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I received this mascara free when I was at a "girls day out event" in Glasgow. We got a free Boots gift bag for buying the ticket for the event and this was one of the products in it.
You can only buy this product in boots as it is exclusive to boots. It comes in one size which is a 7ml tube which isn't very much for mascara and you can find mascaras cheaper which have more in them.
You you remove the brush, you notice that the brush is very week. There are some tiny plastic frizzles coming down in straight lines and it isn't particularly the best brush you can buy. The colour which I was given was black and as far as I'm aware this is the only colour it is available in.
I find that most of the mascara gets caught at the top end of the brush, the part that has no frizzles on it and is basically useless. This part of the brush always swipes the inside of my eye which is very annoying as it means I have reapply my foundation because of it.
When applying the mascara, you have to press down quite hard on the brush as the frizzles are very tightly packed and it's hard to squeeze your lashes through them. I much prefer a fluffy brush and because the frizzles don't continue right down to the end of the brush, you are unable to catch the corners of your lashes.
After applying it, I noticed that it did stick a lot of my lashes together. There seemed to be massive gaps in my lashes and it did look very silly. The length did appear slightly longer although I wasn't magnificently impressed by it and I've seen a lot better for a lot cheaper brands of make-up.
The mascara is useless for bottom lashes so don't try it, it will just get all over your face and it will become an absolute mess. I also noticed that the mascara takes ages to "dry", so try not to touch your eyelashes for about five minutes after you apply it.
The mascara is in no way waterproof so if you manage to get caught in the rain - prepare for panda eyes! I put this on in the morning and it did last me all day so I do have to say it is very durable and will last quite long provided you don't get caught in any water. Although with the look this mascara gives you, you probably won't want it to last all day.
You can buy it for £12 in Boots and I think that's a ridiculous price as you can get much better mascaras for this price and from cheaper brands too!
We had a constant struggle for a while to get Noah to brush his teeth. He doesn't like the taste of toothpaste, he doesn't like the feeling of the brush, and when I beg him to brush his teeth, he comes downstairs and lies that he done it. We tried getting a better cherry flavoured toothpaste but the dentist said he was too old for that kind of stuff now and needed to use proper fluoride toothpaste.
We bought this for £7 from Instore and we thought it was a really good deal. Noah took to it, picked it up, and looked at it in the shops (usually his hint that he wants me to buy him it) and seemed to take an interest. I was absolutely gobsmacked that the took to a toothbrush and we were actually beginning to think he had a phobia of them.
The brush has a Spiderman logo on it and it looks very child friendly. It is a great idea to get kids to brush their teeth as the excuse "do you not want to try your new super cool toothbrush?", usually works a treat. For the first few days he was very keen on using his new toothbrush, it almost made me cry to think he was away brushing his teeth and I didn't need to convince him to do it or bribe him.
The brush has one bit that swirls round and the bottom half of the brush is just like a normal toothbrush. This is great as it ensures all his teeth are brushed. I think this brush is a little too big boys as he has started to gets cuts in his gum, and he had to take him to the dentist to see about the possibility of gum disease. Thankfully, it was just the brush was a bit too big for his baby teeth.
The second we clicked the button to switch it on, Noah was mesmerised by the drilling sound as wobbling of the brush. He laughed nervously at the new and cool toothbrush but he took straight too it. Many of you will know Noah is disabled (mentally for the most part) and therefore had bad speech, but when he wanted his teeth brushed he makes a drilling/aeroplane noise, whilst moving his hand over his teeth and laughs. I think it's amazing that he wants to brush his teeth just to feel the vibration of it.
I have to say the brush is a bit big and bulky, and with Noah being so slow and having a body much smaller for his age, he does get a bit frustrated when his hand is too small to (comfortably) fit around the brush.
The brush does go pretty fast, and with him having such a small mouth, I thought there should be a much slower rotation, and sometimes the speed does blow him away a little bit.
The doctor said we should change toothbrushes every 3 months, so it would help if you could buy replacement heads for it and it was too expensive to keep buying over and over again. You are given batteries with it, which is great as they last the whole three months no problem. They may not last longer than that, but you shouldn't keep a brush longer than that.
Overall, a fun and child friendly brush that gets them into the swing of brushing.
