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:( So sad and will miss you all. Posting and rating to the end as a few days off work. Thanks for all the reads & rates, much appreciated esp E rates, every E I give is well deserved. Ciao for now everyone.....

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Everything that starts with A ... 04/12/2017

Abbey Wedding Venue YEOVIL

Everything that starts with A ... Abbey Wedding Venue Yeovil When I asked for this venue to be added to the Ciao! catalogue I did include the link for the location in Yeovil, Somerset, for some reason Ciao Towers have added it as London. Anyway here is my review: Location: The Abbey Preston Rd Yeovil BA20 2EN Tel 01935 424251 Getting there is easy via car, taxi or bus, they are however a long way from the railway station. Preston Road is one of the main arterial routes into Yeovil town centre ensuring that this location is easy to find and it is on the north west side of the town. ~*~ First Impressions: Driving in and prior to getting out of the car the impressions are good, just inside the gate there is signage and as I am reviewing from the perspective of a wedding guest, I will comment on the aspects that only pertain to that type of use/hire of the facilities. On the left is a driveway and next to that is the signage for the site, which advises weddings are located up that left turn, but wedding guest parking is straight on. We duly went to park and followed two other cars in, who’s occupants were as obviously mystified as us. Whilst there was a small car park, it was signed for various other things that did not include wedding guests, so we all carried on and found ourselves in an old courtyard with no signage that would direct us to the wedding venue and that did not appear to be guest parking, so we all returned to the car park and parked in various business’s parking bays. Walking around ...

5 Star Office Waste Bin 30/11/2017

~ It's Bin a Breeze ~

5 Star Office Waste Bin It’s Bin a Breeze 5 Star Office Waste Bin Polypropylene 14 Litres Working in the public sector much of the purchasing choices are purely price led and this can be problematic with regard to some resources, however in the case of the humble waste bin, to generalise it is not usually a problem, most bins sold are fit for purpose and will do the job. Working in a school there are various bins about the place and they are from various suppliers and in various colours. They do vary a little with regard to quality and that is really to do with the substance of the bin. Bearing in mind that they have all been bought to a price, it is easy to assume that the quality and substance is not very good and in some cases that is so. However one bin that is quite good and represents value for money is the 5 star 14 litre version that whilst nothing outstanding is better than most of the others and does its job very well. They come in various colours, not just the black that is shown and the colours are good and bold primary colours that brighten up the classroom. They seem to be robust enough to stand up to the occasional rough and tumble and are easy to clean and fit bin liners to. ~*~ ~*~ ~*~ ~*~ ~*~ ~*~ Price & Availability: From the 5 star catalogue and price depends on the quantity you buy and the discount you qualify for, expect to pay between £1.20 and £2.00 each. ~*~ ~*~ ~*~ ~*~ ~*~ ~*~ Conclusion: I can honestly say that this will be my last paying review with Ciao ...

Duratool 2 Row Wire Brush 29/11/2017

~ A Useful Basic Hand Tool (at the right price).

Duratool 2 Row Wire Brush Duratool Wire Brush 2 Row Last year my husband and I did up a vintage bicycle to use as a prop on a charity stand that we run, the idea being that because we were running a charity stall for a canine rescue in the dog show area of a classic car show that this would link our stall to the main show. The bicycle was in a sorry state and after a cursory clean we realised that we had a lot of work to do having parted with our money and literally removed it from a hedge on the previous owners smallholding. We started the project last winter and soon got cracking with the wire brush set that bears the Duratool name, including this 2 row version that I am reviewing today. The brush is a very basic item and is built on a roughly sawn wooden handle and brush bed that has the two rows of steel bristles along just over half of the 265mm length and at 35mm wide at the widest point this is ideal for getting into most of those fiddly areas around the frame that a disc would not be able to handle. These types of brush are a hand tool designed to remove rust and dirt from things like bicycle frames, lawn mowers and such like prior to repainting or respraying. I use the softer brass bristled brushes for removing moss from garden ornaments and suchlike. This is a basic hand tool that does a necessary but basic job and I used the brush a lot for the bicycle project. I will say that prolonged use led me to have some muscle pain in my hand and wrist but that soon recovered. This is a basic ...

