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Gucci by Gucci Eau de Toilette 29/04/2017

A Curious Blend By Gucci...

Gucci by Gucci Eau de Toilette Introduction This is a perfume I received as a gift. I had never tried it before receiving it although I had previously used and enjoyed the Gucci Guilty perfume. I definitely would have considered purchasing this Gucci by Gucci Eau de Toilette for myself but I'm more than happy to have received it as a present. The Bottle This perfume can be purchased in several different sizes: 30ml, 50ml and 75ml. I have the largest bottle and I find it to be very heavy. I've tried carrying this around in my handbag and it feels like I have a brick in there! The glass on the bottle is what contributes to the weight. The glass is very thick with a strong base that almost feels like a paperweight! The bottle is rectangular shaped and the size is not too large. If you have a strong and sturdy handbag you might just be able to endure carrying this around but if you want a more portable option I would definitely recommend the 30ml sized bottle! I like the way the bottle looks as it is rather feminine and modern. The glass is embossed with two stripes down the centre and they look rather like two white ribbons. It suggests that something special is inside the bottle. On the front of the bottle, just alongside these crystalised strips is the perfume name and brand name which are actually the same thing! The font is engraved in gold lettering and it looks ultra chic. It is the mark of a confident, capable brand. The neck of the bottle and the top are gold coloured. Attached to the neck ...

Calvin Klein Eternity Eau de Parfum Spray 27/04/2017

Eternity Is Not At All What I Expected!

Calvin Klein Eternity Eau de Parfum Spray Introduction A family member often gives me all kinds of different perfumes that I would never have thought of purchasing for myself. The latest gift I received was this Calvin Klein Eternity Eau de Parfum Spray. The Calvin Klein brand image has never really appealed to me so I haven't purchased much from their range before. I also had very little expectations about this perfume based on my lack of connection with the brand. The Bottle I received this in a cardboard box which has a plain design with the logo and brand name printed onto the front. The back of the box is printed with a list of full ingredients as well as contact information for the brand. The bottle I have is the 100ml sized version of this but it is also available in smaller sizes. The 100ml sized bottle is not really suitable for carrying around in a handbag or taking away for travel because it is heavy and large. The bottle is made out of thick transparent glass and is a rectangular shape. Inside the bottle the perfume is a golden green shade. The 'Eternity' logo is printed on the top of the bottle whilst the brand logo is embossed onto the bottom of the bottle. The top of the bottle is rather strange looking and reminds me of industrial machines! It looks like a letter 'T' or the top of a bottle opener. The 'T' shape protrudes out of the silver coloured neck of the bottle. The 'T' shape is stiff and doesn't swivel at all. The button to spray the perfume is at the back of the bottle and is a small ...

Pets At Home Knotted Rope Dog Toy 25/04/2017

My Dogs Love These!

Pets At Home Knotted Rope Dog Toy Introduction I have two English Springer Spaniels. One is a rescue who joined our home just a few weeks ago. I have had a few spaniels before and I know that the breed enjoys retrieving, chewing and carrying toys in their mouths. I already had a few toys at home but before welcoming the new dog we purchased several rope toys for her from Pets At Home so she could play fetch or simply hold them depending on her desire. I actually attempted to photograph each of the ropes I have but my dog won't actually give them up and she will not come anywhere near my camera! Pets At Home I'm always impressed by the large range of items available from this pet store although I do often find things are out of stock at my local shop. They can order things in for you though or you can visit their website. Their range of toys for dogs is vast and they actually have several different rope toys available including the knotted rope dog toy as pictured here in the Ciao description. Pets At Home tends to be slightly more expensive than other shops where pet items are available. Wilkinson, for example, have a decent range of dog toys and other items. One reason I keep returning to Pets At Home is because I have a VIP card with them. This is a loyalty card where you earn points per purchase. However, the points don't add up for you they are actually donated to a charity of your choice. In my case my points are donated to a local rescue centre from which I rehomed a dog in the past. There were a ...

