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      18.02.2015 10:43
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      • "Simple packaging"
      • "Great value"
      • "Clean and fresh scent"

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      • "Not the best for female users in my opinion"

      The One for him but not for me!

      As my husband is quite difficult to buy presents for, one gift that he often asks for is aftershave as he does like to smell nice. Knowing this, he received a bottle of this Calvin Klein One over Christmas and he instantly fell in love with its fresh scent. Knowing that this is a unisex fragrance I was also keen to try it out and so sneaked a little squirt onto my wrists when he wasn’t looking. It isn’t one which I would buy myself but it does smell nice on him so I wanted to see how the smell would differ on a woman’s skin.

      This eau de toilette has been around for a number of years beginning its life in 1994 as a fragrance for both men and women. As it is unisex it is presented in a very simple bottle which is finished in frosted glass with a simple chrome dispenser at the top of the bottle. On the front of the bottle the text is every bit as simple as the bottle itself with a simple “ck one” logo and the brand Calvin Klein typed across the bottom. Personally I like the look of this bottle particularly for a male user as I think it is simple and quite modern in look. Should this have been a fragrance purely for a female user I would like it to be prettier to fit with my other perfumes but as a unisex scent the presentation works well.

      This fragrance is said to have quite a variety of different notes including top notes of pineapple, mandarin orange and bergamot, centre notes of nutmeg, jasmine and rose and base notes of sandalwood, amber and musk. I do not profess to being the best at identifying the different notes however I was keen to smell this fragrance on both a male and female user. On my husband this eau de toilette smells fresh and clean with the citrus top notes being very noticeable and the sandalwood and musk giving a soft and sexy undertone to this complicated fragrance which makes me want to snuggle into my husband’s neck just to drink in the scent. On my skin I would have to say that this scent smells very zingy and fruity with the pineapple being very noticeable. This fragrance does not smell at all floral or sweet on my skin but instead smells very fresh and wouldn’t be a fragrance I would personally choose to wear as in my opinion it lends itself more to a male user.

      The longevity of this scent is good and it lasts for a good days wear with the fresh notes ultimately giving way to the deeper more musky scents as the day continues. If applied quite liberally this is a scent that will turn heads as you walk down the high street, if you know what I mean, and my husband likes this as he likes to be reminded that he smells nice and clean.

      Due to the age of this scent it is rather cheaply priced with a 100ml bottle currently costing just £15 on Amazon. This is excellent value for money in my opinion and makes it a fragrance which is well worth buying as a gift; especially should you be buying for someone who has just about everything.

      Overall I would have to say that I love this scent for a male user and would recommend it for this. It smells deliciously masculine on my husband and gives him a lovely clean and citrus smell which lingers well into the afternoon. On me I am not as keen on this scent as personally it isn’t floral or sweet enough for me. As a result this product would score five stars from me as a male fragrance but only three as a female and therefore I will award it a middle rating of four stars.

      I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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      15.02.2015 10:50
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      Advantages

      • "Good staying power"
      • "Beautiful bottle design"
      • "Feminine scent"

      Disadvantages

      • "None that I have found"

      A Beautifully Feminine Scent!

      I was very fortunate last Christmas to receive a number of new bottles of perfume, one of which was this Elie Saab Le Parfum. I am a sucker for pretty bottles of perfume and like to display them around my bedroom therefore I was very pleased with the look of this perfume bottle before I had even had the chance to sample its scent.

      ~Presentation and Packaging~

      When packaged this perfume looks very feminine and classic in my opinion. The box which this perfume bottle is presented in is a rectangular shape coloured a soft peach. On the front of the bottle is the Elie Saab logo and this is highlighted in a gold outlined cream box with black font which looks classic and simple against the soft blush of the box. Opening the box, the bottle of perfume is beautifully cushioned within the box in its cardboard ‘bed’ and slides easily out of the box opening to display a classic and very tasteful perfume bottle.

      ~The All Important Bottle~

      Second to the fragrance of this perfume, the bottle is really my favourite feature of this product having a whimsical and vintage look in my opinion. The bottle is built on a square base and this gives it a square shape with tapered corners and edges which give the glass an almost crystal glass finish. The bottle is constructed in a heavy duty glass and this gives it a heavy feel and means that it sits solidly on my chest of drawers between uses and reflects the light beautifully when the sun sinks low enough in the sky to cast its rays through my bedroom window. Adorning the top of my perfume bottle is a square lid which pulls off to allow you to spray the perfume. This lid is chiselled in much the same way as the main bottle however it is made in a heavy duty Perspex rather than glass which I assume is to ensure that it doesn’t crack with regular use. On the front of this perfume bottle is the ‘ELIE SAAB’ logo and this limited amount of lettering is simple and yet gives the look of quality in my opinion and ensures that my perfume bottle is always facing the correct way when it is sat in my room.

      ~Pinpointing the notes of the lovely scent~

      Upon receiving this perfume I was very keen to sample its scent and I did so by spraying a small amount of the light amber liquid out of the rose gold press down dispenser at the top of the bottle. The perfume sprays easily out of the nozzle in a clear yet fragrant spray and the fragrance is immediately noticeable with its feminine charm.

      The top note of this perfume in my opinion is the orange blossom and this gives this fragrance a sunny and fresh scent which is beautifully sweet and delicate on my skin. Once this smell has settled on my skin I find that I begin to get hints of the floral notes of this perfume with the jasmine giving a floral and feminine scent which is not too heady and yet noticeably there. The combination of these two scents results in a smell that it beautiful and sweet in my opinion with it retaining a classic scent as oppose to smelling cheap as some other fragrances can so easily do. Amongst the jasmine and orange blossom there are also notes of patchouli and honey rose and these only add to the gentle yet feminine smell in my opinion.

      ~How well does the smell last?~

      In terms of staying power, this perfume is very good with the orange blossom tang giving way to the soft floral scent which linger on my skin for hours after application. In fact the soft scent is so good that it stays on my clothing in between washes giving me a burst of fragrance when I wear the previously worn jacket or jumper again days later.

      ~How much and where to buy~

      This perfume can be purchased through a number of online and high-street stores including Feel Unique where it is currently priced at £54 for 50ml. It is well worth shopping around for the best deal in my opinion and yet at full price this perfume is still similarly priced to some of the better known competitors making it good value in my experience.