TePe Interdental Brush X-Fine 29/11/2017

~ TePe or not to TePe ~ TePe Interdental Brushes ~

TePe Interdental Brush X-Fine TePe Interdental Brushes A few months ago at my check up I was advised by my dentist that there was evidence of gum disease that had not been there 6 months earlier and he advised me to use a stick, one of these interdental brushes to clean around the gum line as well as using Corsodyl mouthwash. He gave me the stick to try and advised buying these and a month later I returned and bought a pack of three. The brushes come in different sizes to fit between different size gaps and surprisingly although they are tiny, if you try and use one that is too big it is potentially very painful. What is an Interdental Brush: They are designed to clean along the line between the gum and tooth and between the teeth. I suppose they are a relatively new concept but they work in a similar way to dental floss to prolong the life of our natural teeth. I suppose they are like a very, very small bottle brush in appearance and after the unbearable pain of trying the spike these are a much more user friendly option. Made in Sweden: Yep, TePe are a Swedish brand and by all accounts are experts at oral hygiene products Claims: On the pack it states: ‘Regular use of interdental brushes reduces the build up of plaque and food debris that can lead to gum disease, bad breath and tooth decay. Tepe interdental brushes are specially designed to clean effectively between the teeth and in difficult to reach areas. They come in several colour coded sizes as most people may need more than one ...

Russell Hobbs 21580 Steamglide 29/11/2017

Steaming through the Ironing Punk!

Russell Hobbs 21580 Steamglide Russell Hobbs Supreme Steam 2400W Iron I trawled through the Russell Hobbs Irons and checked the details and photos and I am sure that my iron is a later version of the Ciao catalogued version and in turn has been superseded by the 23060. ~*~ As I usually do for purchases of this nature, when I was considering buying a new iron, I consulted the reviews on Ciao and made my short list. I then discovered that some of the reviews were a few months or even years old and that new models are coming out all the time, with a tweak here and a tweak there. So armed with the very best reviews, I worked out my wants and needs and based on the information learnt from the reviews, I made my choice and today I am finally reviewing my iron that I have now owned for a while, but wanted to ensure some genuine user experience before reviewing: ~*~ Appearance & Features: The main body of the iron is white with the accents in purple. My iron is in attractive shades of white and dark purple and is quite heavy at just over a kilo when the water reservoir is empty. It is also quite large the ironing plate is 245mm long and the total height when stood on its end is 300mm. The handle is quite chunky to hold and does not have any grip features as some have, it is smooth and curved with a soft grippy strip along the back where it fits into the palm of the hand and I think this is silicon. I have never had any problems gripping the iron and I do sometimes suffer some left hand (I am left handed) ...

Slim-Fast Banana Drink Bottle 29/11/2017

~ Bananas! ~ A Convenient Slimming Meal ~

Slim-Fast Banana Drink Bottle Slim Fast Banana on the Go As well as the powder version of this shake that I have already reviewed, I have vast experience of using the ready to go readymade milkshakes from Slim Fast and here is my review of the Banana version: ~*~ Packaging & Description: Packaged in a fairly thin plastic container that holds 325ml of milkshake, they can be spotted on the shelves with the other Slim Fast products identified by its red colour scheme and bold Slim Fast log branding. These shakes compliment the powder version and are a lunch on the go ready to consume meal in a bottle. ~*~ They claim: Our tasty Blissful banana flavour meal replacement shake is nourishing and filling, high in protein with 15g per serving, 4g of fibre and 23 vitamins and minerals it will satisfy all your needs. ~*~ My Use: I am not adverse to going to work with a little container of measured out powder and a glass jar of skimmed milk to mix my own lunch at lunch time. However, when I am out and about the readymade version is ideal for a quick, easy and healthy lunch on the go. I tend to buy these when they are on offer somewhere and indeed bought rather a lot when they were short dated from Approved Food a couple of years back and I consider that they are a really handy product to stock for when I am likely to need a healthy lunch on the go. They use UHT milk, so there is no need to store in the fridge and of course the use by date is lengthened that way too. I tend to stack them in my cupboard and ...

Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave in Conditioner 29/11/2017

~ Amesome Mate, Not a Miracle, but Good Stuff from Aussie ~

Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave in Conditioner The Aussie Philosophy: ‘There's more to life than hair, but it's a good place to start’ Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-in Conditioner It was quite a few years ago now that I discovered the Aussie range thanks to the cracking offers that they used to promote and therefore the range being featured on the Moneysavingexpert email newsletter. Here is my review of a product that I started using way back then and still use from time to time: ~*~ Packaging: Packaged in a cream coloured strong plastic container that in common with the range features kangaroos moulded into the plastic and in this case it is around the shoulder part of the cylindrical container. What look like labels are actually transfers on the container and feature the ‘Aussie' brand name and Kangaroo trademark in white, surrounded in dark purple block. Below this is the name of the product ‘Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner for weak, distressed hair’ in burgundy on the beige background that makes up most of label. Central to the front label is a pencil style drawing of what I believe is jojoba leaf and seed and below is the catch-paragraph that hooks us in: ‘With Australian Jojoba oil. Our unique formula, with a drop of Australian jojoba seed oil, detangles and helps you to protect your hair from everyday wear and tear.’ ....and in bold caps ‘protects and detangles’. The container is topped by the simple designed push down spray nozzle that widely features on this type of product and this is ...

Avon Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo 28/11/2017

~ My Hair is Beautifully Nourished with Moroccan Oil Shampoo ~

Avon Advance Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo Avon Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo The Advance Techniques range from Avon was originally promoted as a professional salon range of products for sale to the consumer via Avon and certainly, without a doubt the range is a good quality one. Here is my review of the 360 Nourishment with Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo from the Advance Techniques range: This product is designed to leave the hair Beautifully nourished and is described as a shampoo to give shine and eliminate fly away. Packaging: The shampoo is sold in a 250ml size 17cm beige coloured rounded plastic container with a pastel blue accents on the label with the text in gold. The shampoo is accessed via a flip top cap. The plastic bares the recycle logo as well as the one that depicts to be used within 12 months of opening. Using: My hair is problematic, prone to greasy and dry fly away, it is also fine and flyaway but there is lots of it. I wash my hair every day of after a swim and I swim whenever I can. My absolute favourite shampoo is from Organic Surge but that is expensive and I often try new shampoos and find myself frequently returning to the Advance Techniques range. I swear by the Moroccan Treatment Oil from this range and when I few months ago I could buy the oil and get the shampoo and conditioner for free, it would have been rude not to. Once I’d finished the shampoo I was using I went onto this and I have to say I have been very pleased with the results and have now finished the 250ml ...

Slim-Fast Banana Powder Drink 12 Servings 28/11/2017

Blissful Banana Great if you follow the plan or dip in......

Slim-Fast Banana Powder Drink 12 Servings Slim Fast Banana Powder I have been using Slim Fast for a number of years and I cannot remember how or when I first stumbled across it. I don’t actually use it as a meal plan the way that they suggest, but I do find it works for me nevertheless and here is my review: ~*~ Blissful Banana: The yellow coloured banana flavoured milk shake comes in a cylindrical tin that holds 12 portions, inside there is a little plastic scoop rather like those that come with baby formula if you’ve ever use it for accurately measuring out the portion. When I first started buying this it was the only product of its type, but these days there are several other similar products and the Slip Fast can be spotted by its mostly red colour scheme and bold branding. I used to love Banana Shakes from Wimpey, MacDonald’s and so on, so when I could drink a shake as a way to lose weight I jumped at the chance and this is my favourite flavour. ~*~ To Use: Simply scoop 2 flat scoops out and tip into a mug or glass, add about 300ml skimmed milk and ice cold is best, stir or whisk to dissolve the powder and enjoy. ~*~ They Claim: Our luscious Blissful Banana flavour meal replacement shake mix is nourishing and delicious, contains no added sugar, is high in protein with 15g per serving, has 4g of fibre, and includes 23 vitamins and minerals. Containing 1/3 of your daily nutrients as part of the SlimFast Plan, what more could you ask for? ~*~ My Thoughts: I agree with the claims, it is certainly ...

