Share this page on

silver Status silver (Level 8/10)

justarube

justarube

Trusted by 72 members
See member statistics

Hi, I enjoy writing and reading reviews. Thanks for your rates and comments. xx

Reviews written

since 09/04/2014

876

Vital Johnson's Ear Drops 21/10/2017

Give Your Pet Relief From Sore Ears...

Vital Johnson's Ear Drops ***Why I Purchased This Product*** I have two spaniels and I keep a lot of pet supplies such as shampoos and flea treatments at home. One product I make sure I always have in my pet care collection is ear drops. My dogs are often getting itchy ears due to irritation from grasses or accumulating wax. They also occasionally have a mite infestation which leads to them scratching and shaking their heads a lot.It's really handy just to keep a bottle of ear drops to treat my dogs on these occasions. I tend to buy whatever brand is available in my local pet store and I often buy Johnson's Ear Drops. They are reasonably priced and the brand is widely known and respected. ***About The Brand*** Johnson's began life in 1921 and they produce a range of pet supplies for cats, dogs and small animals. Their official website can be found at: www.johnsons-vet.com Their range includes medicines, wormers, flea control products, shampoos and fish based treats. ***Packaging*** The product comes in a small cardboard box and inside is a rather small bottle. However the bottle must be small to ensure you can administer it comfortably and safely into the dog's ear. The bottle size is only 15 ml and I find myself running out of the product quite often. It may be worth buying a couple of bottles at a time if, like me, you have more than one dog. The bottle is made of thin, recyclable plastic. The body of the bottle is quite thin and this helps because prior to using the drops you should hold ...

Yankee Candle Red Apple Wreath Wax Potpourri Tart 19/10/2017

The Scent Of A Happy Home?

Yankee Candle Red Apple Wreath Wax Potpourri Tart It has been a while since I purchased anything from Yankee Candles. I used to be rather obsessed with buying a different scented product from the well known candle making brand every time I visited my local store. I haven't really been using a lot of candles or melts lately as I've been using a reed diffuser and various aerosol sprays but I just had a bedroom makeover and as part of this I wanted to get a new wax tart for my little burner. About Yankee Candles Yankee is arguably the best known candle brand in the world. They supply a huge collection of scented candles in different shapes and sizes. They also produce little wax melts for burners and other products that help create a pleasant fragrance such as fresheners for cars, plug in devices and reed diffusers. The fragrances created by the brand are totally unique and ultra creative. They often bring out seasonal ranges inspired by the weather or by celebrations like Christmas and Easter. The scents are very authentic and evocative. There are so many different candle brands out there but Yankee's strength lies in their devotion to creating these amazing and inspiring fragrances. Wax Melts Yankee produce large candles in glass jars, smaller free standing candles caled Votives, tealights and wax melts or 'tarts' as they are often called. I bought the wax tart melt in this variety because I have a tart burner at home in my bedroom. The wax tarts are also the cheapest thing you can buy from Yankee too so it's not too ...

International Wilkinson's Yacht Varnish 17/10/2017

Not Just For Boats!

International Wilkinson's Yacht Varnish I started using Yacht varnish many years ago after having been recommended that I use it for some of my craft projects using wood. I had never heard of this type of varnish before but after hearing the name of the product I assumed that this was a durable paint actually intended for use on boats. I was therefore a little skeptical and cautious about using it for home projects but I decided to try it anyway. Since I first used the product I've found it to be invaluable for use on many of my craft projects and for use on outdoor furniture and structures like birdhouses or insect boxes. What Is It? Yacht Varnish is a clear paint which delivers a lacquer-like covering over wood. It is intended for exterior use and it is weather resistant. The paint is special compared to other clear varnishes or paints because it expands and contracts with the movement of the wood and is therefore less likely to peel, crack or blister. Wilkinson's Yacht Varnish Wilkinson's (or Wilko as they are frequently called) sell a couple of types of Yacht Varnish. They have a gloss version which gives you a finish with a high shine or they have a satin version which gives more of a muted or matte finish. Both versions are available in 250ml or 750ml cans. I always buy the smaller tins of this because I feel that the paint is best used when as new as possible and I can get through a small tin reasonably quickly whereas a larger tin would stand for a while. I always buy the gloss version too as I like the ...

