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Minky Smart Fit Ironing Board Cover 22/05/2017

A Minky Cover For Manky Ironing

Minky Smart Fit Ironing Board Cover I don’t know anyone who enjoys ironing, but it’s a necessary evil. I often find that covers don’t last all that well and start to wear through after a while, or don’t fit and end up being too loose or too tight. The Minky Smartfit has been a decent choice for the price so I wanted to do a quick review of it here. … Features … The Smartfit cover is designed to fit all standard boards, with measurements up to 125 x 45cm. It’s both designed & manufactured within the UK and is widely available in various stores and online. It has a thicker backing made of felt, described as being “luxuriously thick”, for “a smoother, faster finish”. This should, in theory, “optimise your ironing comfort”. It claims to be “durable and machine washable”. This is available in various designs, most of which seem quite bold and contemporary to brighten and liven up your home and, one assumes, put some appeal back into ironing. Perish the thought. … My Experience … The elastic edging is “pre-tensioned” and should enable this to be a one-size-fits-all cover for standard boards. I’ve found this to fit reasonably well without being too tight nor too gappy* around the sides (*possibly a made up word). You just need to give it a quick iron over before first use. In terms of the board fittings, it states fitting boards up to 125 x 45cm, which is about 49” x 18”. I like the design for being a bit different, even if it’s not entirely to my taste. It does freshen things up a bit and add a dash of ...

Falling Down (DVD) 15/05/2017

Traffic Jams & Bad Burgers Bring Out The Thug In Michael Douglas

Falling Down (DVD) Falling down falls within the crime thriller / drama genres and was released around 24 years ago now. This was directed by Joel Schumacher, who has worked on numerous pieces before (including The Lost Boys) and after Falling Down, so he had experience to bring to … Premise … [“The adventures of an ordinary man at war with the everyday world”] We are introduced to William Foster, aka. D-Fens as a result of his licence plate, who is on his way to his ex-wife’s house. It’s his daughter’s birthday and he’s keen to see her, but the day just goes from bad to worse. He ends up ditching his car in the middle of a traffic jam and opting to walk, getting frustrated at the delay and the inconvenience and the building LA heat. Wanting to make a phone call, he goes to a shop and finds it’s harder than it should be to get change to use the phone. Again, it’s another small thing to tick him off and he snaps, taking a baseball bat to the store. When approached by two thugs, he takes the baseball bat to them. But they want revenge, and D-Fens just isn’t in the mood to play nice anymore. As the irks and irritation of the day build, and D-Fens is late to see his daughter, he seems to reach a point of no return. He needs to vent his frustration at the world, and suddenly he finds a lot of pent up anger and annoyance to let loose. With Sergeant Prendergast on the case to hunt the owner of the car and the guy deciding to smash up a store, will D-Fens stop himself or be stopped before things ...

Sausage Party (DVD) 10/05/2017

Tasteless Burnt Offerings

Sausage Party (DVD) I was quite looking forward to this quite some time ago when the notion of a food-related CG flick starring Seth Rogen was first hinted at. I can’t say that I even had my hopes too high, because I wasn’t expecting to be wowed, just pleasantly entertained. All I can say is that this was the worst so-called comedy I had seen in a long time. This was directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, neither of whom had I come across before. Turns out the former has worked on a lot of Thomas the Tank Engine, while the latter has far more voice credits for the likes of Shrek than solid directorial experience. Perhaps that explains a few things, perhaps not. Sausage Party is predominantly a comedy, though you could argue it also falls within the adventure genre. … Premise … [ Just a little sausage, fighting for the truth. ] There’s not a great deal I can say on the storyline, so in a nutshell, it’s this: There’s a supermarket where all of the foodstuffs, from hotdog rolls and salami to cereal, are alive. They dream of the day when a customer will rescue them from the dusty shelves, when they are chosen and can move on to the real world on the other side of those automatic doors. But how much of this dream, this belief, is real? There’s a rumour that what happens to food when it leaves isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s quite horrendous. Food gets chopped, diced, seared and boiled. It’s not heavenly freedom it’s doom. One brave sausage wants a revolution. Frank wants ...