As a student and also a mother of four children, I am constantly looking for cheaper solutions to suit my busy lifestyle. It is very hard in the morning for me getting the kids ready for school, especially when the only thing the kids will eat is toast and Nutella for breakfast. I always hated my old toaster because it only cooked two slices at a time. And, of course, with me having the hungriest kids in the world, they want two slices teach and nothing else. I also hated my old toaster as it was white which did not clash with my kitchen and it was so slow. I thought it was definitely time for a new toaster, and for the first time ever in my life, I bought a product after reading it on Dooyoo (I'm so proud of myself).
I actually went to buy this, then I realised it was the wrong one from what I read on Dooyoo. So I had to take it back quite embarrassed and ask for a new one. I thought it was at a fantastic price of £20, and it is basically two toasters in one.
The toaster is a lovely silver colour that looks modern and goes with most kitchens. It is stainless steel as you can figure by the name and looks very expensive in my opinion. It has a black area around on it where it has the heat control and the little leaver which are grey. I have had people complimenting on my toaster since I bought it, and they have been very shocked to hear it is Tesco's own brand.
Each of the little bread bits (sorry for not speaking high-tech) is pretty wide meaning it can handle most types of bread from thin to thick. There is two controllers which is great as Kayeligh likes her toast as white as a ghost and Noah won't accept his unless it's black and the smoke alarm has been set off. There are two controllers and you can change the heat from 1 - 7. You also have a defrost option and reheat options which as a busy person I haven't really bothered with but it's great if you like to freeze your bread or else your kids take too long to come and get their toast and it goes cold.
I'm a clean freak and you'll be glad to know this doesn't actually need much cleaning. The stainless steel never usually lets materials stick to it very much so you don't need to clean it that often. There is also a crumb tray which really does most of the work for you, I never find that the inside gets dirty at all which is a huge bonus as I have enough of a house to clean without scrubbing the inside of toasters.
I think this is a great toaster that fits people with busy lifestyles like me and especially houses with lots of kids. There is a variety of options that allows you to do more with the toaster than just your usual such as defrost and reheat and these sort of ideas are what people like me need. It is also suited for students who live on the income of part-time jobs and therefore don't have much money, priced at only £20 I think it's a great investment and I definitely recommend it.
Since I started my periods at 12, I have been getting the very heavy ever since. When I turned 16, it became even worse and sometimes I would find myself rolling the floor crying at the pain of my periods. For any men reading this, period pains are those awful cramps that we get once a month in the womb because we are woman are you must just get it too easy. My period pains were much different from other girls because they would just give a whine and a moan. Wheras, I would actually start screaming in the middle of the classroom because my muscles were tightening to the extent that I could not longer handle it.
I used to take paracetamol upon paracetamol and nothing would ease the pain. I even tried placing a hot water bottle on my stomach, running around in a circle, massaging the area, and nothing I did worked. It become so bad that I used to take 5 days off school every month because I just couldn't walk with the level of pain I had.
Like very many woman, as soon as I turned old enough, I started taking contraception. For most people this would have been 16, but I managed to get put on them at 14 because I had parental permission and the doctors were aware of my inability to cope with the pain. This allowed me to get through my few years of GCSE's and A-levels and my important years that these pains would have effected. I then came off the pill due to religious reasons.
I have only been on feminax for about a year because I don't think it was available before then. I think they are fairly reasonably priced at £4 for a large pack of 16. This can last you maybe two periods depending on how bad the pain in.
I usually take two when the pain starts to get really bad. I don't like to take them too often as I need to get used to pain as I am constantly trying for children and need to prepare for childbirth. But if it becomes out of control I take two.
The tablets are small which is great as I find it very difficult to swallow tablets and I hate the feeling of it. I also need to keep the tablets in my mouth for a while before swallowing them, so it's great that it does have a powdery texture and it doesn't crumble up in your mouth, giving you a horrible aftertaste.
How effective is it?
Well when I take them when I have very sore cramps, it doesn't take away the pain, it only changes it from a severe pain to a moderate pain. It is very good at combating mild cramps and it helps you get on with your day when you have them. Although the tablets are nowhere near strong enough to target very severe pain in the way that I would like to. However, the tablets are a lot more effective than paracetamol and I'm glad that I gave them a shot.
For me Feminax Express was not combating the pain in a way that I would have needed. I am not using Feminax Ultra and it really helps target the strong pains that I have, and it is much more effective. I now no longer use feminax Express but I always keep some in my cupboard just incase.
