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Nivea Sun Protect Cooling Spray SPF50 28/04/2015

Nivea Sun Protect and Refresh Invisible Cooling Spray

Nivea Sun Protect Cooling Spray SPF50 I bought Nivea Sun Protect and Refresh Invisible Cooling Spray SPF50 200ml prior to going on a holiday during 2014. The previous sun screen I was using didn’t seem to have been very effective on my last couple of holidays as I found my skin becoming very dry and “peely” a week or so after returning from 10 days in the sun a few months previously and the holiday 4 months or so prior to that. On the recommendation of the very helpful retail assistant in Superdrug I armed myself with a 200ml bottle of this Nivea Sun Protect and Refresh SPF50 (which I’m just going to call Nivea Sun hereafter in this review) hoping it would provide a decent level of protection. The bottle is a pleasant shade of blue and yellow with grooves on the sides which make the bottle easy to grip. I tan easily and being of Indian origin I have a head start on “paler” people but I do burn if I don’t use sun lotion and SPF50 is my SPF of choice. I found it easy to apply my sun care with Nivea Sun being a spray bottle. I apply quite generously over my body ensuring full coverage even for areas that are not exposed directly to the sun. ~What It’s Supposed To Do~ Nivea Sun claims to give you combined UVA and UVB protection for delicate skin (or just normal skin). In case you didn’t know, basically UVA rays can age us and UVB rays can burn us. The product also claims to give you long lasting moisturisation to keep your skin moisturised and healthy. It also contains Vitamin E to help fight premature ...

Mr & Mrs Iyer (DVD) 18/04/2015

Mr & Mrs Iyer are not really Mr & Mrs

Mr & Mrs Iyer (DVD) Starring Rahul Bose and Konkonna Sen Sharma, Mr & Mrs Iyer was released in 2002, the film was directed by Aparna Sen (whose daughter stars in the film) and co-written by Aparna Sen and Dulal Dey. No need for English subtitles here as the film's dialogue is all spoken in English. PLOT SUMMARY Meenakshi Iyer (Sen), a Tamil Brahmin housewife, is travelling with her baby son Santanam to her marital home in Calcutta after spending some time with her parents. Before getting on the bus for the long journey she is introduced to Raja (Bose), a wildlife photographer, by a friend of her parents, who agrees to help out with the journey should she need help with her child, as he's also travelling to Calcutta. As they journey along on the bus we are treated to a bunch of teenagers singing Hindi film songs at the top of their voices, an elderly Muslim couple where the loving wife reminds her doting husband to put in his dentures, a seemingly widowed woman with her disabled teenage son, a young couple getting romantic under a blanket and a host of other personalities. Things suddenly change from frivolity and enjoyment when the bus is stopped due to traffic caused by religious riots going on further ahead. Meenakshi finds out that Raja is actually Muslim (his name being Jehangir Chowdhury, Raja being just his nickname) and her attitude towards him changes immediately from being grateful for his help with her baby to feeling disgusted that she even drank from his water bottle. A bunch of ...

Nivea Dry Confidence Plus 48h Anti-perspirant 15/04/2015

Nivea Dry Confidence Doesn't Actually Inspire Confidence

Nivea Dry Confidence Plus 48h Anti-perspirant I bought a can of Nivea Dry Confidence Plus 48h Anti-perspirant Deodorant as an impulse buy at Boots some time ago as it was on offer at £1.50 marked down from £2.15. This Nivea deodorant is presented in a spray can which is something I’m not overly keen on. I can’t think of the last time I bought or used an aerosol deodorant. The can claims to have 250ml of product in it but it’s difficult to gauge how full or empty an aerosol product like this is. I’m not particularly “green” minded but I have reduced my aerosol usage in recent years quite dramatically so really this was an odd impulse buy for me. ~The Good~ The can is pleasantly shaped and easy to grip when spraying. The lid is semi-transparent and is easily removed and replaced. It’s easy to spray and the product comes out quite evenly. This where my positive points about this product stop! The deodorant is dermatologically approved and contains no alcohol, colourants or preservatives. ~The Bad~ I found the scent of this deodorant to be fairly unpleasant which was surprising as I’m usually quite partial to Nivea products. I found the scent to be quite chemical-like and it’s difficult to put my finger on what exactly it smelt like but I didn’t like it. The product claims to have a “light feminine scent” but I didn’t find this to be the case at all. The claim that this last for 48 hours is something I can’t comment on because I don’t go 48 hours without a shower and I’m sorry but even for you guys I’m not going to ...