Rustoleum Metallic Brilliant Spray 13/10/2017

Great For Craft Projects...

Rustoleum Metallic Brilliant Spray I enjoy doing craft projects at home and I use a lot of spray paint. I've used a couple of different brands of gold paint and I do have a favourite brand which has a finish more like a dark gold. On my latest shopping trip I was hoping to buy a new can of my favourite brand but when I got to the store they didn't have any in stock. I decided to take a chance on purchasing a new brand and I opted to get this Rustoleum Brilliant Finish Gold Spray Paint. Well, to be honest, this was all they had in stock but it looked like it would be suitable given the example of the finish as pictured on the can. Packaging This comes in a large 400ml sized can. I appreciate being able to buy a bigger can as it means it lasts longer. However there are some drawbacks to having a heavy, bulky can. I can't actually wrap my entire hand around the edges of the can so there is a definite feeling of lacking control when I am spraying. It is also heavy and it feels like the weight of the can as well as any movement of the ball-bearing inside the can can affect how I use the spray. It's therefore not ideal for using on intricate projects but it is perhaps more suitable for larger surfaces and for projects that require less precision. There is a picture on the front on the can which shows the paint as it has been used on several items including a statue and some candlesticks. In my opinion the picture is an accurate representation of what you get when you apply the paint. The can identifies the paint ...

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Oh Orange 09/10/2017

Don't Be Afraid Of The Orange!

Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Oh Orange I am happy to admit that I'm a little bit obsessed with lip balm products. I buy them often and even when I don't need them. I have a rather large collection but I always use my products up quickly because I have very dry lips at all times of the year. I actually carry a lip balm with me almost wherever I go. I always have one inside my handbag and I even pop one into my pocket if I'm out walking the dogs. My lips sting when they are not treated with a balm and I hate the sensation of dryness and cracked skin. I'll buy any lip balm product just to try them but I have purchased many varieties from the Maybelline Baby Lips range. I find them to be very effective and I like the colours of some of the tinted balms in the range. I most recently purchased this 'Oh Orange' lip balm from the Maybelline Baby Lips 'Electro' range. Packaging The balm comes in a little cardboard packet with a plastic cover on the front. The packing is nice and protective although it's probably not environmentally friendly. The cardboard backing is printed with a lot of product information. On the front it shows the shade of the tinted balm. Each balm has a number as well as a name and this one is number '85'. The front of the pack is also marked with some vital information including the fact that this is a "moisturising lip balm" which offers up to eight hours of moisture. The reverse of the cardboard backing is printed with a list of full ingredients, directions for use and some interesting facts ...

What are your plans this Autumn? 07/10/2017

My Favourite Time Of Year...

What are your plans this Autumn? Autumn has always been my favourite time of year. I particularly love the month of October when the temperature change is much more obvious and the nights begin to darken earlier. I love to see the sun as she drops into the horizon and at this time of year the sunsets always look much more dramatic and artistic. I also love this time of year because of Halloween. It's definitely my favourite 'celebration' in the calendar year. I used to take Halloween way more seriously than kids seem to do today. Now it appears to be all about collecting chocolate bars and dressing up as anything including in rather innocuous costumes such as princesses or cute animals. I genuinely used to try and summon real ghosts while dressed as the most gruesome creature I could imagine! I simply love how creepy everything gets at this time of year. The foul mists and fogs that gather over the fields and roads chill me to the bone. What unearthly things could emerge from the half-light and the freezing banks of gloom? In the 'olden' days I used to love seeing (and smelling) carved lanterns but they seem to be more of a rarity these days because of health and safety fears. However, is there anything more eerie than a crooked, demented grin and evil, piercing eyes cut into a pumpkin or a turnip with that strange orange glow of a candle light behind them? Now that Autumn is upon us I have begun to trim and tidy my garden. I always like to leave tree cutting to as late in the year as possible. I have ...

