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When I purchased this it was on special offer with a couple of pounds off the usual price which if I am remembering correctly is around the £8 mark. I don't usually wear cream eye shadows as they tend to slide off or crease so my usual staple are shadows of the powder variety. However, I liked the colours so thought I would give this one a go.
The first thing I noticed is that it is very difficult to apply using the applicator provided so I ended up using my fingers as I know with being trained in make-up, etc that these are usually the best tool when blending creamier products. Using my fingers it did glide on quite well and blended really easily for the look I usually go for.
As I said above, I really liked the colours in the palette and the fact that they look quite sparkly. The palette consists of a creamy/white, a gold, a bronze and a much darker metallic brown and they all work well together. I usually apply the creamy one to the whole of my brow bone and then using the applicator I line the corner of my eyes nearest the nose with it to highlight. I then apply either the gold or bronze to the whole of my lid and then use the darker brown shade on the outer corner of my eyes and blend to create a smoky effect.
It gives eyes a real sparkle and looks great when it first goes on but there are two main problems I have come across when wearing this product. The first being that as with most cream eye shadows it does crease after a while all into the socket line which isn't a good look. Also, if you happen to brush past your eyes with your and it just slides straight off and smudges everywhere...a problem that I have never had with a powder shadow.
Despite these two faults, I do like the look that it gives when it is initially applied so if I am going out somewhere for only an hour or so I will still wear it. It just is not durable enough for say a days shopping or a night out.
All I can really say is that if you prefer using cream shadows then you might like this more than I do but it doesn't pass my test.
I would like to firstly point out that the boots in the picture above aren't the ones i suggested for this review but here is the address to the correct picture:
*Please note that I have had to post the above address with a space between "womens/" and "boots" as the link is over 80 characters long and it wouldn't let me post it in the review all in one go*
My husband bought them for me as a little surprise as I had been feeling a bit down and a new pair of shoes are a sure fire way to put a smile on my face. They come up to just below the knee and have a nice sized heel on them for comfort.
I usually stick to my Ugg boots as soon as the weather starts to turn cooler but this year I seem to be living in these boots. They are really comfortable and a great fit and they offer plenty of support while I'm out walking. I even wear them for a full days shopping and they don't hurt my feet and my feet are kept warm and dry even when it rains.
They are made from a faux leather material which is really realistic and are lined with a softer fabric material on the inside so you aren't going to be getting rubbed by them. I love the runched effect because it seems to go really well if you are wearing something relatively plain like leggings or skinny jeans and just makes the outfit more interesting. Also, the double buckle around the ankle area make them much more interesting and fashionable that just a plain old boot.
The toe on them is slightly rounded but still kept narrow so it is a nice compromise if you are more used to pointy toed boots but want be more on trend. I find that this is another feature that adds to their comfort as my toes have room to move. On the side that goes along your inner calf they have a zip that goes from the bottom of the boot to about two thirds up the leg so that they are easy to put on and there is none of the dreaded pulling trying to get your foot in.
They cost my husband £45 when he bought them for me but if I was buying them myself I would be happy to pay double that due to all the factor I have mentioned. I think they're brilliant and are definitely a staple item this year in my Autumn/Winter wardrobe.
One thing that is an absolute must for me when buying an antiperspirant is that it has to smell nice. I love my fragrances and so one that smells like talc powder is a big no-no. That is why the Sure Radiant collection caught my eye. The other factor is that it must do what it promises on the tin.
They come in a choice of a 150ml can or a 250ml can but I always feel that the larger cans work out at better value for money because you have to replace them less often and so the overall cost if you were to buy the smaller ones would work out a bit more. Also, the stores local to me all have a choice of two different fragrances and out of the two I definitely prefer the one that comes in a purple can as it is fragranced with Peach and Wild Raspberry scents which is lovely and my husband always comments on how nice I smell when I am wearing it. I found the one in the pink can was a bit of an over powering smell for me with its Jasmine and Apricot fragrances but that is probably just my extra sensitive sense of smell at the moment.
