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I don't very often purchase a store’s own brand of toiletries but every now and again I do try to budget just a little and then I add some of these cheaper items to my shopping trolley.
And sometimes a product will just catch my eye or it is on sale at too good a price for me to simply pass by.
In the case of Sainsbury’s White Shower Cream I was feeling fed up with having to keep buying expensive shower products that only have a small amount in the container.
This shower cream was packaged in a large 500ml plastic container and it was very reasonably priced too.
I try to mainly choose the milder type toiletry products for the family and I thought that this shower product would probably fit the bill as the packaging states that it is paraben free as well as being pH balanced.
I thought that this shower cream had a good lather.
It felt nice upon the skin and smelt nice but not at all strong.
After using this shower cream for several showers I found that it treated my skin kindly and I didn’t have any problems at all with dry or irritated skin.
No-on else in the family complained either.
This shower cream is made up of the following ingredients:
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol.
Sainsbury’s White shower Cream is available from Sainsbury’s stores at the evry cheap price of ninety pence for a 500ml container
As I have high lites or occasionally a home hair colour of the all over type put in my hair two or three times a year, sometimes my hair needs a little extra pampering. And sometimes it needs a little extra help to recover.
My hair is thin and fine and oily. But although it’s oily it has been tending to become a little bit frizzy midway to the ends of the length of my hair. I think this is probably down to over colouring my hair last year.
I always use conditioner on my hair but after it became on the dry side following over treating I thought that I should give it a more intense treatment than it usually received.
This treatment comes in a tub and I got several uses from it.
After shampooing my hair I put a decent amount of this treatment on my hair. I worked it through and then combed my hair. I then left it on my hair, to do its work, for five minutes. After the five minutes I rinsed thoroughly.
Once my hair was towel dried I once again combed my hair and this was easy after using the treatment.
My hair did feel nicer, soft and silky.
I used this product twice in about six days and although it made my hair feel soft it did make it feel oily. It was a little heavy on my hair too. I now only use this about every ten to fourteen days and this seems to suit my hair better.
I paid less than £5 for this hair treatment from Wilkinsons.
The iDECT C5i Twin DECT Phone with answering machine is phone set consisting of two cordless handsets with an answer phone.
I purchased this from Argos some time ago but I am no longer using this phone set.
I purchased these phones after we had changed our telephone provider and line rental from British Telecom to Virgin Media.
These phones looked good to me and they seemed to be selling for a reasonable price.
I thought that they would be as good as any phone sets for around the same price. But I was wrong!
Granted they did look good when they were brought out of the box and set up. I liked the fact that they looked current.
Setting up of the handsets was fairly straightforward. My son entered most of our mainly used telephone numbers and then he set up the answer phone.
Everything seemed okay at first but unfortunately it wasn't that long until I realised that these phones just weren't as good as I had hoped that they would be.
The main problem for me was the sound. I thought it was crackly and of a somewhat tinny and unclear quality. Really, I had trouble hearing what the person on the other end of the line was saying, at times.
I wanted phones equipped with the speaker-phone facility but found the sound quality wasn't really good enough to want to use this feature unless I really had to.
The answer phone too was a little on the crackly side.
I also didn’t feel that the handsets felt at all nice to use.
The iDECT C5i Twin DECT telephone with answering machine is available from Amazon.co.uk.
The recommended retail price is £64.99 but it should be available for around the forty pounds mark.
I am a recent convert to the brand Creightons.
Recently I have tried several of their products and I have been very impressed with everything that I have tried so far.
Creightons sunshine blonde shampoo is certainly no exception and once again I feel that I have found a bargain with this brand.
I bought this product in one of the bargain stores and it cost me 89 pence. I think that is an amazing price for a product as good as this. Usually I will pay one pound for this type and size of shampoo or conditioner. I the shop I was wavering between buying an Argan Oil shampoo or this. The Argan oil was slightly more expensive but I was going to choose it as I had used it before and knew that it was an okay product but then I realised that my other would be purchase was by Creightons and I remembered that I had been impressed with this brand. I thought that I would give this shampoo a try as well.
Well, I am glad that I did as it didn't let me down.
The shampoo is in a plastic tube so it's light and ideal to travel with. I would say that it's nicely packaged really.
This shampoo really does go a long way. I was surprised at how little was needed to obtain a good lather.
I thought that this shampoo felt as good as many of the more expensive brands of shampoo that are on the market.
The shampoo cleansed my hair well and I liked the scent of it too.
After a few shampoos of Creighton's sunshine blonde shampoo I thought that my light hair did look lighter and it felt shiny.
