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A lady from the Nørth. During Mum's preoperative assessment in May 2016 it was discovered that the cancer they were going to remove is now too far advanced to treat. I'm back after a really rough half year, glad to be<3

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The Body Shop Raspberry Body Butter 11/08/2017

Berry berry nice! The Body Shop Raspberry Body Butter.

The Body Shop Raspberry Body Butter I bought this body butter alongside three others and a bar of soap when The Body Shop had a sale on earlier in the summer. There were other scents to be had, but I chose this one as it looked appealing and two of the others were Christmas scented, so I was not very keen on those. My tub has 200 ml of product in it, I had a look but don't think they come in any smaller or bigger packs. You can buy it from The Body Shop, either online or in-store, and while they normally cost £15 a pop I got mine half price :D I do like The Body Shop because of their ethical standpoint but my budget doesn't permit buying from there very often, unless there is a sale on. The packaging has changed slightly from the picture here; it now comes in a pink and black plastic tub with a label with a single raspberry on it and the Body Shop logo in silver. The lid screws off with ease but at the same time I have travelled with it in my bag and the lid hasn't come off in transit. The tub states that the product provides 24 hour hydration for dry skin and that it has cold-pressed early harvest raspberry oil in it. The body butter is a light pink, but more pink than the Peach body butter, if that makes sense? It smells very fruity and like raspberries in my opinion, and my husband commented on the scent when I applied the product saying it smelt nice. The scent is strong and because of that I chose not to wear a perfume while using this product as I felt it would have conflicted with the scent of ...

The Body Shop Body Butter 24/07/2017

Lovely and peachy! The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Butter.

The Body Shop Body Butter Before I start this review: This is the review for the The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Softening Body Butter, NOT for The Body Shop Body Butter. When I submitted the The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Softening Body Butter as a suggestion, Ciao rejected it stating that they do not ‘support variations of products’ and said to use this product instead. In the words of Ace Ventura: Allllllllrighty then. This was one of the body butters I bought from The Body Shop sale. A 200 ml tub normally costs £15 but I got mine in the sale for £7.50 which I felt was very reasonable. It comes in a black and peach coloured plastic tub with a screw lid with a label with a peach on it and a print of The Body Shop logo in silver. On the side of the tub it promises ’24 hour hydration for dry skin.’ The tub says to use it within 12 months of opening and that it is not a food (can’t help but wonder what made it necessary to put this on the product? Did someone try to eat it?), and to store it in a cool place. The ingredients list says it contains the following: Water, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Butyospremum Parkii (shea) butter, glycerine, cetearyl alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Parfum, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Linalool, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Limonene, Prunus persica (Peach) Extract, ... 16/07/2017

Stuff for your body that doesn't cost the I have always been really fond of The Body Shop and their products, particularly their body butters. I discovered this chain when we went on a scout trip to Germany as a teenager (The Body Shop hadn't come to Norway yet at that time). 'The Body Shop Body Butters' have been on my birthday and Christmas lists ever since. This is because while I love their products, they are a bit out of my price range for what I feel I can spend on myself in terms of beauty and skincare products. So I am always on the lookout for when their products are on sale or when there's a freebie to be had. I really like their ethos of being cruelty free and that many of their ingredients are sustainably sourced from communities benefiting from trading with The Body Shop. And Dame Anita Roddick is a bit of a goddess/legend at the college where I work as we've got several books about her and how her business became such a success for the business students to use as a case study for their assignments. Last week I noticed two things that prompted me to visit the online shop of The Body Shop. 1. I walked past a shop window and saw several kinds of 200 ml body butters on sale, normally they cost £15 a pop but now they were half price at £7.50. 2. I had an email from vouchercodes saying The Body Shop had an online sale on where you got 40% off your shop. And when I looked online, the half price body butters were there as well! Score! So I decided to treat myself. The website itself is with black writing ...

Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Varnish 10/07/2017

'60' seconds I won't get back! Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Varnish

Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Varnish When I bought a foundation and mascara in Boots last time, I noticed that they had a 3 for 2 offer on for all Rimmel makeup. My nail polishes were starting to look a bit grim, I remembered. You how when there is so little left in the bottle that the whole thing stiffens and it's impossible to get any of it out anymore? Well all three of my bottles were like that so I decided to get a bottle for myself. To put it into perspective; I have not bought any nail polish for myself for the last three years - this has been because I have been careful and gotten them as freebies/handed them in under a nailpolish amnesty and gotten a fresh bottle. I decided on the 60 second super shine nail polish in the shade of 210 Etheral - it's a pink mother-of-pearl colour which is nice enough to wear for work but is also suitable if I go out (and besides by not getting a really strong colour, it means I can apply it and if I cock it up, then it doesn't show so easily). Normally a bottle of this nail polish costs £2.99 - I got mine for free as I bought a mascara and foundation at Boots where they have the offer. I have seen Rimmel product shelves at Tesco, Sainsburys and Superdrugs so can imagine you can buy this nail polish there as well. (I've had to put £3 in the Price field as it won't let you put decimals in) A bottle contains 8ml of product and the label says once it's been opened it should be used up within 30 months. I think this will be used up much quicker than that, as I will ...

Colgate Plax Sensitive 23/06/2017

Feeling sensitive? Colgate Plax Gentle Care Sensitive Mouthwash

Colgate Plax Sensitive As I grow older I have become more conscious of the fact that I need to look after my health more. One of the ways I do that is to ensure I look after my teeth, so I have started to use mouthwash this year in addition to brushing twice a day. Now, I really don’t like foods and sweets that taste strongly of mint as I just find the taste too strong and overwhelming; I was offered a Fisherman Friend lozenge once, not realizing what it was I popped it in my mouth and promptly spat it as the taste was just so strong! So I am always on the lookout for mouth care products that don’t have a strong taste of, well, anything! I do this by buying mouthwash that doesn’t have alcohol in it (I find it unbearably strong and can’t hold it in my mouth as long as the label says) and whose label says something like ‘mild’ or ‘gentle’. Colgate Plax Gentle Care Sensitive mouthwash has been developed for people who have ‘sensitive teeth and gums’ so if you suffer from this, this product is also suitable. The label of this mouthwash says it ‘fights bad breath 24/7’ and that it kills 99% of bacteria’. On the back the label says it contains the following: Aqua, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Polxamer 407, Aroma, Cetylpyridium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Fluoride, Sodium Saccharin. It also says plainly it does not contain ethyl alcohol. I decided to buy this one to try because we had run out of mouthwash and the one I normally buy (Boots own brand sensitive one) was in fact ...

Hampton by Hilton Hotel, York 14/06/2017

Good quality city centre hotel - Hampton by Hilton Hotel, York

Hampton by Hilton Hotel, York Husband and I decided that for our break at Easter, we would visit York. I have despite living here since 2006 not 'seen' a lot of the country as such as I've been busy studying and/or working, plus York had been recommended to us by more than one person as a very interesting place to visit. What appealed to me about York as well is that it used to be a Viking settlement in the olden days, called Jorvik and before that it was a Roman city called Eboracum. Pieces of history seem to be everywhere in York and it was a really interesting place to explore. Why did we choose Hampton by Hilton York? We decided to stay at this hotel when we searched the website for something that was a) close to York city centre b) had a free breakfast included and c) had free wi-fi (and the most important thing of them all according to my husband). I also had a look at the reviews for this place and they were good. I tend to book a mix of independent and branded hotels when we travel and I guess with a branded hotel you can expect a minimum of standards I guess? Which is reassuring especially when you are going somewhere you have not been before. We hadn't had a break just husband and me in almost four years (we save up for them) so it was very important for us that this hotel was good for our stay as it was such a treat for us to go away. We stayed from Monday to Friday, so four nights, and paid £444 for two adults, this included wi-fi and a breakfast buffet. Looking at the ...

