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Cuprinol 5 Star Wood Treatment 20/06/2016

It gets five stars

Cuprinol 5 Star Wood Treatment My hubby has recently developed a passion for “making his own furniture”. By this, I mean, he goes out and collects old wooden pallets he finds, stacks them in our car and piles them up in the back garden. To date he’s made a garden corner chair, a table and most recently he’s made a low level recliner with adjustable back. It all sounds very good but actually the back garden is a total mess but it keeps him out of trouble. He always uses the Cuprinol brand for sealing his wood and protecting it and most recently I have been helping him to paint some of his little masterpieces myself. (I will attempt to upload a photo of his table, corner chair and recliner but apologies in advance if it doesn’t work). The reason we decided to buy the Cuprinoal 5 star range was due to the fact that it is meant to be low odour and can be used on internal as well as external wood. The last lot we used smelled so bad that even when we used it in a well ventilated area it actually caught at the back of the through and made us both feel sick. It is very easy to use this wood stainer and protector and I empty it out into a shallow dish and simply apply by using one of our short bristle brushes. It goes on well, no need to have to keep on brushing the same place over and over again and it dries very quickly. It’s not cheap at £18 for a litre sized tin but it does come with the added reassurance that it prevents infestation, rot, kills the dreaded woodworm and protects for so much longer than the ...

Avène Gentle Shower Gel 11/05/2016

Gently does it

Avène Gentle Shower Gel My skin is quite sensitive as I have eczema in patches and it gets worse whenever the weather turns too hot, too cold or I am under stress. This basically means that I have eczema all of the time! My daughter has also inherited my awful skin condition sadly and we both have to be very careful about products we use on our skin whenever we bathe or shower. At the moment TK Maxx are selling some lovely shower gel which seems to really suit my skin type. It is called Avene and it comes in a 100ml sized plastic white tube, with a baby pink flip top lid. I have actually used other products in the Avene range and I have been really impressed with them all so I was expecting good things from this shower gel. It cost me £3.99 which is suppose is quite a lot for such a small tube but really, when you have skin like mine, you will pay a high price if it means you get good results. This shower gel is medium thickness in consistency. It is fragrance free and soap free and yet it still foams into a gentle creamy lather on my skin when it reacts with warm water. It has anti irritant properties and it is rich in Avene Thermal Spring Water, which is its main selling point really. Whenever my skin is feeling particularly inflamed or irritated I will use this and it feels calmer and less angry after I have bathed in this gel. It works equally well whether you use it in the bath or the shower. It is very gentle and very moisturising and for me personally, I can see a big difference to the ...

Liberon Metal Polish Silver 10/05/2016

Less elbow grease and more polish

Liberon Metal Polish Silver It was my mother in law who first introduced me to Liberon Silver Polish as she’s been using it for years and really swears by it. I have a few items of silver wear which were, over time, starting to look pretty old and tarnished. It was a shame, as I’d tried to use a few products I’d seen advertised on the QVC channel and I had high hopes that they would work but felt disappointed after I had tried to use them to find that the silverware looked pretty much the same as it did before, despite all that hard work and elbow grease. I borrowed my mother in law’s bottle of Liberon and since then I have bought my own as I have been so impressed with it. I bought mine online and it cost me £4.99 for a 125ml bottle. It is so simple and easy to use and you get instant brilliant results. You must shake the bottle really well before application. It stinks a bit, so make sure that you use in a well ventilated area – or preferably outside in the garden – that’s the way I prefer! I apply the solution to a really clean cloth and rub hard – but not so hard that you get worn out! Afterwards I simply buff up the silver with another clean soft cloth and it leaves everything super shiny and gleaming. It really does give very impressive results. Please though, whatever you do, do not use on silver plated items. I did this and it took off the top coating and totally ruined a little silver christening cup my daughter was given. If you do use it on liver plate, I’d recommend testing it on an ...

