A pet hate of mine, is to have chapped lips and so I always have one handy - in my jacket pocket and in nearly every handbag there is at least one variety of lip balm. And so I can get bored of just the plain lip balms. This is why I am a big fan of lip smackers. For only £1 - £3 you can get some really unique flavours that will certainly jazz up your daily routine.
It is worth shopping around to find the best price for these - and the most unique flavours. Places like Poundland and Savers sell these for around a pound (funnily enough) and seem to sell the flavours that you can no longer get elsewhere - I recently found a J2O and a Fanta Tropical Lip Smackers in a Poundland. Another almost guaranteed place to find Lip Smackers, but for a bit more money, is Claire's Accessorise. You can get packs of about 5 that fit a theme (such as fizzy drinks or retro sweets) that make a really good present.
So, do they work?
Well simply, yes. I find that the product does smell like what it claims, although sometimes I find it can be quite strong if you apply it first thing in the morning (but I like plain smells and foods in the mornings). Also, the product applies smoothly and leaves your lips with a nice subtle shine, and some of them even leave a little bit of colour - but again just a nice subtle hint, which I see as a bonus.
Overall, I really like lip smackers and think they are a really good gift for a very reasonable price, if you shop around.
The Smashbox PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER is available for GBP 25.50.
The primer is described as follows. "Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation to increase longevity, our best-selling primer helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish. Oil-free!"
I clean my face and carry on my normal day care after it is well drafted, I give a small amount of this primer about. The primer has a gel-like consistency and attracts a really quick, it takes no kidding minute until the product collected. After that I wear as usual on my make-up. At the beginning I was skeptical, I could not imagine that this works so. I develop during the day have a slight shine on forehead, nose and chin, although is not too bad, but if you still want to go where right after work, the make up just looks not so nice and so I was naturally very excited. At the end of the day thanks to this primer my makeup still looks very fresh, one sees virtually no gloss - a little bit of it in the end, but that's really nothing compared to the past. I am absolutely excited about this product, especially if you have a long day ahead of him, or would like to make the nightlife unsure it is advisable to completely apply these primers. The formula is so light that you do not realize to have applied an additional product. Even when abschminken one does not notice that there's a thin layer in between. Thus, the more light you need very little of the primer has to also guarantee longer some of the product. Simply brilliant, I am an absolute fan of it!
I was bought this as a present from a friend for a birthday one year. It is a pretty good product but I think I much prefer the soap and glory original body butters that I received in a large set once. I'm not sure what they are called but it was in the standard pink packaging. I found this product a little sticky and the smell was a bit overpowering. It didn't settle into your skin right away so you had to wait a bit before dressing or your clothes would stick to you uncomfortably. Although it was very moisturising and I felt that the effects of it lasted a fair while, I didn't enjoy using it all that much and subsequently it is still sat in my cupboard. I I would only really buy it if it was cheap on offer as at full price I wouldn't say it was worth the money. I also own the coconut one of this and I cannot stand the smell of it. I don't know why as I usually like coconut but it is horrible. I would advise going to the shop and smelling it/testing it first before you use this product as the strawberry butter is very sickly sweet and might not be to everybody's taste. You might find another product that takes your fancy more. I would recommend this as a product for a present if they are generally a body shop fan and big users of body butter ect.
Peppermint is known for centuries as a medicinal plant, but is also often used in my kitchen for seasoning, including salads and sauces, meat, potato dishes, but also for desserts and smoothies. It grows like a weed when it is first grown. Seeds I would not buy; although he comes up well, it takes too long to me. Simply ask someone for a offsprings; often grow peppermint plants from gardens through the fence almost to the road. Since you can calmly take off a branch without anyone would mind. Ideally, such offshoots as many rootlets, then he can do better at. I usually sit in a mixture of potting soil or garden soil plus some compost. Keeping good moist but not drown, and of course can not dry up. If your peppermint plant depends the wings, they would tell you that the urgently needed water. Otherwise: Simply buy a packet of seeds and sprinkle on the window sill in a pot of soil, cover lightly and moisturize. In penumbra peppermint continue to skyrocket; with me under the trees or shrubs. You have to really chase and permanently curb, otherwise it will grow until the neighbors. Peppermint reproduces magnificently through its root suckers. In addition then still falls from the seeds and finished the splendor. Avoidable by container plants. Flowering peppermint shows pink-purple spikes. Even the leaves can be veined, which I find absolutely beautiful purple. Beautifully looks mint therefore also in planters out, be it on the windowsill or on the terrace. If a plant once its dried up, it tears from not equal, because about half of these vetrockneten plant strikes after a rain or next spring again.