The information on the can promises long lasting 48hour protection and although I shower daily so have not literally put this to the test, it definitely keep you dry and smelling and feeling fresh for at least 24 hours. Although I am a bit too shower obsessed to test it for the full 48 hours, I think I have definitely put it to the test in other ways. I have a daughter who is coming up to 15 months old and so I am always on my feet chasing around after her whilst also keeping the house tidy, cooking in a hot kitchen, running errands and chasing my two energetic dogs around a huge field. Even when doing all of this in hot, sticky weather I have remained dry and smelling nice.
Another great thing about this product is that it has been dermatologically tested and contains 0% alcohol so if like me, you have sensitive skin this is a good option. It has never made my skin sore or irritated which is a rare find for me.
On the top of the can it states "No matter what you dare to do, Sure won't let you down." and so far, this bold statement has not been disproved by me.
I am of mixed opinions when it comes to St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse. I discovered it by chance surprisingly in a Home Bargain's store for the very low price of £2.95 so I gave it a go. While applying it the smell wasn't the best of all the brands of fake tan I have tried but nor was it the worst. However, once it has been on for a couple of hours it does develop that unpleasant biscuit like scent that I try my hardest to avoid so I was disappointed by this.
When applying, after the usual exfoliate/moisturise pre-tanning routine, I always use a tanning mitt to avoid turning my hands orange and the mousse did go on really well, it glides on and has a tint to it so you can see where to apply it evenly. One thing I emphasise is how important it is to shake the bottle well before you apply otherwise the mousse comes out separate from the tint and you end up with a dark brown liquid pouring everywhere.
I could see a difference in my skin colour straight after applying and this developed over the following 4 to 6 hours, and it does end up a really nice colour. It doesn't have the orange tint that some other brands have, it goes a lovely shade of brown.
One thing I don't quite understand about this product is that on the bottle it says "For best results apply in the morning and allow at least 4 to 6 hours for the tan to develop before showering .". The reason I say this is that I have always found that as soon as I jump in the shower after applying this, pretty much all of the colour washes off so to keep a nice shade I need to reapply the next morning too where as on the bottle it says "For mid tan, re-apply in 5 to 7 days" or "For dark tan, re-apply in 3 to 5 days". In my experience, if I was to wait this long before re-applying the tan would of completely worn off.
When it comes to how long the tan lasts, I can't really say that I am impressed. The bottle implies that it should last after at least one shower but it really doesn't on me unless I re-apply every day. Although it was very cheap, I would rather pay more for a tan that is going to last so I don't run out fast and me to have to keep buying more and in the long run, paying out more money.
Firstly, I am going to be very careful on what I say in this review as I don't want to risk ruining it for anybody who hasn't watched it yet.
Although I have loved every single one of the films with The Pirates of the Caribbean title, I was a little dubious as to what this one was going to be like because I had heard so many people say it was a let down. How glad am I that I decided to make a judgement for myself!
As is to be expected with any of The Pirates of the Caribbean films, you are taken straight into the action. There is no dragging it out where these films are concerned and this one was no exception...I was immediately glued to my television screen and this didn't change throughout the whole film.
This is only my opinion, but the reason I think for some people not enjoying this one as much as the previous three was the fact that two of the usual main characters, Orlando Blume and Kiera Knightly, were not in this one. I think that a lot of people find it hard to warm to new characters and if they have gotten to know the original characters previously, it can sort of instantly lower their enjoyment of the whole film. However, this was definitely not an issue for me.
I am going to keep it short before a slip of they keys gives any of the plot away but this is definitely one to watch. Even though it is a rather lengthy film at around two hours and twenty minutes, there is so much going on that the time flies by and when the film ended it felt like only a fraction of that time had passed.
I will definitely be watching this again and again, and would recommend anyone to watch it. If you, like me, have been told that it doesn't measure up to the other three, please, please give it a chance and judge for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
The first Sims games I ever played was The Sims 2 a few years ago and even though I am not a huge computer games fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this one so I jumped at the chance to go out and buy The Sims 3. I noticed a big difference between this version and older versions straight away. The graphics have been improved massively and I find that the game lay out on the whole is so much better. Even the amount of detail into your Sims background has taken a massive jump ahead of the older version. Where as you only used to be able to pick one trait for your Sim which would shape the whole way they would live there life, you can now choose a number of traits making it much more interesting and complex. You can also now choose a lifetime wish which if accomplished, you get 30,000 lifetime points.