I am very prone to getting ill in the winter and my biggest problem is chesty coughs. I hate when I am sitting in public and suddenly you hear by ugly, chesty cough and everyone looks at me as if I smoke too much. I had a lot of lung and chest problems when I was younger, and this is what causes me to catch colds and flu way too easily. I am entitled to a free Flu jab because of my chest condition, but I am so scared of needles that I couldn't put myself through it. I normally wouldn't have picked up an own-brand medicine, but I was going through such a hard time financially, I decided to buy a cheap one until I could get to he doctors.
You can buy the medicine in a 300ml bottle for £2 which is very cheap and can last you a whole winter. This is very good considering you can pay up to £5 for a cough medicine and they all do the exact same job anyway so there's no point dishing out for an expensive one when you can just buy a perfectly good own brand. You can take this medicine fairly often, although you can not give it to children under 12 years old.
I took a 5 ml spoonful twice a day when I felt my cough was getting pretty bad. I poured out two table spoonfuls when I took my dose as I don't actually have any measuring spoons in my house. The medicine is easy to pour as it is a brown coca-cola colour medicine and it is a very thick consistency. This means that you don't have to slowly move the spoon to your mouth without wobbling and spilling it everywhere like what happens with come medicines. It isn't a sticky medicine either which means if you do dribble a bit on your skin, t is easy to clean off.
The taste is absolutely vile and it gives you that awful shiver down your back when you take it, making the experience extremely unpleasent. When you first put it in your mouth you can't taste very much, but when you swallow it and it touches the back of your tongue you actually want to shiver and be sick. I always end up taking a huge gulp of coke after taking this medicine as the taste is just unbearable. It is supposed to be a fruity taste, but it isn't it's just a strange, strong, mediciney taste that is hard to explain.
Despite being an awful taste, the medicine really does work. I took this for three days and my chesty cough that I had for three weeks had turned into just tiny little coughs now and then. It felt really great when taking it and you could feel all the mucus being dragged down with it into your stomach, making your throat and chest feel clear again. Once I did cough this back up because I took it at a bad time, but apart from that I've never had an issue and this has helped me get through quite a few good coughs.
I always took it before I went to bed and I managed to sleep through the night without coughing and waking everyone up. I love this medicine and if it wasn't for the awful taste, I would have given it a 5 stat. But unfortunately it's a 4 star for now!
I always shave my legs as the idea of hairy legs really does disgust me quite a bit. I have never used wax and hair removal cream is always the option for me. I have always used rub-on creams but I have always found them very difficult to apply as I have been pressured for time and I'm always scared of leaving it on too long and it ends up burning my skin (which I have done several times). I hate the idea of using razors as I have cut my legs so many times and sometimes the bleeds have bee quite serious.
I really liked the spray-on feature, and you can simply spray it on and give it a quick rub. At first it is quite difficult to come to grips with handling the new spray feature, but after a while it is the best part about the cream. It can come as quite a shock when spraying it on, and it is very cold in a metal container and spraying it directly on to the legs causes a little bit of a shock to your system but you do get used to it. It sprays it in quite large quantities so it's not a case of you don't have to sue your hands at all - you will still need to spread it about. The spray is a lot more foamy than usual and in my opinion isn't as thick. I found it a lot easier to get the back of my legs with this spray as you could simply spray it in a straight line going downwards and then rub it from the sides.
One major let down to the spray was the smell. It is very overpowering and it just hits you the second you spray the cream on. It was a really disgusting smell and at one point I had to cover my nose whilst doing so and even spray myself with perfume just to get rid of the awful odour.
I left it on for roughly 5-7 minutes and used the spatula they prove you with to take it off. I gave it a try with the spatula, but I don't think it is actually sharp enough to get all the hairs off completely. For that reason, I tried using a blunt kitchen knife (not smart I know) and tried to take it off that way and it ended up doing a much better job than the rubbish little thing they gave you for free.
Afterwards, I gave myself a shower and I was incredibly impressed with the results. The best part was coming out of the bath with my legs still wet and giving my brand new smooth legs a good feel. It felt wonderful. Afterwards I moisturised them and I enjoyed my completely hair-free soft, smooth and shiny legs.
It can work out quote expensive as £6 for a 150ml can. However, you can easily get 5 or 6 applications out of one can so I do think it is quite economical and that it's worth the money. I tend to do it once a week, so effectively a can lasts me 6 weeks, which is £1 a week so how can I really complain with that?
The stuff works great and it is a new handy alternative to the traditional old cream and painful razoring and waxing.
