and easy to cook, which was an advantage for me as I was in a rush to get out! You simply open the lid and then loosely place it back on and microwave for 2 minutes, stir and microwave it for another minute. Done. So fast and easy!

                            Overall, I thought it was delicious, quick and easy to cook, will definitely be trying some more...
                            Hmmm, thai coconut curry next I think.

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                              05.08.2011 14:18
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                              I didn't like this phone, you could buy a similar priced phone, at a much better standard!

                              I only had this phone a couple of months, and I wasn't very impressed. Samsungs have never appealed to me very much, I have found them to be quite temperamental and unreliable.

                              First thing to note is that there is a touch screen, but only on a strip at the bottom of the screen. I see this as inappropriate and silly, if it's a touch screen it should be either all or none. It seems as if they wanted to introduce the latest fashion, but this is definitely unsuccessful. It is actually very annoying this touch screen. Once you've used the phone and put it in your bag it is easily pressed by mistake. There is a lock on it, but it comes on automatically in a couple of minutes, leaving enough time for it to pressed accidentally(this can probably be altered however, I just didn't have it long enough to look at the settings!). This error has led me to call various people by accident and also go on the internet, wasting my credit!

                              The phone has a sliding movement, the touch screen being on top and when slid open, the keypad underneath. This seems silly to me as it feels like the screen should be protected not the keypad. Saying this though, when closed the phone does look a lot more stylish. On mine, the keypad is a red colour, as well as a red border around the screen itself. Metallic Red is also shown on the back of the phone where the camera is placed. The red and black compliments each other well, and makes it look sleek and quite stylish. I also wouldn't say it was gender biased, and would be suited for a man or woman.

                              The camera on the phone is pretty good. This was the only feature that really appealed to me. It is an 8.0. megapixel camera, and the pictures are bright, full of colour and in general very visually appealing. When uploaded to a pc the photos are slightly pixelated when enlarged, but it isn't as bad as some other mobiles I have previously owned. On the actual phone the pictures look detailed and full of life ! There is also a camera at the front of the phone as well as the back, which is handy!

                              You have the ability to store music and games aswell on the phone, but there aren't any extraordinary accessories that differ form other phones. What is really annoying however is the fact that there is only 'demo' games and full games have to all be bought online.

                              One other nuisance was the fact that the ringtone I used lasted about 20 seconds, and everytime someone rang I had to route through my bag desperately, only to usually miss the call. I tried a handful of ringtones, and I found it was the same. I might be wrong, but I don't recall a setting to change this, unless I turned my voicemail off.

                              The phone has 80 mb of memory which isn't much, but there is a Micro SD slot, which has the ability of the maximum of 16GB!

                              Advantages:
                              Pretty good camera, taking good pictures, Bluetooth, ability to store music and pictures, can be a microSD card with 16GB!

                              Disadvantages:
                              'demo' free games only, annoying touch screen, short length ringtones, not a large internal memory,

                              Overall, this wasn't the phone for me. I didn't like the design of it, and I prefer the normal standard set out without a sliding layer. I thought the camera was really good, but the layout of the sliding and random touch screen put me off! Not a hit for me at all.

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                            • Sony Ericsson W810i / Mobile Phone / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                              Simple, reliable phone, although if you're wanting something high-tech, perhaps not for you!

                              At the time I bought this phone, it cost me about £100 (around 3 or 4 years ago!), but I believe you can buy it around £80 on amazon! This is one of my favourite mobiles I've owned, one main reason is that I found for me it was unbreakable. Me being clumsy, I must have dropped this phone hundreds of time and no damage was done! It is really sturdy which was the main appeal.

                              Nowadays, it might be considered a bit of a brick, it hasn't got a sleek design and it is quite bulky. Saying this though, it's not too heavy or too big. The screen is slightly small, and you could definitely find better quality and resolution for the same price as this phone.

                              There is only 20mb memory on the phone, but there is a memory card slot which allows up to 4GB (Memory Stick PRO DuoTM) . I did buy one of these which helped me store all my photos and music.

                              The accessories aren't bad, with a few games, a 2.0 megapixel camera and the ability to store mp3 music. For the age I had this phone, (around 15 maybe?) it was perfect. I didn't want anything complicated, but I wanted to be able to store lots of photos and up-to-date music. Bluetooth is also included on this phone, which lets you send music/photos, from one phone to another. This was a big trend between me and my school friends, not sure if it's still in fashion now? But still, its also incredibly easy to upload your photos to a latop/pc if you have a Bluetooth connection. I personally never used to the included pc connector, because it was so fast sending files via Bluetooth.

                              The phone by Sony Ericsson is part of the 'Walkman' series, claiming that the phone has advanced features relating to music. It lets you download, stream, store and playback music (however you will need to buy a memory to make full use of this!). I wouldn't say the music settings are any more advanced than other mobiles these days, infact I'd say it's pretty standard, so don't get your hopes up.

                              The camera at 2.0 megapixels is really poor. Its ok to take pictures if you're just wanting to look at them on the phone, but when uploading them to the computer they look pretty awful. The files are tiny and when enlarged they look very pixelated, not attracting at all. On a plus side you can take videos as well, as some mobiles don't have that facility.

                              Advantages:
                              Easy to use, simple, fairly cheap to buy, reliable, memory card can be bought, very durable!, never had any technical problems with it,

                              Disadvantages:
                              Other mobiles can be bought at a similar price with better features, nothing extraordinary, standard features, bad camera,

                              Overall at the time this phone came out I thought it was amazing. Nowadays, it's practical, simple and easy to use, but not exactly out of the ordinary ! I'm sure cheaper mobiles are out there for a similar price, but I think you're paying for the name of Sony Ericsson because for me they are the only brand I find completely reliable. The phone is definitely a benefit for people who simply want a standard phone. There isn't any outstanding features, but it does the simple task a mobile should.

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