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Frontline flea drops for dogs 23/08/2017

My First Time With Frontline...

Frontline flea drops for dogs Why I Needed This Product About five months ago we adopted a rescue dog. She was re-homed with me rather quickly by a local charity who were being asked to take in more dogs and who needed the space very quickly. As such my dog was re-homed with me on the understanding that she was mid-way through a flea treatment cycle. She had been brought to the rescue place completely infested and when we took her home we were advised that it was possible she may still be carrying a few fleas. To be honest we didn't actually worry about this too much. I have had dogs most of my life and I can count on one hand the times I had to deal with a flea infestation. I've also always been able to deal with any flea problems very quickly. Unfortunately, several weeks later my new dog and my other dog were both riddled with fleas. We don't know if the rescue dog brought these fleas with her or whether both dogs are simply picking these pests up from the environment. At this stage we still don't know but we have done everything possible to get rid of the fleas. It seems to me like they are bringing in fresh batches and after house spraying, steam cleaning, washing bedding daily, flea combing and more we are now actually re-turfing a 'wild' area in our garden in an attempt to keep any rodents out of the place! The cycle we are going through involves all fleas seemingly being eradicated but then a couple to three weeks later the fleas are back with a vengeance. Anyway, we basically started with a ...

Mutant X - Season 2 - Vol. 3 (DVD) 22/08/2017

Can They Save The World?

Mutant X - Season 2 - Vol. 3 (DVD) This is a Region 2 two disc DVD set which features episodes 11-14 of the second season of the science-fiction show which aired from 2001-2004. There are only four episodes in this set with no extras at all. These volumes were originally released individually before any other formats were available but now you can buy complete season sets. These complete sets are actually cheaper now than the price I originally bought this volume for so but now you can find these volumes for only a few pounds in some online stores. It may be more worthwhile only buying this volume if you are only interested in a certain episode, for example. At this point in the second season there were a lot of episodes that seemed to center around particular characters. Brennan and Shalimar seem to get most of the action though with Brennan (Victor Webster) featuring a little more. I personally feel that the actor playing Brennan brought more to the role with his physicality (his stunt work is fantastic) than his acting ability and I find the episodes where he features heavily in dramatic one to one scenes to be a little more hard going than other Mutant X episodes. 'The Grift' is an example of this. The story is reasonably exciting and fast-paced but the supposed character growth of Brennan in this episode is a little bit painful to watch. The story also feels quite mature and complicated. 'At Destinys End' is a great episode that deals with the question of what is morally right. The Mutant X team are ...

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick 21/08/2017

Is This Lipstick Sensational?

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick I love to buy make-up items when they are reduced and I recently found this Maybeline Colour Sensational Lipstick in my local Wilkinson store. It was only 50p which I thought was an absolute bargain. At that price I would have purchased the lipstick even if I hadn't been sure if I liked the shade but after looking at the base to see the colour of the lipstick it was a colour I would normally have opted to buy anyway. Packaging The lipstick has a rectangular shaped case. The lid covers most of the inner tube. The lid is bright pink so it conceals the top of the lipstick and you have to check the base to see the colour of the lipstick. There is a little sticker on the base which shows an accurate representation of the shade. The name and number of the shade is also provided on this label. The case clicks together very well and stays shut when the lipstick is in transit inside my handbag. No knocks can dislodge the top.There isn't much of a base to grab hold of as you open up the case. It's a sliver of silver which I find slips out of my fingers sometimes as I go to pull the lid off the lipstick. When the lid is removed the inner tube twists in a clockwise direction to push up the lipstick. I have to say that the second time I used this lipstick the top half of the twisting tube popped up and broke. I managed to push it back down so that the twisting mechanism worked again but I think the overall design of the lipstick could be improved. The Shade I have the shade 150 ...

Garnier Ultimate Blends Marvellous Transformer Conditioner 18/08/2017

A Super Conditioner For Dry Hair...

Garnier Ultimate Blends Marvellous Transformer Conditioner I am always on the lookout for bargains when it comes to hair-care products. Unfortunately I can't afford to spend a great deal of cash on expensive salon quality products so I often buy whatever is cheap or on a special offer. This is the reason I purchased this Garnier Ultimate Blends Marvellous Transformer Conditioner. It was reduced to a very low price in my local store and I couldn't overlook a good deal! I have also used the shampoo from the same range in the past and had been impressed so I thought that this conditioner would be of a similar high quality. Packaging I use a lot of hair conditioner because my hair is very long. It is down beyond my shoulders and it is also naturally thick and wavy. I always try to buy the largest bottles of shampoo and conditioner that I can find but for some reason the supermarkets always seem to stock smaller 200ml sized bottles which don't last for five minutes in my house! That's why I was very happy when I saw this massive 600ml sized bottle on offer. It's a giant bottle compared to what I normally have to buy but I love this larger size as it will last me for ages and it is much more appropriate for my needs than smaller bottles. The bottle is rather heavy but still manageable and the plastic on the bottle is fairly rigid so it doesn't squeeze out the conditioner from the nozzle when you pick it up and the sides don't bend as you pick up the bottle so it is easy to handle even when your hands are damp. The bottle has a large top ...

