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Weetabix On the Go Chocolate Drink 28/09/2014

Liquid Weetabix? Not for me.

Sainsbury's Salted Peanut & Caramel Ice Cream 25/09/2014

Love peanuts? You will want to try this!

Sainsbury's Salted Peanut & Caramel Ice Cream I love peanuts and peanut butter so I couldn't leave a salted peanut and caramel ice cream behind in the supermarket. The one in question comes from Sainsbury's and is an own brand product. It costs £2.50 for a 500ml tub, but I have noticed that in Sainsbury's Local branches, the price is hiked to £2.75! Thankfully, I bought my first tub on offer for £2 and in fact it is so often discounted that I have never had to pay full price since. Apart from the price difference between the two types of Sainsbury's shops, I actually do think the full price represent good value as this is completely delicious and cheaper than a tub from one of the bands when they aren't on offer. The ice cream is caramel flavoured, with what is described as a peanut butter sauce swirled in, and then caramelised peanut pieces and chocolate coated salted peanuts sprinkled throughout. It is what I would call a traditional dairy ice cream texture, rather than a soft Mr Whippy type. It scoops out well if you are careful as the tub opening doesn't give you a lot of room to work with. And it works perfectly in a cone, especially a chocolate dipped one if you are feeling very devilish. When you open the tub it smells of peanut, a little hint of chocolate and a rich sweetness. The ice cream is two tone with darker and lighter caramel coloured parts, and while there is rarely any of the nut pieces visible at first, there are plenty there when you work your way down. It looks great quality and what with the ...

Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation Classic Beige 22/09/2014

Good product, confusing name

McCoys Jackets Cheese and Bacon Crisps 21/09/2014

Jacket potato crisps are a little odd

The Body Shop Ultra Fine Bath Lilly 18/09/2014

An ultra fine lily

The Body Shop Ultra Fine Bath Lilly I have received so many shower puffs as part of gift sets that I never thought I would need to buy one for myself but I have finally got to the bottom of my stockpile. I decided to invest in one from The Body Shop as I liked the sound of their ultra fine version. It wasn't the cheapest at £2 but not exactly expensive either. The Body Shop actually call what I call a shower puff, a bath lily, but you may also know them as a shower scrunchie. They are those round ruffled things made of (plastic?) netting that you use to get more lather from your shower gel or body wash plus exfoliate at the same time. I chose the coral coloured one but there is a choice of several shades at The Body Shop. I have noticed that even when you receive a "bath lily" in a giftset with products that would not be cheap, you often get a lily that is fairly poor quality in feel, and sometimes scratchy. I know they are intended to exfoliate but the emphasis is supposed to be on gently. I want to feel like they are doing something but as I am going to use one twice a day, I don't think the lily needs to be that rough to do it's job. If it is scratchy, I think I am probably doing more harm than good long term. The Body Shop seem to have got the balance just right. Moving it on the skin feels productive but I can happily use it everyday without feeling I have sandpapered myself! My skin feels extra fresh and invigorated after using it whatever shower gel I pair it with but not uncomfortable. The netting ...

Peanut Hottie 16/09/2014

Peanut Hottie - A peanut hot drink

Superdrug B.Pure Micellar Water 12/09/2014

Super "Water"?

17 Colour Clash Nail Effects 05/09/2014

Confetti nails - 17 Colour Clash Nail Effects

Yellowstone Solar Shower 29/08/2014

Showery weather?

Yellowstone Solar Shower My boyfriend and I like to go camping, especially off the beaten track. That means we may not have much in the way of facilities in every place we choose to stay. For that reason, my other half always brings along a solar powered shower as an extra source of hot water. He has had one for years which was pinched at a festival when borrowed by a friend, so the Yellowstone solar shower I am reviewing today was something of a last minute replacement. It only cost £5 in Wilko, which was cheaper by half than the ones I had browsed in a local camping good store. A solar shower is like a large bag made of thick black pvc. You fill it will cold water, and lay it down in the sun for a number of hours, while the water heats up. Then you hang the shower up, and open the water release at the bottom, which sends a flow of the hot water down a pipe and out through the small shower head. Before I ever used one, I was very sceptical that the British sun in particular could produce hot enough water to wash with, but it does - on a summers day. There is no point using it when it's really overcast, but more of that in a moment. The shower comes in a box with instructions on but they are also printed on the shower itself. Assembly involves putting in a metal pole in a pocket adjacent to the shower hanger- no doubt to reinforce it as the shower has a 20l capacity and it is easy to underestimate just how heavy that is when full. Then you just need to insert the water tube and shower head into ...