Wilko Functional Dish Brush 06/10/2017

Invaluable Kitchen Utensil!

Wilko Functional Dish Brush I bought a couple of these Wilko Functional Dish Brushes earlier in the year. I did not actually use a dish brush prior to this and instead relied on a simple scourer product to hand wash my dishes. However, since making my purchase I have come to realise that these brushes are an invaluable asset in the kitchen! I couldn't do without one of these brushes now. What Can They Be Used For? I keep a brush near the kitchen sink and I find it useful for a number of things. In my opinion the brush is best used to remove either soft excess food on plates, bowls, pans or baking dishes. It is also handy for helping to remove tougher burnt bits on baking trays or tins although I ultimately find that using the brush in conjunction with a scourer gets a better result in the long run. I use my brush for 'dirty' jobs too such as brushing out my plastic compost bin collector box. It is a carry box we use to transport any food waste to our outdoor compost bin and it tends to accumulate a nasty brown sludge at the bottom as the vegetable matter breaks down. I clean the box regularly but it's such a dirty job that if I use a scourer to clean it I have to throw the scourer away. However, I've discovered the Wilko Functional Brush is perfect for cleaning the box as the brush can be well rinsed afterwards. The brush can also be used for other jobs in the kitchen such as cleaning the oven or bench tops. The brush bristles can get into hard to reach areas and clean out the tiniest ingrained ...

Tresemme Luxurious Moisture Shampoo 04/10/2017

Strong and Long!

Tresemme Luxurious Moisture Shampoo I first purchased a Tresemme hair product many years ago but after using a shampoo from the brand I found that my hair didn't seem suited to the formula. I therefore avoided buying anything else from the brand until recently. When I saw a huge 900ml bottle of shampoo on sale for less than £2 I had to make the purchase as it was such a good bargain. I wasn't very optimistic about how the shampoo would work on my hair type but after using it I have been pleasantly surprised. About Tresemme I first heard about Tresemme through word of mouth and later on saw lots of magazine and television advertisments for the brand. They are an American brand who manufacture hair care products and they launched way back in 1947. The brand is now owned by Unilever. Tresemme boasts that they are a brand that is used in professional hair salons across the UK as well as in the USA, Canada and Asia. Packaging I have a very big bottle of this shampoo. It's 900ml and it is probably the biggest bottle of shampoo I've ever purchased. I vastly prefer being able to buy bigger bottles like this rather than the skimpy little 200ml sized bottles. It means I have to visit the shop less and I don't have to worry about running out of product unexpectedly. The larger bottle is not harder to handle and it only takes up slightly more storage space in the bathroom. The bottle is made of black plastic which looks very dramatic and the graphics on the label are designed to inspire ideas of high-tech research ...

Bob Martin Flea Shampoo for Dogs & Puppies 02/10/2017

The First Step In Flea Control?

Bob Martin Flea Shampoo for Dogs & Puppies I have two dogs and over the past few months I have been tackling a flea infestation. It all started after one of my dogs had an appointment at the vets. Another pet owner was in the waiting room with a German Shepherd dog and it started to bark at my spaniel. The owner thought it was a brilliant idea to bring his dog over to my dog and let them interact. It then transpired that the man had made an impromptu stop at the vets because his dog wouldn't stop scratching. It wasn't long after occasion that I combed one of my dogs at home and when I pulled out the comb it was full of fleas. Although I've owned dogs most of my life I've only had to deal with fleas a few times but I have always used flea shampoos. I already had a bottle of Bob Martin Flea Shampoo at home as I had been using it as my regular dog shampoo just in case my dogs had ever picked up any fleas. I decided to start tackling the flea problem by first using the shampoo. Packaging I have a 250ml bottle of this shampoo. It provides enough product to last over multiple washes although this will depend on how many dogs you own and how often you use the shampoo. The bottle has all of the instructions for use available in print on the back of the bottle but you may want to refer to the brand's own website to learn more about the actual benefits of the shampoo. Why Use Shampoo? In the past when I have had a dog with fleas I have always used a flea shampoo in the first instance after discovering the problem. To be ...