Another new feature to the game is that your Sims now age so that they can grow from babies to elders and eventually pass away making the game much more realistic. Your Sim can marry, raise a family and travel about the town visiting different locations such as the beach, the supermarket, bistros and many other locations.
At the beginning of the game, you are only given a certain amount of "Simoleons", that's their currency, to set you up in a home so you can only really afford to buy one of the smaller houses. However, as you progress through your career and earn more money you can eventually afford to buy bigger and better homes and possessions. A good tip I have learnt from playing is that to make more money its best to have more than one working adult Sim in your household.
As with previous Sims games you still need to carry out certain tasks to develop various life skills such as cooking, repair and writing, etc, and this hasn't really changed much apart from the fact that if I remember correctly, there are now more skills than in previous versions.
I really like the fact that you can also buy into businesses around the town as a partner and still carry on working in your normal career. If you can afford to, you also get the opportunity to buy businesses straight out.
There is one very new feature to the game that I am still trying to fully work out...."Karma Points". From my limited understanding you earn these by completing Sims wishes and you are also awarded them every midnight. The points combined with completing challenges unlock various karma powers that can be good or bad. You might look at the good ones like I did, like the one that gives your Sim full everything, eg. Hunger, fun, hygiene, and think "Great". That is until midnight comes and to balance out the good karma I had claimed, I was dished out some bad karma that set my house on fire. It is quite amusing using the bad karma points on other unsuspecting Sims though.
I have only recently started playing the game so I am sure there is a lot more for me to discover but so far, I think it is great, yet addictive. In fact, so far the only grievance I have is that it does take a while to load up when moving between locations and this gets me really annoyed. Apart from that, I would definitely recommend The Sims 3 to anyone, especially those who have enjoyed playing older versions previously.
When in Tesco's doing my weekly food shop last week I spotted the Little Dish range in the chilled foods aisle. The first thing that caught my eye is the fun, attractive packaging but then I spotted that the box said that they are for 1-3 year olds and that made me want to know more.
I have never really seen any ready prepared foods aimed for babies and toddlers, apart from the boring, flavourless jars, but these looked like real adult meals just made especially for tiny tummies. They have a number of different meals in the range including:
Monty's Favourite Spaghetti and Meatballs
Chicken and Butternut Squash Pie
Salmon and Broccoli Pasta Bake
Mild Chicken Korma
Pasta with Cheese, Peas and Broccoli Trees
All of which are nutritionally tailored to be suitable for such young children. However, the one that really caught my eye was the Fish Pie. I slid the cardboard lid off to have a look and make sure it wasn't like the mushy, blended rubbish of baby jars and was amazed at the fact that it looked exactly like a real homemade meal would look.
I decided to buy just the one for my little girl to try because although it looked great, it was quite expensive at £2.65 per meal in my local Tesco's. I thought that would be better than buying a few and then her not liking them.
That evening I made it for her to have for her tea following the microwave instructions on the cardboard sleeve but found I had to leave it to cool for quite a while afterwards as it was far too hot for a young child (my daughter is 14 months old). Despite that initial little speed bump, it smelt amazing and I tried a spoonful myself. I was shocked at how nice it was, especially as all Little Dish meals are made with no added salt. Most of the time I find that any ready made baby food is extremely bland and so it made a refreshing change to find that there is finally something that tastes as good as a homemade meal for her.
When I gave my daughter her first mouthful she pulled an odd face and I thought "Oh no, She hates it" but then she let out the loudest "Mmmmmmmmmmmm!" I have ever heard. She absolutely loved it! The whole bowl was empty and she didn't even throw any at me like she usually does.
Although I do prefer to make most of her food from scratch so I know exactly what she is eating, I will definitely be trying the other meals in the range on them days when I'm just too busy to cook from scratch. They can be frozen so I will be getting a couple to keep in my freezer. I'll feel very comfortable giving her one of these occasionally because unlike other pre-prepared foods, there isn't a long list of strange ingredients in them. They are made from simple, healthy ingredients. Nice and simple.
