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I try to keep my reviews a little light hearted because that's my character and approach on most things. I'm not an English teacher, I didn't "stick in school" so my grammar isn't the best but I feel my reviews are true to my experiences.

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since 27/02/2016

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Travel Lodge Regent House Stockport, Stockport 20/03/2017

Cheap and Cheerful!

Travel Lodge Regent House Stockport, Stockport Travel Lodge, Regent House, Stockport Location Regent House Heaton Lane Stockport Greater Manchester SK4 1BS United Kingdom Tel: 08715 591890 About The travel lodge in Stockport is one of the newer ones having only opened in December 2016. It's central location makes it a great budget place to stay in my opinion, if you're a football fan it's only 15-20minutes drive away from Old Trafford or the Man City Stadium. Only 15-20 minutes drive from Manchester Airport for easy travel for people flying into Manchester. The Stockport Hat Works hat museum is literally 2 minutes walk up the road and is free self touring, guided tours will be charged for. The Mersey Way Shopping centre is a 2 minute walk across the road and there is a large car park just across the road. The travel lodge has 86 rooms spread over 3 floors. What I Booked and When We Stayed I booked the travel lodge for 2 nights, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th March with check-out on Sunday 19th March. I booked a double room and paid extra for early check-in. It cost me a total of £81 and I booked and paid online. How We Got There I arranged a weekend away with my 10 year old niece as part of her Christmas gift, we've booked her first holiday abroad for October and she's never been on a plane so this trip gave us the opportunity for some quality Auntie/Niece time and for her to experience a short flight for her first time. We only stayed for 2 nights, checking in on the Friday and out again on the Sunday. ...

Rocket League (PS4) 14/03/2017

Fun rocket fuelled gaming for everyone!

Rocket League (PS4) Small note, my images are side ways and I can't fix it, sorry! Rocket League (PS4) Quick Introduction Rocket league is a car based game with a twist, it's basically football with rocket fuelled cars. You use the car to hit the ball towards the opponents goal to score, only the cars being rocket fuelled means you can make them fly, jump, roll, boost faster etc. You can also change the look of your car to your own taste. It's lots of fun and somewhat addictive at times, it can be played alone or with friends. The game Rocket League is a registered trademark by Psyonix created in 2015. Price and Availability This game can be downloaded direct from the PlayStation Network (PSN) onto your console or in disc form. To buy on disc it can be found in many shops and supermarkets, pretty much anywhere that sells console games and costs between £15 and £20 which is quite cheap for a PS4 game. It's around the same price on PSN, I can't remember exactly what the actual cost of it is, personally I downloaded it through word of mouth when it was up for free! There are in-game purchases of course, there are several DSL updates where you can pay for new cars, some novelty and some just upgraded versions of existing ones. The novelty ones include the likes of the bat mobile and the Delorean from back to the future. These upgrades cost anything from £2-£4 each, personally I didn't buy any of them. They also introduced crates to the item inventory, these are dropped after matches at ...

MuscleFood.com 04/03/2017

Great value, great meat, great service.

MuscleFood.com Update 05/03/17 Well it's 1 day short of a year since I wrote this review and I still won't buy my meat anywhere else. The company still offers great deals on a weekly and monthly basis, I get texts and emails occasionally with hot offers but not too often to the point of annoyance. Their products and service is still top notch with no issues and I've stuck with them! If you haven't tried this website out already then put in a small order and give it a try, I've saved so many £££s! My Impressions My first impressions of this site, I was a little cautious. I'd heard of them before but I didn't know anyone that had tried them. I thought they were just a company for gym buffs, everything protein and supplements and high in this or that, things I wouldn't understand. However, although I was partially right, I was also wrong. You can bulk buy to feed a family from this site and save so much money. I seen an add for a bundle deal on meat they were doing on Facebook and it looked like value for money so I thought I'd give it a try. Glad I did! The Site The company itself is a family run business with great morals when it comes to their customers. I've only placed 1 order so far and I'm always receiving emails about great looking deals they have on. The site itself is easy to navigate around, they do a MASSIVE range of meats from plain chicken breast, seasoned chicken, grass fed steaks, burgers, meatballs, kebab skewers, fish, turkey, duck, pork.. You name it, they have it. ...

