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As anyone who has read some of my previous reviews you will know that my go to choice of product is the smartprice range of products. I have been purchasing smartprice crumpets for the past few years. However for a change I decided to purchase the Warburtons one and the reasons for that were, looking at them on the shelf they looked a lot more substantial in size per crumpet compared to my former purchases. In addition, there was a whopping 9 crumpets per packet compared to the normal 6 per packet I get, they cost just £1 for the 9 pack at Asda when I purchased them last week.
The packaging is very appealing; it has quite a 1950's style to it with cheerful orange rays and a bright sunshine in the middle with the large Warburtons logo at the front. The clear wrap at the top enables you to see the product inside which is a great move from Warburtons because one look at the crumpets and you don't need any fancy advertising - they literally sell themselves. They are huge, fluffy and very tasting looking and that is before you pop them in the toaster.
***The Taste Test****
Having popped them in the toaster, I put them on my normal setting of 3 - however as they are SO thick and fluffy I had to turn the toaster up to a 4 setting to make sure they were cooked all the way through. Once cooked I put my normal fair of butter and lashings of strawberry jam on and then bit into one. Wow - what had I been missing all these years, they taste and consistency was light and fluffy but still substantantial and they tasted so fresh, compared to my normal ones (which now I can only compare to dried out flat flying saucers) the quality of these was like night and day.
I have since been munching them not only for breakfast but also for supper, and when it is really cold nothing beats these with a nice hot cup of tea for an afternoon snack. Each crumpet is 98 calories (obviously without all the butter and jam!).
I have been truly amazed at how the humble crumpet can taste so different depending on which brand you buy. I am now converted to these and these will now be a regular staple on my shopping list. This is great warming snack to have in and makes a nice change from cold cereals and biscuits for morning and afternoon breakfasts and snacks.
***** - a full scorecard of 5 stars for these truly scrumptious crumpets.
Asda Smart Price Baked Beans & Sausages
It seems lately that I have been systematically going through what seems to be the entire range of products in the Asda Smart Price range. The first and most blatant reason is the price; for their smart price beans and sausages comes in at 39p for a 405gram tin - I have found it is a fact that it is the cheapest tin of beans and sausages they stock in store.
The packaging is the standard uniform of white tin with green band emblazoned with a very large font Smart Price screaming out at the top - trust me you can't miss this on the shelf. Recently I have noticed they have upped their marketing and added an actual photo of the said product right at the front.
****The Taste Test****
I must say on the taste test, this product does not lack in quality. The tomato juice, which encases the bean, is incredibly thick and there is an abundance of good quality beans in the tin I would go as far to say as packed. In fact if I compared it to Heinz the Heinz tomato juice in their beans and sausages that is so much thinner to the consistency of this one.
The sausages are of a very good quality and on eating these, I have surprised that how good they taste. Better than other brands, although not as tasty I have to say as the Heinz ones. But they do not lag far behind on the taste front. The texture of them is smooth but meaty.
Now I would go on to talk about the nutrition value of these, firstly the tin contains no hydrated fat, something they are obviously proud of as they are even advertising this fact on the front.
I addition there are no artificial colours or flavours; again for some reason this surprised me. As from previous purchases of food on the ahem 'cheaper' end of the market I found a high proportion of these packed with artificial flavourings and colours, so certainly I thought was a big plus in their favour. Of note though, the natural flavourings in the juice contain garlic oil - I have never actually tasted any strong garlic flavour though.
I have enjoyed these on their own, heated in the microwave quickly is the ultimate fast food. Also on toast, jacket potatoes, as a side to a main meat dish and they have always been deliciously satisfying and filling.
I should add that half a can of these contains 242 calories which makes it nearly 500 calories for a can. But having said that it does fill you up nicely without the need to want lots of snacks in between meals.
These have become a staple in my house, whenever I go to Asda I always stock up as they are cheap, tasty, quick and easy to heat up and useful for lunches and with a main meal in the evening.
The taste and quality has not been compromised in the preparation purely due to price and for that fact alone I have to give these beans and sausages a 5***** score.
