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Hello! Thanks for taking the time to read my reviews, I hope everyone finds them helpful :) I do my best to return rates, so if you think I've missed any just drop me a message and I'll make amends :) I'm a member of Dooyoo under the same username.

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Soap & Glory Sugar Crush 04/02/2013

I've Got A (Sugar) Crush On You...

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Now I love a good scrub, and I love Soap & Glory products. So not surprisingly, I had high expectations prior to using this product. Well, I’m pleased to report that it didn’t disappoint and I was thoroughly impressed with it. The Scent This body scrub is described as containing ‘smashed brown sugar & sweet lime, almond oil & macadamia grains’, and these ingredients come together to give it a nice sweet smell, offset by the citrusy notes of the lime extract. It’s a pretty unique fragrance, and very different to other body scrubs on the market, but definitely unique in a good way rather than in a bad way. The lime prevents the scent from being too cloying, and makes it a nice refreshing product to use in the morning when you need that little kick to help wake you up. Using Sugar Crush I like a good body scrub, and I’ve been disappointed in the past with exfoliators that weren’t as abrasive as I’d like. However, this scrub is pleasingly grainy, meaning that my skin feels super smooth after using it. If I’ve got one small criticism of this product, it’s that it’s not quite as abrasive as Soap & Glory’s ‘The Breakfast Scrub’; however, those who like a more gentle product may prefer this one. It has a nice thick, sticky texture and I simply scoop a small handful out of the tub and apply it in circular motions to anywhere I’m suffering from dry skin – usually on my upper arms, knees, elbows and feet. Once massaged in, it washes off skin easily without leaving any slimy residue ...

The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel/Cream 03/02/2013

Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel - Smells Delicious!

Soap and Glory The Breakfast Scrub 03/02/2013

Smells Good Enough To Eat For Breakfast!

Bassetts Soft & Chewy Daily Energiser 08/05/2012

Tasty Chewy Vitamins!

Soap & Glory Off Your Face Cleansing Cloth Wipes 07/05/2012

Get Off Your Face With Soap & Glory!

Barry M Instant Nail Effects 323 Croc 06/05/2012

Mock Croc Effect? What Croc Effect?

Barry M Instant Nail Effects 323 Croc Barry M Instant Nail Effects: Mock Croc Nail PolishA year or so ago, I was very excited when Barry M brought out its 'Crackle' Nail Effects nail polish in black, as it offered an affordable version of OPI's 'Shatter' nail polish. I immediately went out and snapped it up, and absolutely loved the designs it enabled me to create on my nails - my favourite effect was to layer it over gold nail polish to give a leopard-print appearance. The only problem I had with the 'Crackle' polish was that it became clumpy and clogged within the bottle, which made applying it more and more difficult as time went on.Nonetheless, when I heard that Barry M were bringing out a similar nail polish, this time designed to give a 'Mock Croc' effect, I eagerly went out and hunted it down. Excitedly I got home and painted my nails with it, following the instructions given on Barry M's website. And......I hate to say it, but I was very disappointed with the results. This review will explain why.The ProductAs the name suggests, this is a nail polish which is designed to crack as it dries. It is similar to its predecessor, the 'Crackle' nail polish, except the pattern it creates is supposed to be more uniform in shape, size and design, similar to that of crocodile skin. It comes in just the one colour (black) and is designed to be painted over either a coloured nail polish or a basecoat.The nail polish comes in a rectangular pot (the same shape as that of other Barry M nail polishes), but rather than ...

Montagne Jeunesse Mud Pack Dead Sea 05/05/2012

Montagne Jeunesse Mud Pack Dead See - A Fantastic Face Mask.

