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I often get bitten by fleas, because my cat seems to find my bed the most comfortable place to sleep! Anyway, they bite me a lot, and it drive me crazy! I really REALLY hate insect bites of any kind, the itching is just awful. In the past I've had scars from scratching, so I was keen to prevent that happening again.
Someone let me try some Anthisan cream about 3 weeks ago, and I was immediately impressed! It seemed to instantly cool the itchiness, and after about 2 days the bites were shrinking and drying up.
I then bought my own tube of Anthisan from Superdrug for about £3.50, which seemed brilliant value for how good the product is! It worked just as well as the first.
I haven't tried this product for anything else other than flea bites, but I'd imagine that it would work to the same standard with all the others!
About two years ago, I decided that I wanted to do something very different and unusual with my hair. Previously, my hair was a non-descript mousey brown colour, and I wanted a change! I chose to use Schwartzkopf Live XXL in Real Red to colour my hair.
As I had long, thick hair, I used two packets of dye when I started dying it, as they recommend on the box. It was very easy to mix up, and was a light shade of orange in the bottle. It was slightly messy to apply (the first time I had help from my mum, but since then I have done it myself, and it is messy!)The gloves provided are not the best but they do work, as long as you make sure no holes appear in them at any point!
One tip I have is to apply Vaseline to the hairline all the way around, and inside your ears, because the dye really takes to your skin if you accidently get it on your face! And trust me, orange face, neck and ears is not a good look.
I then left the dye for half an hour as instructed, and when I washed it out I couldn't believe the amount of orange water that appeared in the bath! My hair though was left a lovely bright red, even showing up while my hair was wet. I then applied the XXL conditioner, which is a really good product, which makes your hair very soft (and it's a shame it's not available in a bottle). Once my hair was dried out and straightened, it looked a beautiful bright red colour, shiny and healthy looking.
Since then, I have coloured my hair consistantly with XXL, mostly red shades although I have also used their dark brown and purple hair dyes. The most effective dye has definitely been the red though.
The dye does fade quickly, as all red dyes do. However, using colour protection shampoo and conditioner really helps, as does limiting the use of anti-dandruff shampoos (these actually strip dye!).
Overall, the XXL hair dyes are a brilliant range, which create bright unique looks and aren't the most expensive out there. Everybody who wants to dye their hair should at least try them!
NB Make sure you do the allergy test as suggested, 24 hours beforehand!
I used to dye my hair bright red using Live XXL, but then I dyed my hair first brown and then purple using the same brand. The purple was a bit too dark for me, so I decided to use Colour B4 to attempt to remove the colour so I could go back to red.
Firstly, I bought it from Boots, for about £12. It was a bit pricey but I thought if it works, it would save me the hair-damage caused by bleaching it! I read through the instructions which are fairly complex, as it involves particular timings and rinsing, and RE-rinsing, for quite a long time. The product does have a bit of a funny smell, a bit like eggs as I was warned. This didn't bother me so much as the vapour/fumes from the product made me choke and cough a bit (I have never had asthma or anything like that...)Anyway, I finished the application and dried out my hair to see what the colour was like.
My hair was previously a non-descript light brown. It was now a gingery colour, which I actually quite liked. This was apparently due to me using Live XXL red hair dye so much, and straightening my hair as well. Live XXL apparently contains silicon, which melts into your hair when you use heat on it, which I didn't know previously. This means it cannot be fully removed, hence leaving a reddish residue in my hair, turning it ginger!
Also, after using the product, my hair felt quite course and rough, not very nice at all, which was probably due to it 'stripping' the colour out.
I liked the ginger, and left it like that. However, about 2 or 3 weeks afterwards, it changed colour, getting darker and more how it was before. It ended up a darkish brown, which I didn't like so much, so I dyed it red again. The red unfortunately didn't take so well due to the new darkness of my hair.
This Sony iPod dock is actually fantastic. I personally only use it to play music from my iPod Classic, which it does perfectly, but the dock also functions as an alarm clock and a radio.
As far as playing music is concerned, the dock plays with great clarity and can be turned up very loud without out any effect on the sound quality. The songs can be chosen and selected either on the iPod itself, using the directional arrows on the top right of the dock, or using the small remote control that comes with it.
The dock is well built and in my opinion is very attractive looking. It is quite big but that isn't a problem unless you are moving it around often. Even if you are, it isn't particularly heavy!
To use the radio the aerial cord has to be pinned or attached high up to recieve a signal.
The alarm can either be a normal 'beep beep beep' alarm, or use songs from your iPod, or have the radio come on
The only disadvantage is that it doesn't seem that you can use it without being plugged into a wall socket, which admittedly would be useful.