Nanny McPhee (DVD) 12/04/2015

Nanny McPhee - Enchanting from Start to Finish

Nanny McPhee (DVD) Nanny McPhee is a British children’s fantasy film released in 2005 starring the fabulous Emma Thompson as Nanny McPhee and Colin Firth as widowed undertaker Cedric Brown. ~*~Plot Summary~*~ When Cedric Brown loses his wife he seems to withdraw from spending time with his 7 young children who clearly resent this. They systematically despatch every nanny that is hired to look after them until the agency refuses to let Mr Brown even come through their doors. Enter Nanny McPhee, a magical mystery nanny, with her unsightly warts, huge brow, large nose and a rather large tooth which protrudes hideously from her mouth. She arrives in time to save cook, Mrs Blatherwick, who has been tied up on the kitchen floor whilst the children wreak havoc throughout the kitchen. With a thump of her stick Nanny McPhee works her magic and gradually turns the children from unruly nightmare children to responsible and respectful children. Now the children have to try to help their father as he is being forced into marriage by the children’s great Aunt Adelaide who insists that the children need a stepmother. If he doesn’t marry she will withdraw her financial support and Mr Brown will go to debtors’ prison and the children into workhouses. Aunt Adelaide insists on taking one of the children away and instead of one of the children leaving with her, Evangeline, the scullery maid, ends up leaving with her to get private schooling, elocution lessons, etc. Will Mr Brown end up marrying the dreadful ...

Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette 12/04/2015

Elie Saab Le Parfum EDT - Nice Enough Scent

Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette I was given a 50ml bottle of Elie Saab as a birthday gift last year. Whilst very appreciative of any gift given to me, I personally prefer not to give perfumes as gifts unless I know the taste of the person I'm buying for and know their likes and dislikes already as I think perfume is a really personal gift. I tried this for several months on and off before giving to my mum to finish as she commented several times that she liked it. ~The Look~ The packaging is nothing to write home about but not cheap looking either, some might consider the packaging to look fairly classy/classic. The box was quite plain and the bottle itself is clear glass with the scent itself a very light peach in colour. The glass lid is easily removed and the spray is quite easy to use. ~The Scent~ This scent is from the house of designer Elie Saab and was released in 2012 not long after the release of Elie Saab Le Parfum in 2011. I'd describe this as quite a pleasant floral scent with citrus hints. The main top note for the scent is mandarin blossom with mid notes of orange blossom and gardenia. The base notes include vetiver, honey and rose. I’d say this scent has pretty decent longevity – one application is enough to last a good part of the day, i.e. when I’ve worn it in the morning before going to work, I’ve not needed to apply again during the day. Personally I just wear this as a day time scent – pleasant enough to wear to work without being overpowering or offensive to others, people ...

Writing application forms 11/04/2015

BASIC Tips For Job Application Form Completion

Writing application forms This is a basic guide to completing job applications. First and foremost, don’t waste your time and a potential employer’s time by applying for a job that you are not suitable for, e.g. you don’t have the minimum qualifications and/or experience required. It is not good for your morale if you spend hours completing application forms for roles you are not suited to – it just means getting rejected and making you feel worse than you already do if you’re already out of work or hating your current position so much you feel it’s time for a change! A well completed application form can be the difference between you getting an interview or not so do try to give application forms the importance they merit. THE APPLICATION FORM Application forms are a more and more common way for firms to recruit as they can create their own application forms to extract just the right amount of information they require to call people in for interviews. Always make a photocopy of the original and work on the photocopy itself before transferring to the original form as it really does NOT look good if you have mistakes and crossings out or tipp-ex blobs all over an application form. A benefit of using application forms in the recruitment process is that it's a fair way of comparing people's experience and qualifications to get the best person for the job. People lay their CVs out in so many different styles that application forms will ascertain the exact information required by the company to ...