Like any other USB stick, it performs averagely without any problems. You're buying it for the name! Acerbis for the win!
On a serious note: I wouldn't go for it if you will need to hold a lot of media as it's capacity is only 2GB. Files like office documents are perfect for this stick as they do not take up much space.
The L'Oréal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Light Conditioner is available for GBP 3.99.
The conditioner is described as follows. "Does your long, fine hair turn greasy quickly: become dull and flat - losing its shine and energy? To revive your hair's shine, L’Oréal Paris has created Nutri-Gloss Light Shampoo with Pearl Protein+ Citrus. It helps free the hair fibres of deposits and removes impurities. After shampooing, hair feels beautifully cleansed, looks healthy and is light to the touch. Nourished and smoothed, the surface of the hair captures and better reflects the light for a mirror shine, cashmere touch... weightless feel!"
After I washed my hair with the care shampoo, I take the Hair Conditioner at hand and take my part at flushing out of the bottle. I massage the conditioner in your hair and let it act. The scent is quite sweet, but pleasant. He is not particularly intense, but the scent remains hanging by the hair. I always use the flushing with the appropriate care shampoo. The result is simply fantastic. You notice how your hair have built in the time allowed to act flushing. I like especially the feeling when washing. Simply The hair feels super nice and soft. I've never had such a shampoo and conditioner, which produce such a great result. Now I will come quickly to care. Since I used the rinse, one can notice a huge difference. My hair shining and full of moisture. The only thing that the purge can not do is, maintain the dry ends properly again.
This is a fairly average deodorant to be honest. I found it difficult to get out of the bottle at the end as the roll bit tends to get a bit stuck. It has a nice smell but I don't think it lasts all that long throughout the day. I've bought better ones in the pound shop. It's fine as long as you don't spend a lot of money on it.
The Dior Sauvage Eau de Toilette is available for GBP 60.00.
The Eau de Toilette is described as follows. " A radically fresh composition, dictated by a name that has the ring of a manifesto. That was the way François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator, wanted it: raw and noble all at once. Natural ingredients, selected with extreme care, prevail in excessive doses. Radiant top notes burst with the juicy freshness of Reggio di Calabria Bergamot. Ambroxan, derived from precious ambergris, unleashes a powerfully woody trail. Sauvage is an act of creation inspired by wide-open spaces. An ozone blue sky sprawled above a rocky landscape, white-hot beneath the desert sun."
The Eau de Toilett is located in one of its form rather simply designed bottle, which is black and made of glass. On the bottle scih are very discreet labels bearing the product. The most important criterion when choosing an eau de toilette is probably the smell and in this point, me convince the Eau de Toilette. I would the scent of eau de toilettes first case as well be described as classic, elegant and quite fresh, as slightly tart, with a clear citrus note always represents the clearly dominant odor characteristic and the classically elegant fragrance also adds a fresh touch. This odor of eau de toilette is quite intense perceptible even in economical dosage and fortunately this fragrance is also very resistant. I use the eau de toilette is usually in the morning and after a day's work of the fragrance is still perceptible. Happily never showed my not entirely insensitive skin even signs of skin irritation.
This foundation is one of my favourite products I have bought. I have oily, spot prone skin and found that the coverage was excellent for what I need. A friend however who has normal even skin found the coverage too much (too heavy) and found the foundation dried her skin.
I got the foundation in Medium 3 in Stromboli which has a yellow undertone. Although the yellow may not be for everyone, I found the shade perfect for my skin as I have a slightly olive complexion.
I bought the foundation from Selfridges in Manchester and paid around £32. The staff working at the Nar's kiosk were very helpful and gave good advice on choosing the right shade for you.