Royal Worcester Classic White Teapot 19/04/2016

Would you put your teapot in your freezer?

Royal Worcester Classic White Teapot I am a huge fan of TK Maxx and anyone who reads my reviews regularly will be aware of this. At the moment they are selling some items from Royal Worcester and I bought myself one of their classic white teapots about six months back as the one I had been using from Marks and Spencer had finally popped its clogs. It was old, it was chipped and it dripped tea everywhere – all very good reasons to buy a new one, I think! My tea pot cost me £10 and I never thought I would get excited about a thing such as a teapot but I really do recommend this one. IT is 1.6kg in weight so it is not light and flimsy but feels sturdy without being too heavy – especially when it is filled to the top with scalding hot water. I love the spout of this tea pot. It is shaped so that I don’t have to turn the actual teapot right over to get the tea out and into the cup – even when I tis less than half full. It is classic in design and goes really well with the rest of my Royal Worcester stuff. White is a pretty classic colour, I think, and goes with most things. The lid fits snugly and keeps the tea hot and I also love the shape of the handle. The way it is curved means I can keep hold of it firmly without it feeling like it is going to slip out of my hands. My mother says “it could do with being a bit thicker” though, so it doesn’t please everyone. It is microwave and dishwasher and freezer safe (as is the whole range) though I have no idea why you would want to put your teapot into a freezer (or a ...

Rentokil Wasp Killer Powder 18/04/2016

Great but messy!

Rentokil Wasp Killer Powder Every year now for the last few years we have had two wasp nests in our garage. It really does bother me as I keep our chest freezer out there and any time I need to get anything out of the freezer I have been having to ask my hubby to get it for me as I get “attacked” by wasps flying in and out of the bricks. They really make me shudder and I panic whenever I see them so thought it was about time we invested in something that would eliminate them for good. We have two nests, one at the back of the garage and one nearer to the front. The front one is a lot large (and scary looking) than the one at the back. My hubby used this stuff and I watched (from a distance). It was fairly messy to use as you have to puff the power up through the hole and this was actually a lot harder than it looked and we both ended up with wasp kill powder on the floor and hubby had a lot on his shoes. The active ingredient is Bendiocarb and it is meant to be effective within 24 hours of using it. I was recommended this product my neighbour who had a large nest in his garden shed. We puffed the powder actually on the nest itself and also between the bricks and the vents where we could see the wasps coming and going. They got really angry at first and I ended up running out of the garage in a panic but I ventured out later and could see all the dead wasps lying on the garage floor. I have to say that this products does actually work and it certainly lives up to its claim that it will kill all ...

Method Wood for Good Floor Care 21/03/2016

Wood for Good

Method Wood for Good Floor Care I had never even heard of the method range of products until fairly recently. I bought a large 709ml sized bottle from Ocado last time I put in my on line order and I read a few reviews about it online though before I tried it. I have been looking for something that would be able to clean both my laminate and my solid wooden floors without damaging them and this seemed ideal as it is said to be nontoxic, no wax and also biodegradable. I have a sealed hardwood floor in my hallway and it does get quite grubby but I don’t like to use cleaners which are going to cause any damage to the wood or be too abrasive. Wood To Good from Method is the ideal thing to use, I have found. I have been using it now for about eight weeks and I am really impressed with the way my floors look after I have used it. It’s so easy to use, with a little pull out nozzle on the top and then you just squirt it all over the floor that you want to be cleaned and mop over with a damp mop. It leaves no streaks or weird marks. It dried very quickly but the best thing about this is the fragrance it, leaves behind. Everyone comments whenever I have cleaned my floors with Good to Wood. The smell is fresh and clean and has a delicious almost home baked kind of smell. It is really hard to describe to anyone – you really have to smell it yourself to appreciate the aroma. It has a buttery almond smell which lasts for ages, long after the floor has been left to dry. I love the way my floor loos after I have used ...

