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Dove 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner 17/08/2015

Dove 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner

Dove 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner *As the 'Why did you buy it?' category doesn't have the relevant reason for why I bought it, I had to choose the 'No particular reason' option-I actually bought it for the quickness! As I mentioned in my Dove Winter Care Nourishing Lotion review, the majority of products that I use are made by the Dove brand as they tend to work the best for my skin, and in this case, for my hair. I normally use the Dove shampoo and conditioner separately when I wash my hair, however at times it’s very useful to have the 2 in 1 shampoo as a backup for if I’m running late and need to wash my hair in a hurry (or in case I’ve forgotten to buy replacements of the separate ones!). I’ve used this a number of times, sometimes a couple of washes in a row, and have found that it does do a fairly good job at cleaning my hair and not making it too much frizzier than it already is which is quite an achievement! However, I still have to say that using the shampoo and conditioner separately does work better than using the 2 in 1, although that is more to do with the fact that the 2 in 1 doesn’t condition my hair as well as using them both separately. I have also found that if I use it too regularly it does tend to dry my scalp out a bit which is normally when I make sure that I swap to using them separately again, if I haven’t done so already. Another thing that I have noticed is that if you use the same amount of this shampoo as you do the normal shampoo and conditioner, then it lathers a lot which ...

The Hollow Crown (DVD) 15/11/2014

Three Kings of England

The Hollow Crown (DVD) The Hollow Crown was produced by the BBC in 2012 and is an adaptation of four of Shakespeare’s history plays; Richard II, Henry IV (Part 1), Henry IV (Part 2) and Henry V. There is also going to be another series next year featuring Henry VI (Parts 1-3) and Richard III; Henry VI is going to be made into 2 parts rather than 3 so they will probably be combining them. Although I didn’t watch these when they were first broadcast, I am very glad that I have seen them now and I will definitely be watching the next series. We first watched these as a result of seeing the live (and then recorded encore) performances of the National Theatre’s Coriolanus at the beginning of the year. If it hadn’t been for one of my friends who really wanted to see the play due to a certain actor playing the title role, we never would have watched these wonderful plays (or at least it would have taken a lot longer than it did). I had previously seen some of the more well-known plays (Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing) but had no knowledge of these four plays (or indeed of Coriolanus). Prior to seeing Coriolanus, I enjoyed watching Shakespeare, but after seeing it my passion for it has really come alive! Tom Hiddleston played Coriolanus and coincidently also plays Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and then the title role in Henry V. Before seeing these I had only see him play Loki in Avengers Assemble and Thor 2 which to be honest, great though the films are, they really don’t ...

Dove Winter Care Nourishing Lotion 21/01/2014

Winter Care for Your Skin

Dove Winter Care Nourishing Lotion *Please ignore the tangle free agents category, Ciao wouldn't let me keep it as not applicable. I have sensitive skin and eczema which has a nasty disposition to flare up during times of stress and in hot and cold weather. Also, due to the fact that I am now attending a college that has air conditioning instead of windows and radiators to “save money”, my skin is now needing moisturisers more due to my skin drying out more quickly. Compared to many people who have sensitive skin and skin conditions, I don’t follow the normal trend. I can’t use products that use ‘natural’ ingredients such as Aveeno or Burt’s Bees, products that contain ‘vitamin goodness’ etc such as Simple or products that are for sensitive skin or people with eczema such as E45 because they don’t work for my skin. I have tried using Aveeno and Burt’s Bees in the shops but have been allergic to them, probably due to the oatmeal, honey and whatever else is in them; at a friend’s party a few years back we did natural face packs which were basically oats, honey and yogurt, however, unlike the others whose faces were soft as they were meant to be, mine was completely red, bone dry and itching like mad. Since then I have been allergic to skin products that contain those items. I have also tried E45 as recommended by a friend, but that didn’t help when my eczema flared up. For a while, I was mainly using Simple and it was sort of working, but not to the same extent that the few Dove products that I owned were, ...

