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since 19/07/2003

29 04/01/2008

All the fun of dairy without the cows Finally... high quality, reasonably priced dairy free cakes, fudge, chocolates and more!!! This is a website run by a home based manufacturer. Although the website has only been running a short period of time, Wixey Dairy Free has been running longer with appearances at Food Festivals such as the Wirral Food and Drink Festival. The Wixey range These are custom made products which are carefully hand made to ensure the freshest possible food is delivered. On request, most allergies can be catered for, and all products can be produced as suitable for vegans. Ingredients are high quality and as far as possible, these are sourced from organic and fair trade manufacturers. Cakes 7 1/2 inch iced cakes in Chocolate, Chocolate Orange, Lemon, Coffee & anything else you care to request. Fudge Rich and indulgent range of chocolate fudges (Chocolate, chocolate orange, chocolate peanut) that melt in your mouth. Cookies Home baked natural flavourings make these cookies in a class of their own. Available in Lemon and Poppy seed, almond, chocolate chip and peanut butter. Muffins Generously fruity Blueberry, banana and walnut, and apple and sultana muffins are available. Other manufacturers Harder to find delicious dairy free products are also supplied. Plamil: • Organic Cayenne Chocolate Bar - chocolate with over 70% cocoa with hot cayenne pepper • Dairy Free Alternative to Milk Chocolate ...

Benadryl Cream 24/12/2006

pink itch stopper

Benadryl Cream I got a free sample of a baby washing powder a couple of weeks ago (filetti) only ever since then I have been itching like a madman. It started on my arms as I wore those baby soft clothes, then all up my legs and before I knew it I was itching head to toe. I hit the antihistamines but the tablets werent enough... I still wanted to itch to the point of taking my skin off... This is when I found out antihistamine creams exist. Most pharmacies seem to keep them well hidden and want to question you on how you plan on using them and why, before they sell them to you, but they are fantastic. I first got Lloyds pharmacy own brand antihistamine cream which was cheap and felt good and stopped that itch... But it was not to be.. there wasnt enough in the tube to satisfy that itch.... so I had to go back. Only to my horror they had run out and after close scrutiny by the pharmacist, I was eventually allowed to leave the chemist with a tube of benadryl antihistamin cream.... The box is mainly blue and white with a stopwatch on the front suggesting its high speed at working. It advises you to use on stings, itching, skin irritation and insect bites. I dare any insect to bite me with the amount of anithistamine Ive rubbed on / consumed in the last week! Its a very informative and attractive looking box. However as there is only a small instruction booklet inside, which only elaborates slightly on the box (and all the same information is written on the tube inside as they know we will ...

Prima Popcorn Maker 05/11/2006

Once you pop, you just cant stop!

Prima Popcorn Maker I would never have considered buying a popcorn maker... I assumed it would be one of those things that sound all exciting... gets used continuously for a month then gathers dust at the back of the cupboard, but I was SO wrong! My brother was offloading stuff before moving and offered me this little gem. I thought what the hey, a month of free popcorn is worth dusting and cupboard space for years. After smuggling it back home on the train, I pulled the slightly battered box out of my bag... and instantly binned the box.... my brother will keep any old rubbish! He's had it a few years... its not like he's going to take it back... sorry if your reading it, but you do! If you are interested, it came in a white box with a pretty picture of the popcorn maker on it. It was a nice snug fit so at least it wasn't taking up too much space to take home. The popcorn maker comes in 3 parts... 1) The base where the popcorn does the magic! A tall white part with a silver coloured inside, which heats up like nobody's business inside. It doesn't get too hot on the outside of it, but I wouldn't let little fingers play with it. It has an on/off switch to flick on the side which is fine to turn it on but a little trickier to hold it still to turn off when its hot. The switch is quite stiff but I'm hoping with my excessive use it can only get easier to turn off hot! 2) The top... a pretty see through yellow... not quite a rose tinted view but at least you can see your popcorn in a ...

Everything that starts with R ... 01/02/2006

REVEALing Lin!

