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Yankee Candle Fruit Fusion Wax Tart 19/11/2014

Great scent, shame it disappeared so suddenly!

Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Wax Tart 10/11/2014

Cookies are not just for Christmas!

Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Wax Tart Yankee Candle's Christmas Cookie wax tart was one I first sampled last Christmas. It was quite a bargain buy at the time, as I spotted a lot of the Christmas range from Yankee reduced in price in a branch of Collectables. Reduced to just 50p each, this was less than half the usual price of £1.20 - £1.30 per wax tart at the time, so being the wax tart fanatic that I am, I seized the opportunity to stock up and bought quite a few of the wax tarts. You can smell the fragrance of Yankee's wax tarts through their clear packaging before opening them and this one had a lovely sweet scent as I held it up to my nose before making my purchase, which Yankee describe as buttery rich, vanilla scented, holiday sugar cookies. I could definitely smell the vanilla which is actually a fragrance I am not so keen on, but here it certainly has a 'buttery' scent which does indeed remind me of home baking. I have also generally found that the strength of fragrance from a wax tart whilst it is still in its wrapping is a good indicator of how strong the throw from it will be when you are burning it. Usually if the fragrance seems weak, then it doesn't last as long or give off as strong a fragrance when burning, as the stronger scented ones. For good longevity I prefer the stronger smelling wax tarts and Christmas Cookie certainly has a strong but very appealing scent. Longevity varies with these wax tarts,with some lasting longer than the approx 8 hours burn time and I thought that this one may ...

Palmolive Naturals Irresistible Softness Black Orchid Shower Cream 09/11/2014

Nothing irresistible about this.

Palmolive Naturals Irresistible Softness Black Orchid Shower Cream I am not easily tempted away from my favourite shower gel by Original Source, but when spotting this Palmolive Shower Milk on offer at my local Morrisons recently for just 50p, I thought it was worth a try. There were a couple of different fragrances on offer from this range including olive and milk and honey, but I was tempted by the Black Orchid & Aloe Vera in an attractive bottle which also featured one of my favourite colours: purple. Palmolive advertise this shower milk as 'Irresistible Softness' and state it is enriched with extracts of 100% natural origin black orchid and aloe vera. Its rich, velvety formula will wrap you in the sensual scent of exotic flowers they promise. I usually buy shower gel so had no experience of shower milk prior to purchasing this, but I was tempted by the sound of it as it conjours up images of smooth and silky, moisturised skin, or so I thought. When I came to use this shower milk however, I found it wasn't exactly as luxurious as it sounded. I thought I would like the fragrance as I generally like Aloe Vera and thought I would also like Black Orchid too, but the fragrance here I found very floral and quite sweet and sickly. I must confess I am not a great lover of floral fragrance anyway, but this did seem a little overbearing for me personally. When I squirted some of the shower milk on to my shower scrunchie, the shower milk was quite runny with the milky appearance you would expect, but I found quite a lot of the product was needed ...

The Sanctuary Body Lotion 06/11/2014

It smooths and it tingles!

The Haunting of James Hastings - Christopher Ransom 31/10/2014

The haunting or the confusion of James Hastings?

Boots No 7 Radiance Revealed Exfoliator 26/10/2014

Didn't reveal any radiance for me!

Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Bubble Heaven 23/10/2014

Not my idea of a 'Bubble Heaven'

Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Bubble Heaven I have been fortunate enough to receive some lovely bath and body products as gifts for Christmas, birthdays etc and always look forward to using them, particularly when it is a product I haven't tried before. This is how I came to try Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Bubble Heaven, as it was part of a lovely Champneys Spa gift set I received for Christmas. I can recall seeing these products in Boots as the festive season approaches each year and always thought they looked quite luxurious. Therefore I was looking forward to trying out the products in my gift set. I love using bath products and so this Bubble Heaven was the first product I tried from my set. Champneys state this product is inspired by traditional oriental recipes and this wonderfully indulgent bubble heaven leaves your skin feeling soft and pampered. The oriental blend of aromatic ylang ylang, calming sandalwood and exotic patchouli essential oils encourage feelings of wellbeing and tranquillity. Now as I absolutely adore Patchouli fragrance, so it was no wonder I was looking forward to using this bubble bath product. I always prefer spicy, musky fragrances over anything floral and that was the main reason why this product appealed so much to me. The red luxurious-looking design adds to the oriental, spicy feel too, so it got full marks from me as in how appealing this product both looked and sounded to me before even using it. Things didn't exactly get off to a good start however, when I came to ...

Yankee Candle Mango Peach Salsa Wax Potpourri Tart 21/10/2014

Everybody salsa!

Yankee Candle Mango Peach Salsa Wax Potpourri Tart Yankee Candle's Mango Peach Salsa Wax Tart first came to my attention when my daughter bought me one as a treat. She often treats me to a couple of wax tarts when she is out shopping and although she often buys me my favourite fragrances, she sometimes surprises me with one I haven't tried but thinks I will enjoy. Knowing I enjoy fruity fragrances, she thought this one would appeal to me and she was right. Mango Peach Salsa is a strong and peachy-smelling fragrance, its sweet scent is quite evident whilst it is still in its packaging. The wax itself is also peach in colour and with the picture of mango and peaches on the label, there is no doubt this an aptly named fragrance - believe me, some are not! Yankee describe Mango Peach Salsa as 'sweet and zesty' with juicy mango and peach livened with citrus, ginger flowers and pink pepper. I am fond of burning the woody, spicy, fresh or fruity citrus fragrances more than the floral ones and so I was looking forward to this one. Before I came to use the wax tart, I popped it in my underwear drawer as these tarts also make lovely drawer scenters too, so I store some in my draweres until I am ready to use them, meaning they serve a dual purpose! When I came to use the tart I placed it into the deep well in my burner and lit a tealight underneath. As soon as the wax began to melt, the fruity aroma began to fill the room with a strong peach fragrance. After a further couple of minutes I could detect some other notes creeping in and ...

Different Shades Of Blue (Limited Edition Deluxe Version) - Joe Bonamassa 16/10/2014

Different Shades Of Blue

Original Source Lime Shower Gel 14/10/2014

Made to make your mouth water!

Original Source Lime Shower Gel When it comes to shower gels I always tended to alternate between purchasing gel and body wash from Radox or Dove's range of products, depending on what was the cheapest at the time of purchase. Many stores and shops have regular promotions on toiletries and although I have a slight preference for Dove, I was quite happy with a bottle of Radox too. However, now and then I do like to try something different and apart from toiletries I may receive as gifts for Christmas and birthdays, etc, I will stray from my trusted brands and try something new, especially if it is at a promotional price. And this is exactly how I ended up falling in love with Original Source Lime Shower Gel. Original Source wasn't exactly new to me when I first purchased a bottle of Lime shower gel a couple of years back, as my daughter had purchased this brand some time before and left her bottle of Original Source Mint and Tea Tree shower gel in the bathroom, which I tried and wasn't very keen upon. Because of this, I never gave any thought to purchasing any myself after trying that particular one, although I must admit the strikingly designed bottles with their vibrant colours and bold lettering always stood out , catching my eye on the shelves of the shops and supermarkets which stock them. It was really because of that striking design that I took another look at Original Source range of shower gels in my local store. That and also the fact that they were all part of a promotional offer priced at 99p ...

Yankee Candle Paradise Spice Wax Tart 08/10/2014

Paradise Spice is nice!

