I always keep a tin of Nivea Creme handy as it is such a good multi functional cream. It is really thick in texture so makes a great barrier cream and I often use it on the kids if they have a little scrape so that it helps keep the skin supple and they are happy that they are being treated with cream!
The little tins I have are so cute with pictures on them, they are tiny and may have been hand out samples but I bought a boat load on ebay and use them in swaps and things. Each tin comes sealed with foil so they are fresh when you open them. The tins can be a bit difficult to open if you have greasy hands as they are clamped shut.
I always take a tin travelling as this also makes a great lip balm if you massage the creme in well. It works on elbows and dry skin, feet and arms and legs. I have also used it on sunburn when I stupidly burnt around my hairline one holiday.
I didn't pay much for my mini tins and you can buy bigger versions all for around two pounds so it's worth a mini investment I think.
I wouldn't be without Nivea Creme in my life as it always comes in handy. It can be a bit messy as a little bit goes a long way but generally I like how it smells and it also works in many ways. It is not medicated or has antiseptic properties so beware of this if ever using in a first aid context.
This SanDisk Cruzer Switch in 64GB was the flash drive my hubby bought when he was running out of mobile storage space. He nipped out to the supermarket and returned with this device. I am not really sure how it ended up in my handbag... OK so I know exactly how it ended up in my handbag, I too, was running out of portable media space and needed to transfer a video file between home and work.
The actual shape of the drive is well thought out. It has a flip over lid so you can protect the end when it is not in use and this is attached so would be impossible to lose. The main body of the flash drive clips in to the lid too making it shorter in length. Another handy feature is the plastic clip you can attach a lanyard or keyring or ribbon to the device. Mine has a keyring with hubby's name written on it... yep that worked didn't it?! The drive weighs just 9g so you literally don't know it's in your pocket! I should also add that this flash drive is quite manly in black and red colours.
I think Hubby got stung by over inflated supermarket prices as I am sure he told me it cost £24.99 a few months ago. It is on sale on Amazon in various sizes right now with the 64GB drive priced at £14.99.
I just plug this flash drive in to the 2.0 USB port of my laptop or PC and I can immediately open up the files on it using the My Computer option on the menu bar. You can drag and drop files to and from the stick and it works fast enough for me.
There is a private data section on this flash drive which I have not really had a need for but it is included on the software of the 64GB version so you can password protect and encrypt your files if you need to you drag and drop files in to a vault and they'll be protected by a personal password and automatic 128-bit AES encryption3.
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This stick comes with a five year warranty (presumably if you can find your receipt!) and is made from a mixture of silicon and plastic.
This is a device I use daily. I always opt for this flash drive from my collection as I know there is plenty of space on it. I was dreading writing this review as I feared it would be too dull and technically inept but to be honest I think most computer users are now familiar with what a flash drive does so it doesn't have to be that complicated!
Van Meuwen is one of three websites we use to buy plants and bulbs on the internet. We combine this site with Thompson and Morgan and Hayloft, picking off the best of the offers from each of the sites. We are loyal - but promiscuously so. If you see what I mean!
As the name suggests, Van Meuwen has strong Dutch roots and the founder is indeed a Dutchman, but one who saw the light and moved to the UK in the 1960s and subsequently set up his own bulb business in Spalding a decade later. He got into mail order (and subsequently internet business) back in 1977 and has been specialising in this way of selling.
We've had a lot of great value bulbs - as an example, earlier this week they had a 100 bulbs for a pound deal which even with mail costs on top, was still less than a fiver. Add more items and spread the mail costs and it's even better value. We've also had a lot of their 'plug' plants which come out in nifty little flat packs with the plugs in tiny little units inside a cardboard sleeve.
Plants come with good instructions on where to put them and how to make them thrive and if you're ever not happy with what you've got and how well it does, they'll give you your money back without a fuss.
I would struggle to tell you that one of our three chosen plant suppliers is better than the others as all three are fantastic and offer an infinitely better range of plants than most local garden centres at much better prices.
As someone who lives in the countryside, I'm not a big fan of London finding the place altogether rather too overwhelming. However, I'd be the first to admit that there are some great things you just can't get access to outside London and one of my favourite 'must visit' shops on any trip to London is Stanfords, the amazing map and travel book store.