Beko WM 7120 W 23/04/2017

It's Laundry Day Every Day!

Beko WM 7120 W Introduction My old washing machine recently broke down and I needed to buy a new model. I live in a busy household and several loads of laundry are usually done every day so there was some urgency in attaining a new machine. The first store I thought of when looking for these kinds of home appliances was Argos and I found this washing machine in their catalogue in what appeared to be the budget range of washing machines. I had the machine delivered and installed and it has been on the go ever since. Key Details Brand and model Number: Beko WM7120W Drum Capacity: 7kg Spin speed 1200rpm. 11 Programmes including options for baby clothes, hand washing, an economy wash, pre-wash option, wool cycle, specific fabrics cycles (cotton or synthetics), coloured clothes cycles and special programmes like rinse and spin. Variable spin speed. Variable temperature. Size: H85, W60, D54cm. Optional 9 hour delay start. Energy efficiency class A+. Estimated water consumption per cycle: 41L. Estimated annual energy consumption: 210kW/year. Estimated annual water consumption: 9020 litres/year. Estimated energy consumption per cycle: 0.92kWh. Spinning performance rating B. Washing performance rating A. 53% moisture remaining after 60° cycle. Installing The Machine Although I paid for installation with Argos I actually ended up getting a plumber to come and do it because I could not disengage my old machine from the stopcock. If you buy from Argos and pay for this service be ...

Clinique Cherry Pop Lip 21/04/2017

Cherry Lips!

Clinique Cherry Pop Lip Introduction I don't normally use the Clinique brand as I find them rather expensive. I occasionally treat myself to one or two items when there is a special offer. I got this particular lipstick as a gift from a family member. I was very pleased to have received a gift like this as I think of the Clinique brand as being fairly exclusive and high quality. Clinique Pop This lipstick is part of a range called 'Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer'. There are 24 colours available from Clinique's online shop. The shades are diverse and include reds, pinks, purples, oranges, pinks and browns. The brand state this lipstick provides a "demi-matte" finish and that it has a "weightless formula" which includes a "smoothing primer". They promise that the lipstick provides hydration of up to 8 hours. All the lipsticks in the range are allergy tested and completely fragrance free. I can confirm that the lipstick has no scent at all. Sometimes when products are described as 'fragrance free' they tend to have a weird and very mild natural mushroom-like scent that perhaps isn't very pleasant but this lipstick is completely fresh. The Tube The lipstick I have is .08 OZ or 2.3g. It appears to be a mini version of the lipstick and it is very petite. The tube or case is lightweight and despite it being so small it is fairly easy to find inside a messy handbag because of the shape. The tube has a rectangular shape with slick pointed edges so I can always feel it very easily in my handbag ...

W7 Eyelust The Ultimate Mascara Blackest Black 18/04/2017

Sexy Eyes?

W7 Eyelust The Ultimate Mascara Blackest Black Introduction I enjoy wearing make-up as it makes me feel more feminine and more confident. In the past I used to keep my make-up products for years but after learning more about hygiene I now renew some of my make-up items every few months. I wear contact lenses and being able to use fresh products near my eyes is of the utmost importance to me. I am not loyal to any brand although I tend to make repeat purchases from brands that I feel offer good value for money. W7 is one of those brands and I have used many products from their range. I really liked the sound of this Eyelust mascara and the price was acceptable to me so I purchased it on my latest shopping spree. The Brand W7 is a modern, urban budget brand created in London in 2002. They offer a diverse range of make-up which is cheaper than most other make-up brands but which is just as good in terms of quality. The brand are committed to offering cruelty free make-up products to customers and do not test their products on animals. They aim to withdraw sales from countries who still persist in testing on animals prior to releasing products for sale. Packaging The mascara comes in a sealed packet consisting of a plastic sheath stuck onto a cardboard backing. I personally hate extra packaging like this and it could and should really be ditched to for environmental reasons. The print on the cardboard is the same peachy pink colour as the tube so it looks very girly. The colour scheme reminds me of the Benefit ...

