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I used to be a really awful cook, I'm 23, and until I left University, I never really cooked at all. Before University, I was a total mummys girl, and attempted to cook but never really got anywhere. While I was at Uni, I never really bothered. I was always busy doing this and that for my degree, various societies, and obviously, getting drunk.
After graduation, I started getting more involved. I used Jamie Oliver as a starting point, and thoroughly recommend his books to anyone. They are easy to read, well set out, and a great starting point, especially if you are an inexperienced cook, like me! Anyone who knows Jamie's recipes well, may recognise some of mine slightly. Many of my now siganiture dishes have evolved from his!
This is my favourite thing to cook, it's easy, and needs very little attention once the prep is done! It's also pretty impressive once done, and damn tasty. The best combination!
This recipe is so easy to adapt, if you don't fancy some of the ingredients, just replace them. And it's easy to adapt the quantities.
You will need
1 pound of dried macaroni (the elbow kind) (or, your nearest portion equivalent. The general concensus, is one handful per person.)
200g hard cheese of your choice (cheddar is good)
200g parmesan (grated)
1 tub creme fraiche (usually around 300ml)
Bacon (I use approx 2 rashers per serving)
Broccoli. (These last two, use as much as you desire. When I'm making this I usually use the mixed bags you can get in the supermarket, if not, 1/2 a head of each is a good amount).
This should serve 3-4 largeish portions, as I said, this will be easy for you to adapt for more people, but is difficult to make for less. I usually make 4 portions, then freeze 2 of them.
Make this as easy as possible for yourself!
Chop the bacon roughly, I usually get it into bitesize pieces, about an inch square.
If you need to, chop up your veg into floret sized pieces.
Grate your cheddar, (and parmesan, if you bought it whole)
Heat oil in a frying pan on a high heat, then throw your chopped bacon in when ready. Cook the bacon to your tastes, I like mine crispy and brown. When done, take off the heat and put to one side.
Throw your macaroni and veg in a large pan, and add boiling water. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer. Season.
Make a bain marie. Put a small amount of boiling water in the bottom of a pan, on a high heat. Rest a heatproof bowl on top. (I am sometimes lazy, and use a smaller pan. This can be easier, as it is good to have the handle to hold while stirring). Pour in all of your tub of creme fraiche, all of your parmesan, and most of your cheddar. Reserve a small handful of the cheddar for later!
Keeping an eye on your veg and pasta to make sure it doesn't stick, stir your cheesy goo regularly. This recipe is well timed, by the time your cheese has melted properly, the pasta should be slightly al dente, and the veg done.
When everything has come together, your cheese should look like a slightly thick and paste-like liquid. Take everything off the heat, and turn on your grill. Drain your pasta and veg, and transfer to a casserole or baking dish. Add the bacon, and stir in. Add extra seasoning if required.
Add the cheese sauce, and stir in well. You want all the pasta and veg to be covered evenly. Sprinkle your remaining cheddar on top, and place under the grill on a high heat for a few minutes. Take it out when the cheese is your favourite shade of golden brown!
If you like your mac and cheese soft, you can skip the last step, but it's great for presentation, and adds some nice texture to the dish.
This should take around 10 minutes of prep time, and around 30 minutes of cooking time. I really love this recipe, and would really recommend you try it. Especailly with winter coming, it's a great warming dish, and so easy to make I can do it in my sleep!
I hope this review is ok, I have never done one of these before, if I have missed anything important out, please let me know! Thanks for reading.
I guess this isn't the usual review you can expect from me, but for reasons which I shall later divulge, I have widened my repertoire. Also, I am no DIY genius, so I won't be able to give you any fantastic tips, I shall however write a review for someone like me. Someone who has no idea what they are doing, and muddles along as best as they can.
I run my own business, and a little while ago I was awarded £1000 to spend on the business. Primarily, I wanted to buy, and furnish a large garden shed, to use as a workshop cum office. I live with my mum, and she is terribly excited to regain control of her living room, dining room and kitchen floor.
I bought the shed, and had it erected on concrete in our garden. However, the concrete was badly laid, years ago, and so was a slighly uneven surface. As a result, there were detectable gaps between the shed panels and base most of the way around. Also while building it I developed a compulsion to push out the knots. Thus resulting in many spider and rain sized gaps.
