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I have been dying my hair for many years when I decided to take the plunge and go from my natural mid brown hair to platinum blonde (crazy I know!). Luckily i have chin length hair which I'm growing out so I don't have nice long hair to wreck! Before using this dye I had gradually lightened my hair to a light honey blonde and needed to use an overall colour to make it less brassy. After trying toners for a bit, I decided to try the Schwarzkopf Colour Mask in Pearl Blonde.
First things first...what you get in the box...
Gloves...softer easier to wear for smaller hands, but nothing special.
Instructions with product details, and how to use the products.
A pot a bit like a moisturiser tub with a screw cap containing the initial colour cream.
Colour Sachet, you add this to the pot and shake.
A moisture conditioner for afterwards.
Once you mix the two first parts together, when you open the pot, you notice it is a pastel blue/violet colour. It is a nice thick texture and smells like parma voilets (mmm) You apply it with your fingers, and with my hair length it was easy to apply and felt so nice! It also makes your hair look blue...ignore this!
I will say, if you have dry ends on your hair, or your hair is very light, there is a chance you will end up with a very silver coloured hair. The dryer tips of my hair looked a silvery violet colour compared to the steely blonde of the rest. The colour doesnt last as long as other dyes, and I find, after a few washes, the silvery cour fades out, but it was quite a nice colour.
It only takes between 30-40 minutes to do, and the after conditioner is nice and thick.
Give it a go if its on offer, but don't pay full price. It does make your hair feel very soft and shiny, and has great highlights.
I decided to buy a kindle instead of a Samsung Galaxy tab, mainly due to the price (£229????) and haven't been very disappointed.
Firstly the price at the moment is good, there are plenty of offers on, and I got mine from a supermarket.
The HD screen is beautiful, if you watch films etc on it, you will not be disappointed! The speakers are good for such a small device, and the balance from the sound is surprisingly good. There are quite a few good apps you can download, and the web browser is rather good.
Now one of my main bugbears with this device is that is doesn't run flash. Now I know flash is being made obselete, but that still makes accessing sites that use flash a pain. I play browser games, and you cant do it without the latest flash. I have read internet instructions on how to get flash installed, but it is not the current version.
The camera is ok, not the best in the planet, but I didn't expect it to be, and I wont even really be using it.
Its responsive, sounds great, looks great and holds a charge for ages! One small thing to note...you dont get a wall charger with it...you get a mini usb to usb cable which your'e supposed to buy a kindle power acessory seperately. Luckily I have a plug you can plug usb into to convert to mains so I dont need it.
I have changed my hair colour from a dark brown and managed to get it nearly platinum blonde (yes, I'm crazy!) and the last time I had my roots grow through (medium brown) I thought I'd give this a try.
I have used the regular Live XXL dyes in the past, and have used the Max Blonde one to touch my roots up with as it usually lifts my colour up to 8 shades, which is perfect. The foam however can only really go from about 4-6 shades.
First we will start with the boring stuff like the packaging, smell etc...
The packaging is quite funky, a nice pot that looks like a frappacino cup from a coffee shop. You basicly mix the products inside the cup, and shake 40 times. When you open the lid, there is a very light foam inside that looks more bubbly than foam. It smells okay, as it has pomegranate essence in it.
To apply the product you just scoop it out of the cup and apply. It does tend to start to "un-foam" after a while, so make sure you're fairly quick using it. It doesn't feel that nice on the hair as it is applied compared to creams and masks, but it goes on fairly easily. I have chin length hair, so one pack was enough, but if your hair is any longer and thicker, it may be worth getting 2.
The price is a bit expensive for what you get and how well it works, but if its on offer, and you need a quick hair dye thats easy to apply, then this is the one for you!
My roots came out a dark gingery blonde, nowhere near as light as the max blonde regular style dye, but it did feel nice after. This would be suited more to someone who has dark blonde/medium blonde hair, as the lift isn't as strong as the regular Live XXL.
I had been dying my hair with la riche directions hair dye, red slice in the front with black. This is not reccomended to use when you have used whats called a bright fashion colour such as red, but I wanted to re bleach the roots of my red section then re apply, so thought I'd try removing some of the build up. On the occasion that I used this stuff I decided to use it on my whole head and remove the black too.
Now this is where I'd like to stress that I knew it wouldn't get the red out conpletely, as red tends to stain the cuticle and Colour B4 doesn't remove cuticle stain, but I thought it would take out most of the black (temporary la riche) and maybe leave the temporary red section a sort of pale orangey blonde ( as that section was lightened). Both dyes I had on my hair were temporary. This will not work on pre lightened hair to put it back to a dark as when you are lightening, your're not colouring, you are taking pigment out.