General: Malta 28/02/2017

Malta, feels like a home from home.

General: Malta My Malta Experience Quick Introduction I'm literally writing this review just as I've returned from Malta, currently sitting on a train back home from the airport, I just couldn't wait to share my experience. I am quite tired though so it's likely I'll take a break and pick it up later at home. I tried to do something most days I was there and I did quite a lot, however, there's so much to do there that I'm just going to HAVE to go back. I went for 7 nights, Sunday to Sunday and I stayed in the area of Mellieha which is one of the more quiet areas of Malta near the north of the island. Here's my mini list of what I did each day. *Day 1 - Travelling and Arrival at the Hotel *Day 2 - Visit to a Mellieha Air Raid Shelter, little walk and Massage within Hotel Spa *Day 3 - Lunch in St.Julians and a quick look in Valletta *Day 4 - Captain Morgan's Harbour Cruise around Valletta and Sliema and a visit to the Malta National Aquarium in St. Paul's. *Day 5 - Popeye Village *Day 6 - Captain Morgan's Boat trip with Gozo and Comino Tour *Day 7 - Discovered the roof top pool in the hotel and got a couple of treatments at the Spa within the hotel. Everything in my review will be based on these activities over these days. Everyone I met on the island spoke some sort of English, mostly well spoken too. They only people that didn't seem to speak much English were other tourists. It feels quite homely to me. The Airport The airport is pretty small, which is expected as the country ...

Avon Anew Vitale Day Cream 06/02/2017

Fresh, soft skin from Anew

Avon Anew Vitale Day Cream Avon Anew Vitale Day Cream The Product Range Anew Vitale is a range of skin care available by Avon, the range includes the Anew Vitale Day Cream, Anew Vitale Night Cream, Anew Vitale Eye cream, Anew Vitale Visible Perfection Instant Blurring Cream and Anew Vitale BB Cream SPF 20. Avon Anew offers 4 age ranges in their skin care products *Avon Anew Vitale 25+ *Avon Anew Reversalist 40+ *Avon Anew Ultimate 50+ *Avon Anew Platinum 60+ Each range concentrating on different aspects of ageing to keep skin youthful and fresh. Anew Vitale Claims This range is aimed at ages 25+ plus but can be used before to combat signs of ageing earlier. Avon's caption from the current campaign catalogue (C05 2017) say "flawless-looking skin, everyday". And in fine print "Out of 161 Boots No7 users questioned, 72% preferred Anew when comparing like-for-like products". The website's description on the UK site is very vague compared to the US website so I'll show both. From the Avon UK website (www.avon.uk.com) "With Perfect Cell Complex to help to maximise skin cell turnover, for improved skin quality. SPF 25. 50ml." From the US Website (www.avon.com) "Revive the look and feel of tired skin with Anew Vitale Day Cream. Formulated with VitaTone Complex, it evens out skin tone, while returning vibrancy, reducing dullness and improving clarity. This day cream with SPF protection helps your skin look beautiful and protect it from further sun damage. Comes in a 1.7 oz jar and is suitable for ...

B&Q Brass Effect Internal Locking Door Knob 07/11/2016

Easy D.I.Y Lockable door handle from B&Q

B&Q Brass Effect Internal Locking Door Knob Quick Update on 07/11/16 (8 months later) The door knob is still going strong, everything works fine. I really can't fault this product, it's durable. As a short introduction, I'll just say this. I'm writing this review literally hours after I've bought and installed this handle. The Product B&Q Brass Effect Round Internal Locking Door Knob, Pack of 1. Metal handle with a brass effect for internal use. Price and Availability This is a B&Q branded handle and can be purchased in-store or online for £17. Very reasonable considering I went to 2 independent door and security shops and wasn't quoted less than £35 and was advised to get a joiner to fit it. No thank you! My Story So I live in a 2 bedroom flat and have a friend from work staying in my spare room, he's moving out in the next few weeks. So, I've decided to lease out my second room to students, oil workers, anyone that can pay for it. So in order to feel safer about personal things, I wanted a lock for my bedroom door that wouldn't damage it. So off I went to a few independent shops only to get stupid quotes but some good advice on the type of lock to get. There was currently a round brass handle fitted on the door, so there were options to get a round handle that locks. After mooching this advice for free, I went to B&Q with the frame of thought that they sell EVERYTHING so they must have what I need. I went into B&Q and found the isle with all the locks and came across this handle that's under review. I ...