Mr Grumpy Mug 15/04/2017

A Fun Character Mug

Mr Grumpy Mug I bought this mug about a year ago from the discounter store B&M. I believe it was less than £5 and I thought this was cheap. I also thought the design was amusing. I am one of the many children who grew up reading the Mr. Men and Little Miss books on which the design of the mug is based. I have always had a great fondness for the characters and having a themed mug makes me feel rather nostalgic and as though I'm channeling my love of all things 'retro'! About The Design The Mr. Men books are a set of 49 books by British author Roger Hargreaves.Several books were first published in 1971 and Hargreaves added to the set throughout the seventies and eighties. Since the death of the author Roger's son has added to the series by creating several new characters but many of the original designs remain popular with children and their parents. Mr. Grumpy Mr. Grumpy is a bad tempered character. He is designed as a rigid rectangle and his skin and nose are blue which is often considered to be a colour that represents depression and coldness. This character has a permanent frown and is often depicted throwing his arms up in the air as if in an expression of exasperation. Nowadays the Mr. Grumpy design is often used on clothing for men or on gift merchandise for adults. Adults consider the moniker as a friendly joke and the design makes an excellent gift for grouchy workmates, cantankerous grandfathers and moaning dads. The Packaging My mug came in a square cardboard box printed ...

Stanley Sortmaster Organiser 12/04/2017

D.I.Y Sorted!

Stanley Sortmaster Organiser Introduction I recently inherited a lot of tools and DIY equipment from my dad because he has unable to do as much work because of his age and health. One of the things he gave me was this handy Stanley Sortmaster Organiser. I've always used things like old tins and coffee jars as containers for bits and pieces like nails and screws so when I got my hands on this storage case I thought it was a wonderful way to store and transport tools and small parts. Details The Stanley Sortmaster Organiser is a plastic case shaped rather like a suitcase or briefcase. It has a bottom 'tray' in which there are removable dividers which can be positioned or removed to create compartments of various sizes. The case has a transparent plastic lid through which you can see all of your compartments and pieces inside. The lid can lock into place with two catches which are positioned at either side of the sturdy handle. The case measures approximately 325mm by 420mm by 88mm although I've seen these measurements described slightly differently depending on the retailer. My measurement should give you a good idea of the overall size. There is also a Junior Sortmaster available which is smaller. I find that the case is a good shape and weight for me to manage. It doesn't feel heavy or awkward to carry around so it's ideal for carrying around to do DIY jobs around the home. The handle is very comfortable as it is thick and rigid. Inside the case there are six smaller compartments which are in the ...

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Silky Smoother Conditioner 10/04/2017

Try This If You Love Your Long Hair!

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Silky Smoother Conditioner Why I Bought This Product I am always on the look out for bargains when I shop and a few weeks ago I found this Garnier Ultimate Blends 'The Silky Smoother' conditioner. It was only 95p and I'm rarely able to find any hair conditioners that are less than £1 so I thought it was a good bargain. I had never used this product before so I read the label before purchasing to make sure it was suitable for my hair type. I was very pleased to discover this was the ideal formula for me! Packaging This comes in a large 400ml sized bottle. I'm very pleased with the size of the bottle. When I shop I always aim to get the largest bottles of shampoo and conditioner I am able to find. I feel that a 400ml sized bottle is easy to manage and contains enough product to last for a several months. The bottle is a pale peach colour with an orange lid. The bottle is recyclable after use although the lid must be removed prior to recycling. The flip style lid is positioned at the base of the bottle so that the conditioner is always nearest to the dispensing hole. I find this means I never have to shake the bottle to get the conditioner to come out. A simple squeeze and the conditioner pops out. I like the amount of information on the front of the bottle. It allowed me to decide whether this product was appropriate for me after quickly reading the label when I was in the shop. The label on the front shows a pretty picture of a papaya and a white flower and states that the formula contains "vanilla ...

