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I became a bzzagent last year after seeing the website mentioned multiple times on the internet and E45 was my second campaign from them. I received a 200ml bottle of E45 moisturising lotion and a bottle of this e45 nourish and restore body lotion as well as small sample and voucher packs for friends and family to spread a little of the bzzLove.
I have to admit when it come to moisturiser I am not the most loyal of people I have dabbled and swapped between, brands for as long as I can remember jumping from offer to offer testing new products on a regular basis whenever I spotted a prettier bottle or a cheaper alternative. So when my E45 bzzkit dropped onto the mat I was expecting just another moisturiser to try for a few weeks.
E45's nourish and restore body lotion come in a 250ml bottle, it is mainly white with a deep red flip lid which allows for a little squeeze action.
On application, nourish and restore goes on just like any moisturiser. It is white in colour and disappears quickly into the skin with a little rubbing and massaging. It is lightly fragranced a smell which I cannot put my finger on but reminds me a little of sun tan cream and in turn summer so puts a smile on my face easily, I can assure you it is only a very slight smell and it is barely noticeable however I find it lasts well over an hour on the skin.
I started off using this on my hands and face as I would any moisturiser or body lotion and found the results to be great my skin felt smoother and there was no greasy feel after application. I also felt I didnt need too much as it seemed to spread well and easily. I then used it on my feet in particular my heels as with the little sunshine we had I whipped out my flip flops and cracks began to show .....all over my heels. I used the E45 liberally and put socks on overnight to keep it on my feet and off the sheets. After a couple of nights I began to see improvements, the skin was softer and seemed less damaged, within a fortnight I felt that my feet could go on show again...well at least when the sun decides to show his face again anyway.
I have to say I was really impressed with this product and I felt the results within about a week of regular use. I love the feeling it gives my skin and they really did feel as though the moisture had been put back in making them supple and smooth.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who hasn't tried it. I t is yet another great product from the E45 range and I think I may have found a moisturising lotion I am going be sticking with (well at least for now anyway)
If I'm honest I had made a rule in my head and stopped myself buying compilation albums in recent years mainly because the first cd seems to be great and the second cd stays in the box and is sometimes more useful as a coaster however I have just broken this rule and I'm pretty glad I did.
We have all heard of, and most of us own a 'now that what I call music' album, renowned for gathering most of the popular tracks together and thrusting them on to 2 CD's every 6 months. It was the television advert for this CD that drew me in as they normally do however using previous knowledge I decided to look up the playlist online and was pleasantly surprised.
1. We Are Young - Fun feat. Janelle Monáe
2. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
3. Payphone - Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
4. Whistle - Flo Rida
5. Princess Of China - Coldplay & Rihanna
6. Feel The Love - Rudimental feat. John Newman
7. Starships - Nicki Minaj
8. Where Have You Been - Rihanna
9. R.I.P. - Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah
10. Can't Say No - Conor Maynard
11. Boyfriend - Justin Bieber
12. Small Bump - Ed Sheeran
13. Oliver Twist - D'Banj
14. Black Heart - Stooshe
15. Part Of Me - Katy Perry
16. Primadonna - Marina & The Diamonds
17. Picking Up The Pieces - Paloma Faith
18. Drive By - Train
19. Sparks - Cover Drive
20. I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz
21. Too Close - Alex Clare
22. My Kind Of Love - Emeli Sandé
1. This Is Love - will.i.am feat. Eva Simons
2. Call My Name - Cheryl
3. Hot Right Now - DJ Fresh Feat. Rita Ora
4. Young - Tulisa
5. Turn Me On - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj
6. Let's Go - Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo
7. Scream - Usher
8. LaserLight - Jessie J feat. David Guetta
9. Turn Up The Music - Chris Brown
10. Chasing The Sun - The Wanted
12. 30 Days - The Saturdays
13. Euphoria - Loreen
14. GreyHound - Swedish House Mafia
15. 212 - Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay
16. iLL Manors - Plan B
17. So Good - B.o.B
18. Level Up - Sway
19. There She Goes - Taio Cruz
20. Express Yourself - Labrinth
21. Only The Horses - Scissor Sisters
22. When She Was Mine - Lawson
23. Sing - Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band
As you can see there is a little something for everybody and luckily for me some of my favourite tracks doing the rounds at the moment were included, We are young, payphone, I wont give up, and princess of china were a huge draw for me. But whether it's Eurovision with Loreen, Gary Barlow or Justin Bieber its all included. All the tracks are popular so going into the sounds of each track isn't needed here.
For me personally there is only one track I'm not keen on so this CD sits in my CD player and just plays through with my sometimes awful singing cheering it on and unlike previous compilations when the first CD finishes instead of starting it from the beginning again I tend to swap to CD 2 something I have rarely found myself doing before. I would like to point out although I don't have a favourite CD I have asked opinion from others and majority have said CD one.
The layout of the album is well constructed with a good flow through the disc, there is very little jumping in tempo making this album carry the listener along. The booklet not only contains the song information but a little about each artist allowing anyone who has purchased the CD to easily identify the artist and find out which album the track is taken from and therefore works well as a quick preview of some of the best albums we've seen recently.
As well as a cheeky gift for yourself this CD would make the perfect gift as lets be honest there are very few people who couldn't find at least one track they enjoy amongst the 44 songs chosen to represent the best tracks filling the radio station playlists throughout the country. The cost of the the album is around £11 which i thought wasnt bad for the quality and quantity of the music.
What more could you ask for in a CD that brings together 12 UK number ones and all the tracks we love to hear playing from our speakers .....Now that's what I call music.
I always have a camera on me tucked away in the depths of my handbag ready to capture that Kodak moment. As I have said before in reviews the way I like to look at it is I can always delete a picture whereas realising I've missed something after the occasion means I can't go back and snap away. It is through this happy snapping nature I have ended up with a selection of cameras. I don't like to carry my main camera with me all the time so I have a few smaller cameras I have been given by family and friends for everyday use. This one however is my faithful companion we have been together for a good few years and we seem to always come back together just when you think we've drifted apart.