      ~My overall opinion and recommendations~

      The combination of sweet and floral notes gives this perfume a soft and very womanly smell in my opinion and one which would suit users from a range of ages. In fact I like this one so much that I have since bought it as a present for my Mum and it smells slightly different on her skin although still beautifully floral and fragrant. The presentation is every bit as good as the smell of the perfume itself and for this reason I would struggle to fault this perfume. As a result Elie Saab Le Parfum scores an excellent five stars from me and I would highly recommend it.

      I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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      09.02.2015 10:23
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      Advantages

      • "Lasts a long time"
      • "Great value"
      • "Citrus light scent"

      Disadvantages

      • "None that I have found"

      Aglow with JLo!

      When it comes to Birthdays and Christmas I always tell my friends and family that they are on to a winner if they buy me a bottle of perfume. Perfume is one of those necessities in my opinion and something that you can never have too many options of as, depending on the day, I choose different scents to suit my mood. One such gift on my Birthday last year was a bottle of this Glow by Jennifer Lopez, a perfume that I had seen around but never actually tried myself.

      I assume I am like most women with perfume bottles as I do tend to lean towards bottles which are tastefully presented in a classic looking bottle. This perfume does not disappoint in my opinion with its curved and shapely bottle design which is reminiscent of the ample curves of Jennifer Lopez in my opinion. The bottle is constructed in a frosted glass which looks tasteful in my opinion and yet still transparent enough to see how much of the slightly amber fluid is remaining inside. Around the ‘neck’ of the bottle is draped a double stranded silver chain and this is attached to a rather bling looking “JLo” pendant which is encrusted in small diamantes. Everything about this perfume bottle is feminine and pretty looking in my opinion and the touch of bling definitely lends this perfume to the glamorous and ever so slightly over the top character that is Jennifer Lopez.

      The bottle can be opened via the removable lid at the top of the bottle which is also frosted to match that of the glass bottle. The press down spritzer is easy to use in my opinion and presses down with minimal effort giving a good spurt of perfume with every press.
      The smell of this perfume is very light and feminine in my opinion and particularly suits daytime wear. Immediately noticeable within this perfume scent are the notes of orange flower, grapefruit and citrus and these give a zingy and fresh scent to this perfume which is what lends it to a lovely summer smell. Amongst the citrus this perfume also has notes of vanilla, rose and jasmine and these give this fragrance a lovely sweet scent which is not overpoweringly so but still noticeable. When first sprayed onto my wrist and neck I find that the citrus scents are most noticeable giving this perfume a very fresh smell and making me feel clean and lightly fragranced as oppose to drowning in scent. It takes a couple of hours for the sweeter smells to become more noticeable and I actually prefer this perfume when it has been left on my skin for a bit of time as I find the smell soft and feminine which I love.

      One of the most important features of any perfume for me is how long the scent lasts on my skin. This perfume does not disappoint in my opinion as when sprayed on my skin first thing in the morning I can still smell notes of the perfume well into the afternoon. This perfume also lasts particularly well in my clothing and leaves it smelling sweet well into a second days wear.

      This perfume is available in most cosmetics and beauty stores and online from such retailers as All Beauty where a 100ml bottle is currently retailing for just £17.99. This is excellent value in my opinion and would certainly be a price I would pay again either for myself or as a gift.

      I have really enjoyed using this perfume and as a result it does come recommended. The soft and feminine accents within this scent do make me think that it would be perfect as a gift as it is a fresh scent and therefore would suit a number of wearers in my opinion. As a result this perfume scores a very good four stars from me.

      I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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        13.01.2015 10:30
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        Advantages

        • "Lovely colours and finishes"
        • "Sound effects"
        • "Musical toy"
        • "Soft finish"

        Disadvantages

        • "Quite pricey"

        A little bird told me about this amusing snail!

        Whoever thought about turning a snail into a play mat? Those were my first thoughts when I came across the “Little Bird Told Me Softly Snail Play Mat”. When I first saw this mat I was browsing a pregnancy blog online and the author was raving about this baby play mat and gym. At the time of reading I had a small three week old baby at home and had been thinking about buying him an activity station to amuse him as he lay on his back. Whilst a snail hardly fit into my safari themed nursery, its colours certainly did and presentation alone meant that this product was an immediate winner for me.

        When I received this product from my local courier I was keen to check it out for myself. The danger in buying anything online is that you never get to sample something before you buy it and I was slightly concerned with this purchase particularly as it cost quite an expensive £60. Removing the mat from its box I could tell immediately that this was a quality product and its velour plush fabric construction and deeply padded surface was quite unlike anything else I had found in the high-street.

        ~Introducing the Snail~

        This play mat/ gym is an activity station designed for small babies and can be used from birth. It is quite a large mat which actually measures approximately 85cm x 85cm and when assembled the arches give this mat a height of just under 60cm. The mat itself is designed in the shape of a multi coloured snail with lovely attention to detail given in the embroidered smiley face of the snail and soft rounded horns on the snails head. On the back of the snail three words are embroidered which read “Home Sweet Home” and I like this little touch. The mat is made in a variety of different fabrics which are mainly velour in construction giving this mat a very soft and cosy feel. The pastel colours work well together in my opinion giving a bright and cheerful feel to this mat which fits well within our pastel nursery and the colours include red, yellow, blue, mauve and a patterned green which immediately catch my son’s attention when I lie him down on the mat.

        In the centre of our mat there are three appliqued details including a small house, a flower and another little snail popping his head out of a flap open door. The door detail is designed in a mirrored finish on the reverse and this is great in my opinion as it gives yet another source of curiosity for my now six month old baby. Arguably the biggest positive with the mat itself, and one which my health visitor commented on, is the different noises that can be made from putting pressure on various points of the mat and these make a crunchy sound when pressed which make moving around the mat fun for my son. This may also be considered a minor negative as it is virtually impossible to move this mat without making a constant crunching noise.

        ~Detachable Parts~

        A big reason why you pay slightly more for this mat than say for another product is because of the detachable parts in my opinion. For a start you are given a bolster pillow for your baby which is coloured red on one side and blue on the other and this is a fantastic detachable pillow which can be used to support your baby on the floor. We love this cushion because it has been a great way to encourage our son to enjoy his tummy time as we prop his head and shoulders on the pillow enabling him to face downwards but still being able to see the world around him. In addition, the pillow is fitted with a pair of small hoops and this allows you to attach the toys to this pillow and transport it around with you making a good product for being on the go.