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum 07/11/2016

YSL Black Opium, Femininity that lasts!

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau De Parfum The Product Packaging YSL Black Opium is presented in a black box with pink edges and a sparkly YSL logo on it, the gift set is presented in a similar styled box. The bottle is a sturdy, quite short and wide bottle presented in sparkly black (it almost looks like sequins in some lights) with a glass circle in the middle which is great for seeing how much you have left. From boots.com Discover Black Opium, the new feminine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent – new glam rock fragrance full of mystery and energy. An addictive gourmand floral with notes of: Black Coffee – for a shot of adrenaline; White Florals – to instantly seduce; and Vanilla – for sweetness and sensuality. WHAT’S STOPPING YOU? Top Notes - Black Coffee Heart Notes - White Florals Base Notes - Vanilla Price and Availability This perfume is available in both Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum, the difference is price is only about £10 with the 50ml size EDP coming in at anything from £50-£66 (£66 is the RRP so when shopping around, don't over pay) and the Eau de Toilette coming in at anything from £40-£55. Make sure you take the gift sets into consideration when buying this product, personally I bought the 50ml Eau de Parfum gift set for £66, the same price as the 50ml bottle on its own. Within the gift set you get the 50ml bottle and a 7.5ml handbag sized miniature bottle, handy for occasions when you use a smaller bag (not that you'll need to top this fragrance ...

Carmex Lip Balm Pot 16/03/2016

Soft kissable lips from old faithful Carmax

Carmex Lip Balm Pot The Product I first bought this when I was in Boots looking for something to repair my lips when they were dry and chapped a couple of years ago. I found Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm for £2.69 and, despite trying others regularly, I always land back to the original Carmex Lip Balm Pot. The product comes in a 7.5g pot with a screw off lid, the pot is white with the signature yellow Carmex top and the Carmex logo. The product smells quite herbal to me and is a yellow colour in the pot. I quite like the smell but some people don't. I like to think of Lip Balm like medicine, if medicine tastes bad, it works. If lip balm smells herbal/menthol, it works. Anytime I try something fruity it's just a let down. The product claims to sooth dry and chapped lips with long lasting relief. I'd have to agree, the only time I get dry lips again is when I change product, I never learn. Ingredients camphor, menthol, petrolatum, lanolin, cetyl esters, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, paraffin, beeswax, flavor, salicylic acid, phenol The petrolatum in the lip balm helps to barrier the lips to allow the healing process and the lanolin helps to retain moisture. Price and Availability Carmex is widely available in most supermarkets, pharmacies, beauty stores and even some corner shops! It varies in price but is usually around the £2.50 mark. You can often get it on offer for a little cheaper or as I do, use your Boots points to buy it so you feel like you get it for free (love me a ...

Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum 15/03/2016

Jimmy Choo, it ain't all about them shoes!

Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum The Product My review is on the Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum, first launched is 2011. The perfume comes in a patterned bottle that you can see through, so you'll always know how much you have left and is presented in a pink and black snake skin design box with a black/silver Jimmy Choo logo on it. This fragrance is also available in Eau de Toilette but for the sake of a few pounds, I'd recommend sticking to the EDP, purely for the staying power and the more intense fragrance. (from fragrance direct.co.uk) Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum expresses an aura of strength and beauty. Glamorous in attitude, confident, intelligent and with a sense of fashion and fun, the fragrance is a modern Fruity Chypre with warm, rich, woody depths. Is is a fragrance inspired by modern women, strong, empowered, beautiful, seductive and alluring with a hidden and mysterious sense of confident sexuality. This fragrance, in my opinion, is the epiphany of feminine class. It's scent notes are as follows. Top Notes Pear Nectar, Sweet Italian Orange Heart Tiger Orchard Base Notes Sweet Toffee Caramel, Indonesian Patchouli The combination of these notes makes for an amazing fragrance, in my honest opinion. Price and Availability This fragrance in available in 3 sizes, 40ml, 60ml and 100ml. It's also available in Eau de Toilette but the price variance from EDT to EDP is very little and the Eau de Parfum smells just that little bit stronger. I'd advise you to test both before making a purchase as the EDP ...

