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When I'm let into a book shop (especially one the size of Borders) I go mental with happiness and tend to pick up tens of books... I just can't help myself! As well as the store has loads of aisles of books and books and books, you get to shop to the smell of great Starbucks coffee. You can't really ask much more than that.
My favourite buys within the book are generally my favourite quirky author's which don't seem to be on sale at the average WHSmiths. They aren't the cheapest prices around, especially compared to online prices, but they're decent enough. That's one great aspect about the stores: they're huge. This means that they sell so much within various ranges and you can't probably find just what you're looking for in the gigantic stores.
As they are so large stores you can't really find them in your average town/city centre. This means you typically find them on industrial shopping parks. Great if you have a car, not so great if you're like me and can't drive. Still, going there as opposed to the city centre for shopping is generally worth it as you find a lot other stores and eating places too. And, of course, there's Borders!
And in regards to prices on the whole, I'd say that Borders is just that little bit cheaper than the likes of Waterstones and WHSmiths. They also have some random really cheap ranges in terms of some classic books. I've been able to buy all of Jane Austen's books for a £1 a piece there.
As I mentioned at the start of the review, my local Borders at least has a starbucks right inside it, on the first floor. Although I may be a big fan of Starbucks I'm not a huge fan of the prices there. So it's definitely OK for a treat to sit down in Borders and grab a good drink, but it doesn't really fit into my Border's cheap budget buys.
This website is designed to enable lottery players to set up their numbers online, have them automatically re entered each week and all together make life so much easier for them.
On the website you can play all the same games as you can while when you enter the usual way at a shop. These obviously include the normal lotto, thunderball, hotpicks, dream number, daily play and even euromillions. For me there's a massive convenience to all of that as I no longer have to rush out or make sure I go shopping on Saturday in order to put my numbers on (because if I don't and they come up I'd never forgive myself). And it's a much quicker job playing online, once you've set your account up and everything.
The registration was a little frustrating but only time consuming in terms of one thing: they wouldn't except my password choices. It took me forever to get one which they accept, but, after that it was a pretty easy, standard concept.
Once you've registered you can't just play a game or a series of games and pay for them. The process is a tad more annoying and you must place so much money from your bank account into your account on the website and just play with that amount. Puting the money into that account is quite straight forward and not time consuming. But make sure you don't put too much money in either.
You can just use the website without playing on there in the first place to just check the results of the games, which is a pretty straight forward process and takes about two clicks. When you choose to play online you don't even have to check them, the site checks it for you, and just emails you if you do win. And there's no potential problem in regards to losing your ticket.
Nivea has its own range of sun protection and this is its spray variety with SPF 20. Don't take SPF that seriously though or mither about getting the highest one, it doesn't provide more protection really, just longer.
These days sun cream is very expensive, even in supermarkets like Asda or Tesco. I got this for around £6 I think which is a great deal in comparison to a lot of other brands and even the price available at Amazon. But if you shop around enough you'll find great 2 for 1 deals to save yourself even more money.
With a spray nossle its ease of use is really increased and the mess it leaves is really decreased. The spray nossle allows you to directly apply it to your skin without having to get mess on your hands. And the nossle and the design of the bottle also helps to get hard to reach areas like the back of your legs too. Sadly it's not quite perfect for reaching your own back so you still have to have someone else do that for you.
When you spray it onto your skin you end up with a general spritze of sun cream on your skin, just the right amount. It isn't greasy or sticky and seems to be the perfect texture on your skin which is easily absorbed into my skin without leaving white patches or a horrid greasy streak or anything.
As you can see from the picture the bottle is full off ridges on either side which is perfect for my grip. This is a slightly helpful factor with the bottle but not really necessary. It would be more helpful if it was a normal squeeze bottle and getting sun cream on it meant that you required more grip. But really isn't an unnecessary extra on this bottle.
When it comes to saving money you tend to buy it bulk, but this may not be something you want to do with sun cream. As it does have a use by date of about a year in order to actually save yourself money you shouldn't buy too much at one. For a summer (and the minor sunny days surrounding) I find that this size bottle is the perfect purchase for one. It may not be great as a family, but for any adult I'd definitely recommend this spray.
My current partner is mad about playing tennis so I like to play the 'good' girlfriend and play tennis with him on a regular basis, regardless of the fact that I'm awful and have at this minute only played tennis four times before in my life. When I've played in the past I've been annoyingly stuck with his reject old racket which was too heavy and with a grip which is too hard. So I went down to JJB and kind of bought myself the cutest racquet I could find. Wasn't the best selective technique I've ever used but the racquet still does the job.
