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Hi everyone, a short time off ended up lasting a but longer but I'm back now :)

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since 31/03/2012


Boots Exfoliating Gloves 11/08/2015

Multipurpose gloves

Carex Hand Wash Cola Bottles 10/08/2015

Cola wash

Garnier Minerals Spray Fresh 06/08/2015

Cool and fresh

Garnier Minerals Spray Fresh For most toiletries, I am not really loyal to any brand, except when it comes to deodorant; I have a huge fear of smelling so when I find a brand that works, I stick to it. For around 7years now, this is the brand I have been using on a daily basis. Price & availability The deodorant can be found in most supermarkets and places such as Superdrug and Wilkos, surprisingly though, this isn’t stocked online at Boots which I think is quite strange. There are two different sizes available, a 100ml canister which retails for around £2 and a 250ml canister for around £3, I do think this is expensive when compared to similar brands on the market however it is one brand that is frequently on offer. I normally go for the bigger bottles and pick them up from Superdrug when they are ‘better than half price’. The Canister The deodorant comes in a tall white bottle which is topped with a pale green spray; it doesn’t have a lid as such however the spray does have a little slider switch on the back so you can lock this when not in use. The front of the bottle is the Garnier logo in black lettering, beneath which is a pale green pattern. In all the time I have been using this, I have only ever ones experienced an issue with the deodorant not coming out the bottle and that was last week, it seems to have blocked completely and just wouldn’t come out the canister. Luckily, there wasn’t much left and I had a few stashed away on the bathroom so I just started a new one. In use The ...

Drona Box Pink 05/08/2015

Drona does good

Ikea Skoghall Bedside Table 04/08/2015

Skoghall Storage

Ikea Skoghall Bedside Table Over the years we have had number of toy chests for Lauren but they have never really stood the test of time, my mother in law had one of these a couple of years back so we decided to try it out. Price & availability This is part of the Skoghall range which is exclusive to Ikea and consists of flooring, bath mats and tables (which I find is a bit of a random combination); it is priced at £15 which I think is a really good price considering it is very similar to a version Argos do which is prices at just under £40, the only difference being this doesn’t have a liner inside. I am not sure if Ikea allow you to order online however they do have a stock checking facility so you can check stock of any items in store to prevent you from having a wasted journey (although it you are like me, I actually quite like having a wander around and 99% of the time always end up buying something that I didn’t so with the intentions of purchasing). The unit Ikea actually describe this as a bedside table however we have always used it as a storage unit. In true Ikea style, the unit comes flat packed however the instructions are easy to follow and it didn’t take the hubby too long to build, you don’t need any additional tools to assemble this has there are the necessary allen keys provided. When fully assembled, the unit measures 36cm (w) x 48cm (l) x 49cm (h) which makes it quite a decent size and can hold quite a few things. We actually have a few of these, one for shoes, one for toys ...

Radox Brazilian Fusion Shower Gel 03/08/2015

Brazilian Wash

Radox Brazilian Fusion Shower Gel When it comes to shower gel, I like to shop around and make sure I get a bargain and only tend to buy what is on offer at the time. The last time I was running low, this is what I picked up. Price & availability The shower gel retails for around £2 - £2.50 depending on where you go, I picked this up from Superdrug and at the time is had a ‘better than half price’ promotion running so I paid just under £1 for a 250ml bottle which I thought was excellent value for money. It is also available from other high street chemists and supermarkets too. This fragrance is also available in a hand wash and a bath soak. The packaging The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle which has a black flip top lid which is stands on, I like the fact that the bottle is upside down as it means that the gel falls to the bottom and makes it easier to dispense the product when it is running out. If I am honest, the bottle does kind of blend in on the shelf and isn’t that eye catching. To the top of the bottle is a hook which it ideal for hanging on the shower hose or my shelf in the bathroom. The gel The shower gel is what I would describe as oatmeal in colour and as the bottle is clear, you can see this before you buy. To dispense the gel, all I need to do is flip open the lid and give the bottle a little squeeze, the gel does have quite a runny consistency to it so I have to remember not to squeeze too hard otherwise I end up with too much on my shower puff. I tend to use about a 50p sized ...