Original Source Mango and Macadamia shower gel 04/05/2017

Mango Shower Anyone?

Original Source Mango and Macadamia shower gel I do like a bit of Original Source and buy their shower gels quite regularly when I see them on offer at £1. I decided to give the mango variety a go as I was feeling a little fruity (ooer!) and find it to provide an uplifting shower experience. Original Source is a popular brand that’s easy enough to come across in most high street beauty stores, online, discount stores and supermarkets. Their range features some classic favourites and every now and again includes a special edition to tempt us towards something new. This review is for their mango shower gel, rather than mango & macadamia, given the inability to review this separately. This comes in the signature triangular shaped translucent plastic bottle that ‘sits’ on a black flip top lid. It stands out from the crowd for its deep yellow colouring, which I must admit tempted me. I wanted a shower gel that cleanses, refreshes and uplifts a little, as I tend to want a shower to energise and perk me up rather than soothe and send me to sleep. So, how does this hold up? It’s simple to dispense and the lid flips open and clicks securely closed easily with minimal mess. The gel is a reasonable consistency, well balanced so it’s neither too think nor too thick. Only a fairly small blob is needed on a shower poof/puff/floufypuff thingymabob with some water to create a decent lather. It glides smoothly over skin, feels like it’s doing a good job in terms of coverage and cleanses, and washes off without too much effort and ...

Head & Shoulders Citrus Fresh for Greasy Hair 01/05/2017

Giving Hair A Citrus-y Quick Refresh

Head & Shoulders Citrus Fresh for Greasy Hair Head & Shoulders is a well-known brand, perhaps a little dated in today’s world of endless beauty brands and innovative claims of luxurious hair. The Citrus Fresh shampoo is also anti-dandruff, which the brand is best known for, though that’s not the reason I buy it. If you’re looking to refresh your hair and cleanse it from feeling weighed down from product build-up then I’d recommend giving this a go. … Packaging … Available in 200ml and 500ml bottles, the design is quite distinctive yet understated. It’s a primarily white, opaque plastic bottle with a blue flip top lid and a blue and yellow design on the front label to show a citrus-y image to reflect the ‘flavour’ of the shampoo. The bottle stands up well on the shelf/in the shower, and I like being able to store it upside down on its lid when there’s less left in the bottle to get the remainder out more easily. It’s not too messy to dispense and it’s easy enough to do so. … The Claims … The Citrus Fresh version is “infused with a blend of citrus essences” and is designed to “remove oil and fight dandruff” with its “3 action formula” to protect, cleanse and moisturise. It is “gentle on hair and pH balanced for daily use”, and is supposedly suitable for all hair types, including coloured hair. It is approved by the British Skin Foundation, which is reassuring to know. … In Use … This shampoo is yellow in colour and of reasonably thick consistency; it’s just right to smooth onto hair and it lathers well, so you ...

The Last Mile - David Baldacci 28/04/2017

Innocence On Death Row?

The Last Mile - David Baldacci Having read and reviewed David Baldacci novels before and loved them, I was geekily excited to come across this in the library recently. It was a gripping read that didn’t let me down. The Last Mile falls within the crime thriller genre of the American ilk. On the cover we are told this is “the new Amos Decker thriller” that has sold “over 100 million copies” worldwide. The tagline reads, quite simply: “Memories can be a real killer”. … Premise … We are introduced to Melvin Mars, who was an extraordinary football player with dreams of an NFL career. That was until his parents died and he was convicted of their murder. He claimed innocence from day one and now, sitting on death row 20 years later and just about to face his own death, someone else steps forward and confesses. Enter FBI agent Peter Decker. Operating out of Quantico, Decker is part of a multidisciplinary team of different specialities to look at more peculiar cases. He sees something odd about this case, and as a former football player himself, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to Mars and uncovering the truth behind this latest confession and the murder of his parents all those years ago. Decker, Bogart, Davenport, Milligan, Jamison and Davenport, an unlikely but effective team, set about meeting with Mars, following the leads and digging into the messy situation. Problem is, the leads are few and far between, and it looks like things are far more complex than they ever could have imagined. Was Mars ...

