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Thank you for all the r/r/c's, please keep them coming and I will always return the favour! While overall reads seems to be down, Ciao does seem to be thriving right now =) The E's just don't stretch far enough these days...

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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, ...

Argos Value White Power Hand Mixer 21/01/2017

High Value, High Power...

Argos Value White Power Hand Mixer Any readers who suffer from mobility issues know that these can be severely limiting. Whether it is pain, stiffness, permanent damage or temporary injury which has resulted in the difficulty, the limitation can be incredibly frustrating and often means trying to find a new way to complete a task rather than opting to give it up altogether. Although I have always enjoyed cooking, I have never really indulged in cooking cakes or breads which require substantial mixing and after recently receiving a cookbook for Christmas (previous review: Mary Berry 100 Cakes & Bakes), I have found myself more interested and willing than ever but struggling to do so due to the physical demands. Due to my health issues I require help when it comes to preparation but have found that even something as simple as stirring poses a real issue for me and I'm forever passing this job on, alongside a host of others which isn't really what I want. I need the help but the more independence I'm able to retain the better! Due to a combination of illness, pain and injury mixing is something which not only leaves me struggling at the time but will also leave my hands, wrists, arms and shoulders in substantial pain which results in stiffening and tightening of muscles and yep!, you guessed it... More pain. Every problem has a solution and after a quick think, I decided to browse around for an electric hand whisk or mixer; essentially something which would take all strain and pain out of the job for me, ...

Avon Senses Shower Gel 18/01/2017

A delightful orchard on a summer's day...?

Avon Senses Shower Gel ***This review relates to the 'Delightful Orchard' variety of the Avon Senses Shower Gel. I did attempt to suggest this as a new product but Ciao informed me that they do not differentiate between flavours/fragrances and directed me to this listing.*** Lather Up With only a wet room, showers are my staple method of keeping clean and feeling refreshed... I'd rather lounge around for an hour with a book in a deep tub overflowing with bubbles but alas, for the time being this is simply not my fate. 90% of the time a shower is my own option, but despite this I want to feel as though I've had a luxurious bathing experience. I want my skin to feel soft and revitalised when I dry off as opposed to suffering any potential dryness from the pounding hot water and steam. This leads me on a never ending quest for shower gels and creams, foams and mouses, oils and creams that meet my high expectations. Obviously, it is vital that the shower gel clean and cleanse my skin adequately. I also want a heady aroma which fragrances my steamy bathroom and lingers on my skin long after I'm dressed and ready to face the day. I'm rather particular about ingredients where possible and a penny pincher too which means I'm forever jumping from brand to brand and option to option. Avon Founded in 1886, Avon is an American cosmetics and household goods manufacturer and retailer and is said to be the fifth largest beauty brand in the world. Avon supplies over 100 different countries worldwide at ...

Jane The Virgin Season 1 (DVD) 15/01/2017

Crumple it up... Now try to smooth it out!

Jane The Virgin Season 1 (DVD) *************** ***** THIS IS A FILM ONLY REVIEW *************** ***** Please be aware, although this is a film only review, pricing and availability information is included and can be found further down the page. An Introduction After my recent unexpected forays into the sci-fi genre, I was on the prowl for a new TV series to sink my teeth into. I was looking for something of an entirely different genre, ideally something easy watching and requiring little in the way of concentration or serious thought. After the hard hitting and serious storylines of my previous few choices, I just wanted something more light hearted and less strenuous on the mind. A very close friend of mine has recommended Jane the Virgin on multiple occasions but it's simply never taken my fancy. The way in which she can hardly breathe for laughter as she talks, slapping the table as she thinks over the series is one hell of a recommendation in itself and this came to mind when considering what to opt for. I'd also heard this series was similar to Ugly Betty in some essences which was a series I really enjoyed. All points considered, Jane the Virgin seemed a pretty good punt although initially I was far from invested. Jane The Virgin: Season 1 Life is pretty sweet for young, gorgeous, Latina Jane. Living in the sunny and scenic location of Florida, she has a job in a prestigious beachfront hotel which she adores and is fortunate enough to work alongside good friends here. She lives with her Mum ...

Argos Value Range Upright Fan Heater 13/01/2017

I'm a Fan!