In terms of sizes this racket is 240g in weight (which is quite light for a racquet), the headsize is 680cm(^2) and the length is 635mm. I'm not entirely sure on the grip size though, in terms I don't understand, I'm pretty sure it's 3(7/8). Anyway, the length and weight and headsize have all been pretty great and standard for me, but I'm really no expert. Maybe I could do with a slightly heavier racket if I continued to improve and play more, but this one is certainly fine for now.
The racket costs me about £21 from JJB. Probably the standard for a racket at most places. And given the amount I've used it since it's been pretty good value for money. In terms of whether or not a racquet is worth paying for I think that's the only measure you can use. It may be worth paying loads more for a racquet if you are going to get a lot of use out of it.
I love this racket and love playing Tennis with it. My game immediately improved upon its purchase and it's very comfortable to play with, especially in relation to the grip size.
Just as a side note about buying Tennis Rackets. Last week I went to the Sports World store at Deepdale in Preston and it seemed to be having a massive sale so I'd definitely recommend getting down there for a cheap but great tennis racket. My partner got a really great racket for £30, reduced from £120.
Want a drink we the taste but a cheaper price of Red Bull? This is definitely the drink for you!
Like I said, the taste of this drink seems to perfectly mirror that of Red Bull, though I'm sure an expert might be able to pin point a few small differences. If you like the taste of Red Bull like me you'll then love the taste of Kick. But if you hate it and are looking for an alternat flavour in a stimulation drink then definitely stay away from this one.
You can pick up a standard can (like the size of a Red Bull one) for 34p, so much cheaper than the £1 plus you'd have to pay for Red Bull. For a 1 litre bottle you only have to pay 86p, still cheaper than a stnadard Red Bull can.
In terms of whether it works as a stimulation drink I'd have to say yes, just as well as any other. It's never necessarily given me a big boost of energy but it's certainly helped to keep me awake for longer.
Oh, and it comes in a diet range too.
I'm a cheap cheap student so I frequently find myself nipping down to Tesco during my free periods at Sixth Form and buying myself a great cheap bar of Tesco chocolate. I may not absolutely love the chocolate, but I love the difference in price from Tesco bars to other brand bars.
The milk chocolate bar is far from my favourite tasting chocolate bar on the market and certainly fails to match up to the likes of Cadburys and Galaxy. But it's certainly good for the price and not a disgusting taste.
You can by a Tesco's milk chocolate bar for just under 30p. Making them excellent value for money and just under a £1 cheap than other branded chocolate bars (but bare in mind that those bars are usually a bit bigger). That saving is great for a poor student like me and makes Tesco's chocolate bar affordable and something I can buy on a regular basis, where as bars like Cadbury's have to be treats because of their much higher prices.
You can usually pick up a white Tesco chocolate bar for a little more than milk, at just under 50p, but it does taste better than the milk in comparison to other brands. It has much more of a creamy soft taste to it which you expect from white chocolate. This is probably the best alternative to a branded chocolate you're going to find at a decent price.
I'm sorry but I'm not a fan of dark chocolate at all so I can't fairly comment on it within this range.
I am definitely not a fan of condoms. I really hate just the feel of them and have avoiding them quite successfully for the most point(through only having sex within my stable relationship).
The supply of condoms which I do have comes from my local youth clinic in a sort of bundle and selection of lots of different Durex ones. Mostly I get a lot of pink ones which are the Pleasuremax. A lot of my friends love these condoms and say they're the best for their pleasure so I thought I'd try one... and I hated it!
These condoms are supposidly pleasuremax because they are ribbed up until a certain point then the condom has bubbles. This means that during intercourse there is more pleasure from that comes from feeling the ridges on the condom. But that is the aspect which I really don't like. For me sex should be sex and any ridges or bobbles just takes away from that. When personally using these condoms I can really feel the ridges etc and I hate then thinking about it during intercourse.
As I really don't like these condoms (no matter how much I know others love them) I can't possibly just recommend them. For someone like me who likes their condoms old fashioned and plain stick to just that, for others who need a little more, I guess you might as well as try these all the same, possibly buying them in a multi pack and not jsut a whole pleasuremax pack.
The best thing about walking into this store (as a child or adult) is how truly it feels like walking straight into a wonderland. Toys and games and sporting equipments and teddies and dolls and everything all piled high on every aisle of this huge store. At 18 I love walking through it and just looking at all the great things all around me, so I can only imagine how great it would be to let a child lose in there, truly a dream come dream.