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick 28/09/2017

Locking Colour & Moisture Onto Your Lips...

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Today I'm reviewing my Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Moisturising Lipstick which I have in the shade 'Electric Pink'. This is a lipstick I've had for a while now and I use it regularly. I often buy make-up products on a whim because I simply enjoy 'putting a face on'. Often I will see something that catches my eye if I'm browsing in department stores and I will buy it just to see what it is like or because I like the shade. That is the reason why I purchased this particular lipstick along with some 'backup' factors such as the fact that I have used items from this particular brand in the past and I trust the brand a lot. I know that they make great quality products and I feel they are value for money. About The Brand Elizabeth Arden is one of the oldest and most well known cosmetic brands in the world. They are an American company that was founded in New York in 1910. The brand produce a huge range of make up items and skin care products. In 2016 the brand was purchased by Revlon. The Beautiful Colour Moisturising Lipstick There are different variations of their 'Beautiful Colour' lipsticks including a matt finish lipstick but I have the 'Moisturising' lipstick. The brand claim this lipstick offers " high pigment colour" which is long lasting. They promise that the lipstick will give coverage up to 12 hours. This claim is based on a product trial they conducted of 30 females. The lipstick is "clinically and dermatologist tested". The brand explain that the lipstick ...

Max Factor Max Effect Gloss Cube Hot Aubergine 26/09/2017

A Little Lip Gloss From Max Factor!

Max Factor Max Effect Gloss Cube Hot Aubergine I love to use lip glosses and I have a large collection from a lot of different brands. When I was shopping in my local discount store a couple of weeks ago I saw they had these Max Factor Max Effect Gloss Cube lip balms. They had them in many different shades and I couldn't resist buying a few as I enjoy being able to have a choice of shades to change my make-up look. About The Brand Max Factor is a well known and popular brand of make-up. They are among the more expensive of the 'high street' brands although their products remain affordable and are good value for money. The brand offer a huge range of innovative items including foundations, face powders, lipsticks, mascaras, nail varnishes and much more. The Claims The brand state this gloss has an "advanced moisture retention and conditioning formula" that offers a "high gloss, high shine finish". They describe the formula as "non sticky" and promise that it will provide a "high shine". Ingredients Dimethicone, Polyisobutene, Mica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Geraniol, [+/- CI 15850, CI 19140, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 42090, CI 45380, CI 75470]. Packaging These glosses come in a small rectangular plastic tube. The tube is ...

Aldi Fragrance Reed Diffuser 23/09/2017

A Chic Way To Fragrance Your Home...

Aldi Fragrance Reed Diffuser Aldi Stores No.1 Luxury Reed Diffuser Review Introduction I can't deny that my house is often smelly. I have pet dogs and my kitchen sees a lot of action in the frying pan area. These are the main culprits for the bad odours. I have tackled these stinky problems by using a variety of products including scented candles, aerosol fresheners, plug-ins, oil burners and pot-pourri. I'd never used a reed diffuser until my sister gave me one as a gift. I wasn't exactly sure what it was when I first opened the present as I was quite unfamilar with the concept of a reed diffuser. When I realised it was a product to help the air in your home smell nicer I didn't know whether to be grateful or be insulted but in the end I accepted the gift with grace! What Is A Reed Diffuser? A reed diffuser is basically an air or room freshener which can be placed around the house wherever you want to create a nice smell. They can be displayed or hidden but I personally think they look very attractive so I think they make a nice room feature. Reed Diffusers consist of a receptacle such as a glass bottle or a ceramic vase which is filled with scented oil. The bottle top is left open and diffuser reeds are then placed into the neck of the vessel and into the oils. The reeds suck up the oils and become completely saturated with oil which gradually evaporates. The aroma of the oils fills the air and is a constant presence in the area in which the diffuser is placed. The Product This product has a ...