I will continue using this very good value shampoo.
My husband and I decided to buy a new television for our grown up son’s bedroom. This was a spur of the moment decision as we were in a Sainsbury’s superstore and spotted this television which was on offer at the time.
This purchase was made about two years ago.
We were being generous but the idea was that our son always wants to watch sport and sometimes sports TV clashes with other programmes that others want to watch on our family television which is located in our living room.
We thought that if we bought a television for our son’s room then it would also give my husband another option for viewing TV on a large screen.
I can’t remember how much we paid for this television but I do remember that at the time we thought that the offer was a good one.
I would say that this TV has been a good purchase and my son is certainly pleased with it.
It can be fitted onto a wall bracket but my son prefers to keep it on TV unit.
The Sharp LC40EX is a slim line LED TV.
It has a 40 inch (102cm) screen.
One thing that made us decide on this set (apart from the reduced price) was the fact that it has a built in freeview tuner.
And it is a nice looking slim line television set.
The Sharp LC40LE240EX is also HD ready.
Before buying we checked for connectivity to other devices and found that this television set has two HDMI inputs.
The picture quality is good so this means that it’s a good set for watching football and rugby matches.
I would say that the sound is good on this television.
I don't very often purchase a store’s own brand of shampoo and conditioners although I do sometimes make an exception with Boots products, as well as just a few other stores.
As Boots is really Boots the chemist I do feel that their own toiletries and cosmetics are a safer bet than those from many other manufacturers.
I usually buy (whenever possible) the shampoo as well as the conditioner from the same range so that I can use then together (well one after the other!) and I have bought both the shampoo and conditioner from this range a few times.
I liked both products.
When I first used this conditioner I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of it.
It felt lovely and smooth to use on my wet hair after I had rinsed the shampoo off. And I was also pleased that a small amount seemed to go a long way.
After applying conditioner to my hair I tend to usually comb it through to the ends of my hair with a wide toothed comb. I then leave it in my hair for one to two minutes before thoroughly rinsing with the shower spray.
This conditioner combed through well and felt very nice on my hair. It rinsed out well.
Throughout using the conditioner on my wet hair and even when my hair had dried I could smell the lovely aroma of the ingredients.
In fact, throughout the day the scent remained detectable in my hair.
My hair was easily manageable after using this Boots conditioner and it did feel rather sleek and smooth.
I have used this conditioner several times although I haven’t seen it in Boots recently.
I would say that this shampoo is a good purchase and I would definitely recommend it.
When I bought a hair colour in a Sainsbury’s superstore a few weeks ago I also looked around for an enriching shampoo and conditioner that was especially intended for use on blonde or lightened hair.
I think that colouring the hair dries it out a little and always treat my hair to a little pampering following a salon trip or home colour treatment.
I came across the brand Phil Smith. I have brought products from this range before but mainly for my daughters as gifts.
I decided to buy a tube of shampoo as well as a conditioner.
They were both on offer at the time.
Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Blonde Highlight Enhancing Shampoo is for use on blonde or highlighted hair.
I didn’t really expect that much from this shampoo, feeling it was a shampoo pretending to be one of the more expensive brands. When I used this shampoo on my hair soon after using the hair colour treatment I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it actually felt.
It lathered well too.
And this shampoo smells gorgeous.
The scent of chamomile can be clearly detected and this lasts even when dry, especially if the conditioner is also used.
I believe that this shampoo helped my hair to shine and to be in good condition even though it had recently been subjected to a hair colour.
This shampoo, according to the manufacturers is not tested on animals.
It is made in the United Kingdom.
My shampoo came in a 200ml plastic tube container but it is also available in a 350ml size bottle.
When Joey our West Highland white terrier came to live with us almost fourteen years ago he was four months old.
Before deciding to have a pet I knew I had to be in a position to care for it.
At the time I looked around for pet insurance.
The best plan at the time seemed to be Axa. They offered a pot type fund where your monthly payments added up and you could take a certain amount from the fund if necessary. There was an excess and because of this many visits to the vets weren't worth claiming for.
The insurance covered illness, some veterinarian advised operations and special diets, emergency kennel care etc.
I think I claimed once for about £16 and another time for about £60.
Once Joey was about eight years old the premiums went up considerably. I thought we should stop paying and put aside a little money every month but my husband preferred to keep up the payments.
What started at around £11 per month ended up at £84! When Joey was thirteen we were advised that Axa were transferring the insurance to another company. We were on holiday and missed the transfer date. On our return my husband rang the new company and they said they would give us a new quote. We were horrified when he was told this would be around £300 per month!