Skinfood Natural Facial Wipes 19/11/2015

The natural way to cleanse your face

Skinfood Natural Facial Wipes Skinfood’s facial wipes have been designed to cleanse the skin and, like all Skinfood products, are naturally based. Refresh your skin on the go with these easy one step cleansing and moisturising wipes designed to gently remove make-up. The facial wipes include extracts from chamomile and aloe Vera, which have wonderful soothing and healing properties and help leave your skin feeling fresh and looking revitalised. The clever dispenser pack makes the facial wipes so convenient to use and also very hygienic. I have only very recently discovered Skinfood products and I have to say that I am impressed with the products I have used so far. One of the first things I tried (as they were they cheapest) was Skinfood’s facial wipes. These came in a pack of twenty five and cost £5.99. I have bought a few packs of these as I find that they are superior to the Simple ones I generally purchase and they are much stronger and larger too. The first thing I noticed about these facial wipes was the packaging. They come in a box and not a packet, which I found really good. The box is a clever way to dispense the wipes and it is sturdy and strong and clips shut to keep the wipes fresh and moist for the next use. They are off white in colour and noticeably larger than my standard Nivea, Johnsons or Simple wipes. Each wipe is infused with chamomile and aloe Vera which both have healing properties and are kind to the skin. They are suitable for all types of skin and are in no way harsh on ...

Skinfood Mud Masque 08/10/2015

Food for Thought

Skinfood Mud Masque I love the Skinfood range of products as they seem to suit my skin type. I also love to shop at TK Maxx and currently they are selling a load of things in this range so I bought myself another one of the Mud Masques that I have used a few times before. You’d normally pay £10 for 100ml of this product but TK Maxx are selling it for £5.99 which is a bargain in my books. In case anyone wants to know the complete list of ingredients I will get it out of the way now. They include: Aqua (Water), Kaolin, Rotorua Mud, Glycerine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Spirulina, Ascophyllum Nodosum (Kelp) Extract, Iron Oxide, Polysorbate-20, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol (Ecocert Approved Preservative), Parfum, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange Oil), Limonene. I have used this masque a lot of times and I find it really does help enormously with my oily T zone and it also helps to minimise my pores. There really is nothing like it and whenever I use it, I choose a time when I am alone in the house and I can completely relax and lie back and enjoy the experience. It really helps to rejuvenate my skin and it makes it feel and look perky and much fresher than it did before. I also always find that my make up goes on much better for a few days after I have used one ...

Derma Intensive 3 in 1 Fragranced Wipes 07/10/2015

Fantastic Wipes

Derma Intensive 3 in 1 Fragranced Wipes I have used the Derma Intensive Facial Wipes loads of times. These only cost £1.00 and I have only ever seen them for sale in Tesco or Wilkinson’s – nowhere else, for some reason. They are the same price in both places. I usually spend more money on my facial wipes than £1 for a pack of 25 but actually these work out really good value for money as they are a three in one product. They not only remove all traces of makes up (including waterproof mascara, I have to say) but at the same time they also tone and moisturise your face. I have used both the fragrance free type as well as the none fragranced type and if I had to choose between the two then I suppose I would choose the ones without any fragrance at all. The fragranced wipes are quite strong smelling and whilst the smell is not unpleasant I do prefer for there to be no perfume in my facial wipes. They are kind to my skin. They do not sting or irritate at all and they really do remove all traces of my make up. I generally use one to two wipes – depending upon how much make I have been wearing. They are neither too dry or too wet – just somewhere in between and though I don’t think they have any great moisturising quality to them, they nevertheless do not leave my skin feeling tight or dried out as some of the more expensive ones can do. Overall, these are value for money, they work well and I’d recommend them. The only thing I am not too keen on is the fragranced ones but these fragrance free ones are great

