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Lush Blackberry Bath Bomb 23/11/2004

It Didn't Ping My Pants

Lush Blackberry Bath Bomb Monday Mornings. I don’t know about you but me and them do not mix. I get out of bed with the dignity and speed of a sloth on valium on those fateful mornings. It was such a Monday morning this week when I decided to have a pampering bath with a Lush Blackberry bath bomb. Run the bath as usual then pulled out the large violet and powdery sphere from its’ packaging. It did smell of blackberries all right, so I dropped it in and waited for it to do its’ fizzing. One thing I was pleased about was the fact that it wasn’t going to be an overly oily bath bomb and it hadn’t left a tell tale ring to send me crying for my Cif Power Mousse. The bathroom by this point did smell nice, not overly heady usual lush nice but still distinctly fruity. There was a piece of paper inside which was floating around with boom on it. Somehow through my sleep encrusted eyes I could see this, but failed to get the humour. It wasn’t like the toy gun and flag “bang flag” as I had established that this was not a genuine bomb, but still a nice touch. Getting in the bath, I realised that this bath was not going to be amazingly moisturising. There’s something about getting into a bath with a moisturising bath bomb that is particularly nice, and this did not have that effect on me. I mean it was nice; it had changed the bath water purple, and it did smell fruity but the wow factor normally bestowed on me by these things was somehow missing. This bath bomb does contain essential oils (noticeably ...

Lush Angel's Delight Soap 22/11/2004

Fruity Bits

Lush Angel's Delight Soap Time for a bit of a new lush product; a xmas special if you will. After the honey bee bath bomb in lush the second object to pass the definitive Lush smell test (see earlier review) was this soap: Angels Delight. The smell reminded me of the scent of dolly mixtures when you first open the bag, and is very appealing. Quite how I managed to restrain myself from eating the thing there and then was quite amazing. It even has little plastic stars and glitter in it…ah. Now, early on with one of the potential problems of this product. If you are male, then there is no doubt that the effect of having little bits of glitter showing on your face and hands an be quite disconcerting to other people who suddenly realise that your otherwise masculine exterior is now glammed up with glitter. I don’t really have a problem with this, but it does make tongues wag. The ladies won’t have a problem with this as being pretty and glittery is a good thing. Methinks a bodybuilding type would not suit so much glitter…or perhaps it’s just me. Right, back to the review. The soap is of the glycerine type, which is good to those who can’t get along with normal soaps’ tendency to dry out and make your face feel like it’s been dried slowly in an oven. It has the aforementioned lovely smell (the tangerine, orange and gardenia extracts) and is suitably odorous for the xmas period (it reminds of stuffing my face with too many sweets over the xmas hols). Add to that the stars and glitter and I think you ...

Lush Soak & Float Shampoo Bar 07/11/2004

No Tar Very Much

Lush Soak & Float Shampoo Bar I am one of those people who have suffered from dandruff on and off for years. Perhaps it’s because I’m dehydrated, or naturally have skin as dry as a small desert. Stuff like Head and Shoulders doesn’t really cut the mustard with me in terms of its’ effectiveness. In my everlasting quest to try and banish the curse of eternal snowfall, I thought (as per usual you say!) to try a Lush take on the subject, and that is the Soak and Float Shampoo bar. For those that have never used a solid shampoo from Lush you are in for a bit of a surprise. Yes, they look miniscule (about 3 inches in diameter by about 1 inch thick), and you will think that it won’t last that long…but the surprising thing is that they do! They generally last me about four to five months, and that’s with frequent use. How you use the bar is quite simple too; you simply wet your hair, rub the bar over your scalp a few times then lather up and rinse off as normal. Being as the bar is so small and portable (also Lush give you a free travelling tin for carrying them if you buy 2 shampoo bars), it does represent an ideal solution for those that travel. As for the appearance of the bar, well it pretty much fell out if the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. It is a sort of yellowy-green colour with big lumps of brown in it (this is apparently marigold and rose petals). This would be enough to kind of wonder what you are about to stick on your hair, and then you smell it. Forget the usual fruity ...