A blocked nose, in my opinion, is one of the worst feelings in the world, even as bad as toothache and earache! Sometimes you just blow and blow and blow and nothing you can possibly do will help open up your airwaves to breathe naturally. I have heard of the sprays you can buy, but I just can't get to grips with using them. It makes me jump and shiver ever time I press the little spray. This is when I heard you can get the oil instead of the spray. I know there are many different uses for it, but experience was with blocked noses.
You can buy this at any good pharmacies. It is usually £5 for a small bottle, but you are only using a few drops of it at a time. This s very cheap for the effect it has and the amount of pain relief it can treat. The oil itself is mostly natural and Olbas pride itself on that. It uses a mixture of Eucalyptus oil, Clove oil, Cajuput oil and Juniper Berry oil to help block noises and relieve muscular pain.
I used it by firstly putting a few drops on a handkerchief. I then sat this under my nose and I held the side of my nose that I could breath with so that I could not breath any air with that. Instantly, you can feel the pressure in your nose loosening, although it does not completely unblock it. What you can then do is try inhailing a little bit. Don't try and inhail too much or you'll just block it again, and don't force it. Take a deep breath in slowly and once the air feels like it can't go in anymore, break back out. If you continue these steps you should slowly but surely feel your nose slowly opening and you can feel air coming in.
Another way this can be effectively used is by taking a bowl of boiling hot water and putting a few drops of it in. You can then place you head over this and you get a much better result and you can feel the vapour travelling up your nose. Also, you can but this by your bedside to help you relieve blocked nose pain, although I have never really found this effective as you not getting enough of the oil. It can also leave a very unpleasant smell across the house which unfair to other members of the house who aren't suffering.
This oil can also be used for aches and pains but I've only used this once. This is when I got an injection in my upper arm and I rubbed just two drops over it to try and sooth the pain. I have to say I was impressed with the instant effect that it had and it did feel very soothing on my skin.
I think that this oil is the best for unblocking noses and is a great cupboard product that can be used for all the family to help during the winter months. I think it is very durable as I have had it in my cupboard for a very good length of time and I can use it for all the family and to treat many different problems.
Although one issue I did have with it is that it can sometimes give you a bit of a sore head if you try sniffing for too long.
I would recommend everyone has one of these in their cupboard.
I went to the doctors last year with a very silly complaint: I have itchy legs. It may make you say huh? But I had itchy legs and I just couldn't help but scratch them all the time. It got to the point that I was getting large scabs and cuts all over my legs just because I kept scratching my legs so much and it was starting to get seriously painful. She didn't say much about what problem I had, I think she mentioned eczema, but she said my skin was probably dry so I should start using this.
I was prescribed this and it came in an absolutely freakishly large bottle. It was a 500g bottle and was fairly heavy. It came with a strange red safety label on it, which I then realised you had to remove, but then I stupidly lost it. As a tip, keep this to put inside the pump as it will cause the cream to dry up.
It comes in a pump which makes it very easy to apply and. use. There is a safety twist on the pump which is great as you can keep it well out of reach of young children. When it comes it, it is a thick cream and you simply push it down and let the cream come flowing out. It is very very thick and will come out in a straight line as opposed to a large blob of cream.
I then started applying this to my legs after baths to help keep the moisture in and reduce the dryness and itchyness. I massaged this into the skin as directed in circles until the cream could no longer be seen. I did feel it took such a long time to dry into the skin and I was walking about for ages with wet legs waiting for them to dry. In the end, I felt my legs and they felt really greasy, I hated this feeling but I knew it was to stop the itchyness.
I also felt y hands were really creasy after applying this, even after washing them there was still a sense of greasiness in my hands and it was the greasiness of the cream that really did put me off using it. I did notice that my legs were definitely not as dry and what they used to be and they did improve them a good bit. I also rubbed them on my hands sometimes to stop the dryness, but in the end I just bought a Biotherm cream for them as the greasiness was getting a little too much.
It felt a little tingly and slightly itchy when I put it on at first but this goes away eventually and it gets to work on moistening your skin. You won't notice that your legs are incredibly soft and silky after use but it will definitely improve the dryness and it will help eczema.
One thing I hate about this cream is that if you don't use it for a few days, when you press the pump a long, hard, waxy piece of the old cream comes out. I also find this waxy material builds up around the pump so it does need a good clean once in a while to get all the yukky waxiness off.
Overall, it is not a top class beauty product that will give you beautiful soft skin which is rich and radiant, but it does reduce dryness and will reduce itchiness.