The Body Shop Cranberry Body Butter 12/09/2015

Not just for Christmas

The Body Shop Cranberry Body Butter I adore Body Shop products and last Christmas my friend and work colleague gave me a small gift called Christmas Joy, which was basically a set of Body Shop cranberry products, which included the body butter. I loved this so much I had to go out and buy the full sized tub but then by January I wasn’t able to find it in the shops even though I had been told that it wasn’t just an item which was being stocked at Christmas time. Thank goodness for Amazon, as that is where I finally found some of this gorgeous body lotion. The tub I got from Amazon cost me £12 but it is very large and as you only need to use a small amount then it works out really good value for money and it is really worth it. I adore the fragrance of this body butter. It actually smells like Christmas to me, if you know what I mean. It is quite a strong fragrance and for that reason I always make sure that I don’t use it whenever I use my perfume, otherwise the two just lash. It is a very thick and luxurious body butter but for all of that, it melts into my skin and is very easily absorbed. It is great for use all over body and I have personally found the best results can be obtained whenever I se it straight after a bath or a shower, when my skin is still damp. I do not use it under a fake tan however, as I always find that it doesn’t work for me, for some strange reason as the tanning lotion doesn’t get absorbed as easily as it would do with a thinner body butter. This is not just for Christmas – it is a ...

The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Lotion 30/08/2015

A relief for tired and sore feet

The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Lotion I first used the Body Shop’s Peppermint Foot Lotion when I received a miniature bottle in a gift set one year from a friend at Christmas. I have been hooked on this stuff ever since. I love to keep this in my fridge and use it on hot days in the summer (when we get them). My feet have a tendency to suffer I the hotter weather and they swell up and ache. This gorgeous lotion from the Body Shop helps to really cool down and sooth my feet and make them feel refreshed and revived in no time at all. Using this product could not be simpler. It is simply squeezed from it’s little plastic bottle and I apply fairly generous and massage into my feet – top and bottom. I pay particular attention to my heel and ankles as these are the areas where my feet become particularly dry and are prone to becoming flaky. I find that this lotion not only makes my feet feel refreshed but it really does help enormously in making them more hydrated and a lot softer. IT is better to use this product on a regular basis for the best results, as I have found from personal experience. I must have gone though dozens of bottles of this foot lotion and I always ask for it whenever it is my birthday or if someone is looking for what to buy me for a gift for Christmas. The smell is such a lovely peppermint fragrance and this lasts for ages on the skin for ages after it has been applied. My hubby has also used this foot lotion and he says it makes his feet feel “sticky” though he has yet to refuse me if I ...

Ikea Mammut Chair 28/08/2015

Strange name but great little chair

Ikea Mammut Chair I love Ikea – I can often spend hours there and even if I only come out with an armful of candles, I’m a happy bunny. Our daughter is eight years old now but a year or so ago we bought her a Mammut chair (in pink) along with the Mammut table in the same colour. We could only get the table from the store as they had “sold out” of chairs but we managed to get one second hand from Ebay for only £8. We mainly bought her this set as she really did need a separate table to do her arts and crafts projects on as my poor old dining room table was taking a bashing from dribbles of paint and PVA glue and crayons etc and we thought that having her own little chair and table was the perfect idea. The chair is quite high backed and though she has really just about grown out of it now, she will often still use it. It is mainly used by myself now for reaching to the top of my kitchen cupboards and as it is really stable, I always feel safe when standing on it. It is well made and even her dad was able to knock it together by following the simple instructions which came with it. It comes in a selection of colours though she opted for the pink (of course). What I really liked about this chair (And table) from the start, is that it is well made and well deigned and also really easy to keep clean. Just a quick wipe with a damp cloth and n marks or stains are ever left behind. The chair has been really well used and fits perfectly underneath the matching little table. It is also very ...

