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Doctor Strange (Blu-ray) 07/07/2017

An atypical Marvel film (film review only)

Doctor Strange (Blu-ray) Introduction I can't say that I've seen every single Marvel film or read all of the comics, but I tend to enjoy the various bits of Marvel content that I do come across. I am quite a big fan of Iron Man as a superhero and I liked those films, despite the over-abundance of action and CGI. I have referred to Doctor Strange as an 'atypical' Marvel film because it is not quite your usual superhero, action-packed movie. I have enjoyed watching it and I may even come back to it; I hope that this review is going to be helpful and that you too would enjoy this product. Synopsis Doctor Strange, a very famous and talented surgeon, finds his life undergoing a radical transformation when a horrific car accident robs him of his ability to use his hands. When all contemporary forms of medical treatment fail him, Strange decides to explore slightly more traditional medicinal options. He stumbles upon a cast of very powerful magicians that are battling evil forces, which are planning to corrupt and destroy the rest of the world. Soon he finds himself facing a difficult decision - should he return to his previous life or embrace his newly discovered existence? Reception As a Marvel film, I don't think anyone should expect Doctor Strange to have received particularly outstanding rewards, if any at all. These kinds of films aren't really made to inspire or move the viewer but they are good fun to watch now and again. However, this particular film has been nominated for an Oscar for Best ...

Colgate Total 30/06/2017

Great classic toothpaste

Colgate Total Introduction I normally use whitening toothpaste even though I am always terribly skeptical about its performance. This time, however, I decided to settle for a more ordinary product that doesn't promise to whiten your teeth or protect your gums. It may not be the best toothpaste on the market but it does the job well and it's very affordable. Allow me to share my experience of the Colgate Total toothpaste. About the product The Colgate Total group of toothpaste products includes a number of different toothpastes: *Advanced Deep Clean *Advanced Fresh + Whitening Gel *Advanced Whitening Gel *Advanced Whitening Toothpaste *Clean Mint Toothpaste *Daily Repair Toothpaste *Fresh Mint Stripe Gel Toothpaste *Whitening Gel *Whitening Toothpaste *Clean in Between *Original Care The particular product that I will be reviewing is the Original Care Toothpaste - probably the most 'boring' one on the list, as its title doesn't promise much. The manufacturer claims that this product has a pleasant mint taste that leaves your mouth feeling clean and fresh. It is also supposed to fight germs for up to 12 hours and prevents the spread of bacteria. The fluoride formula in the product is also designed to strengthen your teeth and prevent the development of cavities. It is also supposed to help prevent plaques, gingivitis, tartar build-up, and bad breath. Ingredients This product and all other Colgate Total toothpaste products are gluten free. This particular product contains a combination ...

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner 24/06/2017

Moisturising beautiful tan

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner Introduction Self-tanning is a very tempting product to use because it helps you save money on professional tanning and allows you to do it by yourself within the comfort of your home. Personally, I don't usually use these kinds of products but I decided to give this one a try because it was recommended to me by a friend. I must admit that I have been rather impressed by its performance; the thing that surprised me the most was how easy it was to use the product. I always thought that it is very difficult to get a good tan in a DIY kind of setting but I have been proven wrong. About the product In 2011 this product won the Harper's Bazaar Hot 100 Best Face Self Tanner, which I suppose is very much justified. It claims to be 'liquid bronze in a bottle', helping you create a perfect look for a special event or to simply achieve a healthy skin glow. It is described as being 'as refreshing as water and as gentle as milk' with lots of vitamins to produce the perfect face and décolleté tan in just a couple of easy steps. It promises to keep your skin soft and healthy with a streak-free, easy, and fast tan. Ingredients The featured ingredient in this product is aloe vera: it is what enriches the product with its softening, moisturising, and regenerating capabilities. The rest of the ingredients in this product are: Water, Cyclomethicone, Dihydroxyacetone, Cetearyl Isononanoate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, C14-22 Alcohols, Erythrulose, PPG-5 Ceteth-20, ...

Dove Beauty Finish Anti-Perspirant Deodorant 18/06/2017

Good protection with a soft finish

Dove Beauty Finish Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Introduction Keeping dry and feeling fresh is extremely important, especially during the warmer months. Finding a good deodorant is always a bit of a problem for me because I feel as though very few of them actually provide reliable protection for a long period of time. I have been a big fan of Dove products for a long time due to their good performance and gentle effect on my skin, which is why I decided to give their deodorants a try too. They have quite a wide range of antiperspirants but I went for this particular product because I was allured by the 'Beauty Finish' label: it had an aura of being extra caring and kind to the skin. I am happy with the performance of this product but it is not the best deodorant that I have ever used. About the product The selling point of this product is that it combines 1/4 of moisturising cream with vitamin E to provide very gentle care and protection for your underarms. It is interesting how it is advertised more as a beautifying product as opposed to a deodorant, which I think actually reflects its performance. This product is suitable for gentle underarm skin due to its very soft, alcohol-free formula. It is supposed to provide up to 48 hours of antiperspirant protection. I have put this product to the test and have discovered that unfortunately not all of these claims are true. Ingredients Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Cyclopentasiloxane, Parfum, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Helianthus Annuus ...