Eating London Tours 24/02/2017

Eating in London - Eating London Tours.

Eating London Tours I had an amazing 30th birthday because in addition to being gifted the Mad Hatter afternoon tea by my nephews I was also gifted an Eating Tour of the East End by my sister and my two brothers and their partners. Eating London Tours also does a Soho tour which takes place at dusk. My brother and his wife had done this tour previously which is why they recommended it as it was something to do that was different than 'just' visiting museums or shops while staying in London. To do the tour you have to book it and pay in advance; the website states that they do not accept walk ups or cash payment. It costs £69 per adult, £54 for teenagers between 13 and 7 and for children between 4 and 12 it costs £42 a head. Children under the age of 3 go free. We did not have to cancel our outing but I was surprised to read on our booking confirmation that bookings cancelled less than 14 days before the tour is scheduled to take place will not be refunded (!). I have not gone on a guided tour before like this but I think that's a bit strict – I guess you'll have to take it on your travel insurance if you suddenly have to cancel. Maybe it's something they've had to do this way because people kept cancelling the last minute? Tours run Mondays to Saturdays, last for about 4 hours and there are three departure times to choose from; 10am, 10.45am and 11.30am. We did our tour on a Thursday at 10.45am and maybe it was because it was half term but in our experience the area was quiet and there ...

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 24/02/2017

Getting there and back again - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines I will be reviewing our experience of flying with KLM this Christmas; we flew economy class. I have flown with KLM to Thailand a few times though I was quite young so can't remember a lot about what that was like, so can't comment on it. We paid £408.60 for two adult return tickets from London to Torp with one 23kg case taken both ways. Normally when flying home to Norway to see my family we fly with Ryanair as they fly from Stansted to Torp airport in Sandefjord as it's local to us. However in the summer the Norwegian government decided to add a new environmental tax for airlines. That and wanting to compere with airlines at the main airport in Oslo has meant that Ryanair does not operate a route between Stansted and Torp between October and April now. So we had to find an alternative. The option was there to fly with Ryanair to Oslo but we then had to take the train down which would have cost us £60 per person per way. As it turned out it worked out cheaper to travel to Heathrow and then fly with KLM to Amsterdam and then catch a connecting flight to Torp from there. We flew with KLM from Heathrow terminal 4 on the 22nd of December at 16.25 on flight KL1018 to Schiphol, Amsterdam. We then waited 2 hours and 15 minutes for our connection, KL1221 to Torp which left at 20.55 and we landed at Torp at 22.30. Going back we went on the 26th of December and took flight KL1218 from Torp which departed at 14.30 and we then had an hour and 25 minutes in transfer at Schiphol before ...

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel, London 26/01/2017

Mad as a Hatter? Mad Hatter's afternoon tea @ Sanderson Hotel.

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel, London I celebrated my 30th birthday this October and my sister and to celebrate my sister and the rest of the family very kindly treated me to two days in London, with a stay and different activities planned. My brother and his wife had tried this before and recommended it so my nephews clubbed together and gifted me a trip to the Sanderson Hotel to experience the Mad Hatter themed afternoon tea served there. It was quite busy when we were there so to avoid disappointment I would suggest prebooking. You can do this at their website, To book, click the purple Book button and choose the Afternoon Tea on the left hand side and select the date and time you want to visit. It does say on the website that these are in strict one hour slots but when we were there I could not see this being rigorously enforced (which was good as I'll explain further on in the review). When booking you don't pay then but at the end of your experience at the hotel, so you just get an email confirmation to say that your booking has been received. One thing caught my eye when we were making our reservation which was that it says 'no fancy dress was allowed.' At the time I felt this was a bit mean, it's a themed afternoon tea after all so I guess some people might want to dress up. To get there you can take the tube to either Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road. If you get off at Oxford Circus, take ...