Lush Hot Milk Bubble Bar 07/11/2004

Molten Moo

Lush Hot Milk Bubble Bar I personally find the idea of hot milk a little hard to take before bedtime. I don’t know what it is about it but the thought of it turns my stomach. Luckily this product is not designed to be eaten, but rather to be used in the bath and enjoyed. The Lush Hot Milk Bubble Bar Slice is thankfully not edible. Regular readers of my Lush reviews will be pleased to know that it passed the smell test (the ability to smell its’ fragrance against the overpowering background smell of a Lush shop). For all of those not familiar with Lush Bubble Bar Slices, they are literally bubble bath in a solid form. What you do is break off a piece about two inches square and crumble it under the running taps, whereby it forms a blanket of absolutely lovely perfumed bubbles. As the bubble bar is solid it is ideal for travelling and you get a 100 gram block for £1.80. This seems a little pricey, but then again luxury doesn’t come cheap. I would say that you would get a good 5-6 baths from a 100 gram bar. The Hot Milk slice has a rather gorgeous smelling (although a bit girly for me) fragrance that is quite hard to place. Lush seem to think that it is representative of the smell of hot milk, I must admit I disagree with this (or I think that I would’ve not gotten in the bath). What is apparent is quite a heady and heavy fragrance which tends to linger on the skin and clothes for quite a while. I think the main elements of the fragrance are the patchouli oil, orange oil and Gardenia extracts ...

Logitech Notebook Optical Mouse Plus - mouse 07/11/2004

Mini the Mouse

Logitech Notebook Optical Mouse Plus - mouse Having just bought a laptop, the idea of a touch pad filled me with terror. I do like them for occasional use but the sheer thought of having to use one of these day in/day out would have proved an awkward and frustrating use of my time. I decided that I would buy a mouse that would more suit my needs. I settled on this mouse for a number of reasons. Firstly it looked small enough to suit the notebook environment, secondly it was made by Logitech who have a good reputation for manufacturing keyboard/mice, thirdly it was reasonably cheap (£20.00 from PC World), and lastly it was black and silver (matching the laptop). The laptop comes in a blister style pack, which I must admit frustrate me endlessly. My hands were useless trying to get this thing open, and eventually I plumped for attacking it with a knife (albeit carefully attacking). What you get in the pack is the mouse itself and an installation guide, no more and no less. The mouse is installed in a plug and play fashion (as it is USB) and the laptop recognised it straight away . If you choose to (I did) you can also download software (called Mouseware) which enables you to control the mouse settings in the control panel. The mouse also comes with a three year warranty, which seems good for a device of this type. The mouse is small and comfortable in the hand and the buttons feel responsive to the touch. The scroll wheel feels solid and feels comfortable for use. It is supposed to be robust and the mouse ...

Toshiba Satellite A 60 02/11/2004

Blue Meanie

Toshiba Satellite A 60 It’s time to wipe the sweat from my furrowed brow, and don the outfit of my famous alter-ego (no it’s not the Lush hippy before you ask)…it’s SUPER-NERD! I don’t normally go for reviewing PC stuff as I understand that it is very much like marmite…love it or hate it; but I will try to make it as un-marmitey as possible for those that don’t like this kind of thing and extra marmite with extra marmite on top for those that do. The Toshiba Satellite A60-106 is viewed as a desktop replacement rather than an ultra portable laptop. In other words it is as powerful in some ways as a desktop PC in terms of what it can do, but not as transportable as the smaller models. You could apply the logic that the candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long. Look on it as you have the power there, but it means lugging a heavier weighted machine (3.5kg as opposed to an average of 1.5kg) which lasts a shorter amount of time on batteries (2 hours as opposed to 4). In terms of looks, this laptop does not disappoint. It has a bright blue top, silver when you open it up and has a black base, keys and trim. Despite the fact that it is considered a larger laptop, it still looks quite slim when closed (W x D x H : 343 x 282 x 38 (front) / 49 (back) mm). When the laptop is first opened the first things that are noticeable are the easy access multimedia buttons (for music and video playback) and the power button (which glows with a bright blue ring when on, orange on standby). The screen is ...