Silverline 742690 Woodburning Pen 08/04/2017

Make Your Mark!

Silverline 742690 Woodburning Pen Introduction This is a product that my father bought for his craft work. He makes walking canes and needed a woodburning pen to mark designs on his these sticks. Eventually he purchased a different model with a more diverse range of tips and he gave this Silverline model to me to use on my own craft work. I'd actually never used a woodburning pen before so I started using this as a complete novice. What You Get When you purchase this product you get: A 30W woodburning pen with electrical cord and three point plug. 5 shaped interchangeable tips: Chisel point, Short point, Long point, Knife point and Solder point. Small woodburning pen stand. Instructions pamphlet. My Experience Of Using The Pen I have to confess that I had a little bit of fear before beginning to use this pen. I thought it would be very easy to burn myself. I should point out to anyone who has the same thoughts that I have been using this for quite some time now and have never hurt myself at all. I would caution using it very carefully at first though to ensure that you know how best to handle the pen when it is hot. It is worth just turning on the pen without actually using it at first just to get used to the feeling of the pen in your hand. I would also advise moving your hand around like you would normally use a writing pen to ensure that you are fully comfortable with how it feels. The cord is a little shorter than I would like it to be. It is about 1 metre in length and I just don't find this ...

SO Kiss Me Body Spray 06/04/2017

A Refreshing Body Fragrance...

SO Kiss Me Body Spray Reason For Purchase I often buy body sprays as I find them a good alternative to perfume or to deodorants. I often keep them in my handbag and if I'm feeling a bit sweaty I will spray my skin or my clothes. I find these are ideal for taking on long train or bus journeys as they are lightweight and easy to carry. I bought this 'So Kiss Me' a couple of weeks ago to take with me on a long day trip I was taking by coach. I opted to buy this particular product because it was reduced to 40p. The selection of body sprays available in most high stores nowadays tend to start at 95p for supermarket own brands but the usual price for big name brands seems to be from £1 up to £1.95 so I thought I was getting a real bargain. Packaging This comes in a petite 75ml (net weight 48g or 2.5 fl. oz.) sized can. It's a pressurised aerosol so it feels very light and if I put this into my handbag it doesn't seem like a burden to carry around. I've had this in my handbag quite a few times now and the can has become slightly dented although this has not affected the performance of the product at all. The can has a plastic lid and this has always stayed on during transit, no matter how much my handbag is kicked around or flung from shoulder to shoulder! The can has a large button on the top which has a grooved surface to ensure your finger won't slip when pressing down. The dispensing nozzle ejects a very fine jet of mist. This jet turns into a cloud of perfume quite quickly and I would recommend ...

M&M's Lemon Scented Candle 04/04/2017

Candles & Confectionery...

M&M's Lemon Scented Candle Introduction I like to use candles at home to create a warm and relaxing atmosphere. I also use scented candles as I have pet dogs and spend a lot of time cooking so there are a few nasty odours that I need to eradicate. I normally use Yankee Candle products as they are my favourite brand of scented candles but on my latest shopping trip I found this M&M candle in a charity shop and thought it might be fun to try it out. Packaging This came in a little cardboard box which is emblazoned with the M&M logo and character motifs. In case anyone reading this is unfamilar with the brand I should point out that M&Ms are American candy sweets comprised of a filling such as chocolate or peanuts in a crisp colourful sugar shell. The product weight is stated as 85g on the side of the box. This particular variety is called 'Nutty Lemon'. As far as I know there aren't any lemon flavoured M&Ms so this candle is not specifically based on the sweet design. There are several other scents in the M&M candle range. The rest are: Berry Blue, Crisp Vanilla, Red Hot Apple Cinnamon, Tarty Pear and Twisted Citrus. The candle itself actually comes in a small glass jar. It is 5 1/2 cenimetres tall and 6 1/2 centimetres in diameter. The glass jar is rather plain with no pattern except for a deep ridge around the top. The jar is not suitable for use for anything other than burning candles and can be recycled after use. The jar has ridges on the base to stop it from moving on a flat surface. I feel ...

Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau de Parfum 02/04/2017

Smells Like The Popular Girls...

Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau de Parfum Introduction I love using many different perfumes. I enjoy using a different perfume depending on the occasion or how I'm feeling. I purchased this 'Agent Provocateur Fatale' online and opted to get this particular perfume based on the product description and some positive customer reviews. Based on the mix of ingredients this perfume sounded like something I would like although I was taking a risk as I had never smelled the perfume before buying. About The Brand Agent Provocateur is a brand famous for producing lingerie but their extensive range also includes books, shoes and jewellery. They launched their range of fragrances in the year 2000. Their fragrances are designed to be flirty yet elegant. This particular perfume was launched in 2014. The Packaging I'm reviewing the 30ml sized bottle which comes boxed. The box is well designed with a chic pink and black colour theme which looks feminine and sensual. The sides of the box have a velvety texture and seem to be padded, creating an effect of soft bed sheets. The box feels delightful to touch and is a important part of the whole package. When I removed the cellophane wrap from the box I could smell the perfume immediately and it was very strong. I smelled the box and it seemed to be scented. I can't say for sure if the cardboard has been infused with some of the perfume of if this is just a side effect of coming from the factory but I like the fact that the box smells as the notion of perfume on bed sheets is quite ...

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 26/03/2017

Softly Does It!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Introduction Over the past few years how I wear make-up has changed. I used to wear the bare minimum and it looked fine but as my facial skin has aged I have found myself needing to use more products to help me retain a youthful, healthy appearance. When my make-up habits changed so did my make-up removal routine. I used to be able to wash and go but now I wash, cleanse, tone and moisturise. It's important to me that I can remove every last scrap of make-up from my face before I go to bed at night. I know that make-up residue can dry and age the skin. I also want to use products that will leave my skin in a good condition. Until recently I've been using cleansing and toning products by the brand Simple but I heard about this Garnier Micellar Water and really wanted to try the product. I am not the kind of person who seizes upon new beauty fads but I couldn't help but feel curious about the attention that beauty experts were giving to micellar water. My girly magazines were filled with praise for this new make-up removal product and beauty professionals seemed to suggest that the Garnier brand were leading the way in terms of product quality. These articles were backed up by consumer reviews I found online which all seemed to suggest that the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water was an incredible product! All of these factors propelled me to make my purchase. What Is It? Micellar Water is a cleanser and make-up removal liquid. Garnier state this is a "3-in-1" product because ...

Gum Hair Moroccan Argan Treatment Oil 24/03/2017

Bad Hair Day? Try This!

Gum Hair Moroccan Argan Treatment Oil Introduction I have very long hair which is naturally wavy and treated with highlights. I often need to use products which tame and hydrate my dry hair so I can control that dreaded flyaway look. I normally choose serums but when I saw this Moroccan Argan Oil product for sale I thought it looked promising. What Is It? This is called a 'Treatment Oil' by Gum Hair. It is intended to be used as a "conditioning, styling and finishing tool" and the brand state it can "transform, repair, shine and protect" hair. The brand claim that Moroccan Argan oil is one of the most valuable "gifts" we can use on our hair and skin. The oil contains vitamin E which is known to offer deep nourishment and it also contains natural moisturisers which can soften and hydrate hair. Packaging This comes in a small 100ml sized recyclable plastic bottle. It has a top which can be flipped up. It's a very secure lid when it is closed and I wouldn't expect it to ever flick open by accident. Regardless of this I would not take this product with me on holiday unless it was a brand new bottle. Due to the nature of the product the outside of the bottle can accumulate an oily layer so it could transfer to anything it comes into contact with in a suitcase. The label design makes this look like a professional, salon quality product. Although the design isn't completely original and seems to mimic other brands I still think it looks modern and desirable overall. I like that there is a lot of useful ...
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