I bought my No more big gaps in B&Q, and paid around £6 for a 250ml canister. I haven't seen it much cheaper, but I have seen cheaper own brands in other shops. I was however too scared at the time to deviate from a known brand.
It comes with a large plastic tube nozzle, and a full set of instructions. Basically, the advised technique is to lightly spritz the area to be filled with water from a spray bottle. You then squirt the foam into the base of the gap, working upwards. You also are told to only fill half of the gap, to allow for foam expansion.
The instructions are really easy to use, and I had no problems following them whatsoever. I liked that it told you how to correctly store the can if you didn't need to use it all.
In my view, this is really easy to use, I don't really think anyone could go wrong with it. Follow the instructions, and bobs your uncle! My only negative apect, would be that I found it to be quite messy. The foam tends to drip from the nozzle, so I ended up with little foamy worms all over the floor of my shed as I moved from are to area! But I suppose most people will only be filling one gap, so won't have this problem!
Ultimately I would recommend this product, even if you have never done anything like this before. If I can do it, you definately can!
I love this phone so, so much.
I have had it now for 2 weeks, and it took me a fair while to decide on purchasing it, but I think I made the right choice.
I got this phone on a really good contract deal direct with Tmobile. I pay £30 per month for 900 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited internet. I would certainly recommend shopping round though, as there are so many varying deals on this phone.
I will only ever have Sony now, I feel I'm used to the brand, and I don't really trust any other phone. I really wasn't at all certain about getting a touchscreen, but i'm gradually getting used to it! I miss typing really fast, but I am getting quicker, so I'm sure it can be done!
As for the specifics of this phone, size wise, it is bigger than I'm used to, but then with all the functions, you do need the bigegr screen. At nearly 5 inches long but under 5 ounces, it sits comfortably in my hand. I'm not used to using two hands to handle a phone, but again, it's worth it!
The screen is great, officially, it's 480 x 854 pixels WVGA (whatever that means). To you and me, it's a great size screen, which really shows web pages and pictures to their best. The memory is great too, at microSDTM up to 16GB, and Phone memory 1GB I have barely scratched the surface. And I take a lot of pictures!
Which brings me to the camera! My last phone was 5mp, and those pics were great for printing and uploading to facebook. This camera however, is 8.1mp. So in actual fact, this camera might be better quality than some cheaper digital cameras. It certainly has a greater range of editing options, and you can upload really easily straight from your phone.
I'm not going to bore you by going into great detail on all the features. For one thing, I'm still learning! Even today I still found something new! Probably the best feature for me, and the selling point of the phone, is the fact that it accesses the internet so easily. I run my own business, so constant internet access is all I need really. This phone could quite easily act as a little pocket computer, which after all is surely the point!
The phone brings all your communication together in one place, facebook, twitter, emails and so on. It makes accessing any information that bit easier!
The only downside to this phone is that I have found it sometimes freezes, for a moment. Although, when you consider the close similarities with a computer, I suppose it isn't all that surprising. It doesn't do it often, or for very long. And Sony issue regular software updates, too.
All in all, I would really rate this phone, it has become my new best friend, and it very rarely leaves my side. I would most certainly recommend this phone, for what I need I couldn't imagine a better phone. I'm really sorry if I have missed anything out here, I'm not used to tech reviews! If I have missed anything vital, please let me know and I will edit this review. Thanks for reading
This fragrance is so beautiful, I'm not even sure where to start. I will tell you though, that I am actually wearing this today, completely by coincidence... That tells you how much I love it, and how often I wear it.
I first found this fragrance just before christmas 2009, I was walking through Debenhams with ma mere, when it called to me, like a siren on a rock. I sprayed myself liberally in store, but it was only when I got myself home that I realised just how nice it is. I'll give you all the details later in this review, but suffice it to say, I had no hope of being able to afford it myself, and had to beg and plead with my mum to get it for christmas. Luckily, Santa came good on Christmas day, and now here you are reading my review.
Again, I'm no packaging freak, but the box on this is amazing. I really love the luxurious red and black streaks, and the fact that the box is really glossy, rather than matte. It's this glossy finish that really stands out, in my opinion.
The bottle too is amazing. I really love the faceted glass, it looks (and is!) very expensive. It really dresses up any dressing table, and will elicit gasps from any of your friends. I love the graduated red, I always love smoke effect on glass bottles, and this just proves how good it looks.