Everything that starts with R ... This is chocoholic's challenge dedicated to muttleythefrog who wanted me to write a review about me! As thats my favourite subject here it is! ;-) """"""""""""""" """"""""""""""" """"""""""""""" """"""""""""""" """"""""""""""" """"""""""""" WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ Uh oh... not the best question to start on or maybe I should have written this AFTER getting dressed! Men calm down, ladies breathe a sigh of relief, Im not naked. Im wearing a really baggy black t shirt with a grizzley bear on. Ive had it since I was a really fat kid. Over the top is a snuggly warm dressing gown with frogs pulling silly faces all over it and big fluffy dog slippers that have flappy ears and everything! I leave them over one of the hot water pipes so they are toasty warm for the morning... I know what your thinking, sexy eh?!? WHO DO YOU FANCY? Both on Ciao and in real life! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hmmm this is a hard question since Ive been single a whole 2 days and recently wished for a gender specific nuclear bomb! At this present moment I have no desires to even look at men in that way... I was even asking my lesbian friend if lesbians are that shitty to each other and if not, where do I sign... as she said they are more complicated and I shouldnt even consider it, I'll sulk a week then start looking again! hehe Ok, ok, I hear you saying that is a real cop-out answer, I will come out of my sulk only momentarily to say that on here ...

100 Years 100 Songs 16/01/2006

How to annoy your neighbors for hours!!!

100 Years 100 Songs I'm not sure if they are quite the 'greatest songs of the century' that it claims to have, but there is a lot of sheet music for some very good tunes in this book. It's also the best mixture of popular music in sheet form I've found together in a long time. The book has 239 pages and is divided into sections of decades from 1900 to 2000. Each of the songs has the melody is sheet music with the chords and the lyrics written within the music, and the lyrics of the following verses written after. Each one has pictures and photos from each era to brighten up the book and each song has a bit about the history behind the song. So it's been very well researched - you can play the songs then impress people at the dinner party with your overwhelming useless knowledge newly obtained from this book! As 100 songs to give my opinion on is a bit too much even for demanding ciao readers, I'm just giving my opinion on each decade and listed the songs for you! Aren't I kind?!? 1900s Land of hope and glory Bill Bailey wont you please come home Obviously the first tune is the best from this era. I'm sure there wasn't a music draught and they are in fact saving their 100 quota and copyright fees for a more recognizable era! 1910s Alexander's ragtime band Memphis Blues Keep the home fires burning They didn't believe me Swanee Probably the most boring era in the book as far as recognisable music goes… I usually skip this part but it has some good retro photos and a ...

Provamel (Alpro) Soya Dream 15/12/2005

Alpro makes vegan exciting!

Provamel (Alpro) Soya Dream Its coming up to that cream on christmas pudding time of year, so what about us that can't? There is an answer! Alpro soya dairy free alternative to single cream! What is it? It is the only cream substitute in the alpro soya range, and as far as I've found, the only substitute for single cream you can easily get hold of in England. What's in it? The ingredients have been changed since the product was launched. They now are: · Water · Sunflower Oil (15.4%) · Hulled Soya Beans (4%) · Fructose-Glucose Syrup · Emulsifiers: - Sucrose esters of fatty acids and Soya lecithin · Stabilisers: - Xanthan Gum - Guar Gum - Carrageenan · Sea Salt · Natural Flavouring · Antioxidant: - Natural Tocopherol So, nice to know there are still no artificial colours or preservatives. How does it compare to normal cream? Fresh Jersey Single Cream Nutritional Values Typical values per 100g Energy 788kJ/190kcal Protein 3.3g Carbohydrate 3.9g Fat 18.0g Alpro Substitute Single Cream Nutritional Values Typical values per 100g Energy 698kJ/169kcal Protein 2.0g Carbohydrate 1.5g Fat 17.2g So, a few less calories and a bit less fat, but the biggest difference for all you diet followers is less than half the carb than regular cream. Also cholesterol is only found in animal and dairy products. As alpro doesn't contain these, it means that it is cholesterol free. Infact soya actually lowers cholesterol and The Joint Health Claims Initiative (JHCI), ...