*+*+* THE LOOK *+*+*
The Panasonic lumix DMC-LS70 is silver and measures around 3.5" x 2.5"with a 2" display screen on the back. The top of the camera is host to the on/off button, function dial, shutter button with twist zoom and the ezoom button which sets the zoom automatically.
Situated on the rear of the camera alongside the display screen are a further selection of buttons which include: Menu, display/high angle choice, function/delete and the direction buttons which double as flash options, timer, review and exposure settings. All buttons are clearly labelled are easy to operate.
There is a mini USB slot on the side which allow easy connection via the provided lead to your computer and wrist strap anchor point.
Like most cameras the lumix dmc-ls70 has a whole bundle of settings just waiting to be played with, the function dial at the top has a total of 8 settings:
Scene selection has the following options:
I have had some great results with some of the settings especially sport mode and sunset these settings are easy to use and clearly marked.
*+*+* EASE OF USE *+*+*
This camera is really easy to use with the dial on the top and clear onscreen instructions making navigation a doddle. It is AA battery powered which I know a lot of people dot like however this is a key factor I look for in a camera due to spending time at events in tents with no means of charging. This is a great sized camera which is perfect for your handbag or pocket and it weights less that 150grames so it doesn't weigh you down either. I have had no problem with sticking buttons or anything along those lines and have found if lent to friends and family they pick ip the basics very quickly.
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
I really love this camera it is a good size and has a fair amount of settings to play with. I'll be honest compared to many cameras on the market today it has a good few less mega-pixels at only 7 but for snapping on a day or night out it is great. I have been extremely pleased with the durability of this camera it has been caught in a storm, got dust in it been dropped and even had a drink tipped over it while on a night out but still works as good as the day I bought it. Picture quality is good giving you clear and focused pictures in all settings. However this camera does not have sound recording so unless you are filming a silent movie and going to insert some jazzy 1920's chase music after then this isn't for you and this is also the reason I bought my new bigger camera...no one wants to watch a silent video of a 70's f1 car. I have used all of the settings on this camera and never found any problems in fact if anything it has encouraged me to take different pictures playing with the macro setting with flowers and fireworks which before this camera I may not have attempted. However I would like to point out I do not really see a point in having 2 settings for babies or a setting for food, I genuinely believe camera companies set out now to try and find just how many obscure settings they can stick on a camera. I tend to keep mine in sport mode a lot of the time this gives a quick shutter speed which means capturing moving objects is a lot easier so snaps of friends and family are rarely blurred or out of focus.
I love the high angle setting and this has been invaluable to me at events where I have had to hold the camera above my head to catch a shot and although this a simple idea it is a clever and very handy one for me allowing me to continue viewing what I am snapping easily. Unlike my other camera this has the SD card slot separate to the battery compartment which is something I prefer greatly I don't have to worry about the batteries making a bid for freedom when I least expect it.
I would definitely recommend this camera he has served me well and continues to do so he is always there when I need him and what more can you ask for.
Before transferring over to the smartphone world with blackberries I had long been a Sony Ericsson fan and customer. Over the years I have had a string of Ericsson walkman phones, this was due to them being reliable with good battery life and having good sound quality for all my music tracks which was extremely important to me. I didn't really want to have to carry a phone and an mp3 player so I needed a good quality mobile that could keep my music safe as well. The W580i is a slide up compact phone which comes in a variety of colours.
*+*+* THE LOOK *+*+*
I have the pink version of the w580i I think it is known as metro pink. It is a predominantly a pale dusty pink in colour with white sides and hot pink on the back when the phone slides open to reveal the keypad. It measures roughly 4" x 2" when closed and gains an extra inch in length when open.
The top of the phone is home to the memory card slot and main on/off button with the volume keys on the left hand side. All other main buttons are situated on the front of the phone below the screen and can be accessed without needing to slide up the phone. As well as the play/pause and direction keys there is the short cuts key allowing you to reach your favourite apps, walkman button which takes you straight to the music player, and your selection keys which double as unlock when the phone is shut (however sliding the phone open unlocks too.)
*+*+* FUNCTIONS *+*+*
The Sony Ericsson w580i has all the functions you would expect off of a non smartphone with calling, SMS, MMS and games. Being a walkman phone it has the ability to store all your favourite tracks on the micro m2 memory card and play them back making this as good as an Mp3 player as it is a phone and has the added bonus of being able to hake the phone to change the track. Another point of amusement on the w580i is the fitness application, this allows you to turn your phone into a step counter and keep track of your running and walking. This combined with the walk around the world app and pocket trainer adds a little bit fun .
*+*+* EASE OF USE *+*+*
This phone is one of the easiest phones I have owned to operate. It is easy to slide to reveal the keypad which has fair sized buttons. I have heard of people having trouble with the buttons cracking but I haven't seen this. The navigation around the functions could not be simpler everything is reachable from the main menu which is opened via the large play/pause button on the centre of the phone.
The music player is easy to work with your basic mp3 controls visible below the screen allowing you to work the mp3 player with the phone closed
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
I really love this phone the only real reason for my upgrading was needing to be able to get to my emails and social networks easy and for free. I still have his phone and due to its extremely long battery life take it with me if I am camping as I know I will always have a phone on me with battery life. I am yet to find a fault with this phone everything it claims to do it does and it does it well. When I first purchased this phone I was a little dubious of the slide up action. I think in the back of my head all I could think was that it was just one more thing to break but I am not afraid to admit I was proved wrong. The size of this phone makes it handy and useful and easy to carry around be it in a bag or pocket. There are other colour schemes I have seen grey/black and white but I like the pink it makes it a little different. The sides of the phone are able to light up and you can change the sequence and colours to your preference which again allows this phone to stand out. The camera is 2 megapixel pretty standard for this age and size phone it takes a good picture but I always have my camera on me so this isn't so much a deciding factor.