Now the first thing to mention is the price. Its usually about a tenner, which to me, is alot for what you get. Cheap nasty gloves that are huge and tiny bottle thats hard to squeeze.
Enough of going straight into negatives, lets start with positives.
It's easy enough to apply, I have a short bob so I only needed one (luckily at that price). It did work! I'm not going to lie, it didnt get it out completely, but it did remove enough to make my hair look dark brown instead of black, and the red bit went a sorta caramac colour with slighly red roots. I ended up using it one more time a few weeks later and it did get some more out.
Now the bad thing about this product is the smell. It is VILE! It smells like rotten egg, and the first time I did it, I got it on my shirt and I had to change as it smelt like I'd had an accident! You definately need to open the windows and when you dispose of the bottles etc, chuck them in the main rubbish and put it outside or put the rubbish in a bag and tie it up, otherwise your house will stink! You do have to wash your hair for 5-10 minutes , but the buffer smells nice and lathers up nicely.
Overall, its good if you haven't used black or red dye, and if you have, it will take about 70-80% of the dye out. So if you have dyed your hair probably up to 3 or 4 shades lighter or darker then it probably works better.
This was my first Android phone, after upgrading from my Sony Ericcsson C905 (which I loved until it started playing up).
The look: Its sleek, a little thicker and weightier than my current Samsung Galaxy S2, but it feels a lot more substantial in your hand. It has a nice sized 4" screen, nice and bright and clear. There are choices in colours I believe, but I have this in black. It has 3 buttons across the middle of the bottom of the handset (menu back and home). The plastic that makes up the battery cover is easy to remove, and has a nice tactile grip to it. You have a button on the top for power and to lock the screen, a volume button on the top right and a dedicated camera button on the bottom right side.
The Insides: To lock the phone you push the power button once, and I have mine set up to swipe the bottom icon to the right, you can also change your phone to silent/vibrate/silent off by swiping right. As most Android phones you have a few home screens to hold important shortcuts on, by swiping right and left. The reaction of the swipe on the menus with this phone is a little slower/not as responsive as some of the newer phones like my Galaxy S2, but it works.you have a grid icon on the bottom of the home screen which, once tapped, opens up the rest of the phone. The nice thing about the inside menu is that you can still see your home screen picture behind it. The screen is good, its bright and clear, but you can tell that there is more to be done in later models to make it look completely crisp, as its not HD quality (very close tho!)
It has a nice loud volume setting, so (depending on what ringtone you have) you can usually hear all calls/texts. You can customise your own ringtone from music as well as your message tones.
It has Facebook and Twitter installed, E-mail, a very nice 8MP camera. On the subject of the camera, the flash it pretty pointless as it is just a torch lighting up the area (which doesn't work in dark areas).
Battery life is quite good, although works a lot better with no programmes running in the background, and with your internet turned off, but that is the same with any smart phone. The charging slot has a little cover you have to open up to charge the phone, this is useful for keeping it clean and free of dust, but can be a little fragile so be careful when you are charging your phone!
There is one thing I notice above all other things about this phone and that is that it seems very slow to perform tasks. For example, if you press onto your messages, it takes a few seconds for it to load it all up. If this is going to be your first Android phone, or you are not bothered about the speed of its responses, then I would definitely recommend this phone.
Things to get as well with this phone are a pack of screen protectors to stop that lovely screen getting scratched to an inch of its life, and some sort of case. I bought a gel case, so that it protected the main part of the phone, and you don't have to take your phone out of it before using it.
It has everything you would need from a phone, they are intuitive, well laid out, and fun to use.
I bought this after having done the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. I had done it for 4 or 5 weeks, and felt I needed something else to pep up the workout a bit. So I got this!
There are 5 10 minute sections that you can either do one, or mix a few or do the whole 50 minutes (If you're feeling brave!). The sections are called Flat Belly Fast, where you train your ab muscles to lay flat (You will need a folded towel for this), Pilates Perfect Abs, Belly Fat Blaster (cardio based), Abs Ripper (a mix of all the sections in one ten minute slot) and Six Pack Abs (mat based crunches). To help you get through, I played a little game with myself, and counted the amount of times she said "Abs tight!!"
Easy to fit in 10 minute sections.
Mostly clear instruction
Just as you think you cant go on, she lets you have a rest
Effective, work up a sweat and feel the muscles worked.
She tells you why you are doing certain moves, so you know where you are targeting.
Not a very long warm up (but to be expected considering the time frame) They should have a seperate section with an extended warm up in it.