Sally Hansen Double Duty Base Coat 17/06/2017

Great double duty product

Sally Hansen Double Duty Base Coat Introduction Getting your nails to look perfect at home can be very difficult to achieve, which is why I am very picky when it comes to choosing nail products. I have known and used Sally Hansen products for quite some time but I have always focused on their range of nail colours as opposed to everything else. This particular product is a two-in-one base and top coat; I have tried using it both ways and I can safely say that this is a quality product that makes the process of doing your nails at home much easier. About the product This Sally Hansen product is a very handy multitool that can be used as both a base coat and a top coat. It has been both dermatologically and salon tested, meaning that it has been approved both by doctors and professional nail artists. It serves as a protective coat that also keeps your colour in place for longer. It shields your nails with a hard, chip-resistant, and shiny coat. As a base coat, it hydrates your nails with panthenol; as a top coat, it protects them with nylon. Ingredients Butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, nitrocellulose, adipic acid/neopentyl, glycol/trimellitic anhydride copolymer, trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, alcohol denat, isopropyl alcohol, water, etocrylene, benzophenone-1, panthenol, nylon-12, violet 2 (CI 60725). Directions for use Using this product is very simple and easy, just follow the steps below: #Apply onto bare nails (as a base coat) #Let it dry fully #Brush on one or two coats of nail colour #Let the nail ...

Nurofen Express Liquid Capsules 16/06/2017

Effective pain relief

Nurofen Express Liquid Capsules Introduction I am one of those unlucky people who suffer from relatively frequent headaches. I imagine that this is not an uncommon occurrence in the modern world though, what with all the stress and unhealthy lifestyles that most of us lead. Personally, I find it difficult to suppress my migraines and I can rarely find effective tablets to ease the pain. I have recently been using a lot of Nurofen and I believe that I have finally found the perfect pills for me. It is a fantastic multitool that can be used for other types of pain as well. About the product This product is advertised as working faster than ordinary ibuprofen or paracetamol because the active ingredients are absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, allowing the pills to rapidly target the source of pain. It can also prevent inflammation and various muscle pains. The 200mg and 400mg doses make pain relief quick and simple to achieve. Ingredients Ibuprofen, sorbitol, lecithin, ponceau 4R, marcogol 600, potassium hydroxide 50% solution, gelatin, purified water, ethanol, triglycerides, white ink. Contraindications Please make sure that you consult your doctor before using this product if you have any of the following: *Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients *History or existence of gastrointestinal ulceration or bleeding *Severe hepatic failure *You are in your last trimester of pregnancy *Allergies to peanut or soya Provides relief against what? This product is able to alleviate different types of pain ...

Persil Small and Mighty Non Bio 31/05/2017

Not so small but mighty detergent

Persil Small and Mighty Non Bio Introduction Washing our clothes is a rather tedious yet absolutely necessary process. Having to battle difficult stains is never great fun, especially if your detergent is not coping too well with them. When shopping for a detergent, I always feel justified in buying one that is slightly more expensive, provided that it does the job properly. I have been using Persil detergent for a while now and have been very pleased with its results. About the product The Persil Small and Mighty Non-Bio product is a non-biological liquid detergent designated for fabrics. It can be used for both smaller and larger loads. The reverse side of the container contains important information about fabric care and other things to keep in mind when using this product. This product comes with a very handy stain eraser ball that can be used to ease the process of removing difficult stains; the inside of this ball is hollow and you are meant to pour the detergent into it before placing it into the washing machine. Fabric care information *Check the care labels on your clothes first, as that is vital for preserving them in good condition *Wash dark colours separately from all other colours *Check the colour-fastness of your clothes before pre-treating them with neat liquid *Do not use this product on wool and silk *Do not wash flame-resistant fabrics about the temperate of 50C *Do not use the stain eraser ball in combined washer dryers *Unilever (the manufacturer of the brand Persil) recommends ...

