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Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Elevenses Chocolate Chip Bakes 18/09/2010

Elevenses bars...keep you full for eleven minutes

Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Elevenses Chocolate Chip Bakes The idea of these bars was great...who doesn’t have a stomach-rumble moment somewhere between breakfast and lunch? Kellogg’s obviously must not have much faith in their cereal if they know that people will need something else to keep them going before lunch time! Elevenses bars come in chocolate chip and raisin favour. This review is on the chocolate chip Elevenses bars. There used to be a ginger flavour but I haven’t seen it in the shops for a while so I think they must have stopped making them, or maybe my local shop just doesn’t sell them. They come in six and ‘value’ twelve packs. The six packs cost roughly two pound something, and the value packs about four pounds. Basically, the saving is about 50p in most shops. THE PACKAGING The Elevenses bars come in a box, which says ‘Elevenses’ in yellow in a purple circle, with the ‘v’ made to look like hands on a clock. The front has a picture of the cake bar with a bite out, and a picture of a mug of coffee. On the back is has a blurb about the Elevenses range, and on the sides the list of ingredients. The wrapper of the bars has the same ‘Elevenses’ insignia and a picture of the cake bar. The back has the ingredients and nutritional information. HOW THE CAKE LOOKS The cake bar is about 4 inches by 2 and a half inches. It is spongy and a golden brown colour, with chocolate chips in it and has oats covering the top. According to the packaging, each bar weighs 45 grams. INGREDIENTS This is the list of ...

Nails Inc Victoria & Albert 18/09/2010

Perfect colour? Nailed it!

Nails Inc Victoria & Albert I hate nail varnish that chips easily. You know, you apply it for a night out and then by the time you’re going out the door half of it has already chipped off. And that’s not using Claire’s Accessories cheap £1 varnish, but slightly-more-upclass £5 bottles you buy from Boots, such as Rimmel. I’ve been hideously disappointed in the past, and there is nothing worse than keep having to touch up nail varnish – it’s so time consuming and you can always tell the chipped bits. Mainly, it’s the finger nails that leads to the disappointment, since they are the ones on display. But on summer holidays, the toe nails can be just as bad. They’re on display while sunbathing and swimming, and are so much more awkward to apply polish to, especially on the little toes. I got Nails Inc Victoria and Albert free with Glamour magazine. I’d seen the nail varnish before, but considering the price (about ten pounds for a ten ml bottle) I’d never even considered buying it. THE PACKAGING The nail varnish comes in a little white-and-gray box, with the front open so the nail varnish can be seen. It gives the usual details such as how to use it: it suggests an undercoat, two layers of the colour, and then an overcoat to seal it. The bottle is glass, like the majority of nail varnish, so the colour of the varnish is clearly seen. The lid is about the same size as the bottle, and a silver colour. The front gives the product name, location (London) and colour (Victoria & Albert). On the ...

Durex Play Lubricant Feel Very Cherry 12/09/2010

Tastes so good makes a grown man cry, sweet

Durex Play Lubricant Feel Very Cherry So. Um. Lube. Yes. Here we go. PLEASE NOTE: for the 'does it irritate your skin?' question I put 'no', however the answer shows up as 'occasionally' when I view the review. It does not irritate my skin at all. Just to confirm! I bought this at Ann Summers when it first came out, a few years ago. I’ve got through at least three bottles since then. It is without a doubt my favourite of the Durex play lubricants, although the new strawberry one is pretty good too. When I first bought it, this product was only available at Ann Summers, but now it can also be bought at the local supermarkets. As someone who used to work at my local supermarket and have a wee bit of a blushing problem anyway, I’d suggest using the self-scan lane if picking up at the local Tesco’s, but hey, if you’re not shy, why not flaunt the fact that you are going to have fabulous sex? It costs between three and four pounds in all shops I have seen it in, perhaps cheaper online. Sometimes there are special offers on the product which can be great, one time I got two-for-the-price-of-one at Ann Summers. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? It comes in the usual Durex lubricant size and shape of bottle – 50ml clear bottle with pump which turns to ‘lock’. It is covered in a purple plastic wrapper that says Durex (traditional white-on-blue logo) play, very cherry luscious cherry flavoured intimate lube on the front. The back has all the details on it which I am going to explain in this review. It’s the ...