When it comes down to this it is a walkman phone so the music player is a massive part of its appeal and to me it doesn't disappoint the music is clear and has a good volume range. I do however wish it had a normal earphone socket instead of the Sony Ericsson one as I would like to use my own headphone sometimes instead of having to rely on the provided ones which never seem to stay in my ears (maybe I have funny ears)
All in all this phone does all it can sure it is not a smart phone and my email, Facebook and twitter are not at the end of my finger but sometimes I wish they weren't. Just imagine the extra time we would all have if we were not emailing and checking social networks on our phones.
When it comes to printing my family is far from mimicking your local staples, firing sheets of A4 out quicker Google can change its homepage logo however our printer is one of those things that will not be used for a few weeks then suddenly everyone wants a piece of it. It was on one of these manic everyone wants a printout days that our old printer decided he had served us long enough and without so much as a inky splodge, passed away.
I popped over to my local comet and asked to see the Kodak printers I had heard good things about the cost of their ink and as we all know how expensive printer ink is thought this would be the best avenue to venture down. I will admit I didn't browse for long after spotting the ESP5 all in one I concluded that it seemed good quality and at a good price of around £60-70 and we really needed a printer.
*+*+* THE LOOK *+*+*
The Kodak ESP5 all in one is a printer, scanner and copier it is black with Kodak yellow trimmings. It stands at about 18cm high with width and depth of 40cm x 30cm and is a front loading and exiting printer. The top of this Kodak has a small flip up 3" screen. There is a selection of easy use buttons situated near the screen which allows you to use the Kodak without having to have it connected to a computer which is always handy. Obviously like most all in one printers the top of the printer lifts to reveal the scanner/copier.
The front of this printer is adorned with a multitude of slots for all your memory devices these are:
* Memory Stick
* Compact Flash
* XD Card
* SD and SDHC Card
* MultiMedia Card
* Memory Stick PRO
All of the above can be used to connect your photos straight to the small screen where you can rotate change between black and white or colour, print or just send straight to your connected PC.
*+*+* USE *+*+*
Use of the printer is very simple whether it is connected to a computer or not my entire family feel confident using it. The buttons are easy to understand and the screen provides easy to follow instructions for anyone not too sure. Printing in itself is reasonably quick compared to my experiences with other printers. However there is no wi-fi on this specific printer so it does have to be connected but we keep it turned off and just plug in the USB when needed, I mean it doesn't hurt anyone in our house to get up off their bums and move once in a while. Switching between A4 and 6x4 prints is simple enough for even my Dad to complete which means with my dads computer knowledge it must be easy.
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
I couldn't recommend this printer enough it does everything you could wish for from a printer and more. It's simple and quick to connect making sure you are up and printing in no time. I have found that it is just as simple to print 6x4 photographs as it is normal A4 documents and it so simple to use the whole family can print away. I will be honest I get majority of my digital prints printed online and sent to me however the Kodak is used if we need a print for a family member or if we just need 1 print for a frame or present at short notice, for this I do not notice excessive use of the ink.
The only small problem I have found is that when I get low on paper the roller seems to take the last two sheets together but this is only when short on paper and to be honest we usually keep it pretty well stocked so I have only seen this a handful of times. It is when it comes to the all important ink that this and all the other Kodak printers excel. Cartridges cost around £7 for black and £11 for colour making them over half price on some other well known brands, they are quite often on offer as well so a bargain is always close. Personally I feel the cartridges don't last quite as long as some of our previous printers but this could be down to the fact that in the back of my head I know it's cheaper to print and I don't worry about printing that extra copy or photo, but in the long run it is defiantly still cheaper so for me and my family this is perfect.
This printer is ideal for a family home like ours it fulfils all our needs and at a fraction of the cost compared to some of our old printers...what more could you ask for.
I am going to start here with a confession.....I take way too many pictures. I am one of those people who has a camera on them at all times and am quite willing to snap away be it on a day out, a night on the town, a family party or a major event in my life. The way I look on things is that I can always delete a photo but I cannot go back and take one if I want it after a specific moment has passed. Due to this I actually have a multitude of cameras mainly down to the fact family seem to buy new ones and hand me their old ones as they know I don't like to take my main camera about in my handbag everyday in case of water or dropping (I also get regular cases of the clumsiness) so I was handed this camera by my brother when he upgraded recently (most probably because recently there was an accident with my main camera that, this time was no fault of my own)
So my Kodak c183 is the black pearlescent version with silver trim around the lens and buttons. The camera dimensions are about 3.5 x 2.5 inches with a depth maximum of an inch. This camera is 14 mega pixels with a 3 x optical zoom and as cameras go it is pretty easy to operate. It is powered by 2 AA batteries which fit in the flap at the base, the same flap which hides the SD memory card
The top of the camera has the function buttons, on/off, mode change, and flash settings as well as the expected shutter button with twist zoom.
On the reverse of the camera is a 3 inch screen with a few further function buttons. These control playback, deleting and info as well as direction arrows ok button and the Kodak share button.
So just what does this camera have on the inside?
Well once turned on there is a variety of settings as with all digital cameras these days these are:
A basic point and shoot mode great for when you grab the camera for that quick shot.
Complete with sound as well as motion picture this camera has enough mega pixels to shoot a good quality video with good sound.
A mode in which you can easily change some of the basic settings on, to your desired preference.
A place which makes it easy to pick a scene setting for any condition or event to give you the perfect picture at any opportunity, the scenes on this camera are as follows:
Panoramic left - right
Panoramic Right - left
ISO low light
So as cameras go this is very easy to use in general the picture quality is fabulous with the 14 mega pixels making all your shots clear and concise. I have tried out most of the settings with the exception of the panning shot which although will be useful to me once the motorsport season starts I still have another week until my first motor sport event of the year. Each scene selection has worked just as planned and as good as I expected I am especially pleased with the panoramic shots this camera has given me some stunning sea shots over the last few days. Most of these scene selections are standard on most digital cameras now and I'm sure we have all played with some of them.