127 Hours (DVD) 23/04/2017

A Tense 127 Hours

127 Hours  (DVD) I had come across this a while ago but for some reason never really considered it as something I’d be interested in watching. In fact, I had somehow skipped over it thinking it thinking it was just about a guy getting stuck doing adventure sports of some description that I never even realised it starred James Franco. I’m glad I eventually got around to watching it recently as it was a well-acted and worthwhile film that kept me watching, as well as put me off ever venturing out climbing in the middle of nowhere on my own. This was directed by Danny Boyle, a man who needs little introduction. As the director of films like Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later… and Trainspotting, he has plenty of experience to bring to this piece. 127 hours falls within the adventure/drama/biography genres and is described on the DVD cover as “a triumphant true story”. … Premise … “There is no force more powerful than the will to live.” We are introduced to Aron Ralston, an adventurer and young man with enthusiasm, energy and a zest for discovery and fun. In 2003, he takes off mountaineering in Blue John Canyon, Utah. He takes his video recorder along to keep a record of his trip. Not long after he gets there he meets two hikers, Kristi and Megan, and shows them a hidden pool; he tempts them in to jumping off a sheer rock edge to get to the pool, which looks perilous and awful, but he knows what he’s doing and he’s done it before. They hang around for a little while, carefree and having ...

Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay 7 Days Varnish Purple Reflects! 17/04/2017

Pretty & Glossy, But Not Forever

Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay 7 Days Varnish Purple Reflects! I quite like giving new varnishes a go, and so far the Maybelline Forever Strong is one of my favourites. No varnish lasts 7 days without chipping, and this is no different, but I’m happy with the glossy finish, it being easy to apply and the rich colour it provides. This is the ‘Forever Strong’ varnish from Maybelline New York. On the front of the transparent label it reads ‘Super Stay Gel Nail Colour 7 Days’. It comes in a slightly curved bottle that looks sleek and contemporary. As expected, it’s the regular twist top with the brush attached. The varnish claims to be the following : “Long wear nail colour goes super impact: With super saturated pigment colour and long lasting resin formula, indulge in up to 7 days of fashion at your fingertips with lifeproof, glossy finish nails.” How does it do this? There’s a “perfect precision curved brush” and the varnish itself is apparently ‘enriched’ with iron and calcium. They do suggest using a clear base colour to prevent yellowing/staining and to extend the time the varnish lasts. Applying the varnish, they suggest one line of colour firstly down the middle of the nail from base to tip, then two strips either side. Leave this to dry before adding a second layer, then finally a top coat of clear varnish. All this is according to Maybelline’s “celebrity make-up artist”. I don’t have much patience when it comes to beauty and nail painting is no exception. Sometimes I’ll use a nail strengthener/conditioner as a base coat ...

High Rise (DVD) 07/04/2017

Hell To Morals In The High-Rise

High Rise (DVD) This was directed by British Ben Wheatley, who has worked on a couple of things prior to this, mostly TV series and made for TV movies, but his repertoire does include Kill List. He’s gone all out with this one given its scope and cast. It’s a StudioCanal production. High-Rise is basically a drama, as I can’t find another genre that really goes with it. Unfortunately, I just didn’t really “get” this. There were some parts I enjoyed and I could appreciate the abstract qualities of the premise and scenes. But it all just got a bit too much. A bit too abstract, trying to hard and becoming a bit of a mishmash of ideas and concepts … Premise … [ “Leave the real world behind” ] It is suburban London in 1975 and we are introduced to Dr Robert Laing. He finally feels as though he’s made it; he’s finding some success and manages to move into what is billed as a luxury high-rise block of apartments after his sister sadly passes away. He gets a room on the 25th floor. This young doctor is a professional and anticipates some class, some decency and personal space at the very least. But things aren’t all they seem, and the luxury quickly loses its shine. Laing starts to meet some of the residents and finds he’s not able to remain anonymous and be left alone. He starts a relationship with a single mum, he makes a friend or two, he attends an 18th Century costume party. There are so many conveniences within the block that you needn’t go outside any more. You needn’t be a part of ...