Kahuna Ladies' Cuff Watch KLS-0225L 05/08/2013

Tick Tock Kahuna O'Clock

Kahuna Ladies' Cuff Watch KLS-0225L Why Did I Buy This Watch? Getting on for a year ago now, I noticed that my right wrist was itching quite a lot whenever I was wearing my watch which I think was a white Casio wrist watch. Since then, as I hadn’t got round to buying a new watch as there wasn’t really a lot of need to, I just carried it around in my pocket in case I needed it. After a little while, a friend suggested painting some clear nail varnish on the back of the actual watch as that’s what she has to do to some jewellery that she has that she’s allergic to. I did try this but it was still as itchy if not more so after the coat of nail varnish than beforehand, thus I gave up and went back to keeping my watch in my pocket. Until… A couple of months ago it was getting very close to exam season and so I went about the process of looking for a new watch that I could use instead of just having it on the desk to look at whenever I needed to check how much time I had left as I had been doing previously. I was looking for a watch that ideally had the strap all the way around it instead of either side of the watch so as to prevent the previous problem with the itchy wrist from occurring again. That was when, after a few looks through the Argos catalogue, I noticed the Kahuna range that had just under half of their range with the type of wrist watch strap that I wanted, and so the Kahuna Ladies’ Cuff Watch stood out as a very definite possibility. I was also looking for a watch that wasn’t shaped like a plate as ...

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen 19/07/2013

A Lesson In Character

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen “When the Dashwood sisters-romantic Marianne and cautious Elinor-move to the country in reduced circumstances, both find the possibility of love in their new life. But they will soon discover that the path to happiness is more complex than they had realized…” (Taken from the blurb of the Penguin Popular Classics edition). Plot After the death of Mr Henry Dashwood, his family must prepare to leave their dear Norland Park and embark on a new life whilst John, his son by his first wife, inherits the house and everything with it, much to the delight of Mrs John Dashwood who has been longing for this moment ever since they were married. Much to the pain of all, more so for nineteen year old Elinor who has fallen in love with her sister-in-law’s brother, they leave Norland and build a new life in Devonshire, though in much reduced circumstances than those they had been used to previously. Although they do not know the extent that Barton Cottage, the Dashwood’s new residence, will be the centre of emotions and new relationships on their first experience with it, that certainly is what it will be come over the following weeks, months and years for all. Through many trials and tribulations (and also some positive times), the family’s relationships with each other will be put to the test, as will their relationships with their new friends, some of whom are not entirely what they seem to be on first acquaintance. Secrets, some very dark, deep, mysterious and extremely unexpected, ...

Trevor James TJ10X MKIII Flute 21/06/2013

My Graceful Friend

Trevor James TJ10X MKIII Flute As you may have already guessed, I really love woodwind instruments and have a continually growing woodwind family of my own. I currently have three recorders, a flute, a clarinet and a hired bassoon which may or not unfortunately have to go back to its original owners soon as I’m not sure if I will be able to have lessons anymore. I will hopefully manage to buy my own one in the future though which I am already looking forward to, as well as adding to my current collection. My next instrument though that I would like to get is a keyboard as I play piano a little but not very much and certainly not very well so I would like to improve if I can. Anyway, how and why did I first become interested in buying this flute? A few years ago, I was one of the few people in my year chosen to complete something called the Arts Award of which there are three possibly levels; bronze, silver and gold. We had been chosen to do the silver level which is a level 2 qualification (GCSE A*-C grade equivalent) whilst another group were chosen to complete the bronze level which is a level 1 qualification (GCSE D-G grade equivalent). Each level contains 2 units; unit 1 is a challenge enabling you to either try something new or develop on a skill that you already have, and unit 2 is a leadership challenge based on your unit 1 challenge. As my challenge I decided to do something that I had always wanted to do but had never actually accomplished up to then; play the flute. I have always loved the ...

