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I spend a lot of my waiting time in airports in the duty free shop, planning what I would buy if I had the funds on my return leg of my holiday, this time was no exception really. I had tried a lot of perfumes to the point that my nose was exhausted with the various smells and I could no longer distinguish between them all, so I gave up and decided I would have a sniff of those in the US duty free shop in Orlando. I didnt have to wait until then as wandering around Epcot, I stumbled upon the Bvlgari shop and smelt Jasmine Noir for the first time. I couldnt believe how lovely and fresh this smelt but I was shocked, nay, startled by the price tag of $83 plus tax and left it well alone.
My neice who was with me on this journey had noted that I like the perfume and to cut a rather long story short, she bought me this for Christmas on our return which means I cannot tell you how much this particular bottle cost, it was 100mls and retails for around £50 ish, depending where you would purchase it from.
---- The Bottle -----
This perfume comes in a black box with gold writing, very elegant to look at and oozes luxury, cellophane covered, it obviosly feels heavy with its 100mls bottle inside and the inside of the box has the white insert that also need to be opened to get to the bottle. The bottle itself is squat and square with some shaping around the base of the neck, it is black and not transparent. The bottle top is gold coloured and pushes onto the neck of the bottle itself, it is a snug fit and looks every part a beautifully expensive item. Its not the easiest of bottles to hold when using due to its small structure, it sits awkwardly in the hand to spray, this bottle has also a gold coloured spray button and I find two hands are needed to direct and spray. It has a thick base to the bottle, which for me give a sense of quality and one which i like, it stays put on a surface and isnt easily knocked over.
---- The Smell -----
I have always loved Bvlgari perfumes but tend to veer towards the Omni varieties, namely Crystalline so for me this was a different choice. Its not a perfume to wear in the day for me as its too musky and warm but that said, I get such a lot of compliments when wearing it that if I put just a little on when going about the day, it smells lighter. I spray two squirts on each side of my neck and one on each wrist for an evening and just one either side of my neck for day wear if I have an interview with a client or meeting someone...otherwise its the lighter perfumes I would chose.
I can liken this scent to Coco Madamoiselle by Chanel and originally, that was the perfume I was wanting, this smells less mature than Coco and may be a little more pricey..........Its a clean yet heady perfume and one which carries its smell for the entire time you are wearing it. Lovely.
Jasmine Noir smells floral to begin with but then dries to a musky woody scent that is lighter than the Vetyver type perfumes but remains as warm, it is a little citrus smelling also but this disappears pretty quickly. There is an almond base to this perfume which i did pick up but not the vanilla advertised thankfully, I really dislike vanilla smells and wouldnt have worn this if it had smelt of it. I have used Jasmine perfumes before and I have to be honest, this doesnt really give off that sort of smell, more of a wood than flowers but with a base of sweet flowers sitting in the background.
The smell of this perfume is divine but I wouldnt go by the name of it as a deciding factor, make sure you smell it before you buy as its not all you would think from the name Jasmine....Noir gives an indication of dark and some could descrbe the initial application as this but the dry down is stunning. It will always smell different on different women so at the price, try first and leave for a few hours before you purchase.
----- My Thoughts -----
I would buy this perfume again in a heartbeat, for evening wear it would be my signature fragrance, but not really for the day. The whole packaging suggests an exquisite product and the price is good for the lasting power of this fragrance, I can honestly say I can still smell this on me the morning after the evening I have worn it. The bigger bottles are better value and for the amount of time I wear this it makes sense to spend the extra and have it last, I wouldnt want to run out!
A great fragrance that is well presented and packaged
Queueing in Boots the chemist is not my favourite thing, mainly because they have so many offers on around the till and when I bought this Vaseline Lip balm, it was no exception. My daughter uses vaseline regularly as well as my daughter in law and it was buy 2 get 1 free......I thought there was no harm in trying it.
Now Im not a real idiot but I did struggle at first to get the lid off as I was pulling with all my might (arthritic fingers tugging like crazy) when i realised, once swift turn of the lid would have done the trick. Result the lid was off this compact small tin, silver coloured on the base and white and yellow lid. Now the 'grease within' is described by Vaseline as therapy and this excited me, I like the idea of looking after my rather sensitive, ageing bone covering skin and my lips have avoided attention for a long time so I was feeling good at the thought of using this product.