The music...its terrible...but if you concentrate as much as I do trying not to pass out, it doesn't matter too much.
Quite a few shots of her bum and hips and her groin area when doing hard bits, which is kind of off putting!
She tries to time her saying "now ten tiny tucks" in with the music, which is eye-rollingly cheesy
Speaking of the ten tiny tucks...there's a lot, and yes, you get shots of her groin whilst she's doing them...
I wouldn't say this was a very difficult DVD, but after Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, I can do anything! The section Six Pack Abs and Pilates Perfect Abs are fairly hard on the neck as you spend a fair amount of time curled up, so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with a neck issue. Its fairly low impact for the knees, although some of the stretches and moves you have to have a fair amount of balance for (or she says you can use a chair/wall to stabilise yourself on!).
Ben and Jerry's ice cream is always going to be my favorite, as much as I like other ones too, Ben and Jerry's is always going to be the best! Not only are their ethics very fair and likeable, their ice cream flavours are always very inventive and delicious.
My personal favorites are Half baked (half chocolate brownie ice cream and half cookie dough), Cookie Dough, Baked Alaska (Vanilla ice, marshmallow swirl, which chocolate polar bears) or Fossil Fuel (Sweet cream ice cream, Chocolate cookie pieces, chocolate dinosaurs and chocolate swirl).
They are always so creamy, and with those swirls and chunks they put in them, its always a different experience with each mouthful! They also do lower fat versions of their ice creams in frozen yoghurt varieties such as Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Cherry Garcia and Strawberry Cheesecake.
They use fair trade ingredients where possible, and support a whole host of charities. Their packaging is novel and unique, and they also get involved with music festivals!
I think the only negative I can see is the price. £5 for a tub of ice cream that will probably last 2 seconds, seems a little steep to me, but its on offer in a lot of places, so you can usually find it half price somewhere. It is worth £5, but I'm just being tight!
Now all we need is a B&J ice cream van to tour our towns, to help out people in need of their B&J fix whilst at work, now THAT would be genius!
I currently have AC 1, 2 Brotherhood and Revelations, and love the progression they make with each game. Each time they release a new game, more and more things are added to make your life even more fun whilst playing the game, and in AC Revelations, they are nailing it!
You play as Ezio Auditore, a skilled Assassin, roaming the cities using most things to be able to get around. You can swing from hanging lanterns, pull down scaffolding towers to block opponents, climb across rooftops, and perform a leap of faith from some of the highest buildings!
The majority of the game can be played from a more melee stance, using ranged weapons when you need to remain hidden. You can now call on your Assassins to come and help you in fights, if you get overwhelmed with enemies, at the push of a button you can step back and let your Assassins get to work whilst you skarper! You can also get them to perform an air strike, which is handy for when you are in hiding, and need to get past a group of guards without being seen (obviously don't hang around for too long afterwards!) You also have guns, throwing knives, bombs (stink bombs, splinter bombs) and much more!
There is so much more control when climbing up buildings too, as you now have a hookblade which you can use to jump up further to higher grab points on a building without falling to your death.
The visuals are amazing, great detail has been given to most aspects of this game. It is a game you could play for a long time, as there is always something hidden you didn't know about. It took me over a year of inconsistent gaming to finish it, and trust me, sometimes you need to google/youtube for a walk through! There are some parts, where you are on a main quest, where it begins to look a little like Tomb Raider...AKA you get stuck in a cave somewhere and cant figure out how to get out, but with AC you have to look around the whole room, as sometimes he has to climb in the most oddest of places!
If you've not played AC before, and are tempted by the description of the game, then I'd say get it. It will be one of the most enthralling, exiting games you have played in a long while!
I had been using another Tresseme shampoo for a while and changed to this one as I started to use more products on my hair, and needed something good! First off, the price tag is always slightly shocking when in some places its nearly £5 for a bottle of shampoo! I usually buy mine in Savers or Wilko as they usually have it on offer for £2.39. If you can find this on a good offer, then I would recommend it!
Obviously its best to use conditioner of the same version with the shampoo to get the best results.
The shampoo comes out as a blue green gel, and not a rich cream like some of the others, which did make me wonder how good it was going to feel after I had used it as I have always preferred a creamy shampoo as I used to have really dry hair when it was long. It smells fairly pleasant, nothing out of the ordinary, very fresh. You also don't need to use too much of the product as it goes quite far!
On application it foams up really well, and gives you a very clean feeling to your hair, so much so that my hair was actually squeaky clean! I had been using Got2B Powderful volumising powder, pantene for layers hairspray and a little salt spray, and it removed it all out of my hair, fantastic.