Olbas Inhaler Nasal Stick 24/05/2017

Revive your senses

Olbas Inhaler Nasal Stick Intoroduction Unfortunately, many of us suffer from annoying colds throughout the year, especially during winter time. One of the most common systems that I tend to have is a heavily blocked nose. Personally, I find it really hard to function when I can't breathe. Luckily, I have discovered this wonderful product that actually eases my suffering and allows me to function properly when I'm ill. About the product The Olbas nasal inhaler stick is designed to provide relief from catarrh, colds, and blocked sinuses. It comes in a relatively small tube that contains the active ingredients. The way that it works is that the essential oils contained inside of the inhaler stick unblock your sinuses and allow for easier breathing. It is a very popular form of cold relief but it does not provide an actual cure, rather a temporary solution to the problem. This product may cause certain side effects but they are very rare. The most likely one appears to be an allergic reaction in the form of a rash but personally I have never experienced anything like that, even though I am usually allergic to many things, including medicines. Ingredients The active ingredients in this product are: Cajuput Oil 20%, Eucalyptus Oil 20%, Levomenthol 40%, Peppermint Oil 20%. Directions for use This product is suitable for adults and children aged six or over. You are meant to remove the outer lid off of the inhaler stick, close one of your nostrils, place the inhaler in the other nostril, and inhale ...

Tesco Kitchen Foil 23/05/2017

They didn't think this through too well

Tesco Kitchen Foil Introduction I think that just about everyone living in England has a Tesco around the corner from their house. Personally, I have one just down the road from where I live, which is very convenient, especially as it is open for longer than other stores. I recently picked up some kitchen foil at my local branch; it wasn't very expensive so I didn't expect too much from it, but I was rather disappointed at the end. I understand that not everyone may agree with my evaluation but for me, it is really important that the product is consumer-friendly; this one wasn't. About the product This kitchen foil comes on a standard cardboard tube that is placed inside of a box with a cutting edge to help you tear the foil. On the bottom of the box there are some warning labels and some general information about the foil. This product is 10 metres in length and is approximately 300mm wide. This packaging also has a label that reads 'strong foil', suggesting that it is more durable that ordinary kitchen foil. It is suitable for use in fridges, freezers, and ovens. How it performs The foil itself is of a good quality and I am quite happy with that. It is very handy that it is suitable not only for storage but also for cooking, which is always convenient as it reduced the amount of washing up that has to be done on a daily basis (no one likes washing up, let's face it). I have noticed that this foil is also great for locking in smells, so if you want to store something that has a strong scent ...

Oral B 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste 22/05/2017

Great toothpaste that does the job

Oral B 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste Introduction When it comes to choosing toothpaste I always try to be very cautious because you have to take good care of your teeth. I do quite enjoy whitening toothpaste but I also realise that using it too often could have detrimental effects, which is why I try to ensure that my toothpaste is both gentle and whitening. I have been very happy with the performance of this Oral B 3D White product and I would definitely recommend it as a good whitening toothpaste. Ingredients Water, Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, Disodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Aroma, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Fluoride, Carbomer, Sodium Saccharin, Xanthan Gum, CI 77891, Limonene, Mica, Glycerin, CI 73360, CI 74160. About the product This product definitely does deliver on its promises. Normally I am very wary of all whitening toothpaste because I don't think that any of it truly whitens your teeth; however, this product definitely does improve the whiteness of your teeth. It is good at removing certain stains and it does require constant use or relatively vigorous scrubbing, which isn't always great for the enamel. I have been using this twice a day for a few months now and I have noticed a slight improvement but nothing too visible, yet I still suppose that this is better than other whitening toothpaste. This particular product claims to use an enamel-safe formula, which overrides my previous comments about the danger of overusing whitening toothpaste. I have to admit that I ...

Waitrose Washing Up Liquid 20/05/2017

One of the few Waitrose Essentials that is actually essential

Waitrose Washing Up Liquid Introduction Having lived in England for some time now I have learnt that very few products in Waitrose that are labelled as 'Essential' actually are in any way useful. Their dishwashing liquid is, however, a different story. Not only is it truly Essential (unless you're like me and you get take away to avoid washing the dishes) but it is also very impressive for the price. I have been incredibly pleased with this product and it is definitely a must-have in any kitchen. Ingredients Less than 5% - non-ionic surfactants, perfume, benzisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, and the following allergens - citronellol, hexyl cinnamal, limonene About 5%-15% - amphoteric surfactants About 15%-30% - anionic surfactants It also contains additives - artificial colourings and alcohol (ethanol/ethyl alcohol). About the product Right off the bat I would like to stress just how gentle this washing up liquid is to your skin. I normally feel that my hands dry out upon using even some of the better washing up liquids on the market; sometimes even the ones that claim to be gentle and soothing can be a disappointment. This product, however, has no negative effect on my skin whatsoever; even if I need to be interacting with it for some time, it still has no impact on my hands. In terms of its performance as a grease remover, I have also been quite impressed with the results. The product generates a lot of foam when used but it is the helpful cleansing foam as opposed to the mere soapy mess ...