Argos Value Range Upright Fan Heater Cold! So Very, Very Cold! I've been in a position for a while now where I've wanted to make a few adjustments. I have a 'den' style room in addition to my living room. It's long but narrow with a pitched ceiling but the previous occupants went for a small sized radiator, a style suited for a much, much smaller room. As a result, unless the sun is shining outside, it's forever freezing In there, regardless of how high we crank the radiator up. The insulation is fine so it's a case of swapping the radiator for one of a larger size but this isn't an option right now due to cost. Why Did I Buy? As you may have gathered, I purchased this fan heater as a temporary solution to the issue. I needed something powerful, small and most importantly, cheap, especially when considering I don't intend to be using this in the long term. After shopping around and looking at various freestanding heaters, I opted for this as it was the smallest, the most lightweight and seemed the safest. Calor Gas heaters are only intended for the most well ventilated spaces and the other electrical items seemed to pose a high fire risk or a possibility that the dog would be able to accidentally burn herself due to their design. Initial Impressions The product is presented in a small and neat white and red cardboard box with very little in the way of text or imagery, save for a picture of the product itself. This no frills style packaging is typical of the Argos Value range and had I not known it ...

My Kitchen Table: 100 Cakes And Bakes - Mary Berry 11/01/2017

Congratulations Mary, This Is a Berry Good Book!!!

My Kitchen Table: 100 Cakes And Bakes - Mary Berry So, Ciao says that Mary Berry is the queen of cakes. I must live in a small hole in the ground but in all honesty, I had not a clue who dear Mary was until the 25th December 2016 when I unwrapped this glossy cookbook. I broke out in a clammy sweat... Whos gift had I accidentally opened? I panic and prepare myself for the inevitable when I buy myself a cookbook, so to find this under the tree just seemed a cruel cosmic joke. Over Christmas dinner, a few family members were talking about Great British Bake Off and Mary Berry and I gradually put two and two together and realised they were essentially one and the same and this connoisseur of cake was apparently going to help me with my 'issue'. It's not that I don't like cooking. No, I actually find it really enjoyable, although I do need help these days due to certain limitations. Before becoming disabled, I was a great cook, but I'm only good at cooking what I'm good at cooking. The list isn't short but they're all snacks, savouries and main dishes, not a cake or cookie in sight. I just can't do it. I think the final nail in the coffin might have been the birthday cake from hell. I tried particularly hard one year to make a Barbie cake for a friend's birthday and everybody agreed that it looked like Barbie had come to a grisly end atop the icing sugar, her smile fixed maniacally in place, the marshmallow and fondant 'dress' I had so lovingly flustered over looking for all the world like disembowelled intestines... I have to ...

Bargains: Do you manage to find good deals outside of the sales period? 08/01/2017

Thrifty, frugal, truly tight, never let a bargain out of sight!

Bargains: Do you manage to find good deals outside of the sales period? Any of my regular readership know I consider myself something of a bargain hunter, so I literally pounced on this Ciao cafe topic with glee, thrilled that the topic for the new year could be one so relevant to me and one which I believe could be very relevant for everybody else too. Yes... Even you hiding in the back row there wearing designer everything! To explain myself and my mentality a little before I really delve into the subject, I was bought up in quite a broad and diverse family. Some of us are of gypsy descent while others come from mining stock. Our economic status all differs immensely too with factory workers rubbing shoulders with finance managers. We're family and we love each other, but some of us couldn't be more different! The branch of the family within which I grew up was essentially working class and while we weren't poor, money was always in short supply. I had two sets of grandparents; the upper class (as they so distinguished themselves) and the average, normal, working class grandparents and I spent the majority of my time with the latter and much preferred it that way. Blessed with supportive, patient and amazing grandparents like mine, it's not hard to understand why I idolise them both. From the way in which my Nan and Grandad have always had such patience and empathy to their gentle, unwavering kindness, they have been two of the best influences anybody could ask for; if I grow into old age with even an ounce of their humility and wisdom, I ...

Black & Decker - Mouse Sander 05/01/2017

The Best House Mouse You Could Ask For...

Black & Decker - Mouse Sander Reasons for Purchase I love woodworking, upcycling, repairing, maintaining and decorating. If the process involves sanding or varnishing I'm there. If there's an opportunity for true creativity and recreation as opposed to just simple restoration, I'm even more enthusiastic for it. I just love transforming something old into something new; something dull into something intriguing. Due to some of the physical health issues I have, a hobby as strenuous and detail orientated as this can be a difficult one to maintain. While I was once happy to lovingly labour away with a sanding block or two for a few hours, this is something I simply can't manage now. Not only do I not want to give up my recreational love; I absolutely refuse to, therefore while I can't do many things which I used to in the traditional way, the solution is to find new methodology as opposed to simply giving up something which brings me so much joy. When it came to something as strenuous as sanding and stripping, this was something I couldn't manage fully but something which is clearly an essential part of the process for the majority of products. Stripping and priming a product well can be the difference between a seasonal piece and one that stands the test of time, old and proud in the corner of the living room with little to no maintenance for the lucky owner of the well made item. The only conclusion I was able to reach was the mechanical solution; If I can no longer complete this process myself, would I ...
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