I do often get mouth ulcers and they are so painful, especially when they are sitting above my tooth. I've started to get them (in my opinion) due to stress and I find sometimes with mouth ulcers that when you are eating, you can't let your foot touch it because it will sting/burn, but you can't eat your food with the other side of your mouth because you'll end up biting it. This is why I usually don't eat when I get mouth ulcers and it is very painful and dangerous.
I bought this when I got my first taste of a mouth ulcer at 14. I never really knew what it was but I had seen them on the television and knew that I definitely had one. I bought a 15g tube and it comes in an aluminium tube making it easy to squeeze out and eases application.
Before using bonjela, I like to pull the area of my mouth to the side out, suck in some air to dry it out, wand wait until it is really as dry as possible. This is just so that the gel actually sticks to the ulcer and doesn't slide off to a part of the mouth where it's use is not needed. You apply a small amount to you finger and I like to massage it into the area so I can actually feel it working. The gel is a sort of see-through gel and is very thick, so it's important to ensure your mouth isn't too watery when applying, or, trust me, it gets messy.
After applying, it my have a very acute nip, just because it's a new texture the ulcer doesn't recognise. Once it's done, you may notice some excess gel spreading across your mouth, bringing you to taste the gel. The taste is very difficult to explain, it is not unbearable, but has a sense of sweetness to it. It is an okay taste, I wouldn't call it a nice taste as If eel the texture and taste of it can be a little sickening at times. You can apply it for a few times in a day, but I always overdose on it as I am just a big wimp when it comes to pain.
The pain is reduced instantly as Bonjela actually numbs he area. You then find your mouth is feeling a lot better for eating and drinking again. If you try touching it with your tongue, you will notice a major difference in the pain, although it's best not to touch it as you may irritate it more. on the advert, it shows that Bonja adds a protective barrier around the ulcer. You can't actually feel this barrier on your ulcer and it almost dissolves into your skin. The pain relief does wear off after a few hours, but it's ok as you can re-apply every three hours. It gives an instant pain relief but not a permanent one.
Bonjela also helps to remove the ulcer completely. My ulcer's pain stopped completely after one day of application, and it slowly faded away into nothing.
Some people use this for children's teething and I tried using it for toothache once, but it never done me any good for that use. However, for Ulcers it is the king for cure and pain relief.
My bottle has lasted me a year and a half which is great for a £3 bottle, and it's shelf life runs out in about 3 months. Which means it's durable and long lasting.
When me, my mum and my sister went a "girls day out" event in my city, Boots handed out a free bag as a gift for actually buying the ticket. Amongst it were some boots products and this is one that was in it. This product, otherwise, is exclusive to boots and can only be bought there.
When I got the lip gloss, the fist thing I noticed was the colour. Mines is "pink ice" and I thought it was stunning. It came in a clear bottle so you could clearly see what colour it was. It was a 6ml tube with a black lid, a very cheap look but after all it is a cheap product. I thought this would probably mostly suit darker-skinned girls and for me being so light skinned it wouldn't suit me, but it did look so lush anyway. You can get it in some darker shades also such as red and burgundy colour.
The brush itself is a very fluffy brush and it does feel good when gliding across the lips. Although I find the brush very small and it doesn't cover a very large area of the lips at all. When I removed the brush from the container, it makes a very squishy noise it was very disgusting.
When removing it, I pulled it out slowly and a long line of lip-gloss was being pulled out, it felt very gummy, and very extremely sticky. When I first saw this, I was a bit nervous to actually put this on my lips because it looked so sticky and disgusting. The lip-gloss is completely opaque and I don't know how to explain the look, but almost like a milky creamy texture. It was just more like a sticky lipstick rather than having any glossy features to it. It does have a very glittery shine to it and this does look very pretty and lush, although it does make up for the yukky texture.
When it applies it goes on pretty thick, so you really do have to give it a good rub to get into your lips. When it was on, it honestly just looked a bit white to me and it really enhanced the cracked in my lips. There was a huge sparkle to it although you could hardly see it because the lip gloss was so light and white looking. I thought it made my lips look horrible to be honest and I didn't like it at all. It felt so sticky on my lips and when I put them together and pulled them apart, lines of lip gloss were stringing between them. It wasn't a pleasant sight at all.
When you lick your lips there is not taste nor is there a fragrance, just a sticky lip gloss taste.
As for volumising, I didn't notice my lips looked any larger or anymore "plumped". They just looked very strange and very yucky, like a horrible pink, milky cream.