Tesco Light Choices Caesar Dressing 09/04/2013

Alright In Small Quantities

Tesco Light Choices Caesar Dressing How did I come across this dressing? Recently I was thinking about how great it’d be to enjoy a chicken Caesar salad again after discovering how delicious they can be twice last summer whilst away. Although I haven’t managed to completely recreate a chicken Caesar salad yet, I have managed to make a Caesar salad using this dressing. Why pick the light version over the normal one? I decided to choose the Light Choices version of this dressing after looking at both the Tesco Caesar Dressing and the Tesco Light Choices Caesar Dressing, and having first noticed the large difference in the calorie count (the light version only has 9 per tablespoon as opposed to 65 per tablespoon in the normal version), I decided to look at the difference between them in greater detail. As you would expect in a light version of a product, the amount of sugar, fat and saturates found in this dressing is less than in the normal version, although perhaps surprisingly the salt content of 0.2g is the same in both. We, as I was shopping with my mum at the time, were then interested to know what the ingredient difference was between the two different Caesar dressings. The main difference that we found was that there was an apparent lack of oil in the light version, although comparing both dressings on the Tesco website the light version has got a very small amount of sunflower oil in it, but compared to the normal version that is barely anything as the normal version has a large amount of ...

Brambly Hedge - The Classic Collection (Animated) (DVD) 05/04/2013

Four Timeless Classics In One Place

Brambly Hedge - The Classic Collection (Animated) (DVD) Brambly Hedge is one of those things that could very easily be considered as a child’s entertainment, however, as someone who has grown up with Brambly Hedge, who has The Complete Brambly Hedge book and has watched all of the adaptations of the stories, I feel that it is something that both adults and children alike can enjoy. Background Brambly Hedge is a group of eight stories written by Jill Barklem. The first four books, Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story and Winter Story, were first published in 1980, and the latter four, The Secret Staircase, The High Hills, Sea Story and Poppy’s Babies, were published between 1983 and 1994. Jill Barklem is an author and illustrator who was born in 1951 in Epping, Essex; little did she know then that where she grew up would be the inspiration for her first four Brambly Hedge books. Barklem attended St Martin’s School of Art in London where she studied illustration which would enable her to illustrate books for anyone who wanted her to. On her website she says “I did not have a very clear idea of my future but assumed I would earn my living by illustrating other people’s books. I certainly never imagined that one day I would write my own.” Her first four books were inspired by Epping Forest in Epping, as well as her general interest in nature. Her latter four books were inspired by places other than Epping Forest; the Lake District inspired The High Hills, and both the Norfolk coast and the Suffolk estuaries inspired Sea ...

Aulos 1739Y Brown 209 Treble Recorder 22/03/2013

A Personal Favourite

Aulos 1739Y Brown 209 Treble Recorder An instrument that is frequently overlooked and classed as being a ‘child’s instrument’ is the recorder, with few people fully appreciating the marvellous instrument that it can be if played properly and well. Also, many people are ignorant, through no fault of their own, to the many different types that there are. I play four recorders (the sopranino, descant, treble and tenor), in addition to the bassoon, flute and very badly, the piano and clarinet. Of the four, I have played the descant for the longest as it’s the most common recorder to play, especially when at a young age and just beginning to read music, with the treble, sopranino and tenor coming over the last few years. Having never done a grade in any of the recorders, I can only go on pure experience rather than as a graded player, and so I don’t know how the Aulos Treble, also known as Alto, copes in an exam situation and for a graded, and possibly professional, player. Background The recorder is a member of the woodwind family and has been around for over 600 years (the earliest reports using the name recorder are from 1388); a very popular instrument during medieval times and successfully remaining so until the 1700s when orchestral instruments became more popular. There are around 9 different types of recorder ranging from the sopranino (highest pitched) to the sub-subcontrabass at the opposite end of the spectrum. There are many different makes of recorder, one being Aulos who made my recorders and so ...