Thankfully, there's a Stanfords website which now means I can get the books I want - or can find out they exist and then sneak off and get them cheaper on other sites (I know - naughty, naughty - using the website.
If you've ever tried to find travel guides or maps in a small town bookshop, you'll know how frustrating it can be. There's no end of choices for Spain, Italy, France or the USA, but if you want a guide to Iran, Libya, or specific bits of India, you can forget it. At best they'll order it in for you - so why not just do that yourself with Stanfords.
The site enables you to search by destination - at region, country or city level - or by 'activities'. The activity search helps you to find books about walking, cycling, photography, etc. The map section offers a wide range of maps - wall maps, street maps, road maps etc and globes. You'll also find not just the guides to places but also the best and most obscure travel writing about your chosen destinations.
Postage is a downside to the site since the costs are calculated on the basis of the weight of your parcel. Considering that most of us are now used to free and fast Amazon deliveries, it can be a shock to have to pay normal postage rates if you're buying something heavy. However, if you need something special and you just can't get it anywhere else, the postage will still beat the cost of a day return to London.
Whilst this listing is for klmuk.com that site does not exist and if you type it into your browser you will arrive at the English language version of the real site - klm.com
For those who don't know it - and there must still be a few - KLM is the Dutch national airline whose hub is at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.
KLM.com is a website I used so often that it's on my main short-cuts bar on all my computers. I use the site several times a week most weeks and I have taken 60-90 flights a year with the airline and its partners.
So what do I use the website for? I use it for checking my points balance, for planning flights for work (I don't usually book them directly on the site as we have a company travel site that handles the bookings), for checking in for my flights and picking seats, and for booking reward flights with my Flying Blue points.
When you first start using the website, not everything is obvious. It took me a good few times before I knew where to find everything and for the navigation to become easy. Those who use the site infrequently may well find it frustrating or irritating.
Sadly I've also needed to report complaints - missed connections, stuff like that - through the site and find it incredibly tricky to get to the right page to make such complaints. That said, once you're there, KLM are very responsive and I've had refunds and compensation processed quickly.
If you find yourself frustrated on the KLM website, I recommend to pick up any issues via their facebook page where you should get a reply within an hour, any time of the day or night.
This Fisher Price toddler telephone has been around since the 1960s, which explain why I, a toddler in 1972, can remember it from my childhood.
Our then little girl received this cute classic for her first birthday. And a classic it is as it looks nothing like telephones of today. This pull-along, dial-up telephone has four wheels on its base, and is partly fashioned in the shape of a face. Young kids love faces, and this one is extra special with eyes that move as the toy is pulled along by a short piece of red cord attached to the front. It is indeed quite short, obviously to avoid being a strangulation or trip hazard.
The handset of this telephone is attached by a curly cord, just like the olden days, which of course means it cannot be detached and become lost.
Our daughter was already walking when she received this gift, and was delighted at being able to pull something around. She also knew, around 14 months, what the telephone handset was for. It was very cute watching her play with this and have pretend conversations, most of which was babbling in the early days.
Our daughter, now five, had this toy for approximately two years before it was passed on to new pastures. It was easy to wipe clean, being made of a sturdy plastic, and was also quite a hardy toy as it survived being thrown around on our hardwood floors.
I recommended this inexpensive toy, which is widely available.
I have always used wipes to cleanse my face and these No 7 Beautiful Skin wipes are one of my favourites. The full retail price is £7 but I have never actually paid this for them and I think that this is very expensive for a product like this. I buy a lot of toiletries from Boots so tend to get quite a few of the £5 vouchers which enables me to buy them for £2 which is far more reasonable and I find that I usually get enough of these vouchers for me never to run out of them.
There are thirty wipes in the pack which is a plastic packet with a lid similar to baby wipes which you open to remove the wipes and then click back to secure the packet. I have always found them to clip back very securely and I have never experienced them not closing properly or the wipes drying out. The wipes themselves are quite thick and strong and feel moist to the touch but not too wet to be uncomfortable or messy to use. They don't really smell of anything apart from maybe a bit fresh and they are hypo-allergenic so are suitable for most skin types. It is easy to remove one wipe at a time which makes them more economical as they last longer when you only use one at a time. I have always found that one wipe is plenty to remove all my make up even if I have gone out in the evening and have been wearing full make up. They really do remove waterproof mascara and this is sometimes what I wear and I find that I don't really have to rub too hard to remove it.
