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Apologies for my absence, life is hectic again and I'm trying very hard to stay afloat! Thank you so much for my diamond <3 all r/r/c's reciprocated x

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since 28/04/2016

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Dr. Pawpaw Original Balm 23/09/2017

Dr PawPaw Original Balm - A reason to paws for thought...

Dr. Pawpaw Original Balm I've got more reviews in the pipe line than I can handle at present, many in varying states of completion. I jump from piece to piece and usually have a few completed and ready to go too. You think I'd work with some kind of organisation but there is method to my madness, I promise! This review, unlike most others has been typed up in just one sitting. I'm falling head over heads for a few things right now and detesting many more but this product has really impressed me, becoming such a consistent factor in my regimen that I just couldn't keep a lid on it any longer. Unveiling: Today's Product The product I am reviewing today is the Original Balm (Yellow Tube) by Dr Pawpaw. I received this product in a monthly beauty box which I currently hold a subscription to and I couldn't have been more excited. I've heard and read a lot of hype about this product and have seen it mentioned across well known beauty publications and blogs, yet I'd never tried it before myself. Based on this, I suppose you could surmise that I'm not entirely unfamiliar with the product, but we really are only acquainted on a first name basis. I've wanted to try this for a while but it's not the cheapest lip balm on the market by a long shot and I'm quite well stocked on the lip front right now so I've struggled to justify the purchase, especially when it seems a gamble. Part of what I love so much about these beauty subscription boxes is the opportunity to try unfamiliar products, especially the ...

The Sanctuary Spa Essentials Hand Cream 23/08/2017

Just not moisturising enough.... Sanctuary Spa Hand Cream

The Sanctuary Spa Essentials Hand Cream I've got piles of reviews in various stages of completion and at present a good number of them revolve around Sanctuary Spa: Convent Garden products. I'm sure I've mentioned it but a friend of mine who works for Boots gave the brand a glowing recommendation and I decided to dive in and get thoroughly acquainted with the brand. Eternal bargain hunter that I am, I managed to pick up a host of products for free by combining my Advantage Card points with promotional offers which were available at the time. I've tried to break up these reviews so that you aren't inundated and growing bored with my coverage but I think it's about time to submit another. The product I am reviewing today is the Sanctuary Spa: Convent Garden Essential Hand Cream. The tube I have is 75ml and came within a gift pack I purchased. Since buying, I've used little but Sanctuary products in the bathroom and as I'd lost my current tube of hand cream in one of my many handbags, I decided to grab this for use throughout the day. I'm something of a heavy hand-cream user. I use it on my hands, wrists and elbows multiple times per day... Labour intensive hobbies coupled with health complaints and vitamin deficiencies have left my hands looking years older than they are and the rather hefty callouses also leave them looking a little masculine which I'm conscious of. Tack on the fact that I seem to have rough, dry cuticles regardless of how much work I put in and you'll understand that my hands really do require ...

Miss Sporty Mini Me Black Eye Liner 19/08/2017

Little Stick, Big Drama...Miss Sporty Mini Me Eye Liner

Miss Sporty Mini Me Black Eye Liner I purchased this for the first time a few years back now due to my usual brand being out of stock. As it was a temporary measure, I was determined not to spend much which was my primary reason for selecting this product. Miss Sporty had the last laugh however, as my previous favourite was unceremoniously dumped when this little item impressed me so much I crowned it a must have. The qualities which I personally am looking for however may be slightly different to that of others so I'd recommend reading through the review thoroughly as my comments are mixed, despite me ranking this a 4/5. Miss Sporty? Well hello there unfamiliar brand. Prior to purchasing I'd made my way past their stand time and time again, dismissing it as cheap, cheerful and aimed primarily at young girls. I assumed the quality would fairly low quality considering the apparent target market but have been pleasantly surprised. As Miss Sporty really isn't familiar to me and I know nothing about the origin of the brand or ethics, I spent some time doing a little research and was pleasant surprised to see that Miss Sporty is actually a branch of Coty Inc, an American based beauty manufacturer which was initially established in France, 1904. The age of the brand instills me with a higher level of confidence and I do think they should make it clearer that Miss Sporty is not a new and unestablished brand but is a brand arm of a reputable company. I also discovered that there are strict NO policies on animal ...

The Sanctuary Body Lotion 14/08/2017

The Sanctuary Body Lotion: Monumental Oriental!

The Sanctuary Body Lotion I don't know if you're starting to see a bit of a theme developing here? I try to mix up my reviews regularly and keep myself sharp by writing about different topics and products as often as possible. I love to go new places and try new things and overall I'd consider myself a bit of an adventurer, but everybody has certain brands or experiences they stay loyal to. When a friend of mine who works for Boots got in touch a while back to let me know about the fantastic deals on Sanctuary products in addition to the sale that was currently on, I dove on the opportunity to spend my Advantage Card points and in order to qualify for the discounts and promotions on offer, I spent the lot in the Sanctuary Spa, Convent Garden section. I picked up a good variety, not quite everything on offer but not too far off and I'm slowly working my way through the relevant reviews as I work my way through my sumptuous stash of Sanctuary goods. Sanctuary Spa, Convent Garden Despite once being a prestigious and fully functioning day spa with multiple branches, Sanctuary Spa, established in 1977 ultimately closed it's doors back in 2014 and now acts as a creator, manufacturer and retailer of it's products only. Further information on the brand and it's heritage can be found within my 'Sanctuary Spa, Hot Sugar Scrub' review. The products side of the business did not become established until 1988 but as client demand for the day spa waned, demand for the products which could be used at home ...