The Parent Trap (DVD) 14/11/2004 the popcorn

The Parent Trap (DVD) This is one of my favourite feel good movies, sad fact I know! It's a comedy film that has been made twice; in 1961 then remade again in 1998. It was based on a book written by Erich Kästner. The original was a Disney film directed by David swift. Hayley Mills played the twins, Maureen O'Hara the mother and Brian Keith played the father. Because of the lack of technology at the time, most of it was filmed with body doubles when the 'twins' were needed in shots together. In the original, 1 twin lives in LA and the other in Chicago. The remake is the film I will concentrate on. It is also Disney but directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars a very young 12 year old Lindsay Lohan (star of films such as Mean Girls and Freaky Friday) who plays the twins Hallie and Annie. Dennis Quaid plays the dad and Natasha Richardson plays the mother. THE PLOT ~ If you don’t want to know, scroll away now!!! The film begins with pictures of a perfect marriage, love, fireworks, kissing on a boat. Then the parents split and take 1 child each with them. The dad lives in Northern California with Hallie, and the mum lives in London with Annie. The twins were separated as babies and haven’t seen each other again until they are almost 12 years old. After the opening credits, the film opens with children turning up at an 8 week camp in New England. Hallie runs on with her bag, and Annie turns up later in a Limo with a butler. She is in a suit with a cheesy over the top posh English ...

Rimmel Matt Foundation 19/09/2004

No Frills Foundation

Rimmel Matt Foundation Rimmel stay matte oil free foundation is an English produced foundation that suggests that it is best used on normal to oily skin, although I guess if you have dry skin you could probably get away with using a moisturiser first. VALUE FOR MONEY This is a very cheap foundation and is usually priced between £3.50-£4.50 for a tube of 30ml, which has lasted me a long time even with daily use. So I would say it is pretty good value for money. PACKAGING It is packaged in a very plain looking creamy plastic tube with a brown screw on lid. It is definitely handbag proof, as it will not come open by accident. It has a small sticker on the front telling you the shade inside and the background colour on the sticker is meant to reflect the colour of the foundation, however if this were the case then there would be some very strange coloured people walking around! The trademark Rimmel name is across the top of the tube with the type of make up and skin types below it in about 5 languages, so perhaps the manufactures are saving on money by using the same packaging in many different countries. The only slightly annoying this is that because the packaging is coloured you cant see how much you have left leaving you open to the disaster of running out of foundation in the middle of preparing for a big night out!!!! It is also designed to sit upright on the lid, which is brilliant as you are getting near the end of the tube because you can squeeze the last drops out of it, but it can be ...

Jokes 07/09/2004

Medical Jokes

Jokes Some of my favourite medical related jokes - appologies in advance for the groaners in there!!! *************** *************** *************** *************** ************* Benefits of having Alzheimer's disease - You never have to watch reruns on television. - You are always meeting new people. - You don't have to remember the whines and complaints of your spouse. - You can hide your own Easter eggs. *************** *************** *************** *************** ************* As the doctor completed an examination of the patient, he said, "I can't find a cause for your complaint. Frankly, I think it's due to drinking." "In that case," said the patient, "I'll come back when you're sober" *************** *************** *************** *************** ************* Doctor: I have some bad news and some very bad news. Patient: Well, might as well give me the bad news first. Doctor: The lab called with your test results. They said you have 24 hours to live. Patient: 24 hours! That's terrible! What could be worse? What's the very bad news? Doctor: I've been trying to reach you since yesterday. *************** *************** *************** *************** ************* Patient: I'm in a hospital! Why am I in here? Doctor: You've had an accident involving a bus. Patient: What happened? Doctor: Well, I've got some good news and some bad news. Which would you like to hear first? Patient: Give me the bad news first. Doctor: Your legs were ...