Denmark Farm Eco Lodge, Lampeter 11/11/2016

Nothing rotten about the state of Denmark! Denmark Farm Eco Lodge

Denmark Farm Eco Lodge, Lampeter Denmark Farm Eco Lodge is located in Lampeter in southwest Wales. We stayed here as a family in the last part of August during the bank holiday. My husband and I stayed there from Friday to Monday while the rest of the family stayed there from Friday to the following Friday. The eco-lodge comprises of three units with a door separating each one and guests can choose how many they want to book out depending on how many people are coming. We were 12 people and a dog staying there so we booked all three units, all three of them sleep 16 altogether so we didn't feel it was cramped and we had lots pf space. My mother in-law has told me that the end of August was chosen because it would have been too expensive for us to book the whole place out at the beginning of August for a week. It would have cost £2000 to rent the whole place for a week in the beginning of August for a week, when we booked it, it cost £1300 for a week, and split between 12 people this we felt was very reasonable. My mother in-law was also told that if we came again to let the owners know in the booking as they would give us a discount. Denmark Farm used to be a commercial farm but in 1985 it became a conservation and nature centre and the lodge is part of this. In addition to the lodge there is a building with a dormitory where you can rent spaces a well. It is all very nature centred and eco-friendly. The lodge is in the middle of the farm and visitors are encouraged to take walks around on the land. ...

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel 02/09/2016

Well Gel! Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ^_^

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel It's either the famine or the feast with Bzzagent! Sometimes it is quiet for a while and then suddenly you have three products in a row to review XD I got this from Bzzagent for free to try and give my feedback on. It comes in a blue see through oval tub with a plastic screw on lid, and the tub comes in a fancy blue and silver shiny cardboard box, so looks very exclusive. According the the box the cream contains the following: Aqua, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, sodium hyaluronate, ethylhexylglycerin, dimethiconol, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, Laureth-7, C12-14 Pareth-12, polyacrylamide, dimethicone crosspolymer, carbomer, C13-14 isoparaffin, sodium hydroxide, phenoxyethanol, chloropenesin, methylparaben, benzoic acid, parfum, CL42090. You can buy this in store or online from Boots and it also appears on Amazon. Though you would be better off with buying it at Boots as it costs £12.99 there compared to £17.49 (!) at Amazon. You can also buy micellar water, gel cream moisturiser, gel cleanser and facial wipes in the same product line. The box says the Water gel is oil free and that 'the innovative Continuous Release System containing hyaluronic acid, naturally found in the skin, helps to replenish the epidermis and protect the skin barrier.' It also says it is dermatologist tested and that once opened it should be used within 12 months. The product itself is a pale blue but when out of the tub it looks white and then turns ...

Compeed Blister Medium 14/08/2016

Pain-be-gone! Compeed Blister Plasters Medium.

Compeed Blister Medium I am a member of the UK BzzAgent Panel and I was sent these to try. You can buy these in a variety of places in offline and online stores. Boots for example sell these for £4.39 a pack but if you buy one you get one half price at the minute as they have a deal on. A quick search also shows that you can buy them from Amazon at £3, and from Asda at £3. Each pack has five plasters in it and they come in a plastic container that you can close, so they are handy keep in your handbag as the contains keeps them nice. I have not tried these to test their blister removing effect as I did not have any blisters when I got them, but when I got them I had an idea. I immediately thought of a pair of shoes I wanted to try these with with. I bought a pair of flats in the charity shop and even though they were my size, upon trying them at home or even trying to wear them in, I quickly realized that the back part of the shoe that covers your heel was just too rigid and was rubbing and irritating the back of my feet. Even just putting my foot in the shoe and sitting down wearing them hurt and I was gutted as they look very nice, are made of leather and they were a bargain, £4! (.....In hindsight, maybe this is what happened to the former owner and why they ended up in the charity shop?) I decided to try the medium plasters as I had a cunning plan to wear the plasters while wearing these shoes to walk them in at work when on a day I knew it would not be a busy day. I took a pair of flats I ...

