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Johnson's Make Up Be Gone Refreshing Wipes 28/07/2016

Refresh and Remove

Johnson's Make Up Be Gone Refreshing Wipes JOHNSON’S® =Johnson's Makeup Be Gone Refreshing Wipes Introduction I am usually very disciplined when it come sto removing my make up and take the time to use a dedicated face wash or scrub. Occassionally, when I go away or it has got late I will cheat and use a face wipe. I don’t find them as effective as washing properly with a face cloth and a dedicated facial cleanser, but on certain occasions they are better than nothing. I find if I use them too often then my skin does suffer. I am not loyal to any brand, buying whichever is on offer in the supermarket or chemists. Johnson & Johnson Johnson & Johnson are an established family company that were founded in the USA in the late 1880s. They make all sorts of health products for all the family, especially baby products and specialist products for healthcare professionals. They have had a UK facility since 1924. Disappointingly the company does not have a great ethical policy, especially as regarding animal testing. They do test on animals within the healthcare/medicine sector but current EU laws prohibit the sale of beauty products that have been tested on animals. However where the law requires testing (for example in China) they still test, whereas some companies prefer to sell elsewhere. Price and Availability My most recent wipes were purchased when I was browsing in my local Waitrose and they had a number of competitive offers on. This pack was just £2. Compared to Boots which had a ‘2 for £5’ offer and an RRP ...

Johnson's Cotton Buds 25/07/2016


Johnson's Cotton Buds JOHNSON’S® Baby Cotton Buds Introduction Like most people, cotton buds are a staple in my bathroom. I don’t always buy these Johnson’s Cotton buds (which is what we used at home when I was growing up) buying a massive multipack from the Pound Shop or from Lidl. The problem with these were that they were not as sturdy nor was the cotton covering as even (some buds had more cotton than others, some were more thin). Hence whilst out in Boots recently I picked up a tub of these instead. Johnson & Johnson A long established household brand that many are already familiar with, it was founded by three brothers (the Johnsons’ you won’t be surprised to discover) in 1886 in New Jersey, USA. They initially focused on first aid kits and antiseptic items, with the baby range (such as the famous baby powder) launched in 1894. This was followed by the first mass produced women’s sanitary products, dental floss and Band-Aid plasters. They moved to the UK in 1924 and other pasts of the world in the coming decades, continuing with product expansion and acquisition of other firms such as Pfizer. Price and Availability I paid £1.05 for 200 buds in Boots the other day. A pack of 100 was only slight less (95p) so this was the better deal. Other stockists include Superdrug and all the major supermarkets and it seems £1 is about typical for this size. Packaging They come in a cardboard ‘drum’ with a plastic lid (secured with a little bit of tape when you first buy them). The lid is easy ...

Johnson's Makeup Be Gone Moisturising Wipes 22/07/2016


Johnson's Makeup Be Gone Moisturising Wipes JOHNSON’S® Makeup Be Gone Moisturising Wipes Introduction For most occasions I am very good and use a face wash or scrub to properly remove my make up at the end of the day. Occasionally if I’ve had a late night and/or the worse for wear, I use face wipes as a quicker alternative to removing make up. I also take them away for short breaks when I don’t want to be weighed down with a large cleanser and face cloth. Usually I but whatever was on offer meaning I buy a lot of supermarket own brand wipes, but bought a pack of these recently. Johnson & Johnson My family have used Johnson & Johnson products for many years, I always remember a variety of products on the bathroom shelf, so much so that I was quite surprised they weren’t a UK company. They were founded by the Johnson brothers in New Jersey, USA in 1886. They have been in the UK since 1924 which is why they feel so established. They have a wide stable of goods under the health and beauty product type for cotton buds and baby powder, to contact lenses and mouthwash. They also make a variety of over-the-counter medicines and medical devices used by healthcare professionals. Sadly their animal testing policy is not as established as the company, they still use animals as part of their Research & Development within the health sector (which has different laws to the beauty/cosmetic sector). Whilst their beauty products must meet EU laws regarding animal testing (now illegal) they do test where the law does not require ...

