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Thank you so much for the diamond on my Sanctuary Bath review and as ever, thank you for all of the r/r/c's!.. Please show my Rayman review a little love; it seems to have slipped through the net and not been viewed or rated much =( x

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Kong Wobbler Snack Ball 17/03/2017

A KONG for the Polite Pooch....?

Kong Wobbler Snack Ball ***Apologies for the lack of accompanying images... This product unfortunately didn't survive long enough. In hindsight, I should have photographed before handing it over!*** I've referenced her in many a review but for those of you who don't know, I'm lucky enough to have a gorgeous Staffordshire Bull Terrier who is almost 10 but behaves as though she's still midway through the 'terrible twos'. She's my best friend. my constant companion, my bed-buddy, my protector.... and my occasional tormentor! Yes, she's gorgeous, loving and tonnes of fun but my boisterous little lady has not grown any less energetic as the years have gone by... In addition to this, chronic health conditions mean that she is on long-term steroidal treatment which can lead to hyperactivity and behavioural issues in addition to the more well known side effects of weight gain. In short, she is not an easy girl to please these days! Exercise has had to be limited quite extensively also as a result of her health conditions and therefore the inevitably weight gain from steroid use is quite hard to combat, especially when the steroids are making her hungry enough to eat me out of house and home! She's become quite withdrawn and grumpy since being on the steroids too, another side effect which I'm not a fan of at all. As a result of this, she can spend quite a bit of the day moaning, groaning and snoozing. When she isn't moaning, groaning, snoozing or eating, she spends her days looking for things to destroy ...

Azure Window, Gozo 09/03/2017

Yesterday, The Landscape Changed Forever... Azure Window, Gozo

Azure Window, Gozo On the morning of the 8th March 2017 something occurred which changed the landscape of our world forever. While many people here in the UK might be blissfully unaware of the event, there is a little country in mourning right now... That country is Malta. Yesterday morning the Azure Window collapsed into a churning, turbulent sea; a stunning example of a natural limestone arch lost forever. This might all sound like a lot of fuss for some rocks, so let me tell you a little more about this stunning piece of natural beauty... In retrospect, it breaks my heart to say. Malta Believed to have been established around 5200BC, Malta (officially known as the Republic of Malta) is a small island in Southern Europe. Located geographically close to both Libya and Italy, Malta is one of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world and at just over 316 km square is actually smaller in it's entirety than some major cities within the UK. Just to put this tiny stature in perspective, the territory of England alone is a whopping 130,373km square! The capital of Malta is the historic Valetta and the official language is Maltese, a Semitic dialect with influences from many different languages although English is officially taught in schools here too and spoken as a secondary language. Malta is technically an archipelago, which means it is composed of a scattered group of islands all within the same body of water. The Republic of Malta therefore also includes the islands of ...

Rayman (PlayStation) 08/03/2017

Rayman - Retro Gaming at its Finest!

Rayman (PlayStation) I'm not a gamer. I read the reports from the die hard Xbox and PlayStation kings and queens who use Ciao and while your prose is engaging and I read through from beginning to end, I don't always understand completely. You explain beautifully but special effects and RPG's mean very little to me in general. As a result of spending a lot of time stuck at home due to ill health, I'm always looking for new hobbies and interests and new ways to fill my time. While I've never been much of a gamer, I do fondly remember my little brother receiving a PlayStation 1 console for Christmas when they initially hit the UK market and many an hour was spent glued to the television screen together, every day getting closer to the 'square eyes' our mother so frequently threatened. Call it nostalgia or just good old boredom but I mentioned this console to my partner a while back and although he let me play around on his PlayStation 3, it just wasn't the same. None of his games were familiar to me and none were really of interest despite being a catalogue of glossy well known titles. I craved the good old days of 2 dimensional game play, lurid colours and graphics of intermittent quality. I wanted platform games... Rayman and Crash Bandicoot, Abe's Oddysee and Croc's World. After a hunt on eBay, my partner proudly presented me with a console and controllers and a few games which had accompanied the second hand PS1, the main one of interest being Rayman. Rayman: PAL Edition Rayman is a ...