I got mine in a Christmas gift set, but you should expect to pay around £40-£50 for a 50ml bottle instore. Looking at these online ads, you won't find a much better deal online. This I suppose is always the way with a brand like Lancome. Especially since you are buying an EDP, which as it has a higher concentration of perfume, is always more expensive than an EDT.
I had never been into Lancome, viewing it as a rather fuddy duddy brand, and not worth my interest. However, when they used Anne Hathaway as their spokesperson, I realised that perhaps it was time to give them a chance. And I'm so glad!
I'm not 100% sure which category this fragrance falls into. I would be tempted to put it as an oriental (yawn!) just because I love this scent, and oriental is my family of choice. It is however quite woody, and heavily floral, too. So therfore, I have no idea.
The opening notes of this scent are mazing, and realy like something I have never smelled before. I am reliably informed that the note is Saffron, and I have to say in my experience I have not come across a Saffron-based scent before. I'm sure they must exist, but for now, Magnifique is my only Saffron experience! I love this top note, and whether people could tell what it is or not, it is a beautifully mysterious opener.
The heart notes are unashamedly floral, consisting mainly of heady Rose. I'm never usually a Rose fan, I always think it smells 'old' but as with the saffron, I really don't think that the majority of people would guess that you were wearing rose...
The heavily floral heart seagues nicely into the woody base, leaving you with the beautiful long lasting base notes of nagarmot, and acirc. No? Me neither. But I can tell you, whatever they are, they smell beautiful.
To sum up (nearly impossible with a scent like this) I really love this scent, I feel sensual and feminine whenever I wear it. I mainly use it on a night out, but I have been known to wear it in the day, and I received a lot of compliments from passers by. I would say though that you never need a lot of this scent, least of all in the daytime.
I most certainly would recommend this, it is a really beautiful scent, and I defy anyone not to feel amazing whilst wearing it! I would say that it is worth the price, as you do use so little each time. Perhaps try instore and buy online though, if you find a great offer.
I'm not a massive Celebrity fragrance fan, but I actually really like this. It took me a while to work out why, but now I know - If you like Hugo Boss Deep Red, you will love this, as to my nose it smells exactly the same.
Sexy Darling is the latest in Kylie's Darling range, following on from Darling and Sweet Darling, neither of which float my boat... In most high street stores, you should find a 30ml for around £18, and a 50ml for around £20-£22 although yet again, I am surprised by the low prices advertised at the side of this page!
Like I said, to me this really resembles Hugo Boss Deep Red, and as such, yet again this falls firmly in the oriental family of scents. I find this fragrance is incredibly warm, and I find that one application of this scent lasts nearly all day. I often find that a celebrity fragrance doesn't last as long as a 'designer' fragrance, and that is often reflected in the lower price. Of course, the 'heavier' the scent is, (I.E a nice, spicy oriental, compared with a light floral or fruity fragrance) the longer it will last, no matter what the fragrance concentration.
I think that the top notes of this fragrance might be my favourite, as they are passion fruit, freesia and lychee. I really love fruity scents, but I generally steer clear, as I know that the scent won't last too long on my skin. Therefore, a fruity top note to an oriental is, in my humble opinion, the best of both worlds. This fragrance opens amazingly zingy for an oriental, it's really light and softly fruity. In the summer it smells summery, but in winter it seems to smell warm and inviting.
The heart notes are far more floral, comprising of a blend of lily and bonoria. Again, I shall admit my failings and tell you that I don't know what bonoria is, but I certainly enjoy the scent of lily in this fragrance. The floral heart is perfect for this scent, grounding the somewhat flighty fruity top notes. Luckily, this stage of the fragrance usually lasts around 20 minutes, and lingers slightly for a long while after that.
The base notes in this scent are amazing, I really love sandalwood, amberwood and vanilla, especially when combined with the previous floral notes. This is the part of the fragrance that will last the longest, so it really is important that you enjoy it! I really do love the pairing of sandalwood and vanilla, it has featured heavily in my previous reviews, I have noticed an unintentional trend on my part!
In short, I do really love this fragrance, but I think part of that is emotianal, as it reminds me so much of the Hugo Boss fragrance I mentioned, which happened to be the fragrance I wore throughout most of my time at university. So I do think that part of my love for this scent relies on my memories of the other scent. But still, this is a really lovely scent, full of ingredients that combine together really well. The fruits are balanced by the florals, and the florals combined with the sandalwood and vanilla is a recipe for oriental magic.
