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Technic Roll-On Fruity Lip Gloss Apple 22/06/2017

Smells Like Teen Spirit!

Technic Roll-On Fruity Lip Gloss Apple I love to use glosses and balms on my lips and I will often buy new brands just for fun as I enjoy testing such products. I noticed this Technic Roll-On Fruity Lip Gloss in Apple flavour whilst I was shopping on the Amazon website and I thought it sounded promising. It was so cheap that it wouldn't really matter if it was terrible or not so I went ahead and made the purchase. Packaging This comes in a 10ml sized bottle which fits in the palm of my hand. It's reasonably lightweight and can be carried around in a handbag or pocket. The lid is secure when tightened but easy to remove. Behind this there is a large rollerball device where the gloss can be smoothed onto your lips. The overall design of the product looks quite nice. The brand actually redesigned the packaging of these glosses as they looked very juvenile with a print of cartoon fruit on the side of the bottle. However they now have a more subtle, grown-up look to them and I like the cool lime green colouring on the pack and the simple brand logo. Application The actual rollerball is perhaps a little too large and may not be suitable for those with very thin lips. I find that I have to aim the rollerball into the centre of my mouth so that the gloss doesn't spread outside the edge of my lips. The gloss comes out evenly and it is possible to cover the entire lips in one sweep with the rollerball. Flavour This balm is fragranced with apple although it's not a natural scent in my opinion. It smells like a ...

Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash 20/06/2017

A Delightful Shower Cream...

Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash I recently purchased this Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash when I was shopping for some body wash. I am not loyal to any brand and love trying new products. This particular variety attracted me as I thought it sounded soft and soothing and I hoped it would be relaxing to use at the end of hot summer days. Packaging This comes in a 250ml sized bottle. The bottle is comprised of white plastic with a removable hard plastic top. The bottle can be put into household recycling after use as long as the top is removed first. The lid is triangular in shape and there is a pink strip on the flip top to highlight where the lip of the lid is situated. The cap flicks up easily with a little force from a fingertip. It also clicks back into place with ease and there is no leakage from the dispensing hole if the bottle is turned upside down. I would be happy to pack this into a suitcase to take on holiday with me as I'm sure the top wouldn't just pop open. The dispensing nozzle is quite large so you can squeeze out a good dollop of the shower cream when using the product. Sometimes the area around the nozzle gets glued up with dried up liquid though and requires a wipe to maintain cleanliness. The bottle looks very feminine and gentle in design. The colour scheme is pink, white and silver and the product does look like it has been designed exclusively for women. The label on the front of the bottle features a photograph of some coconut and a small, pale pink jasmine flower. These ...

Hills Canine 16/06/2017

Super Food For Dogs!

Hills Canine A few months ago I got a new dog, an English Springer Spaniel called Nelle. She was from a rescue organisation and when she arrived at my home she was undernourished and very skinny. After a month of trying to get her to gain a bit of weight without success my vet suggested we upgrade the quality of our food and she suggested using the Hills brand of dog food. We were initially given some free samples of Hills Vet Essentials from our veterinarian which included two bags of puppy food and several tins. Our dog is 6 years old so not a puppy but this was all the vet had to hand and she advised us to purchase a more appropriate variety from the Hills range as soon as we could. Hills actually have four different ranges: Vet Essentials Science Plan Prescription Diet Ideal Balance Each variety has specific benefits so if your pet has a specific health issue it might be wise to discuss which food product would suit your pet with your vet. Alternatively you can find out more information on the Hills website where there is a helpful 'product selector' quiz to help narrow down your options. Hills Vet Essentials is a variety that is exclusively available from veterinarians but we felt it would be more cost effective to purchase a different variety of Hills from our local pet food store rather than order food from our vets. We opted to buy the Hills Science Plan dog food and purchased a couple of 12kg bags which we felt would last for a long time. We were also advised to feed a ...

Bloo Toilet Gel Cleaner 14/06/2017

An Effective Toilet Cleaner...

Bloo Toilet Gel Cleaner I'm sure I'm not the only person who doesn't enjoy cleaning the toilet so I'm always looking for products that might make the job a little easier for me. I usually do a quick clean of the lavatory once daily to keep it fresh and will do a "deep clean" every week just to ensure that there is no build up of anything nasty! I tend to buy many different brands of toilet cleaners, gels, fresheners and bleaches to help with the task and I recently recently purchased a bottle of Bloo Crystal Clean as it was inexpensive. About The Product This product comes as a 750ml sized bottle. The plastic bottle can be recycled after use. The neck of the bottle is curved to one side with the spout at a slight angle. This is so you can squirt the cleaner onto the underside of the toilet bowl. The lid has a safety feature which requires you to press down on opposite sides before twisting. The label on the front of the bottle designates this as Bloo Crystal Clean Toilet Cleaner with a scent of "Ocean Mist". The brand declare that the product can kill "99% of germs" and can also remove limescale. The label on the back of the bottle offers advice on using the product in a handy diagram and text form. There is also a printed section on safety precautions and a list of full ingredients. The product is marked as being part of the Jeyes group and the label carries the mark of Her Majesty The Queen. Using The Product This product can be squeezed into the toilet bowl or applied directly under the ...

