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"Winning with make you famous. Losing means certain death. In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule; kill or be killed. When 16 year old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sisters place, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature."
Before I took the plunge to dive in and read the Hunger Games trilogy, I had never heard anything but praise for them. Now I understand, just what the rave about these books is. I am not a bookworm, and only read something if it really takes my interest, which is a rare occasion, however when I finally did sit down to read these books, I read the first one in 24 hours. I literally could not put the book down. Along with falling in love with the characters and their stories, I love the way Suzanne Collins has written the books, they are very much to the point and give just enough detail for you to build up a picture in your head of each little event or detail happening in the book.
Currently on the second Hunger Games, Catching Fire, this is also not failing to disappoint. I think it is nice the stories continue where they left off, recalling events in the first book, so you are not forced to read one immediately after the other.
The book has something in there for everyone. Romance for the girls, bloody murder and action for the boys, yet they are not explicit and also would be just as good to read for those in their early-late teens.
If I had all day to talk about these books I would, however, no words could summon up how much I would urge you to buy them.
You will not be disappointed. 10 out of 5 stars from me at the least. (and cant wait for the next book!)
I have to admit, I love the Yankee candle brand, and would pick it up without blinking over any other candle... if the price wasn't sky high. I have only myself ever purchased the Yankee candle wax tarts, which just squeeze in my budget (about £1 each!), so, you can imagine the look on my face when my boyfriend came home with a "surprise". A 623g vanilla cupcake Yankee candle!
The first thing I did, and always do was smell it, and just like it said on the tin, it smelt a lovely, sweet vanilla. The glass is bigger than expected and quite heavy, so it didn't surprise me when the back read that the candle can burn up to 150 hours.
Like all other Yankee candles the wax was in a clear glass, with a simple, yummy looking cupcake displayed on the front. This candle in particular is a lovely buttery yellow colour, which looks slightly orange when lit.
The candle (which I have burning beside me at this very moment) doesn't disappoint. You only have to light it for a mere 10 minutes and the whole room is fragranced with a lovely, sweet, but not overpowering smell. So far I have had no sooty horrible dust dirtying the glass, however, the wick does tend to drop off quite quickly, so that's something to watch out for.
Like all bad girlfriends do, I did check the price of this candle post to my boyfriend buying it for me, and it prices from around £16-£19, depending on where you buy it from, and if there are any promotional offers on. This is the only thing that does put me off, but then again, it's of a very high quality.
I would definitely buy this candle again (but maybe a smaller version), and it is ideal for a special friend. If they are like me, they will love you for eternity. A big thumbs up from me.
I have always thought highly of most Dove products, and therefore when this roll on deodorant was on offer at my local bargain store for £1, I did not hesitate to purchase it.
The deodorant offers 24hr protection and 0% alcohol, something I regularly look out for in a roll on. The product stands on the lid, and is shaped and designed to do so. Unlike other roll on's I have tried in the past, the ball rolls efficiently (or at least on mine it did), and just enough comes out when applying.
The scent is very fresh yet delicate, a nice one to wear if you are considering also wearing perfume, and lasted around 3 months before running out. For the price this is very good.
The only downside I have to this, is that the 24hr protection may be a little optimistic. I usually find myself applying this 2/3 times a day.
Overall, A nice product which I would buy again should it be on offer.
So, at long last, I have finally gotten round to using my St. Tropez gradual tan moisturizer, a present that was bought for me almost a year ago. I am a sucker for beauty products, moituizers being my main weakness, but being completely honest, the reason I have never used this gradual tan before, is because the price (to me anyway) is ridiculously high.
However, a very kind aunt of mine purchased it me as a Christmas gift, hence, why I am writing a review on the stuff now. The set was this 200ml bottle, and a smaller 50ml bottle, which is specifically for the face. The bottle is very plain and almost clinical looking, but hey, it's what's inside that counts right? and for £20 for this set alone, I was expecting big things.