They do feel moist and cool when I am using them and I am happy that they are very gentle and not abrasive in any way. I will start off first wiping round my face all the way to my hair and jawline, then I will gently wipe down to my neck. Lastly I will wipe over my eyes which takes the longest as mascara is the hardest to remove, however with several sweeps to my upper and lower eyelashes is usually sufficient to remove all traces of my mascara.
I find that they always remove my make up and leave my skin feeling soft and smooth and I have never experienced any soreness or irritation with them. Boots recommend that you don't flush them away but I think that this is the same for most wipes and I will just put them in the bathroom bin when I have finished. I recommend these wipes especially at £2 and I will continue to use them as they are soft and gentle and remove my make up with minimum effort.
I love L'Occitane products and was lucky enough to have this foaming bath as a birthday present from my friend who knows L'Occitane is a huge favourite of mine. As it was a gift I don't know how much it cost but I looked on line and saw that it was £19 for the 500ml size which is the one I have. Although it certainly isn't cheap for bath foam it is comparable to other L'Occitane products which I have always found to be excellent quality and do last a long time.
The bottle is quite plain and is a white plastic bottle which gives you the ingredients and instructions for use. The black screw top cap is quite small but I like this as it prevents you from tipping too much foam out in one go, although the foam is quite thick so you don't have to worry about it pouring out too quickly. It has a fresh delicate fragrance without being too strong and it has a lovely natural smell.
I don't have the time to have a bath every day but I do make time at least once a week for a relax in the bath which I really look forward to. I will always use some bath foam in there as I love languishing in lots of soapy bubbles which makes me feel very pampered and special. I will pour about the equivalent of three or four capfuls of this (bearing in mind the cap is small) under the running tap as I find that you get more foam this way. If I think that there aren't enough bubbles when I get in I will add a bit more to the water and swish it around and then just lie back and relax.
My skin always feel clean and soft when I get out of the bath and the smell does linger on my skin which is lovely. For me to have a bath using this rich foaming bath is an uplifting and calming experience. In today's busy lifestyle I think it is important to take some time to relax and pamper yourself and to use good quality products such as this is an bonus and heightens the whole experience of indulging and pampering yourself.
This is hands down one of my makeup staples! It gives a lovely finish to my skin tone, also great for contouring/warming up my makeup look. The only downfall is that is it quite pricey, but you do pay for what you get - pure quality!
I bought an Orly nail polish knowing nothing about the brand. I had been browsing online and just fell in love with a particular bright shade that I fancied for the Summer months. So I decided to give it a go.
My colour came in a 11ml bottle which is a little more generous than many of the other brands I've bought over the years and means that I have got plenty of use out of it. The ribbed plastic lid of my Color Blast polish looked a bit cheap to me but it did make it easy to undo because you have more grip on the lid when it is textured. The brush is quite small and narrow which is how I prefer it for neat application. The neck of the bottle is fairly wide which also maks the product easy to use.
Although for durability two coats are always ideal I find that the colour is intense and wearable from only one application. I have been very impressed by the quality of the finish this product gives. It is of the type that makes you want to keep glancing at your nice nails. I am also impressed by his quick Orly polish dries. Although not promoted as an ulta quick drier my nails are touch dry in two minutes easily when I use it. A claim that the makers do have is that they have invested a lot into anti chip technology so this should be a long lasting polish. Depending on my activities I would say it lasts 5 days to just over a week. I definitely recommend Orly nail products to anyone who wants a polished almost salon look. My only criticism is that it is on the runny side so you need to wipe excess of the brush before use.
I have used the Derma Intensive Facial Wipes loads of times. These only cost £1.00 and I have only ever seen them for sale in Tesco or Wilkinson’s – nowhere else, for some reason. They are the same price in both places. I usually spend more money on my facial wipes than £1 for a pack of 25 but actually these work out really good value for money as they are a three in one product.