JML Simply Straight Straightener Brush 16/08/2017

Are You Being Straight With Me?

JML Simply Straight Straightener Brush I purchased this JML Simply Straight straightening brush about six months ago after seeing it advertised in a television commercial. I have wavy hair that I sometimes like to wear straight but using straightening irons often makes it feel dry and brittle. It's also sometimes difficult to use the irons over my thick hair as the hair just gets jammed between the hot plates in untidy chunks. When I saw this brush I thought it looked like a great solution. It appeared to allow you to brush through the hair and untangle as you straightened the hair. I thought it might be a healthier, quicker and easier way to straighten my hair. Packaging This comes boxed with some information printed onto the outside of the box as well as in an instructional leaflet inside the box. I would recommend keeping the box to store the brush as it is a convenient shape and size for storage. The box also helps protect the brush from any potential damage. On one side of the box there are some photographs of three women showing the women with their natural hair and the results after using the brush. I'm perhaps being a bit cynical but I think only one of the women in the picture has hair that could be described as being naturally wavy. The other ladies obviously have poker straight hair which they seemed to have ruffled up for the 'before' picture. The reason I'm stating this is due to my experiences of using the brush and because I think these pictures are a bit misleading. In my opinion this brush is ...

NYX Cosmetics Lipsticks - Diamond Sparkle Lipstick 14/08/2017

Glitterbomb Lips!

NYX Cosmetics Lipsticks - Diamond Sparkle Lipstick I often shop on Amazon UK where I enjoy the choice of goods available from individual Marketplace sellers. It's a site where I am often able to pick up some very cheap make-up and I frequently purchase items from a brand called NYX Professional Make-Up. I discovered this budget brand quite a while ago and have tried several of their products. They aren't my favourite budget brand as this honour would go to 'W7 Cosmetics', but I would certainly try anything from the NYX brand to see if it suits my needs. My latest purchase was one of the lipsticks from their 'Diamond Sparkle' range. I wasn't intending to purchase a lipstick like this but I was enticed by the very low price. I also liked the way the lipstick appeared on screen and the shade I opted to purchase. Packaging This comes in a rectangular black plastic case. The lid is all black with a clean and bold white font detailing the brand logo and the product name. The base of the lipstick is made of transparent plastic and through this you are able to see the shade of the lipstick. The lipstick is lightweight and easy to fit into a handbag or pocket. I'm confident that the long lid on this lipstick will not just pop off and that it would remain secure even if the lipstick was knocked around inside a bag. In terms of design I wouldn't say this lipstick looked like anything other than a budget brand lipstick, unfortunately. I have seen other budget brands come up with more attractive packaging designs. I find this ...

W7 Kohl Eyeliner Pencil 09/08/2017

I'm Drawing The Line!

W7 Kohl Eyeliner Pencil I very rarely use an eyeliner pencil so I like to buy products that aren't too expensive but which can still provide a good result. W7 is one of the budget brands that I often turn to when I'm searching for basic but good quality make-up products. I first found this brand online and decided to take a chance on a purchase even though I thought it the product was so inexpensive that I doubted the quality. After receiving the product I was delighted! Now, after having used many W7 products I'm happy to endorse the brand and to try anything from their range. The eyeliner pencil I'm reviewing today is called the 'King Kohl' eyeliner. ~x~x~x~About The Brand~x~x~x~ I can't praise W7 enough as they really do offer a great range of products which are affordable yet which seem to mimic more expensive brands in regards to their design and performance. Due to the budget I have available I have often purchased make-up products from lower end brands which I consider to be aimed at younger teenagers due to the price and I've been very disappointed. Before buying W7 I imagined the products would be of a similar lower quality but this is definitely not the case! The products they sell are comparable to those from high end brands and sometimes the difference is not discernible! W7 is a brand that began in 2002 in London. It was created by two enterprising young men who wanted to create a more affordable and accessible range of good quality make-up to the public. The brand, whose range ...