Cookingtime Polyethylene Reversible Cutting Board 28/11/2017

~ Basic but Nice ~ A Must Have Maybe.... ~

Cookingtime Polyethylene Reversible Cutting Board Cookingtime Polyethylene Reversible Cutting Board I first came across this style of chopping board when working in hotels and the versions we used then were slightly larger, heavier and more robust than those I have come across for the home market. I have however, had a few of these over the years and here is my review of thje Cookingtime version: Description: I have also noticed that the boards come in various sizes and the Cookingtime ones are approximately 240 x 340 and 200 x 280 with a depth of 18mm being a nice size for most applications. The rectangle is softened by gently rounded corners and the boards feature a cut out hand hole that is also useful if you wish to hang your boards up. They are rigid and solid and don’t flex in use. They are a plain white Polythene and when supplied the only packaging is a large central sticker which peels off easily and the glue washes off. Indeed it is sensible to wash before first use and where these boards come into their own is that they are machine washable whereas the wooden versions they replaced in many homes were not. These chopping boards are a very useful addition to the home and they are described as non toxic and non stick and revisable. Using: The boards can be used to chop up anything you need and for using as a bread board. They are versatile and the white colour will suit any kitchen. I like the smaller one for chopping herbs and use one side only for chilli’s which have left a slight stain, but that is okay, I ...

Avon Colour True Colour Eyeshadow Duo 27/11/2017

~ Surprisingly Good from Avon ~ Reliable Duo ~

Avon Colour True Colour Eyeshadow Duo Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Duo This is one Avon product that I have a few of. If I could there are others I’d buy , but this is a good eye shadow duo and here is my review based on the Pink Blush colour duo that I am currently using: ~*~ Packaging: This duo is presented in a neat little hand friendly oval of around 7 x 5.5 cm in dark blue, there is a clear disk on the top so that you can see the colour before opening and the set is provided with a small applicator wand. The eye shadows are two lozenge shaped pressed powder sections that take up a small part of the packaging. This is supplied in an outer cardboard box that has instructions and ingredients in small test around the outside. The product is made in Poland. There is the icon to use within 24 months of opening and as a little goes a long way, it could last that long. ~*~ The Colour & Using: The colour I am currently using consists of a pale pink shade and beige/mauve type of colour and I use these together with a brown shade from M&S. I use the pale pink colour over my primer to cover most of my eye lid and blend the beige/mauve shade over my lid up to the socket before adding the brown to the outer edge and brow all the while blending as I do so. I find that this colour scheme is a good neutral type of eye shadow for everyday use and it is working very well for me at the moment. I have previously used several of Avon’s brown and beige duos and combo’s as well as a green version from this set, but I do like ...

Avon True Color Powder Blush 26/11/2017

Avon True Colour Powder Blush

Avon True Color Powder Blush Avon True Colour Blush - Cedar Rose I don’t have much time for travelling to a big town or city where there is a store with beauty counters, so I tend to buy things I know on-line or buy locally, another source I keep returning to is the Avon catalogue and here is my review of the True Colour Blush in Cedar Rose. I’d had a previous Blusher product from Avon that was completely surpassed by the Bourjois version that I’ve been using, although I often plump for bronzer in the summer months for more formal occasions and in the winter I use a blusher. ~*~*~ Packaging: The blusher is supplied in a black cardboard outer that includes all the information about the product including the ingredients list and that the packaging is recyclable and that the product should be used within 24 months of opening. The actual product is packed in a sleek black oval compact case that is accessed by a push button opening and includes a mirror and short handled application brush. This also has a label on the base with the colour code and name as well as the use within 24 months icon and that there is 6g of product. ~*~*~ Using: On opening the compact I am surprised at the shade of the colour as it presents as a mid beige colour more suited to a face powder than blush. I decided to try it anyway, and what a surprise the colour changes as I brush it on and is buildable, by that I mean that if I just to add a hint of colour a quick sweep once will do that, if I want to a bit more colour, by ...