Veet Immac Hair Removal Cream 3 Minutes Softening with Silk Extracts 12/09/2010

Remove the hair, veet, veet!

Veet Immac Hair Removal Cream 3 Minutes Softening with Silk Extracts I’m not one for pain. I’ve only ever tried waxing once, with DIY strips and it just left me with blue waxy lumps on the hairs, and shaving takes ages, only lasts for a little while and I don’t know about anyone else but I always tend to miss a wee bit when shaving in the shower. It’s also good for bikini lines on holiday, and easy to top up, while meaning you don’t get the ingrown hairs that shaving leaves. My mum’s always used Veet (formerly known as Immac) so I began using it too. Now there are three types: this, the original one with pink packaging; the sensitive one with blue packaging; and the newest addition to the family is the purple supreme essence hair remover. Of course, now they’ve invented sprays and in-shower hair removers but I stick to the original version. This comes in a toothpaste-style tube, with a spatula shaped like this ~ to apply it and help removed the cream. One of the new inventions is a pump-bottle with the same cream, and this also comes with a spatula. I tried this once but had a wee bit of trouble getting the pump to dispense where I wanted it too – i.e. on me and not on the carpet. I now have a line of carpet much paler blue than the surrounding area. The product does stain clothes if it gets on them and isn’t removed straight away by being washed. There are two different type sizes and although the larger one costs about £4 compared to the £2.something the smaller one costs, it does work out cheaper to buy the big one. Shops tend to have ...

Remington S 9950 Shine Therapy 07/09/2010

A daily dose of my straighteners

Remington S 9950 Shine Therapy I bought these straighteners when my old pair stopped working properly. They were half price in Argos and looked so pretty in the picture that I couldn’t resist them. Remington is a well-known brand so I presumed the straighteners must be good – and I wasn’t disappointed! My old pair took forever to heat up and even then left a slight wave in my hair, so it might just be low expectations but these straighteners left me feeling chuffed. Don’t know if it’s important to say but my hair is the kind that is naturally wavy – it’s got a bit of a curl to it (especially if I sleep on it wet!) but is not curly. I don’t need straighteners for heavy-duty use, just to iron out the kinks! WHAT ARE THE DETAILS? Remington Shine! Therapy are ceramic conditioning digital straighteners. Features include: Digital temperature display (150 to 230 degrees – I usually use about 210) Temperature lock function Floating ceramic plates Auto safety shut-off after 60 minutes Heatproof bag (silver drawstring) 3m swivel cord Automatic worldwide voltage Shine enhancing conditioners – vitamin E and avocado oil (to reduce hair damage) Five year guarantee HOW DOES IT LOOK AND HOW DO THEY WORK? The straighteners are a pretty turquoise colour with silver buttons and a black cord. The plates are silver. On the left is a silver knob which turns to ‘lock’ the straighteners closed. On the top, starting from the back, is the on button. In front of this is the digital temperature ...

Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser 04/09/2010

Moisturising made Simple

Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser My sister only uses this brand of moisturiser: she has sensitive skin and this is the only kind that doesn’t bring her out in a rash. When I ran out of my usual moisturiser and had to get some from my local supermarket, I chose this one because I remembered she liked it, and I was really pleased with it. WHAT DOES THE BOTTLE LOOK LIKE? As traditional with Simple, the bottle is white and green. The lid is clearish-white, with a green dispenser (which says ‘not coloured not perfumed’ on it), and the bottle is white with green writing. On the front it says ‘Simple’ Kind to Skin replenishing rich moisturiser. Underneath this title and description are the words ‘Vitamin goodness for naturally healthy skin’, and in a circle ‘defending UV filters’ (although nowhere does it say what level of UV protection it has). In little boxes down below it says 1 vital vitamin 3 skin loving nutrients and 0 no perfume no colour. In letters made to look like handwriting it says ‘smile, it’s simple’, with ‘From the experts in sensitive skin’ in silver capital letters at the bottom. There are also some curling lines in different shades of green across the bottle, obviously to make it look more exciting. On the back it has the blurb about the product and how it contains vitaminy-goodness. Under this is a slightly-more-informative blurb, which says what is in it. It contains pro-vitamin B5 (softens and smoothes), glycerine (hydrates and nourishes), bisabolol and allantoin (which soothe, ...