W. Seven Nail Polish 07/08/2017

I'm Impressed By This Nail Polish

W. Seven Nail Polish When I was reading my beauty magazine recently I saw an article which suggested that white or pastel nail colours are very fashionable right now. I don't usually follow trends but I was impressed by some of the photographs of the models wearing these shades and wanted to try it out for myself. I decided that I wouldn't spend too much money on the nail polish in case it I couldn't recreate the look I was after. I therefore decided to hunt for some very cheap nail varnish. I've known for a while that my local store called The Factory Shop sells budget brands as well as big brand name products that have been reduced so I went there. Inside I found a rather limited range of pastel shades in the nail polish section. The purest white shade I could find was part of the W7 range. I have used products from the W7 brand many times as they are so inexpensive and their products are often as good as similar products that might cost three times as much! I decided to go ahead and make the purchase based on my past experience with the brand and the fact that this was the exact colour polish for which I was searching. ~x~x~x~About The Brand~x~x~x~ W7 is a British born brand that was formed in 2002 by two young men who were aiming to offer good quality but affordable make-up items to the public. The product range is very diverse and includes lipsticks, blushers, foundations, concealers, powders and much more. They often seem to mimic the designs of more exclusive brands particularly if a ...

L'Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick 04/08/2017

A Rich And Thick Lip Balm...

L'Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick I recently visited a local store called The Factory Shop where I browsed the make-up section. I have been shopping in this store for a number of years as they have a vast range of goods from many different brands which have often been reduced in price. On my latest trip I saw a batch of L'occitane Lip Balms and I became very excited. I am very familiar with the L'occitane brand as they are a high end or luxury beauty brand and their products are usually well out of my price range. I can only ever buy from L'occitane now and then and as a major treat for myself or as a gift for someone else. The lip balms carried a very low price tag and I knew I'd possibly be saving myself a little bit of money by making the purchase. I was also very happy to be able to buy a product from a brand I respect and admire. About The Brand L'occitane is a French brand who were founded in 1976. The brand offer a diverse range of beauty products for women and men including bath products, skin treatments, fragrances and hair care products. They are a brand who aim to utilise natural ingredients and across their product range they use "200 botanical ingredients" with one quarter of these ingredients being certified as organic. The brand have their own boutiques, spas and stores and their products are also often sold at department stores across the UK. Packaging My lip balm is a 2g sized stick balm so it is inside a lipstick style case or tube. The balm is also sold in 4.5g or 5g sized tubes. The ...

Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette 02/08/2017

A Fresh And Light Fragrance

Calvin Klein CK One Eau de Toilette I was given a bottle of this perfume by a family member as a gift after I said that I liked unisex perfumes. Before receiving my bottle I did not have any experience with the fragrance although I was aware of the brand name and the product as both seem to be quite iconic and popular. About The Brand The perfume is created by Calvin Klein, a 'fashion house' company that was first founded in 1968. The brand produce clothing including underwear, swimwear and jeans, watches and jewellery and they also have a range of perfumes for men and women. The brand are so well known that they are often referred to by their 'CK' monogram. The Bottle I have the 100ml sized version and my bottle is made of a heavy, cloudy glass. It looks like the brand modelled this bottle design on early aftershave bottles and I would say the overall design looks more masculine than feminine. It also looks very postmodern with very clean lines and hardly any fussy details or frills. The 'CK One' logo is etched out in a silver font on the front and it looks very classy and clean. Overall the whole package seems to reflect on a connection to the past whilst demanding that we look to the future. The bottle design makes me think that the brand have a strong heritage and a definite place in our culture today. My perfume did come in a box which was comprised of a sullied brown cardboard. It reminded me somewhat of a piece of packaged mail which had stood out in the rain! The perfume comes initially with a ...

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 30/07/2017

The Perfect BB Cream?

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream I started using BB cream several years ago and I most often use Garnier's BB cream as it is effective and I saw no reason to change. However, on a recent shopping trip I found this Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream and it was reduced in price. I thought the bargain was too good to refuse so I made the purchase. What Is BB Cream? BB stands for "Beauty Balm" or "Blemish Balm". A BB Cream is rather like a tinted moisturiser and can provide hydration to the skin as well as a light coverage of colour to match your skin tone. The cream is not as heavy or thick as a foundation and provides more of a fresh faced look. The formula of the creams usually contain a sun protection agent. The all-in-one quality of a BB cream is often attractive to those who don't have as much time to apply their make-up. Packaging This BB Cream comes in a small 30ml malleable tube. The tube is mainly white with the end of the tube skin coloured. This skin coloured tip is not indicative of the exact shade of the BB cream. A list of full ingredients is printed onto the tube along with an abundance of information about the product. Directions for use are included. The tube has a screw off top. The dispensing nozzle is sealed with a foil sticker which can be peeled away very easily before your first use. The Claims There is lots of information printed onto the tube. On the front of the tube the brand state that this product has SPF 30 level of protection. This is quite a high SPF factor as most ...

Maybelline Concealer 27/07/2017

Conceal Those Imperfections!