Blowback (DVD) 12/06/2017

Back From The Dead?

Blowback (DVD) This thriller, released in 2000, tells the story of Detective Don Morell (Mario Van Peebles) who attends the execution of a prolific serial killer Claude Whitman (James Remar) who has dominated his life for years. However, after members of the jury who convicted the killer all begin dying in horrific ways Morell begins to wonder if the serial killer is somehow still alive, especially after the killer's unique identifying 'code' is found at each crime scene. Is it Morell himself, somehow back from the dead, or just a copycat serial killer? This is a rather outlandish and farfetched thriller that slightly benefits from the casting of Mario Van Peebles as the lead. He plays the part of the troubled but courageous detective really well and he's also the ideal action man. He brings some gravity and a sense of greater meaning to a movie whose plot is really rather silly. James Remar is used to playing the hard man and the criminal but he outdoes himself with overacting in this part, although the script is so poor that it requires a bit of overacting to render it meaningful! The two leads play off one another very well and seem to have a genuine chemistry that makes you believe that they've had a long relationship. The plot veers into laughable make-believe territory so if you are looking for a thriller with any credibility or realism this isn't it. There are some truly ridiculous events in play especially regarding how the killer has come to be of existence and you really are ...

Pretty Little Liars Season 6 (DVD) 12/06/2017

A Monster Revealed?

Pretty Little Liars Season 6 (DVD) About Pretty Little Liars Pretty Little Liars debuted in 2010. The story centres around four teenage girls called Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily who are drawn into a murder mystery after a body is discovered in their neighbourhood. The body is presumed to be the missing best friend of the four teens, Alison Dilaurentis, who vanished one stormy night when she was fifteen years old. However, soon after the body is discovered the four girls start to get strange and threatening messages on their cell phones from a villain who refers to themselves by just one letter, 'A'. The girls begin to believe that the person who is tormenting them could either be Alison herself (meaning the dead body has been misidentified) or the person who killed Alison. Season 6 I'm not entirely sure what happened with season 6 of Pretty Little Liars but I really feel that it is much lower in quality than the previous 5 seasons. The creators of the show started to listen to the frustration of the fans who were eager to find out the identity of 'A' and promised that the big reveal would happen in this season. However, they also stated that after the reveal that the 'A' storyline would be "dead" and that the show would continue with a different story line altogether. Rumours abounded of a spin off show or a completely new format and fans revolted, rightly stating that an 'A' reveal should only happen at the very end of the show. The 'A' reveal actually happens half way through this season. It was not ...

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 (DVD) 09/06/2017

Explosive Teen Drama!

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 (DVD) About The Show Pretty Little Liars is a teen murder mystery set in a small American town called Rosewood. The story focuses around four high school age girls after the fifth member of their group, the beautiful and beguiling Alison Dilaurentis, vanishes one night. The girls are also subject to the abuse of an unknown villain called 'A' who may or may not have killed Alison. Hanna, Spencer, Aria and Emily aim to survive the onslaught of abuse from their masked tormentor whilst also trying to graduate from school and maintain relationships with their lovers. Season 5 The dead body count is rising and now the girls are responsible for solving several murders. They also must conceal their crimes and secrets from a prying police force. Meanwhile a familiar face returns to town but it is not a happy homecoming. The circle of friendship finally breaks and the girls are torn in different directions. Hanna feels the loss of her identity and the consequences of this see her become dangerously ill. Spencer struggles to maintain control as 'A' continues manipulates her life. Emily and Aria struggle to deal with their feelings and both feel out of their depth in their respective romances. A mid-season shocker turns the show upside down and it's impossible to predict what 'A' will do next as the 'game' seemingly becomes more deadly than ever before. My Thoughts On The Season When I watched this as it aired I was a bit frustrated by some of the story lines. I felt more distanced ...

Pretty Little Liars Season 4 (DVD) 06/06/2017

Shadowplay and Secrets...