Tesco DPA08 04/09/2010

Play it again,'s a good DVD

Tesco DPA08 I bought this DVD player because the one that was installed in my TV stopped working. As a DVDaholic, I could not survive using my laptop for DVDs (you know, having to wiggle the mouse every-so-often in order to keep the screen lit doesn’t exactly make it seem like a mini-cinema) and so bought a cheap DVD player to attach to my TV: this DVD player. I’ve only had it for about two weeks so far but it seems to be doing the trick. WHAT IS IT? This is the Tesco Value DVD player (model DPA08). It is silver on the top and black on the bottom. On the machine itself, there are buttons to turn it on and to open and close the DVD player. The icons that appear on the player are: DVD video, compact disc digital audio, Dolby digital, JPEG and Kodak picture CD compatible. So, what does that mean? Well, according to the box, it means it has DVD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, JPEG and XviD playback. This is the same as all regular DVD players – but it only cost £19.95! WHAT DO YOU GET IN THE BOX? All that you get in the box is the DVD player and a remote control. You do not get the scart cable to connect it to the TV (although it does have a single scart socket) so for those who do not already have one, pick one up at when buying it at Tesco! You also need two batteries for the remote control – AAA, which don’t come with the set either. There is also an instruction booklet, but to be honest I did not need this really. IS IT EASY TO SET UP? Yes! As someone who is not at all ...

Morrisons First HOME MI1 29/07/2010

Steam me up, Scotty!

Morrisons First HOME MI1 This review is for Morrisons ‘first home’ steam spray iron. The first home range describes itself as “affordable home essentials when you need them the most”, and are very, very cheap. I got this iron for about £5, which is pretty good! WHAT DO YOU GET? In the box, which is orange and white with a picture of the iron on the left, there is the iron, an instruction guide and a small plastic measuring cup for use while filling the water inlet for steaming clothes. The instruction guide is pretty good, and explains quite clearly how to use the settings. DETAILS, PLEASE! The iron is 1600 watt, with a 150 ml transparent water tank (there is a line on the tank which lets you know when it is full, although the measuring cup has gradients marked which should also help). It has a stainless steel soleplate (the metal bit you iron with!), a steam control dial, spray button and nozzle, a water inlet hole with cover, a temperature control dial and an indicator light. It also has a self-clean function on the steam control dial (the self-clean position looks weirdly like a pencil to me!) which is supposed to remove limescale and mineral deposits from the water tank of the iron. WHAT DOES THE IRON LOOK LIKE? The iron is white with turquoise buttons and water tank, and is quite cute looking! It is small, with a ten inch bottom (eight of which is the soleplate). The cord is short – just over 60 inches – but I’ll talk about that in more detail later! On the top of the iron, from ...

Butterkist Microwave Popcorn Salted 28/07/2010

Butterkist pops my corn

Butterkist Microwave Popcorn Salted Butterkist microwave salted popcorn is a great snack while watching a film to put you in the cinema mood. It tastes almost identical to cinema popcorn and works out much cheaper! I love the salted one because it has a lot of flavour, while I think sweet microwave popcorn isn’t as good because the flavour sticks to the side and just seems to be like hot sugar. Without the flavouring there’s not much taste to the popcorn so I advise shaking the popcorn pack after popping it and before opening it to make the most of it. You get three 100 gram bags in each cardboard box of popcorn, although I have seen a few places selling them as one packs, for a one-off snack. As shown in the pictures, the salted pack is ble, with a picture of popcorn. The writing is in white, apart from ‘pop’ in yellow, and there is the red and yellow heart around the word Butterkist. The best before date is on the bottom of the pack, as well as the barcode for buying it (so you don’t need to do the whole turn-over-multiple-times thing to find the barcode at the funky new self-scan checkouts). HOW DO YOU MAKE IT? The packaging tells you to take out a bag of microwave popcorn from the packaging, take off the plastic layer around it (because the obvious thing would be to keep the plastic on! Obviously written so they wouldn’t get sued by silly people), then stick in the microwave for between two and four minutes. It tells on the pack what way to put it in. I like to give the package a little squidge ...

