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I am by no means a photographer, but I do like to take pictures of everything and anything anywhere I go. I usually buy disposable camera's when I am going away to a festivals or something similar where I do not want to take valuables! I usually choose boots because they have a variety of camera's and are usually on offer - and the offer is usually buy one get one free which isn't to be sniffed at! I find that the only downfall is the cost of development, I think it is a little bit steep for 24 photo's when stores like 'Truprint' develop photo's for a fraction of the price. The quality of the photo's are good. I would advise anyone to get them for and event where they don't want take valuables or if they forget to take there camera - but if you can I would just invest in a cheap film camera if you like having the photographs printed like I do.
I have ridiculously curly and bushy/frizzy hair because of the little bit of Caribbean in my blood. So I find straighteners can be a pain when it comes to taming my hair.
I have used many straighteners including GHD's and before these my favourites were a pair of Remingtons, when they broke I needed some new ones! I chose these mainly because they are slim and get up to 230 degrees which for me is the heat I need to use. They are excellent, it only takes me around 30-40 minutes to straighten all of my hair (which is very long). They seem to be able to keep my hair under control all day and night which is something that has never happened before. They heat up super fast and you can create curls.
They come with a heat proof mat and hair sectioning clips. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Yes you can buy cheaper hair straighteners, but the saying goes that - you get what you pay for!
I usually only buy innocent smoothies when they are on offer or reduced, because I find them ridiculously high priced. Yes they are good for and packed full of fruit and vegetables, additive free and not mention tasty! However I don't think the price tag is really worth, I have invested in a blender and usually blend up my left overs or buy frozen fruit for a fraction of the price. Having recently moved out, I now have to do my own shopping, so I've become more strict and aware of what is actually in the food I buy and if it's worth it, I've noticed that most Supermarkets now do there own ranged of smoothies that are also packed full of fruit and vegetables, additive free and tasty! So I would advise anyone not pay the expensive price tag and by the supermarket brand, and/ or make there own!
I am a novice when it comes to sewing, so I'm guessing that a lot of people will say that it's not a very good machine! However as a novice this machine isn't too expensive and does exactly what it says and it does with ease.
I chose this machine, mainly because I wanted a machine that could do button holes as well as a reliable brand.
As sewing machine's are expensive and I am a student - I decided to buy one second hand off ebay with the warranty still intact for around £60, which didn't break the bank! The machine is very light, and on the top it of the machine, it has numbered instructions on how to thread the needle and bobbin, they aren't that clear but they certainly help a lot - but you do need to use the manual if you are a novice like me. I found it very easy to put all the thread in and set it. The foot pedal I was worried about using, but that's also really nice and easy to operate!
When it comes to sewing, it as three dials, and they a pretty much self explanatory when you're using it, it has a good bulb and the fabric is really easy to feed trough. I have changed the needle and the feet - which again was really easy and explained in the book.
So far I have made a skirt, a dress and a pair of denim shorts and found the machine really easy to operate. I think you could get more value for money - or find a machine that as more functions and what not, but for someone with little space it's nice and small. It does everything I need it too, and would recommend it to any beginner. As yet I haven't had a go at cleaning it, so I'm not sure how easy that is yet!
I got this phone on contract over a year ago now, and for me - it is perfect! It has an 8 mega pixel camera, which is something that is important for me, to be able to carry around something that can take pictures on the go! The walkman is very good and mine came with an SD card which means I can have plenty of music on my phone, I think I have about 500 songs on it at the moment and it's not even half full!
I'm someone with quite big fingers so I like things with big buttons, the buttons on this phone aren't massive but they are definitely adequate. The texting system is similar to the iPhones, you can see a list of conversations and it can go back months and months - although it's not as easy to scroll through as on an iPhone.
The major problem I have had strangely with this phone, is that when making a long-ish phone call the rate at which the battery drains - I can listen to music for hours, but not generally stay on the phone for more than two!
Other than that, it's a great phone!
This game happens to be one of my all time favourite games ever! It's obviously going to be a little bit dated in the graphics department coming out in 1998! It's basically about 'Rival schools,' it's quite a cheesey little game, if you want to read more about the story line and what not http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rival_Schools:_United_By_Fate
However it's for the crazy game play I play! As far as beat em' ups go, this is by far my favourite! It's got blocky graphics - but that is it's only down fall! It's fast paced and you can learn all the combos and moves you like, but it's really just a button basher! It's excellent for quick little tournaments with your friends and it comes with two discs!
In the game you can play as tag team and perform tag team! I advise anyone to get this because it's so much fun! It's not a serious game and it's just brilliant!