Dolce & Gabbana 3 L'Imperatrice Eau de Toilette 14/03/2016

Fruity spring fragrance from D&G

Dolce & Gabbana 3 L'Imperatrice Eau de Toilette The Product D&G 3 L'Impératice is part of a collection by Dolce & Gabbana called Anthology inspired by tarot cards. This particular one is "The Empress". The collection started off as a 5 piece collection that was unisex but has since become a collection of 9 fragrances divided into men and women's fragrances with this one coming under the women's. The product comes in a 100ml classic clear glass bottle with the D&G logo and a simple white label on it. The Anthology fragrance collection is only available in Eau De Toilette. Top Notes Rhubarb Red Current Kiwi Heart Watermelon Base Notes Sandalwood Musk Grapefruit Price and Availability This fragrance can be found in many common retailers such as Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser and The Perfume Shop but retail around £41-£43. If you shop around online, you can find it much cheaper. I found it on fragrance direct for just £25.95 + P&P. So if you fancy trying this, I'd advise you to go to one of the top retailers next time you're in town to sample it and then shop around online to save some money. My Use Of The Product I've only recently started using this fragrance in the past week or 2 after finishing a bottle of Jimmy Choo and I must say, I've had a few comments on it, all of them good. I find this to be a very feminine fragrance because it's so fruity. I'd even go as far as to say it's quite a "young" fragrance, I couldn't imagine smelling this on an old lady on the bus (they all wear rose and lavender ...

Slim-Fast Banana Powder Drink 12 Servings 11/03/2016

"Blissful" weight loss from Slim Fast

Slim-Fast Banana Powder Drink 12 Servings The Product SlimFast Blissful Banana Flavour Powder Shake is designed to be part of a healthy 3-2-1 diet from Slim Fast for weight loss and management. Each shake supplements 1 meal. Each shake is high in protein with 15g of protein, 4g of fibre and 23 vitamins and minerals per serving and only 230 calories. It is quite high in sugar though with a whopping 20g per serving. One tub is 438g and makes 12 servings of the milk shake, it comes with a measuring scoop inside for easy mixing. The shake is really easy to make, 250ml of skimmed milk with 2 scoops of the powder, mix it up either in a shake bottle or with a blender and drink. Due to the high sugar content in the shake you can imagine it tastes very sweet, but it does taste of banana also. The consistency of the shake is slightly different to shop-bought milkshakes, it's thinner but still tastes great when mixed right. Ingredients Ingredients Skimmed Milk Powder , Sugar , Maltodextrin , Fructose , Corn Oil , Inulin , Thickeners (Acacia Gum, Xanthan Gum) , Lactose , Bulking Agent (Cellulose) , Milk Proteins , Stabilisers (Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Potassium Phosphate, Calcium Phosphate) , Flavour , Colour (Beta-Carotene) , Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin) , Vitamins and Minerals1 , Antioxidants (Tocopherol-Rich Extract) , Sodium Ascorbate , 1Vitamins and Minerals: Magnesium Oxide, Ferric Pyrophosphate, Vitamin C, Zinc Gluconate, Vitamin E, Niacin, Vitamin A, Copper Gluconate, Manganese Sulphate, Sodium Selenite, ...

