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I love Cath Kidston designs - I love the floral kitsch, I think it ties into my inner desire to be feminine, even if just a little bit. However, my budget really doesn't stretch that far, and most items in the shop are usually outside of my price range as an impoverished mature student!
However, feeling a bit manky one day with a cold, I saw these little packs of ten tissues, and felt like it was fate. I had a cold, AND I had a pound lurking in my pocket - clearly the universe wanted me to buy myself a pack. There were quite a few designs to chose from, including Provence Rose in both blue (pictured above) and pink, cherry prints and apple prints. I opted for the Cherry Print, which has a largely white background broken up with juicy red and pink cherries on a stem, and scattered with pale blue flowers.
There are ten tissues in a pack - I can't remember now exactly how much a pack was, but I know I got change from a pound. With that said, I can get ten packs of tissues from the pound shop, so was well aware that realistically I was paying over the odds for the sake of a pretty pattern. And I couldn't give a stuff!
What I COULD give was a very stuffy. The ladylike appearance of these pretty tissues was rather spoiled by making a bizarre trumpeting noise, similar to that which might be made by an elephant, into one in an attempt to clear my nostrils. Any illusion of me being a flower of feminine beauty would then completely vanish when I opened up the tissue to inspect the results. This isn't something I normally do, mind, I'm not usually so disgusting, but you see, when I blew my nose, my fingers felt wet through the tissue. The tissue, which was lovely and soft, was just too thin, and one good long hard blow seemed to have actually been more than it could cope with. I thought this might just have been a fluke, but further snorty nose blows just confirmed that these just weren't up to the task in hand.
Overall, I ended up quite disappointed in these. Whilst these tissues might be suited for, say, elegantly dabbing away a single tear as you wave off a loved one, or perhaps absorbing a runny nose but not being blown into, they are no match for my great big bellowing nose blows.
Pretty, but sadly not terribly functional - I shall however be on the lookout for a cotton handkerchief next time I'm in the shop though, as I really like the way these look!
I'm such a girly girl at times, and I'm a sucker for anything pretty. With this in mind, you can probably understand how terrible I am to shop with in a place like Cath Kidston. I don't often buy from Cath Kidston as their prices are ridiculously high for what they have to offer, but I do enjoy wandering round the shop and tormenting myself at everything I can't afford. Who doesn't?!
Although you can buy a multi pack of plain tissues for one or two pounds in any other shop, I thought it would be a good idea to spend 85p on just one packet in Cath Kidston. To some, this may seem ridiculous, but to me it seemed a good idea at the time. They come in a wide variety of different floral styles and also patterns matching whatever they're currently selling for the season (they have different fruit patterns, boats etc. it depends when you catch it). You really can't fault them for the designs. Having the choice, I'd much rather whip one of these tissues out and suffer with a cold in style rather than a plain, boring, nothing-special tissue. The tissues are available to buy both in store and online, however I think they have a wider variety to choose from in store.
After spending just 85p on one packet, and as they were so pretty, I was rather reluctant to use them straight away. The pack of tissues spent weeks in my bag unopened. But there comes a time when you're in emergency need of a tissue and have no other option...
When I eventually decided to use one, I found that the tissues felt quite rough on my skin. They weren't smooth or soft to touch - which rather annoyed me as they don't come cheap. If you have a cold they're really not the best for rubbing your nose with, that is unless you fancy the idea of your nose glowing red by the end of it. I think they'd make better napkins if you want to make the table look pretty for dinner with the family or friends. I also found that the tissues aren't very absorbent.
Other than just using them as tissues, I've also seen a few ideas where people have put them into glass frames and have used them as a coaster or somewhere to stand a candle. They could also look great if you're creative enough to make them look good in a photo frame on the wall - which I'm not.
Overall, these tissues were designed by Cath Kidston for the look rather than what the product would be used for. I've definitely learnt that things that look better, don't always work better.