        ~The Hanging Parts~

        There are four toys supplied with this activity gym and these are supplied on plastic hoops which can be attached to the arches of the mat or removed and placed on any hooped fastening including my son’s car seat, pram and cot. These toys are made in smaller off cuts of fabric which match those on the base of the mat. A caterpillar, snail, butterfly and what I think is a moth make up this unusual quartet and each is soft and padded and unlikely to hurt your baby in anyway should they accidentally hit their head on one. Both the caterpillar and the snail make a gentle rattling sound when they are shaken and these are fun for my son to swipe at when he is laying on the mat. The butterfly is my sons favourite of these toys as it is attached to a large flower and when pulled on its string it plays a gentle melody of ‘twinkle twinkle little star’. Fortunately for us this musical toy does not require batteries and have had many hours of playing time since owning this toy.

        ~Set up and Use~

        This mat is supplied with two bendy strips which are covered in a soft blue fabric and these serve as the arches for this play mat. To attach these strips is simply a case of bending them over, slotting one through the hooped component on the top arch and then looping the base of each arch through the hooped sections on the base of the mat using the Velcro attachments. The use of Velcro is good in my opinion as it provides a firm fixture whilst also being easy to detach and reattach where needed. Once the arches are attached it is simply a case of placing the toys in any of the eight hoops provided with the arches and you are good to go.

        ~Our Opinion~

        When I first received this play mat I was incredibly impressed with it before I had even taken it out of its box and I loved the way it incorporated soft plush fabrics with really useful components which are educational and interesting to my baby son. The mat has a lovely mixture of textures and colours and whilst these are visually appealing they are also interesting to touch and press to hear the various crunchy sounds that the padded sections make. The four toys supplied with this mat are interesting and slightly different to the standard animals that you often get with a baby gym. The beautiful touches with these toys including small felt feet and antennae are a lovely finish in my opinion and make the toys realistic and fun to play with. Another thing that we are very impressed with is the fact that this mat is musical and has detachable parts, all things which serve to keep my ever developing baby interested and amused.

        Living in a flat with some areas of hard flooring means that it can be cold for my baby to lie around the house on his back particularly when I am moving him around from room to room to be with me. Fortunately this mat is very cushioned and this makes it warm and comfortable for him to be on his back in a cooler room which is incredibly handy.

        ~Maintenance~

        The velour finish of this mat means that it does have a tendency to pick up stray hairs with ease and therefore I do vacuum our mat at least once a week to keep it clean. It is also worth noting that the mat itself is hand washable which I can imagine will be handy in the future when my son has his fair share of spills.

        ~Price and Availability~

        Despite the fact that this play mat has been around for a couple of years it still maintains quite a high price tag which I attribute to the quality of this toy. It is currently priced at £64.95 on the Kiddicare website which is quite dear in my opinion. However, the very fact that it has got so many assets makes this toy a worthy investment in my opinion and one which I will certainly use again with our next baby.

        ~Overall Thoughts and Recommendations~

        As this review will demonstrate, we have been very impressed with this play mat and a testament to this is the fact that my sons face lights up when I lay him down on it. The pastel colours, stimulating noises, detachable parts and comfy surface make this mat a complete winner all round in our house and as a result it is a toy which I would highly recommend.

        As a result of this review, this toy scores a brilliant five stars from me. I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

        This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.

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          12.01.2015 11:02
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          Advantages

          • "Gentle lullaby"
          • "Easy to set up"
          • "Soft finish"
          • "Lovely looks"

          Disadvantages

          • "Does not light up in the dark"

          A Sleep Inducing Safari!

          When it came to putting together my son’s nursery, we already had a large bedroom newly decorated in powder blue and so it was simply a case of accessorising it. There are a number of boy’s nursery themes on market at the moment but the one which most appealed to me was a safari theme. I have always loved animals and so wanted to instil this love in my son. However; many of the safari themed accessories were in quite bright colours and I wanted things in pastel hues to suit the already pale blue room. When I stumbled across this Lollipop Lane Tiddly Wink Safari themed cot mobile I knew it would fit in perfectly and so looking around online I purchased it for the best value I could find.

          My understanding of a cot mobile is that it provides something interesting for a baby to look at and listen to when they are lying on their back in bed and that it can also be used as part of their bedtime routine to get them used to settling down at night. Babies spend a huge amount of their early lives lying on their backs and as my son always wanted to see new things a mobile was a necessity. There are various mobile options online and these include high tech mobiles which create lights and images whilst spinning around and playing music to simpler mobiles which are simply arms with objects attached. This mobile is one of the latter and personally I liked this type of mobile as I liked the classic look of it in his nursery.

          ~The Tiddly Wink Safari Cot Mobile~

          This cot mobile has four plastic arms which hold four safari animals those being a pair of giraffes and a pair of elephants. Each animal is constructed in a soft plush fabric with the elephants being pale blue with spotty ears and the giraffes a pale yellow. The soft finish of each animal is lovely as it prevents any accidental knocks to my son when he is being lifted in and out of his cot at night. I like the way that each part of the mobile is finished with little areas of detail such as the contrasting stitching and a blue cord tail for the elephants and red corded mane and horns for the giraffes. This adds an element of quality to this mobile in my opinion. In the centre of this mobile the plastic arms are hidden using a large plush green canopy which to all purposes looks like the fronds of a tree and this is a nice touch as the plastic on its own looks a little cheap in finish. The mobile is finished off with a small tree in the centre and this is adorned with the “Lollipop Lane” logo and works well in completing the safari theme of this mobile in my opinion.

          This mobile works by spinning around in an anti-clockwise direction when the dial at the back of the music box is turned. The music box is finished off with a Lollipop Lane sticker and plays the Brahms Lullaby tune in a soft volume which is easy on the ears and certainly creative of a peaceful bedtime. A handy feature for our nursery is the small on/ off switch at the side of the music box as this ensures that the music can be switched off at night and saves any unexpected noises from the mobile as my son is sleeping.

          ~Assembly~

          When we received this mobile it came in a rectangular box and required a minimal amount of assembly before putting it on the side of the cot. This included attaching the looped arm of the mobile to the side of the cot using a screw connection to ensure it sat tight against the rails of the cot, hooking the music box and main body of the mobile to the end of the arm and placing the green tree fabric section over the top of the four arms. This was all very easy to do in my opinion with the only slight difficulty being putting the plastic hooped sections together as the gap to do so was very small and required a certain amount of jigging around to get it to fit.