TDK CD-R Pens 03/04/2015

TDK CD-R Pen - Fabulous Quality at a Great Price

TDK CD-R Pens I’m an amateur enthusiast when it comes to taking digital photos; I have literally 10s of 1,000s of digital photos taken over the years at events such as birthdays, wedding, nights out with colleagues, friends, family, etc. When I go to weddings, I take generally 3-400 photos during the occasion and like to copy them to CD for the bridge and groom so I always have the need for writeable CDs. This also means I need a decent pen to write on the CDs so I don’t have dozens of CDs with data on them lying around not knowing what’s on them. I also save my digital photos/videos on CDs/DVDs which I’ve labelled for easy reference when I want to dig them out rather than having to download them from online sites such as flickr where I also have them saved. Here’s where the TDK CD-R pen comes in. I’ve been using these for several years now and find them an excellent option for writing on CDs (or DVDs even). If you’ve never heard of TDK they’re a Japanese electronics brand that have been around for around 80 years and a trustworthy brand for me. “Back in the day” I used to use TDK blank music cassette tapes (anyone remember what those are?) and TDK blank VHS tapes! As recording media such as tapes are pretty much defunct these days, TDK is less well known compared to just a few decades ago but for me, they’re a brand I trust so I continue to buy their products which for me are of a good quality and very competitively priced. These TDK CR-R pens are light in weight, good quality with ...

Be Live Family Lanzarote Resort Hotel, Lanzarote 01/04/2015

Be Live Family Resort Lanzarote - Fun in the Canaries

Be Live Family Lanzarote Resort Hotel, Lanzarote We stayed at the 372 room Be Live Family Resort booked through Thomsons in early March 2015 for a week. I am separating the Thomsons experience right out of this review as that would have brought the rating down to 1 out of 5 stars. The resort is situated in Costa Teguise in Lanzarote. ~Check-In~ On check in we were a bit disappointed that there was no welcome drink despite the fact that we were 2 hours late (I felt it was something that should have been organised by Thomson as it was their delay). There was only one receptionist available and thankfully we were at the front of the queue – the check in process took about 10-15 minutes which would have been very frustrating for the others waiting to check in. We were given rather unclear directions as to how to get to our room and a map (which worried us). It was a long and very confusing walk to our room with all of our cases and we were wondering if this was how the holiday was starting, would it get better or worse. ~Room~ Our room was actually an suite (although we’d only booked a double room) which consisted of a double bedroom with en suite bathroom and a living room with a separate single bed and sofa which could be pulled out into a double bed. As we arrived in the evening and it was dark we found the room lighting to be a bit confusing as there seemed to be half a dozen light switches around. The decor was not very impressive initially with some white walls and some bright green but this looked more impressive ...

Crowne Plaza Gatwick, Crawley 18/03/2015

Crowne Plaza Gatwick - Needs Improvement in Several Areas

Crowne Plaza Gatwick, Crawley We booked a night’s stay at the Crowne Plaza, Gatwick, via an online offer for a week’s parking with 1 night’s stay at the hotel and a night’s parking at the hotel too. We’d added breakfast into the price as well and armed with the confirmation of booking; off we went to Gatwick arriving at around 3.30pm on a Saturday afternoon, the day before we were flying off to the Canary Islands. ~Car Park and Reception~ On arrival we were impressed with the size of the car park and we assumed the hotel couldn’t be very busy due to the many empty parking spaces we could see. Walking into reception we saw 2 receptionists at the regular desks and 1 on the IHG members with guests queuing up at each desk. As an IHG member I joined that queue when suddenly the receptionist from that desk just walked off into a back office and didn’t come back. The guest at that desk then moved to queue at another desk. It took about 15 minutes to check in which wasn’t impressive. The receptionist (Elisabeth) who checked us in was not very warm or friendly at all and we didn’t feel at all welcome. After getting us to enter our care registration number on a screen, fill out their registration forms and giving us the room key, she then asked us how we were going to pay for the parking. I said it was already paid for and she seemed confused. I waved the confirmation at her again pointing out the bit which said parking was included and asked her to read it again. She confirmed that it had actually already ...

Canon CanoScan LiDE 100 15/03/2015

CanoScan LiDE 100 - I Love My LiDE

Life On Mars - Series 1 - Complete (Box Set) (DVD) 18/02/2015

Life on Mars - Take a Look at the Lawman...