Asda Little Angels Baby Lotion 14/08/2016

Smelling like a baby - Asda Little Angels Baby Lotion.^_^

Asda Little Angels Baby Lotion EDIT: Ciao is not letting me publish the review unless I select an option for Tangle Free Agents (?????) for this product, and selecting Not Applicable doesn't work. So that is why it has been set as V poor. And now, back to our regularly scheduled program! I won this in a raffle of all things and as I am on a mission to use up toiletries now rather than buying new ones I thought I might as well use it and give it a go (Besides I have had all bar two of my suggestions rejected as of late so I have decided to stick with products that are already on here for a while). You can buy it in-store or online and it costs £1 for 500ml of product and it says that once opened it needs to be used within 12 months. The look of the bottle has changed a bit from the default picture here on Ciao - it now comes in a pink flat, pear shaped bottle in plastic with a pink flat flip cap on it. It also helps that it is slightly see-through so you can see how much product is left is in the bottle. It has a cute stitch print sticker of a whale on the front and a blue stamp that says it has been ‘quality approved by Mumsnet mums.’ It claims to ‘leave baby’s skin soft and smooth.’ And that it is paediatrician approved, softens, smoothens and moisturises baby’s skin. Regarding the Mumsnet seal of approval, according to the back Mumsnet users test products and those who get an approved score of 70 per cent or higher on average have this stamp on them. It says the product is suitable for ...

Boots No.17 Glitter Eye Shadow 31/05/2016

-Boots No.17 Glitter Eye Shadow-

Boots No.17 Glitter Eye Shadow I got this as a freebie in Boots a while ago; you could buy two products from the 17 range and get a third one free. At the time this cost £2.99 for one which I didn't think is bad value. I have had a look on the shelf in Boots now though and now they seem to cost £1.99. I got the Style Queen eye shadow which is a shimmering white product. Looking at the Boots website it seems they have changed the packaging of it since I bought mine (in fairness, it was over a year a go, haha that tells you how much makeup I use, eh?), I am not even sure if they sell this shade any more. I have seen these for sale on eBay. The eye shadow comes in a black round plastic pot with a black and clear screw on lid on it. The lid stays firmly on and has not come loose during transport in my experience as I do keep my makeup in a pouch in my handbag. Even while running like mad for the bus it has stayed shut XD The surface of the eye shadow has been eroded now due to me using it but when I got it, it had a flower pattern pressed into the powder which I thought looked quite nice. On the back of the pot it says it is fragrance free and dermatologically tested. The pack does not tell me what this contains unfortunately and I have tried searching for it online but have had no joy, so can't tell you what is in it. I find this a bit odd because normally there is a label you can peel off to read what the product contains - what if someone was allergic to one of the ingredients? I know that the consumer ...

Champneys Spa Indulgence Distant Shores Body Scrub 06/05/2016

Scrubbing away - Distant Shores Body Scrub.

Champneys Spa Indulgence Distant Shores Body Scrub This was part of a set I received as a birthday present together with a body butter in the same range. It comes in a hot pink round plastic tub with a screw on lid. I had this open on me while I was travelling so I would advise securing the lid with some tape or just leaving it at home. What you could also do is buy a container for it if you want to take it, and decant it into there; Primark sell toiletries bottles sets for £1 a pack. My tub is a travel version and has 50g of product in it but you can also buy a bigger tub with 200g in it. I got mine asa gift so I am unsure what mine cost but the bigger one can be bought for £10 from the Champneys website. On the back it says that the nproduct is dermatologically tested and that their therapists recommend that you 'massage into damp skin twice a week. Rinse well after use and follow with Distant Shores Body Butter or Dry Body Oil.' It also advises in bold not to apply the product to broken or irritated skin, that it can make surfaces slippery and that it is not a food (!). Once opened it should be used within 24 months. It says the product contains the following on the Champneys website: Butylene glycol, Glycerin, Paraffinum liquidum (Mineral oil), Sucrose, Maris sal (Sea salt), Silica, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter, Dimethicone, Cetearyl alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Polysorbate 20, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, Aqua (Water), Cyclohexasiloxane, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, ...
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