Pretty Little Liars Season 4 (DVD) The Show That Broke Social Media Pretty Little Liars first aired in 2010 and is still hugely popular seven years later. The teen show is the most talked about television vehicle on social media and it has engaged a new generation of millennials who are growing up steeped in our digital era. The writing on the show taps into the idea that technology, the internet and social media in particular is omnipresent and has changed our world forever. The major villain in the show surfs the net anonymously and hides behind threats comprised of encoded data whilst stalking and terrorising four high school girls. The show is an expert at promoting the idea of horror in a world full of ubiquitous technology. I first fell in love with the show soon after it aired. It had me hooked after I had only watched a few scenes. It is one of those shows that are filled with memorable moments and a certain energy that pertains only to this particular show and which feels very unique and stylised. It's trademark Pretty Little Liars, basically, and I feel that it is one of the best shows derived for teenagers that has been created in recent years. I state that this is a 'teen show' although the research into the demographic viewing figures suggest that audiences range from anywhere from 8 to 80 with younger kids, mums and grandmothers also finding themselves addicted to the series. The show is based around four close friends who unite to defeat a common bully and to search for the truth about what ...

Pretty Little Liars Season 3 (DVD) 04/06/2017

Take A Ride On The Crazy Train!

Pretty Little Liars Season 3 (DVD) Introduction Pretty Little Liars is one of only a few television shows that have left a lasting impact on my life. It's one of a handful of shows I've ever watched that has made me sit down every week and give my absolute full attention but one that I also find myself thinking about long after the latest episode has aired. I find the show absorbing and completely addictive and I have spent the last seven years absorbed into the community of like-minded fans who are invested in the mystery and beauty of the show.Those who missed catching the show when it began airing in 2010 will find they have the perfect show to binge watch! Details About The Show The less details you know about the show going into it the better the experience you will have, in my opinion. The show is a modern day mystery centered around four high school girls and their families. The four girls used to have another member of their group called Alison DiLaurentis. However Alison vanished one dark night whilst the girls were having a sleepover. All of the girls shared secrets (they are the 'pretty little liars' of the title) and as the show unfolds we learn a lot more about Alison's hidden life which could lead to clues about what really happened on the night she disappeared. Meanwhile, the four girls find themselves targeted by a cyber bully who primarily enjoys sending threats via cell phones and computers. This tormentor calls themselves 'A' and because of the nature of their friendship with Alison the ...

Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrushes 02/06/2017

Get Brushing!

Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrushes Introduction A few months ago I purchased several of these Colgate Extra Clean toothbrushes as they were on an offer. I tend to use both an electric toothbrush at night and a manual toothbrush in the morning as part of my dental health routine. I am not particularly loyal to any brand of manual toothbrush although I tend to buy established brands as I feel they are better quality. Prior to my latest purchase I had never used this particular toothbrush before although I had high expectations that it would suit my needs. Details This comes in a plastic and cardboard packet which has a perforated back to allow easy removal of the toothbrush. There is a little bit of information about the toothbrush on the pack but it is a little limited in terms of explaining the benefits of this particular toothbrush. The brand basically state that this toothbrush has a "cleaning tip" which can reach and clean back teeth. The brand also state that the toothbrush has a "tongue cleaner" which can "remove odour causing bacteria". The toothbrush has a skittle shaped handle which is thinner in the centre. At each end of the handle where you would naturally hold the brush there are purple rubber segments. Towards the neck of the brush there are ridged rubber lines where your thumb sits. The rubber grooves mean your thumb does not slip along the length of the handle. I do feel the toothbrush feels a little bit thin when I'm using it and I want to grip it more than I would with a flatter shaped ...

Pretty Little Liars Season 2 (DVD) 31/05/2017

Mystery & Murder In A Digital Age...

Pretty Little Liars Season 2 (DVD) My TV Viewing Habits I first discovered this television show when the first season was airing in 2010. Even though it was a show aimed at a teenage audience I was hooked after only one episode. The show is now airing the seventh and final season and I have been a loyal fan over the years. It is one of my favourite shows that has ever aired and I purchased the Season 2 DVD so I could re-watch the show and browse the special features. About The Show The series was originally based on a set of novels by author Sara Shepard. The story revolves around the trials and tribulations of four high school girls. Aria, Hanna, Emily and Spencer become friends after meeting the beautiful and manipulative Alison Dilaurentis, the queen bee of their group who vanishes one eerie night when she is only fifteen. After Alison's disappearance the four girls drift apart for a while but when their friendship is rekindled a year later they find themselves terrorized by an unknown entity who refers to themselves as the mysterious 'A'. They receive threatening messages on their cell phones and computers, defining the idea of what horror means in a digital age. Does 'A' stand for 'anonymous' or does it stand for 'Alison'? The girls find themselves in a dark web of lies and mystery as 'A' torments and taunts the girls by using their own dirty secrets against them. People have compared the show to Desperate Housewives and Twin Peaks and it also brings to mind Veronica Mars as well as some classic ...

Ultrasun SPF 50+ Extreme Formula 29/05/2017

Superb Sun Care Lotion!