Cowshed Lazy Cow Soothing Body Lotion 28/08/2015

Gimmicky but still great

Cowshed Lazy Cow Soothing Body Lotion I have used a few products in the Cowshed range, I’ve tried Grumpy Cow and Lazy Cow products. Granted, the name sounds a bit gimmicky but the last product I used in this range is beautiful. I bought a bottle of Lazy Cow Soothing Body Lotion for £10 (usual price is £18) for a 300ml bottle. I love this stuff as it sinks into the skin rapidly and the smell is to die for. It contains a few different ingredients, including jasmine, chamomile and sandalwood and the smell lingers on the skin for ages after it has been applied. As it is such a strong fragrance however, you have to be careful about which perfume you use alongside this as it can clash if you are not careful. I like to apply this lotion after a bath or shower and it feels really luxurious and like I am pampering myself whenever I use it. I first used this when I was given a small bottle as part of a gift pack about two years ago and since then I have used it regularly. The best place (and cheapest) to buy it is either Amazon or Ebay. If you buy this in a department store expect to pay at LEAST another £7 or £8. The lotion was runnier than I was expecting but not so much that it dribbles down your lags. It feels quite oily but actually it isn’t at all and as it is so quickly absorbed it doesn’t leave the skin feeling all tacky and I am always able to dress pretty much immediately after using it. I have recommended this to loads of my fiends and I have also since gone out to buy lots of other products in the range. I ...

Tesco Basics Shower Curtain & Shower Ring Set 26/08/2015

It's basic but it's still good

Tesco Basics Shower Curtain & Shower Ring Set I don’t know if I am the only person who has a problem with shower curtains or if anyone else finds that they need to be replaced quite often. I find that our shower curtains seem to attract mould very quickly indeed. Our shower is used a lot in our house, probably more than the bath is, but I end up changing my shower curtain about every four to six months as no matter what I try to use, the mould and mildew persists. I have also tried different products to try to combat the problem as well as something that actually claimed to be a mould-free shower curtain at one point, but nothing has worked successfully for me. I bought our last shower curtain from Tesco as I shop there quite a lot. This one cost me only £2 and it came with all of its own little white plastic rings. There were two types to choose from when I bought mine, a pale blue one or (as in my case) a white sort of opaque looking one. I have my shower over the bath and it is long enough to be able to hang down inside the bath so that the water cannot escape over the top and cause puddles on the floor. The exact dimensions of my shower curtain from Tesco are 70xm x 70cm and this seems to be a good fit both in length and in width. The curtain material itself is completely waterproof though it does feel rather flimsy and the one I used to have from Ikea seemed to me to be made from much thicker plastic that this one is from Tesco. Unfortunately, as far as the mould is concerned, this one is no better than the other ...

Eucerin 10% Urea Lotion 26/08/2015

Not one of my better buys

Eucerin 10% Urea Lotion I bought this Eucerin Dry Skin 10% on the recommendation of my neighbour, who’s daughter suffers from contact dermatitis. My own daughter has very bad eczema and anyone who reads my reviews on a regular basis will be familiar with my never ending problems of trying to find that “magic” cure for her. The best stuff we have found so far is the lotion from the Aveeno Range but even that has stopped working as effectively as it used to do and so this is why I tried Eucerin Dry Skin 10%. I bought my bottle from Boots and it cost me just under £3 which I didn’t think was too bad. I suppose I could have got it on prescription for her and this got it free, but I just happened to see this lotion when I was in there the other month and bought it on the spur of the moment as it had been recommended to me. I have to say that this stuff actually seemed to make my daughter’s eczema far far worse than it had been before I used it. She told me it “stings” and at first I didn’t really believe her as she has a tendency to play me up when I try to apply lotions to her skin. I continued to apply it, paying particular attention to the crooks of her elbows and the backs of her knees where it is worse. The lotion was incredibly greasy and there was no way this was going to sink into her skin. It had an odd kind of smell, not unpleasant just odd. The following day I applied more and it looked like her skin was starting to become inflamed. I range my AG and was told to stop using it immediately ...
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