Manuka Doctor Normalising Facial Oil 19/07/2016

Facing Up to a Facial Oil

Manuka Doctor Normalising Facial Oil Manuka Doctor Normalising Facial Oil 30 ml Introduction As a member of Amazon Vine (an invitation only program for top ranked Amazon reviewers) I was intrigued to try this when it popped up on my list. I don’t often use a facial oil, so wanted to see how it compared to the Liz Earle Superskin, which I have used (and loved) I the past. It claimed to ‘normalize’ my skin as well as re-balance and refresh. I’ve had a stressful few months through family illnesses and I felt it was showing on my skin, as I seemed to look tired, even when I wasn’t! As summer approached, I thought my skin needed a bit of a boost so looked forward to trying this. Manuka Doctor Manuka Doctor is a New Zealand brand based around Manuka honey, all their honey has been honey has been independently certified as new Zealand in origin. Products are laboratory tested in New Zealand and UK (nothing is tested on animals). They claim their products are bee friendly and are dedicated to women’s needs and concerns. All ingredients are 100% natural and the bees are not harmed by the harvesting of the purified bee venom or honey that are used in their products. Although I have checked the ingredient list it is not clear to me which (if any) ingredient is produced by bees. Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium branch) is a type of tea-tree, which is known for its anti-septic and healing properties. It appears the Kourtney Kardashian is their global skincare ambassador as a fan of their products. Some may think this is ...

Ren V-cense Youth Vitality Day Cream 15/07/2016

Not Vital but Very Nice

Ren V-cense Youth Vitality Day Cream REN V-CENSE™ YOUTH VITALITY DAY CREAM Introduction Many years ago I tried a REN eye cream and thought it rather good, so I was quite pleased to discover this day cream in a Beauty Box that I received last year. REN REN are an established British skincare company of some 16 years that supply ‘clean’ skincare internationally – by this them mean products that are skin kind and thus they avoid synthetic fragrances and colours, petrochemicals, silicones, sulphates, parabens, animal ingredients and a whole host of dodgy sounding things you probably don’t want on your face or skin. I refer you to the FAQ section of their website for full details if you are interested, but I was satisfied that they seen to know what they are talking about ( ‘Ren’ means ‘clean’ in Swedish. Nearly all their products are vegan friendly except for a handful that contain beeswax or milk. They also claim that they do not test on animals or ask any third party to useful. Oils are sourced organically where possible Packaging is usually recyclable and UK consumers can return empty packaging to REN by Freepost for recycling. Cartons are used to meet international labelling regulations (which mean things need descriptions and ingredients in different languages. Here they use paper from managed forests and vegetable inks. The product The product comes in a 50ml pump action tube, but my trial size comes in a squeezy tube. Their website claims: “A multi-active day ...

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, London 11/07/2016

Pussy Galore

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, London Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium So another birthday came around, and I was single again. I figured out I pretty much qualified for Crazy Cat Lady status apart from the minor details that I didn’t actually own any cats (seeing as I lived in a flat). With this in mind I decided to visit a Cat Café I had heard about in east London for my birthday and invited some other single, cat loving ladies to join me. What the Moggy is a Cat Café? It’s a café with cats!!! Whilst lunching you enjoy the company of the resident cats (at their discretion). There are rules to ensure the safety and contentment of the cats (which I’ll let you know about) and food is prepared separately from the animals, so you won’t find cat hair on your cake. Where is it and how do I get there? 152-154 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 6DG It is close to Shoreditch over- ground station, alternatively you can walk from Liverpool Street Underground and National Rail station. Allow at least 15 mins as the route through Brick Lane can be busy during market days, or you may want to add in browsing time for Spitalfields market, which is also on route. The 8, 388 and N8 buses go past here also. Cat welfare The main concern for me is that I would see happy and contented cats. Not all cats like to spend a lot of time with people, so the rescue moggies they have, are all friendly, confident and content animals. Those that are likely to be stressed by many people or other cats are not selected or re-homed ...