The dispensing nozzle on the bottle is very effective and ensures that you are never left with "Too much" on your hands. The lotion is thick and creamy, and has a nice, summery scent to it. This in particular I liked, as many fake-tans/ moisturizers I have used in the past have smelt horrible. And after reading the bottle AFTER I had applied the tan (Whoops), I found out that this nice scent was due to Aromaguard fragrance technology, which eliminates 70% of the tell-tale self tan smell.
The lotion is infused with Aloe Vera, the moisturizer aims to give you not only a golden glow, but smoother skin.
Although the lotion did smell nice and seem to soak into my skin, it did take a while to dry, which was a slight annoyance. When it finally was dry, my skin smelt nice however, so the added drying time can be tolerated I suppose. As I was attending a gathering on the weekend, I used this everyday for 3 days, head to toe. I did have a 'glow', but merely a tan, and I would say that from the 200ml bottle, I only have one more application left.
I suppose it depends on what kind of look you are going for. I had false hope that due to the expense of this product, it would give me the kind of tan you would get in St. Tropez, however, it was more of a 'British summer' glow I got instead.
So, in conclusion, sadly, the negatives outweigh the positives in this case and the St. Tropez will not be added to my list of favourite beauty products unfortunately. Too much money for little results, however, it would be appreciated greatly if other self-tan companies could also use this Aromaguard, as the smell was, one, and probably the only positive of the tan.
Thank you for reading.
"I am a canvas of my experiences. My story is etched in lines and shading, and you can read it on my arms, my legs, my shoulders and my stomach. But like everybody else, I was born naked and screaming, waiting for my life to write itself on my skin"- Kat Von D.
I became a fan of Kat Von D after watching her in the TV series LA Ink/Miami Ink. Her unique personality reflected myself, and began to admire her for many reasons. However, as I am not a 'Superfan', as some would say, I didn't actually realise that she had an auto-biography out. My boyfriend bought it for me as a surprise, and I was, well, more than pleased. The book was apparently bought from Amazon, and after having a sneaky look afterward, you can buy the book, named 'High Voltage Tattoo' for around £11-£14. When I recieved the book, it's much bigger than it looks online. It is a solid hardback with amazing colour on the cover, and an extra shiny picture of Miss Von D herself. As I always do with hardback books, I had a quick flick through and was AMAZED at the colour, pictures, and just general detail in the book.
This book is like no other autobiography I have read. The pages are made to look old and withered, and as the words tell the story, the pictures do too. Although the book does focus on the life of Kat Von D, it also goes into detail about the people who made her as successful as she is today, which I think is loyal, and also interesting. If you are art lover like myself, there are also various drawings and tattoos in there. The book is also humourous in some ways, for example, "The Do's and Dont's of tattoos". Kat never fails to mention her inspirations and in no way, shape or form does she only talk about herself and her life, which in some auto-biographies I have read in the past, they have. Kat also doesn't fail to show the amazing work of the team she works alongside.
I guess that this book is almost and auto-bio combined with acknowledgements and the auto-bio of High Voltage tattoo. Although I could talk about this book all day, in a short phrase it is, as Kat would say "Stoked".
The one and only downside to this book is that it could have been longer, and maybe a bit more info on Kat's personal life would have been better, but overall, this doesn't refrain me from saying that if you love Kat, Tattooing, Art, or even if you just want something inspiring to read, you should not hesitate to buy this book. I will definitely purchase other books she releases, and fingers crossed, she will.
Until recently, I have always disregarded Wilkinsons for selling only Garden and Homeware, so I'd rarely go in. However, I was recently to find out that I only thought this because this is all my Dad had ever been in for, and now, I see why.
I am a college student and there a Wilkinsons about a 5 minute walk away from campus. As I dislike the soggy chips served at college, I now reguarly pop into Wilkinsons for lunch. It wasn't until a friend suggested buying lunch from there I even knew they sold sandwiches etc. When I did go in, I was amazed to see what they actually did sell.
