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Vanish Oxi Action Carpet Cleaner 24/02/2013

Trust pink, forget stains! :0)

Vanish Oxi Action Carpet Cleaner I bought this carpet spray for my Dads carpet as he was selling his house and where we had moved furniture around there was almost new carpet where the furniture had been and a dark line around where it had been. It was quite bad in places; the carpet was originally pink but was grey in places from years of use. I went to the supermarket looking for inspiration and came across the Vanish spray. It cost £4.60 for 500ml, which I considered to be quite costly, but looking at the prices of the other options it was about average. I took the spray to my Dad’s house and followed the instructions on the bottle. It said to spray the affected areas, to leave for 5 minutes then blot and rub with a cloth. I turned the nozzle to enable me to spray it, and began to spray the carpet. It came out in a kind of white foam, no smell that I noticed when it first came out of the bottle. I then went away and came back 5 minutes later, the foam has dissolved into the carpet, in places there was still some foam left, but it looked very fine. In places I could see that it had already started to clean the carpet. I got a cloth, as instructed, and rubbed over the area. I used a white cloth, but by the time I had finished the cloth was grey, it was definitely lifting the dirt. Also when I had finished I noticed the smell, where I had been holding the cloth my hand smelt amazing! It was a very fresh soapy smell that I had not noticed when I first sprayed it. I must admit that when I bought this I was ...

Lloyds TSB Online Banking 12/01/2013

Less time in the bank?? Yes please!!

HSBC Mortgages 06/01/2013

Very good mortgage, very bad service

HSBC Mortgages I have never banked with HSBC, but was looking to remortgage to a lower rate a year ago and after having a bit of a look around I decided on HSBC. The reason for my decision was due to them having the lowest rate for my circumstances. When I applied for the mortgage it was done over the phone, this is where they took all of our details and did a credit score, all went very smoothly. They then sent me out a pack of things to fill in and send back, this was to be taken to our local branch to be certified and sent off, they just wanted all the normal stuff, ID, proof of income and the like. Went into the branch to have them certified, this was not a quick process, was waiting for ages for anyone to even acknowledge us, it seems that in my local HSBC everything is done via machines so there is not a lot of people there to help. After about a 15 minute wait someone came and saw to us – no apology for the waiting time – but everything was then done quite quickly and we were on our way within 10 minutes. After that everything was processed and the mortgage was in place within 4 weeks, which is about average from my experience. The mortgage itself is a very good deal, its 2.99% tracker rate (2.49% above base) upto 85% loan to value with no fees. HSBC do not even charge an admin fee to end your mortgage, this is the only company that I found that did not charge this fee, other companies normally charge around £50 - £100 for this. Also no set up fees are a bonus too, although they ...

Soap & Glory Scrub 'Em and Leave 'Em Body Buff 26/08/2012

Sweet Scrub

Soap & Glory Scrub 'Em and Leave 'Em Body Buff This is my favourite Soap & Glory scrub. I first tried it when I got a Soap & Glory gift set one Christmas. The scrub comes in a screw cap tub, like most of the Soap & Glory scrubs. The tub is pink with a darker pick lid, it has a label on the top and the side with the soap and glory slogans on. It comes in 300ml and costs £7.50 from boots, and also in a travel size 50ml for £2.50, so is a very reasonable price when compared with the other scrubs from Soap & Glory, most of which are around £10.00 for 300ml. The product says: Scrub 'Em And Leave 'Em™ Body Buff is scented with Mist You Madly's™ beautiful notes of bergamot, blackcurrant, magnolia, freesia, vanilla and musk. Contains babassu oil, sea salt and moisturising jojoba and mandarin oils When you open the tub you are presented with a pale pink scrub, which looks a bit like jelly, it has dark pink beads in it and all in all looks a bit like pink frog spawn, but don’t let that put you off! It has a wonderful sweet fruity smell that fills the room while you use it. When you scoop it out again it appear to have the consistency of jelly, so not like regular scrubs that tend to feel quite rough to the touch, this feels very smooth with just the beads that exfoliate. When I first applied to my skin the first thing I noticed was that it felt quite cold, but that soon goes as you rub it in, the gel is easily applied and works up into a bit of a lather, with the beads almost bursting and these feel like they are made of hard ...

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 23/08/2012

This stuff is evil!