== The Product==
I received this as a gift but have since found out that it retails at £5.00 from Avon plus you can get it from Amazon too and other online retailers. This is for a 12ml bottle.
Apparently the gen on this is that it actually contains gold flakes - yes 24karat gold flakes ! Wow and just for a fiver - got to be worth it for that alone!
So having previously worn acrylic nails, my nails were in a bit of state having had them on for a while. The condition of my nails were akin to a used out cardboard emery board; weak, poor condition, dull and but slightly rough over the edges! I needed to do something with them to bring them back up to strength. This is where this came in.
I probably would not have bought this myself however as it came as a present and my nails were in such a shocking state I would thought I would give it a try.
I was surprised when I took off the lid as the consistency was just like a nail polish - a clear nail polish with pretty small (for that read very tiny/ miniscule) gold particles in it. It also smelt just like nail polish. I was expecting it to be a watery substance that would soak into the nail bed. However, it just like a nail varnish.
So I painted it on and it dried within a couple of minutes; basically giving all my nails a clear look (the gold flecks are not discernible on my nails). The varnish has worn well when I have used it too. No chipping on it and it certainly makes my nails look a whole lot more conditioned. Just by applying one coat.
==After Effects and Conclusion==
I have to say I am impressed with this product. Having used it for a few weeks now my nails really are stronger, the polish is strong, stays on well, it does not feel cheap when applying it or too thick that it takes ages to dry and then chips off really easily. In addition to this, I have found that it really has conditioned my nails, makes my nails look shiny and neat (not dry and cracked). The gold in it really just gives the nails a very, very slightly golden clear hue.
Prior to using this my nails were peeling and cracking really badly after the acrylics came off but just a few uses of this and this has stopped that in it's tracks!
For such a great price I think this product would be very hard to beat on price and quality. I am highly impressed with this item. I will now use it regularly especially under other coloured polishes almost as a base coat as I feel it would allow me the knowledge of knowing my nails will be protected by discolouration from highly pigmented polishes and conditioning my nails at the same time.
Moreover, I find that quite a few other varnishes seem to dry out my cuticles really badly, this however has no diverse effect like that. What ever is in this product really works for me.
A super duper gold standard product - worthy of its name.
*****5 stars on price and quality.
I bought these at the same time as the Tesco value paper plates and cups. The price was the main reason and the fact that it was all from the same line.
Of course you can't have a buffet with plates and cups without the much needed napkins at the same time. So hence these went in the basket when I was purchasing the paper plates and cups at the same time in this range.
The cost was super - half the price of poundland - 50p for 100 which was going to be ample for the amount of guests I had and hopefully plenty left over to mop up any spills on the table etc.
I had decided prior to purchasing that I had a budget and I needed to stick to it, so I was not going to be swayed by the much prettier designed napkins that were in the store. An probably better quality but of course that also meant a higher price to pay. So I stuck with the budget and kept to the value lines.
== Using Them ==
Well I have to say having said they are cheap, they do actually feel pretty cheap too. They were sufficient for dabbing the edges of your mouth although they did feel a bit too crunchy style papery' than smooth soft papery (think recycled toilet roll versus the luxury of Andrex) and you get my drift when you compare these cheap napkins to some quality printed ones.
In addition to the crispiness of them, I also have to say there were not to hot on wiping up spills, they desperately seemed to lack any real absorbing abilities and just seemed to move the spilled lemonade around on the wood table, I had to revert to getting a proper cotton tea towel out to mop up said spills.
All in all after using these, I feel these value napkins were a step too far in my quest for hunting for bargains. Yes the plates and cups were sufficient but the napkins I would not buy again. I think I would try to splash out on some higher quality ones. Not a best buy for me I am afraid.
I would give these 2 ** stars alone for the cheap price.
If you have read my previous review you will know that I purchased from the same range the paper plates from Tesco, I picked these up at the same as the plates. My principle reason being not too fond of washing up and for a festive get together I was planning.
In the packet was 25 plastic cups and the cost was 55p which equates to about 2p each..
A wise buy indeed I thought as it would save me spending too much time at the sink.