My Mother-in-Law bought this quirky little toy for my little girl when she was 6 months old. Now the packaging for this toy states that it is for ages nine months to three years but my daughter still enjoyed playing with her new handbag. It has a number of great features that are both entertaining and educational, and it keeps my little princess good for a while which is definitely a bonus.
I'm sure it is playing with this toy that has taught my daughter how to answer the phone. It has a little green mobile phone that has it's own little pocket containing a little button that makes a ringing sound when the phone is removed. I used to pick it up and pretend to answer it and then pass it to my daughter, and now, whenever our house phone rings she picks it up and answers it which is both funny and a bit annoying when she hangs up on people.
There is also a little button near the top and when pressed a little MP3 player pops out and plays a choice of two songs. This prompts my daughter to have a little dance every time and she will sometimes sit there for a good half an hour pressing it over and over again. Another feature that plays another couple of songs is a little compact mirror that baby can flip open and closed. Now my daughter isn't so interested in the music that the mirror prompts as she is too busy giggling away at her reflection, as do most babies so this is another great feature. There is also a spin around feature that clicks as it goes around. There is a little plastic key and teddy bear attached to the handle but my daughter isn't really interested in these, she just likes the noisy bits.
A couple of other things I should mention is that the handle lights up when the songs are playing and there are four blocks on the front that can be spun around to make sounds and changes to different pictures. It also has two sound settings but be warned, the louder one is very loud!
If you are looking for a toy that can educate your child, then this is definitely a good one because it teaches hand-eye co-ordination, action and consequence, sounds and sight. The fact that it is suitable for nine moths to three years means that it is definitely a good investment as it will last them for a good couple of years as they find more and more new ways to play with it. It is also made from plastic so if it gets a bit dirty it is easy enough to wipe down with a cloth. It is maybe not something I would have thought to buy her myself but I am really glad someone else did as it really is brilliant. My daughter loves it and it very quickly became one of her favourite toys. Just be careful if, like my daughter, your child likes to throw things because with it being made from hard plastic, trust me, it hurts A LOT if it lands on your toe.
This Tesco Value toaster is worthy of the title value. Don't get me wrong, it isn't going to win any toaster of the year awards, but it does what it is supposed to at a very low price. It is a basic, white, two slice toaster with seven settings and an early pop up button. It also has a slide out crumb tray so it's pretty simple to clean out too. It isn't the most attractive toaster I have ever seen, it's pretty plain and it is a bit annoying if I want to make toast for my husband who has three or four slices at a time because I can't just get them all done in one go, but I cant really complain about that when it was so cheap. I got this about a year ago and have had no problems with how it works so far, it just plods along doing it's job morning after morning and only time will tell how long a life it has. For now, I see no reason to replace it for a pricier more technical toaster because like they say "If it ain't broken, don't fix it!"
I tried this when my daughter was having trouble settling at night as it claims to help baby drift off to sleep. I don't think it really made much of a difference to how easily I could get her to sleep but it is quite a pleasant product.
I pour a little bit under the running taps so that it makes some bubbles which my little girl loves and it has a lovely smell which is nice for both me and her. Due to already having poured some into her bath water I don't need to use any extra when giving her a wash down. I just dip her soft bath mitt into the water and gently rub the bubbles on her skin and this very gently lifts off any dirt, and my little girl just giggles away because the bubbles must tickle.
I find that pouring it into her bath water rather than putting it directly onto her skin helps it to last longer because that way I only need to use a little, and it also makes it easier and more gentle to get her nice and clean because she soaks in it whilst she plays with her bath toys.
I don't think this really works any miracles when it comes to bedtime so don't buy this expecting your baby to instantly sleep better, but it is a very nice, gentle product and in my experience, all the fun and playing with her toys in the bubbles is enough to tire my daughter out before bed time.
If you were to ask me "Should I open an account with Barclays Bank?" you would hear the words "No way!" pass my lips before you had even managed to finish your sentence. I had both a current and a savings account with them for about two year and had a nightmare with them.