I would recommend trying it, especially if you do like orientas, or even if you are a kylie fan. It's a really nice fragrance, and may even change the mind of anyone determined not to enjoy a 'celebrity' fragrance...
Sweet Baby Jesus, I love this scent.
Here's another oriental, (now you are probably beginning to understand my taste in fragrance), and more importantly, it belongs solidly in the Floriental sub division. Not unlike yesterday's Armarni She, this amazing scent gives you florals, leading you on, before plunging you into the spicy, woody depths. I wouldn't be certain, but I would suggest that this is the motive behind the 'Angel or Demon' title.
This is my overall favourite fragrange ever, again it was yet another that I came to late in life, but man, it was worth it! My boss at work used to drench herself in th stuff, and I was never prepared to give it shelf space. One day I determined to find out why she liked it so much, and having tried wearing it for an entire day, I fell utterly in love.
I'm not a big fan of florals, and I have to say that this fragrance doesn't exactly scream rose and hibiscus, so if like me you fall at the first floral hurdle, you may well be surprised by this one. I can't really describe the lingering scent, but I shall try my hardest for you!
I'm also not really one for packaging, and after having discarded the box like yesterday's newspaper, I have to say, that the bottle is a beauty. It's simple smoked glass as you can see from the image above, but I love the pure luxury of the cut glass edges. I bought mine whilst taking advantage of a heavy and much missed staff discount, so probably paid a lot less than I should. In stores, for 50ml you should expect to pay at least £40, but as you can see from the handy ads at the side of the page, again my advice would be to sniff instore, then go foraging online.
The head notes of this delicious fragrane are mandarin, white cumin and saffron. Thus, relatively unheard of in Florientals, the floral is not the enticing top note, but rather the enveloping middle notes. The fruity madarin is really well balanced by the warm saffron, and I really don't think you will find anything else like it. I personally have never come across a fragrance which opens with spices, though I'm sure that they must exist!
The heart notes are the rather beautiful lily, orchis and ylang ylang. As I said, I'm clearly not the biggest floral fan, but this heart has really won me over. The florals following the spices was truly genius, and as the spices linger longer than most top notes, they mix deliciously with the aforementioned florals to create a really unique scent.
The base notes are an amazing rose wood, oak moss, tonka and vanilla bean. The sweetness of the tonka and vanilla really balance out the heady woods, and bring an amazing lingering scent to an end. In my opinion, this scent easily lasts all day, and I would certainly put this down to the heady ingedients used.
My recommendation for this fragrance is glowing, I can't explain how much I love it, certainly not in a review! I do have to say though, that in all honesty, I think that this is a bit of a marmite fragrance, and that you should definatley try it for yourself before shelling out the equivalent of a Dooyoo cheque. I really love it, but I appreciate that not everybody will feel the same!
I'm a massive fan of this fragrance, despite only catching on to it relatively recently. As I'm sure most of you know, I used to work in Superdrug, and one of my colleagues was obsessed with this scent. I never really tried it, until this last Christmas. I used to apply it every day, and eventually it came to such a head that I caved in and bought it about a month or so before I left.
Armarni is a good brand, and as such you automatically expect quite lot from it. The packaging is really poor in my opinion, but then I'm not one for keeping boxes, so I'm none too bothered. It basically looks like the plastic/foil packaging that you could see on any household or food product. But don't judge a book by it's cover!
The bottle itself, I love. It looks so smooth and sleek. You should be able to see a pic of it on this page. I think it looks luxurious, and it looks expensive. The one problem is that with it being opaque, you never really know how much you have left. There is a small patch of lear glass on the base, so you'll just have to be clever with perspective to work out when to buy a new one. I also love it when bottles have the spray incorporated, as opposed to sitting atop the bottle. I don't know why, but a seamless bottle is more pleasing to my eye!
As for price, I was clever and waited until it was on offer. I'm not sure about Boots, but Superdrug often have really good weekend offers on big name fragrances. I have paid £15 for a bottle of Euphoria before, and I think this was a similar situation. As it stands, I can't remember what I paid, but you will usually find this for around £35-£40 for a 50ml in a high street store. Again, this is a case of try and then buy online, because according to the ads on this page you can shave at least £7 off that price by shopping online. So either keep an eye out in store, or search the internet!