Toffuti Creamy Smooth - Original 25/08/2004

cheesy dairy-free heaven

Toffuti Creamy Smooth - Original As a lot of you already know, I cannot eat dairy... but would kill to be able to eat cheese! Thankfully I can now avoid any possible jail sentences as they've made dairy free alternatives! Hurrah!!! What is it? It is basically a dairy free alternate to soft cream cheese – not the plasticy tasting kids type, but more along the lines of Philadelphia - It is actually a very good likeness to it. It is very similar in taste, texture and smell. Which for those of you who haven’t tried that, it is completely white in appearance, with a delicate cheesey smell. The taste isn’t overpowering. Subtle but you can still taste it when your eating it with things and tastes good on just about everything. To start with I was just putting it on crackers and other cold things, but I’ve become far more adventurous and found that if you put it very briefly in the microwave it just starts to melt and that tastes like heaven on mashed potato! It is rumoured that you can use it to make cheese cake but you’d need to get at least 2 pots to make a small amount that I haven’t tried yet. As far as cheese cravings are concerned (and yes, you REALLY get them if you have had to give up cheese) it definitely does the job until someone whiffs jacket potato and melted cheddar on top past you… mmmmmmmm What is the packaging? It comes in little round tubs containing 227g (8oz). The tubs are white with the ingredients and nutritional info around the outside, and the flavour and make on the top. The ...

Wife Swap - Channel 4 08/07/2004

Swap wives?

Wife Swap - Channel 4 Wife swap is basically about 2 families that are the complete opposite. The wives swap places and leave a manual of how they run the house for the other woman to follow. After a week (and plenty of shouting and swearing) the ‘wife’ tells the family everything they cant stand and the rest of the family have to live by their rules for the second week. It invariably ends in tears. After the second week is over the 2 couples meet up to ‘talk’ about how it went, but again it usually ends up as shouting and arguing. HOW POPULAR IS IT? This show is has only been around since January 2003, and yet its already onto its 3rd series, and would you believe it, has even been awarded a BAFTA! Its been exported to America and is about to start airing on ABC. The first show this series averaged 5.3 million viewers, which is slightly down on last series’ average of 5.6 million. Season 1 was also accompanied by a book with some of the gossip on the episodes and copies of those manuals. I haven’t got it though so cant tell you much more about that. Series 1 and 2 are also out on DVD to immortalise these awful people forever. THE PROGRAM The episode starts by telling us briefly about the families and what the huge difference between them is – e.g. rich family Vs poor family, clean family Vs slobby family, strict family Vs rule-free family, working family Vs unemployed family, bible bashing family Vs virgin slaying family, ok, so I made the last one up, but lets face it, it’ll only ...

Mycil Athletes Foot Ointment 06/07/2004

Socks off!

Mycil Athletes Foot Ointment I’m ashamed to say that after living in student accommodation, practical sockless lessons, swimming and hydrotherapy, I’ve inadvertently become an expert on getting rid of verucas and athletes foot. PACKAGING This ointment for athlete’s foot comes in a very brightly coloured blue and yellow box with a footprint down one side and ‘mycil’ along the other side. Its 11x3x3cm in size with all the instructions on the outside. The main problem I have with this is that one glance in it’s general direction, and BAM, your secrets out. Its so glaringly obvious what it is that your bag only need come open and everyone knows you have fungal feet! Inside the box is a tube of the cream. It has exactly the same colouring and information as the box, which is good, because it means you can bin the box as soon as you get home, although it makes you wonder if they actually needed to put it in a box when they can put exactly the same on a tube. The tube comes with a metalic type seal that you have to pierce before use. HOW TO USE If, you have actually managed to smuggle it back unnoticed you could think about using it. You need to use it twice a day – at night, then again in the morning. You need to wash the area (yes, the annual wash may have to come early) and dry it before applying it to the entire affected area. As it has a preventative action as well, I tend to spread it a little further just to make sure it goes. You need to keep this ritual up until 1 week after it looks like it ...