I think this was awful treatment. As far as I am concerned Axa were happy to take our money every month when Joey was a young dog. Then he grew too old for them to take the risk and we and Joey were cast aside. There is no way we would pay over the already too high premiums. I feel that we paid all this money for nothing.
Now I put aside some money each month for Joey’s possible vet bills. If I get another pet I would NOT pay out for pet insurance and especially not with Axa.
I cannot remember how much I paid for this television set but I know it was cheap. Yet I have to say that even though it was cheap it wasn't really cheap enough, in my opinion.
I am not sure where I purchased this television set from but I seem to recall that it was either TJHughes or a from a supermarket superstore.
At the time we wanted a small but slimline television for our kitchen. I don’t really care about having a TV in the kitchen as I only really watch television when I am seated and relaxed for the evening, although I do sometimes watch the news in the morning while I am doing other tasks. But my husband, on the other hand, does often like to switch on the TV while he is helping in the kitchen or if a sporting event is on and he just cannot miss it! He has been known to take the television outside and set it up under the parasol in the garden if he is watching an international sporting event.
We didn’t have high expectations of this television set as we didn’t really think that Alba was one of the better makes of televisions but this TV wasn’t as good as we had hoped for.
I would say that the style of it is good but on closer inspection it doesn’t look so good.
The sound was never great as it wasn’t clear enough and in my opinion a TV in the kitchen needs to have clear sound.
After several month of use, although only light use, the TV’s picture started to jump about and we found that the screen had to be pressed in for it to work properly.
Built-in Freeview TV capability
Connectivity ports: HDMI, SCART, PC input, composite, S-Video, and AV sockets.
Can be wall mounted with a bracket (not supplied)
I bought this hairspray a while back when I went away to Norfolk for the weekend and forgot to pack any hairspray. Now anyone who is familiar with the county of Norfolk will know that it can be very windy and if you are planning to go out for the evening and wish to look smart then hairspray (for ladies) is a must.
I was really cross hat I had left my hairspray behind as I ha purchased a decent brand in a travel sized container especially for this trip.
There was a small shop on the site where I was staying but in my opinion it was overpriced and there was very little choice of products. I went into the nearby town when I had the first opportunity and went into one of the bargain stores. There are several to choose from.
I had heard of Adorn hairspray and so I chose this one. I didn't want to spend much as I knew that I had plenty of hairsprays waiting for me at home. I thought that anything, or more or less anything, would suffice for a couple of days and nights.
This however was a mistake.
I didn't like this hairspray. I had to use a lot of it to hold my style, although the weather was windy so it did have to work hard.
But I found that my hair felt tacky after using it and this I wasn't pleased about.
In my opinion, this hairspray is adequate if you want to hold back a fringe or just need to use a little of it but there are much better hairsprays out there and many of them don't cost much either.
I am not very technical at all I'm afraid but I will try my best to give an accurate opinion of this CD player from the manufacturer Goodmans.
The Goodmans CD1504USB was bought for my son some years ago as a present. A Christmas present I seem to recall.
At the time that he received this gift he was very into music and with this CD player he was forever playing CDs in his room and rather loudly too.
I don’t believe Goodmans to be the best make out that there is by any means but I think that for a cheaper brand of music player this manufacturer definitely has its place in the market. We can’t all afford the best quality items as they are far too expensive for many families with children but at least with the more reasonable brands music can be had by all.
My son was pleased with this CD player. I think that it looked good in his room as, at the time, it looked very up to date. Even now I don’t think it looks too bad, although models seem to get sleeker and smarter all the time.
The sound isn't the best but for a teenager wanting music systems and games systems as well a CD player had to be reasonably priced and this fit the bill.
At the time of purchasing my husband thought that this model did sound better than many of the other cheaper brands that we had listened to.
It’s very easy to operate with clear controls for the CD player and the radio.
My son liked that it had a remote control with it.
As to longevity, well it is still working so I can’t fault it on that at all.
I used to buy so many different facial products for my children when they hit their teenage years and their skins became troublesome. Having four children (now grown up) I think I must have tried so many products.
Now they have all grown out of their teenage years and they don’t have problem skin.
Many of the skin products that I purchased weren’t used by them and instead were used by myself as I don’t like to see so many items go to waste.
In fact my skin has always been prone to oiliness and so I do need to use facial washes and scrubs sometimes.