Maybelline Baby Lips Mint Fresh 10/08/2017

Maybelline Baby Soft Lips? Kiss that idea goodbye!......

Maybelline Baby Lips Mint Fresh I've been making an effort to overhaul myself a little this year. The resolutions started with new years eve but, as ever, life just doesn't go to plan so the actualisation of the plan seems to have only kicked in over the past 12 weeks or so. I've actually managed to develop and stick to some form of skincare regime and I'm feeling better for it, I have to admit. I tend to put lip balm on both in the morning and at night but have noticed that I need something a little more ideal for on the go use than my regular, so I picked up a Maybelline Baby Lips stick after reading various reviews about them here on Ciao. The handy lipstick style format seemed more ideal for popping in my handbag and the tin that I usually use I find increasingly hard to open, meaning if I'm alone, I often can't get into it at all! Today's Product: Maybelline Baby Lips The product I am reviewing today is the Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm. The variety I will be covering is 'Lemon Zap'. Apologies for it being under the wrong colour/flavour variety but Ciao seems to have ceased accepting further product proposals for variations of this item and this review had already been typed up and lovingly laboured over so I hope nobody minds too much... The twist up style stick comes mounted in moulded plastic with a cardboard backing. The packaging informs me that this lip balm is will give my lips 8 hour hydration to leave them conditioned and 'baby soft'. In addition, the formula boasts an SPF of 20. First ...

Glade Wax Melt Warmer 05/08/2017

Glade Wax Melt Warmer... Fragranced Candles Without the Glow...

Glade Wax Melt Warmer I love smelly things! Whether perfumed body lotions or scented candles, I'm a sucker for a delectable fragrance and I want my home to smell as nice as I do. I don't have a signature scent or one aroma that I stick to as such and like to experiment and mix and match with different brands and perfume types. I also feel as though different ambiances and tones work better together than others... For example, while I like my bathroom to smell like lemons or apples or even pinecones, I don't really want my living room to smell quite so sterile. Most air fresheners and air freshener systems tend to be limiting and I find the biggest fragrance ranges available to come in the form of candles, wax tarts and essential oils but unfortunately using any and all of these products seems to pose a fire hazard. While I'm a responsible adult and I'm aware enough not to put candles next to curtains, accidents can happen to us all and with some of the medication I'm on being rather powerful, naps happen both unexpectedly and frequently. I was lucky enough to find this in my stocking on the Christmas morning of December 2015. I'd mentioned seeing these in passing to my Mum and she immediately thought it'd be ideal for me; not only would it allow me to mix and match and enjoy fragrances of my choosing but I would also be able to do this more safely. I've been using this for a little over a year now, as I'm sure you will have deduced and in that time I feel I have gained plenty of useful user ...

Cookworks Signature Whole Fruit Juicer 01/08/2017

This May Leave You Feeling 'Melon'choly =(

Cookworks Signature Whole Fruit Juicer As the title may have inferred, I'm less than impressed. I'm always trying to be healthier; it isn't so much about losing weight as feeling as healthy as possible and feeling comfortable in my own skin. I've got a lot of health problems which have wreaked havoc on me in all honesty and as a result of this I am on a significant amount of medication. With my body battling against less than ideal conditions, it seems imperative to take the best care of myself possible in every way possible. A few years ago now there was an awful lot of hype about juice diets; diets which revolved around the concept of juicing fruit and vegetables in order to make nutrient packed, unrefined juices with none of the sugar, water and added E numbers the supermarkets so often introduce to the blend. I don't really jump on the bandwagon with fads such as this but having read so much convincing literature it seemed a logical step forward on my journey towards better health. In this modern age, so many products are on the market to assist us in losing weight or staying healthy; multi-vitamin drinks, fat burning pills and electrical devices such as the one I am reviewing today. All of them have something in common aside from helping you reach your goals... They are all designed to make life easier to some degree, with each being a convenience item of sorts. If I thought 'healthy' was going to be easy with my Cookworks Whole Fruit Juicer by my side, I was sorely mistaken... First Impressions The ...

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Lip Balm with Vitamin E & SPF 15 26/04/2017

Equally Loco for Cocoa... Butter Lip Balm by Palmer's!

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Lip Balm with Vitamin E & SPF 15 Hello... I don't know if you made any new years resolutions this time around, but I did. We've already reached March and seem to be roaring through the year, yet I'm not doing quite as well as I'd hoped. I'd promised to take better care of myself and dedicate time to pampering and nourishing my body and mind but some 10 weeks into the year I seem to have a persistent tension related headache and little motivation! One habit I have managed to develop and adhere to somewhat however is liberally applying balm to my lips the way I regularly and liberally apply hand cream. This winter saw my lips grow sore and chapped but I'm pleased to report that they're kissably smooth as we enter spring which leads me to the product I am reviewing today; a Palmer's Moisturising Formula Lip Balm with Vitamin E & SPF15. I had used multiple Palmer's products over the years prior to picking this up and have always had positive experiences. I find their offerings to be of a consistently high quality and for this reason, I was more than happy to give this a try. First Impressions: Product & Packaging This lip balm comes in the format of a twist-up tube (similar to a chapstick) which is an ovular shape and is presented on printed cardboard with a plastic coating which is easily removed. The packaging is largely white with just a small, unobtrusive image of a few cocoa beans. In addition to this, the cardboard bears a lot of textual information and is emblazoned with the Palmer's company logo. ...

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 ...
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