The shape of the camera makes it easy to hold with the bulkier side where the batteries are inserted making this easy to grasp. Overall size is perfect for keeping in your handbag or pocket I have however substituted the provided wrist strap with a longer one but this is purely down to preference rather than necessity. The camera looks good it is stylish and the screen is clear. Unlike most people i like to have a AA battery powered camera, then if i am at an event and have to sleep in a tent i do not have to worry about keeping battery packs charged.
However it is not all good there are a few issues one of which would put me off this camera completely if I was buying it myself of so the small issues are I'm not keen on the idea of a mode selection button rather to the twist dial with the rest of my cameras. This could be down to me but I feel it is more complicated than it needs to be being a button. Second of all is a pet hate of mine having the memory card slot in where the batteries are placed, I know it saves on movable parts but I would rather have separate openings to make it easier to change memory cards in a hurry. Third small problem is that the zoom dial doesn't seem to protrude as much away from the main body of the camera so sometimes it is a little hard to adjust the zoom as quick as you want. Now for the big Issue when you turn the camera on and select a scene such as blur reduction all is great until you turn the camera off to save battery. When you turn the camera back on it has reset back to smart capture mode and you have to reset your preferences again. This makes this camera completely useless for me at racing events as blur reduction or panning shot have to be used for all but portraits and I would be endlessly sorting the settings out and would most probably miss a great shot, I understand this may not be a deal breaker for some people but personally this would have made me choose another camera had I been buying it myself.
If you are looking for a good camera to just point and shoot with then this is perfect. I have researched the price while writing this review and have seen it for as low as £49 which I believe is a great price, but if you are like me and make full use of the functions available I would steer clear.
I have very long and very thick hair. I am always looking for styles which are easy to complete but yet still look great. Having always curled my hair with a small barrelled curling tong for nights out I decided to look for a larger barrelled set for a different look....step forward the Babyliss 2289U.
*+*+* WHAT MADE ME CHOOSE THIS PRODUCT *+*+*
If I'm honest I had heard mixed reports on a variety of different curling tongs and decided to look around for a cheaper pair that if they didn't work I wouldn't be so upset. While scouring the internet I found these on Amazon for around £15 which to me seemed like a good price from a company brand I had had good results with in the past. My babyliss crimpers are still going strong even if they now only show their face for fancy dress.
*+*+* THE PRODUCT *+*+*
Babyliss 2289U are 38mm nano titanium-ceramic barrelled tongs which boast 4 different heat settings up to 200 centigrade which allow these to be versatile for any hair types. The cord is attached via a swivel connection, much like salon equipment and the heat up time is extremely quick and they have built in heat rest.
The look of the tongs is quite stylish with the black handle and digital screen and the length of the cord is longer than most of my hair appliances so I have the added bonus of being able to move...which is always pleasant.
*+*+* USE *+*+*
So here is my simple guide to using these tongs.
* Turn them on
* Select the temperature setting you feel is best for your hair type using the +/- button (the light will move up the temperature gauge) normally the thicker your hair the higher the temperature needed.
* Allow the tongs to heat ...I've found this takes around the one minute mark I suppose less time for lower heats.
* Make sure hair is dry and combed with not tangles.
* Always make sure you are using a heat protection spray or serum.
* Section off a piece of hair (just under and inch wide is perfect for me)
* Grip the hair using the scissor clasp and then glide them down the hair to the tip of the hair.
* Roll the tongs up the hair to your desire height you can steady them with the other hand holding the plastic tip of the tongs.
* Hold the tongs steady for 10 - 15 seconds
* Release the clasp and allow the curl to slip off the barrel
* Allow the curl to cool before further tweaking.
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
The eventual look gained with these is of large Hollywood curls almost large waves which look great. They have a natural bounce and seem to gain a little shine as well however there are some downsides. Due to the thickness and length of my hair I find these curls do not stay in as long as I would like without help. I find myself having to apply hairspray while the hair is wrapped around the tongs and then clip the curls while cooling. The best way to achieve this is to slide the curl straight on to an open section clip hair rip and then pin it to the head, a dash of hairspray while pinned also helps. This makes it a little more time consuming and fiddly. I have found the curls will stay in for a good few hours but not as long as my small barrelled tongs. I have found a major problem with these though and that is the position of the on/off switch on multiple occasions I have accidentally turned these off without noticing. These is even more annoying than having to clip the curls as the first few times I did it I didn't realise until I noticed the curls weren't holding, to solve this maybe a lock setting like we see on many other hair appliances today. I have tried these on a friend with slightly shorter and thinner hair and found that the curls stayed in better and longer however we did still clip them to allow then to cool. I also felt the heat stand was a too small. It is made of the same plastic of the handle and is ridged. I wonder if this would not be better if it was a flip out version and slightly bigger. I instead choose to just use a heat protection mat like I would with my straightners.
Would I recommend these? Yes and no, it really depends on your hair I think for hair that is of a medium length and not extremely thick these would be ok but they are too big for short hair and without clipping long hair just pulls the curl out. At the price they are which is still around £15 on Amazon these are worth trying you never know with a little practice you could end up with perfect red carpet Hollywood curls.
I was given the black version of the F529 as a gift a couple of Christmases ago by my Mum and I'll be completely honest it had me a little perplexed, after a little time and a read through of the instructions I have grown to love my Aigo and would highly recommend it.
*+*+*SO WHATS IT ALL ABOUT?*+*+*
The Aigo F529 is a mains powered omnisphere MP3 music system it stands just over 6 inches high and has a diameter of around 6 inches at its base going into a point at the top. It short it is An up-turned speaker with controls on the top. It is advised that you stand it on a flat surface such as wood or glass for the best results and with a space right the way around it for better acoustics. The top of the pyramid is the controls, by pushing it forward, back left and right you control everything so no buttons here.
