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I live in a part-furnished rented flat. When I moved in, there were no curtains in the bedroom. I suffer from migraines, so need heavy curtains that block out most of the light. I did a LOT of internet research at outlets such as Argos and Dunelm (I'm on a budget!!) and found many of them just prohibitively expensive. :-( I picked these up in purple on a trip to Ikea as they were cheap at only £30 and a a great, rich colour and have since been very, very impressed by them. SIZE. These curtains are 147cm wide by 300cm long. They were a little too long for my window, so I had to turn them up with a little wondaweb hemming tape. While the length was a problem for me, I think it would be great for many people, as long curtains are very expensive. TOP These curtains have a ring top, which means they are suitable for most curtain fittings. I managed to thread them onto my curtain track but they are VERY HEAVY so dragged my pole down a little!! Be very careful LIGHT BLOCKING. The main reason I bought these curtains was because I needed a dark curtain to block out the light when I have migraines, I could not be more impressed. The fabric, while not strictly 'black out' is thick enough to keep most of the pesky light out and help me recover. If you like your room dark and cosy, these curtains are ideal. SUMMARY. For the price, these curtains are great. The downside is they don't come in different sizes, so if you are not confident in turning things up, they may not be for you.
I'd never bought Barry M nail paint before but a friend recommended them so I thought I'd give them a try. I wanted some festive nails for a Christmas Party, so I opted for the gold polish in this range. THE PRICE I always see nail polish as a massive frivolity, so never buy expensive ones. At £3.99, this is quite reasonable, especially if you go for a colour that you will use a lot. THE COLOUR. I tested a number of gold polishes from the cheaper ranges in Boots (Rimmel, 17, Collection 2000) and this colour was by far and away my favourite. It's a lovely 'warm' gold, not too yellowy and not too coppery. It just looks really nice. It really does look like 'foil' as advertised, and has a lovely shiny finish. COVERAGE. The thing I like most about this polish is that, even for an amateur like me (I'm clumsy and impatient), it's very easy to obtain a smooth and consistent colour for each coat. Being a little disorganised, I used this when on a bus and managed to get a nice even colour. You can get decent opacity with one coat, which is great if you're in a hurry, though I used two. DRYING TIME. I'm not very good with nails as I am exceptionally impatient and ALWAYS end up smudging them. This paint however, dries really quickly. I did two coats of this on each hand over a 45 minute bus journey, and they were bone dry. Definitely one for the impatient! THE DOWNSIDE. I expect nail varnish to chip, but not this quickly! I painted my nails on the bus to work. By the end of work, at a desk, not doing anything crazy, there were already chips! I suppose it's what you get for the price, but really!?! Next time, I'm using a top coat but I hope it doesn't lose some of the sparkle. OVERALL. Great polish, let down by the chipping, so it loses 1 star from me.
*this is a review for Elnett as a whole, but with particular comment on the non-scented version of it* I am an Elnett girl. Why? You can use half a can of it on your hair and it doesn't make it hard or sticky, and you can brush it out at the end of the day, rather than constantly washing it. I know Elnett is expensive, and you can get amazing hold with other, cheaper sprays, but I am yet to find a cheaper spray that offers amazing hold and does not leave me with solid hair that I can't comb through. I have one issue with Elnett though...the smell makes me nauseous. Maybe it's that when I use it, I use LOTS, or maybe it's that I've been out on the tiles and woken up feeling nauseous, smelling only my hairspray-saturated hair and residual sambuca. Whatever the reason, I don't like it. Imagine my glee then, when I found I could get an UNSCENTED version of my favourite spray! YIPPEE! Except it's not exactly unscented. It still smells the same, it's just not as powerful. I still feel a bit sick when I spray it. I guess, logically, that whatever the chemicals are that make it the spray that it is, so I guess I am going to have to learn to live with it until I win the lottery and can buy exclusively Aveda products! :-p All in all, in spite of the Unscented Elnett not being EXACTLY unscented, I am still going to continue buying it, it's great quality, and does the job I need it to do. Any reduction in the smell is a step in the right direction for me!!