Kenzo Flower Essentielle Eau de Parfum 19/04/2017

Minimalistic beauty

Kenzo Flower Essentielle Eau de Parfum Introduction I have known a lot of people who have been big fans of Kenzo for a long time. Personally, I never really used their products before, so I was curious to give their very popular scent a try. I bought it as a treat for myself and it was definitely worth it. Kenzo is a French luxury brand founded by a Japanese designer. They began their life as a clothes manufacturer but soon expanded into the cosmetics industry. Their Flower perfume is one of their most iconic scents - it is praised for its chic beauty. I think that everything about this perfume screams Japan and it is wonderfully executed. The scent The primary scents included in this fragrance are rather sweet, although they are neutral in their intensity - parma violet, gentle wild hawthorn, Bulgarian rose, cassis, and mandarin orange. The slightly more powdery undertones are a combination of white musk, vanilla, acacia, and jasmine. The base note of incense adds a very interesting oriental edge to the fragrance, making it stand out among the more conventional flowery-woody combinations. The scents that I consider to be the most prevalent ones would be the parma violet, Bulgarian rose, vanilla, and white musk, which creates a very pleasant scent that is both sweet and light. I find that I don't need to be using a lot of the perfume and I don't have to renew it throughout the day, which makes it last for a long time. The scent is not overpowering yet it lingers on you for a long time; it is the perfect ...

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm 07/04/2017

Look no further for a great lip balm

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm Introduction I have always liked Nivea skin care products due to their good quality and affordable prices; I have not once been disappointed in any of their products. Their range of products is not outstanding in any way but they always deliver on their promises and they are great for daily use. This is why when I realised that I need a new lip balm, I raided the local Boots for a Nivea one. Their range of lip balm products has a lot of different types available but in this particular review I will be analysing the performance of their Hydro Care lip balm. About the product The Nivea Hydro Care lip balm is a gloss-free lip balm that is intended to moisturise your lips, provide long-lasting protection from cracked lips, and it also has an SPF of 15. There is nothing particularly special about this product, yet I have been extremely satisfied with its performance and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for an affordable quality lip balm. Ingredients Octyldodecanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Microcristallina, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Cetyl Palmitate, Myristyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisosterate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cera Carnauba, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Cera Alba, C20-40 Alkyl Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, BHT, Parfum. Its performance After having used this lip balm for some ...

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil 05/04/2017

A magical concoction that transforms your skin into silk

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil Introduction I received this product as part of a gift set box. I have always been a great fan of L'Occitane as a brand but I rarely buy it for myself, considering that it is really expensive. I do appreciate the fact that their products are really high quality and from personal experience all of them are absolutely fantastic. This shower oil is something that I would've never bought for myself only because I don't really understand the appeal of such products; hence I was very eager to actually try it out when I got it as a gift. About the product This product is a shower oil that can be used to either enhance your shower or bath experience - the important part to note is that it has to be removed off of your skin instead of being left on it. The primary ingredient in this product is almond, which predominates in its scent as well. When it comes in contact with water, it transforms into a soft foam that is intended to leave a silky layer on your skin after it is washed off. The almond contained in this product is designed to act as a softener and a tonic for your body. The full list of ingredients found in this product is as follows: Almond oil, sweet almond fruit extract, water, Shea butter, glycerin, caprilyc triglyceride, grape seed oil, dicaprylyl carbonate, dimethicone, apricot kernel oil, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, coconut oil, honey extract, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, tocopherol, ethylhexylglycerin, fragrance, xanthan ...

Whish Almond Three Whishes Body Butter 29/03/2017

This has converted me to an almond-lover

Whish Almond Three Whishes Body Butter Introduction I received a sample of this product as part of a monthly beauty subscription. I have previously never heard of this manufacturer and to be honest I was at first rather disappointed with this, considering that I really do not like anything almond. However, after having used it a couple of times, I realised that I do actually really like this product. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes body butters, but I must admit that it is rather difficult to come by. About the product The Whish almond body butter is part of an American range of natural and organic products. It is intended to moisturise, firm, and purify your skin. The primary ingredients in this product include organic shea butter, organic raspberry butter, organic aloe, organic seaweed extract, almond extract, and organic rice bran oil. This product is entirely paraben, sulphate, phthalate, petrochemical, DEA, and TEA free, which I find to be an amazing advantage, consider that this practically rules out the possibility of it irritating your skin or causing any kind of allergies. I have definitely found this product to be moisturising. I have noticed that my skin feels a lot smoother and softer almost immediately after use, which is an amazing sensation. Also, if you use it for some time, you will notice that the quality of your skin does improve, as it becomes healthier and more nourished. My skin also feels a stronger and it is less prone to drying out, which reaffirms the claim that this ...
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