Crime Traveller (Collector's Box Set) (DVD) 14/02/2015

Crime Traveller - Not As Entertaining the Second Time Around

What A Carve Up (DVD) 14/02/2015

What a Carve Up - A Bit of a Carve Up

What A Carve Up (DVD) What a Carve Up is a 1961 British comedy murder mystery starring the late Sid James and Kenneth Connor. If you don't like black and white films, be warned this is one of them! ~*~Plot~*~ Wealthy recluse Gabriel Broughton dies and his relatives gather to hear the reading of the will. They are required to stay at the Broughton mansion overnight and one by one they are murdered off. The remaining few have to try and work out who’s killing everyone off before they too become victims. ~*~Analysis~*~ From reading the plot summary above you could be fooled into thinking this is a good story. Sadly it wasn’t. Comedy and murder mysteries don’t go too well unless they’re done really well. What a Carve Up wasn’t done very well. Unless, of course, you’re a diehard fan of Carry On films and will lap up anything that the stars of that series of films appear in. Kenneth Connor stars as Ernest Broughton, a somewhat dense but likeable nephew of the deceased. He’s a very nervous character so it’s no wonder that he asks his friend Sid Butler to spend the night with him as he’s too scared to sleep alone. Connor wasn’t anything of note in his role and his character was typical of his Carry On roles, a bumbling idiot, to put it bluntly. Sid James plays Sid Butler who goes along with Ernie as his legal counsel. His character is shrewder than his friend Ernie but James plays the role pretty much typically as he did any other Carry On roles that he did. A scene that was really played for ...

Chanel No.5 Eau de Parfum Spray 10/02/2015

Chanel No 5 EDP - A Class of its Own But Doesn't Last

Chanel No.5 Eau de Parfum Spray Chanel No 5 is in a class of its own. But how does the Eau de Toilette match up to the reputation of Chanel? MY RELATIONSHIP WITH NO 5 My mum wore Chanel No 5 when I was growing up so I’ve always known this scent. Mum always used the perfume and I used to be fascinated watching her dab a little bit of this grown up scent behind her ears and on her wrists. As a grown-up I found my own favourite perfumes and never felt the urge to splash out on Chanel No 5. I met my husband over 7 years ago and he kept nagging me to wear Chanel No 5. Now, for reasons I won’t go into, my husband does not buy me perfume. He will buy me anything else I ask for from gold and diamonds to designer shoes and handbags but he won’t buy me perfumes so I have to buy them for myself. So I just made him wait till I got around to buying myself some Chanel No 5 - I made him wait for years. Ever heard of that expression “Cutting off your nose to spite your face?” Well that applies to me, and then some! Having recently splurged on a 100ml bottle of Chanel No 5 Eau de Toilette and a 50ml bottle of the Eau de Parfum, I’m in love with this perfume and can’t understand why I wasted so many years not having this feminine and classic scent in my perfume collection! THE HISTORY BEHIND NO 5 Chanel No 5 has been around since 1921. It was Gabrielle (aka Coco) Chanel’s first ever fragrance and it was also the first ever fragrance created which was given the designer’s name. Although it was her first perfume to be ...

Mitsis Laguna Exclusive Resort & Spa, Hersonissos 08/02/2015

Mitsis Laguna - Probably the BEST Resort in Crete

Mitsis Laguna Exclusive Resort & Spa, Hersonissos We spent 7 glorious days at Mitsis Laguna in early October 2014. Here’s what we thought… Advance warning – this is a LONG review. Firstly, let me say that we had visited 2 other Mitsis hotels in Crete in the preceding 18 months before visiting Laguna - Serita Beach and Rinela. Laguna is the first 5 star Mitsis we've visited. We had driven past the Laguna on our previous trips to Crete and had been looking forward to our visit for months. We were hoping that the hotel would be at least somewhere close in looks to the photos we’d seen online as we'd already seen from outside that it looked pretty grand. ~*~Reception/Check In~*~ We were not disappointed from the moment we walked into the spacious reception and were greeted by the efficient and friendly reception staff who made us feel very welcome indeed. It was a lovely touch to be given some cold face towels to freshen up with after a long journey and having come from a rather cold and wet London and arriving in Crete to 32 degrees. We were about 40 of us checking in at the same time but it was all done very efficiently and also with a welcome iced lemon drink too. On the 2nd or 3rd day of our stay I went to enquire at reception about the Mitsis Reward programme (Friends Club) which allows you to save points per stay at the 5 star resorts and build up towards free stays and other advantages. I had signed up for this programme several months before visiting the Laguna but it didn't work and no one had responded to my ...
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