The most important aspect of a scent is it's... scent. And here, it's amazing! I'm a real lover of oriental scents (as you can probably guess from the subjects of my reviews...) and this certainly delivers on that score.
I wouldn't say that this scent is particularly spicy, but it certainly is woody. The top notes are mainly florals, with a hint of almond. I'm not a fan of floral, but in this case I'll make an exception. The floral isn't specified, but I can tell you it isn't a traditional 'flowery' scent. It's very soft, and leads you into the heart notes amazingly well.
The heart notes are perhaps my favourite, and even though they mostly evaporate after about 30 minutes, you should find that they cling on rather longer. (Especially if you used my trick of spraying fragrance over moisturised skin...). You should really be able to detect Vanilla here, and not in an overpowering, sickly way either. These notes are soft and warm, and really balance out the florals that went before.
The base notes are effectively what you will be left with, and are what you will continue to smell throughout the day. They consist mainly of Cedar Wood, which blends beautifully with the previous sweetness of the vanilla.
All in all, I would say that this is an amazingly sensual floriental, and I would certainly recommend that you try it. Anyone who likes a warm, feminine fragrance should certainly give this a try. If you usually shy away from orientals, this is the perfect antidote for you due to the floral dry down.
I bought this product just after Christmas last year, and I was lucky enough to buy a gift set reduced in price. So I think I only paid about £25 for a 50ml bottle and body lotion, which is really good value. You can usually buy it for around £30 for 30ml in a lot of high street stores, but I have found it for around the same price for 50ml online. If you want to get this fragrance, my advice would be to test it in store, then find it online for a good price.
I LOVE the packaging, I always like packaging that looks expensive! The bow is nice, but as I don't keep boxes I'm more interested in the bottle. The shape of the bottle is not really that interesting, but it's the design that grabs you. I really love the little lace 'sleeve', and the chains around the cap.
The version I have is the EDP, which being a higher concentration than EDT will last much longer on your skin. However, due to the nature of the scent, I believe that an EDT would still last a long time. A good way of making sure your scent lasts longer is to apply it to moisturised skin, as scent clings better to moist skin, and so your scent will last much longer.
This scent is a continuation of the diesel story, and I have to say I much prefer the scent of Unlimited to the opriginal. As I think I have previously mentioned, I really like rich, woody oriental scents, and this definately falls into that category. It's a winning combination of fruity top notes, and warm base notes.
The head notes are 'Golden Fruits' and you can expect this stage to last for up to 10 minutes or so after application. I'm not too sure what a Golden Fruit is, but I can assure you the dry down is certainly fruity, but it's quite gentle, not sharp like a citrus fruit.
The heart notes are 'Spices', and they really warm the fragrance up. This stage will usually last for a further 15-20 minutes, and forms the central scent of the fragrance. The spices in question aren't specified, but in my opinion they are warm and sensual, not unlike a sandalwood/musk.
The base notes are the part to really enjoy. This is made up of mainly woody notes, with a hint of sweetness, which the packaging assures me is Peach. Again, I'm not sure I could tell you it was peach, but the sweetness really balances out the woods. This means that in a fragrance that on paper, sounds wuite masculine, you have a very sensual, feminine base.
I would certainly recommend that you try this fragrance, I love to wear it and often recieve compliments on it. The scent is beautiful, and clearly feminine. I would even go so far as to say that people who don't normally go for orientals, might want to try this baby.
You can of course also buy the mens version, and while some people might think is 'sad', I can tell you that when you wear the ladies version and your man of choice wears the mens, you do actually get a really nice combined scent. When a brand brings out a complimentary mens fragrance, they are actually meant to be worn together!
Allow yourself to be shocked by this fragrance!
I own approximately a million fragrances, due to my old job in Superdrug. I found it so hard to be around all those fragrance offers, and as a result, bought many more than any sane person should have.
I tested both of Christina Aguliera's previous perfumes but didn't like them at all. Then, around Chrismas time last year, she brought this bad boy out. I sampled it instore, and quickly realised it wasn't your average 'Celebrity' perfume.
I paid around £18-£19 in store for my 30ml bottle, and going by the adverts on this page, it would seem that the price is still the same. This is a very good price for a 30ml bottle, even though celebrity scents are often cheaper. I also like the bottle design, I'm very much into 'boudoir' style decoration, so this bottle really blends in in my dressing room.