Post-it Lined Super Sticky Notes 04/07/2016


Post-it Lined Super Sticky Notes Post-it X-Large 101 x 101 mm Lined Super Sticky Notes - Fuschia (Pack of 90 Sheets) Introduction I was sent these to try, and like most people I often use post-it notes, or similar,at home and work for making notes and reminders. They are an established brand, part of the 3M corporation, and were originally invented by accident (the person who first made them was trying for something else) in the late 1960s. No one really knew what to do with the product and they didn't really get marketed or put into production for almost twelve years. Now they are a global brand name available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. The Product The ones I have to test are bright pink lined post-its measuring 101x101mm (as opposed to boring old 10cm square). There are 90 sheets on the pad which is packaged in a plastic case mounted on cardboard. It was easy to open and pull the pad out but I suspect the plastic casing cannot be recycled. According to the print on the front the post-it notes are recyclable (I always thought they were and have always recycled them at home). Apparently the adhesive is even made from 60% renewable sources. These ones are 'super-sticky' meaning they are better at sticking and for longer. I haven't had a problem with post-its sticking to paper but occasionally they come unstuck on other surfaces, and these 'super sticky' notes supposedly stick better to unusual surfaces such as computer monitors, walls etc. I often stick one to the back of my front door ...

Alpaca Annie, Burmarsh 23/06/2016

Alpaca Heaven

Alpaca Annie, Burmarsh My friend got a Groupon to go Alpaca Trekking in Kent and asked me to come with her as she knew that I loved animal experiences. It was down on the Kent coast, but I understand that various other places all around the country also offer these experiences. Hopefully this review will help you decide if this is something you would like to try. Where is it? Haguelands Village, Burmarsh , Romney Marsh, Kent TN29 0JR. This is on the Kent coast neat Dymchurch and Hythe. It takes about 15-20 minutes from junction 11 om the M20. We hit a bit of local traffic, and if unlucky you could get caught up with cross-channel traffic, on the motorway, heading to Folkestone or Dover. The ‘village’ is really part of Haguelands Farm and offers a bistro, hairdresser, paintballing, and in the summer a maize maze and ‘Fun Yard’ with kids games and activities. Not to mention the alpacas of course! You can get 10% discount in Kate’s Bistro if you are having an Alpaca experience. They offer hot food as well as sandwiches with a range of staples and specials everyday. I understand their Sunday roasts are popular and booking is recommended. They also do cooked breakfasts most days too – often using locally sourced produce. My friend had a hot dog and I had sandwiches and combined with drinks this came to less than £10 for both of us. Portions were good and well presented. There are toilets here also, and again at the other end of the retail strip. About Alpaca Annie Alpaca Annie is based in Kent ...

Loreal L'Oréal Revitalift Laser Renew Super Serum 15/06/2016

Not that Super a Serum

Loreal L'Oréal Revitalift Laser Renew Super Serum L'Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew Super Serum Introduction I was sent this product to try by L’Oreal, in conjunction with their night cream. I rarely use the brand, having had a bad reaction to Garnier products (part of the same stable of brands). In fact I don’t tend to use serums at all, preferring to limit the products I use on my skin. L’Oreal This well-known company has its origins in France, where it was founded in 1909. It began making hair-dye products, but now produce a variety of hair, skincare, fragrance and cosmetic products. Brands under the L’Oreal umbrella include Decleor, Lancome, YSL, The Body Shop, Garnier, Maybelline and Roger & Gallet to name just a few. Although the L’Oreal group claim to have invested in alternatives to animal testing (and abide by EU regulations on the matter) they do sell their products in China, where animal testing is compulsory. They can still use ingredients that were tested on animals prior to March 2013 (when EU regulations came into effect). Many companies didn’t do this, nor use ingredients that were tested on animals for non-cosmetic purposes (which are excluded from current legislation). There are plenty of sources on the web coming down hard on the brand for their ethical stance - L’Oreal are no standard-bearers for the cruelty free beauty market, and online research shows that they likely exploit any loophole going, but evidence seems circumstantial. The Product The serum is in a red opaque square glass bottle with ...