Horrible Histories - Series 3 - Complete (DVD) 08/03/2013

A Wonderful Way to Learn History

Horrible Histories - Series 3 - Complete (DVD) This is the last series so far of the four-part TV wonder that is Horrible Histories that has been released onto DVD, with the last being released on the 20th May. Another series is due to be aired later this year on CBBC and if the other four series have been anything to go by, it will be well worth watching. Background The television series is based on the books of the same name by Terry Deary, none of which I’ve actually read so I can’t say how they compare to the sketch show, but I know that they, just like the show, are very popular and that many people who have watched the show go onto read the books and vice versa. History There have been a number of different specials so far done by the Horrible Histories group, one being a Christmas special which followed the second series and included any sketches to do with Christmas that there had been in either of the previous series and the third series which was to follow. They have also done specials for Halloween, Sport Relief, the Diamond Jubilee, and the Olympics. In addition to this, in 2011, as a Horrible Histories first, they took part in the Proms and on the 30th of July the cast staged a Horrible Histories prom which was entitled "The Horrible Histories Big Prom Party". Originally having been broadcast as an hour and a half radio performance, it was cut down to an hour and broadcast on the 9th September on the TV. The TV show has won numerous awards such as the Best Sketch Show category of The British Comedy ...

Horrible Histories - Series 1 (DVD) 15/02/2013

History with a Twist

Horrible Histories - Series 1 (DVD) This is the first instalment of the hilarious and educational sketch show that is, Horrible Histories, and, being the first instalment, sets the tone for the succeeding series exceptionally well (see my other review). Background The television series is based on the books of the same name by Terry Deary, none of which I’ve actually read so I can’t say how they compare to the sketch show, but I know that they, just like the show, are very popular and that many people who have watched the show go onto read the books and vice versa. History There have been four series of the show to date with a fifth which will should airing this year which we will definitely be watching when it does and are looking forward to very much. They have also done a Christmas special which followed the second series and included any sketches to do with Christmas that they had been in either of the previous series and the third series which was to follow. In addition to this, in 2011, as a Horrible Histories first, they took part in the Proms and on the 30th of July the cast staged a Horrible Histories prom which was entitled "The Horrible Histories Big Prom Party". Originally having been broadcast as an hour and a half radio performance, it was cut down to an hour and broadcast on the 9th September on the TV. Unlike the succeeding series (2 to 4), there is no Savage Songs Special for the last episode of the series meaning that this series is one actual episode longer than the others which ...

Nokia 5000 03/01/2013

A Big Phone In A Small Shell

Nokia 5000 At first glance, this phone may look very simple with very little to do other than texting and ringing people up. By today’s standards, this is probably correct as the memory available is very small and there aren’t millions of apps to download either. However, for someone who mainly uses their mobile phone for doing both of those things, it is very useful and easy to use. When I First Bought This Phone I first bought this phone around Easter time in 2009 when it was in the sales. On the T-Mobile website at the time it was originally priced at around £70, but was reduced to about £30 by the time that I actually got around to buying it which made it more affordable. This phone appealed to me as it appeared to have a fairly big memory, it apparently had GPS according to the website, had a 1.3 megapixel camera with it and was a nice colour (green and white). As it was my first mobile, I had no real idea what sort of things I was looking for in my ideal phone, other than the ability to send texts and to be able to ring people with it, with anything else that came too as being a bonus. Now, having had this phone for nearly four years and having seen what was lacking in it, I have recently been persuaded to inherit my mum’s old touchscreen phone instead as the memory, for one thing, is much greater than on my Nokia 5000 and is one thing I really needed. As this is the case, I thought I would write a review on it to say farewell and thanks for all that it had enabled me to do ...