Looks wise they are plain, there is not getting away from that fact, no holly twigs, berries or santa's on this basic range. However I was not bothered about that as it was better to have some in and if I had any left-over I can use at any other time of the year - they would not be branded with a Christmas Cheer message on rendering them unusable at the summer bbq!
Unfortunately although these are nice and light for holding, they are also somewhat flimsy and thin, the plastic feels a bit cheap which is too be expected I suppose given the price.
==Using / Testing them Out==
I found these were only really only good for cool drinks. The thin plastic meant it was near on impossible to hold them with anything hot in them, I did try, however it was just not going to be comfortable for my guests when it came to coffee time after I had tested it out. So for this part of the soiree I had to bring out the best china!
However on general use for both squash and fizzy drinks they were perfect. They were nice and light to hold and not to cumbersome for small hands for the little ones.
I had a few left over and they now house crayons, although being so light they do tend to get knocked over a lot. So the crayons may not last much longer in them. But as these cups are for drinking out of I can't really mark them down on the lack of sturdiness in storing coloured crayons!
==My Conclusion ==
A good buy for cheapness, not the best quality but certainly were up to the task without breaking easily or getting squished too easily.
Overall I give this 4 stars for price and quality.
I decided to purchase these paper plates principally on the price. I had organised a buffet and did not want to be faced with a mountain of washing up. So thought the best alternative would be these. They cost £1.20 for 50 plates (works out at about 2p each) - I had originally planned to get my paper plates from poundland but as I was in Tesco I just opted for these instead and was happy to pay 20p more than my original budget for them.
Certainly, they are super value for money - they consist of an abundance of plates 50 in total, which was enough for me to give to guests to eat from and to place all the goodies on top on the trestle table.
Looks wise they are not the most festive so that was a bit of a trade-off for me, I had to balance price and quantity over other 'prettier' paper plates. However, I got round this as I had a festive tablecloth and also the food was going to be covering up most of the plates so really this was not too much of an issue.
The plates are somewhat thinner than the more quality ranges which I thought was to be expected given the low price. However as long as they held the food whilst the guests were eating it that was all that mattered.
==Using them / Testing them Out==
To me these were a good bargain buy, they were fit for purpose, none ripped whilst being used or creased or folded too easily. They were light and easy to carry around and set down with varying amounts and styles of food.
Even those people with 'good appetites'! who loaded upon sausage rolls, vol-u-vents, sausages on sticks, cheese and pineapple managed to balance it all well on the plates.
Although somewhat smaller than my heavy dinner plates I found these are a perfect item to have in for buffets and also I imagine in the summertime for BBQ's. I am sure they would hold a couple of weighty bbq sauce laden chicken legs and a burger adequately.
I still have a few of these plates left and so far my little one has had fun decorating them with feathers and tissue paper to make faces.
So not only have these been handy for their original purpose but also for keeping little ones amused. I now have some very fun colourful faceplates decorating my kitchen wall.!
==My Conclusion ==
A great buy - cheap and cheerful and abundance of them. They also store easily away not taking up too much room in the cupboard.
I give this 4 stars for price and quality.
I bought this whilst on a shopping trip in Boots the Chemist. It cost £13 for a 50ml tub.
Anyone who knows this product will know that it all comes packaged in a retro style pearlised pink colour festooned with dark pink writing. It certainly looks very stylish on my dressing table.
So after cleansing my face I set about smothering myself with this very thick cream. The aroma of this is very light and fresh smelling so light almost to the point of sans aroma. On my initial try of this cream I clearly used to much, as it took an age to rub in and then when I finally thought I had finished, upon looking in the mirror there was one very shiny face staring back.
On my skin it did seem to take an age to soak in and even when I retired to bed, I had to place a towel on my pillow as I did not want any grease transferring onto the cotton and penetrating it.
Upon waking on first glance my skin did look somewhat dewy and pearlised and somewhat refreshed and more awake.
I decided that I did not want to go through the towel on the pillowcase palaver the next evening and so made sure that I put about a pea sized amount on my hand (a large pea!). Rather than a walnut sized amount which was clearly too much! So I warmed the cream in my hand and then cupped it over my face to let it gently absorb into my skin. Ah result, much better, it soaked in quickly and my skin felt really moisturised.