Haywire (DVD) 03/04/2017

It's All Gone Haywire

Haywire (DVD) Haywire falls within the action thriller genre and was directed by Steven Soderbergh. He’s worked in various capacities on numerous flicks over the years, including as a director for the likes of Ocean’s Twelve, Solaris and Contagion prior to Haywire. He has plenty of experience in the genre to bring to bear on this film, and I think it shows in the way in which Haywire is put together. … Premise … [ “They Left Her No Choice” ] We are introduced to Mallory Kane, a black ops specialist who is basically contracted by a company to do freelance work on the behalf of the US government, hired by a guy named Alex. She’s sent on a covert op to Barcelona to rescue a hostage in a precarious situation, but she doesn’t get much time to do do any sightseeing because she’s quickly sent to Dublin. Here she meets the Irish assassin Paul, and things start to go pear-shaped. Kane is set-up and the betrayal lands her in danger as she’s suddenly the one being hunted. But fear not, for Kane is master of kicking butt and using her resources to outwit and outmanoeuvre others. The rest of the film sees Kane at the centre of this international manhunt with no one she can trust, her own family in danger and an expanse of US soil to traverse while being chased by assassins as well as the authorities. We meet various other characters, including her father, during her travels and unravelling of the conspiracy against her. Can Mallory escape the clutches of those hot on her heels, keep her loved ...

Hot Tub Time Machine (DVD) 03/04/2017

In A Hot Tub With John Cusack

Hot Tub Time Machine (DVD) Despite this being released 7 years ago, I’d only just talked myself in to watching it. I wasn’t expecting much and thought it would be more stupid than enjoyable, but my ignorance over the film also meant I never realised that Cusack was in it. I upped my expectations marginally because of this. Nonetheless, I was right in thinking this is a rather silly film. It’s watchable, easy going and light-hearted, but nothing I’d be able to give more than a so-so 3 star rating to. This falls within the sci-fi / comedy genres and was directed by Steve Pink; he previously worked on Accepted before this but I otherwise hadn’t heard of him before. … Premise … We are introduced to three guys, a group that used to be best friends, who are now approaching middle age and are rather fed up with their lives. Where did the excitement go? What happened to their dreams and their inhibited joyfulness at taking risks? The trio - Nick, Adam and Lou - head off to re-live their youth by going to a mountain resort where they spent some of their most outlandish teen years. Adam’s nephew also gets roped in to coming, having been dragged off his computer games for the trip. They settle in, have a few drinks. Then the foursome head for the hot tub. A hot tub and alcohol = recipe for disaster. Before they know it, an accident turns the hot tub in to a time machine, sending the guys all the way back to 1986. The decor, the people, the fashions… They all seem familiar. They receive some cryptic ...

Gillette Satin Care Sensitive Skin Shave Gel 25/03/2017

Shaving For Us Sensitive Types

Gillette Satin Care Sensitive Skin Shave Gel I recently reviewed another Gillette shaving gel within their Satin Care range, the Touch Of Olay. This review is for their Sensitive Skin version for us delicate flowers that need to be a little careful of the products we use. … Looks & Availability … The design on the canister has changed over the years and even now there are slight variations. For instance, the one I have (as per the photo) is a little different to the one shown on the Boots website, which appears a little more contemporary. The Satin Care range is widely available, with the sensitive skin version often being sold when others aren’t. It should therefore be pretty easy to come across in supermarkets, chemists and beauty stores, and some discounters, such as Savers. … Claims … “For soft and satiny smooth skin” This is infused with aloe vera and is designed specifically for sensitive skin. In addition, “the lightly fragranced gel, with advanced lubricants, provides incredible razor glide for protection against nicks and cuts”. This gel is therefore designed for to do a couple of key things in particular : Provide a smooth shave and leave your skin soft / prevent against nicks / be gentle even on sensitive skin. … To Use … Dispense a small blob of the gel on to your fingertips and gently rub it over damp/wet skin to create a foamy lather. You want reasonable coverage without overdoing it otherwise there’ll be too much gunk for your razor to get through. Shave away to your heart’s content, and ...