          ~Our Experience~

          Once assembled, I was very pleased with the finished look of this mobile as I felt it finished off my babies cot nicely. I was also happy with the soft notes of Brahms melody that this mobile played which were gentle and soothing and were not very stimulating, perfect for bedtime. In use this cot mobile is quite simple and the absence of any lighting means that it will not be visible to your baby in a dark bedroom but will still be audible. Personally I didn’t mind the absence of any lights but this may be off putting to someone looking for something they can let their babies watch in the middle of the night. The lack of any lighting means that we use this cot mobile in the evenings after bath time when my son is in his sleep suit. By putting on a night light in the nursery, we give our baby a few minutes of mobile time and he watches the animals avidly as they turn in a slow circle. In my opinion this is a nice way for my son to wind down at the end of a busy day and it symbolises part of his bedtime routine making his bedtime consistent.

          ~Price and Availability~

          When we purchased this cot mobile we did so through the Lollipop Lane website and paid just under £30. This was about average for a cot mobile in my opinion and a price I would certainly pay again. Unfortunately this mobile is no longer available on the company website but can be bought through retailers such as Amazon and EBay for a similar price. It is worth mentioning that this mobile is part of a selection of Safari themed items from Lollipop Lane and although I didn’t buy any of them, they would certainly be nice in creating a uniform theme to your nursery.

          ~Recommendation and Overall Opinion~

          Overall we have enjoyed using this mobile and have done so nightly since my son was born nearly six months ago proving that it is quite a durable little item. As a result I would definitely recommend this cot mobile and would score it a well-deserved five stars.

          I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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            07.01.2015 07:14
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            Advantages

            • "Good packaging"
            • Hydrating

            Disadvantages

            • "Too sweet for me"

            Sweet Strawberry!

            When it comes to drinking water, I believe that you really do benefit from drinking a couple of litres daily. As I am also breastfeeding at the moment I am trying to up my water intake as I find it leaves me feeling both healthier and less prone to headaches, which is great during this time in my life of sleepless nights with a little one. Water on its own can be quite boring therefore I went out the other day to find something a little different and came home with this Volvic Touch of Strawberry.

            Being a lover of strawberries, it really was no contest when I saw this water bottle on the shelf. Presented in a translucent plastic bottle with red accents to mirror that of the strawberry ingredient I thought the packaging was both eye catching and fresh which appealed to me instantly. On the front of the bottle a volcano is illustrated swimming in a sea of red and a large strawberry finishes this image off making it unique. The bottle is ribbed all the way around and this is particularly helpful when the bottle is full of water as it makes it considerably easier to grip and therefore carry around with you.

            This water is quite simply still water infused with a strawberry flavouring. On the side of the bottle we are told the ingredients of this drink are as follows:

            “Volvic natural mineral water (95%), sugar (4.8%), Acid (citric acid) and Natural flavouring with other natural flavourings.”

            In terms of the nutritional qualities of this drink based on a 250ml serving they are as follows:

            “Fat 0g, carbohydrate 12.1g, sugars 12.1g, protein 0g and salt 0.01g”

            Although I think it is important to look at the nutritional content of a product before buying, I don’t take it too seriously as I have quite a healthy diet anyway. To me it is the taste of something which really makes something a winner and I was keen to see how good this water would taste.

            Opening up the bottle, the first thing that struck me was the smell of this water. This smell had strong notes of strawberry and smelt a tad synthetic taking me back to the strawberry scented lip balms I use to wear as a child. Smell aside, the taste of this water was very sweet. The strawberry notes were very noticeable and should I have been in a blindfolded taste test I would definitely have recognised the strawberry ingredient from a mile off. Although not unpleasant, I did find that the sweetness of this water was a little too much after a few sips and it did leave me questioning how much sugar was in this drink. In my opinion this water is much better served cold from the fridge as when the water warms to room temperature it becomes a sweet strawberry bath and not particularly pleasant in my opinion.

            Buying a large bottle of this water at 1.5l in size did mean that I had a lot of it to drink before I emptied the bottle. I don’t like to waste food or drink and therefore made sure that we drunk this water before I could reuse the bottle. On a positive, the large bottle has been an incredibly useful container for plain water ensuring that I drink at least a bottles worth of water every day although it does still smell of strawberries despite having been rinsed out thoroughly.

            It is hard for me to say whether I would recommend this drink. I think that if you are a big lover of strawberry flavours then this will be a winner for you, just bear in mind that it is very sweet. For me, I probably wouldn’t buy this product again but will continue buying plain water when the need arises. As a result this water scores a so-so 3 stars from me.

            When we purchased a bottle of this water from our local supermarket it was £1 and I consider this quite good value when compared to other smaller bottles of drink.

            I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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              06.01.2015 15:03
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              Advantages

              • "Leaves hair soft and shiny"
              • "Helps remove brassy tones"
              • "Lovely scent"

              Disadvantages

              • "Not the quickest method but gentle"

              Averting my blonde crisis!

              Before I had my hair highlighted with a full head of blonde highlights last year, my hairdresser did warn me that the bleach might not take completely to my hair. This was due to the fact that I had previously dyed my hair a dark shade of reddish brown and she did say that the red could make the bleach go a shade of light orange rather than blonde. Being a bit of a risk taker when it comes to my hair colour, I didn’t heed her advice but went full steam ahead with a full head of highlights only to realise that she had been right when the bleach had been rinsed from my head. Although the colour was considerably lighter, there were still traces of reddish orange in my newly coloured hair.

              To combat the problem, my hairdresser advised that I purchased a purple based shampoo to remove some of the red pigment from my hair. The shampoo she recommended was quite a costly salon brand coming it at around £15 for a bottle (ouch) so I went out into the good British high-street to find a less costly alternative.

              ~The Product~

              Whilst browsing in my local Boots store, the shampoo I discovered was this Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes shampoo. I have been impressed with the products I have used by Lee Stafford in the past and so was confident that this shampoo would be what I was looking for. The product claims to “knock out brassy yellow tones” from bleached or highlighted hair and to “refresh and restore your blonde hair to salon beautiful colour”. Both things that I really needed to correct my slightly ginger head.