Flash Magic Eraser Extra Power 06/03/2017

Flash Magic Eraser - Truly Magic Cleaning Powers!!!

Flash Magic Eraser Extra Power ***Apologies before I get started, no matter how hard I try I just don't seem to be able to rotate the image which accompanies the article. I have tried to delete and upload once again but for some reason the photograph rotates with each upload?*** Flash Flash cleaning products and the Flash brand are owned and manufactured by Proctor & Gamble UK. Proctor & Gamble UK are responsible for many well known household products such as Head & Shoulders shampoo. Proctor and Gamble are actually an American company and were originally established in 1837 in the US. Sadly, it is a very well known and well established fact that Proctor and Gamble UK do still conduct animal testing, therefore I do tend to avoid them. I wasn't actually aware before writing this article that Flash were owned by Proctor & Gamble, so a little more transparency here would be appreciated for me personally. The Magic Eraser Flash Magic Erasers tend to come in packets of 2 and are re-usable erasers which 'looks like a sponge, cleans like magic' according to the packaging. These are essentially sponges which have been preloaded with cleaning product which are powerful, dynamic and designed to alleviate a little of the elbow grease associated with cleaning and achieving gleaming surfaces. The packets provide clear instructions on how to use as well as warnings on the surfaces that the Magic Eraser may not be suitable for. In Use The Magic Eraser is basically a white sponge with a thin blue line running ...

L'Oreal Colorista Spray For Brunettes 03/03/2017

This Is No 90's Disco... L'Oreal Colorista 1 Day Spray

L'Oreal Colorista Spray For Brunettes I don't know how well you remember the 90's? If you don't, I'm sorry for you... While many rave about the 80's, we have a lot to thank the 90's for. The decade bought us the delights of the Tamogotchi, the Gameboy and the original PlayStation console and saw some songs that may just go down in history hit the charts. While the decade offered us some ground-breaking, life-changers there are many things I'm sure we'd all rather forget if we could.... The Spice Girls and Tony Blair? Amongst the things I look back on and cringe at are school discos. Not only were they awkward affairs where the girls stood eying both each other and the loutish, E number-fuelled boys suspiciously but when I think back on our style choices I could squirm. From my red shell suit to my holographic halter neck, I've made some seriously questionable choices in the past and will admit to being as ill dressed as everybody else at these events. To compliment and further our clubland fashion choices, we would also experiment with brightly coloured hair but most of us had parents who limited to this to temporary spray in colours... You know the ones... I think they were originally designed for fancy dress purposes but the thin, cylindrical cans were cheap enough to buy and came in a small variety of lurid bright colours alongside glittery options for the disco queen lurking within all of us. While the concept of an instant, easy to apply, single wash colour sounds so attractive, the execution of these ...

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Therapeutic Hand Cream 01/03/2017

Coco-Loco for Coconut Oil...

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Therapeutic Hand Cream ********** I did initially try to propose this as a different product but it was rejected by Ciao based on not differentiating regarding cosmetic differences, therefore I have listed it under this category and product as it is the closest and most appropriate Palmer's item listed on Ciao. ********** While I have used and currently use many Palmer's products, all of the products I have used up until this stage has been focused around the inclusion of Cocoa Butter. Palmer's are practically known for it and provide a diverse range or products, from lip balms to moisturisers. I've never had any complains with these products but am always eager to try new things... I also adore the smell of coconuts along with just about everything else about them, from the taste to the health benefits so when I spotted Palmer's were now offering a 'Coconut Oil Formula' line of their products I was intrigued and more than a little excited to try it. What Is It? The product I am reviewing today is the Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Hand Cream which comes in a 60g plastic squeezy tube. The front of the tube is not excessively busy and is quite plain and clean in appearance but in spite of this there is a wealth of information regarding the product printed clearly. This information tells me that this is a Coconut Oil hand cream which has been formulated with Vitamin E. The product contains no parabens, no phthalates, no mineral oils, no gluten, no sulfates and no dyes and has been made with only ...