The store is amazingly well priced, on more or less everything they sell. It would be ridiculous to pinpoint a good range of products there, all of them are. Firstly, the lunch range they sell is great. I regularly go in for Sushi and as a dieter, I think it's great they sell food like this. All sandwiches and lunch items are in a big fridge and taste lovely and fresh. Infact, they have an entire food aisle, with everything ranging from crisps to cornish pasties. I am currently dieting and they also sell Weight Watcher food, which is not badly priced at all. For students this place is fantastic. The stationary is an amazing price, I managed to pick up a pack of biro's the other day for just 25p and a Stabilo Boss highlighter for 90p, prices that wont break the bank.
The products range from Wilkinsons own brand products to the big makes, and most of the time the Wilkinsons range is just as good as the big brands, the nail polish remover pads for example, are almost identical to the big makes.
They sell all sorts of things, literally you could do half your weekly shopping there, the list would be endless. Right down to cotton balls, they have a great beauty range there. Specifically for the children they have toys and arts and crafts, and as I first thought, a great range of Garden and Homeware products, including classy bedroom items and very well priced paint. The have an aisle which sells most of the things your local drugstore would, an aisle for babies, stationary, even for pets. They also stock JML products, which most places do not.
The store is always clean and most of the staff are friendly, I have had a few occasions where I have found some of them to be a bit gormless, but I think you get that in most places. Of course, not everything can be the cheapest around, and I'm sure there will be some products which are more expensive than in other places, but overall I would highly recommend this place for good quality products. I have even had a friend go into Boots for a product and the staff there recommended buying it at Wilkinsons (Although they would probably get fired for that!). I am yet to have a negative experience and will continue to speak highly of Wilkinsons until I do so. I rarely ever give 5 star ratings but this store deserves it. A MASSIVE thumbs up.
Like most of my beauty products, this item was a present from a friend for my birthday (My friends know me well!). I love The Body Shop products, but as a student they are more or less out of my league for price, (The £ Store is more my pricing range unfortunately!), so I was glad to recieve some nice expensive stuff, which would definitely get it's use.
I was bought this shower gel, a Mango one, and a Shea one, all products which I would buy myself, if I had the money of course. They came in a very nice, classy gift bag which was from The Body Shop, but I believe she may have got that as part of a deal or purchased it seperately. Anyhow...
The bottle was transparent and 250ml, I believe you can purchase them in minatures too (or they come in gift sets), and the gel inside was a lovely 'ruby red' colour and displays a picture of some lovely looking strawberries on the front. The bottle displayed The Body Shop logo and some writing explaining the basics on the product. The lid is a 'flip cap' as I like to call them, and the bottle is squeezy, enabling easy dispensal.
Although I was bought these as a present, I loved the way were presented so much that I decided to buy my sister some. In The Body Shop they were on offer, £4 each or 3 for £8, but this was about a year ago. Anyhow, as a lover of bargains I snapped three of them up, and found out the gift back my friend gave me, was actually a separate purchase of £1 (But well worth it!).
I use a loofah in the shower which makes my shower gel go further, this one in particular goes a long way for a little amount (A grape sized amount), and the gel is very thick, which lathers up nicely and covers your whole body. Your skin afterward not only feels luxurious but refreshed and clean.
This product is fantastic, and I'd give it a ten out of ten... But unfortunately, I couldn't, because of the smell. I am gutted to have to slate this product, as for a shower gel I think it is great and does what a shower gel should. However, I am not a fan of perfumed or false smells, which usually do not occur in The Body Shop products, however in this one, unfortunately it does. If anybody can relate to this, the smell is similar to that of cherry chapstick, very sweet and sugary smelling and nothing like strawberries. This lingers on your skin after you shower and for me, makes you smell very sickly. I have a younger sister who also likes to buy beauty products, but cheaper versions, and I cannot say the smell of this is any better than those she has.