As I mentioned the range within the stores are huge and really impressive. You find a whole gigantic aisle of board games and another with loads of technology, and another with just a range of barbies. Really, the choice available in these stores in amazing. As well as selling everything you'd expect from a toy store it sells so much more!
My original opinion of the store is that the prices would actually be very steep but I was definitely worong. Granted they're not bargain basement prices but they're certainly pretty decent and good value for money. And if you searched enough, you can definitely find a few bargains to be had in the store.
I'm not entirely sure about my opinion of the service in store. In terms of the staff at the checkout they're really great and professional. But walking around the store you don't really find many of them around to ask for help in choosing something, or for short people like me, getting an item from a very top shelf.
Because of the typical size of the stores you only really find them on industrial shopping parks. This can mean it's not very convenient to a lot of shoppers who can only get to the highstreet and only typically shop there. But if can get to one of these park it can actually prove to be convenient for you as they usually have loads of other stores and eating facilities.
Within stores you can now find a baby range mostly of accessories and furniture for babies. This is named BabiesRUs and it has a big range of everything you'd need to get your house ready for a new baby. Maybe not at bargain prices but at decent, affordable prices. And they have some really cute things.
This was my favourite purchase from Avon. Didn't cost much, it's an essential item anyway, and it's now a must have in my bathroom.
As of late I've been experiencing problems with my hair getting greasy just 12-24 hours after I'd originally washed it and there was no reason for it and I could only really correlation it with my use of the new herbal essences range. Using this shampoo has taken that entire problem away. My hair really looks healthier for longer and certainly not greasy straight away, which is a God send because I'm quite nurotic about the way my hair looks.
The shampoo has a claim that it builds texture and body and volume to your hair and if I'm assuming correctly what all three of those are in relation to my hair it definitely gives results! Especially when I blow dry my hair I find volume in it which really manages to last. In terms of texture and body the shampoo seems to have given my hair more texture and doesn't look limp or anything, which really adds to the look of volume produced.
The shampoo cost me £1.30 from Avon. A really decent price for great shampoo and given the size of the bottle great value for money. And the great results I've experienced add to the great value for money I've had with this product. £1.30 well spent.
Obviously I've had great results with this shampoo so I have to give the purchase five stars and definitely recommend buying it to others.
Seriously, this stuff burns! ...and it's nice to see on this site that I'm not the only one who believes that.
I wouldn't necessarily label myself as an 'avid' user of lubricant but I've certainly tried a few different types and on a regular basis, and so when I label this one as the worse it means something.
As I've mentioned the feeling I've gotten from using this lubricant is just a burn, certainly not a 'tingle' and certainly not any added pleasure. Using this lubricant actually then made sex pretty much off the cards when we originally used it as applying it just led to a general burning feeling which was so uncomfortable things had to be interrupted so it could be immediately washed off.
You can usually find this product in stores like boots or supermarkets for around £4/5, or cheap if you get tingle lubricant but Boot's own. For the amount you get within the tube I definitely think that it is good value for money and that the price isn't too steep, usually exactly the same as any other type of lubricant on the market.
Using this product really couldn't be any easier. It's just a quick pump action to retrieve the lubricant from the bottle. Simple as.
An annoying aspect of any lubricant (including this one) is the mess. Applying it can leave loads of mess on your hands which needs to be wipped off right in the middle of things and it can sometimes leave a mess afterwards too.
Personally if you just want lubricant I'd just recommend either KY jelly or boots own. They have to scent and no fancy extras and just do the job. If you want something extra go for a scented lubricant (Ann Summers have loads) or Durex 2 in 1 gel. But I can't recommend you to stay away from this product enough!
This travel water bottle essentially a water bottle and a tray which acts as a water bowl for the dog. It's attached for ease of use and mine has an attachment on top of it too so it can just fix onto your belt for more ease. Though I've found this to be a bit bulky on my hip and I prefer to just carry it in a bag anyway. To use this all you need to do is fill the water bottle up and screw it back on to the attachment. When you want to use it just lift it facing the tray and squeeze water into the tray for the dog to then drink.
I think I recall picking this thing up for just under £4. It may not seem like the best deal in the world for what is essentially a plastic bottle and try, but I've gotten a lot of use out of it and so I've definitely had my money's worth.
I've only experience using this product with a Westie so it's hard to estimate whether or not it will hold enough water for the average dog on a log walk of quite a few hours.