I have had so many bad experiences with them that if I was to list them all I would be here all day so I'll start with the last few months of me having my accounts with them. I went to draw some money out of the cash point one day and check my balance and for some reason I was overdrawn by about a hundred and fifty pounds, strange seeing as I had been paid that day and I don't have an overdraft facility anyway. On discovering this I went into branch where they told me the money had been ear-marked by a loan company but had not left my account yet. I will state at this point that I had taken out no loans and never have. When I told them that I had never heard of the company they said all that I could do was call and speak to their fraud team which I thought was fair enough.
After this, I asked them if seeing as the money hadn't left my account could they stop the payment and give me my money. They got quite rude towards me at this point and refused to do it. They said that they had to wait until the money had left my account and they would then claim it back. I was extremely shocked, upset and angry at this point as I just could not see the sense in it. Why not stop the money going while it was still in my account rather than wait for it to go to the company? It was a Friday as well and so if I was to wait for this then I would be stuck until at least Monday and my daughter needed nappies and we had no food in the house as it was our shopping day. They just didn't care and I left the bank having gotten nowhere.
As soon as I got home I got on the phone to them and got fobbed off again so I decided to get them to speak to my husband. After 3 hours of phone call after phone call we finally got the money put back in but they stated that the company could claim it again and I basically couldn't do anything about it. They did and again the bank refused to put the money back even though I had reported this company to their fraud team.
A week or so later I got a letter in the post from Barclays saying that they were closing my account so I should withdraw all my money before the end of the month. The letter gave no reason and even when I phoned them, they wouldn't give me an explanation. By this point I had had enough and went to withdraw all my money but at the cash point it swallowed both my debit card and savings account card, so yet again, into the bank I went.
The girl at the desk was the same one that I had seen previously and when she saw me waiting, rather than the usual "Who's next please?" she gave me a filthy look and shrugged her shoulders at me in a very rude manner. Yet again, they wouldn't let me withdraw my money. They said they were keeping it to cover the overdraft that the loan company had caused. At this I asked to see the manager, who after I threatened to get the police involved gave me my money, but said I would still be liable for the overdraft whether it was my fault or not.
I left the bank thinking that the fraud team would sort this mess out and opened an account elsewhere to get my money paid into, which all went smoothly. However, I had a bit of trouble with getting my new bank details to working tax credits and unbeknown to me, they continued paying into this Barclays account for a number of weeks and Barclays again, refused point blank to give me the money back. This time however, I didn't manage to get it so that money has been lost. Thankfully after this, tax credits started paying into the correct account so I didn't loose anymore money.
My whole experience with Barclays has left me doubting banks altogether and feeling that there is no real protection for those of us that are unfortunate enough to be victims of fraud.
I just wish I could give a zero star rating.
Well, where do I start with Tesco Value baby wipes? Well, to cut a very long story short, I had to buy these for my daughter one week when we had far too many bills to pay and next to no money left over. In the Tesco's by me they are only 18p a pack and at that point I had no choice but to try them. I usual use a boots make or the more expensive Tesco baby ones which are brilliant. However, to say the value wipe were disappointing would be an understatement.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the packet was the horrible chemical smell of the wipes. They smelt to me more like nail polish remover wipes than something that is intended for use on babies. Also, when I pulled one out of the pack I noticed not only how thin they are, but how dry they are. There was barely any moisture at all and it took quite a few to do the job that only one of my usual brands wipes would do and they were just falling apart due to being so thin. I also found that they made my daughter's skin go quite red and sore looking, which is not a usual occurrence for her. I think it must have been due to the poor quality and the fact that I had to use so many in one go.
Usually, a packet of baby wipes will last me for nearly a week, sometimes longer, but these were gone within two days. This wasn't down to changing more nappies or cleaning up more sticky hands, it was because I had to use so many for each clean. In short, although these are very cheap and were affordable when I found myself short, I would not call them value. More like cheap and nasty. To me the word value implies that something is giving you a good saving for something that does the job it is supposed to at an acceptable level. These just didn't cut it.