I think that Clean and Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash is a fairly good product. I do think that with regular use it reduces excess oil on the skin and cleans and helps to unclog blocked pores. However, I did find when I used this treatment several times during one week that my skin did actually become over dry. I know that many teenagers experience troublesome and very oily skin that does need to be dried up but I feel that if this wash was used daily for a few weeks then it could possibly cause the skin to become too dry and sore. I would suggest using it only four or five times a week rather than using it for seven days in any one week.
But it is decent product that I feel can help to improve the skin.
I would say that it feels nice to use and is a genuine product rather than a gimmicky one.
Clean & Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash is readily available from chemists and supermarkets.
Currently a 150ml tube of this facial wash sells for £1.99 (reduced from £2.99) in Superdrug.
I always like to keep a small pack of wipes in my handbag.
To be honest, I'm not really very fussy about the brand of wipes that I use although obviously I do like some brands more than others. But I’m happy to purchase either branded wipes or supermarket/stores own wipes.
I am always happy to try a new (to me) product.
I first tried these wipes from Asda just a few months ago. I think that they must have been on offer at the time and probably this was the buy four packs for only three pounds because I have used one pack and still have another only half used in my bag. I gave a pack away to each of my daughters. My younger daughter was about to travel to Venice at the time and she wanted to take some wipes with her but she needed to keep her luggage light and compact. A pack of these wipes was ideal.
My opinion on these wipes is that they are a good product and one that I would purchase again.
I do have sensitive skin but don’t only use sensitive wipes because as long as I don’t overdo the use wipes they don’t usually cause any adverse reactions. According to Asda these facial wipes are fragrance free and are also dermatologically tested, therefore suitable for sensitive skins.
They are alcohol free.
I mainly use the wipes to remove make-up and also to refresh my face and to clean my hands when I am out and about.
The wipes effectively tone as well as cleanse one’s face without leaving the skin feeling dry.
These wipes contain the nourishing Pro vitamin B5.
My main gripe with most small packs of wipes is that they are too dry; I don’t find these too bad in that respect.
I found them quite good at removing make-up and very good at cleansing generally. They felt refreshing on my skin.
There are twenty-five wipes inside the pack and I would say that for £1 per pack or even better at four packs for £3, these are a good value product.
*Asda is against animal testing and funds research into alternatives.
I must admit that I am quite choosy with shampoos and conditioners.
By this I don't mean that I choose very expensive brands. Really most of my shampoos and conditioners cost between one to two pounds each, mostly. But I don't often like store's own brands.
Because of this fact it is unusual for me to buy a store's own brand but now and again I do try to budget and therefore try some cheaper brands. This is especially true with conditioners which I thin often if they are cheaper they will be thinner and so I will just be more generous with the amount that I use. Sometimes though the very cheap conditioners just don't seem to coat the hair like the better products do.
I would say that this conditioner is one of the better stores own brands of conditioners and it certainly has some advantages.
It smells very nice and inviting and the smell remains on my hair after it has been dried. It feels quite nice when it is being used on wet hair and combed through.
However, I would only use this for few conditioning treatments because after a few uses I don't think my hair was conditioned as well with this product than with other branded conditioners.
This is the same in my experience with most store'sown brands and many are inferior to this particular conditioner.
I would say that it is worth the price and for occasional use or short term use then it probably is worth using if watching the budget but for me this isn't a product that I would buy very often.
I have used this facial scrub many times.
I like to use a facial scrub because I feel most work well and really do deep cleanse the skin effectively.
I use many different brands but I do like the brand Simple therefore this is one that will often find its way into my shopping basket.
What I mostly like about Simple facial scrub is that it isn't too harsh on the skin which is very important with the face, I think.
It is also nice in terms of its feel while on the skin and I like the fact that it is a simple product which doesn't have a strong perfume.
It doesn't irritate my skin at all, which is good, of course.
This facial scrub is easy to rinse off of the skin.
Once I have used the scrub and rinsed it off thoroughly I pat my face dry.
When my face is dry my skin feels very clean, healthy and invigorated but not too dry.
I find that if I use this facial scrub just a few times in a week my skin’s condition is improved.
The facial scrub comes in a tube which is lightweight and therefore it is ideal to take on one’s travels. It fits easily into a toiletry bag.
Simple cleansing facial scrub is available from many outlets including pharmacies, Boots the chemist as well as many supermarkets.
I have bought this scrub from many different stores and I think these have included Wilkinsons as well as Savers.
Prices vary quite a bit for this scrub but it can be purchased cheaply from several places. I usually pay from £1 to £1.50.
I think that this product is a good and effective facial scrub which I would recommend.