Yankee Candle Paradise Spice Wax Tart Yankee's Paradise Spice was a ragrance I first bought in Debenhams last year, when I noticed they had a promotion offering 20% off in the various departments. I knew they stocked Yankee candles and decided to take advantage of this offer and stock up on some wax tarts. The offer meant that most wax tarts were only £1.00 each at the time after the discount was applied. The usual price is £1.20 - £1.30 per tart and whilst it was not the greatest bargain, it was still better than paying full price. I do try to stock up on wax tarts whenever I see them reduced anywhere. After choosing a few, I discovered when I went to pay that some were actually reduced to 75p although it did not say this on the shelves. If I had noticed this I might have bought a couple more, but didn't have time to go back. Paradise Spice is a 2013 release by Yankee and so at the time of buying, this was one I had not already tried. Described by Yankee as "An exotic island treasure ... perfectly ripe banana and creamy vanilla, unexpectedly spiced with prized cinnamon and cloves", I looked forward to trying this one. In fact, as soon as I spotted it on the shelf with the word "spice" in its name I picked it up to have a sniff of the scent whilst still in its packaging, as I do love the spicy fragrances. Indeed my favourite Yankee scents to date have all been woody and spicy scents along with a few fruity ones. As I held Paradise Spice up to my nose I could immediately smell the cinnamon and cloves. I must ...

Me To You Binky The Panda Cushion 02/10/2014

A cute addition to the Me to You range.

Me To You Binky The Panda Cushion I think most people will be familiar with the very popular Me To You Bears by Carte Blanche. That cute grey Tatty Teddy is a favourite of many, including myself and a walk into a branch of Clintons for example, will leave you spoilt for choice as you are faced with a huge array of Tatty Teddies as well as mugs, glasses and stationary. You will also find Tatty Teddy clothing and nightwear available in stores such as New Look, M&S and Asda. Indeed there appears to be a Me to You bear for every occasion with more and more appearing every year. Following on from the ongoing success of Tatty Teddy, Carte Blanche introduced 'My Blue Nose Friends,' which are a range of animal friends with blue noses just like Tatty Teddy. These have proved to be popular too and so the range has continued to grow. The My Blue Nose Friends range includes cute and cuddly soft toys such as Shield the Armadillo, Splash the Octopus, Jingle the Reindeer and Coco the Monkey to name but a few, but it was Binky the Panda which caught my daughter's eye when this range was first introduced. Although my daughter is an adult, she too is a fan of the Me to You Bears as well as being a lover of pandas. The funny thing also was that this Blue Nose Friend panda is named Binky, as this was my daughter's nickname when she was a baby. She was so tiny when she was born, the midwife stated she was a little 'Binky' and it stuck. So Binky the Panda has been something my daughter has taken to and owns the cuddly toys, a ...

Asda Lime and Lemongrass Shower Gel 01/10/2014

A great alternative to Original Source!

Asda Lime and Lemongrass Shower Gel I had usually opted for Dove products when I purchased shower gel or body wash, but a couple of years back, I picked up a bottle of Original Source Lime shower gel and fell in love with it. I had been aware of Original Source shower gels and had tried some of them before, but Dove was still my favourite until I tried the Lime Original Source shower gel. I love citrus fragranced bath and shower products and lime is my favourite citrus fragrance, but it isn't something you see too often. Therefore I was stocking up on Lime Original Source whenever it was on promotion and had not found anything else which has came close to how much I love it, until a year later... I was shopping in Asda and needed some toiletries, including shower gel. They had my favourite Original Source Lime shower gel in stock but it is quite expensive when not on promotion and I am try to make some savings whenever I can on my shopping, so I began browsing all the other shower gels on the shelves and quickly spotted this Lime and Lemongrass shower gel. I think it was the striking lime coloured gel which made this product stand out, just as the Original Source shower gel does and I picked a bottle up for a closer look. The shower gel is part of the Asda own brand range and so is reasonably priced at just 95p a bottle. I flipped open the cap to have a quick smell and see if it was indeed anything like I hoped it would be and instantly, a lovely lime fragrance which reminded me of my favourite Original Source ...

Eeny Meeny - M.J. Arlidge 28/09/2014

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Jurys Inn, Gateshead 24/09/2014

Great views!

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