I can't tell you how durable it is and how long it ill last on your lips, and how long the bottle will last. The reason is because I had to remove it straight away because it was just so sticky and uncomfortable. It felt so heavy on my lips and I couldn't have a comfortable night knowing it was there on me.
When I removed the lipstick, my lips felt very greasy for a while afterwards. I kept washing my lips and rubbing them just to get the grease off them it was a horrible experience I thought it was just overall disgusting.
£4 from Boots... don't do it!
Although I prefer Max factor's foundation, I have on some cases used this foundation and my friend used it and it did look pretty good. As some of you may know, I am a huge fan of dream matte mouse and I think it gives great coverage and texture to the skin. This foundation is almost like a liquid version of it and I think it's wonderful.
I have been looking through some of the other Dooyoo reviews and I am so shocked to see so many negative reviews.
It comes in a small, glass pump bottle. There's always a downside to a glass bottle, and that is that you can't exactly cut the bottle open and scrape every last piece of foudnation out to make sure you get your money's worth. However, there is always the option of smashing it and if you're a very eco-friendly person, I'm sure you can recycle the bottle if you take the plastic pump off. The pump may seem like it doesn't work at first, but you just have to give it about 8 very fast pumps and the foundation will start to come out.
The colour I usually get when I get this is either Ivory or Fawn. Ivory is a very pale colour and can make you look a bit gothic sometimes, and fawn is a bit darker so it looks okay if you are a light skinned person wearing a bit of fake tan.
You could call the texture of the foundation fairly "watery" as it is not as thick and creamy as the dream matte mouse itself. However, this allows for the foundation to spread easily over the skin which it does. You can apply this with a sponge if you so wish or you can do it with your fingers. I would usually do it with my fingers but I recommend a sponge as most of the foundation simply gets caught between the skin of your fingers and you wash more down the sink that what you do put on your face. It simply glides on your skin and this is very hard to find a budget foundation.
This foundation isn't very oily or greasy and as a result I don't find that it clogs up my skin or it gives me a lot of spots. I am a very spotty person so this is great news. Although it doesn't dry out your skin either. It is nicely balanced in the middle to keep your skin nice and healthy.
I think that this blends very well with the skin and you can wear low cut tops (although of course I don't) and the foundation won't look silly at the part where the foundation cuts off and your normal skin appears. It also blends very nicely with the jawbone, synchronising with the skin as opposed to asking like a mask being stuck on top of it.
The coverage is absolutely fabulous and only one layer is needed to cover up your spots, freckles and imperfections. This means that you don't get a "caked" look and you appear more natural.
The bottle is very durable as it lasted me a few months with everyday use and re-applying after prayer, meaning I applied it quite a good few times a day. It only costs £7 and for this price you honestly do get such a high quality finish.
My youngest Summer (2 years old) and Kayleigh (6 years old) both love Dora the Explorer. Summer clearly has some speech problems but she knows how to say Dora and give me a good nudge telling me to switch it on in the morning. This time I actually wasn't taking them to see their Daddy in Turkey, but taking them to London to see their Granny and have a cheap little holiday, this was only in Feburary. I was going to fly there but I found a really cheap bus on Mega Bus and I knew it was going to be an awful ride for the girls but flights were just too expensive for me and three kids.
I wondered what they were going to do on a 9 hour bus journey, and realised they would probably need a rucksack to take pens and colouring paper with them. Also, Kayleigh needed a case of her own as Me and Summer's stuff overtook all the space in my Marks & Spencer's overnight bag. I found this when I was in argos hoping to buy a few rucksacks and cases. However, this worked out as a much cheaper alternative. Two singular rucksacks and one suitcase would have cost me £30 all in, but this whole set was only £15.
Summer was given the little backpack, and Kayleigh got the case and gym bag. They simply both fought over the purse non-stop.
The case is not robust at all and is very flimsy. There is no hardness the case or the backing at all. It does not have an incredible amount of space but it fit enough of Kayleigh's clothes and things in her case for a weekend away. The wheels felt very cheap and I thought for a little case they were very noisy when being rolled across hard ground. The handle is adjustable for your kids height but it does not lock in place so you can't guarantee it will stay, but it was usually still enough to stay anyway. It can not hold a great deal of weight and due to the unsupportive texture of the case, it because very difficult for Kayleigh to roll it when it was heavy. Eventually, I was left rolling the Dora the Explorer suitcase. It is fairly waterproof as we had it out in the rain waiting for my Mother-In-Law to pick us up. After this trip I never really used this case again as I didn't think it was all that reliable and I would rather the girls had back packs when travelling abroad. The graphics on the bag are fantastic nonetheless and I think they look great walking around with a Dora the explorer case than some ugly one from Dunlop.