Rimmel Lasting Finish Blendable Powder Blush 25/08/2014

Three blushers are not as good as one

Barry M Kohl Pencil Navy Blue 23/08/2014

Feeling Blue thanks to Barry M

Beauty Without Cruelty Natural Infusion Moisturising Lipstick 22/08/2014

Beauty Without Cruelty is worth it

Beauty Without Cruelty Natural Infusion Moisturising Lipstick Beauty Without Cruelty is a make up brand that was recommended to me as vegetarian and vegan friendly. In other words they don't contain ingredients of animal origin. I decided to try a lipstick first because I found a particular colour that appealed to me. It cost £9.99 for a 4g tube on Amazon - most of the stockists are online but you may find local health food shops or similar shops that stock natural beauty products also have the range. Even if you aren't vegetarian, the brand may interest you because they focus on using natural ingredients, their products are fragrance free, and clear of parabens too. And if that's not enough, the lipstick is made in the UK. FOXGLOVE FEVER There are plenty of colours within BWC's range to choose from, including a carmine free red which is unusual indeed, and perfect for vegans. I intend to try that next but my first choice was Foxglove Fever, a shade that I would not exactly say matched the traditional foxgloves in my garden, whilst sill being very nice. It is a light pink, with a more peach tone than a cool one. I had to buy it without the help of a tester, due to ordering online, and I found the colour looked wildly different on different suppliers websites. The picture on Amazon is closest to reality - I have attached my own image to this review. Foxglove fever is one of the Natural Infusions moisturising lipsticks range, containing 40% jojoba oil. It is suppose to last all day, and promises a super conditioning feel. My opinion ...

Essence Stay Natural Concealer 20/08/2014

A good and inexpensive concealer from Essence

Zoya Channing Nail Polish 16/08/2014

For rusty fingers, Zoya polish is just the thing

Zoya Channing Nail Polish I love nail polish and was delighted to receive a Zoya nail polish as a gift from a friend. They are an American brand, not widely seen here but available from the likes of Amazon and some salons. I have bought a few of their polishes now for around £10.50 - £11.00 per 15ml but keep an eye on Amazon as there are very often some reduced to more like £5-7. The main thing I knew about the brand before using it was that Zoya say they were the first brand to remove potential toxins such as formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP and camphor from their products. Others brands have followed suit to a greater or lesser extent but it is good to know that Zoya are innovative in this way. They also call themselves vegan friendly. IT'S RED..SORT OF With more than 300 colours to choose from, picking my favourite is hard but it''s probably Channing, which I am reviewing today. I have attached a picture but I am not suure my camera phone does it justice. It's an unusual metallic rusty red/orange colour that was first available as part of the fall 2013 collection. Being serious about their polish, Zoya organise the colours into all sorts of collections - Channing is part of the satin finish line and is rated as colour intensity 5, meaning it should be opaque. (A 1 rating indicates a sheer polish). No one can say the brand doesn't help you pick just the right colour and finish for your desires! There are certainly colours within their collection I haven''t seen anywhere else, which is saying a ...

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick 13/08/2014

Essence Lipstick for a purse friendly price

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick I have noticed products from the Essence make up brand popping up in magazine features and I noted that the prices were low and the general comments about them positive. I presumed that they were some new online only brand as there was never any high street stockists listed. but to my surprise I have discovered that the products are available in Wilko or Wilkinsons as they were previously known. The brand isn't new either - it is Europe's biggest selling one, according to the Essence website. Anyway, the products were on a 3 for the price of 2 offer in Wilko so I bought some to try. Today's review is the Essence Long Lasting Lipstick, which I have in shade no.4 also known as "On the catwalk". It cost me £2.30 and it's a dark dusky pink. THE RANGE I think, judging from the images used on the brands website, that the are aiming at the young market, which is not surprising considering it is a budget brand, with most things being under £5. But the packaging doesn't look especially juvenile or cheap, at least as far as the lipstick is concerned. The colour range covers the basics and I found several lipsticks that appealed to me. ( There's 13 in the long last range).Testers are available now which were not out when the make up was first stocked in my nearest Wilko so if a lack of those put you off, it may be worth a second look. The lipstick tube is black with a ring of colour round the centre that is supposed to reflect the shade inside but I wouldn't rely on that if I were ...
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