Another bonus to this cream is that when applying it with your hands you also get the double bonus of replenishing the oil in my hands at the same time. It certainly has helped with the dryness I used to suffer with my hands upon using this on my face.
The next morning, said skin looked nicely refreshed again and I have continued to use it ever since.
However I would say that after prolonged use the effects of the initial glow bloom does wear off. I often find this with products though after initial good results it is almost like your skin becomes used to the product and it is no longer effective. It is for this reason that I do change it up every now and then with other creams.
All in all a lovely pot of thick moisturising cream at a good price especially in comparison to use and price to some of the more top end expensive moisturisers out there.
5 stars for smell, use and price.
I was amazed to be given a bottle of this expensive bubbly as a gift. I have since found out that this superb champagne costs around the £30 mark for a 75cl bottle.
I have to start first with the look of the bottle - which I think is stunning - it has a unique look as the bottle is totally enshrouded in elegant pale pink with a gold edged label . I mean it looks achingly expensive straight of the bat (which of course it is in my opinion). The design is effortless class. Not only is the bottle a gorgeous shade of pink but so is the contents which won't come too much as a surprise to any wine buffs given as this is a rose champagne. This champagne is of course produced in Champagne regions of France where the grapes are grown. Naturally, it has a traditional cork, which is where we move onto next...
==The Taste Test==
Having chilled to get it nice and chilled the cork was duly popped at a dinner party I was holding. Each glass was eagerly held up to taste this superior fizz. The bubbles seemed to explode in my mouth as I sipped it. Upon testing we were all enchanted with the taste, yes it had a fruity aroma for champagne, as I have often found other champagnes to be incredibly dry to the extent of feeling my tongue is a rung out sponge however, this beauty did none of that. The taste was incredibly bubbly but thirst quenching with it quite refreshing in its notes and in direct comparison to other brands. In addition, the aftertaste was gentle and not too intense. was a brut (dry) champagne, but you can also get variations in demi-sec which would make it sweeter if that is more your palate. (Something to remember if someone offers to get you some as a present!).
I would say this is obviously a real treat for a celebration but also it goes very well with a dinner of chicken and fish as it is light. However as the price is somewhat prohibitive I would probably purchase as a special gift for someone celebrating a wedding, 18th or 21st or special anniversary etc. The main reason for this being it looks so specular In the box and mainly because the taste is so special, crisp, fruity and light and rounded in a way no other I have tasted has been.
An expensive champagne; which not only looks expensive but tastes expensive too. A real treat of a gift to give someone.
**** 4 Stars as I had to take a star of for the prohibitive cost.
I initially tried this was I was given this wine as a gift and have since found out (when perusing the supermarket shelves in search for a second bottle - that it costs just £1.88 per bottle for a small bottle; that being the 187ml size bottle). I think this price is fantastic given that this is such a great wine and the bottles label gives it a much more expensive appearance in my opinion. It is called white zinfandel but it is actually a pink California wine. It has a very pretty slightly pinkish tone.
On to the testing out; not being a regular wine drinker, as to be honest am not too keen on the taste of the majority of wines and that includes red, white and blush. I tend to find them all pretty much too sharp and bitter. I was somewhat surprised when having cooled this in the fridge and poured it out, how refreshing it was; with a exquisitely gently sweet flavour and thirst quenching. It had such a delicate taste on my palate that I could not help but be an immediate fan. It was cool and crisp with a light sweet taste and tasted so fresh in my mouth I was astounded. Normally I have to sip wine as I find the taste so overpowering. However, with this gorgeous Zinfandel it was like a breath of fresh air tasting this. So much so that I have since become a bit of a fan of wine, however I am much more likely to choose a Californian wine and lean towards the Zinfandel. Since trying this, I have also tried the blush Zinfandel that is also lovely albeit somewhat drier.
Another key point is the dinner party I was holding had a relative who normally cannot drink wine due to the fact they always come out in a rash. That being said, having tried this American wine they had no such rash.