When I was 15, EVERYONE had white musk toiletries. Whether it was Boots Natural Collection or Body Shop, you simply had to have it. I even had special scented things for my drawers that were white-musk scented. I was given a bottle of this in an office Secret Santa, and to be honest, put it to the back of my cupboard, thinking I wouldn't use it as I wasn't sure I *really* liked the smell again. Anyway, due to a lack of organisation, I ended up with no other shower gel so decided to give this a go and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! The Gel. The gel itself is good-quality. It's a transparent gel, rather than a cream, and seems to lather up very nicely on my body. I found that a splodge the size of about a 50p piece on my pouffe lathered up enough for a decent wash. It certainly didn't feel cheap, and left my skin feeling nice and fresh, without any kind of 'residue'. I would rate highly in comparison to other gels I buy, like Original Source ones. The Smell In all fairness, it's all about the smell with this gel. The smell for me is very evocative of my teen years in the 1990s and that's what I smelled in this bottle, it reminded me of endless days singing B*witched and 5ive songs! I would say that, probably due to the strong memories I attach to this smell, that it lingered a little too long through the day for my liking, certainly longer than other gels I use (I could still smell it at lunchtime!) If you like your shower gel to fade into the background, then this isn't for you. Would I buy it again. In spite of the quality of the product and the happy memories it evoked, I would not buy this product again. It is quite expensive for a shower gel, and I found the smell a little overpowering. You can get decent quality products at better prices, and I would go with those.
Aged 12 (*reviewer faces stark realisation that this was about 20 years ago. UGH*), I was diagnosed with mild eczema on my face. I used to, and still do, get very tight, chapped skin on my face, and outbreaks of itchy nastiness on other parts of my body. My doctor at the time prescribed me Diprobase and I have not looked back. THE TEXTURE Diprobase is an emollient, which means it locks the moisture into your skin, and provides a protective barrier. It's very thick, creamy, and if you are not used it, feels a little weird on the skin. The nearest 'generic' product I can compare it to is E45, but E45 isn't nearly as effective for me. WHAT I HAVE USED IT FOR. Diprobase is my 'first aid' cream. I've used it as a general moisturiser on all of my body. It's great for dry, cracked heels, eczema outbreaks, heat rash, itchy scars and sunburn. WHY I DON'T USE ANYTHING ELSE. Honestly? Nothing comes close. I have been through phases of trying expensive moisturisers in pretty packaging, because I wanted to be like my pals. But they never moisturise deep enough, and never last the whole day. Most people have separate products for face, feet, body and 'emergencies', I have one. This is a miracle cream. 20 years is a long time to be loyal to a product, my only bugbear is I can no longer get it on prescription because my eczema isn't serious enough! HOWEVER, you can buy this over the counter in most good chemists for a couple of £££ more than the prescription
Some people turn their noses up at 'bargain' shops. I think they're silly. I am a massive fan of Poundland. Poundland has kind of filled the void on the high street that was left by Woolworths, in that it's a one stop shop for those things that you NEED but are hard to come by. I always drop in if I need to or not, just in case there's a bargain to be had. I think I take it for granted that people know what these places stock, so I'm going to make a list of some of the things that I have picked up recently, in case it's something you think you may need, and wouldn't think that you could get in there. - 15 Ranitidine tablets (generic zantac, usually around £6 in Boots) - Disney 'Piglet' shower pouffe - Glad gel air freshener - Set of three tupperware - Dustpan and brush - Five pack of 'Mentos' mints - 5 rolls of sellotape in a pack - pack of 100 sheets of coloured card - pack of 5 glitter glue tubs - numerous packs of stickers, including gem ones - Minnie Mouse eye mask. Poundland stocks lots of food items. It's great, but I often find they will have smaller-sized packets than supermarkets, so it's a bit of a con. I do like though, that you can have a mix'n'match of things like cans of drinks. If you're not sure, I always say Poundland is worth a peep. It's worth noting though that many stores only accept cards for payments of over £5, so always carry cash.
*NOTE. This review is for the 30ml pot that you can pick up for 99p/£1 in Boots/Superdrug. Usually stocked by the counter* A couple of weeks ago, I was half-way to work when I felt 'wrong'. After a think ('did I forget to brush my teeth?', 'deordorant'?) I realised it was because my skin was tight as I had forgotten to moisturise. I hate my skin when it isn't moisturised. I usually use Diprobase (an pharmacy-only emollient) but could not get a small tube of that so needed an alternative. As I have quite dry skin, I need a thick, creamy moisturiser. Many of the face moisturisers in Superdrug felt thin to me, and pricey for what they were. On seeing this by the counter, I decided that I would give it a go. WHY I LOVE IT. Since purchase, this moisturiser has become my handbag staple. It's nice and thick, so works for my face, but I also use it for my hands, elbows, lips and random patches of skin that irritate me. It's a great all round little product. It isn't really scented, it feels like it moisturises deeply, and does not irritate my skin. I really like the packaging as I often find that you accidently squeeze too much out of a tube of cream, and can't put it back. I like the fact that this is a small pot with a screw lid as you only take out what you need to use. All in all, I think this is a great value product and a good all-rounder for when you are on the go!