Boots Travel Calm Tablets 04/07/2004

Owl and pussycat went to sea...hold your stomach!

Boots Travel Calm Tablets I have never known anyone get as travel sick as me, I can get ill in a car, bus, coach, plane, boat or even canoe!!! To ensure that I don’t end up housebound I invested in these travel sickness tablets. The main thing that made me choose these tablets over the others available is the time they last for. Most tablets seem to last up to 4 or 5 hours, but these last 6-8 hours. The other thing that really drew me to them is that you only have to take them 20 mins before you travel as opposed to some which you have to start taking up to 12 hours - which as you can imagine having to take tablets 12 hours before catching a bus is a bit of a nightmare! THE TABLETS They come in a blister pack of 12 in a little pale green and blue box with pictures of a plane, car and boat on the top, and of course the boots logo. It has all the important information on the back, which is great if you loose the instruction leaflet or you want to find out more before buying them. The tablets are all on the 1 blister pack which is good so that you can just put the tablets in your purse without the box, or if you are going to do a lot of travelling you can buy a few packs and just about squeeze 3 blister packs of 12 into the same box! The tablets have 'boots travel calm tablets' printed all over the blister pack so if like me your tablets end up falling out of boxes and getting separated then you know what they are still. I would recommend swallowing them with water because even though they are ...

Panasonic CD / MP3 player 02/07/2004

in the blue mp3/cd player

Panasonic CD / MP3 player I was given this player to keep me occupied on my many long bus and train journeys. THE PLAYER This is a Japanese mp3 and CD player, which comes in a silver and blue top with a grey base. It is 13cmx13cmx2½cm which is about average size, so its more bag sized than pocket sized. It comes with an adapter and ear bud type headphones. It only has a small display area, so only displays limited information on it, such as which track and album or how long the song has been playing for. There are also little icons to display what modes you have it on, which are discussed later. The buttons are fairly small, so not fab it you are fumbling about in the dark or going under a tunnel, or if you have any arthritic type problems that makes it difficult to press small buttons. The overall appearance is nice and suitable for male or female. WHY USE MP3 OVER CD? MP3s are compressed audio files, so instead of having about 20 songs to a cd, you can store up to about 170 songs on a cd. The downfall here is that you need to have a computer with a cd writer or at least be friendly with someone that has. The player also does not come with any software to help you with this, but I would recommend Nero as a burning program. The audio data needs to be encoded as mp3 or cda (normal cd data) otherwise it will not play e.g. wav or midi files. I’ve found this player to be compatible with all my cd-r and cd-rw cds. SOUND QUALITY The sound quality is good, however the volume controls are ...

Supersoft Maximum Hold Hairspray 01/07/2004

Spray then run... or pass out trying

Supersoft Maximum Hold Hairspray I first got this when I had my hair feathered and found no other means of keeping my hair out of my eyes, nose and mouth! SPRAY The spray has an unbelievably overpowering smell. A mixture of solvent and perfume (mainly rosemary and juniper) to try to mask the solvent smell- I go out of my room, close the door behind me, fix my hair then run back into my room again! When I was sharing accomodation my housemates must have thought I was barmey!!! The can claims it has "a pleasant subtle fragrance" so I dread to think what the tester's home smells like! Once it has dried though the smell lessens and is quite plesant. It has quite a narrow spray range, so you have to hold it at arms length (ok, I have short arms, so most people wont need to hold it so far out). It suggests 30cm away. You need to keep it moving quickly otherwise you end up with a damp looking area that dries to a cardboard consistency and the rest of the hair around it is flyaway! If you manage to hold it far enough away and keep it moving then it gives a nice finish, and you can use as much or as little to get the desired texture. It holds well, and takes quite some wind to beat the hold of this spray. Unless it is really raining then a bit of drizzle doesnt effect it. Ive never noticed it marking any of my clothes, but just to be sure, Ive just sprayed it onto some black material and there is no mark or residue left, so its safe to say it doesnt mark clothes! As well as washing out, Ive also ...
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