Lush Ginger Man Soap 31/10/2004

Sparkly Bits

Lush Ginger Man Soap Time for a bit of a new lush product; a xmas special if you will. After the honey bee bath bomb in lush the second object to pass the definitive Lush smell test (see earlier review) was this soap: Angels Delight. The smell reminded me of the scent of dolly mixtures when you first open the bag, and is very appealing. Quite how I managed to restrain myself from eating the thing there and then was quite amazing. It even has little plastic stars and glitter in it…ah. Now, early on with one of the potential problems of this product. If you are male, then there is no doubt that the effect of having little bits of glitter showing on your face and hands an be quite disconcerting to other people who suddenly realise that your otherwise masculine exterior is now glammed up with glitter. I don’t really have a problem with this, but it does make tongues wag. The ladies won’t have a problem with this as being pretty and glittery is a good thing. Methinks a bodybuilding type would not suit so much glitter…or perhaps it’s just me. Right, back to the review. The soap is of the glycerine type, which is good to those who can’t get along with normal soaps’ tendency to dry out and make your face feel like it’s been dried slowly in an oven. It has the aforementioned lovely smell (the tangerine, orange and gardenia extracts) and is suitably odorous for the xmas period (it reminds of stuffing my face with too many sweets over the xmas hols). Add to that the stars and glitter and I think you ...

Garnier Synergie Fresh Clean Feel Gel Wash 31/10/2004

Fructis For Your Face

Garnier Synergie Fresh Clean Feel Gel Wash Looking at my previous passions for all things lush, you are probably thinking “what is he doing, he’s now reviewing something…unnatural”. I first tried this product a few months ago, as I needed a good cleansing type thing for my face and lush was not nearby. I plumped for this as it’s by a reputable manufacturer (Garnier) and is supposed to be “dermatologically tested”; that’s what they always say, I thought. I’m sure Freddy Kruger got told this at some point too. It comes in a green “hair gel” type bottle and you get a fair 150ml of goop…all for around 3 of your Earth pounds. This represents fair value for money as it seems to go a long way and you use very little. The first thing you notice is the smell, which is heavily evocative of Fructis, and is quite a pleasant if artificial smell. It is quite heavy on the banana/mango fragrance, but I quite like it. To use it you simply wet your face and hands, squeeze an amount if clear goop in your hands (about the size of a 20p piece) and sort of swish it around your palm until it lathers and foams up. You then simply apply to the face and rinse off. It does leave the skin refreshed, smelling nice and not dry. I found it to be a good cleanser ahead of shaving your face. Not being a woman and not wearing makeup does not able me to comment on it’s cleansing abilities (I shall have to strategically leave it for my girlfriend, or start wearing makeup?!) It has (amongst other more unnatural stuff) bilberry, lemon, orange ...

Lush Honey Bee Bath Bomb 31/10/2004

Love Buzz

Lush Honey Bee Bath Bomb Yes I’m back after a long absence. For all of those that remember me on Ciao of yesteryear (3 years ago), I used to write a lot of lush and music reviews. I thought it appropriate to start my return by reviewing a lush product that I experienced for the first time yesterday. That is the Honey Bee bath ballistic. “Yes!” I hear you cry…“it’s a male and he is reviewing lush stuff”, with my sensitive skin they are the key to my indulgent self and this product does not disappoint. Other bath stuff tends to be either ok or make my skin incredibly itchy, generally I know I am ok with lush stuff. Lush stuff tends to be viewed as rather expensive, which I suppose it is, but I look to it more as an indulgent and occasional treat. There is nothing like soaking in a lovely hot bath fragranced by a good bath bomb and letting the fragrance bliss you out. The ingredients being kept as natural as possible tends to bring out the hippy in me and lets me mellow out in the bath in my own “yeah man” kind of way. After visiting the Norwich branch of Lush, I decided to buy this (amongst other things) as it did have a warm and sweet caramel/orange scent and an appealing look (stripy like a bumblebee, brown and yellow). It had passed the lush test, that is that I could smell the fragrance above the amazingly strong background smell in the shop (Lush veterans will be able to confirm this). It is one of the larger sized bath bombs that they do and are priced at £2.10 each. I thought I would ...