Ancol Nylon Lead 21/09/2017

Take Me For A Walk!

Ancol Nylon Lead At the moment I have two dogs and three different Ancol leads. Two of my leads are slip ropes and one of them attaches to a collar. I actually bought these leads for one of my pets that is no longer with us. The leads have been extremely durable and are ones I've used for many years now. I still use the Ancol leads today as they have benefits that other similar leads on the market are lacking. When I shopped for leads in the past I did not ever pay attention to the brand name when making my purchase. I simply looked for something that was about the right length and strength. However, now I've had many years of experience with the Ancol leads and I actively look for products from this brand as I believe they produce very good quality items that will last and that will also provide the utmost comfort for me as I'm holding the lead. About The Brand Ancol may not be a name that you are familiar with but they are a huge brand in making pet supplies. Their products can be found in most major pet stores in the UK. They produce a range of items for dogs, cats and small animals. They are an affordable and popular choice. Their Range For Dogs Ancol produce a range of different designs in collars and leads for dogs. Their diverse collection includes long length 'Flexi-leads' which are designed to allow your dog to walk at a distance from you. They also have a range of leather leads which have been designed with comfort and durability in mind. Their nylon lead range includes the ...

What is the best memory of your 2017 holidays? 19/09/2017

Things I Found In The River...

What is the best memory of your 2017 holidays? I live in the same small town in which I grew up. It's a quiet place, something I tend to take for granted until I go travelling. When I return home I realise how lucky I am to have everything I value in life right on my doorstep. Since I was a teenager I've walked through my local woods most days during all seasons. In the 'olden' days my friends and I would have parties in the trees and swim in the river behind the huge weir. Now the only music in the dark trees is the song from the owls and the river is left to the otters and kingfishers. The last time anyone took a dip in there was probably when I accidentally fell in after trying to save my dog after she chased a heron. The water was up to my neck and my feet got tangled in a tree root on the edge of the bank. I thought I was going to drown for a brief moment until I calmed down and took a few deep breaths. Since then though I feel like I know this part of nature quite intimately. The river held my life in her hands and then set me free. I've seen many so changes over the years to the river herself. Ten years ago we saw the worst floods the area had ever seen. The river grew like a monster, swallowing the pathways and the trees near her bank. When the waters finally subsided and I could return to my regular walk I did not recognise the landscape anymore. The trees that looked young and strong in my youth are now damp and gnarled. There is a big old oak tree that I like to call 'The Faraway Tree' after the Enid Blyton ...

Domestos Zero Limescale Remover 15/09/2017

Blast That Limescale Away!

Domestos Zero Limescale Remover I actually bought this product thinking it was the regular Domestos Bleach toilet cleaner and didn't realise my mistake until I used it for the first time. My error didn't really matter because I DO have a limescale problem in my toilet which needs to be treated. I'm the type of person who often forgets to do certain difficult or unpleasant cleaning jobs on a regular basis so I do sometimes end up with a build up of limescale in my lavatory bowl. Packaging As I mentioned I picked this up thinking this was the regular Domestos Bleach. I'd only used up my old bottle of bleach last week so the packaging was quite familiar to me. The fact that I could get them confused suggests to me that the colours and labelling on the packs are too similar. I also think the "Zero Limescale" stamp on this label is dwarfed by the big blue Domestos logo further up in the design. I also picked this up in exactly the same aisle as other brand regular toilet cleaners which don't tackle limescale so it's easy to get them mixed up. I would recommend really studying the labels before making a purchase. The bottle size I have is 750ml so it is a large heavy bottle. I like the fact that I can buy this size as I know it will last me longer. The bottle shape is round and tall so it is easy to store. The neck of the bottle is slanted with the dispensing nozzle at an angle. This is so you you can aim the nozzle under the rim of your toilet. The lid of the bottle was confusing to me at first. The bottom ...
See more reviews Back to top