Turning on the omnisphere is achieved by pulling the top towards you and holding it for around one second and repeating this turns it off. Once on pulling if towards you again for just a click starts and pauses play. Left and right work as the forward track and previous track buttons but when held in until the light turns green double up as the volume controls as well. Pushing the top away from you during play activates the different play modes of which literally turns shuffle on and off.
An added bonus to the Aigo F529 is that when you initially turn it on before playback you can change the light modes.
Default mode: soft transitions through the variety of colours
Disco mode: Fast multi-coloured light transitions
Cool mode: soft transitions between just the gentle colours.
The Aigo F529 has 1gb of internal storage as well as an SD slot and audio input socket on the back making it easy to connect your mp3 players.
*+*+* THE LOOK *+*+*
The look is amazing, it has a black shiny complexion almost mirrored that makes it look modern and sophisticated The control section which forms the peak of the pyramid is clear with white inside detail giving it that intrigue, that I've found makes people instantly touch it...which can be a little annoying if its mid play. The omnisphere's colour changing lights and modes make this really stand out and it looks great either just in your bedroom or as the music for a get together.
This could not be easier to use, the top of the sphere manoeuvres effortlessly and with only to four positions after you have figured out just which direction does what its easy than an Ipod.
Connection to a computer is just as easy, the connecting USB cable is supplied allowing you to simply fill the 1gb internal storage full of your favourite tracks, it really is a doddle. It only gets easier when you slip in an SD card for those extra tracks or attach your mp3 player so wherever you store your music the omnisphere is ready to make your listening experience fabulous. There is no screen though so this makes it a little awkward if you are looking for a specific song however we usually fill it with all our favourite tracks for parties and stick it on shuffle and disco mode with the added bonus of the flashing lights it fits perfectly.
The sound quality however makes up for any imperfections if you follow the instructions (placing it on a flat surface with space around it) it is clearer than any CD player I've ever had. It is also easy to transport which means mine makes an appearance at most parties and always gets a fair amount of attention (I think the flashing lights draw people in)
I would recommend this to anyone but would say if you are the sort of person who has loads of tracks but skip through to find your favourite repeatedly this probably isn't for you however if, like me you believe variety is the spice of life this is the gadget for you.
OK so when it comes to music I really will listen to anything which in some ways is great, I mean I never mind what's on the radio or even what channel its tuned into however there is a downside...I have a massive music collection which needs to be played. So when my last stereo decided its time to go to the big sound system in the sky, it was a trip to comet on a mercy mission.
*+*+* THE PRODUCT *+*+*
Panasonic's SC-PM-33 is a remote controlled compact micro system which when I purchased it cost around £90.
The system consists of:
* CD Player
* Cassette Tap deck
* Music port
The main colour is silver as in the picture. The speakers which are independent (connected by easy clip in wires) and have a wood surround with the mimicked silver on the front. There is the option to remove the speaker cover depending on choice personally mine are still on but hey! each to their own. The layout of the system is average, a little different from other brands. The tape deck sits pride of place on the top of the system with the CD tray sliding out of the bottom. Below the display screen are 4 large buttons these change the function and double up as play and pause etc. controls, making this one of the easiest stereos I've owned. Volume control is an even larger dial situated along side the buttons on the front meaning you cannot miss it.
Everything is controlled from its remote control which runs on a pair of AA batteries.
If you wish to connect your mp3 device you will need an audio cable which as far as I know can be picked up easy enough.
A few other little facts:
* 2x 20watt output power
* 2-way base reflex speakers.
* Can store up to 30 radio stations
* Has headphone socket
* Can play cdr/rw
* And has timed record with the cassette
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
Ok so I have to admit I'm pretty pleased with this its been going a couple of years now and it get plenty of use. As previously stated the ease of use of this system is a major plus it means that even late at night, in low light or after a couple of naughty lemonades it is easy to do exactly what you want remote or not. It is compacted enough to sit comfortably almost anywhere either with its speakers alongside or separate. A great bonus to me is the sleep mode and alarm mode. I am the sort of person who when lying in bed if I hear a noise outside I like to investigate I put this down to being an extremely inquisitive and nosey person. To conquer this, the sleep mode works like a dream who can beat a little Michael Buble or Adele to nod off to and it cancels out any external noise while not leaving my music on all night...Jackpot! Sleep mode is easy to use just pressing one button repeatedly as the time counts up in 30 min intervals. In the same respect the alarm mode allows you to choose radio or cd etc and at what volume. At almost full tilt it wakes even me, this is no mean feat as I'm known for my sound sleeping. It is very versatile with or without the remote control and its always handy to be able to hit the sleep button on the front instead of having to find the remote all the time. Battery life in the remote is excellent they possibly get changed once a year if that.
The sound quality is impressive for a small system I get no crackle or break up and the bass is just right without blowing the contents off my shelves. I am also impressed with the radio reception considering it is just and aerial wire I get no distortion or loss of signal which in my low lying room is a feat in itself.
Now, onto the not so good. If I had thought about this a little longer I may have picked up on the position of the CD tray. Being at the bottom it means nothing can be placed in front of the system and can make it a little awkward as I have seen the CD tray swipe a deodorant out of its way. I originally wanted the tape deck so I could listen to some old mix tapes from my younger years but to be honest its played a couple of audio-biographies and that's about it since it took up residence so maybe I could of gone for the slightly different version with the DAB radio instead of the cassette deck...but you live and you learn. Luckily I had an audio cable lying about but if you didn't that would be a small extra cost. I have seen other systems coming with one included so this is yet another very small disadvantage.
*+*+* CONCLUSION *+*+*
This is a great little stereo that does everything it claims to and looks great. This micro stereo really has kept the soundtrack of my life playing and in some cases stopped me loosing the plot wit a well positioned track. It is easy to use and as stereos go for price, again it holds its own however I have knocked off a star for the positioning of the different components, as I believe this can affect its operating in some instances, but for the price I couldn't ask for a better machine
As I've said on here previous when it comes to shoes I'm terrible if they are
in the right size and look fabulous and more importantly are at the right price
I'm there even if this means it takes me umpteen times walking up and down the
lounge to wear them in or just make sure I can walk in them.