Gillette Satin Care With A Touch Of Olay Sensitive Shave Gel 20/03/2017

A Satin Shave In A Swirl Of Violet

Gillette Satin Care With A Touch Of Olay Sensitive Shave Gel Those who shave may know the futility of the experience at times, and the importance of finding a decent razor and gel to pair it with. Gillette are one of the bigger brands when it comes to both, and I have a reasonable amount of trust in their products being both effective and good quality. There’s a good choice when it comes to their shaving gels; I used to use their Sensitive Skin version but now I’m quite keen on their Touch Of Olay range for something a little more luxurious for what is otherwise a rather boring chore to undertake whilst in the shower. Gillette’s Satin Care With A Touch of Olay comes in two varieties : Vanilla Cashmere, and Violet Swirl. I wasn’t even aware of this until researching current prices for this review, so now I’m quite tempting to try the vanilla! This write-up is for Violet Swirl, which can be found quite readily in various supermarkets, some discounters such as Savers, and health & beauty stores. … Claims … This shaving gel is designed to allow you to get a close shave, whilst also moisturising your skin : “For the perfect shave, use with Venus with a Touch of Olay Violet Swirl shave gel, which contains 4x more moisturisers to help protect skin against moisture loss while shaving.” … To Use … Remove the lid, and press down the pump dispenser to get a medium-size blob of gel on your fingertips. Smooth the gel over wet skin and with a gentle rub you can get up a soft lather ready for shaving. Gillette do suggest that, for best ...

Walk Hard -The Dewey Cox Story (DVD) 17/03/2017

Keep On Walking Hard Past The Dewey Cox DVD?

Walk Hard -The Dewey Cox Story (DVD) I came across this whilst browsing for something easy and rather mindless to watch recently. It rang a bell, but I hadn’t seen it so I decided to give it a go, keeping my expectations low despite not really knowing much about it. Walk Hard The Dewey Cox Story falls within the comedy/music genres and was directed by Jake Kasdan, whilst being written by both him and Judd Apatow. On the DVD cover we are told this is from “the guy who brought you Knocked Up and Super Bad”. … Premise … We are introduced to Dewey Cox, initially as a child who grew up with his parents and brother. A tragic accident results in Dewey killing his brother in a comical yet awful way, an incident that goes on to tarnish the rest of his life. His father was utterly torn by the tragedy and made it known, for years to come, that “the wrong kid died”. Dewey went on to live his dreams, perhaps partly for himself and partly for the brother he accidentally killed. As the years pass, Dewey inspires and wows audiences with his musical prowess. He goes through the ups and downs of every musical genre he touches and brings to life. This includes, of course, a bad ass roll n roll period of sex and drugs, which doesn’t bode well for the family life he started with a wife and child. One child becomes several; one happy marriage becomes an angry ex and a string of groupies and failed relationships. Can Dewey find salvation or will he continue to leave destruction in his path until the bitter end? … // … This ...

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 15/03/2017

Gentle Yet Effective - A Miracle Micellar?

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Micellar water cleansers started becoming popular in 2015/2016, with various brands jumping on the bandwagon. The first I tried was the regular version from Garnier, followed by their sensitive version, which I’ll review here. Garnier is a popular brand with an ever expanding product range, and I reasonable amount of faith in their product being decent quality. The Micellar Cleansing Water is available in a few different varieties : Combination and sensitive skin / Pure Active / Sensitive Skin. The latter can also be bought as a gel wash rather than a water, though I’ve not tried this. This comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pink flip top link and a transparent label on the front featuring a white/black/pink design. It’s the pink that differentiates this one and makes it stand out from the crowd as being the Sensitive Skin version. Further information on the product claims, usage and ingredients can be found on the back label. The bottle is recyclable, which is good to know. … Claims … “A super efficient and gentle way to cleanse, remove makeup, soothe the feel of skin and hydrate in just one step; it's not magic, it's Garnier Micellar!” This product is designed to result in “beautifully cleansed and refreshed feeling skin in an instant.” It claims to lift “away makeup and impurities from the skin, without the need to rub or rinse”, so it’s both a general cleanser and a make-up remover in one. Why go for this one over the other varieties? This is “designed for ...
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