I really like spicy oriental fragrances, and I would say that this definately falls into that category. It's a very warm scent, and I agree with the name, and would definately wear this fragrance at night time!
In my opinion, this fragrance is certainly very sensual, and feminine. I also like that as this is an edt, the scent is not really strong. I often think that with a spicy oriental scent, it's too easy to overload yourself with scent, but this doesn't happen with this.
The top notes are tangerine, red apple, freesia and almond, and the initial scent is definately a fruity one. It's very light, and gently leads you into the heart notes of vanilla flower, peach and may blossom. I'll be honest, and say that I can only really detect the vanilla and peach, but that may just be me. The vanilla is what creates the lasting oriental scent. And finally, the base notes of amber and black vanilla really give you that warm oriental base, which in my opinion lasts quite a long time for an edt.
I would definately recommend this scent to anyone who loves warm, sensual scents. I also think that in my experience of Celebrity scents, this one has a lot more longevity than most. Warm scents usually last longer anyway, so Ms Aguilera has hit the nail on the head with this one!
J'Adore this shampoo. I first started using it years ago, when it was plain old 'RED' shampoo, not Red Brunette... I left it alone for a very long time, after discovering that I preferred black and dark brown hair.
Recently, I re-discovered my roots (as such) and decided on some red streaks in my hair. My lovely hairdresser agreed, but told me that artificial red fades fast, especially in the sun. I went ahead anyway, and noticed no difference for weeks, and was very pleased with myself.
However, my recent trip to Abersoch meant that increased exposure to the sun had a horrifying effect on my hair. When I arrived, I had cherry red streaks, but as I left, they had turned an unattractive shade of blone-pink. Not happy.
Well, to cut the story short, I hastened out to purchase this shampoo, and I have not been disappointed. The product can be used on natural or coloured hair, but it advises that if you are using it on coloured hair, not to use it every time you wash. In my desperation, I paid this no heed, and I have to say I have suffered no ill effects.
My red streaks are bright once more, and although they aren't as 'Salon Bright' as they once were, I'm certainly not ashamed of them. The rest of my hair is dark brown, and I have noticed some change in colour, but it is barely perceptible, and so I would not really recommend this product to anyone with dark hair. You won't get much of a result!
So in short, I would totally recommend it to anyone wanting to revive red hair, you will certainly notice a difference!
I paid about £5.49 for my 250ml bottle, and although at the moment I'm using mine everyday, a little does go a long way, so you should find that it will last you a good while. To my knowledge you can only get this in boots, but AT THE MOMENT they have a 3 for 2 offer on.
I have had this phone for nearly 18 months, my contract is due for renewal in August. I have to say, I have really enjoyed using and owning this phone, but I will be very glad when the time comes for me to pick a new one.
I have always stood by Sony Ericcson, and shall continue to do so. I like the design of them, the features, and I enjoy being able to pick up my new phone, and knowing how to use it straight away. I like the simple menu design, and I like how easy they are to use, as a rule.
I have had many Sony Ericcsons, and I have loved each one. One or two I have had for years, and kept them as spares. They still work as well as the day I first got them. This model is good, I was certainly impressed with the features and the design of the phone. I'm very visual, I like my phones to look good, and to do fun, non practical things that impress my friends.
This is a Cybershot phone, previously I had only had the Walkman variety, and was impressed to find that there was just as much music capability on this phone, but it had other features that a Walkman phone does not. The quality of the photos produced is amazing. I really want an amazing digital camera, but always find better things to spend my money on. It was then with delight that I discovered that the camera on this phone is 5 megapixels, which though not a lot for most people, certainly delivers great pictures of a quality that is perfect for Facebook. Which is all I need.
On a visual note, I enjoy the way you take pictures. You slide the end of the phone, and touch screen icons light up around the screen. This does sometimes result in you accidentally selecting Timer, when trying to wipe the screen, but altogether, this feature really impressed me.
As for the sound quality, again I was impressed with that. Perhaps not good enough for some people, but as I only use it when I can't find my mp3 player, the quality is certainly good enough for me.
In general, I really love this phone, and will definately have Sony's in the future. I have suffered a few accidents with this handset, and it is starting to look really battered. I do however take responsibility for these mishaps, and don't blame them on the phone.