One word of warning though, do not use this if you have semi permanent hair dye in, as this will also remove colour with prolonged use. I used this to get rid of some left over blue hair dye I had in. I also wouldn't recommend it if you have fairly frail hair, as I don't think it would give you the nourishment that your hair would need.
After washing with this shampoo and using the conditioner, it left my hair feeling fresh, lightweight, and clean, I would highly recommend it!
I have had my Xbox 360 for roughly 4 years, and I have never had anything but fun with it!
First off, whilst I may not have used my console to its full capacity (as of yet) it has been nothing but plain sailing. Its very easy to set up, you get the choice of using a scart connection to your TV or a HD version using a HDMI lead. Usually you will get one controller with the console as standard. Some shops (if not all) do bundle deals, where you can usually get an extra controller or a game as part of a discounted price. The other thing to think about is second hand controllers. I now have 2 controllers as I bought my second in Blockbuster second hand fairly cheap. You can get wireless or wired controllers, wired being better for long gaming sessions as you don't need to worry about your battery dying! The wireless are better if you sit fairly far from the screen, or want more portability. You can also buy a plug and play kit, which I think it pretty essential, as if your battery starts to die mid game, you can plug it in and carry on playing while it charges up.
The menu system is pretty easy to navigate, and has capability for connecting to the web if you have a WIFI dongle attached. You can send messages, chat online, download films, music, etc etc but you have to pay for a subscription, and points, something which consoles like a PS3 wouldn't as it's free to join the PSN.
Some games you can only buy for the XBOX 360, like Viva Pinata (a kids game where you make your own garden with cute Pinatas running about in, and you have to keep them safe and happy), to games such as Fable on which you play either a good or evil character set in a sort of medieval DND type setting.
The negatives... It doesn't have built in WIFI, so you can spend up to £70 on just a dongle to get you online...then you have to buy XBOX Live Membership, then you have to buy points to be able to buy things. It can over heat if played for a very long period, and can also cause ring burn in the disks if you stand your console on its side. There was also a fault with the console, if overused, to get the "red ring of death" which means the lights on the front go red, and it dies (game over!). Also with only 20GB on board, you wouldn't be able to save too much if you are a seasoned gamer. It can also be a little noisy with the fan on the console.
This has to be my favourite of the burner oils. It is so strong, but in a good way. Its really uplifting and sunny smelling. It really does smell just like a satsuma, and not like artificial made up satsuma...
I find that its best if you put a little water in your burner, and drop between 8-10 drops into your burner.
Given the price of the product, the size is a little disappointing, but deceiving! Its amazing at how much you can squeeze out of one bottle! The bottle has a baby proof style top, with a dropper type dispenser in the bottle to easily control how much of the scent you would like.
It is sometimes considered a treat item, but I think that considering how long this bottle lasts, it is most certainly worth the money...if you like orange that is...
Just don't let your burner run dry, otherwise it could start burning onto the burner, and not come off!
I was anticipating the release of this console for a while, and managed to trade mine and my partners DS lites in (and with my staff discount!) managed to get it pretty cheap! There is no way I would have paid out the going rate of about £219 when it first came out!
In comparison to the DS Lite, the top screen (I think) is the same size as the touch screen, whereas in the older one the top screen was smaller. This helps a lot as you can see so much more! I don't believe young children should get them though, as the full 3D was a little too much on my eyes and made them ache, I'd hate to think of what it could do to a kids eyes!
Luckily they have a 3D depth slider, so if full 3D is too much, you can slide it down a bit!
You can also browse the internet, send messages and pictures, and take photos with the camera (inc 3D photos). The browser is fairly slow, so its probably more of a novelty thing really...
Instead of just the cross joy pad on the left, they now have a round keypad which works more like a joystick. You have your L and R bumpers on the front, and a power button on the front. You get a nice metal stylus with it, but sadly they moved the stick to sit inside the top of the console, and not on the side, so I'm forever trying to find my bloomin stylus!
That said, the battery life is amazing, and rarely have to charge it. I got the turquoise colour one, and it looks very funky! The games are a little too expensive still, I think once the price drops on them, more people will buy the console. Most DS games, brand new, cost around £20, and 3DS games cost around £32-£34.
You can play normal DS games in it too, but sadly you cannot play 3DS games on a DS. You cannot use Gameboy advance games in them anymore, as they took that port out.
Most women who visit the hairdressers will at least once usually get the GHD treatment, as that is the most common hair straightener in salons. And most women who use hair straighteners would most likely say that if they had the money, they'd get GHDs. I bought mine from the GHD website, and got them for £79 as they were on offer!