              The presentation for this product is quite typical in my opinion of the slightly more upmarket ranges of shampoos and conditioners you can find in the Boots haircare aisle. The bottle stands on its lid and is translucent in colour with two stripes of purple on both the top and bottom of the bottle. These purple accents serve to highlight the colour of the shampoo within the bottle and this is a deep purple colour and certainly eye catching. The shampoo itself has quite a liquid consistency that pours easily out of the cap of the bottle with minimal squeezing. Turning the bottle over we are told that this shampoo contains a complex of panthenol, chamomile and moringa seed extract (anyone??) to encourage natural shine.

              ~Application and Use~

              It is recommended that this shampoo should only be used once a week and I did stick to this advice being that I had previously ignored the advice of my hairdresser. To use it is recommended that the shampoo is applied to wet hair, massaged into a lather and rinsed well. During every use I do just this and apply a good sized dollop to my chin length hair before rubbing well and then rinsing. I find that this shampoo takes a little more encouragement to lather than others and I did leave it on for a minute the first couple of times I used it just to maximise the effects of the purple tint. This shampoo has an interesting smell and one which I attribute to the Lee Stafford range and I must admit to loving it as it is both feminine and fragrant.

              Once rinsed from my hair I did follow with the required conditioner and then blow dried my hair to see the results.

              ~Results~

              It is of my opinion that this shampoo helps to gradually remove the brassy tones in my highlights but that this is a gradual process and certainly not one that happens overnight. The areas of highlights which had gone a nice blonde colour were made slightly more ash in tone with this shampoo whilst the more orange areas were slightly toned down. With continued use of this shampoo weekly I have noticed that my hair looks less brassy and more blonde although not incredibly so, it is definitely a slow process. I have since returned to the hairdressers for another full head of highlights and this time around the bleach removed 99% of the reddish tones however this shampoo certainly helped me get over the ginger look the first time around and made it much less noticeable.

              Another positive with this shampoo is its ability to improve my hair condition. Bleach is quite a harsh product to apply to your head and often my hair goes like straw as a result. This shampoo has helped in keeping my hair looking supple with a slight sheen and this is a nice change from having hair which feels course and is prone to split ends.

              ~Price and Availability~

              It is worth shopping around for this shampoo as you can regularly find Lee Stafford products in Boots as part of a three for two deal. However, this shampoo is currently priced at £6.99 in Boots which I consider well worth the money, particularly when you consider the cost of getting a full head of highlights in the first place.

              ~Recommend?~

              I would recommend this shampoo based on my experiences. Although it didn’t completely removed the brassy tones from my hair, it certainly helped and this gave me renewed confidence when sporting my newly dyed locks. I would award this shampoo a good four stars and would consider buying it again should I find myself in another crisis of blonde.

              I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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                05.01.2015 09:26
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                Advantages

                • "A little goes a long way"
                • "Cuts through grease"
                • "Kills germs"
                • "Fresh scent"

                Disadvantages

                • "None that we have found"

                Fairy blue to keep my dishes looking new!

                Unfortunately in our house we have quite a small kitchen without the room for a dishwasher. This means that we go through quite a lot of washing up liquid and I must run a bowl of hot water several times a day. I personally prefer to use Fairy washing up liquid to wash our dishes as I find it the best in terms of foaming qualities and longevity, I also like the choice of scents that are available within the Fairy range. Therefore when I saw a bottle of this “antibacterial action” liquid for only £1 a couple of months ago, I bought a bottle to see how good it would be.

                ~~The Product and Packaging~~

                Having a young baby in the house means that I am paranoid about keeping everything germ free as I wouldn’t want him picking anything up around the house. Therefore the antibacterial qualities of this washing up liquid really appealed to me as well as the bright blue colour. This liquid comes in the standard upright Fairy bottle with its red flip top cap and rounded sides which taper towards the top. The liquid inside the bottle is a vibrant blue, almost cobalt, and I like the way that it provides a pop of colour by my kitchen sink as well as looking fresh and clean. On the front of the bottle we are told that this is an antibacterial liquid with essence of eucalyptus and a blue cross illustration only further adds to my opinion that this is a hygienic and safe liquid to use. I like the overall presentation of this product and the fact that it sits proudly by my sink shows that I think it looks great in my kitchen.

                ~~Product Claims~~

                Turning the bottle over we are told that this liquid can be used on your kitchen sponge to prevent the spread of bacteria. It can also be used to wash your hands and this is something I use it for regularly, especially as I am constantly changing dirty nappies. There are no directions for use as such, but this doesn’t really surprise me as we all know how washing up liquid works.

                ~~Using Fairy~~

                To use this product I like to ensure that I squirt a couple of dollops of it into running hot water and I swish it around with my hands to ensure that I get the maximum amount of bubbles. As this liquid combines with the water, it creates lovely thick white foam and releases the freshest of smells which lingers in the kitchen after use. The smell is that of the eucalyptus ingredient and this means it has a fresh, uplifting and almost citrus zing which is lovely in my opinion and cuts through the cooking smells leaving my kitchen smelling clean. Washing my dishes in this liquid is a doddle and I find that the thick foam cuts through most of my greasy dishes leaving them sparkly clean. There are the odd occasions when the standard washing up water won’t cut through the grease such as when we have a pan that has been used to cook roast potatoes in olive oil. On this occasion, I use a small blob of liquid, rub it to a foam with a sponge and rinse thoroughly and my pan is left immaculate.

                ~~Other Uses~~

                I do find other uses for this washing up liquid and these include washing my hands with it and using it to cut through the grease on my kitchen hob. Whilst it is not the most gentle thing I can use on my hands, it is handy that it is antibacterial and as long as I moistures my hands daily I haven’t had any problems with them drying out too much. I have read that washing up liquid is one of the safest things you can use to clean metal surfaces as it cleans without damaging the chrome finish and therefore I like to use this liquid with a touch of water on my hob and kitchen and bathroom taps. This results in metal surfaces which are not only sparkling clean but also antibacterial.

                ~~Price and Availability~~

                In terms of price, it is always worth looking around for offers on Fairy products in my opinion as who wants to pay full price for something that you use so regularly. I often find this product on offer in my local Wilk store for £1 and I consider this great value considering the smaller 383ml bottle often lasts me two – three months until it needs replacing.

                ~~My Opinion and Recommendations~~

                I think my review will demonstrate that I really like this Antibacterial Fairy liquid; in fact I would go as far as to say that this is one of my favourite scents from the Fairy range. Not only is it effective at cleaning my dishes and very fresh smelling but it also puts my mind at ease with its antibacterial properties. As a result I would have to highly recommend this liquid and award it an excellent five stars.