Ming Moon, Wolverhampton 26/02/2017

Ming Moon - They'll have you 'wonton' more!!!

Ming Moon, Wolverhampton Ming Moon, Pan Asian Cuisine, Wolverhampton 499 Stafford Road, Fordhouses Wolverhampton WV10 6RR Telephone: 01902 783 388 Website: http://www.mingmoon.co.uk/wolverhampton E-mail: wolverhampton@mingmoon.co.uk I would highly recommend taking a look at the website even if you don't have any intention of visiting this restaurant. The 365 degree visual tour which is available does the decadent restaurant interior and layout much more justice than I ever could with my descriptions and offers a real visual treat. An Introduction Formerly known as Wing Wah, Ming Moon Wolverhampton is a beautifully decorated international buffet style restaurant which has become something of a family favourite for us. Despite discovering it some time ago when it initially only hosted Chinese dishes, the buffet now offers delights from a variety of international cuisines and describes itself as a 'Pan-Asian Buffet'. Ming Moon has branches in both Wolverhampton and Birmingham but for the purposes of this review I will be reviewing the Wolverhampton branch and therefore any and all observations, criticisms and experiences are exclusive to that restaurant only. I have visited this restaurant many times in the past so the information on which this piece is written is based on a wealth of experience as opposed to just one meal. Location... Thumbs Down? When approaching Ming Moon for the first time, one would find it reasonably easy to pass by without a second glance save for a few somewhat ...

Alli Orlistat 23/02/2017

What Goes In Must Come Out... Just Not Like This!

Alli Orlistat ***Please be aware- I used this product daily for over 6 months but have had to select 'a year' with the specific criteria as it is the closest possible value relevant to the length of my usership.*** My Motivations For Writing This Review After recently reading a review on this product which was incredibly deficient in solid information (whether due to spam content or just a new and inexperienced user, it is difficult to say) I felt truly compelled to get typing! Some of these spam reviews are not only an unhelpful waste of our time but I genuinely feel some of them have the potential to be dangerous. The review I read regarding this product for example basically touted it as a miracle, long term solution which it most definitely is not. Pray tell you may say? I am just warming you up... Some of this review will deal with slightly sensitive and potentially uncomfortable subject matter so viewer discretion is advised. I'm not talking about anything too nasty but without giving you the nitty gritty, I could never fully review this product and for that, I apologise well, well in advance! What is Alli Orlistat? Orlistat is an oral medication which is used as a fat binder with the intended purpose of aiding weight loss. The way this medication works is by preventing the body from absorbing a percentage of the fat content found within the food they consume. Alli Orlistat is available in two different strengths with the higher dose only available to those with a relevant ...

Ambi Pur 3Volution Plug In Refill Thai Orchid 17/02/2017

I won't be Thai'ing this again! ::: Ambi Pur Thai Orchid

Ambi Pur 3Volution Plug In Refill Thai Orchid Ambi Pur: 3volution System The Ambi Pur 3volution plug in air freshener is different from the norm. As opposed to continuously or sporadically emitting the same scent, the 3volution has been designed to automatically disperse a different fragrance from a selection of three every 45 minutes. This is to ensure that you and your guests do not become nose blind or unaware of the fragrance filling your home; by rotating the scent which is emitted, the varying aromas are far more noticeable, especially if spending long periods of time in the room as opposed to coming or going. The design really is very simple; the plug in accepts compatible 3volution refills and these simply slot into the plastic housing provided. A discreet, adjustable switch to the side of the unit allows the user to adjust and control the intensity of fragrance achieved but when using a higher intensity setting the refill inevitably does not last as long. Plug In Refill: Thai Orchid The refill I will be reviewing today is the Thai Orchid variety, an option which boasts the fragrance of it's namesake. The packaging contains floral imaging and a lot of pink and purple within the graphics and design, leading me to believe this will be a floral, summer-esque fragrance. First Impression As with all refills provided in this range, the 3 glass bottles adhered to the same plastic strip are presented within a card backed plastic packaging. The packaging is more than adequate for purpose and clearly states that ...