I shall set the scene... it was a busy boxing day people were everywhere and shop tills were ringing when between the people my eyes met with a beautiful pair of wedges.
Sitting alone on a shelf I looked at them lovingly only to see a very large and unavoidable problem, they were 2 sizes too small I set them back on the shelf and walked away a quick glance over my shoulder at the shoes as I moved away from them. I ambled around the store weaving between the bodies for what seemed like a lifetime before what should I see before me. On the floor away from the sale rack sat what can only be described as a vision in suede, a size 8 pair of wedges identical to the pair I had previously had to leave....it was fate!!!
*+*+*THE SHOE *+*+*
Ok so the main body of the shoe is in black suede. They have a filled in toe which is slightly pointed. A major part of the draw of these shoes for me was the thick inch wide adjustable ankle strap and buckle to secure the shoe.
Aside from the buckle and strap the wedge drew me in. The heel comes in at 12cm so about 5 inches with a platform of about 1.5cm. The whole of the wedge and platform is in a black and grey snakeskin effect with a nice shine to it.
Sole is black rubber with engraved lines for grip.
These were originally £29.99 but I got them half price in the sale for just £15.
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
Ok so here is the important bit. I love these shoes I don't normally go for a closed in toe unless it's a boot but these are the exception. Like all New Look shoes they are extremely comfortable. New Look seem to know just how much of and where to put the cushioning for the ball of your foot with most of their shoes. These are really easy to walk in which I believe is down to 2 factors first of all they are a wedge which, to me at least gives you a much steadier and solid base to walk on and second of all the ankle strap. The Strap is a good width giving a secure fit while also being soft enough not to rub or cause any discomfort, in tern there is then no slipping from the shoe as a whole so no blisters after a good nights dancing.
The overall look of these shoes in the blacks means that they will go with just about anything, personally I keep them for nights out as I don't like to be walking around in high heels all day.
At the price I paid I am over the moon I cannot say I would of paid full price but this is mainly down to the fact I know that after a few months New Look reduce their shoes and one of the stores near where I live always seem to have size 8's in not that I'm complaining.
*+*+* WOULD I RECOMMEND *+*+*
Yes absolutely I cannot recommend New looks shoes enough and have sent many a friend in their direction. The fit of these is amazing not only are they comfortable but they look great. What I like about these is I haven't seen anyone else wearing them (believe me I can spot a pretty pair of shoes across a dance floor). If I am honest I have never clashed shoes when wearing New Look shoes with anyone which is possibly down to New Looks variety. I also like the versatility of these shoes, they are able to be worn with leggings, trousers or a skirt making them a perfect all rounder for you wardrobe.
I have also worn these out in the rain and the suede still looks fabulous granted they haven't been attacked by a cosmopolitan or a stray vodka and cranberry but I am impressed by the condition they have kept.
If you gain nothing else from this review please visit New Looks shoe range either in store or online for not only great bargains but great fitting shoes
Avon is well known now for its continued variety of product and its nail varnishes are no exception. Sure they have some of their basic colours that are always available but recently have been adding some variety into their limited colours, including some very glitzy glitters and shimmering pearls.
I own over 10 different shades of Avon's polishes and as I'm sure you are aware if you have read any of my other nail care reviews I am quite passionate about my nails and what adorns them.
*+*+* THE PRODUCT *+*+*
So majority of Avon's nail varnishes come in the standard 12ml rectangular based bottle with the black screw top lid. There are some exception such as the Arabian glow range where the colour of the top changes but they are still distinctly Avon. RRP for Nailwear Pro is £6 but they are regularly on offer for as little as £2.50 if you get them at the right time, it just takes a little patience...good things come to those who wait after all.
*+*+* APPLICATION *+*+*
Depending on the shade really depends on the number of coats. Generally most can be worn with just a single coat which is always a plus. Drying time is reasonably quick they are touch dry in around 60seconds and fully dry in a few minutes. The eventual texture is very smooth and gives a clean and polished look. As for chipping this is also pretty good without a top coat and without rubbing your nails on a cheese grater my polish stays perfect for up to 5 days with a top coat this can be extended.
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
I have no problems whatsoever with the use of these nail varnishes. They give even coverage and have some great colours, however sometimes I wish there were some more colour varieties as I seem to own all the ones I like at present. I only buy these when they are on offer as I believe £6 is a little over the top when ranges such as collection 2000 and Rimmel, even Barry M are cheaper. I would however personally recommend 2 recent additions to the range...Fushia Fun and blue escape. These as you make have guessed from the names are a bright pink and bright blue with a slight pearlescent glittery look to them, not only do they both look amazing on their own but they compliment each other perfectly, meaning alternate nails or half and half on the same nail looks stunning and very eye catching.
The shape of the bottle means it is easy to insert longer eyeliner brushes if you are looking to add a little nail art to your fingertips and as another random addition the bottle is easily held between different fingers for easy painting (I know we all have a different way to grip the bottle during application)
There is one problem I have found on a couple of the bottles and that is that the outer lid comes away from the inner lid and brush. This is not a big deal you can just pull off the outer lid then unscrew the brush, and this has no effect on the bottle, contents or the ease of use and as I say it has only happened on possibly 2 of my many bottles. One point I would like to make is that Avon is not the first place I would look if I was after a new nail varnish I would pop to my local boots or Superdrug as I know the choice is far greater, instead I tend to buy nail polishes from the brochure if I'm flicking past and spot a colour I like. (and obviously on offer)
*+*+* WOULD I RECOMMED *+*+*
I would defiantly recommend these when they are on offer it makes them a complete bargain however there are so many options on the market now that price does influence purchase and that is where Avon can fall down as at RRP I don't feel they can compete with some other brands. As for the colour choice again the options they have are great but there are not as many as you would find on the beauty counter. The look once applied is flawless and you can see the quality but in the back of my mind I know I wouldn't pay the full price for any of these and that is why I have knocked down a star.