Having looked deeper into this it seems that the American wines ban a certain additive to their wines that other countries allow. It is thanks to drinking this wine we found out that it was particular additive that was causing the rash. The relative has since been able to drink this wine without any problems as well as other USA wines.
I am wondering if it is the level of sunshine on the grapes that gives this wine the edge on other wines I have tasted, it is a very nice crisp and tasty product. It goes well with most meals and meats and I have found it to be particularly refreshing at a summer bbq.
So, all in all this is a great buy. Personally, if someone was coming to a dinner party I would rather then bring me a bottle of this over a more expensive red wine any day.
You can get this in most supermarkets and the price varies from £1.88 (for the small bottle - a single serve wine good if you want to just try it before spending out any more). Or if you really like it you can get a large 3litre box of it for £16.48 currently at Asda. You can also get a normal sized 75cl bottle from £5.72 (if you shop around).
A light, sweet refreshing wine and a super sweet buy. I give this 5 stars *****.
I thought I would compile my Christmas Gift Ideas for men who are notoriously difficult to buy for (in my opinion). I have narrowed down the following as good items as far as men are concerned:-
A golden ticket - Lottery Tickets - if you're really stuck for what to get someone, I find that an envelope with a lottery ticket or two goes down well. It is something that is fun for them, does not cost too much to wrap and you never know they may win a fortune! It is also good in that you can spend from £1 up to how much you want really.
Useful Items -Socks - of course I could not add in the trusty staple of socks for men. I know this one is a cliché but lets face it, they are useful and practical no matter what people say, as pretty much most men wear socks!
Chocolates - Maltesers - This is always on my list, chocolates do not need to be expensive to be enjoyed and the mighty malteser always seems to be a classic first choice when I look for something (usually) universally liked by men.
Clothes - White t-shirts - I often pop down to Primark and pick up some of the 3 packs of white t-shirts which used to be £5 for 3 which was an absolute bargain, not only that but they wash really well too. I find these are always a good staple as most blokes where white t-shirts under a v neck sweater, jumper, sweater or cardigan. If not, they can team it up with lounge around PJ's of an evening. Or even use them for sports. They are one of those things that just seem to be a great staple to have in.
Time out - DVD's - now if you know a specific DVD someone wants that makes it easy to pick one up but if not and you know the person well and the genre of film they like then I find an obscure movie in that genre (generally with good reviews!) is something that I look for in a present.
A break from reality - Books - the other thing is books, again if you know the genre or favourite author and you have sounded out that no one else gets it then usually around Christmas all the big authors have a new release being touted.
Of course, the other idea is practical ones like toiletries that they actually want and use day to day. I personally try to go for presents that people can use, wear or eat , watch or read. I like to go for practical presents. However, I know that is not the most exciting option but I would rather buy something practical than something than spend a lot of money when I am unsure if they will like it. But if I am really stuck then I just ask is there anything specific they want. They of course I will go out and get that.
Just a few ideas that I normally go by when purchasing pressies.
I was bought this lovely Nails Inc Nail Polish as a gift. I have since found out that you can purchase it at all the main department stores like Debenhams etc online the price seems to vary, however you can get on Amazon for £9.90.
==The Nail Polish==
This particular nail polish is called Picadilly Circus. The colour is daring, bright and rich deep pinky red and I should add, gorgeous (in my opinion). It is a very warm and modern colour.
The bottle is very modern in style also- glass spherical and tall with a silver lid, emblazoned with Nails Inc cross it, it does look rather expensive and classy on the dressing table (compared to the normal basic short glass bottles with black plastic lids on cheaper versions). The bottle also feels solid and sturdy and does not seem to get knocked over easily due to the nature of the design.
The brush is sufficiently slim to enable near precision on applying the polish. It is not too wide to render the edges of my cuticals and fingers to be coated also in said nail polish. The actual polish I must say is a nice smooth consistency, not too gloopy and goes on delightfully smoothly. Drying time is ok, not the speediest like Rimmel 60 second set. However on the 2nd application I decided to use some of my new-fangled drying spray especially for nails, that certainly speeded up the drying time. Once done my nails looked super glossy and neat. I was pleased with the result.