I was one of those people that knocked the kindle before I tried it, I kept saying, 'I like real books, the feel the smell...'. However, my boyfriends decided to get one, and I absolutely refused to touch it for months and months. Then I wanted to read something, but I didn't have the time to go and buy it and it was free on the Kindle - I had to give it a go.
The kindle is very sleek and slim to the touch, but I have since brought a case for it. The screen is very book like and doesn't hurt your eyes when reading, the way a computer would. It as simple book turning pages, for left handed and right handed people.
My favourite thing about the Kindle is, that when I read I lie on my side generally - with a book I constantly need to keep rolling over so my hand can old the book properly (if that makes sense). This problem is alleviated by the Kindle, because of course there are no pages.
The Kindle is small and compact, has an amazing battery life, has thousands of of free books online! as wifi and 3g, is easy to use, it's actually just and amazing piece of kit! For anyone that likes books. You can even read the news on it! I also don't think it's that expensive for what it is. When my boyfriends screen was damaged, Amazon replaced it within a week without question!
I would advise anyone to buy one!
I recently caved in a bought a new iPod, I previously owned a normal iPod but the screen cracked and it wasn't insured anymore so I left it. I thought for a while about purchasing an iPod - mainly because of the cost!
Eventually I took the plunge and bought a second hand one off eBay for £95, which is a bargain. I only had it a week when it slid out of my bag and straight into a rock pool! I was absolutely gutted I was in the middle of no where so I had to wait to take it apart.
That's another thing - these things are so secure! It is almost impossible to open the sixth generation iPod, it took me and my boyfriend together to open it with drawing pins and a kitchen knife. I wanted to send it to apple for repair, but they don't repair water damaged iPods. I replaced the battery and Avoila! It worked! I was impressed by that!
The actual product is sleek and nice to look at, I suppose they are quite weighty and you can feel the hard drive moving inside, but for the spec and size of the product - you can expect that. With ten ours battery life, they're good for putting films on for travelling and playing the games. For once apple probably have a reasonably priced product on the market as well as the largest mp3 player.
I would advise any music lover to get an iPod classic, it's a great investment!
To start with, the customers service at Paperchase is absolutely fantastic, but that's probably because the staff get to look at all the quirky items all day.
Paperchase is one of my favourite shops, it's basically a really good stationary/card shop, but it sells quite unique stationary almost in the style of tokidoki. You can go in there and buy a gift and the paper to wrap it!
The products are quite good qualityand reasonably priced, they sells sketchbooks, photo albums, lunch tins, bags, passport cases etc. I usually buy sketchbooks and photo albums. The books with binding I would avoid as the paper tends to falls out if you use them, but it's lucky they usually have multiple variety of products.
You can buy off the website and look at various ranges, the thing I like about Paperchase that it can cater for practically everyone's needs, there's even things in there for my boyfriend. I can go in there and feel grumpy and come out feeling a lot better because it's very visually stimulating - and the Paperchase local to me is inside a Waterstone's store with a Costa cafe - so it's a win win situation!
Having been torn between Windows and Mac's for a number of years, I've decided that they both have there flaws and drawbacks. I purchased this computer while I was using a mac and decided that I ultimately wanted something that was excellent value for money, which is why I chose a windows as opposed to a Mac. I have never had a Samsung before, but the reviews on Amazon swayed me to this.
In the current market, for the spec this is probably the most you can get from your money. The computer is very lightweight with a large liquid display screen and I haven't had any problems with glare off sunlight and things like that. The casing does feel a little cheap and plastic, it also attracts marks very easily - but I guess that means it'll get cleaned more.
The computer itself, is very responsive and quiet compared to my Mac, especially when it comes to the fan. As of yet, I haven't had any problems with it over heating and I've been using it for a good few months. As I am studying Graphic design I needed a computer that could hack programs like Photosop - and this certainly can.
The keyboard if you are a mac convert is very similar so I didn't have any problems with changing. I would say the touchpad is a bit strange as it sometimes allows you to scroll using two fingers - and sometimes it doesn't. I feel the product would be much more improved if they kept it the same for everything.
The only major issue I seem to have had, is with wireless connectivity. The computer didn't seem to be able to stay connected for more than half and our at a time and wouldn't reconnect for hours later. The problem seems to have calmed down since I used someone else's broadband.
Overall pros: I would say this is excellent value for money - the problems are easily fixed or down to taste, it is lightweight has excellent spec, it's easy to use, great for watching films, it also has a long charger cable and it doesn't break the bank!
Overall cons: Having trouble with internet, the protective case is kind of cheap looking and the speakers are great for loud music.