In short for coverage and application it's a thumbs up but for RRP it's a thumbs down.
Ok so I am the first to admit I am a complete suckers for a nice pair of shoes....however I do not like paying a fortune for going out shoes I know they will not be worn everyday and therefore am always on the look out for the perfect shoes at the perfect price (in the back of my mind however I know neither is achievable as the perfect shoe is elegant and probably a high heel that feels like little clouds wrapped around my feet and the perfect price is free)
Boxing day is a ritual for myself and my friends we meet early and we hit the shops this one just passed was no different and in New Look my eyes were drawn straight to these little sweet hearts.
*+*+* THE LOOK *+*+*
My pair are a slightly different design to those pictured above. They are a platform shoe-boot which is virtually a shoe with some extra fabric up over the top of your foot. They are in black and covered in very fine glitter giving the whole shoe a shimmering effect.
The Heel is 5" so about 13cm and is about an inch square block heel so no stiletto here, with an inch visible platform at the front. They aren't sky scrapper heels but they are far from flat. The heels are in the exact same glittered colour as the main body of the shoe. They have a round toe so have a naturally elegant shape to them.
They have a small zip up the inside for fastening.
*+*+* THE FIT *+*+*
These fit perfectly the zip combined with the overall shape of the boot make them secure to your foot. The width of the heel gives these a better stability than a stiletto, but there is less padding than some of New Looks shoes so you can feel a little pressure on the ball of your foot if you are wearing them for any elongated period of time, but then to be honest that is expect with a pair of heels this height.
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
I am really impressed with these, personally I like them with trousers I'm not massively keen on the look with tights, leggings or just a bit of leg. I believe this is down to the shape of shoe-boots in general, but I have seen people out in shoe-boots and its not unbearable to look at. The first thing I did when I picked them up off the shelf was give them a good rub luckily there was no genie but neither was there any shower of glitter either something that would have made me put these back on the shelf like they were on fire. Being black they go with anything and like all heels give you a better posture. These are not everyday shoes well maybe in the devil wears Prada but not in my life, they sit patiently with all my other shoes then venture out at night when I'm heading out with friends and they are perfect for it adding a bit of sparkle to an outfit.
A great pair of shoes can finish an outfit and make you feel good and these do that as well as making your feet look small, something I am greatly appreciative of mainly due to the fact my size 8s sometimes look like I've worn my flippers out of the sea by accident. These have a beautiful shape and structure to them there is no pressure anywhere yet they still seem to feel snug. I got these in the sale for £10 but they were originally £24.99. I will admit I would not have bought them full price partly down to the fact I know New Look quite often discount their shoes and partly because these are just a going out shoe after all.
*+*+* WOULD I RECOMMEND *+*+*
Yes I would I think every girl needs some decent pairs of shoes even if it is only to wear every now and again just to make you feel good. The shape and heel are flattering for your feet however I believe should be worn in moderation and probably not if you're intending to be drinking too many naughty lemonades as it's a twisted ankle waiting to happen. At the price I got these you cant go wrong the reason for only 4 stars is down to the lack of padding in the sole which if it had of been there would make these more comfortable.
Now I just have find a matching bag 
I first came across Andrea Fulerton online while searching for Christmas presents. Both my best friend and brothers girlfriend are terrible for borrowing my nail art stuff so a set of 3 Andrea Fulerton nail art stripe and sparkles seemed perfect and they were in the 3 for 2 gift section that's one for each of them and the free one.....for me!
*+*+* THE PRODUCT*+*+*
Andrea Fulerton's stripe and sparkle comes in an 8ml circular bottle, the screw lid (which holds a very thin nail art brush) has a small pot of very fine glitter on top with a pop open lid. Once open the lid reveals small holes perfect for sprinkling over wet nail varnish.
Stripe and sparkle is available in a multitude of colours.
In the set I got:
* Brooke - silver glitter varnish with silver glitter in the top pot.
* India - gold nail varnish with copper glitter
* Pattie - which is black nail varnish with red glitter (however if bought individually it has silver glitter instead)
*+*+* APPLICATION *+*+*
Application is easy just like a normal nail varnish, its just painting yet on a smaller scale. The size of the brush makes perfect lines of around 1mm wide, these can obviously be painted in any direction or pattern so there are endless options.
As previously stated the glitter lid pops open to reveal the holes and a gentle tap over the wet nail varnish makes sure to get plenty of sparkle for your claws. I clear top coat seals in the glitter and finishes the look.
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
These are fabulous they are easy to use and the glitter gives that extra something special. There really is no end to the different patterns and designs some of my favourites being zebra print, candy stripes and even alphabet letter to spell out whatever you want. The black of Pattie means it go with anything and allows it to show up well on a variety of different base colours. The silver glitter looks great over polishes and highlights designs. I have been using these for a couple of months now and they are still perfect no lumps or bumps in the polish however I have had one problem. Recently I noticed that every now and again when I unscrew the lid and remove it, the brush remains in the bottle and I have to replace the lid tight and then remove it again this does not effect the product but can be slightly annoying although, when I'm next at the shop ill grab some superglue and solve the issue, to me this isn't enough to dock a star as the product and its use are unaffected.
I paid £9.99 each for 2 of the sets getting the third free but I have now seen the single bottles in Superdrug for around £4.99 each. Personally I don't believe this is bad value they last quite a while and their versatility is incredible and is guaranteed to make your nails look completely unique.
I use stick on false nails from my local pound shop as practice, I've found if you blue tack them to a straw or lollipop stick you can practice your designs without having to keep removing the nail varnish from your own fingers repeatedly.
I have a couple of pieces of advice....first of all always paint your more dominant hand first using the hand you wouldn't normally paint with....if you can do it with that hand you sure as hell can replicate it with the other
Secondly, be prepared to not just be painting your own nails. I frequently get the puppy dog eyes from my mum if she has somewhere to go and even after buying my friend the set I end up painting hers however I don't mind its another way to test out designs.