The first time it broke I had dropped it in the toilet, (BEFORE I did what I went there to do, don't worry) but it managed to recover after a few days sleep. The second time my mum accidentally put it in the washing machine, after which it never recovered, and I was given a replacement.
The third accident happened when I was drunk, and involved me losing the back, and the little plastic bit from underneath the keypad. I managed to glue the plastic bit back on, but that has resulted in the # key sticking. But how often do you use that?!
My only real problem with this phone happened about 2 months ago, when it was over a year after I had taken out the contract, but the actual phone (remember, the washing machine?) was only about 6 months old. Suddenly, one sunday afternoon, it just died, with no reason. I took it into the shop the next day, where they managed to sort it out after sending it off, only to tell me it was a 'software problem' and the phone hadn't 'updated itself'.
But despite that curious set back, and apart from the washing machine incident, I have to say I'm really impressed with how hardy this little phone is. And while I am fed up with it now, I will be going for Sony Ericcson again.
I've just got back from a few days away with my ladies, and Abersoch was our destination of choice. I have been before, my friend's family is lucky enough to own a holiday home in The Warren, so I certainly knew what to expect.
Abersoch is located just around the corner from Pwllheli, but is certainly the more desirable destination, in my opinion. We drove from Chester, and it usually takes around 3 hours with a lunch stop somewhere along the welsh coast. The drive itself is beautiful, and we like to make a day of it and visit as many places along the way as we can.
As I said, we stayed in The Warren, so I can't really advise on other options, but there were lots of lovely little b&bs, and more than one caravan park. Both The Warren and the caravan parks are situated about a 10 minute walk from Abersoch itself, which is not only great for walking off all that holiday food, but means that right outside your door is the quietest part of the beach...
The beach is large, stretching from beyond the caravan parks right round to the headland. It's not a pebble beach either, so you have plenty of sand to play on! Also, I'm no expert, but it also seemed really clean, I saw no rubbish at all while I was there.
Abersoch itself is small, and I wouldn't recommend that you plan to really shop there, as the few shops there are either for surfers, or people with lots of money. There are a couple of really decent gift shops though, with pocket money prices. There is also only a small Londis in Abersoch, so if you are in any way going self catered, I would advise that you stock up beforehand. There is an Asda just outside of Pwllheli though, so you don't need to bring the food all the way!
We were really lucky with the weather, it was baking so we spent nearly all our time on the beach. If the weather is poor though, I would recommend that you have some form of entertainment, as Abersoch is not famed for it's nightlife. If there are enough of you, you won't really need to leave your apartment, if you don't want to.
There are a handful of really nice restaurants for you to choose from, we ate in East Meets West, an amazing Indian restaurant right on the high street. The food was amazing, really well cooked. It was also nice and traditionally spicy, I hate Indian restaurants that anglicise their menus too much. The prices were great too, 3 of us ate and drank for around £35, and the service was fantastic.
The pubs in Abersoch are lovely too, really impressive in the dusk with all their fairylights in the beer gardens! I will say though that if you are easily made to feel uncomfortable in pubs, then don't bother. Each pub you walk in, every conversation stops, and every person turns to look as you walk in. It didn't bother us, but it really is a case of 'Are you local?'.
In all, I would definately recommend Abersoch, especially to groups of friends, or families. As long as you have the weather, there is plenty for you to do, and it's absolutely beautiful. I have a great time each time I go, so I hope you do too!
What a palaver! I am pretty sure that I would use this product again, but it is really hard work for a result that doesn't last that long. It's recommended that you re-apply every 6 weeks to avoid it fading. I'm not sure I could go through with this every 6 weeks, but in the future I think I will use it to boost fading chemical dye.
The great thing about this hair colour, is that it is a completely natural way to colour your hair. No ammonia, and no other nasties means tht using this will not damage your hair at all. Unfortunately, when you get natural, you have to exchange longevity. I found that to use it alone it really didn't last that long, but like I say, as a boost to already-dyed hair, it would be great.
I certainly liked the result, it was a lovely rich red colour. I would recommend though that you only use this if you want really red hair. If you want it a bit red, this might be too far out for you...
The worst part of this product is the actual application process. Once you have the dye on your hair, you don't need to wait that long, but it's the preparation that takes time!