The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel 03/08/2015

Sweet Strawberries

Andrew Barton Strictly No Knots Detangling Comb 31/07/2015

No more knots

Superdrug Hair Grips 30/07/2015

Good grip

Superdrug Hair Grips I have fallen into the bad habit of washing my hair on a daily basis which means that now, I ‘have’ to wash my hair on a daily basis otherwise it starts to look greasy by halfway through the following day. I don’t help myself though as when I wear my hair down, I am always fiddling and playing with it so recently, to try a prolong the life, I have started to tie it back. My hair though has quite a few layers and I have a fringe so I decided to invest in some grips to help to keep my hair in place. Price & availability I picked these up from a bargain bucket at my local Superdrug where they were reduced with lots of other hair accessories to 50p. They are normally priced at £1.79 for a pack of 30 and are available from both in store and online. You also earn Beauty Card point for every pack you purchase at the full price. The grips The packaging of the grips is quite basic, they come on a hot pink piece of card which has the Superdrug logo to the bottom. Although this is basic, I quite like as it keeps the grips secure and in one place (we lose so many of these in our house). The grips are what I would describe as standard size, measuring just under 5cm in length and they are available in three different colours and available in matt or a gloss finish. I chose the brown as this is closest to my hair colour and also the matt as I didn’t want them to stand out too much. To the end of each grip is a little ball to help prevent you from scratching your head when putting them ...

Logik L20GS14 30/07/2015

Cooking at work

Lego Friends 3931: Emma's Splash Pool 29/07/2015

Splashing Lego

Superdrug Mousse 29/07/2015

Frizz free curls

Superdrug Mousse My hair is naturally curly (which I hate) and I do tend to straighten it every day however occasionally, I just don’t have time so I do leave it to dry naturally. However, as well as being curly, my hair is also quite frizzy so I do find I have to add a product otherwise I end up looking like a ball of fuzz. Price & availability The mousse retails for £1.29 for a 300ml canister, there are two choices available, firm and extra firm; I chose the extra firm option. It is part of Superdrug’s own brand therefore only available in Superdrug and it is available in store and online. I often find that Superdrug have promotions running on their own brands such as ½ price, extra points etc., I know I picked this up when it was half price. The mousse The mousse comes in a tall silver canister which has a purple design to the front, I think it looks really nice and simple yet not like a value brand on the shelf. It is topped with quite a wide nozzle which makes it easy to dispense the product. Before dispensing the mousse, I always give the bottle a really good shake otherwise I find that initially, the mousse comes out quite watery. The product comes out quite quickly (and it does expand which has caught me out a couple of times) and it has a really nice soft and light texture to it. I normally apply to my hair whilst wet (after I have combed it), then brush through with a wide tooth comb to ensure it is even distributed, I then give my hair a couple of scrunches and leave it to ...

Toni & Guy Rapid Response Leave-in Conditioner 28/07/2015

Toni was ok

Silverline Slotted Hammer-Thru Screwdriver 28/07/2015

Slotted Screwdriver

Silverline Slotted Hammer-Thru Screwdriver We recently had a clear out of our garage and I was amazed at the amount of tools that we have accumulated over the years, so much that I think we could set up our own DIY store. This is one screwdriver that I found hidden away in a tool box. Price & availability If I am honest, I am not sure where we purchased this one from however I have just had a look online and it seems to be available from most DIY and hardware stores and is priced from around £2 up to £4.50 depending on the size. The screwdriver This is a slotted screwdriver (I only learnt the different between a slotted and a Philips head last week) and has an 8mm head and looks very much like a normal screwdriver and is made from Chrome Vanadium which has a shiny finish and it is topped with slightly rubbery handle. The handle is black and red in colour and is shaped hexagonally yet the edges are smoothed which means that the screwdriver sits comfortably in my hand and it is really easy to grip. To the top of the handle is a little hole so that the screwdriver can be hung up when not in use (I must say though, we have never used this feature as our tools get left everywhere). The screwdriver has quite a solid look and feel to it; the metal shaft sits securely in the handle and doesn’t move around when in use. I like the fact that the handle is insulated as it gives that extra piece of mind when using for electrical work such as changing a light fitting of socket. The tips of the screwdriver as really sturdy, ...

Hotpoint RLFM171G 27/07/2015

Keeping things cool

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