I have used this pocket sized multitasked for years! I mainly use it as a lip balm as it is great for protecting lips against both hot and cold weather, so no chapped lips for me, but it is also great for brushing onto eyelashes to make them really soft, as a barrier to protect your hands if they are in and out of water a lot and I also use it on my cuticles occasionally overnight to soften them. Another good little tip I have discovered is that it is great for holding eyebrows in a nice groomed shape...I just brush it on with an eyebrow brush and I'm good to go. Also, I have quite a wide collection of those glitter dust eye shadows but found that they would always end up dropping glitter all down my face so I experimented one night with popping on some Vaseline on my eyelids in the shape I wanted my eye shadow to follow and then dabbed on the glitter dust over the Vaseline with a brush. I was very happy when I got in from a night out that all the glitter was still in place and looked more vibrant than ever. My husband works as a chef and after a particularly busy shift, his chef jacket had rubbed all under his arm red raw and it was so sore that he didn't know how he was going to be able to stand his next shift. I suggested he took one of my pocket sized Vaseline pots to work with him and keep smearing it generously over the sore area in the hope that rather than rub his skin more, his jacket would just slide over the Vaseline. Did it help him? Well put it this way...I have never been given that pot back, he takes it to work every day just in case. I could go on forever about the different ways you can use this versatile product because there are just so many (mixing a bit of your favourite lipstick in with a half used pot of this is another tip, it gives you a lovely tinted lip gloss). It also comes in a few variations- there's the original, one containing aloe vera, one containing cocoa butter, one with sun protection, and of course my favourite, one with rose. It gives an ever so slight pink shine to my lips. At such a great value price, I think ever pocket should have one of these little beauties in it...I know I am never without mine.
My daughter was born in July 2010 so one of the first things I bought in preparation for her birth was a child friendly, high factor sun cream to protect her delicate skin. At the time this particular sun cream was part of an offer where you could buy three items from the summer skincare range for £9 and so I though "Why not try it?" and I'm glad I did.
The first thing you will notice is the colourful, fun packaging, but there is so much more to it than that. This SPF 50 sun cream has a beautiful fruity smell unlike some I have tried that just have a nasty chemical smell, and it had a lovely creamy texture and so a little bit goes a long way. My little girl absolutely loves me rubbing this onto her skin and looks amazed when this white cream "vanishes" when I rub it in. All through the warm weather I applied this to her skin and she has never been caught by the sun, not once, so it definitely offers very high quality skin protection so you can feel safe in the knowledge that your little one will not get burnt. It protects against UVA and UVB so it is excellent.
I always apply it at least half an hour before I take her out and reapply it every couple of hours after that and I still have over half a tube of it left and this summer was my second year using it so it is very good value for money. As with most skincare products, it does have a shelf life once opened, but this is for 24 months so if I don't need it again this year, it will still last until next summer so it is not being wasted.
My Mother-in-Law bought this for my little girl when she was around 7 months old and it has had a lot of use since then. The first thing that I noticed about it was not only the attractive modern design on the seat cover which is suitable for either a boy or a girl so will last you if you go on to have other children, but the fact that the seat cover is padded for comfort and is wipe clean and can be removed if you need to give it a really good wash down. I am not sure if you are supposed to but I have put mine in the washing machine along with the harness when it has got a bit too grubby and it came out looking brand new. The harness itself is a 5 point one so you can rest assured that your baby is safe and secure whilst in the highchair and the tray can be easily adjusted to move closer to your baby while they are eating and moved further away to make lifting them out easier. The actual seat can also be easily reclined to three different positions for baby's comfort which I have found to be a great feature as it means when my daughter (now 14 months old) is eating I have it in the upright position, if she just wants to chill out with some milk I recline it slightly, and on the odd occasion that she has fallen asleep in it, I reclined it so that she was nearly in a lie down position.
The highchair as a whole is quite light and easy for me to lift and it is rare for me to find something like this as I am very petite and not exactly the strongest person in the world. It has I bar across the front so that when baby is a bit bigger, they will have somewhere comfortable to rest their feet and the storage basket underneath is very handy. I tend to use it to pop nappies/wipes, etc so that they aren't lying around and spilling out of the packets.
The one problem I have with this highchair is that I can't work out how to collapse it down for storage so if we have stayed anywhere overnight I have had to leave it at home. This is more my own fault though as I lost the instructions manual and I'm sure it is actually quite simple to do.