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 I have always suffered with my skin, and someone recommended Murad products to me, I had never heard of it before but thought I would give it a go. I bought the oil control mattifer from marks and spencer, it was quite pricey at £37 for 50ml but I had some vouchers so went out and bought it. I had read some good reviews on the internet and was quite looking forward to having this amazing skin that they all promised. The tube looks like any other moisturiser, its clear with the Murad logo on the front, it’s a squeezey tube, so its easy to control the amount of product that you are dispensing. The cream itself is white in colour and is of the same consistency of most moisturisers, not too thick and not too runny. The directions said to use everyday after cleansing and toning, and to massage evenly over face and neck. I however did not use it on my neck, only on my face. The M&S website says ‘Reduce shine on contact and regulate oil production for up to 8 hours whilst preserving moisture in the skin and protecting against UVA/UVB rays.’ The first time I used it had no effect – which was pretty much what I expected for the first application. The second time I put it on my skin felt a bit tingly, not irritated or uncomfortable but almost like the feeling you get from teatree oil. After using the cream for a few days my skin began too feel a bit drier than usual and also looked a bit dried out. I took this to be normal, as it does say that it is for oily skin and will reduce ...

Soap and Glory The Breakfast Scrub 14/08/2012

Great scrub - but i would not eat it!

Soap and Glory The Breakfast Scrub I am a big fan of soap & glory and I have used some of their other scrubs in the past, so decided to try the breakfast scrub, I loved the name, and I smelt it in the shop so I thought I would give it a try. It comes in a round tub with a screw-on top, the tub is clear and you can see the scrub through it, it is a light brown colour and looks very thick. The directions on the tub say “More soften than not: Scoop out a handful of The Breakfast Scrub, rub it between your palms, then scrub in circles onto damp skin until you feel smoother. Rinse well, and follow with a body butter or lotion”. Like most of the soap and glory products though, you do not need a handful as it spreads really well. When you open the tub you get a whiff of the lovely smell, the best way to describe it is maple and very sweet, although the ingredients say it contains oats but it does not smell at all oaty. When you touch the scrub you instantly notice how thick it is and that although it appear quite smooth to the eye, it actually had chucky clear partials in it. When you apply this to your skin you can feel the particles exfoliating, but it is not aggressive and the particles gradually melt away as you rub it in. There are also smaller particles that are almost sand like, these no do dissolve, and do leave what looks like sand in the bath after you have used it. Having used a lot of other scrubs I think that this one compares very well, even when comparing to the other soap and glory scrubs. It ...

Decleor Aroma Purete Matt Finish Skin Fluid 12/08/2012

Say bye to oily skin.

Decleor Aroma Purete Matt Finish Skin Fluid Decleor matt finish skin fluid is a moisturiser for oily skin. I have used Decleor for a while now, and my Mum bought me some of this as I was complaining about my skin being quite oily. It comes in a pump bottle or a tube, I personally prefer the tube, as with the bottle as it is a pump action you can never get the last bit of cream out as it will not pump up enough. Like most Decleor products its not cheap to buy, prices vary but on average 50ml is £22.50, but I would say it is worth it. Its unlike any other moisturiser I have every used, it moisturises your skin but dries it out at the same time. The cream is white in colour and you do not need to apply very much as a little goes a long way, it has no smell. I use this morning and evening and a 50ml bottle will last me a couple of months. When you first apply the cream it fells very much like any other moisturiser, but as you rub it in you fell that it is very quickly absorbed and disappears leaving almost a powdery look to your skin, but skin is left moisturised and smooth. The insert in the box says ‘This lotion purifies and balances skin to give an even, matt complexion, reducing excess sebum, dead skin cells, blemishes and open pores.’ It certainly does make my skin fell less oily. I do think though, that after using this for a while say 6 months, it can make your skin appear a bit dull. I normally use this for 6 months then use my old moisturiser for a month, the go back to using this. The insert also says that you ...

OPI Original Nail Envy 09/08/2012

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Dyson DC24 BALL ALL Floors 07/08/2012

Hello clean carpets!!

Dyson DC24 BALL ALL Floors When I moved into my new house that has cream carpets all up stairs I decided that my old hoover was not up to the job, It was recommended to me that I should get a dyson, so after some research on the internet I did indeed by a Dyson. The Dyson DC24 over all is a good hoover, its light weight, which was fantastic for me as my house is over 3 floors and carrying my old heavy hoover up and down the stairs was a nightmare. The suction is really good, so it gets my cream carpets really clean, but it does mean that you have to be a bit careful with it, I will often hoover up the curtains without noticing as I walk up the stairs! But the main thing is that it does clean very well. The ball mechanism is great as well, makes it easy to hoover hard to reach places, I have a bathroom which is a bit like a corridor bathroom, I used to have to get all the attachments out from my old hoover to be able to hoover in between the toilet and the sink, but as the Dyson twists and turns it can easily get in there. The Dyson does have some draw backs though. I have very long hair, which gets everywhere and I am forever having to pull it out from the main roller otherwise it will not turn properly – this is something that never happened with my old hoover, but thinking about it I am not sure why, as they both have rollers! Also the dyson only has a small cylinder which means that you do have to empty it quite regularly, not too bad for me as I don’t have any pets, but I think for someone that ...