Maybelline Concealer * This review is for the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Concealer* Concealer is a make up product that I use most days. I have terrible dark circles around my eyes so I use a liquid concealer to lighten the area. I also like to use liquid concealers that I can use elsewhere on the face as I have some issues with redness and uneven tones. I purchased this Maybelline 24 Hour Super Stay Concealer for the first time a few weeks ago. I primarily bought it because it was cheap. It had been reduced to clear in the store where I found it. I have also used a lot of Maybelline products in the past and most of what I've used has been satisfactory. I therefore was willing to take a chance on buying this product even though I'd never heard of it before. Packaging & Applicator This comes in a small 7.5ml sized tube. It is initially covered in a tight cellophane wrapper and some secrurity stickers. Removing these stickers actually pulled off half of the printed text on the bottle which makes the product look a little shoddy. There is a screw off applicator top which is an appropriate size for gripping in between your fingers. The wand is a good length too although the sponge tip is very long, perhaps too long. The tip is soft and very pointed and it is probably the longest liquid concealer sponge I've ever seen. There are some advantages and disadvantages to the shape and size of the sponge. The pointed tip means I can dab this right into the corner of my eyes and apply just a dab from ...

The Girl on the Train (DVD) 25/07/2017

The Book Might Be Better!

The Girl on the Train (DVD) ***Film Only Review*** I was eager to watch this movie after having seen the exciting promotional trailer. I'd also read a few film critic reviews which praised the adaptation of this film from the novel by Paula Hawkins. I thought this looked like an intelligent, well acted original thriller which would suit my tastes very well. Film Details: Genre: Thriller; Drama; Crime; Mystery Release Date: October 2016 Runtime: 112 minutes Certificate: Age 15 and above Directed by: Tate Taylor Produced by: Marc Platt Music by: Danny Elfman Cinematography: Charlotte Bruus Christensen Cast Starring: Emily Blunt Rebecca Ferguson Justin Theroux Haley Bennett Luke Evans Allison Janney Édgar Ramírez Lisa Kudrow Story It is probably best to be a little vague when describing the events of this film as I feel parts of any description may lessen the enjoyment of watching the events unfold. So, in as much detail as I feel is apt, this film follows the complicated life of a young woman called Rachel who is played by Emily Blunt. Rachel takes a train journey as part of her daily routine and during the journey through the city is able to observe events that are happening in a group of homes in one particular neighbourhood to which she appears to be attracted. She peers through the windows and into the massive gardens as the train chugs past and is often able to catch a glimpse of the lives of the people living there. She is particularly obsessed by a woman called Megan who is ...

Barry M Flawless Concealer 23/07/2017

The Highlights Of This Concealer...

Barry M Flawless Concealer This is a product I decided to buy because it was in a reduced section in my local store. The product looked rather similar to the liquid concealer that I most often use by Rimmel so I thought it might give me the same quality of performance. I have also used a few other Barry M products quite recently and I'm happy with the standard of the products I've tried. I trust the brand and would definitely try anything from their make-up range. What Is It? This is a liquid concealer which has been created to use around the eye. The liquid formula means you can apply the concealer without having to pull at the delicate skin around the eye. It is a concealer that is light reflecting so it also works like a highlighter and it aims to help reduce shadows or dark circles around the eyes. The Claims The formula contains cucumber and aloe to help soothe weary eyes and to help refresh skin. I actually use a specialist eye roll-on that also contains these very ingredients and the effect is amazing as it makes my skin feel revitalised and it feels cooling and calming on eyes that haven't had enough sleep. I'd say the effect from using the concealer is somewhat less noticeable than my targeted eye roll-on but it is a definite plus that for me that the formula contains these ingredients as I understand how beneficial they are for the skin around my eyes. The brand state this concealer has no unpleasant caking effect and the product has no been tested on animals. Packaging This comes in a ...

Mayfair Feather Finish Pressed Powder Fair and Natural 01 21/07/2017

Perfect Complexion...

Mayfair Feather Finish Pressed Powder Fair and Natural 01 I use make-up regularly and am most comfortable using a pressed powder product (rather than a loose powder) to complete my look. I was tempted to try this Mayfair Feather Finish Pressed Powder because it was slightly cheaper than the powder I buy most often. I currently use a Boots own brand product which I believed was the cheapest pressed powder on the market at less than £2 but this Mayfair product was 25p cheaper and I'm one of those shoppers that believe every penny counts! I wasn't entirely sure what the quality of this powder might be since I'm wasn't that familiar with the brand. However I was impressed by all of the positive customer reviews on the website where I purchased the product and these were a reassuring factor which, along with the low price of the product, compelled me to complete my purchase. What Is It? This is a cosmetic product and it is a 20g sized pressed powder which is available in a variety of shades. On the Fragrance Direct site where I made my purchase there are 14 different shades available which include pinks, beiges, peaches and browns. When making an online purchase it is a little difficult to guess which shade might suit your skin tone. I decided to choose 'Fair Natural' because I have a very light skin tone and it appeared to be one of the lightest shades available. Pressed powder can be used in a number of different ways according to your personal make-up routine but like many women I tend to use it over the top of foundation and ...
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