For that reason, I would not purchase this product again. I would recommend the shower gel in itself as I think it's fantastic, and would pay the prices as it's a very high quality product, however this one in particular is not for me.
I am lover of clothes, but as a student with only part-time income, it is sometimes difficult for me to afford the latest fashions. I discovered Primark a few years ago and was entranced by the fact low cost garmets could actually look good. I have only visit three Primarks, but most commonly visit the one in Huddersfield town centre, which will be the one I am reviewing.
The place is quite spacious, and unlike Topshop and River Island has no displays on the walls such as big posters of models, lights or patterns. This for me is actually the best way, I shop ofr the clothes, and do not like to be entranced in looking at the most expensive items in the shop, because they are hung on the wall and surrounded by lights and flowers. The clothes are very easily split into sections too, meaning you are not searching hopelessly through netted dresses just to find a simple vest top.
The prices of the items are nothing to complain at, it is rare you see an item over £20, in fact, the only item I have ever seen above that price is the coats, which are of good quality. PJ's in paticular I love from Primark, as they are a good fit and seem to last forever, this also applies to womens 'lounging' underwear.
The sections I am most impressed with are the jewellery and t-shirts, all are priced well and bar a few, look classy and more expensive than they actually are. There are even some items I have spotted in Primark, which are identical to the ones in more expensive high street shops, but less than half the price. Primark is fantastic for essentials you do not want to spend a lot of money on, irrelevant clothing, like socks, are of good quality and literally no more than £2 or £3.
As a female, I only ususally tend to look in the Women's section, however, my partner recently went on holiday with friends, and we found some fabulous things in the men's section, again, great prices.
I have no faults with the hygiene or customer service there, although sometimes I have had to ask several members of staff before recieving any response or knowledge about the whereabouts or prices of items.
80% of things I have purchased from Primark have ripped, the stitching has come undone or the clothes have just 'had it'. Yet, I am still sucked into the cheap prices. On average, I would say a pair of leggings from there lasts about 3 months, which for £3, is a reasonable price and I cannot complain for temporary clothes to last me until I actually have money to buy quality. However, this £3 is not money well spent after I watched the documentary 'The Devil Wears Primark' and was disgusted to learn how the clothes are made by slaves in foreign countries. However, since this documentary was released, there has been conterversy caused, leading me to become confused about what is acutally true... Hence why I still purchase clothes from Primark and will not stop doing so until solid truth has come from the matter.
I would recommend this place as a temporary place for purchasing clothes, so for example, if you are i n desperate need of some shoes and pay day is not for another two weeks, kind of situation. Other than that, excluding PJ's, vest tops and underwear, Primark is not a place to sing and dance about.
You get what you pay for.. Cliche, but true in this case.
It was only about a year ago I jumped on the Nando's bandwagon, as it seemed everybody around me had tried (and highly rated) the place. Although I was completely blind to what kind of place it was, I know it specialised in one thing, chicken, and as I would rate chicken as one of my top 3 favorite foods ever, not much persuasion was needed to make me try it.
After a bit of post revision internet browsing, I found out that Nando's is a Portuguese place, specialising in what is described as 'Legendary Peri-Peri chicken'. You can purchase the chicken with one of five seasonings on, Mango and Lime, Lemon and Herb, Medium, Hot or Extra Hot (Do not go for this one under any circumstances!). Or, you can just have the chicken plain, and choose from a range of sauces which are completely free, and you can experiment and mix, as I did.
The service is fantastic, I have been four times now, and not once did I wait for my food for longer than half an hour. The tables are always clean and out of the two Nando's I have been to, the staff are incredibly friendly and the type that have the customer in mind. There is nice atmosphere in the place, and although the lighting is dim and the music could be classed as cheesy, I think that it's actually quite romantic.