                I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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                03.01.2015 09:06
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                Advantages

                • "A little goes a long way"
                • "Leaves hair soft and supple"
                • "Lovely scent"

                Disadvantages

                • "Weighs my hair down"

                Healthy Hair Without the Bounce!

                Having reviewed the shampoo from the Pantene Proo V Repair and Protect range, I shall now move on to reviewing the conditioner. Getting a deal on the two bottles for £4 for the larger 360ml size I was pleased that I had got a good bargain for two products which could only improve the condition of my hair.

                In the same way as the shampoo, the conditioner is presented in a white bottle with highlights of gold and this ensures that the two products correlate in presentation and is also useful when you are trying to find two matching products in store. The only difference in presentation is the direction of the nozzle through which to dispense the product with the shampoo standing upright and the conditioner lid facing downwards ensuring that the thicker conditioner is easy to squeeze out of the bottle. Personally I really like the presentation of this conditioner as I think it is relatively minimal and would fit well into most bathrooms should you like your colours to fit a scheme as I do.

                Turning the conditioner bottle over we are told that this conditioner will do as follows:

                “Our rich repairing collection with micro-nourishers helps lock in moisture deep down, working with your hair to leave it healthy looking and shiny.”

                I must admit to being left a little baffled by the ‘micro-nourishers’ terminology, however it only promised to help my hair look healthier, a good thing by anyone’s standards. The conditioner itself is white, with a thick consistency and a lovely fresh clean smell which I confess to loving.

                Using this conditioner is really simple and I just apply a small blob of it to my hair after washing with the corresponding shampoo. I find that this conditioner spreads easily through my chin length hair and leaves a silky film over my hair before I rinse it out a couple of minutes later. On a normal day I prefer to let my hair dry naturally however to get the best results with this conditioner I think a blow dry is good as it smoothens each cuticle leaving my hair full of bounce.

                Once dried I find that my hair looks shiny, healthy and full of bounce. It feels incredibly soft to the touch and has a lovely fresh scent which stays in it all day. The bounce in my hair can only be attributed to a blow dry after conditioning and when I leave my hair to dry naturally I find that it looks a little limp and lank after using this conditioner and I can only attribute this to this product weighing my fine hair down. This is a shame in my opinion because this conditioner certainly helps my bleached and processed hair feel softer and look shinier it just makes it look slightly less full of volume particularly on the second day after washing.

                Despite this, I would recommend this conditioner and can see it working wonders on thicker tresses which are dry and damaged. For this reason I would score this conditioner a good four stars and will continue to use it until my bottle runs dry.

                I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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                03.01.2015 08:35
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                Advantages

                • "Helps hair look healthy"
                • "Softens and moisturises"

                Disadvantages

                • "Weighs my hair down"

                Restorative treatment for dry hair!

                Although I have a few favourites when it comes to brands of shampoo and conditioner, I am also a stickler for getting a good bargain. Therefore when I saw the Pantene Repair and Protect shampoo and conditioner on a recent deal for £4 for the pair I popped them into my shopping basket. I have used the Pantene range of products quite a lot over the years but never having used the repair and protect range I was keen to see how good they were.

                The packaging for the shampoo in this range has been updated somewhat since the picture shown on Dooyoo. The predominant colour of the bottle is white and this has been highlighted with a gold repair and protect logo and gold Pro-V capsule illustrations which adds a touch of class in my opinion and fits in well in my beige and white bathroom. A gold flip top cap completes this look and this serves as an easy way to pour shampoo out of the bottle.

                On the back of the bottle we are told that this shampoo has three qualities which are (and I quote) as follows:

                • Restore hairs strength against styling damage
                • Prevent the formation of split ends
                • Get healthy looking shine and smoothness

                Inside the bottle the shampoo is white in colour and has a lovely aroma which is typical of the Pantene range. Although hard to describe I would say it is a fresh and clean scent with hints of citrus and this smell stays in my hair for a good day after washing. The shampoo has a slightly thicker consistency than I have used in the past although it lathers well when it comes into contact with water.

                To use this shampoo I like to ensure that my hair is damp before applying a good sized dollop of it to the roots of my hair. Massaging the shampoo from the roots to the tips I like the way that it creates a thick lather and is easily distributed through my chin length hair. Once happy that it has coated every hair strand I then rinse my hair and follow with the recommended conditioner.

                Before I talk about the results it is important that I describe my hair. I have a chin length bob with a head of fine consistency hair but lots of it. Over the summer I did have a couple of full head of highlights sessions at the hairdressers resulting in bleached hair which now looks past its best, therefore I hoped that a restorative shampoo would add some shine back to my hair.

                Once rinsed and blow dried it is my opinion that my hair looks healthier than it had done before washing with this shampoo. Not only does it have renewed bounce and shine but it also feels softer to the touch and feels less like straw and more like my hair before the bleach. I really like this look and with continued use I have found that my hair is smoother and has suffered less from frayed ends. The only negative that I can find with this shampoo is that its bouncy qualities do not last as long in my hair as other products with my fine hair losing its volume by the second day after washing. As a result I would have to say that this shampoo has a tendency to weigh my hair down to a certain extent.

                All in all however I do like this shampoo and with daily use my hair might always look full of bounce and renewed vigour. Therefore I would have to recommend this shampoo particularly for people with slightly thicker hair than mine and would score it a good four stars.

                I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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              • Rubber Ducks / Discussion / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                01.01.2015 12:13
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                Advantages

                • "Great value"
                • "Great bath time entertainment"
                • "Fun and durable"

                Disadvantages

                • "None that we have found"

                A Quacking Good Bath Time!

                As this Christmas was our first together with a new baby, we wanted to buy a few stocking fillers for our little boy. As he loves his bath time I wanted to get him a few toys he could play with in the bath without spending a huge amount of money as I knew that ultimately he would be more interested in the wrapping paper than the present itself. Browsing through our local Asda store, I came across a rubber duck and thought it would be a fun little gift.

                Our duck is quite simply a bright yellow rubber duck which can be used to float in the bath or to simply sit on the edge of the bath and look cute. This duck is has quite a cute face with his bright orange bill and black eyes with hint of blue and my son loves studying his face. It is worth mentioning that this duck is made out of a heavy duty rubber and this means it is unlikely to suffer damage easily and therefore I thought would be perfect for our son who has begun to throw things around the bath as he discovers his hands.