I don't mind the price too much as I feel I am paying for quality, however I thought the foundation would last longer than what it did. It lasted a few months, however I didn't wear it every day. I also wear concealer so didn't put a lot of the foundation on as I didn't solely rely on it for coverage. After saying this however, I would definitely use and buy the foundation again, and have recommended it to friends and family, who have mostly been equally as pleased with the results.
The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump action so is very easy to use. I did however find that the bottle is not as easy as some other brands to carry round and fit in a small makeup bag. The lid especially (which is in a rectangle shape) I find took up unnecessary space. I emptied some product into smaller containers for my make up bag.
After saying this however, I would definitely use and buy the foundation again, and have recommended it to friends and family, who have mostly been equally as pleased with the results.
It performs reasonably well. It can be fussy about feeding multiple pages to send, so it's generally best to feed them through one at a time. That's really a pity, because the quick-scan feature, when it works, is total gold.
But the toner. Oh, god, the toner.
I'm used to laser printers whining at me on the message display about low or "out" toner, and I'm just as used to ignoring them. The helpful people at Panasonic have decided that they don't like people ignoring those messages, so they include a pleasant beep. And when I say "pleasant", I mean it gives me nightmares. When the time comes for the machine to be replaced (and it will come, oh yes, it will come), I may run an extension cord outside so it can actually be actively beeping as I go Office Space on it.
Anyway, toner. To guard against the possibility of someone with super-human will tuning out the beeping (or perhaps to guard against the deaf), they also have included a helpful print out. On this print out are several large bars of varying shades, designed, presumably, to illustrate visually to you exactly how low your toner is.
I have never seen this page print in anything but a perfect, pristine manner. The bars are wonderful in their consistency, with nary a hint of lightness. While this would be an excellent demo of print quality, as a notification that the toner is low, I must admit to some confusion. It's *perfect*. It *never prints light*. So as far as I can tell, the only function it actually serves is to *use more toner*. Quite a bit of toner, considering the large black and near-black bars.
In amusing phone conversations with Panasonic, I've determined that either A) there is no way to disable this helpful function or B) there is, but they require a more substantial bribe than I've offered to offset their loss in toner revenue.
It gets better.
After it's printed two or three of these frame-worthy gems over the course of a week, it decides to play hard ball. Now it claims that the toner is gone. Out. No toner remains. This is communicated in two ways. One, the beep. Only this time it's incessant. The beep just goes on and on until you replace the toner, unplug the machine, or throw it out the window (and perhaps even then). It also...*prints out a notice*. That's right, you read that correctly; to inform you that there is no toner, it *uses toner*. I'm sure you've guessed the best part already - this notice, like the joyous banners of greyscale earlier, also prints perfectly. It's never been even a little light.
Now we engage in a little off-broadway production for the benefit of the fax machine. "Ahh, pity," we say, opening the machine and removing the toner unit. "We're out of toner. Guess I'll have to get more toner. I'll just open this package over here," we continue, as one of us makes crinkling noises in the background, and the other grimly shakes the toner unit from side to side. "Ah, good, I'll just pop that in, then," we say, winking, as we remove the toner drum, whisper an incantation over it, and pop it back in. "Whew, good as new. I'm sure glad we don't have to worry about any light printing thanks to the Panasonic engineers," we shout with glee, as we put the toner unit back in and close it up.
If we've said the incantations correctly, the fax machine accepts our tribute and pretends everything is ok for a couple days, when the process is then repeated. Usually we perform the ritual twice successfully before it tires of our blandishments and insists the toner is out, despite the repeated evidence of our eyes. At this point we surrender to its whims and put a new drum unit in.
As it stands it's not that great, but all you have to do is run it through an activated charcoal filter a bunch of times and it becomes a lot smoother. You can even use a water filter for this purpose. I use this vodka with this method as a base to make my own gin and it works great!
First time to fly with this airline.
We were flying to Cancun from Barcelona, there is not a direct flight and had to fly to Madrid first.
The first flight to Madrid was quite good and we were surprised that the plane seemed to be quite new with nice seats and video monitors and remote control on the backs of all seats, however we soon found out that these didn't work and a lot of the screens were just flickering for most of the time.
The flight attendants were quite helpful and friendly.
It was a short flight so we were not too bothered.