I paid £1.20 for the tin and I believe for a well known product that this is good value, it contains 20g of long lasting lip protection in its pocket size tin and is easy to carry in the handbag, I have since put one in each of my bathrooms for ease of use. The lack of smell and colour is a little off putting but in fairness, it is was it says it is, VASELINE! Knowing how much to use is a mystery solved only by your own heavy handed trial I guess.....I would suggest just getting one finger and rubbing it over the balm and then onto the lips, building to an acceptable level. It glides on remarkably well and gives a certain sheen that I actually like, looks a little like an expensive lip gloss without the super sheen that not everyone likes. Coating all my lip area I went about my daily tasks without noticing too much that it was on after the first few days, although for me I felt i was wearing lipstick whilst cleaning the oven, a little odd really. If you dont wear anything on your lips regularly, this balm can feel a little too much, not heavy but almost like it blocks the feeling in your lips whilst it is on. The balm 'melts' quite well and becomes easier to wear with time but for me, it felt a little too greasy to moisturise. I did have a tendency to keep licking my lips but with no flavour to this product, I spent my day grimacing when i realised I had also coated my tongue as well as my mouth.
This pot of Vaseline also has a SPF15 rating and although we dont seem to get much of the sun these days, was a godsend in the US last year, the heat was high and this Vaseline retained its solid state for the duration of my holiday and was used extensively for its protection factor.
I was reapplying this petroleum jelly regularly whilst on holiday, it lasted around 2-3 hours whilst in the sun but was remarkably better in the UK, reapplication is around 4-5 hours (again, personal choice) but I have noticed that if I apply a lip conditioner like Nivea, then apply the Vaseline balm over the top it moisturises and the vaseline then keeps this in, brilliant solution to my dry lip problem.
Vaseline Lip Therapy with SPF 15 is long lasting (had mine for 5 months now) and colourless, the little round tin is unobtrusive and fits into bags and pockets easily, the ingredients dont cause irritation with me and as it contains everything you would expect from a lip product it is great value for money. I would maybe try another of the tins for future use as I prefer to have a little bit of a smell to a product and maybe a little taste (like the Rose tin), otherwise I may well buy the original pot of vaseline, which they also sell in the same handy tin.
I dont have any issues with this product other than the smell and taste, works extremely well and stores well, the lid will remain in place despite my handbag getting a lot of movement during the day and if left in the bathroom, doesnt get affected by the steam or heat.
Lovely product but better used with a base moisturiser, this can also be applied over lipstick for staying power and to provide a lovely gloss efect.
It was that lovely moment when you are not really looking for something and you stumble upon its beauty and think 'I have got to have that!' whilst wandering through Selfridges in Birmingham. I hadnt intentionally set off to buy the phones as I already knew which ones I had wanted and these were not them, but I knew I had to buy a phone for my business to seperate my new phone line from the home one. I spotted them by chance and it was the white with chrome that really set these off.
I have a 'thing' about ringtones and wanted to see how they sounded and what the phone looked like when it was lit up so asked the assistant if he could show me, which he promptly did, beautiful (the phone not necessarily the chap who, I must declare, was young enough to be my son). I paid £70 for this whole unit and feel now it was quite a bargain for the quality.
The phone is snow white colour sitting upright on a stand within the unit which is an aswering machine too, the chrome surrounds the uutside of the phone as well as the answering unit and the buttons for the answering machine are also a chrome. All very glossy and rather good looking, if I dont say so. The 2 inch LCD display is larger than an average phone and is lit blue when the unit is in the holder and charging, you can actually go into the settings and turn this off if you dont like it always on. The answerphone light is a small red one that is also on until you push it for off and the keypad is clear rubber type material that shows the white behin making this a really lovely phone and base unit. The keypad on the handset is illuminated when in use for ease of dialling, great little feature.
The handset is chunky on the main part but tapers up a little towards the top and is a rougher palstic to prevent slipping, you feel as though its quite substantila and feels a lot more expensive that it actually is.
The phone comes with rechargeable batteries, 2 to be exact (AAA) and these are easily slotted into the back of the phone which will bleep immediately and await the setup, requesting language and date and time. The setup is really easy, just plug the base unit into a socket, the telephone line into the wall jack and away you go. It seems to be set to lower volume when you first start off and this worried me to begin with as I wanted a phone that was good on the ears, suffering with hearing problems from time to time it needed to be pretty good. This was quickly remedied with a quick press left on the main button and we were firing on all 4 cylinders here!