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter 05/08/2012

Butterly amazing!

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter I first got Soap & Glory Righteous Butter as part of a gift set as a Christmas present – and I have been addicted to it ever since! It comes in various sizes, I get the 300ml size which costs £10.50 in boots, and they also do a 1000ml which is £25.00 and a travel size 50ml which is £2.50. It comes in a pink tub with a black and white picture of a woman on the top and the tub has a screw-on top. Soap and Glory have there own slogan for all their products and for this one it is 'lost that rubbing feeling? Why not try The Righteous Butter' The first thing that you notice when you open the tub is the amazing smell! It really is just right, but very hard to describe, its fruity and light, not over powering in the slightest, and is a real modern smell, not like flowers or musk. The ‘butter’ is of the perfect consistency, which is very much like that of butter. Its thick and creamy and is silky smooth and is white in colour. The directions on the back say ‘After showering or bathing, smooth a generous handful of The Righteous Butter onto damp skin and massage lightly until it all sinks in’ I personally don’t feel that you need a ‘generous handful’ as a little of this does go a long way especially if you do apply it to damp skin, although most of the time I put it on dry and this works just as well. When you apply the butter it literally melts into your skin and leaves it feeling instantly soft, smooth, cool and refreshed and it leaves your skin with its amazing smell, which ...

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas 22/07/2012

Not what i had expected, could have been better.

Saudi Arabia: General 21/07/2012

Not the place for me!

Saudi Arabia: General My Husband is Pakistani and his family now live in Saudi, we have been married for almost 10 years and this was my first visit to this country in May 2012. The first thing to note is how difficult it is to get into this country, the reason that I have not been there before is because we have tried to get visas for 2 years in a row and failed, even though my Husband had family there. But we finally got a visit visa and off we went. I live in the UK, so the flight was about 6 hours. Firstly the weather – very hot, although it is the kind of bearable heat that you get in countries such as this, a dry heat not sticky and humid. The heat is not a problem though, as you only notice it when you go outside, everywhere is well air conditioned, and I was actually cold inside the buildings! Saudi in places is beautiful, I went to Jeddah which is quite built up, but went we went to the sea front it was lovely. The homes there are mostly flats, but big flats. My inlaws live in a 6 bedroom flat, which is quite common as they have big families out there. The rich however live in luxury villas. The first thing you notice when you go anywhere is Saudi is the lack of women on the street, this is a very male driven culture. The women all have to cover up from the neck down and many cover their heads and faces – although this is optional, but the Muslim women always cover their heads. Having spent time with a Muslim family there, it is quite clear that it is the women that want to cover up ...

Confessions Of A Conjuror - Derren Brown 21/07/2012

A day in the life of Derren Brown

Confessions Of A Conjuror - Derren Brown If you are a fan of Derren Brown you cant help but love this book. Its not a biography but you do get to learn a lot about the man himself an how he thinks, how he came to be doing what he is doing, and his views on a wide range of topics. The book starts with Derren as a young magician working in a restaurant doing tricks table to table; he describes very well his surroundings and everything that he notices around him. He will then see or do something that makes him think about his childhood, and he then takes you into his thoughts and experiences of his younger years. Along the way as he does magic tricks in the restaurant he talks through how he does the tricks. I found this particularly fascinating, not because I am a big magic fan but because its interesting how he says he blatantly does things right in front of people’s faces and they don’t realise – without wanting to give too much away, there is a part in the book where he describes a magic trick he did for a trio of people, and after they thought the trick was over Derren was just sitting there chatting to them, and as he was chatting he picked up each one of their wine glasses that were sat in front of them and put a playing card under each one – and none of them noticed! He then finished the trick by pointing out the cards and they were all amazed. There are a few bits that I did find a bit boring, where he would talk about the history of magic, which did not interest me much – but these were few and were not ...

Cadbury Dairy Milk with Creme Egg 08/05/2006

How Do You Eat Yours?

Harvester Restaurants 10/04/2006

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT

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