The gym bag was another disappointment. This was given to Kayleigh as well so she could take some things with her for the bus. Although it did hold in everything she needed for the time being, when she started to take it into school as her gym bag, it snapped, and we had only had it for four weeks. Also this is not waterproof as Kayleigh never closed her juice properly when it was in her bag and it came drip dropping out. For the cheap price we paid I can't explain but I was very annoyed that this didn't last.
The backpack, however, was fabulous. It fitted two year old Summer perfectly and usually she would have taken it off her back and given it to me, but she kept it on her the whole time when we were waiting for busses, and it was like she almost forgotten it was there. It did hold a lot, as she fit her notebook, crayons, and her little computer toy in it, with a bottle juice and a pack of sweets. It looks great and Summer will be starting nursery after the summer and I have every intension of giving her it to take with her. She loves it and even takes it out with her when we go to the shops (although she gathered a habit of putting items she hadn't paid for in it and walking out the shops - all been taken back to the counter with a red face and an apology). She takes it with her flying and even used it as a little bed for her teddy.
The girls both fought over the purse like nothing else. They both loved it, although I really let Kayleigh have it as she actually has coins to put in it. She still uses it and takes it to school, and keeps necklaces in it and all sorts.
Overall, the quality wasn't that great, but for £15 the girls really loved the accessories and I would recommend it to any Dora-loving girl out there.
I received this in a gift bag that I got for Eid from a friend. I received two mascaras, this one and the "top lash" mascara. If you read my review on that mascara, you will know I certainly wasn't impressed with it. Although with this it was a slightly different story. My top and bottom lashes are very full and very long. However, my eyelashes are blonde and I sometimes feel that my eyes are always ghost-like and I never feel very confident about them.
I never use the Clinique top lash mascara as I felt my Maybelline Stiletto does a much better job. However, I am absolutely always using this non-stop and I bought another one even thought the first one was free. It is very hard to catch the bottom lashes with a larger brush without getting mascara all over the bottom of you eyes and causing you to smudge your foundation.
The brush is absolutely tiny. It is very thin at one end and a bit thicker and the other, the length merely 1cm long. The brush goes almost in a spiral shape, allowing you to twist and turn the brush to really catch those bottom lashes. It is a fluffy brush and not a plastic one like the top lash mascara is meaning you can catch the little corners of eyelashes that the large plastic brushes wouldn't catch.
I have had two different colours with this mascara. I have had brown and I have had had black. I thought the brown down a much better job as they highlighted your lashes and framed your eyes a bit more but it wasn't as harsh and as bold as the black. The black can sometimes highlight your bottom lashes a bit too much making you look a little silly.
The application is very easy with this tiny brush. You must scrape a lot of the mascara off the brush before using it as it collects more mascara than what you actually need. Then you can very slowly give your bottom lashes a tiny touch the with the brush just so you can see where they are. Them, you can place the brush under the lashes and swirl in in a upwards direction and they should just bounce back down looking highlighted and a lot longer.
As it is a smaller brush, it does not clump and stick your eyelashes together. It doesn't increase your eyelashes in length very much although nobody really wants incredibly long bottom lashes anyway, all you want is for them to volumised and darkened without getting all your face covered in mascara.
I have poked myself in the eye with it a few times and it did sting like nothing else. However, you aren't exactly supposed to get it in your eye, but take this as a warning anyway.
It isn't as durable as I thought it would be because almost one year later and my second bottle is starting to dry up a little. However, you can always take the mascara brush and put it into any other mascara and simply keep using it. Since the brush is so small it will fit into another other mascara tube no problem and you can keep using the mascara despite the actual liquid itself running out. It lasts for 24 hours meaning you really do get good value.
The product is only £10 which is great as most mascaras cost this price anyway.
I bought this a few years when my husband was away working in Turkey. If you haven't read a lot of my reviews, I travel to Turkey every two months to see my husband who currently owns a business there. I never exactly thought to bring a sun canopy with me as I just assumed Summer (our baby) would be out of the sun most of the time. However, I just decided to pick this up when I was getting Summer some clothes as it looked handy and very protecting.