Baskin Robbins Ice-Cream 24/07/2010

Baskin in the taste of minty ice-cream

Baskin Robbins Ice-Cream I’d obviously heard of Baskin Robbins ice-cream before, but only saw (and ate!) it for the first time this week. I saw in when I was doing my regular Morrisons shopping, and it is new in store so it was on special offer at £2. The ice-cream carton is 500ml. There were two flavours available: praline ‘n cream or mint choc chip, and I chose mint choc chip. According to the Baskin Robbins website, Morrisons stores will stock between two and four flavours of ice-cream. Looking at the flavours displayed on their website, which include pistachio almond and very berry strawberry, I’m quite disappointed that the rum raisin flavour isn’t in my Morrisons, because I love that flavour of ice-cream! Baskin Robbins description of each: Praline ‘n cream: “creamy vanilla ice cream with praline-coated pecan pieces and a caramel ribbon.” Mint choc chip: “mint ice cream with rich dark chocolate chips.” ERM, WHAT’S BASKIN ROBBINS??? Quick basics, Baskin Robbins company is a subsidiary of the Dunkin’ company (Dunkin’ Doughnuts etc). The company was founded by Burt Baskin and Irvine Robbins in 1945. They became famous for their slogan of having ’31 flavours’ – designed so there would be a flavour for every day of the month. They sell ice-cream in over 30 countries. WHAT DOES THE PACKAGING LOOK LIKE? The packaging is a pretty pink and creamy-yellow combo, with the company name in blue and pink. There is a picture of two crossed ice-cream cones with the flavour of ice-cream – ...

Imode IP1007 20/07/2010

iPod tunes, radio and CDs...oh my!

Imode IP1007 I received the iMode IP1007UK for Christmas for my Christmas from my parents. They got it from ASDA when it was on special offer, but it is also available in other shops. The iMode contains an iPod dock, a CD player and a radio, which I find great for when I'm cleaning and want to listen to my iPod but don't want the headphones to get in the way. The dock for the iPod is also a charger, which is great because it means you can listen to the iPod while not loosing battery charge! It can run on batteries or through mains supply, with a plug. THE LOOK The unit is black and silver, and has a handle so it can be carried. It is (approx) 11 inches long, 8.5 inches high and 4 inches wide. Volume wheel is on the left side along with the connection for the mains cable and the radio antenae. On the right is the tuning for the radio, as well as Aux in and Headphones slots. On the top, below the handle, is the button to choose the function of the unit (left) and to choose between AM/FM radio (right). The majority of the front is a silver speaker, with the middle part being where the iPod goes. On the left as you look at it is the power button and the buttons for using the CD player - play/pause, skip, stop and so on. This is also where the name of the unit is given. On the right is a digital clock and the buttons for setting it. The problem with the clock if using the mains supply is that, obviously, when the unit is turned off, the clock is turned off and will reset ...

The Love Academy - Belinda Jones 20/07/2010

I fell in love with Belinda Jones' book

The Love Academy - Belinda Jones As a fan of Belinda Jones books since I first read Divas Las Vegas, I was very excited when I picked up this book, because I have always had a thing for Italy and could not wait to read Belinda's views on the area. ABOUT BELINDA One of the things I love about Belinda Jones books is that she visits the area before writing about them, and I feel this really comes across in her books and the discriptions of the areas. A picture of her at the location the book is set is on the first inside page of the book. Belinda used to write for magazines such as Empire, FHM, heat and More!...although her first writing job was for Postman Pat magazine for children. The Love Academy is Belinda's sixth novel. ABOUT THE COVER The background of the cover is a purpley-blue colour, with tiny silver and pink stars. In the centre, in a circle, is a picture of a girl with dark hair, wearing a pink dress and sitting in a gondola. There is the traditional gondolier wearing a white-and-red striped top and a hat standing at the back of the boat, and a pink building in the background. The author's name is in white and the book's name is in turquoise. On the back of the book the centre cicle is turquoise and the blurb is in yellow. There is a picture of a cupid at the top and a half-face mask at the bottom. The bottom of the page gives the price - £6.99, the name of the publisher - Arrow books by Random House, and who did the illustration (Lucy Truman) and lettering (Stephen Raw). THE ...