It works like this: You are very likely to get a lively member staff greeting you at the door and finding you a table (If there is a bit of a wait, there is a seating area for those who are waiting for a table, you can purchase a drink whilst you wait, which I think is a very good way of keeping your customers happy). Then, after reading the menu and deciding what you are going to get, you walk up to the bar, which also serves wine and beer, order your food and pay, no faffing around with bills after your meal etc.. You then collect your sauces from a counter, along with knifes and forks, and sit your table and wait for your food. The food for us has come incredibly quickly and is always piping hot. For a full chicken and 4 regular sides, such as chips or garlic bread, you are looking just under the £20 mark, which I think is really good value for money. Like I said, you can order your chicken plain, or seasoned, but from previous experience of having the Medium seasoned chicken, I would NOT recommend getting the hot of extra hot, I have a taste for spice, and the seasoning is REALLY SPICY. All the meat is Halal, and although this does not affect me personally, I think it is good that those who will only Halal are taken into consideration. Personally, I prefer to coat my chicken in the free sauces they offer, they really are nice and it means you can experiment with a few different sauces, to see which you like best. The staff pop over during your meal to ask if you would like any condiments that are not on the counter with their speciality sauces (Mayo, Ketchup etc) and to check if your meal is okay, which I think is very nice. You can also buy bottomless soft drinks for under £3 there, which I would recommend, as you get a LOT of food for your money, and if you should choose to try the hot sauces, you will definitely need an ice cold drink! There is a wide range of both alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages, and they are not badly priced. Neither are the starters or puddings (I have only tried the chocolate cake, but it was the most sickly and heavenly thing I have ever tried). When we had finished our meal, the staff came and took our plates and asked if everything was okay for us, again, and then said Goodbye and Thank You whilst we went out of the door.
The tables are always clean as are the toilets and floor. You can also see your food been cooked, again, it is very clean around the area. Nando's is full of different types of people, those of different ethnicities, couples, families with children, friends catching up for a drink etc.. You do not feel out of your comfort zone whoever you may be.
Although some have described this as an upmarket fast-food place, I would disagree and say it is a restaurant which is becoming more and more reputable. Of course, you have to be a lover of chicken to visit, although they do have a vegetarian option. It is good for money and the food is really nice, and a place I will visit again and again unless given a reason not to. A thumbs up for Nando's.
Paticularly in the winter, I suffer from dry, chapped hands, which I am always trying out new hand products to see if they can combat them. This was a gift which came in the S&G set 'Do A Bubble Take', along with lots of other S&G goodies.
The one thing I like about S&G is the products have the same scent throughout, which is a very feminine but yet not too perfumed smell. The Hand Food too, had this scent.
I will be reviewing the miniature, which is a 50ml bottle and basically just a smaller version of the original handcream, I believe this can be bought from around £1-£2 from Boots and online (www.soapandglory.com).
The bottle is a lovely pink colour with bold bubble writing displaying the cream within the bottle is especially for your hands. Underneath that and in smaller print, displays that the cream hydrates your hands, and contains Shea butter, Macadamia oil and Marshmellow. A few of my personal favorite ingredients. The bottle stands lid down and has a flip cap lid which ensures clean and effective dispensing. On the back of the bottle is more information about the product and application advice.
The cream itself is very thick and well, creamy? and soaks into your hands quickly. The cream is non-greasy and if you not aware the signature scent of S&G products( described as 'The Original Pink Fragrance') it is quite fresh and citrusy, with hints of jasmine and musk.
I use this cream at least once a day, and although my hands do still suffer in the winter months, it is a nice moisturising cream which leaves your hands smelling nice and fragrant. I would purchase again on the basis I am a lover of S&G products and this one does not fall below the rest, however am still in search of a cream than can save what is left of my poor hands. A product I would recommend to those who do not suffer from dry hands as the product is a good price, however, not a miracle product for us unlucky ones!
I can remember being a 7 year old child, and getting out of the bath to smother myself in this. And, from previous conversations with my mother, I am pretty sure I've been powdered in this product from birth. Yankee Candle have even brought out a 'Baby Powder' candle that smells of the stuff too, A classic, I'd call it, a traditional product that I will probably be using on my children in the future too.