Our sun canopy was white and was surrounded by a frilly edge. The top of the canopy is thin but not completely see-through . I love the look of this as our pram is pink and it went really well with it. It did look quite fancy on the pram and wasn't so big that nobody could see Summer. It clips on to the poles of your pram and does have a traditional "umbrella" shape but is almost flat. It covers the front of the pram and also covers the back and you can buy this canopy in black, white, or black with no frills around the edge.
You must still take the same safety precautions with your child even when using the canopy. It can be angled to cover where the sun is and is adjustable. There's no UV protection so you must ensure your child still has sun cream on. It gives them a nice shade as well so that they can enjoy the sun without feeling too hot. I sometimes felt as if summer's feet dangled out and that the canopy didn't do much for the bottom of her feet, so we always ensured she wore trousers when abroad. Although it was extendable, because of my height and the height of the pram, I did feel that sometimes the canopy hindered my sight which wasn't good at all. I sometimes had to wear high heels just to see over it. The canopy covers the front of the pram, and also covers the back just in case the sun hits from the back, meaning that they are fully protected buy it.
The canopy is quite large and didn't fit underneath the basket of our pram and was too bulky to carry around, so we couldn't remove it if we wanted to. It was easy to store it inside the home but when you put it on the pram and take it out with you, it really has to stay on there unless you have a bigger basket. When we took this on the plane, the canopy was not considered part of the pram and we were told at the aircraft gate we would have to pay for it as a separate piece of luggage.
The canopy was great for keeping Summer out the heat and also reducing her sunburns. Although it didn't last when Summer was bigger as she finally became strong enough to grab the two poles and pull it down. But it's great for small babies who can't reach the sun canopy and are not strong enough to pull it.
We sometimes put this on summer's highchair when she was sitting out in the garden with us meaning she doesn't need to be stuck in the pram all the time. It can not be used as a rain cover as it is not waterproof like an umbrella and water will just seep through.
This canopy was only £20 and I don't think it was expensive at all. It lasted us a year and a half and now it has been given to a friend and she is now using it. It done a great job and was extra comfort and safety for our baby.
I initially bought this bag when I was going into hospital, although it technically is a 'weekend bag', I simply bought it because I found it in Marks and Spencers and noticed it was leather and looked lovely. I wanted one that locked too as I didn't want any of my stuff being stolen. It did have a white mark down the side and this is why we picked it up, we planned to take it to the check-out and mention the mark as if we never saw it. When we did, the guy apologised and offered us 50% off. I love Marks and Spencers!
I bought this in the colour pink. I couldn't say it is nice as some of the other colours but it looked pretty good and very fashionable. It does looks like it's hardwearing from the outside and does look very durable.
It does simply look like a fashionable handbag and you really could just take it out with you places. The bag is actually very big although it appears very small in the photograph on Dooyoo.
This bag holds a capacity of 25 litres so it does actually fit a lot in. It does appear very small in the photo but in real life is a very large bag inside with a lot of space. I sometimes have kept items in it which have lasted me a week. It is a bit of an awkward shape so fitting solid items can be a bit of a problem, but apart from that I think it fits in more than what a small suitcase would.
I have had this bag for over a year and I have put in some very heavy items and nothing has weakened or snapped so far. The exterior has maintained itself and we finally managed to get the white mark off, although it did decolour it a bit. The zip has been stretched and pulled to try and squeeze way too much stuff in but It still looks almost brand new to this day. It is extremely waterproof as I have had it out in the rain and dropped it once in a puddle and everything inside it stayed perfectly dry. This is the most the durable bag I have ever had and it is so hardwearing.
The only thing I dislike about this bag is wearing it. I don't feel it's as comfortable as many other bags and the handles are a bit 'hard'. It is fairly heavy even when it is empty and does sometimes hurt your shoulders a little bit. I would have appreciated if they put an even longer strap on it so you can swing it over your shoulder and it would help ease the weight a little bit
The major downfall is the price as it is £50. However, we got it for £27 and I think it was worth every single penny. It is in such good condition that we're thinking of reselling it on eBay because it is such an expensive bag. I would hate to ever part with it as I use it every time we need tot ake a lot of items away with us and even for the younger one when he went away on his school trip to Blairvadoch (I know, I'm so nasty giving him a pink bag!)
All in all this isn't a good bag.... It's a fantastic bag and it is worth every single little penny of the £50. You may think this is too steep, but trust me I've had this for over a year and I would probably have went through 8 primark bags at £10 which will have broken and snapped so really this bag is very economical and will SAVE you money!