I think that in life, you get what you pay for. And in the case of IKEA furniture, I think that's the case! I have moved into a rented property that came with one of these chests of drawers. I don't know how long it has been in the property, but it is at least 2 years. The drawers look lovely on the outside, nice, smooth wood veneer that is clean and modern looking. The drawers open and close smoothly and have no rattly handles. Great. You actually can't say anything against the appearance, they will suit most tastes. However, if you do buy these drawers, and I understand why you would, because, they are great, be VERY careful how much you load the drawers up. In two of my drawers, the bottom has sagged and drooped. This happened to the bottom drawer, which meant it didn't close properly. It can be fixed, but once they've gone, it's a case of easing them closed whenever you open them, and not putting as much stuff in. Once broken, you kind of have to make do! If you need cheap furniture, great, but please be careful as I don't think they will last that long with heavy use!
I'd never really been 'in' to candles, but when I received a voucher for a free pack of 100 of these from IKEA, I thought I'd give them a shot! I bought a lovely little ceramic tray thing that held 5 of them, and decided they would live in my bathroom so I could have long, luxurious, candlelit baths. They have not disappointed me. These are brilliant. I have always thought candles a waste of money as, well, the don't last. But even had I paid for these, I would have been suitably impressed. The candles are small, typical tea-light sized. The silver case feels sturdy and not too flimsy, they certainly don't feel like they are going to bend and twist when lit or anything silly. The wick is about 1cm long before 1st use, making them easy to light without risk of burning your fingers. Each candle lasts for about 2-3 hours, so for me, that's quite a few baths. All in all, I would recommend these as they are cheap and cheerful and last a long time. There's no point in buying a more expensive product as these do the job perfectly!
I just moved into a one bed flat. Ordinarily, I prefer an upright as I tend to find that they have better suction and are better for bigger areas. But as storage is at a premium and I have lots of tight corners in the flat, I decided to try for a little machine. This stood out for me as it was on offer on Amazon at the time, and I had a few vouchers to use up. It had consistently good reviews on that site, so I decided to try it. I have been incredibly impressed by this little machine! I measure the suction of a vacuum based on whether it sucks actual dust up, as opposed to just 'surface dirt'. Well, this has not let me down!! It has great suction, and can even deal with the little bits of thread that I drop when sewing. I've had issues with this in the past and this machine hasn't disappointed! The machine does come with a number of attachments, which all work effectively, but I tend to just use the main attachment, which is great. The best thing about this machine is that while it is powerful, it's very small and easy to stow away. Nothing negative to say about it really, great little machine and well worth considering!
I'm one of those people who gets really bored with their hair, but is too scared to do anything drastic, like use permanent dye on it. A couple of years back, I was doing some research on the internet into non-permanent dyes. I found that L'Oreal produced one, and, as it was a brand I trusted, I decided to give it a go. I was a bit nervous as I had never dyed my hair myself before, but had helped my Mum, so thought I'd give it a whirl... WHAT'S IN THE BOX? In the box, you get a tube of dye, a squeezy bottle of setting agent stuff, a pair of plastic gloves, instructions, and special conditioner. HOW EASY IS IT TO USE THEN? Couldn't be simpler. You add the dye to the setting agent, shake it up, then apply in sections to damp hair (don't wash it, the dye won't take!). You then just leave it to set for 20-25 minutes, before applying the conditioner, then rinsing until the water runs clear. WHAT ABOUT THE MESS? I HAVE WHITE TOWELS! While the bathroom can look like a bit of a disaster after dyeing (it gets everywhere somehow...), the beauty of this dye is that, because it isn't permanent, it washes out of everything, including white towels and skin! HOW LONG DOES IT LAST? According to the packet, 12 washes, but I would say the colour lasts a bit longer, up to two months. WARNING The conditioner smells very very strong and is very overpowering. Always do a patch test 48 hours before use. I have sensitive skin however, and it does not irritate my skin. SUMMARY If you fancy a quick change, and don't want to risk permanently dyeing your hair, this is a great option. There are a range of colours that are quite subtle. I have dark brown hair and use a shade called 'Black Cherry'. It adds a nice reddish tint without being too overpowering. I would definitely recommend giving it a go!