Dilraj Indian Cuisine, Telford 15/02/2017

Dilraj Indian Cuisine... For A Final Time...

Dilraj Indian Cuisine, Telford Lately, life has been pretty crazy and nourishing, laboriously created home cooked meals just aren't at the top of the list of priorities. I'm full of good intentions about health and lifestyle but sometimes, the world works against me and a girl gets by any way possible! After a long and particularly frustrating week, Saturday rolled around and I found the cupboards looking somewhat sparse and with all motivation well and truly expended. My partner was visiting and we opted for a takeaway after a day out to afford us the convenience of avoiding the cooking and inevitable clean up we were both groaning at the thought of. The plan; good food, good films and excellent company. We both like to try new things but are both suckers for a touch of consistency too and after a little online browsing we decided to try The Dilraj, a restaurant serving Indian cuisine which is tucked away at the bottom of a quiet high street in sleepy and scenic Shropshire. I've visited the restaurant before as a sit down customer and have also made takeaway orders in the past so felt somewhat confident in the consistent quality of the food and the cleanliness of the establishment it was arriving from. Dilraj, Indian Cuisine Restaurant 23 Market Street, Oakengates, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 6EL Telephone: 01952 620181 Website: dilrajindiancuisine.co.uk Opening: Monday-Sunday, 5.30pm-10.30pm Dilraj Indian Cuisine is both a sit down restaurant and provider of take out meals and are proud to say ...

The Sanctuary Luxury Bath Float 13/02/2017

Floating Away to my Personal Sanctuary...

The Sanctuary Luxury Bath Float Introductions Bargain hunter that I am, after two whole years of slowly maximising the Advantage card scheme at Boots, I'd finally collected more than enough to spend! Usually I save these and use them to help reduce the cost of Christmas, but once in a while we all deserve a little treat so I decided to hold back and save them for sales spendings with the overall goal of bagging a host of new beauty buys without actually spending any money! A close friend of mine has begun working at Boots within the last six months; not only does she love her job, she adores her staff discount and currently spends most of her wages on personal care items, despite trying hard not to. One brand has come up repeatedly during our conversations and that is Sanctuary Spa, Convent Garden. She told me that they're all luxurious yet not over decadent, a bit closer to splurge than save but effective with the results speaking for themselves and not a single product within the line disappointing her as of yet. My close friend is a very good friend I must comment and she recently rang me with a list of recommendations of products which were within the sale or under a promotional offer! I got down to my nearest branch and promptly stocked up and here we are a few weeks later. Sanctuary Spa: Convent Garden Founded in 1977, sanctuary.com explains that Sanctuary Spa was created as 'the ultimate act of love by a man who was madly in love with his ballerina wife. The flagship establishment was opened ...

Coca Cola Straw Holder Tin 08/02/2017

Retro Revival...

Coca Cola Straw Holder Tin What Is It? The product I am reviewing today is the Coca Cola Straw Holder Tin, an officially licensed and trademarked piece of Coca Cola merchandise/memorabilia. The tin is cylindrical in design and is topped by a lid with a small knob style handle to allow the user to quickly and comfortably pop this off before selecting a straw and replacing. This canister is sturdily constructed from metal with a glossy coating and a small Perspex window to the one side which allows the user to monitor the volume of straws remaining without opening and also to make it clear what this tin contains. The bright pillar box red and crisp clean white of the design as well as the italicised Coca Cola sign mean this is easily distinguishable and easily identifiable as being a merchandise piece which clearly advertises the brand. Overall the piece would not look out of place at all in a bar or a modern kitchen within the home but in my opinion would probably be best suited for a room with a décor reminiscent of a 50's style diner. I can just picture it in my mind's eye, standing proud amongst the neon signs and the plastic squeezy condiment bottles, offsetting the black and white tiled floor and augmenting the bright, aged oxblood leather of the booths. Coca Cola Love them or hate them, the Coca Cola corporation and brand are immediately recognisable the world over, so iconic and dominant have they become. Established in 1886, The Coca Cola Company is a manufacturer and retailer of non ...

Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer 28/01/2017

Primed For Anything... Thanks Mr Factor!

Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer Reasons for Purchase I'm not particularly brand loyal but for roughly 12 months now I have been using Max Factor Facefinity foundation on a daily basis. I thought I was satisfied with my previous foundation, but in hindsight it didn't match my skin tone quite as well as I thought and from the day I was lucky enough to receive my Facefinity foundation sample, I've never looked back. I've become a real fan of the foundation as you may have guessed and find it offers almost everything I could want or need... Unfortunately, I wasn't blessed with blemish free skin and a smooth complexion... Nope. In spite of apparently now being a fully fledged adult and being expected to 'adult' on a daily basis, I still have the blemished, uneven, acne-ridden skin of a 14 year old. It is a real source of embarrassment for me and something which has made me uncomfortable since I was a child and as a result of this I wear make up every day and essentially refuse to face the world without it. Hopefully, it goes without saying that I don't want to look like I've caked this on with a trowel, so maximum coverage has to come hand in hand with a lightweight formulation; without this any illusion of flawless skin is lost in thick layers that appear to sit atop the skin. A truly good foundation which has been well applied and blended should leave you looking fresh faced, as though you are not wearing make up. While I'm happy with my foundation choice and can't afford to opt for a more expensive ...

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 26/01/2017

The Lovely Bones: A Lovely Read.

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold **** Apologies for the lack of accompanying images, I've placed this on a shelf since I finished it and just can't seem to locate it anywhere! I will return as soon as it turns up with photographs. **** Modern fiction isn't usually my genre. I opt for the grisly and the gruesome, true crime and supernatural thrillers for the most part, but once in a while it's nice to mix things up a little. The Ciao Library topic for the month was modern fiction and it gave me the little kick up the bum required to get out of my rut and read something a little different. The Lovely Bones, written by Alice Sebold is a book which was released in 2002 and after gaining substantial popularity has also now been adapted for the screen in a film by the same title. I've been tempted by the film for some time after hearing positive feedback from friends and critics alike, but hate to watch a film before reading the book and have held off for this reason. The Ciao topic choice forced me into action and I'm therefore eagerly awaiting watching the film after reading the book to see how the cinematic adaptation compares. I had every intention of entering this review into the Ciao Library competition but this review has taken a lot longer than I anticipated to write. Although it's too late to potentially win any prizes, I really hope that my observations regarding the novel will be of help to anybody who is considering reading. Who is Alice Sebold? Alice Sebold is an American author, poet and ...

Complex Of Fear (DVD) 24/01/2017

Complex of Fear: Terrifying For All The Wrong Reasons

Complex Of Fear (DVD) Why Did I Buy This? Luckily this was a bargain shop find so very little in the way of money was lost during the procurement or 'enjoyment' of this DVD. Our local Cash Converters were advertising '10 DVDs for £1' as they needed to clear room for new stock. We managed to find a number of noteworthy titles and a number which were new to us. In confession, there was just a few minutes left until the store shut and we had nine... Nine DVDs, but no sign of a tenth!!! My partner hurriedly read the back of this to me and it became our number 10, meaning it cost the princely sum of just 10 English pennies. The brief blurb intrigued me, especially the true crime aspect of this movie as I personally find the genre interesting. I like films, TV series' or documentaries of a crime or true crime nature and have enjoyed many from the genre over the years. The front cover promises intrigue and a high psychological scare factor with the words: 'A psychotic serial rapist is at large. Every man is a suspect. No woman is safe...' Complex of Fear: The True Story This movie is based on the true story of John Charles Whipple and his fearsome reign of terror as a serial rapist. Within a two month period during 1989 Whipple forced his way into the apartments of various women, in each case tying them up and brutally raping them. During each attack, Whipple disguised his identity using a black ski mask, which came to be known as a kind of signature. Every attack was in broad daylight, ...
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