Member Advice on Myalgic Encephalomyletis 18/07/2001

Your Own personal Prison

Member Advice on Myalgic Encephalomyletis Well, being as this is the first opinion I've written for ages, I thought I'd write it about something I feel strongly about. M.E. ( now more likely to be called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) was something I had only read about. Sure, I had met people that had suffered from it, but at the back of my mind, there was always a shred of doubt. Well, fate is a cruel mistress it is said, but I never realised quite how cruel it could be... In 1997, there I was in a pretty stressful care-working job. In my day to day duties, it was not unusual for me to encounter some quite violent patients. It was stressful and tiring, but I did enjoy it and I felt that it would be hard for me to get another job. The money was good, the hours were long and I was getting out and about. The year also had its' fair share of other stressful moments, going on a one to one holiday with a violent resident who was also a rapist, was tough going. Not only that when I came back I failed a job interview for a job I really wanted to do. It was the stress of the holiday, and I couldn’t think straight when I was asked questions about the job. About two months after the holiday I came off my motorbike, in which I was pretty shaken up, but not badly injured. It sounds strange, but that one event totally threw my confidence out of the window. Despite only really getting cuts and bruises, I was very withdrawn and miserable for a couple of weeks. I suppose my first real warning sign was a sudden attack of ...

Mother's Milk (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Red Hot Chili Peppers 25/04/2001

Milky Milky

Mother's Milk (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Red Hot Chili Peppers This is probably the rawest sounding out of all of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Albums, it tends to stick out along with One Hot Minute. The reason that both the albums stick out is the addition of new blood into the band and the influences they bring along. This album was born from the ashes of one of the founding members (Hillel Slovak) death from a heroin overdose the previous year. Following this another one of the founding members (Jack Irons, the bands drummer) checked into an institution as he had a nervous breakdown. Anthony Keidis (The lead vocalist) was also a heroin addict and his friends death spurred him to quit, although he has occasionally returned to the habit since. So the band were left with merely the lead singer and bass player (named "Flea"). The band decided to carry on and set their sights on a new guitarist and drummer. The band held auditions for both, in the auditions for guitarists was a young devotee of the band (and particularly Hillel Slovak). This eager 19 year old, by the name of John Fruciante, had been to all the bands recent gigs, and could play every single of their songs off by heart. The band were still auditioning for guitarists, and so they asked John if he wanted to audition for some of their friends in a band named Thelonius Monster. At this audition, the remaining two members were so impressed that they recruited him into the chilis instead. This left the question of the drummer; numerous Metallica influenced drummers marched ...

King of Shaves K-First Daily Face Wash 23/04/2001

Shiny Happy People

King of Shaves K-First Daily Face Wash Having skin that takes an hour or two to wake up more than me in the mornings can be a bit of a blow. Deciding that maybe my skin needed it's equivalent of caffeine in the morning as much as I did, I thought I'd give it a treat. As I'd tried a couple of the King of Shaves previous products, and being pleased with them I decided to give their equivalent of a face wash/cleanser a try. At the time of writing both Boots and Superdrug have got promotions on the entire King of Shaves range (I bought this from Superdrug with a third off the price!), so it might be an idea to give them a try. Anyway, this is called "K-First" and claims to be suitable for "universal skin types", of which I assume that my dry and delicate skin fits in to. This is supposed to be suitable for a pre-shave wash or whenever washing sensitive skin. The thing to get used to when using this is it is non-soapy, hence it doesn't lather up much. Directions ---------- Wet your face thoroughly (believe me it has to be very wet!), then squeeze out a little bit of it out onto your palms and rub in until it lathers up a bit. At this stage I prefer to leave it on for about thirty seconds to really cleanse my skin well, then rinse off. Ingredients ----------- Aqua (water!), TEA-lauryl sulfate (I thought tea was something with milk and sugar, guess I was wrong!) , Cocamide DEA (?), Glycerin (great plant based moisturising oil, sometimes used in soaps), Cocamidopropyl betaine (?), Sodium ...

Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar 23/04/2001

Wiccy Wiccy Wah

Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar I'd been bought this bar by my Mum,who I'm sure thinks I get up to some pretty rough and tumble activities (I dread to think what!) and presumably have muscle ache. The bar comes in at an oval shape is white and smooth on one side and has some beans on the other side. I know this paints a rather confusing picture, but I shall go into details later. The bar weighs in at a nice 70grams (and costs £3.25),and has the most gorgeous smell of peppermint creams imaginable. Now I've been looking for an excuse to use this bar, as I consider myself a bit of an expert on two of the other massage bars (as my girlfriend will testify!)This is supposed to be more of a self-applying one (damn,I hear you cry!) and is ideal for applying to those stubborn muscle aches. The opportunity then arose, due to some arm strain caused by the heaving of heavy boxes at work. On my usual pampering sessions I thought I'd give it a shot. Directions ---------- Right, first step is to require an aching muscle (or two!). Then you take this bar and rub the bars' smooth side onto the skin (around the aching area) until the bar begins to melt (it does this at body temperature). After you have a nice covering of the melted bar/oil on your skin you flip the bar over onto the other side and use the "bean" side to rub the oil into the skin. Now this feeling is quite extraordinary, and fells like loads of little fingertips massaging your skin. It leaves a refreshed and warming feeling on the skin (due to the ...

King of Shaves K-XF eXFoliating Facial Scrub 23/04/2001

Scrub a dub dub

King of Shaves K-XF eXFoliating Facial Scrub I need to exfoliate every other day, otherwise I swear my face would fall off. I tend to have quite flaky skin, and exfoliating every other day is pretty much a must for me. Besides this I find that exfoliating is a good way to soften and cleanse the skin to prepare it for the chore that we call "shaving". I came across K-XF by King of Shaves by chance when it was on offer in Superdrug (a third off!). As I had already bought the daily face wash by them (see seperate review),tihs was supposed to be the ideal companion. What you're supposed to do is alternate this with the face wash, but personally I just use them as and when. The nice thing about this particular exfoliator is that instead of the harsh microscopic plastic (polypropylene) beads that some mens' exfoliators contain, this contains jojoba. In basic terms the plastic beads are too rough on the skin, and instead of just removing the dirt and dead skin from your face, they tend to cause minute tears to your skins' surface. On the other hand, the microscopic particles of jojoba present on this are much more gentle and go about the job of just removing the oil, dead skin and dirt present on the face. Another nice thing about this exfoliator is the fact that it contains mango oil. Now not knowing about the cosmetic side of the humble mango, I presumed that its "moisture retaining" oil, would be a bit of blurb. It wasn't until after using the face wash (also containig mango oil) and my colleagues commented on ...

Uplift Mofo Party Plan (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Red Hot Chili Peppers 18/04/2001

Organic Anti Beatbox Album

Uplift Mofo Party Plan (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Red Hot Chili Peppers Cited as the Red Hot Chili Peppers most drug-influenced album is perhaps one way of describing this album. One thing is for sure though, it represents a celebration of the four founding members of the band together at last on the same album. The previous two albums (Red Hot Chili Peppers and Freaky Styley) had hired session musicians playing at least one of the instruments in the band. On their self-titled first release, both the drummer (Cliff Martinez) and Guitarist (Jack Sherman) were both session musicians drafted in. This was due to the Chilis' founding guitarist and drummer (Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons) relative success with another band. With Freaky Styley, the original drummer decided to play once more with the chili peppers. With this album (released in 1987) all four founding members and school friends were together at last. The album has an amazing upbeat sound to it, and is damn fine party music. Perhaps this is why four of the tracks are present on their best of (What Hits?!) I shall detail each track in turn: "Fight Like a Brave" is a very lively song which is about standing up for your rights no matter who you are. It is a song about unification (quite appropriate), and whether you're rich and poor, no-one can take away your rights. It starts off with a catchy guitar riff leading to quite fast rapping. It has lovely guitar and bass solos and is very upbeat, catchy and fun with a nice touch of humour. "Funky Crime" is a laid back song about funk as a ...
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