Little Women and Good Wives - Louisa May Alcott 30/07/2012

A Childhood Favourite

Little Women and Good Wives - Louisa May Alcott Blurb I thought that the best way to introduce my review was to include part of the blurb which gives you a small insight into a very full and detailed book. “Life in the March household is full of adventures and accidents as the four very different March sisters follow their varying paths to adulthood, always maintaining the special bond between them.” Book The books Little Women and Good Wives were written by Louisa May Alcott and were published in the late 1860s. The stories were based on her own experiences as a child, and after just the first publication they were a huge success and continue to be loved by both adults and children alike today. Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott was born in Pennsylvania on the 29th of November 1832. As well as being an author and having a number of works published, she worked as a teacher and a nurse. She was also a strong women’s rights campaigner. She died unmarried on March the 6th 1888. Little Women Little Women is the first of the two books following the lives of the four March sisters; Margaret (Meg), Josephine (Jo), Beth and Amy. At the beginning of the book, which contains 23 chapters, Father has just left as a chaplain to the troops fighting in the American Civil War being too old to fight himself, leaving Marmee to look after the house with help from Hannah the maid and Great Aunt March, a woman who pretends to be emotionless but is a great softy at heart. As I have said already, the books follow the lives of ...

Thomas Allinson Dried Active Yeast 23/07/2012

Raising a Loaf

Thomas Allinson Dried Active Yeast Thinking of making bread? Looking for some yeast that works well? Then look no further! Allinson Flour Dr Thomas Richard Allinson was a Victorian healthy eating pioneer and believed that wholemeal flour is vital to having a balanced diet. In 1892, he purchased a stone grinding mill in the north of London and founded The Natural Food Company. He then opened his first flour mill which made wholemeal flour. After his death in 1918, he left a thriving bakery which produced high-quality healthy wholemeal flour as his legacy. What Sort of Things Does Their Range Include? Their range includes three different types of bread flour, different types of specialty bread flours, two different types of yeast and four different types of plain and self raising flours. Allinson Dried Active Yeast Allinson’s Dried Active Yeast is a natural form of yeast which can be used for hand baking, but it is not recommended to be use in bread makers. It is gluten free, contains no nuts and is suitable for vegetarians. What Have I Used It For? After visiting a house of a friend whose mum makes bread, and watching the Hairy Bikers who sometimes make bread, I felt inspired to search for a bread recipe that was simple to make and would hopefully produce a tasty loaf once it had been made. My mum had said that some years ago she had made a white loaf from one of Delia Smith’s recipes and that it had worked quite well, so I decided to have a look on Delia’s website for a wholemeal bread recipe. ...

Doves Farm Organic Strong Wholemeal Flour 24/06/2012

A Peaceful Farmyard Mill

Doves Farm Organic Strong Wholemeal Flour Thinking of making bread? Looking for some bread flour that works well? Then look no further! Doves Farm Doves Farm are a family owned business that specialises in producing organic flour. They were established in 1978 by Michael and Clare Marriage and are based on the Wiltshire/Berkshire border. The majority of their staff and raw materials are local, coming from the surrounding Wessex area. What Sort of Things Does Their Range Include? Their range includes many different flours such as organic flour, gluten free flour, gram, malthouse, rye and rice flours. They also have a bakery that produces things such as breakfast cereals and quick yeast. What Have I Used It For? After visiting a house of a friend whose mum makes bread, and watching the Hairy Bikers who sometimes make bread, I felt inspired to search for a bread recipe that was simple to make and would hopefully produce a tasty loaf once it had been made. My mum had said that some years ago she had made a white loaf from one of Delia Smith’s recipes and that it had worked quite well, so I decided to have a look on Delia’s website for a wholemeal bread recipe. After a couple of searches, I found a recipe and made it-the result was quite pleasant, although, according to the recipe it doesn’t need kneading which we tried a couple of times, but whenever the bread was baked, it always shrunk, no matter how far it had risen beforehand (see photo 2). This time, however, the decision was made to see whether ...
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