Montagne Jeunesse Mud Pack Dead Sea Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea 'Anti-Stress' Mud Pac Face MaskAnother day, another face mask review! Okay, so I don't review face masks quite that frequently, but readers of my previous reviews may have noticed I have a bit of a thing for skincare products, with Montagne Jeunesse face masks being something I tend to use on a fairly regular basis.I've been suffering a bit with my skin recently, and have had a number of unattractive, angry-looking blemishes pop up out of nowhere. I picked this mask up a while ago in Primark and felt that I might as well give it a go as it claims to 'ultra deep pore cleanse'. And here's how I got on...PackagingThis mask comes in Montagne Jeunesse's signature oval-shaped single-use sachet. The sachet is pink and purple in colour with an image on the front of a woman wearing a bright turquoise face mask and some leaves over her eyes (please note: the mask itself isn't this colour - it is more of a light bluey-green colour, as shown on the back of the packaging). The front of the sachet has text to display the product name, explaining that it is for normal, oily and T-zone skin and also advertises the mask's 'anti stress' and 'ultra deep pore cleansing' credentials.The back of the sachet includes logos to show that the mask is BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) approved (i,e. not tested on animals) and Vegetarian Society approved. There are instructions for use in English, French and Spanish, as well as an ingredient list (with key ...

Tesco Value Freezer Bags 30/04/2012

Tesco Value Freezer Bags: A Staple in my Kitchen

Tesco Value Freezer Bags Tesco Value Freezer BagsI tend to use freezer bags quite freqently for a variety of purposes, and I think that they're very handy things to have in the kitchen. I like to have a variety of sizes of freezer bags in my kitchen cupboard, so I've ended up buying lots of different brands and varieties over the years. However, if you were to open my 'useful things' cupboard at any time, I can guarantee that you'd find a pack of Tesco Value freezer bags.PackagingAs with a number of the items in the Tesco Value range, the packaging that these freezer bags come in is minimal. I have no prioblem with this though, as in my eyes the lack of packaging keeps prices low, which is always a good thing. The freezer bags come rolled together, with a simple sleeve holding everything together. The label comes in the Tesco Value range's signature colours of white, red and navy and contains basic information including the product name and size, contact information for Tescos, directions for use and warnings to keep them away from babies and young children.Using These Freezer BagsThese freezer bags are very easy to use - you simply remove the packaging sleeve and then rip bags from the roll as you need them. Though the material is quite thin, suggesting that they'd be liable to splitting when ripped apart, I've never found that this has been a problem and the perforated edges of each bag make them easy to tear apart.I find myself using these freezer bags all the time, and I think they're a really ...

Illustrated Living Keep Calm and Carry On Mug 29/04/2012

Keep Calm and Have a Cuppa!

Illustrated Living Keep Calm and Carry On Mug A History Lesson...The 'Keep Calm and Carry On' phrase seems to be everywhere at the moment, from posters to keyrings and t-shirts to mobile phone cases. The phrase originated in 1939 when, with the outbreak of World War Two, the Ministry of Information was given the task of producing posters to boost morale throughout Britain. Three posters, all featuring the crown of King George VI, were produced, but only two were actually displayed, reading 'Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring us Victory' and 'Freedom is in Peril'. The third design, containing the text 'Keep Calm and Carry On' was only intended to be used if Britain was invaded by Nazi forces, and so was never displayed during the wartime era. Many posters were destroyed in the years following the end of the war, but in the year 2000 a bookseller happened to find one of the original posters and more were uncovered in the following months and years. After some initial popularity in the early years of the new millennium, the phrase disappeared, only to re-emerge and gain a newfound popularity in 2011. Now there is a huge amount of merchandise available bearing the logo.The MugI decided that I wanted to buy a mug with a red background as it would look good in my house and red would be in-keeping with the patriotic nature of the design. My mug has the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' logo printed on both sides, in white writing on a red background with white edges, exactly like the image above.The mug is made ...

Carex Moisture Plus Handwash 29/04/2012

Carex Moisture Plus: Antibacterial AND Moisturising.