                Whilst this duck could be used as a bath side ornament, we prefer to use it to entertain our son in the bath. When he is sat upright in his Angel Bath we like to float the duck past him and let him splash water over it, or as he is prone to do, pick the duck up and stick it in his mouth. Another feature with this duck which provides endless entertainment for my son is the little hole on the base of the duck. Not only does this hole make a rasping noise when it is pressed but squeezing the sides of the duck underwater we find that we can fill the body of the duck up with warm water and then squirt it onto our sons tummy in the bath resulting in squeals of laughter.

                As our duck is part of the George range of products there is no information as to what age group this toy should be played by. However with discretion, I am happy for my son to play with this duck at 5+ months as it has no small parts to worry about.

                This duck cost me 80p from my local Asda store which I consider to be a good price to pay. It is a fun item and one which hides away in the bathroom drawer between uses therefore I envisage having it for many years to come. I would definitely recommend this item and would score it a good four stars.

                I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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                • Sassy Wonder Wheel / Baby Toy / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                  31.12.2014 09:16
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                  Advantages

                  • "Helps hand and eye co-ordination"
                  • Educational
                  • Colourful

                  Disadvantages

                  • "None that we have found"

                  Wheel of Wonderment...

                  Just before Christmas, my Mum and I were doing some last minute shopping when my little boy started to have a meltdown in our local T K Maxx. It never ceases to amaze me how many children loathe shopping and my little 5 month old was no different, so my Mum took him to the children’s section of the store to see if she could find something to quiet him. She came back with this Sassy Wonder Wheel, and as she spun it my son looked on in quiet amazement. Knowing that he was captured she bought it for him as an early Christmas present and having owned it for a couple of weeks I felt it was high time that I gave it a review.

                  The Toy

                  This toy is quite simply a spinning wheel which has a suction base in order that it can be secured upright on any hard surface such as a highchair or play mat. This wheel is incredibly colourful to look at with its red, yellow and blue wheel, green stand, red, orange and yellow rings and multi coloured moving parts. This range of colours makes it very eye catching for my little boy and he loves watching the colours and moving parts.

                  Inside the moving wheel are a number of tiny plastic beads and these make a lovely rattling sound when the wheel is spun adding yet another element for my son to enjoy. The wheel also has built in sections which can be spun independently and these include two spinning discs which make the same rattling sound as the wheel and a mirrored section which is interesting to look at when it catches the light.

                  In my opinion this wheel is incredibly well made as it has so many different features which will appeal to small children and these are noticeable in the textured elements of this wheel such as the ridges around the edge of the wheel. These feel rough to the touch and are a fun thing for my little boy to run his fingers over particularly as he is enjoying playing with different textures as he gets better with his hands. The base of the wheel also houses three rings and these are fun for my son to touch and attempt to spin around with his fingers.

                  Age Requirements

                  It is worth noting that this toy is recommended for babies aged 6 months and above. Whilst my son is not quite at this age yet, he has mastered sitting up quite early and therefore I didn’t see a problem in introducing this toy to him earlier as long as he is supervised.

                  Set Up and Use

                  As this toy houses a suction cup at the bottom of the wheel it can be placed onto any hard surface for your child to play with. I find it useful to slightly moisten the sucker cup before I stick it to a hard surface as I find that this makes it stick more securely. As our baby is now sitting up to table for his solid meals, I like to place it in front of him on the table as I am preparing his food as I find it gives him a nice little distraction before his meal. We have also used this toy placed on our kitchen floor whilst my son is sat up on his play mat as it gives him something to look at and spin.

                  This toy is 18cm in height and this means that it is certainly obvious to my little boy when he is sitting upright in his chair and is a nice height for him to reach with his hands.

                  Educational Elements

                  Anyone who has had a small baby will know that at around the six month age they want to touch everything and are discovering their hands. In my opinion this toy is an excellent aid in promoting the sense of touch and it stimulates my son as he tries to figure out how to use each of his hands to spin the wheel. As he is also at the age where everything goes into his mouth, this wheel has also been a fun toy for him to put into his mouth and I can only assume that the textured wheel has been an interesting thing for him to suck. With lots of encouragement my son is now able to spin the wheel in either direction and it has been fun seeing him work this out for himself.

                  This toy is certainly amusing and still gets the same look of wonderment from my son every time I get it out of the cupboard however, being that he is only little it will probably get around ten minutes of play each time before he bores of this toy and wants something else to look at.

                  Price and Availability

                  When we purchased this wheel from our local TK Maxx it cost £6.99 which I thought was quite a good price to pay for such a sturdy and well-made toy. Looking online, it is currently for sale on Amazon for £9 and on the John Lewis website for the same price. Although slightly more than we paid I still think this is quite good value for a toy which I can see lasting for any future children we might have.

                  Overall Opinion and Recommendations

                  To sum up this toy I would have to say that it is a really interesting item which offers a new experience every time we get it out of the cupboard for my son. He has yet to tire of this toy and enjoys spinning the wheel around and listening to the soft rattling noise of the beads inside. It has also been a good toy in making my son more aware of his hands and being able to co-ordinate his movements. As a result I would have to recommend this toy highly and would award it an excellent five stars.

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                  30.12.2014 09:30
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                  Advantages

                  • Educational
                  • "Simple story"
                  • "Bright illustrations"

                  Disadvantages

                  • "None that we have found"

                  The Classic Little Caterpillar!

                  As we have just celebrated Christmas, I thought it was high time that I reviewed some of the presents that my baby son received. Despite his young age, he was still spoiled with presents over the Christmas period one such gift being a paperback copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Having owned this book myself as a child I was keen to see whether it was as good as I remembered.

                  First impressions of this book are good. Personally I love the plain white background of the front cover with its bold illustration of a very colourful caterpillar as I feel this is both eye catching and interesting for my little baby who has yet to appreciate words and books with detail. Turning the book over, we are met with a large green leaf and orange sun illustration which although quite simple in concept has some lovely detail in the form of the almost brush stroke qualities of the prints. On the back of our book is a quote from the Telegraph which states “Every child should have a copy” and this is something that I myself agree with.