The menu on the phone is easy to navigate using the buttons, so much so even I could do it without issue!
There is a phonebook storage facility for 200 numbers but this can be a little tedious putting the names into the phone so I have done mine in stages, if you purchase additional handsets (as I did) it is really easy to copy these numbers to the extra phones by pushing 2 buttons. You really need to name the phone and you can call it whatever you like, mine is 'Wally' as it makes me laugh every time I have to shout to my husband, 'wheres Wally'!!! (small things amuse small minds I have been told).
The phone has intercom capability to use with additonal handsets, hence the naming ceremony and also has a choice of phone wallpaper, 5 to be exact as well as date and time display, which can be turned off at any point.
There are colour options for the LCD to suit your decor and again, this can stay on or off
There are a choice of 14 ringtones but Im not overly keen on a lot of them, there were the usual ringing tones as well as a few tunes and a christmas melody....will give that a go nearer the time.
A great little option on the handset is that it can be put into night mode to prevent it ringing between set times (you determine what these are), with mine I stop it ringing in the bedroom after 11pm until 6am but leave the downstairs to ring for the answerphone to pick up......not that anyone really ever rings at those times wishing to leave me messages.
You can select the autotalk option that allows you to answer the phone simply by lifting up the handset but I prefer not to do that, I like to look and see who is calling first, which is another great benefit of this phone, caller display from your list and number display if the number isnt in you list (phonebook).
The LCD display will let you know that its in use on all handsets, including this one so you can see if you havent hung up.
You can add numbers to the speed dial option on the phone for quick calling and you can also have the call on loud speaker or pop your call on mute. If you dont fancy anyone else listening to your call on any other handset, then switch this one to privacy mode and this prevents eavesdropping!
There is SMS preconfigured on the phone but I cant comment on this as I have never used it, a handy facility if you have a BT phone.
If you really want to remember a conversation, this handy little phone will give you an option to record your conversation, I wouldnt do it unless you tell the person on the other end but for business it would be great. The phone has an alarm feature if you need it (I tend to use my mobile phone) and you can restrict which numbers or prefixes can be dialled from the phone.
The setting for answerphone is just to push the right hand top button and it lights red, the default greeting though is awful and I would suggest you record you own as soon as possible, you can switch between your own and the standard default greeting if you need to.
I set my ringer to 7 before the answer machine sprints into action but you can chose 4, 5 or 7.....dont know where 6 went to but mine not giving that option.
The answer machine will hold 40 minutes of messages before it will stop recording and these are played back with excellent clarity.
I love how the phone looks and its even better with the additional handset, the volume is excellent and easily adjusted and set up remarkable quick. I am thrilled with the privacy mode, night function and phone names and the colour display is an added bonus.
The biggest thing i like is the clarity of calls and the volume as well as the distance you can take these phones before this gets distorted (50 metres), allowing me to work in the garden when the weather imrpoves.
The whole unit sits 14.6cm in width and about 9cm high with the phone standing proud of the base unit. I have recieved so many compliments about the clour and its looks that I cannot fault it.
If you need a new phone for the house with an answering machine, this could be the very one.
I have the base unit with the phone, 'snow white' and 3 other additional handsets, totalling 4 chromes!
I researched long and hard before buying a rebounder as I really wasn't sure they would work, then a friend called with his wife who hadn't mentioned she was losing weight and I was absolutely bowled over! She had decided to eat healthier and do some rebounding for exercise as she was a little embarrassed to go to the gym and boy did she look amazing. That did it really and I decided there and then I would be buying one and so the comparisons started.
This particular model cost me £85 and was a little more expensive than a few I had previously seen, I wanted sturdy and solid and the firmer the 'trampoline' part, the better.
This rebounder came flat packed and was well supported in the box, there was a bouncer frame and the legs, all 6 of them. I had chosen this particular model as it had 6 legs instead of 4 as this would be far safer with no chance of tipping once I started to leap on it. The legs themselves screwed into the pre drilled ports on the frame and once tightened, were ready to stand. The bouncer is a fabric, close weave elastic area that is remarkably smaller than a trampoline and a lot firmer, held onto the lightweight brushed steel frame by very strong springs all round and an elastic, string type arrangement that gave me confidence it would hold my portly frame. There is a slightly padded area that then surrounds the base of the springs and would ultimately prevent any unwanted accidents should you bounce in the wrong direction and have your foot land on that area, this is in a bright blue colour and will keep you aware of where you are bouncing. In the middle of the trampette is a circle area that you will aim to bounce on as this provides the perfect place to get the ultimate effect from the rebounder.