A clinical, plain white bottle with simple writing on the front, if you were an alien to walk into a drugstore, this product does not stand out from the rest, but is that a problem? For me, absolutely not. They do say that it is never good to judge a book by it's cover, and this product certainly doesn't look anything special from the outside. However, you only have to twist the lid (Although technically you'd probably get told off for doing that in a store), to smell the gorgeous fragrance the powder has.
On Johnsons website, it is suggested that the product should be used to eliminate friction and has a classic, clean scent, which it certainly does. Millions of tiny, slippery plates are within the powder which glide over eachother, helping to reduce friction. Now, personally, I use the product when I get out of the shower, and my skin still feels damp, and in some places, sticky. I use it practically everywhere, bar my hands and feet, and not only do I smell good whilst getting dressed, but feel drier and cleaner.
The bottle can be bought in a 500ml or now, I believe it can also be bought travel sized, although I am not sure what ml that would be. The product is so popular that the prices vary, personally, I purchase mine from bargain stores and the price usually ranges from £1-£2.
The dispenser is a twisty cap with small holes which is very practical and ensures that the talc lasts as long as possible and none is wasted or accidentally poured out in large amounts. Unless rushing, I use this after every shower or bath (Once every other day), and it lasts me about 8 months, making it even better value for money.
If some alien creature was oblivious to the fact this fantastic product existed, I would definitely recommend and recommend endlessly. I am sure it will be a product that is around for generations to come.
I am not a mother, and do not plan to become a mother for quite a while. so you are probably puzzled to why I purchased this body cream. I didn't. It was actually something bought by my mother for me, as I unfortunately am covered in stretch marks due to weight gain/loss and have very dry skin.
Once I had gotten over the fact that the cream was infact designed for pregnant women or those who had recently become mothers, I decided to give it a try, I had nothing to lose.
The bottle itself is 200ml and is a very simple white with a marine coloured lid. The bottle stands lid down, and is squeezy, which ensures effective dispensing. The 'Indulgent Body Cream' claims to combat Stretch marks and dry skin, which if it delivered what it says it would, would kill two birds with one stone for me.
On the back of the bottle is a description of what the cream promises to do, and although it would be a waste of time for me to copy the whole thing, the most important points that stood out to me is that the cream is designed to improve the skins elasticity to combat stretch marks, and a mixture of marine extracts and Shea Butter (A personal favorite of mine) work together to improve elasticity and soften the skin. The product is also not tested on animals, which is another important factor for me when purchasing products.
The cream itself is quite thin and watery when it comes out onto your hand. This, as I found out, means that you do not need to squeeze the bottle hard, or you end up with literally, a handful of slippy cream which easily drips everywhere other than your body. The cream has a very delicate and non-perfumed smell, which is very nice and fresh, and when applied to your body, goes a long way for a small amount of cream. The cream does take a bit of rubbing in before it begins to soak into your skin, so you do need quite a bit of time if you are wanting to do your whole body, which I usually do.
I have been using the cream now each time I have had a shower for about 3 weeks, and I would say I have another 2 weeks left in the bottle. I have had creams which have lasted longer than this, but this may be due to the fact that the first couple of times I misjudged the amount needed to cover your body adequately and ended up walking around the house for 20 minutes a sticky white mess, until the cream had soaked in. Although I do know Boots stock the cream for around £5, my mum actually picked this up for £1.99, which is a fantastic price. I have noticed that my skin has been much less dry and feels more supple, however no sign of the stretch marks disappearing as of yet.
I would recommend the cream to those who have excess skin, stretch marks, or even just dry skin. It is worth the money and I will be purchasing again.
As a student, relying on fast food outlets is sometimes your only option, Mcdonalds, one of the best known retailers of them all, is not only a place of convienience but quick and cheap food, which, dependent on the level of hunger or strength of hangover, can sometimes taste amazing too.