I bought Beatle's rockband from HMV for £3, on sale now, which I thought was a brilliant bargin! The game has some great songs on it, such as 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and 'Here Comes The Sun' as well as the famous tracks like 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and 'A Hard Day's Night'. There are songs for every Beatles' fan on this game, making it the perfect addition to any Rock Band or Guitar Hero collection.
Each song has a background especially designed for it, with John, Paul, George and Ringo dancing and singing along! This makes it actually more entertaining.
The game works perfectly well with Guitar Hero band sets (haven't tried it with Rock Band sets) although the drumming is designed for the RB four drum set, instead of the GH five drum set.
One annoying thing about it is the way to use star power is to sing at certain star power points in the song. This is annoying because it's hard to sing or say anything in the right pitch to get it the register for star power!
Also, not all the best Beatles' tracks are on the game, but they have to be downloaded from the RB store if you want to play them; for example, 'All You Need Is Love'. There are a good range of songs though and a good number of them!
Overall, a great buy and a highly entertaining game, with only minor flaws.
I bought this iPod because I have a lot of music, well over 30GB, and the iPod Nano just didn't seem to have enough space for it. I didn't want to be limited in the amount of music I could put onto the iPod, so I bought the Classic.
I found it very easy to set up, with clear instructions on how to link it with my computer and transfer music onto it. It came with a cable to connect it to the USB port in the computer, and a pair of Apple headphones. The headphones broke quickly through use, but I actually preferred an alternative, cheaper pair of headphones anyway. The cable is perfectly functioning!
I find the iPod very easy to use, quickly browsing through artists and tracks to find music and videos. Occasionally the wheel gets stuck, as in it doesn't scroll through the options when you're there frantically circling it with your thumb...but it doesn't happen often, and only lasts maybe 10 seconds. After all, all technology freezes sometimes!
The screen is a good size, and shows images and videos with excellent clear-cut quality.
The metal back to the iPod I found scratched easily, but I bought a leather case which has ended this problem, and serves to protect the precious iPod!
I personally prefer the iPod Classic to the new iPod touches, because a) they have larger memories, b) touch screens annoy me, and c) they won't break as easily.
If you want a good quality MP3 player simply to listen to music and watch videos, the iPod Classic has to be the best out there!
I bought this phone 18 months ago, on a £15 contract with Vodafone. This included unlimited texts and 300 minutes. It seemed like a relatively cheap, well-equipped phone that included everything I was looking for. As well as that, it is an attractive black phone, with silver trim and blue lights when the camera is opened.
When it was new, it was a good phone, which loaded quickly and took good photographs. I put a 4GB memory card in it, as the one provided was a 2GB, and used the phone as an MP3 player for a long time. The headphones provided with it however were quite appalling, so I ordered a cheap adapter for normal 3.5mm jack headphones.
However, after a couple of months, faults began to appear. It regularly took minutes to load areas such as the Messages section and the camera. The charger broke (which I think is a fault with all Sony Ericsson chargers in my experience) meaning that it needed careful tweaking to make it charge properly. I deleted all my messages and reset the system, but this didn't help how slow the phone was being.
Overall, this phone is good for a phone without all the newest features, but can be infuriatingly slow and laggy. It does come with some good apps and features such as Google Maps however, but the internet is very slow even with 3G, so this is not much use.
I bought John Frieda's 3 Day Straight spray for £6.99 from Boots, and the first thing that struck me when I opened the box was how small the bottle was! At £6.99 for a 100ml bottle, it was probably one of the more expensive hair products I have bought, but at least I was hoping it would be effective. My hair is about 14 inches (36cm) long, and thick and curly, so I often have trouble getting it to stay straight for more than one day. I was therefore slightly worried that the whole product would be gone immediately when I read "Start with 7 - 15 sprays. Use more or less depending on amount of curl, hair length and thickness." Oh dear...!
The first time I used the spray, I followed the instructions as closely as possible; blow-drying my hair and then using straightening irons. I immediately noticed that my hair felt very smooth and soft, which is good as I often find my hair is rough due to it being coloured. Throughout the day, my hair began to 'flick' at the ends, as it usually does, suggesting that the spray was not doing its job! I kept hoping that I would see a significant difference the next day though.
The following day however, after sleeping on my hair the same way as I always do (without a net, or tying it back, etc), my hair was wavy, and looked exactly as if I had used my normal Dove hair protection spray, or indeed none at all! It definitely was not as promised by the 'before and after' pictures on the box.
So, to sum up, I recommend this product as a spray to improve condition, but definitely NOT to keep it straight for the promised 3 days! Also, it is not worth the price I paid for it. I think that the scientific jargon was what persuaded me in the beginning that it might actually work; "a blend of polymers with keratin protein"...sadly not!