A few years ago, I couldn't find jeans to fit. At under 30, I had resigned myself to a life of skirts with leggings. As a curvy 12/14 with hips and curvy bum, it was horrific. I felt fat and unfashionable and that wasn't nice. Usually, there'd be no room in jeans for said bum and I'd always have a nice bit of knicker hanging out of the top of my jeans, which I'd spend all day hoiking up, with or without a belt. Then, two years ago, I happened along an advert for these new-fangled Curve ID jeans and thought it may be worth a shot. The 'gimmick' is that the jeans come in three options, theres: - Slight curve - Demi curve - Bold curve These then come in three styles: - Skinny - Straight - Boot cut And three 'rises' - High - Low - Mid. The theory is that there is something in there to suit any shape. If you go to a proper Levis store, they'll measure you, if not, it's not hard to work it out. In my case, I trotted along to the Levis shop, where a nice lady measured me (a bit like a bra measuring, only a girl gropes your bottom not your boobs) and was declared a Bold Curve (ooooo...bold, sexy). I wanted black skinny jeans as they suit me. At this stage, I still didn't think they'd fit. How wrong could I be!?! They fitted so beautifully. No knicker on show, no bum hanging out. I felt held in but comfy and very very svelte! They had a LITTLE stretch, enough to make them cling to my curves, but not SO much stretch that they felt like leggings, rather than jeans. Just what I wanted really! At £100, they were a lot of money, and I did baulk, but I had saved a bit of money up so thought I'd treat myself. So that's it. Girl meets jeans, girl tries on jeans, girl loves jeans. End. No. Not really. TWO WHOLE YEARS and a lot of washes and wears later, my Curve IDs are going still going strong. In that time, I've dyed them twice because I am finiky about having my black jeans very black, but apart from that, the fabric itself has kept its integrity. They refuse to wear out, and I feel they will last me a good few years. I have 'cheated' on them and bought other fashion jeans since, but they are nowhere near the quality of my all time favourites. I always feel amazing in them. If you are having issues with finding jeans, try these. They are a lot of money but have been worth it for me! *MONEY SAVING TIP* You can find these in Levis Outlet stores too. I picked up a blue skinny pair for £60. Bargain. Also refuse to die.
I think the rest of the reviews on here have covered the basics of Megabus, so I'm not going to go into that. While I understand a lot of the negativity around them, I have to say that the 8 or 9 times I've taken the Megabus, I've never had a negative experience. In particular, yesterday I travelled from Cardiff to London. I had a great journey at the fraction of the cost of the train and only an hour longer! I paid £11.50 for my ticket, I could not have travelled by train this cheaply. The stop in Cardiff is literally 5 minutes off the main shopping street. It's easy to find and as they have one stop, you can't get confused and go to the wrong gate, as is possible at the National Express stop (which is in the main city bus station). I was able to enjoy a day in Cardiff shopping without panicing about getting my bus. The coach itself was clean, not over-booked (so I didn't have to wrestle for a seat and had plenty of space), warm without being toasty and very smooth. It was modern and up to date and felt nicer than the National Express coach I had taken a few days prior. Due to a lack of drop offs, the bus arrived in London 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Worth noting for female passengers - above each seat (where the lights are) there is a red panic button with a little symbol of a lady on it (like on a loo door). I felt comforted by this as if I felt unsafe, I could press it, so no issues with travelling alone. I don't have a bad word to say about it, so I thought I'd share with you guys. Definitely worth looking into if you have never travelled by Megabus before. It's cheap and cheerful and as far as I can tell, nicer than the main competitor. Give it a go!
I LOVE Achica. Having recently moved into a new flat, I have been trying to furnish it and accessorise it in an interesting, contemporary way, which is pretty difficult on a budget! I bought all the basics (crockery, mugs, cheap cushions etc) from IKEA, but it's all a little 'generic' for my taste, but have found 'non generic' things can be really expensive. Achica is a 'members only' site. You sign up, then they send you an email every day with new offers. Offers can range from furniture, to bedding, to niknaks to cushions, whatever you need for the home, it's on there. You have to be quick though, as things go quickly and sales only last a few days. Some of the brands you may have heard of, others you won't, but that's why I like it so much!! Some other reviews on here have said that products take a while to come, this is true, but they do say when to expect it when you order it, and they do send you a tracking number. I have ordered a few things from Achica and have had no issues with them. If you're after something different, this is the place to go. Well worth a visit!
I first discovered this scent way back in 2001, aged 20, when I was looking for something more 'grown up' than White Musk. Which was all the rage for teenagers in the late 90s... It did not disappoint and I have worn this ever since. The smell is floral, without being too overpowering, feminine, without being 'mumsy', and not that girlie either. While I initially bought this as an evening perfurme, I actually find it light enough to wear all day. This is my first perfume review, and I guess it's pretty hard as scent is very personal and hard to describe over the internet. Suffice to say, no matter how many of my friends smell this, they all love it. One little word on the packaging...you can't help but love it! It's made of black and pale purple glass and really goes with a feminine bedroom. It looks really pretty on a dressing table. My only gripe with this perfume is that I fell in love with it and shortly after, it was discontinued, and I have never found anything I've liked as much since. My last bottle, I had to buy off a website in the USA and get it sent over!! Best move I've ever made!