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub 11/03/2016

Softer, fruitier skin from The Body Shop

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub The Product The Body Shop Mango Body scrub is a gentle exfoliant with mango seed oil to help moisturise skin. With exfoliating salt and sugar. The product claims to remove dead skin cells, stimulate skin microcirculation and leave skin feeling smooth and soft and I agree. The scrub has a fresh mango scent and leaves skin feeling great. Th product comes in a durable plastic pot with a mango motif and the signature The Body Shop logo on it. The product looks slightly gritty, it reminds me of how butter and sugar look together melting in a pan. You can see the oils in it if you look close enough. Ingredients Octyl Palmitate (Emollient), Sucrose (Depilatory Agent), Sodium Chloride (Salt) (Viscosity Modifier), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil) (Emollient), Silica (Absorbent), Mangifera indica (Mango Seed Oil) (Emollient), Glycine soja (Soybean Oil) (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Ricinus communis (Castor Oil) (Emollient), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Prunus dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil) (Emollient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone) (Sunscreen), Amyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Capsicum frutescens (Capsicum Extract) (Natural Additive), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Eugenol (Fragrance Ingredient), Amylcinnamyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Rosmarinus ...

The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel/Cream 11/03/2016

Get fruity when you're steamy with The Body Shop!

The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel/Cream The Product The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel is a soap-free cleanser with satsuma fruit extract. Available in a 250ml bottle or you can purchase it in shop-made gift sets in-store. The smell is incredible. It's very sweet and zesty smelling, and is true to it's claim of being satsuma based. I can smell the zingy satsuma fragrance all through my flat for about 30minutes after having a shower and I love it. The smell lingers on your skin throughout the day and leaves your skin feeling clean. The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle with a snap top lid for easy access when showering and has a satsuma motif with the classic The Body Shop logo on it. Ingredients are printed on the back. Ingredients Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate (Viscosity Modifier), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Trisodium Sulfosuccinate (pH Adjuster), Mel/Honey (Natural Additive), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Citrus Nobilis Fruit Extract/Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Benzophenone-4 (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Hexyl Cinnamal ...

Dove Cleansing Bar 09/03/2016

Creamy goodness from Dove

Dove Cleansing Bar The Product From the Dove Website (dove.com) For skin that's soft and smooth, turn to the Dove beauty bar. With ¼ moisturising cream, it goes beyond cleansing, nourishing as it washes away the day… The secret to beautiful skin is moisture, and no other bar hydrates skin better than Dove. That’s because Dove isn’t a soap bar, it’s a Beauty Bar. While ordinary soaps can strip skin of essential nutrients, Dove beauty bar has mild cleansers to care for skin as it cleans. With our ¼ moisturising cream, Dove Beauty Bar leaves your face and body feeling soft, smooth, and more radiant than ordinary soap. You can see why we call it a beauty bar. Ingredients Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Palmitate, Aqua, Lauric Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Stearate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Parfum, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Alumina, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butyphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 77891, Ingredients correct at time of publishing. Always check product packaging Price and Availability This product can be bought in a few weights and quantities. The most frequent is 4 x 100g bars for around the £2 price mark. I bought a 75g bar for £1 from a convenience store because I didn't shop around, but it's available for much less. It's widely available in most supermarkets, pharmacies and beauty stores like boots, ...

The Body Shop Mango Bath and Shower Gel 09/03/2016

Subtle fruitiness from The Body Shop

The Body Shop Mango Bath and Shower Gel The Product The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel is a soap-free cleansing shower gel with mango fruit extract. The product is available in different sizes and many gift sets if you shop in-store. The smell from the bottle is quite strong and sweet and when you use the product, your bathroom smells lovely afterwards. Just a lovely fruity mango smell. Although it smells quite strong in the bottle and in the air after use, the scent left on the skin is subtle enough not to over power any perfume you want to wear. This pairs really well with the Mango Body Whip, which I love and have also reviewed. The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle no matter what size you buy it in, larger bottles with a pump top are available. Ingredients Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Cocamide DEA (Surfactant), Coco-Glucoside (Surfactant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower Oil) (Emollient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate (Surfactant), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzophenone-4 (Sunscreen), Hexyl Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Mangifera indica (Mango (Mangifera Indica) Extract) (Natural Additive), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), ...
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