Rapesco Security Popper Wallet 10/06/2016

Pop Your Secrets In Here!

Rapesco Security Popper Wallet Rapesco Security Popper Wallet A4+ Camouflage Print - Pack of 5 Folders Introduction I recently selecteda pack of 5 of theseitems as part of the Amazon Vine program (where invited top reviewers get to test certain products for free, in return for an impartial review) as I think these sorts of products are handy to keep certain paperwork altogether. They are suitable for home and office use, but for me I just needed some folders to keep paperwork relating to certain home projects. Rapesco Rapesco are a British firm, founded in the late 1950s, and based in Sevenoaks, Kent. They are one of the market leaders in certain office products such as staplers and hole punches, but also offer other office tools and document management products (a posh way of saying files as far as I can tell). The Wallet I suspect most of you have seen something similar before – a plastic envelope style wallet with a front popper fastening. This one is a bit more 'designed' than some of the others in that the envelope flap is shaped so the popper is over on one side. I think it looks quite attractive this way, but you could potentially 'catch' other folders or papers under the wider part of the flap. The poppers are simple and secure – they are neither fiddly to fasten, nor tough to open. The size of the folder is 35x24 cm (14 x 9.5 inches) which is suitable for foolscap pages (slightly larger than A4). Again I like this as it means you can fit in slightly larger papers and it makes the folder ...

L'Oreal L'Oréal Revitalift Laser Renew Night Cream 27/05/2016

Lasering my Face?

L'Oreal L'Oréal Revitalift Laser Renew Night Cream L'Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew Introduction I was sent this product to try by L’Oreal, I don’t usually use their skincare products, preferring a more premium brand but I am always happy to try a freebie and share my thoughts on it with you! L’Oreal The company was founded in France in 1909, primarily as a hair-dye manufacturer. They now produce a variety of hair, skincare, fragrance and cosmetic products. Brands under the L’Oreal umbrella include Decleor, Lancome, YSL, The Body Shop, Garnier, Maybelline and Roger & Gallet to name just a few. Although they claim to have invested in alternatives to animal testing (and abide by EU regulations on the matter) they do sell their products in China, where animal testing is compulsory. They (like many other companies presumably) can still use ingredients that were tested on animals prior to March 2013 (when EU regulations came into effect), as well as ingredients that were tested on animals for non-cosmetic purposes (which are excluded from current legislation). Generally L’Oreal were quite late to the cruelty-free cosmetics party, and I find this quite off-putting. The Product The night cream is in a red opaque square glass jar with a screw top plastic lid. Inside there is a plastic covering to protect the product which I threw away after two uses as it got in the way. The jar is boxed and the box has the ingredients and promotional blurb on it. The box had a further cellophane wrap so you can be sure no one has tampered ...

Rapesco P30 2 Hole Punch 19/05/2016

Packing a Punch

Rapesco P30 2 Hole Punch Rapesco P30 2 Hole Punch 30 Sheet Capacity Introduction As a member of Amazon Vine (an invitation only scheme, where I can receive certain items for free in return for an impartial review). This hole punch came up on my list, whilst far from being the most exciting item I find them to be handy to have (plus I think my existing metal one is older than me, having come with me from my parents' home). Rapesco We have some Rapesco stationery items at work, so I assume they are a brand that is competitively priced. They are a British brand that claim to be a business leader in items such as hole punches and staplers. Founded in 1957, they now sell to over 100 countries and are based in Sevenoaks, Kent. The Hole Punch The hole punch should be able to punch up to 30 sheets at a time, which is considered 'daily' use, Rapesco have other products for 'business' or 'heavy duty' use if this doesn't work for you. I doubt most of us have much use to punch more than thirty pages at home – mostly I do only one or two! This would probably suit most people for office use too, unless you need to do a lot of filing. It is also only punches two holes – I tend to only have simple A4 or lever arch files for any home filing, and have no need to a four hole punch (or any others) but this may be a consideration for some. It comes with a 15 year guarantee and there is a matching stapler available. My hole punch is white plastic and I am not aware of any other colours available. It weighs a ...