                  The book tells the story of a little caterpillar who hatches from his egg on a leaf and goes on a journey of eating until he turns into a cocoon and emerges as a beautiful butterfly. I like the concept of this story as I think it is both entertaining and educational and I like the way that it teaches my son a little about the natural environment in a simple story. Each page is beautifully illustrated with colourful images with the storyline being told in short simple sentences which are easy to read and fun to go through with my son without losing his attention.

                  My favourite section of this book is the part where the caterpillar eats his way through various different fruits on each day of the week culminating with him eating his way through a cake, ice cream cone, pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, lollipop, cherry pie, sausage, cupcake and watermelon. These are all foods which a little caterpillar should not be eating but nevertheless amusingly illustrated. I like the way that every item of food on the caterpillars list is presented with a little circular hole through it as it is a graphic way of illustrating to a child that the caterpillar is nibbling his way through each food item and this is a novel idea and one which I have never come across in any other book. I would say that this book is perhaps a little simpler in storyline than I remembered as a child but this only makes it more suitable for my son and keeps his attention captured.

                  Although I didn’t buy this story, I have looked online and found it for sale on Amazon for a very reasonable £3.49. In my opinion this is a good price to pay for a book which we will undoubtedly return to again and again.

                  In my opinion this is a great little addition to my sons little book collection and a story that we love reading to him before bed.
                  Although it is quite a simple story to my adult mind it is one that our baby loves and the colourful illustrations really add to the story. As a result I would highly recommend this book and would have to score it a well-deserved five stars.

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                • Johnson's Baby Lotion / Baby Care / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                  29.12.2014 08:48
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                  Advantages

                  • "Good value"
                  • "Easily absorbed"
                  • "Gentle to the skin"
                  • "Clean scent"

                  Disadvantages

                  • "None that I have found"

                  A Lovely Lotion!

                  When we preparing for our new arrival a few months ago; I was keen to stock up on a number of baby skincare products. Johnsons are a brand whom I have always associate with producing quality baby skincare and so I knew that I wanted to buy a number of skincare options from their range one of which was this baby lotion.

                  Packaging and Presentation

                  This lotion is presented in a pale pink upright bottle which has not changed in appearance over the years I have been aware of it. The pink bottle does lend this product to a female user in my opinion but nevertheless the pastel hue does look nice in my babies powder blue nursery. On the back of the bottle we are told that this product is for ‘delicate skin’ and has an ‘unmistakeable’ baby fresh smell which is clinically mild and hypoallergenic.

                  The Lotion

                  The bottle opens via a flip top cap on the top of the bottle and the medium consistency moisturiser pours easily out of the small circular opening. The lotion is a pale pink colour to match that of the bottle and has an incredibly delicate and cotton fresh scent which I so often associate with the Johnsons brand of baby skincare. The lotion has a smooth and slightly oily consistency and I find that it rubs easily into my babies’ skin when applied.

                  Application and Use

                  Johnsons recommend that this lotion is applied to the babies’ entire body or applied with cotton wool to cleanse the skin. In our house I prefer to apply this lotion to my babies’ skin after he has had a bath. I use this lotion on his entire body including his face and find that it spreads easily across his skin with a gentle massaging lotion. Once applied I am pleasantly surprised with how quickly the cream is absorbed with his skin looking free of white lotion marks within minutes of application. After application my son has a slight sheen to his skin which I attribute to the conditioning properties of this product.

                  Results

                  After using this lotion I find that my babies’ skin feels much softer to the touch and is free from any of the slightly dry patches which he had been suffering from since birth. The skin looks healthier and has a lovely soft clean scent which lasts well into the next morning when I bathe my son the night before. I like this lotion so much that I have been known to use it on my own face and found it to be moisturising without being too oily therefore reducing breakouts.

                  Price and Availability

                  I have a 500ml bottle of this lotion which has lasted well over the past few weeks and I paid just £1.50 for it from my local Asda store. I consider this very good value for money and I will certainly be buying it again when my current bottle runs dry.

                  Recommend?

                  As a result of this review I would have to recommend this lotion highly and will therefore be scoring it a well-deserved five stars for excellence.

                  I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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                  28.12.2014 16:05
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                  Advantages

                  • "Easy to use"
                  • "Robust and well made"

                  Disadvantages

                  • "Lid is very stiff to remove"
                  • "Drips fluid from teat"

                  A good introductory beaker

                  Although it is hard for me to believe, my little baby boy is now over five months old and so we have started the fun process of weaning him onto solids. Aware that he might get a little thirsty during his new ‘big boy’ meals, I did go out a couple of weeks ago to purchase his first sippy cup. The cup I came home with was this Tommee Tippee first cup. Tommee Tippee is a brand that I associate with producing quality products for little people and so when I saw this cup in Sainsbury’s for a mere £1.50 I popped it into my basket.

                  This cup is not particularly exciting to look at if I am totally honest but nonetheless is entirely practical for the task of hydrating my little one. Our cup is entirely blue in colour with a slightly lighter blue lid and the Tommee Tippee logo imprinted onto the front of the beaker. In my local supermarket there were only two colour options for this cup those being pink and blue and although this didn’t bother me I can see that it might bother people who are looking for less gender specific colours.

                  The concept of this cup is for the lid to be pulled off the top of the beaker, the cup filled with fluid and then the lid returned and fed to the baby via the flip down teat. This is refreshingly easy in concept however, the lid is surprisingly difficult to remove from the top of the cup without spilling the contents all over the kitchen and therefore after a couple of uses I did resort to opening the cup when it was placed in the bottom of my kitchen sink. Once given to my baby I was surprised that there was no device to stop liquid from pouring down his chin as he got used to the notion of sucking from a beaker as the water quite literally poured out of the small holes, however this does make it easy to see that he is drinking some of the liquid.

                  The lack of anything to stop the liquid from pouring out of the small teat holes is a negative should your baby drop this cup as it does mean that fluid spurts across the floor as it falls, however the stiff lid does do its job in not coming off when it hits the floor and therefore keeping the majority of the fluid inside the cup.

                  All in all this is a very robust and well made cup which does feel quite sturdy in my hands and has been useful in introducing my baby to liquids with his meals. However, as he gets older and better with his hands I will be looking for a slightly more technical beaker which does not spill fluid when it is tipped or transported and which will encourage him to suck the water out.

                  For only £1.50 this is a good starter cup and I would recommend it for this purpose. However its stiff lid and basic design means that I will be awarding this cup a rather average three stars.

                  I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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