They not only remove all traces of makes up (including waterproof mascara, I have to say) but at the same time they also tone and moisturise your face. I have used both the fragrance free type as well as the none fragranced type and if I had to choose between the two then I suppose I would choose the ones without any fragrance at all.
The fragranced wipes are quite strong smelling and whilst the smell is not unpleasant I do prefer for there to be no perfume in my facial wipes. They are kind to my skin. They do not sting or irritate at all and they really do remove all traces of my make up. I generally use one to two wipes – depending upon how much make I have been wearing.
They are neither too dry or too wet – just somewhere in between and though I don’t think they have any great moisturising quality to them, they nevertheless do not leave my skin feeling tight or dried out as some of the more expensive ones can do.
Overall, these are value for money, they work well and I’d recommend them. The only thing I am not too keen on is the fragranced ones but these fragrance free ones are great
Each of my credit cards has a specific purpose and each is used in different ways. My Halifax Clarity is my overseas credit card and - thanks to the nature of my job - it takes a heck of a hammering most months.
It's rare that I use it in the UK as I have other cards that offer cash back or hotel points that I use at home. But this is the one I use for hotels, train tickets, restaurants and all other spending in foreign currencies. It's the main one I take on holiday too.
People who travel infrequently may not be aware of just how much most credit and debit cards charge you for the pleasure and convenience of using their cards overseas. Typical charges come to around 2.5 to 3% of your spending. I probably run up an average of £800 to £1000 on this card most months - representing a typical saving of between £20 to £30 a months. I think you'll agree that's better off in my pocket than a bank's pocket.
I don't take cash from ATMs in other countries with this card because I neither understand nor want to pay for cash advances on any credit card. For that purpose I have a Norwich and Peterborough current account which has zero fees.
For any overseas travel, I recommend to never rely on just one credit or debit card just in case it should get lost, broken or eaten by an ATM machine. This for me is the best of the best when it comes to spending outside the country.
If you are flicking through the credit card reviews on Dooyoo and thinking that an Amazon credit cards sounds like it would be right up your street, then I am sorry to have to disappoint you. Between 2009 and September 2014, this card was an absolute no-brainer of a winner for any keen Amazon.co.uk users. It offered an equivalent of 1% cashback on all spending and a bit more (I think it was double that) on spending on Amazon's website. As soon as you built up enough 'points' for a £10 amazon e-voucher, the card's administrators send you an e-voucher straight away by email. This could be applied to your account of if you were feeling particularly generous, could be gifted to a friend or relative.
Sadly we only joined this card scheme 9 months before it became obsolete. MBNA withdrew from the relationship with Amazon and offered people their own MBNA card. I cut mine up and told them to take a hike. If a credit card company isn't offering me an incentive that's relevant and valuable to me, I leave and find one that will.
The deal was excellent whilst it lasted and I very much hope that Amazon.co.uk will sooner or later find another credit card company to work with and bring back the card since it was very popular with a lot of keen amazon shoppers and of course cost Amazon a lot less than the perceived value to the members. After all, it's better to give credit to spend on things that they make profit on than to give you straight, hard, cold cash.
Like many members of this site, I used to be a very loyal user of the Boots Advantage Card. It offers points equivalent to 4p value on every pound spent and there are frequent extra bonus deals on top that can really pile on the benefits. In the run up to Christmas, it's not unusual to see the Boots Advantage Card loyalists maxing their cards with three for the price of two offers and lots of extra vouchers. The trouble is, that once you realise that Boots really does charge a lot more than most other stores, it's not quite so easy to get carried away.
I used to buy a lot at Boots until I realised I had far too big a stock of toiletries already and found that I could get what I wanted much more cheaply online or in stores like Savers. From then on, I only tended to use my card when buying lunches in the Boots 'Meal Deal' formula. Typically I would save up my points all year and then have a small blow out in the branch at the airport when going for my main holiday.
I don't know if they still have the machines in the stores - see I really don't go very often - but it used to be possible to get lots of additional vouchers for money off or additional points once you were inside the store. I always enjoyed seeing what goodies might be on offer and trying to max the benefits. But now, I'm trying to be a bit more choosy and only buy what I need or what I know I will definitely use.
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