The easiest way is to create a bain marie, and melt the product down, rather like melting chocolate. This doesn't take so long really. The other method is the longest, and that is to grate the block (like a very very hard cheese) Then mix with hot water.
The principle is the same in both cases, the hotter the product, the brighter your colour. When you apply it, it's just like applying any other dye, but I found as it was slightly thinner, I did get quite a few drips going on! You are then supposed to wrap your head in clingfilm to intensify the colour, this also keeps it tidier, so it's a plus!
My opinion overall is that it's a good product, I really like it's natural standpoint, you know exactly what you are putting on your hair, so you feel a lot better abou it. I have to say though, I'm not too hot on the longevity of this product, I get a lot more mileage out of something from a box...
But I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try something different, and especially to anyone sick of covering their hair in chemicals. You will pay around £7 for a large block, which will either do you more than one application, or do you and a friend.
I love this product! I've said many times that my temperamental hair really doesn't like creamy shampoos, aand with that in mind, I don't mind telling you that I made a mistake when choosing this.
I didn't read the packaging, and was wooed by the amazing coconutty smell. I (for some reason...) assumed that this was a conditioner5 of some kind, and I bought it because I trust Lush, and thought it would be nice to have a curl enhancing conditioner.
Thus there was much confusion and embarrassment in the shower. I applied it like a conditioner, and it was only when it lathered up as I rinsed it off that I looked at the packaging properly...
Anyway, confusion aside, when I saw the result in my dried style, I fell utterly in love with this shampoo, and have used it intermittently ever since. If I know when I'm washing that I will want curly hair, this is always the shampoo I reach for.
The smell is out of this world, and I find it lasts all day. So make sure you like Coconut before you buy! The texture is strange, it feels rather like a thick paste, it's very gloopy, but on contact with water it lathers up really well, so you don't actually need a lot to get going.
The one downside I have found to this shampoo, is the massive flakes of coconut in the shampoo itself. No matter how hard you try, if you are anything like me, you will never be able to wash them all out. All this means, is that you need to check over your dried hair, to make sure no flakes are lingering. I found that those I couldn't wash out, came out while drying.
Just be careful you don't look like you have bad dandruff! It's not a massive deal though, I certainly managed to get them all out, and I don't think that this is bad enough to drive down my opinion of the product, as the results are really good. My curls were wll defined, and stayed put all day. People commented on my hair, so they could definately see a difference.
I think the price is really good too, it will set you back around £8-£9 for 220g. This might sound expensive, but a little really does go a long way.
There are lots of Lush shops all over the country, but luckily, if you can't get to one you can buy online at lush.co.uk. Now you have no excuse!
I always used to steer clear of herbal essences, I had used them a few times in my youth, lured in by the amazing scents, no doubt. But, now a fully grown, slightly snobbish hair product connoisseur, I never bought out of principle. I'm not too sure what that principle was, I think it was along the lines of 'surely something that cheap can't work?!'
But so it was that about 6 months ago, I actually cottoned on to the fact that spending buckets of money on shampoo was not the cleverest way of saving for a car, and I decided to bite the bullet and 'downgrade' (oh, the pretentiousness!) to Herbal Essences. And, I can now tell you, that I am a fully reformed hair freak, and now I buy Herbal Essences like it's going out of fashion. Which in my opinion, it never will.
I feel foolish for jumping on the bandwagon so late, but now I'm on it, I can't be dislodged. I flirt with other shampoos occaisionally, I have even been known to use a supermarket own brand (SHOCK HORROR!) but I always come back to good old clairol.
I flit between most of the varieties on the shelf, according to my mood, and which colour packaging appeals to me most on that particular day. I only use the clear ones, as to my cost I have learned that thick, creamy shampoos do not like my hair. In this indiscriminate choosing, I have to be honest and say that I haven't really noticed a marked difference between the different shampoos. Indeed, if you blindfolded me, then showed me the result, I couldn't tell you which shampoo it was.
But if you can forgive them the generic qualities of their different varieties, I think you just might agree with me that Herbal Essences are one of the best. I have to say, I don't think that this shampoo made a jot of difference to my curls, but I'm a firm believer that it's styling products that make a difference, so it doesn't bother me. They all smell beautiful, are a bargain at under £3 for 250ml, and they look pretty. They also do a pretty damn good job of looking after your hair. Can't say fairer than that.