Okay, so we've probably all heard the stories about the filthy hygiene of Mcdonalds kitchens, about staff spitting in the burgers or the man who found a lizard in his fries etc... But, we still go there, because they are just RUMOURS. With several friends I have working at Mcdonalds, I can assure you that the hygiene is the same you will get at any other fast food outlet, trading standards would not physically let them open if they were as dirty as everybody makes out. I have had both good and bad experiences with Mcdonalds, the bad consisting of cold food, or ridiculous waiting times, but c'mon, the place is always packed full of people, and generally my food is given to me quickly, and hot enough to enjoy.
My latest experience happened to be this afternoon, in which me and two starving friends popped in to pick up some food, for me, a Creme Egg Mcflurry and an Apple pie (I was in a dessert mood). Although the staff who served me did say that the apple pie would be about five minutes, it only took about two, and freshly cooked, it was piping hot. The Mcflurry is made whilst you wait, and although the sauce had managed to find it's way all over my cup, again, it came very quickly and filled hungry tummies, which satisfied me and my friends. For both items it was under £2, which was a good price to pay, as the rest of the items of food are.
Knock them if you wish, but I also salute Mcdonalds for bringing out healthier options such as the Snack Wraps, Salads, and fruit bags. Paticularly when I am feeling hungry and want quick, healthy food, the healthy options have become my best friend.
We ate in, and tables and floors were cleaned efficiently, again which I salute the cleaning staff for. I have witnessed the mess teenage boys can make when having a chip fight and they do work incredibly hard to try and maintain the reputation of the company.
Overall, the food is what you pay for, nice enough, but not somewhere you would go to on a first date. The place is cleaned and bar the odd mistake, orders are usually given out quickly and the food is, well, at the least, edible. I would eat and Mcdonalds again and again unless I came across a mega issue. which I doubt will happen. It is suitable for all ages and I personally would regard it as a reputable fast food company which will be around for years to come.
I am a size 16 and quite a 'top heavy' kind of girl. A kind of girl that most retail fashion stores do not clothing for. It was my birthday coming up and I wanted a nice party dress that I could go out in. After looking several times on Boohoo (But deciding not to get anything), I decided to have a browse, which, led to me to falling in love with a Pink Skater Dress, which, they stocked in a size 16 and only £15.00, was I in heaven?
I was in no rush to get the dress, so I didn't pay for next day delivery, but instead standard, which was £1.95, if I remember correctly. Although I cannot remember how many days the dress had promised to come in, it came in just under a week, including a weekend, which I found good for the price. The dress was folded and in a little plastic bag, which the postman actually managed to squeeze through the postbox, I am not sure if this made me happy because I didn't have to go down to the Post Office (I was not in at the time), or unhappy as I had hoped that maybe it could have been wrapped in bubble wrap or something, to add more protection from it getting damaged. However, when I opened the dress. it was perfectly fine. The colour was a lot darker than what it seemed on the screen, and although this didn't bother me as I liked it, it is something to be wary of, and the material was quite thick, good, taking into account the dress was only £15.00. The dress, as seen on screen was a lighter pink colour and came with a black belt which broken the dress up into two. The belt, when the dress arrived was the only thing I could find that maybe could have been changed, as it looked cheap and 'market stall' like. However, so far, a happy customer.
However, this was about to change. I tried the dress on, and it was a bit of a squeeze, nevertheless it did fit me. However, under the arms were baggy and looked odd with a figure hugging dress. I then put on my shoes (Heels) with the dress, when I discovered I had made a big mistake in purchasing it. I am unsure how I should put this, but basically, the dress was so short, you could see my underwear from the back. Unfortunately, this was not just a glimpse, but a large chunk of my underwear. I tried it on with tights, but still, the dress looked nothing more than a long t-shirt. So, trying to comprimise, I tried it on with leggings, which just didn't look right whatsoever.