Thierry Mugler Alien Eau Extraordinaire Eau de Toilette 25/11/2017

An Extraordinary Playful EDT, Gone all too soon.

Thierry Mugler Alien Eau Extraordinaire Eau de Toilette Alien Eau Extraordinaire Introduced in 2014 following the success of the EDP, the Extraordinaire EDT version is designed to be lighter than Alien and designed to create feeling of happiness and serenity to all, whilst releasing the wearers inner goddess. I had several sample sachets of this fragrance in my box and I have therefore been wearing it for a few days in order to fully trial the fragrance and here is my review: ~*~ Fragrance: The initial notes are pleasingly subtle and fruity but not in a sweet way, fruity in a zesty grapefruit softened with white tea in a way that creates an adult feminine scent. After about 2 hours the fragrance comes into its own and it is quite extraordinary. The fragrance is gentle yet sensual and I can detect the bergamot but it is the lovely Tahitian gardenia that dominates when I catch the smell unexpectedly. By the time of the dry down though the fragrance has gone, despite several times of wearing, no matter how hard I try, I cannot detect the end notes that should be Cashmeran wood and white amber according to the Thierry Mugler website where I have just visited to look it up because it has been puzzling me. Interestingly on the website the notes are given as fresh Tunisian neroli and bergamot tea notes that are enriched with tiare flower and white amber. Tiare flower is another name for Tahitian gardenia. What surprised me about trying this fragrance is that if I put it on and work at my desk or basically don’t move around ...

Do you consult online reviews before making a purchase? 21/11/2017

~*~ Reviews Facilitate Prudent Purchasing Decisions ~*~

Do you consult online reviews before making a purchase? Do you consult online reviews before making a purchase? Many years ago, I was lent a copy of Which Consumer Magazine. Which test products and then compare and rate them following a criteria of useful information and I subscribed for a while and found Which invaluable in making purchases for high value items such as washing machines and the like. Jump forward many years and the internet now means that this information can be found on-line and I always research any larger value item thoroughly before making a purchasing decision and one of the best ways to do so is by reading genuine user reviews. Indeed, I use reviews for a whole array of products and by being part of the Ciao! community, I learn so much, with barely a day going by without learning something useful or of interest. ~*~ Travel, Leisure & Eating Out: When I travel I like to live like a local, I learnt a long time ago that the restaurants, cafes and takeaways used by the locals are usually the best for both value and quality. So, whether exploring the UK or overseas I always try and find out about the places to eat before I go. Okay, I admit there is something fantastic about exploring a new place and stumbling across a nice little cafe down a little alley and this can be a fabulous experience that you then want to tell everyone about it. In our case by writing a review. However, that is balanced with being aware what is there, most importantly the places to avoid and visiting somewhere that you have some ...

Cookingtime Chrome Plated Nut Cracker 19/11/2017

~ If you are a Heavy Metal Nut or a Nut Nut ~

Cookingtime Chrome Plated Nut Cracker Nut Crackers My nut crackers are brilliant, I use them to crack nuts – sometimes. When I have fresh nuts, I find it is easier to use a sharp pointed knife and prise the shell open that way. However, for the dried nuts still in the shell, the best way to get into them seems to be the nutcracker method and here is my review: These nutcrackers are a heavy metal chrome plated two part contraption that is hinged together at one end. The two handles of around 16cm are shaped in such a way that the appearance is similar to pliers, only these are grooved into various gaps at the hinged end to accommodate different sizes of nuts. The shiny metal main body of the crackers feature inlet plastic grips inserted at the bottom, holding end and this does make the crackers nicer to holder and easier to grip. The crackers are quite weighty and the balance is such that the cracker end is significantly heavier than the end you hold even when not loaded with a nut. ~*~ Using: I find that the nuts work well with small nuts like hazelnuts and pistachio nuts when gentle pressure only is applied to just slightly crack the shell of the nut and extricate the nut. Larger nuts are not so easy, with care Brazil nuts are possible to gently crack and extricate the nut whole or in two parts, but this takes practice and trial and error with each batch of nuts to judge and learn the toughness of the nutshell. Walnuts are another matter, many of the walnuts seem to be too big for these to handle and ...
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