Philips HX8331 Sonicare AirFloss Pro 09/05/2016

Faff-Free Flossing

Philips HX8331 Sonicare AirFloss Pro Introduction My dentist is always telling me how important it is to floss and indeed I floss (sort of) most evenings. I expect I am not alone in finding it hard to reach the back of my mouth and feel this area sometimes gets a bit neglected, especially as I usually find myself gagging using either a manual or electric toothbrush when attempting to clean the back teeth properly. I have marginal more success with TePe inter-dental brushes over conventional floss, but I do get occasional gum bleeding and have a few gaps between teeth which need extra attention after certain foods. For a while now, I feel I have been going around in circles – I do my best to keep my teeth clean but still get a bi-annual lecture from the dentist telling me to be more careful and was wondering how to get around it the best when this product came up on my Amazon Vine* list – a power flosser! Philips Philips is an established Dutch electronics company, founded some 125 years ago manufacturing lamps. They still have a strong and successful lighting division today, as well as manufacturing consumer electronics, and healthcare (diagnostic and other medical equipment often used in hospitals). The company has offices all over the world now. Products include TV and audio, electric shavers, kettles, irons, childcare items as well as oral care. The product This is an electronic re-chargeable device that claims to be as effective (if not more so) than manual flossing. “It uses powerful bursts of ...

AmazonBasics Packing Cubes 12/04/2016

Pack Squared

AmazonBasics Packing Cubes AmazonBasics Packing Cubes - 2 Medium and 2 Large (4-Piece Set) Introduction As a member of the Amazon Vine program I am occasionally offered free items in exchange for an honest review. When these packing cubes came up on the list, I thought they looked very useful so requested them. What are they? They are fabric and mesh box shaped bags (a cube may be stretching it – they are oblong) and I have two sizes: Medium-sized cubes (35 x 25 x 8 cm [13.75 x 9.75 x 3 inches]) Large-sized cubes (44 x 32 x 8 cm [17.5 x 12.75 x 3.25 inches]) (L x W x H). The bags seem well made of polyester fabric with mesh panels at the top so you can see what is inside. The ‘cubes’ can be zipped almost all the way round, with double zip pullers so you can quickly access anything inside. The zips are chunky and the pullers easy to grab and there is also a webbed handle, which can also be used to hang them. They are very light and won’t add to your excess weight. They can also be machine washed (cold, gentle) and line-dried. They seem nicely finished, with all seams covered to prevent snagging. Price and Availability These particular cubes are exclusive to Amazon and have an RRP of £20.99 and I have not spotted an offer on these, the price seems to stay about the same , which means delivery is currently free with Amazon. Other brands offer packing cubes and it would seem that Amazon Basics are competitively priced for the sizes/packs that they offer compared to the Premium luggage/outdoors ...

SkimProt Guard 29/03/2016

A Little Bit More Protection?

SkimProt Guard SkimProt Guard for Bank Card Introduction I was sent this by the Amazon Vine program in return for an honest review. I thought it a good idea with card fraud on the rise, but can it really help? A few years ago a former colleague of mine had his bank card skimmed locally and, whilst he was away, they emptied his bank account on payday. Fortunately, in trying to access some cash whilst away in Scotland, he got out a print out from the machine, and thus was able to prove he was not in the local area which expedited the process of getting his money back. Otherwise the bank had been claiming he had done it himself, as he usually used the same machine. He found it an unpleasant and stressful period and ended up having to get an advance on the subsequent month’s wages to see him through the weeks it took to get his money back. What is it and what is it supposed to do? It’s a sticker! It is supposed to protect your bank card from skimming in cash machines and is suitable for any chip and pin type bank cards only. Card fraudsters are getting smarter and the scanning devices they place on cash machines or handheld point-of-sale devices to ‘skim’ (copy) your card details are getting smaller and harder to detect. It’s slightly smarter than most stickers though, as according to the manufacturers it has four layers: an adhesive layer to allow it to be stuck to the card (and removed if necessary), a screening layer to obscure the information in the card’s magnetic strip, a ...
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