Disappointed, I wrote a review on the dress on Boohoo.com, which I probably should of read earlier, as there were not many positive reviews.
Although I did not read the small print, therefore this is my fault, I am also disappointed that when I finally got the chance to send the dress back, I was too late, as it is only 14 day returns. This, I do not feel is enough time for most people to decide on an item of clothing, and god help you if you decide to buy an item of clothing for someone as a present, you literally have no chance of sending it back, and so forth, I am stuck with a dress that will never leave my wardrobe.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend the quality of clothing from Boohoo.com. purely based on this dress. This is not however to say that I will not purchase again from Boohoo, as it may just have been this item and it is only my first experience with them. I will say that the prices are fantastic, but not if the clothing is not of good quality. A second chance, maybe, but somewhere I would recommend at the moment.
So, after hearing good things about the Aussie range from many friends, I decided to treat myself to two of their best sellers, The Miracle Hair Insurance spray in conditioner, and the 'Take the Heat' 3 minute miracle, both which I bought for £6 for the two from Superdrug, which I think is a very reasonable price for what I had heard was a good product. On the miracle hair insurance bottle, it also suggests that for some 'seriously deep conditioning', the products can be used in conjunction with one another, so, I decided to give it a go.
As a student, I am usually not fussy about my haircare products, although my friends are very much the opposite. I have used cheap, £1 shampoos before and not really found a problem with them, however, after using several haircare products on my hair for going out, and blow drying, straightening or curling on a regular basis, I noticed my hair was starting to look a bit more limp and dry. My hair generally gets greasy after 2 full days without washing, so I do use conditioner in small amounts, as I did with this product (eventually).
The bottle itself is designed cleverly enabling the conditioner to be dispensed easily. The bottle is 'upside down' in comparison to normal shampoo bottles, and a cylinder shape from top to bottom. So, in effect, the lid is at the bottom, and the conditioner is stood on it's lid (If that makes sense). Turn the bottle up and you have a 'peel here' sticker, in which you peel off to reveal a rubber dispenser that squirts out the conditioner when you squueze the bottle. The bottle also has ridges down the sides which I presume are grips for when you are in the shower, to avoid the bottle slipping out of your hands.
The product in itself promises heat protection, ideal for somebody like me who regularly uses straightening irons, hairdryers etc, and promises fabulously fragrant hair, which I was about to find out was completely true.
I use this conditioner once a week maximum, and would just like to stress that YOU DO NOT NEED A LOT OF THIS FOR EFFECTS. When I first used it, I used a grape sized amount for the top of my hair, and a grape sized for the bottom (hair is a bit longer than shoulder length) and my hair looked more greasy when I had gotten out of the shower than when I got in, which did not look attractive whatsoever. The conditioner is not designed to be used for everyday washes, and again, I will just stress that a SMALL grape sized amount rubbed between the palm of your hands will spread across your whole hair nicely. The conditioner contains Jojoba- Seed oil which I absolutely love, and just like the Hair Insurance product, smells divine.
Although I did not count the exact amount of time I left the conditioner on for, I estimated it was probably 3-4 minutes, which did it for me just fine. Once towel dried, I then dried my hair with a hairdryer and straightened it, and the results were almost instant. Although my hair looked fluffy and clean, it looked shiny and less flyaway, which was what I was hoping for. The smell not only lingered in my room, but my hair too, which as my boyfriend commented on, smelt absolutely gorgeous but not overpowering.
I have trialed with this conditioner many times. I would definitely recommend and purchase this again, and I have seen improvement in my hair, however, I would recommend leaving it to those nights where you are pampering yourself etc, rather than a product to use before a night out. I would also recommend only using once a week, personally, if I use it more than this, it needs washing a lot earlier than it would do if I used my ordinary conditioner. For the price, this is definitely a product I would use again, it has lasted about 6 months now and I still have around 1/3 of a bottle left. Overall, a thumbs up, maybe not a miracle, but, they do say, they will never happen!