The transfer at Madrid went quite smoothly, it was reasonably easy to find the connecting flight, about a 15 minute walk.
The long haul flight was a different experience. Never before have I experienced such a bad attitude and service from the flight attendants. For such a long flight they were for the most time hiding behind a curtain in the galley, sitting on boxes and chatting amongst themselves. If one of them appeared in the aisle and we tried to ask a question it seemed we were bothering them, they would give a very short reply and carry on walking. I would suggest to the management of Air Europa that they send all of there staff on a training course to Delta Airlines, or in fact Jet2, Monarch, Easyjet or Virgin.
The plane was a much older one than the internal flight with only the larger video monitors every few rows, but that didn't matter much because for the most of the flight they were just flickering.
Having read other bad reviews about this airline we were somewhat prepared so all in all nothing surprised us.
The staff on the return flight were much better but the in flight entertainment was pretty much the same.
In spite of all this, I would use them again which is more than I would say for Ryanair
This powder is ideal because it's very cheap and it also comes in a range of shades including transparent which is perfect for me as I wear powder simply to set my foundation rather than for extra coverage and colour. Although this powder is called matte, I find that it's not too matte on the skin which I like. It sets foundation and takes away any shine, but isn't so matte that it makes the skin look bland.
The only problem I have with this powder is the packaging. It comes in a plastic tub which the lid can quite easily come off of so you have to be careful if you're taking it with you on the go. It also cracks quite easily so you have to be very careful about making sure not to drop it but these problems are so minor, the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a new powder to try, and even if you're unsure its so cheap that it's definitely worth giving it a go.
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death is the first in a series of Agatha Raisin 'mysteries' written by MC Beaton. It is also the first I have read.
Agatha Raisin is a newly retired PR executive, who has upped sticks and relocated to a picturesque village in the Cotswolds to live out her dream. However, whilst everyone is freindly, Agatha struggles to make friends and finds not a lot actually happens. She decides to enter the Quiche competition in order to get herself known within the village. However as Agatha has never made a quiche in her life, she decides to buy one and pass it off as her own. However when one of the villagers dies after eating her quiche, village life livens up somewhat, but not quite in the way that Agatha expected nor wanted!
Agatha is an interesting character. She isn't very nice to most people, being a bit grumpy and abrupt, but her heart was in the right place most of the time. I still quite liked her as she had a bit of spirit about her, even as she thundered about rubbing everyone up the wrong way. The only other characters we really got to know was Roy, one of Agatha's former colleagues, and Bill Wong a local policeman who befriended her. The other villagers are interesting enough but sometimes border on caricatures. In a short, light book like this it didn't actually bother me.
The mystery aspect is entertaining enough and there is a fair amount of amusing moments caused by Agatha's 'nosey-parkering'. It isn't a dark thriller or twisting mystery, and in some respects reminded me of Mma Ramotswe if the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency - except not set in Botswana. The story is as much about the people as it is about the mystery.
I would definitely read another book in this series again and recommend it for those looking for a quiet read.
Familysearch is the most famous genealogy site in the world, was one of the first and is certainly the most comprehensive. Best of all it is entirely free.
It contains different data for different countries in the world such as censuses and Parish records. Users can also use the site to host their family trees and to search data offered by other amateurs such as myself. The latter can be dubious. We all can be prone to leaping to conclusions.
English parish records are the main area I have used for my own research though I have helped others to research Caribbean, USA and Estonian families. The thing to remember about British Parish Record transcriptions on the site is that they do not contain all of the info the original would do. For instance baptism records may note the age of child baptised or father's occupation in my experience but that won't show on Family search data only the name of the child, date of baptism, place and parent names.
That said Family search is still a fantastic resource. Some Parishes that do not appear on Pay to View sites like Ancestry appear here for free. The most important thing to do is type the name of the parish you are interested in into the research wiki on the site to see what time period the site covers for different life events. You can't presume births are there for 1700 say just because Burials are for instance. There are much fewer burials on the site than other record s generally. There are some data errors too. Some births for Penshurst in Kent are indexed under Pembury for instance.
The search form gives you many options including searching just for a first name.
One last thing the site can be fussy. if your browser isn't up to date it may not work well or at all.
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