I had always found that other straighteners don't ever get my very wavy/curly hair dead straight with no kinks..and if it did, it would only last an hour before the kinks re-appeared! GHDs were the only one to not only leave my hair shiny and dead straight, but it felt lovely after.
They have a shiver mode which is interesting...in a house with no central heating, they do get cold! I have had them go into shiver mode once, which is its way of coping with extreme temperatures so that there is no condensation build up and risk electrifying you! The way to get round it is if you have to keep them somewhere for a short period of time, just warm them up by rubbing them, or putting them somewhere warm for a little while.
Another handy safety feature is that if you forget to turn them off, they will automatically shut off after 30 minutes!
It has a good long swivel cable too.
I have had mine for over a year, and they are still within warranty I think. I have not had any problems and they are still working great. So all those times you keep paying out for sub standard straighteners, you may as well pay out once for GHDs.
I have used La Riche Directions Midnight blue before (which ended up turquoise!) and had just about managed to get it all out when I decided I wanted to go red again. I spent a while looking at colours, and had been advised against Vermillion red as it fades out gingery, which I didnt want. So Pillarbox red seemed the most red...I was slightly wrong.
My hair was pretty much nearly platinum blonde before putting this dye on FYI.
First off...presentation. They are in nice little pots, with a rip of tag around it. You can do the pots up again, so any unused colour will be able to be kept for about a year after opening! The instructions were very short (pretty much wash your hair with a PH balanced shampoo, towel dry, and put dye on for 15 minutes. Well I did a little bit more research and came up with a way to get the best from the colour.
I was only colouring a chunk underneath my fringe. So I had to section off the bit I wanted to dye first with some clips! This is an IMPORTANT thing to consider with this dye...even though it is vegetable based and a semi permenant, it WILL stain. Very much! Luckily I managed to mop up any rogue bits of dye, but when I used midnight blue, we had little flecks of it all over the bathroom. It will also stain your head, so remember to put vaseline around your hairline and wear gloves!!!
The dye is a nice coloured gel type substance. No real smell, so you don't have to suffocate when you are dying your hair! You are to put the dye on, preferably with a tinting brush, comb it through until it starts to foam (which mine never did!) and leave for 15-30 minutes. I left mine on for an hour and a half just to make sure and also put clingfilm/foil over it and blasted with a hairdryer.
When I washed the dye off I was shocked! It was not red...it was basicly a redder version of a hot pink colour...and gets pinker as it washes out. I have found it really started washing out in 2 days...whereas the midnight blue was more like a week (and I wash mine every day nearly). It is a nice colour pink, but I have found out that it would work better to mix it with Flame (an orange based) to make it more of a true red.
If you prefer a pinker red (flamingo pink), then this is your dye! It looks lovely in the pot, but goes really pink on the hair!
I have had the Samsung Galaxy SII for over a year now, and I am very impressed to say the least. After having many a Sony Ericcson, and only having had one Samsung before, I decided to choose this in white instead of the latest Sony Ericsson.
The first thing you notice about this phone is the size. If you are going from the Galaxy S onto this one you will be familiar with its shape and button configuration. It is very very slim, and lightweight, which is great although you may drop it when you do your first text! There is one central home button and two touch sensitive back and menu buttons. The key lock is on the top right hand side, and the volume buttons are on the opposite. There is a universal jack input, meaning you can use ANY headphones (which is a must if you like your music!). There is an 8MP camera in the back, and a VG camera on the front for video calling and self photos. There is also a proper flash as well (something my last Xperia lacked, it just had a torch!) which takes photos in the darkest of places.
Going onto the inside workings...The layout is very easy to take command of, the usual tile based, swipe left and right config. Colours are vibrant and vivid, with the ability to change brightness or make it automatic. The automatic brightness is okay, although is awkward as sometimes it changes to a darker screen when you are outside, and therefore can't see anything! So I just use manual. There is an app store, so you can download loads of free apps, games, books and widgets. This is particularly useful for downloading apps to help with battery life, wifi etc etc. I find its sometimes hard to get a signal for internet, which may be a carrier problem more than a hardware one. The browser is good, and apps like Facebook and Twitter are already installed. I found the amount of apps is perfect. Its has an e-mail app where you can sync multiple e-mail accounts, and also it has Gmail.
Only negatives I have experienced with the handset is that when I turn off my phone at night, I turn it on in the morning to find it lost 20% battery...which you recover over the day as it creeps up. The unlocking swipe can be a little clunky, and you really do have to spend a lot of time setting your handset up to how you want it.
Overall, I would recommend it to anyone. Much better and more reliable than a iphone, and my screen hasn't got a big crack in it like most iphones do!