Carex Moisture Plus Handwash Carex Moisture Plus Hand WashI like to buy antibacterial handwash for my bathroom and kitchen but often find that some formulas can be a little harsh, leaving the skin on my hands feeling dry and looking horribly wrinkly. For this reason I've started looking for handwashes that have moisturising properties as well as being antibacterial. I wouldn't say I'm loyal to any particular brand and generally happen to just buy whatever I can find on offer in my local supermarket, but I've bought Carex Moisture Plus handwashes a few times now and have been pleased with my purchases.The BrandCarex was the first brand to sell antibacterial handwash in the UK and (according to its website) remains the UK's number one handwash brand. It manufactures a range of different handwashes, all of which contain antibacterial ingredients to kill germs within seconds (as opposed to many other handwashes which can take up to five minutes to eliminate bacteria) when used with warm water. As well as attacking germs, their handwashes also remove dirt and grease.According to tests carried out by Carex, their handwashes can kill 99.99% of germs, something which is very important as germs, viruses and bacteria can spread very easily, causing illnesses and infections such as salmonella and E-coli.Carex's handwash range is quite extensive, with different handwashes to suit different people's needs. The range is split into three sub-categories:1) Protecting Anti-Bacterial Handwash - this includes the Moisture ...

Montagne Jeunesse Peel Off Mask Passion 28/04/2012

Peel Off Passion!

Montagne Jeunesse Peel Off Mask Passion Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off MaskI've tried out quite a few Montagne Jeunesse face masks over the last few years, my favourite being the green tea peel-off mask. Although I'm trying not to buy any skincare or beauty products at the moment (as I have so many bits and pieces that I need to use up!), I couldn't resist buying this one when I spotted it, as it's rare for me to come across a face mask that I've not used in the past.PackagingThis mask comes in Montagne Jeunesse's oval-shaped sachet. The sachet has a red background featuring images of pomegranate seeds, along with an image of somebody using the mask. The back of the sachet has an ingredient list (which highlights key ingredients in different colours) and very simple pictorial instructions for use. A lot of the text on the sachet was in French or Spanish, but there was some text to confirm that this mask is suitable for normal and oily skin.The FragranceImmediately upon tearing open the sachet, I could tell that I would enjoy using this face mask. It has a pleasant, natural scent that smells fruity and slightly floral. I couldn't pinpoint exactly which fruit it smelt of but I think the closest comparison I can think of would probably be to a mixture of raspberry and peach. Looking at the packaging more closely I realised that the scent was more likely to be from two of the key ingredients - pomegranate and passion flower. Whilst using the mask, I found that the pleasant scent really helped me to relax.Using the ...

Apple iPod shuffle MB518ZO/A 2 GB 14/04/2012

Apple Ipod Shuffle: Everyday I'm Shuffling!

Apple iPod shuffle MB518ZO/A 2 GB Apple iPod Shuffle (4th Generation) 2GBI must admit, for a long time I resisted buying an iPod Shuffle. I previously had an iPod Classic, which I absolutely loved, and didn't think I'd be able to cope with an MP3 player without a screen - I like being able to scroll through my music and pick out what I want to listen to. However, a few months ago I got sick of not having any way of listening to music whilst out and about and, being too poor to justify buying another iPod Classic or Touch, I decided to cave in and buy a Shuffle as it's much cheaper than the other iPod models. Since then I've become very attached to my little iPod and I'm very glad that I decided to buy it.AppearanceThe iPod Shuffle is a very small, basic MP3 player. Unlike many MP3 players, it doesn't have a screen (something I thought I would struggle with initially, but this hasn't been the case). It is square in shape and measures approximately 3cm x 3cm and 1 cm in depth. I was a little worried about the size of this iPod as I'm very good at losing things, but I've found that it's size makes it ideal to slot into a little pocket that I have on the inside of my bag (I'd imagine most women's handbags would have a little pocket like this!), preventing me from losing it as I make sure that I always store it in the same place. The size also makes this a very portable MP3 player as it will fit in the smallest of pockets. The back of the iPod is taken up by a clip which can be used to fasten it to clothes, making ...

Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera/Willow Mud Mask 09/04/2012

Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera & Willow 'Blemish Mud' Mask

Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera/Willow Mud Mask As I'm sure I've mentioned in a few of my other reviews, I'm currently trying to work my way through the large quantity of face and beauty products that I've amassed over the years, which has led to me trying out a fair few products that I've never tested before. I had a few sachets of Montagne Jeunesse face masks lying around (including my favourite, the green tea peel-off mask) and I thought I might as well test out the aloe vera and willow 'blemish mud', which claims to combat imperfections.The Sachet DesignThis mask comes in an oval-shaped sachet which holds 20g of product. The sachet has a picture of a woman wearing the mask on the front of it, along with text showing the brand, the key ingredients and a few of the mask's features (e.g. 'clear and clean, combats blemishes', 'soothing aloe juice'). The back of the sachet includes instructions for use in three languages (English, French and Spanish), along with an ingredient list (with key ingredients highlighted in various colours, which I thought was a nice touch) and a small banner stating that this mask is for normal, greasy and t-zone skin. The ScentUpon opening the sachet, this mask gives off quite a strong - and not particularly pleasant - scent. The fragrance is almost medical and definitely not as pleasant as those of other Montagne Jeunesse face masks in the past. I usually like to relax once I've applied a face mask, but I found the pungent scent of this one quite off-putting and it definitely didn't help me to ...

Tesco Value Solid Spoon 08/04/2012

Tesco Value Solid Spoon: Great Value Spoon

Tesco Value Solid Spoon Tesco Value Solid SpoonA few days ago, I wrote a review of a Tesco Value Slotted Spoon that I bought when I left home to move into university halls. At the time, I bought a lot of kitchen utensils, mainly from Ikea and Tescos, buying as much as possible from the Tesco Value range to cut down on costs. The Tesco Value Solid Spoon was one of the items that I bought at the same time as the Slotted Spoon in the same range, and I still have both - a good five years after purchasing them!Price and Availability Well, as the name suggests, I bought this spoon from my local Tesco Superstore. It is a part of the Tesco Value range, which is a large range of cheap, no-frills items including electrical goods, food and drink, clothing and household products. As I've mentioned in a few of my previous reviews, the quality of Tesco Value items can be a bit hit and miss - sometimes I'm really impressed with their products, whereas I have found that others are a complete waste of money and I've ended up buying more expensive versions. However, with a price of just 38p, I figured I had nothing to lose by buying this spoon! I couldn't see it on the Tesco website when I had a look for it, but I've seen it in my local Tescos fairly recently, so perhaps it's an instore-only item, maybe because it's so cheap.What Is It?The name pretty much gives it away - this is a solid plastic spoon which can be used for various kitchen tasks. My spoon looks exactly the same as the one in the picture above: it is ...

Sainsbury's Basics Tea Lights 07/04/2012

Sainsburys Basic Tea Lights: Cheap, But Nothing Special

Sainsbury's Basics Tea Lights Sainsburys Basics Tea LightsI have quite a few little candle holders at home, and although I sometimes like to use scented candles, I generally only light candles beacause I like the effect of the flame and not because I want them to make my house smell nice. For this reason, I like to have a stock of non-scented tea lights in the house, which I try to buy as cheaply as possible as they're a pretty basic product. I've bought tea lights from a number of retaillers, including Sainsburys, Tescos and Ikea, but the ones I have been using recently were from the Sainsburys Basics range.AppearanceMy tea lights look exactly like the ones in the above picture - they just look like standard tea lights. They consist of circular candles, just under four centimetres in diameter and about 2cm in height. The wax is white, as is the wick, which sticks out about 1cm from the surface of the wax. Each tea light is encased in a silver casing, covering the sides and bottom of the tea light. Using the Tea LightsAs with any tea lights, these are designed to be placed in a tea light holder and lit, and then left until they're extinguished. As these are basic tea lights, the wax is unscented, so they can be lit without interfering with the scent of the surroundings. The packaging states that each candle is designed to burn for approximately two and a half hours, and I'd say that this is an accurate statement. I find that these tea lights burn for a good amount of time, and they're ideal for me as I ...
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