Acoustic Solutions LCDW2295F 01/07/2010

Argos 22 inch TV provides an acoustic solution

Acoustic Solutions LCDW2295F I bought this television when I moved into my flat about a year and a half ago. What attracted it to me originally was the cheapness (it was on special offer down to about £150). Buying and Instalation: As someone who had no experience in buying TV's, it seemed to tick all th boxes: it was a decent size but not TOO big; had freeview in it so no annoying box; was HD ready; and had a DVD player in the side. After going through the hoopla of buying a TV in store (filling out the form so the tV licensing people can track you down), I immediately took it home and had my boyfriend help me set it up. Turned out I did not really need his help, however, because it was very easy to install, with a booklet which was clearly designed for people like me with no technical sense. When turned on for the first time, the TV automatically starts to install the channels and works its way through the freeview channels, then asks if you want to install the anologue channels. With the change-over to freeview coming, you may not wish to install this but I did anyway. However, where my flat is means I get awful signal on these anyway! There is a remote, with buttons for TV (analogue), DTV (freeview) and DVD. On mine, when it is turned on, it does so in DTV mode. You must remember to press the DVD button or the remote will not recognise button pressing to stop, start or pause the DVD. There are also basic buttons on the top back of the TV along with the on/off switch A ...

Alberto Balsam Shampoo Pomegranate 30/06/2010

Pomegranate the products out your hair...

Alberto Balsam Shampoo Pomegranate I first bought this product for my boyfriend. This anti-oxidant shampoo is supposed to cleanse hair, and my boyfriend uses a lot of products and when it dries it flakes out his hair - yuck! The Product: I started using it when i stayed over at his and I loved the smell! While I've never eaten a pomegranate (too messy!), but the smell of the shampoo is lovely, just as nice as the Raspberry Alberto Balsam. It is pinky-peach in colour. It left my hair clean and shiny, and lasted a long time - with some shampoos my hair feels like it needs washed again within a day, but this shampoo lasted two days. It was also great because I could keep using it. I find with some shampoos they lose their effect if I keep using them non-stop, and that I have to alternate a few shampoos in order to stop my hair becoming limp and lifeless. With Alberto Balsam Pomegranate shampoo, I could keep using it non-stop, and it kept working the same. The Price: In my opinion, the product is very good for the amount it costs - usually around £1, although it varies in different supermarkets (it tends to cost more in Boots) and there are special offers on it a lot. I usually buy it at Morrisons, which has '3 Alberto Balsam products for £2' offers on a lot, and then I buy two shampoos and one conditioner, because as everyone probably knows, if you shampoo twice then condition, you get through twice as much shampoo! The Bottle: As with all 400ml Alberto Balsam products, the name is at ...

No.1 Magazine 30/06/2010

No 1 magazine: the Scottish Hello

No.1 Magazine Set up in April 2006, No.1 magazine is a glossy magazine that comes out every three weeks, meaning 17 issues are published a year. The magazine is £1, which is quite good value for money considering how many glossy pages there are. It describes itself as "Scotland's glamorous glossy", and includes fashion, Scottish events, celebrities, houses and interiors, health, beauty, columnists and lots and lots of gossip. While it is strong to push the Scottish roots (the magazine is published in Glasgow and is only available in Scotland), most of the gossip stories are UK or even world based, and the majority of front pages have the picture of an English or American celebrity e.g. Cheryl Cole has been on several covers. However, while the celebrity contents may not all be Scottish, the fashion and health items are all available in Scotland. There are society pictures of people at events in Scotland, such as charity balls. There is also a wedding section, which shows the wedding of either one or two couples in each issue. No.1 magazine also has a twice yearly wedding supplement, and has a seperate wedding website from the regular No.1 magazine website. There are several small supplement which are also come with the magazine at various points through the year. These are: travel, health, fitness, restaurant, home and shopping. The magazine is aimed at female ABC1s, mainly 25-40. It has a circulation of roughly 25,000. The gossip tends to be quite bitchy in style, ...
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