Five days in and the polish looked just as good, no chips or flakes, the colour still looked pretty and glossy and all-in-all I felt this was a good product with a great colour and shine to it.
The only disadvantage to this polish is I found the actual nail polish fragrance to be somewhat 'over powering' of nail polish smell, I know all nail polishes are strong but this one seems to be doubly so. So my advice would be to paint them near an open window or at least somewhere, where there is good ventilation.
Well I give this gorgeous Nails Inc polish a 4 star rating, a point down for the overbearing nail polish aroma that seems to hang around for ages in the air and on the nails somewhat. However for the colour and shine, and long lasting nature of this polish I give a solid 4 stars. It also has the added bonus of looking exceptionally pretty in your bathroom or on your vanity stand. The colour is stunning on and especially good for the festive season. It also looks good on short nails.
Certainly, I would be happy to receive this as a gift again.
Thanks for reading.
I purchased this for £9.16 (+ £2.95 P&P) from Amazon for a nice big 250ml bottle. The reason being it was so convenient to just tap in online and with a click, purchase it, rather than trawl round the salons looking for this particular mousse.
A friend of mine had this and the principle reason I also wanted to get this was the gorgeous smell - like soft apricots, not a cloying smell at all (unusual these days in the what seems to be a mass production of sickly cloying chemical enhanced hair products). This aroma truly was a breath of fresh air. What's more upon applying to freshly washed hair the scent of it truly did cling to the hair and linger lightly too for quite some time.
Onto the results of the product; L'Oreal claim that this product is a lightweight voluminsing mousse that will not weigh your hair down and the strapline says professional, which does give you an idea that it is what the experts use. I used about a walnut sized amount and that was sufficient on shoulder length hair. Being a child of the 70's and a teenager in the 80's I have to admit to 'scrunching' my hair to get that desired volumised look lol. However I am sure some of the more technically able peeps on here (i.e. those that can straighten their hair with a hairdryer would use the product slightly differently!) However, the overall result was; it dried well into the hair, without drying it out. Gave a nice shine, smelt great, gave bounce and volume, without leaving a sticky residue on either my hair or my hands. To top it off the style lasted all day.
Overall I am very pleased with this product. Although I spent somewhat more than I like to on mousses, this has lasted ages. I have found that a little does do the trick, both in terms of styling the hair and keeping that hold and by not weighing the hair down at the ends.
A quality product; which I would definitely use again despite the price. The added bonus you can get it online on Amazon, so it is quick and easy to order and I think eBay may do it too. If you shop around you can get it for less than I paid.
**** 5 Dooyoo Stars - I give this five stars for product quality.
Schwarzkopf Gliss Asia Straight Shampoo
I purchased this 250 ml bottle of shampoo on impulse. I think I paid about £1.99 for it in Boots chemist. I normally take a lot of time over my choice of shampoo including making sure I like the scent. Unfortunately, this day I was in a massive hurry and pretty much grabbed the bottle of the supermarket shelf and paid and went.
The bottle is attractive with a clear plastic squared off top that allows you to see the contents clearly and how much you have left when using it (in my case A LOT). It is a striking violet colour and the promises on the outside make it sound like a dream product, as it says that this will make your hair glossy and straight. Its strapline is Hair Repair with liquid keratin, for rebellious and frizzy hair using this would give long-lasting straightening effect with shine. Allegedly, without straightening irons either. Yay! happy days that should save some time. However, on to the testing of it...
~~Using It ~~
I went to shampoo as normal and the first thing that struck me as I poured some of the contents out on to my hand was the overwhelming aroma. It was so powerful and not in a good way. It smelt synthetic and a strong chemical smell (supposed to be bamboo and orchid essence) with an awful fake perfume smell as a top note. I can only assume that is the chemicals they include in it of 'liquid hair repair technology'.. Err it clawed at the back of my throat as I washed my hair in the shower. I persevered though as it was the only shampoo I had to use at that point. However, the initial smell alone put me off.