A problem you may anticipate with this product as it does contain water is that it could leak, especially since it has a easy simple pour out function. I've never personally experienced any leakages from the product and therefore nor mess either. And on that note I haven't experienced any problems with the product in terms of it breaking and the plastic cracking.
The alternative to this product is just carrying a separate bottle and water bowl which would save you money. But I honestly believe this is worth buying and using as it's much easier to use, less bulky and all compact.
I don't have the biggest dog ever, she's just a Westie, but boy does she like to pull. Given that I easily overpower her I find that when she does pull she ultimately strangles herself a little every time she goes too far. I've found this harness to be the solution to this problem and only for the price of a conventional lead.
It's far from the easier thing to get on any dog though, nevermind one which fidgits and moves around so much excitedly when she thinks she's going for a walk. You have to hook it round the dog's neck in a certain way and clip the sides together and doing it right does take some practice. It's not too hard to put on after a while but it's certainly more work than you're average collar. Then you clip the lead to the harness and use it as normal.
I've found that this harness works perfectly well for what it is intended to do: stop the dog pulling and strangling itself on the lead. It seems comfy enough to sit on the dog and the lead no longer just pulls on just one part of the dog's body.
I'd definitely recommend this product to any other dog owners who are experiencing the same problem, it's been a great help!
Nightlife is an add on pack for Sims 2 which moves your gmeplay along to a new neighbourhood and a host of other great, fun things.
The biggest additions to your Sims 2 game which comes with this addition pack is a new neighbourhood: downtown. It's very much like the downtown you might have experienced with an add on for the original sims in terms of what you'll find down there, but it's now more sophisticated, works better, and has lots more.
The interaction between your sims is stepped up another level with this game and there are now easier ways to detect who is 'right' for your sim and getting them together and developing a good relationship between them is a whole lot easier too! This certainly has made my life easier during gameplay.
When it comes to playing Sims I'm a bit of a house building nut and I love to build up my own neighbourhood with various types of houses. This came managed to appease that too by introduced a new style of ready made of house and provides lots more for me to import into my neighbourhood.
Personally I belive that this game is definitely worth buying and adding to your Sims 2 games. You get to experience your sims in a whole new environment in a new environemnt where they can meet new sims, really mingle and make friends, and have fun elsewhere. Definitely a well used sims add on.
This foundation is a two part foundation designed to give flawless coverage and apparently give coverage for up to 12 hours. I've only personally experienced one of those claims.
The foundation is fairly easy to use. The applicator it's just a simple pump action which usually releases the foundation half and the white half. You then just apply it to your face as simply as any other foundation.
I've loved the effect this foundation leaves. It doesn't result in a too shiny appearance and actually does give me a perfectly flawless and yet natural look.
To be honest I've never noticed this foundation 'staying' on my face any longer than any other foundation I've ever owned. The colour on my face stayed pretty much the same in shade for the first 2/3 hours after application and just gentally faded from there, really no different from any other foundation which doesn't have a 'superstay' claim.
This is just another branded cosmetic product which is priced pretty standardly at around £8, just about the same as all other branded foundations you'll find on the same aisle.
My main problem with this product was sort of the same and the opposite at the start of using it and at the end. When I start using it obviously using the pump function the only product I got out was the white liquid which is useless for me as foundation and therefore as wasted. Towards the end of using the product I obviously ended up just pumping up the darker, shaded liquid. When applying just this to my face (as it was the only foundation I had left) this was thick and gloopy and way too dark for my face. So once again I'm left with part of my product to waste. But this was a minor problem and I was personally able to look past it to buy this product for a second time.
With the size of the brush and applicator this mascara is just as easy to use as any other on the bulk of your lashes. But as the end of the applicator on this brush you get a thin pointed tip. This tip makes reaching your lashes in the corner of your eye much easier than many other brushes on the market and helps to stop getting mascara on your skin when you apply it.
The mascara tube in designed inside that it takes off the black clumps on the brush. No clumps on the brush has lead to no lumps on my lashes, which the great result you expect from a mascara which advertises itself as such.
As much as this mascara is great for separating your lashes it's really rubbish for adding volume and length to your lashes in my opinion. For me this mascara has just left my lashes slightly darker and thicker than they are normally.
I recall buying this mascara originally from Superdrug for about £6 as I think it was on offer at the time. This price is pretty standard for mascaras and even though I wasn't completely satisfied with the product I still think it was worth the money.
For volume and length I can't possibly recommend this mascara, but if you just want great looking lashes for a regular day look than go for it and buy this mascara!