Ultrasun SPF 50+ Extreme Formula Introduction I was sent a sample version of this Ultrasun Extreme SPF 50 sun protection cream. I had never heard of the brand or the product before. I was keen to try this because I often use very similar products by other brands. I was very impressed after reading the information on the packaging in addition to the literature that was sent to me by the brand along with this sample and had high expectations for this product before using it for the first time. Packaging My 25ml sample version comes in a handy squeezy plastic tube. The lid is a flip style so it opens very easily and clicks shut. It is a secure lid so I wouldn't be concerned about the lid popping open if I was carrying this in my handbag or suitcase. The full sized 100ml version appears to be sold in a hard plastic pump action button bottle. However, I think I prefer these malleable tubes for a more rapid application. The design of the packaging is interesting as it generates the idea that this is a scientifically advanced product or that perhaps this is a medical product aimed at a particular group of people. The brand focus on providing an abundance of information about the product rather than trying to make the packaging look pretty. The front of the tube is printed with many useful facts and I think this would allow consumers to understand what the product is and the benefits of using this product very quickly and easily. So if you picked this up in a shop, for example, you could make an informed ...

David Beckham Instinct Men Deodorant Spray 27/05/2017

Trust Your Instinct...

David Beckham Instinct Men Deodorant Spray Introduction This David Beckham Instinct Deodorant Spray was something I actually bought for a male family member who then returned it to me after saying they didn't like the fragrance! I'm female and although this product which is designed for men wouldn't be my usual choice of spray deodorant I'm happy to use just about anything. Packaging This comes in a rather generous 150ml sized pressurised can. As a female consumer I can attest that almost all of the spray deodorants I can buy from the female fragrance range are only 75ml in size so I like that this is a large bottle. The bottle has a sexy, sensual design with shades of grey and silver teamed with black to ensure that this looks like something classy and masculine. The back of the can is printed with some information but the text is so small it is difficult to read. It does have a list of full ingredients, contact details for the manufacturer (this product is exclusive to the Coty brand) and directions for use. The can has a plastic top which pops off very easily and which feels very secure when replaced. A standard ridged spray button ejects the deodorant from a small pinhole on the edge of the button. Directions For Use It is recommended to hold this at a distance of 6 inches or 15 centimetres away from the body. This is a deodorant spray meaning it has anti-perspirant qualities and is not just a spray fragrance. It therefore makes sense to target this at your underarms rather than to spray all over the ...

Burt's Bees Lipstick 24/05/2017

Lipstick In A Bee Hive!

Burt's Bees Lipstick Introduction I was sent one of these Burt's Bees Lipsticks for free from the brand to try in exchange for my opinion. I may have purchased the product anyway since I have used several lip care products from the same range and I find them to be of good quality. I also like the brand ethos and support their dedication to using natural ingredients. Packaging When I first opened my lipstick I was excited by the packaging. It's very different from any other lipstick I've ever used. It is also designed to be linked to the Burt's Bees brand image and it could never be mistaken for another brand. The case is long and rectangular in shape. The lid features a textured honeycomb design which looks beautiful. The colour range of the lipstick is shown inside the hexagonal shapes and on a strip between the lid and the base. The shade is also shown on a sticky label on the very bottom of the base. Once I started using the lipstick I realised that the packaging may have been designed to look pretty but this comes at a cost to the practical uses of the lipstick. Despite being lightweight and only 3.4g in weight the case still feels big and clunky when handled and I don't particularly feel like it is comfortable to hold the base when applying. The points stick into my palm as I'm using the lipstick. It also takes some time to realign the lid to the four corners when replacing it after use. The base of the lipstick is the most annoying thing about the design since it requires being ...

Dove Sensitive Care 48H Men Roll On 22/05/2017

Are You The Sensitive Type?

Dove Sensitive Care 48H Men Roll On Introduction As a bargain hunter I will buy products whenever they are cheap even if they are not what I usually use at home. I am a female consumer but I will often purchase products aimed at men if they are inexpensive and I actually really like the qualities of many of these male orientated products. This Dove Men Care Sensitive Care 48 Hour Roll On Deodorant was reduced to only 48p and I knew this was a vast reduction on the recommended retail price. This is primarily why I purchase the product although I have used other Dove deodorants in the past and found them to be of good quality so I had some faith in the brand and some expectation that this product would be of a high standard. Packaging This comes in a 50ml sized roll on bottle. The bottle is shaped like an upside down ice cream cone and has a lid on the base. This means that the liquid deodorant is always positioned against the side of the roller ball mechanism. It means I never have to shake the bottle or wait until the liquid runs down to the roller ball. I find this saves me time and effort. The bottle has some grooves just above the lid which can help steady your grip when twisting the lid. The lid can be a little stiff but it is also very secure when replaced so this is a great product for taking on holiday in a case as I'm sure there would be no accidental spillage. The bottle is a gun metal grey and it looks designed to please men! The label on the front of the deodorant highlights a panel which ...
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