Now for the results of the straightening effect, well if you can believe it, after my hair dried off it was curlier than ever! As a comparison even when I use normal shampoo, my hair does not come out that curly, I would laugh but it really was a waste of money. Although I had decided there and then that, I would use it again on the smell alone of the product. Why is that some of these makers of shampoo cannot that just produce shampoos that smell clean and fresh? Without all the excess fake perfumes and fruit smells? There just seems to be a multitude of them on the market now. I may have to go back to a more old-fashioned shampoo like vosene that will give a cleaner smell.
So in conclusion, will I be buying this again - a definite NO, this shampoo is a major thumbs down from me.
*1 dooyoo star.
I bought a pair of these when doing my normal weekly food shop. The reason for purchasing was that I had previously had a pair of flat pumps from Asda (sequin ones) that really lasted well. So having tried a previous pair of there shoes I was knew that although their shoes were affordable they were not so cheap as to fall to bits after a few wears.
These leopard print ballet pumps were £8. The shoes themselves are flat, as you would expect but still flexible enough on the foot. The material is fairly soft, flexible, and the style and design was not so in your face that it limits what you can put with it. For instance, I have worn these with black trousers, white shorts, coloured skirts (for the eclectic look!) but they still look smart, stylish, and not at all garish considering they are a printed shoe.
The material is not leather it is a synthetic material (as you would expect given the price). However, this does not detract from these neat shoes. They are also surprisingly comfortable. I would much rather wear this style over a heeled shoes for comfort in any event, but still even over that it is a very wearable shoe.
I found on first wearing them to be comfortable from the off, normally I need time to break shoes in as I get blisters but these were not like that, they were comfy from the off. The other bonus is they are easy just to slip on and off, no elasticated straps to negotiate your foot into across the top, as is the fashion for some flats.
I have worn these a lot over the course of quite a few months and they more I wore them the more comfortable they got. The only snag has been that the end toe part of the shoe has slightly come away from the sole of it but I guess given then months of constant wear this was to be expected after a bit, especially as I am a bit of a 'scuffer' when I walk.
All in all these shoes have fast exceeded my expectations. They have lasted well under a lot of walking, in hot weather and in cooler wet weather. They look good with bare legs or with thick winter tights. They give a bit of vibrancy to an outfit and for such a cheap price, you don't mind if they don't last so long, I find it then gives you an excuse to go shopping again!
I would give these flat ballet pumps a solid 4 stars. ****
I decided to write this review after wearing these shoes over the whole of the summer. Each year I make the pilgrimage down to Primark to get my summer 'flats' and this year I wanted something that would principally not show any dust and would go with pretty much everything. So I chanced upon these in the shoe section of the large Primark store. At just £6 that was just enough to pay for a pair of shoes that I just wanted to last over the summer months.
Well of course for £6 you are not going to get calf leather shoes but the material on these were not too hard and had enough flexibility in them and they also looked very pretty!
==Testing them out==
I have worn these continuously over the summer months with cropped trousers, leggings, shorts and skirts, for daytime and evening. They really have been an excellent buy. The style of these pumps look smart with casual daywear and even work wear. I have also found these flat pumps very comfortable too boot.
Each year I have been impressed with Primark shoes, particularly the price but also the fact that they do a nice high fashion selection that do not break the bank and if they don't last after a lot of wear well I don't personally expect them to last for years at that price. I am just happy that they did last so well, these lasted well in water, after splashing about in the sea. Walking over cobbled beaches, baked out in the sun, when doing digging work in the garden and I even painted in them. They still look pretty good now too. I will continue to wear them with thick tights for the winter if the shoes last that long.
On previous experience of Primark shoes, I have found that the front of the shoe and the sole of it start to come apart and flap. That is when I know it is time for the bin for them. Although I have be known to get the super glue out and fix them myself to eek out a few more weeks of wear! Whether the same thing happens to these shoes remains to be seen; as they are still going strong now.
To clean them I use wipe over with a damp cloth on the leather type material (synthetic). All-in-all a good bargain buy, they look classic too and have lasted well over the summer.
I give them 4 stars ***** for price and wearability.