Would I recommend this ....Absolutely a great design every time that's guaranteed to make you feel and look good.
The first I knew of this product was when I was standing in my local boots and spotted this on the top shelf. In its first week it was on offer and being as obsessed with nail varnish as I am it was a must buy however sceptical I was.
*+*+* THE PRODUCT *+*+*
17's magnetized nail polish comes in a 10 ml circular bottle. There are four colours in the range at present:
* Gun Metal
I personally have the blue and gun metal, so this is what my review is based on.
RRP is £5.99 but I got mine with a pound off when it was first out and I'm sure it would be included in multi-buy make-up discounts in shops such as boots when they are on.
*+*+* APPLICATION *+*+*
Application is basic and easy. Remover the magnet (which is on a separate lid to the one that un-screws to provide the brush). Apply one coat of the varnish and before it dries hover the magnet over the nail for about 10 seconds and daa-dah instant nail effects.
I like to apply a base and top coat usually a nail hardener to add strength and help prevent premature chipping.
*+*+* THE LOOK *+*+*
The look you get is from the magnet pulling different particles through the varnish. When you remove the magnet you see what resembles waves in the colour of a darker shade, it looks almost 3D and really catches peoples eyes.
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
I was dubious of this it seemed a little too good to be true, but was pleasantly surprised especially the gun metal.
I have since looked into this effect and it seems nails inc were first and since the 17 version I have seen the Saturdays have a set of out in Superdrug. 17 still remains the cheapest at around £5.99 Superdrug are selling the Saturdays range at £6 for each polish and a separate £3 for the magnet and nails inc in a whopping £13.00 and I for one cant justify paying that much for a nail varnish.
I love the look you get from the magnetized nail varnish it adds that extra something that is sure to draw attention. Turning the magnet before hovering it over the nail changes the direction of the waves and therefore gives yet more looks.
I was especially impressed with the gun metal grey colour. The waves show up in a very dark grey almost black and give more of a contrast. I have had so many people ask me about it when I'm wearing it from friends to shop assistants some asking where I got my minx done I love the look on their face when you tell them they can do it themselves at home (although feel I am missing out on a great commission scheme).
I have found I have just one problem. I have very long natural nails some are just over 2 cm from base to tip and my longest nails are too long for the magnet I find I have to do a double attack painting half the nail with a second coat and holding the magnet in the same direction.
I would advise anyone who buys this to sit and have a play before you apply it for real that way you can grasp an idea of the length of time you need to use the magnet for the effect you require after all practice makes perfect.
*+*+* WOULD I RECOMMED *+*+*
Absolutely I would recommend this ten times over. Not only is it a great look but it's a great price and is so quick to apply meaning anyone can achieve a salon look at a fraction of the price.
As can be seen from many of my reviews I am a huge motorsport fan. It is my love of all things with wheels and engines that have led me to this article and to share my opinion with you all.
On the 16th of October 2011 the motorsport world was rocked by the death of Indy car champion Dan Wheldon, barely a week later Moto GP rider Marco Simoncelli was also killed in competirion. During the days that followed the motorsport world stood shoulder to shoulder competitors, those in the business and the fans, we had lost two great competitors and everybody was in mourning. I for one am so proud of everybody involved there were no barriers, nobody cared where you were from or what you had to offer they just cared that you cared.
I hadn't stayed up to watch the final race of the Indy car season I had been up early to watch the formula one and in a way I am glad. I awoke the next morning and checked my phone and was greeted with the news as I switched on the news channel Dan's face was plastered on the screen with footage of the accident, in shock I just slumped in the chair not saying a word just staring. As details of the horrific accident were told and footage was shown tears rolled down my face. It had been barely 3 months since we had been face to face with Dan at an event, he had taken time out of his weekend to ask us our opinion on how he should entertain the fans and chatted to us like long lost friends he made us feel a part of his weekend and he used his time to go that extra mile. My next thought was to go and wake up my friend the only words that came out were,
"There's been a big crash at Vegas.....Dans dead!"
As she watched the TV welling up, I checked my online messages from friends all over the world (tears still rolling down my face) we have all met through our mutual love of racing and everybody seemed to be in the same state as us. Dan was not well known in the UK outside of the motorsport world but suddenly people wanted to know about him people who knew nothing about racing were asking me about him and what made me more upset was that it had taken his death for his achievements to be recognised, especially by the media. Marcos death live on TV the following weekend added further upset twitter was a wash with condolence messages each one made the reader feel they were not alone, the motorsport world was united, they were the worst circumstances imaginable yet we were all still united.
My very first encounter with death had been through motorsport at the age of 8 I lost a hero of mine F1 driver Ayrton Senna. The deaths of both Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at Imola taught me that nothing is for ever and as I watched the medical helicopter take off from the track on Sunday the 1st may 1994 I hoped Ayrton would be ok but had had it explained to me it didn't look good.
Over the years drivers I have followed have passed either on track or off, Richard Burns, Colin Mcrae and Henry Surtees to name but a few all of which have upset me. I would like to point out it is only those who I admire and am interested in their careers that have such an affect on me I do not ball my eyes out at the mere sight of R.I.P.
I believe the reason I am emotionally affected by the deaths of celebrities in such a way is because each, in some way or another has been a part of my life. who would i be if I had not got in to motorsport or not discovered an artist whose songs have provided the soundtrack to my life. A celebrity can be in your life longer than some of the faces on your friends list, especially in sport you have shared highs and lows, with the victory or defeat of a sports team affecting you just as much as (sometimes more than) a friendly conversation. The mere sound of a song by your favourite artist can make you smile or cry, remembering the good or the bad.
Motorsport has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember which is a lot longer than some of my friends. The drivers are competing partly for our entertainment as well as their own love, so if the worst happens you do feel affected. Surly if emotions were not to be shown we would not posses them. I am not bothered by my reactions to celebrity deaths I believe they are completely natural if something is sad I will cry and what is sadder than the death of someone you admire whether that person is in your life everyday or a celebrity is irrelevant.