How this works
The rebounder has many benefits and the main few being that it increases stamina, it protects the knees and hip joints from impact, helps lymphatic circulation and will help with weight loss with regular and continued use (with a healthy diet).
This rebounder comes with some instructions for use and a few ideas on how to use it effectively, I generally use it as if i was running (jogging) and this works extremely well. The trampette is firm and gives good resistence, it feels safe and strong and can take up to 125kg, which is more than a lot of the cheaper models. My old rebounder squeaked like a rusty old bicycle but this was as quiet as you could want, I watch TV whilst I'm 'jogging' without having to turn up the volume. The springs are supporting all the body weight but this is distributed evenly between them and with a 21 coil rather than the normal 16 coil of the cheaper models, this made it extremely sturdy.
The feet on the rebounder have rubber feet and are extra wide for support, I use this on my wooden floor and it doesnt move anywhere! I could use it on the carpet but when i put it on the rug it left feet marks that took an age to disappear.
It sits 10'' off the floor so it easily climbed onto, making it a great device for those who find exercising a little difficult and with a 40'' diameter you wont topple off that easy. I have seen handles on the internet for use with such rebounders for those that need extra stability but with this particular rebounder you probably wouldn't need it. You wont be able to do acrobatics on this equipment as its too firm to give much bounce but thats where the exercise come in, the resistance will give you all the benefits of a good workout whilst providing an easier way of doing it.
I would highly recommend the rebounder and especially this model, its solid frame and sturdy springs provide a confidence that you dont get from the cheaper rebounders. There noise level is excellent as this must be the quietest rebounder around at the moment and with a 1 year warranty for parts its great.
My weight is gradually reducing and I dont suffer with any aches and pains using this rebounder, I cannot jog normally and find this is a fantastic way of exercising.
If you decide to buy a rebounder, make sure you buy a good one as a little extra in the price will provide you with a quality product and this is it!
I have owned these 3 BT Graphite phones for over a year now and they are wonderful quality for such basic home units. I really wanted an answer machine but I have an office phone at home also and a mobile so didn't feel it was absolutely necessary now family and friends try the mobile when I don't answer
They are sturdy phones with a slightly wide barrel to them that tapers off towards the top of the handset, and each one has a lit plastic panel on the front. They use half the amount of electricity than the average house phone but I am particularly impressed with the sound quality of the calls. I own a Philips phone for my business and the sound on that is nowhere near as good as my BT Graphite phones and to the point I am thinking of swapping them out.
These phones are cordless and sit on a base unit for charging. The backlight colour is blue and the menu is easy to navigate on the phones. They have a phonebook which can store up to 50 numbers, on the website I purchased them from they did say it was 100 numbers but this isn't the case.
Each phone has caller display so its easy to decide whether to answer or not, I believe my husband filters calls when he thinks the 'monster in law' is calling! There is a handsfree option if you fancy sharing your calls or like me, usually have your hands tied to some food preparation episode and are unable to hold said phone to your ear. There is also a 50 number all log which is great, it enables you to redial at your leisure, its an easy scroll on the menu to see each call and also there is a facility to delete each call individually or delete all at once.
I love the choice of ringtones but in fairness, there would only be about 3 I would use out of the total 16 available. They are fair quality and the ones I would chose are pretty gentle on the ear, they don't blast around the house but generally have you running to find the phone which will often prove difficult as they are not that loud on the ring itself.
Once you have drained the battery in each unit, it will give an audible bleep in your ear as a warning, giving a few minutes to swap the phone over if needed, thankfully its only you who hears this as your caller hears nothing but your conversation. They can take a little time to recharge (over and hour to enable you to make a few calls) but this isn't a problem when you have 3 sitting around. I have tried to use these phones anywhere but in the house and garden and the range for them is pretty good for that, my garden is about 20 feet long and the sound doesn't falter even when im at the bottom of the garden.
The setup is really quick and easy, you plug one unit into the mains and the phone line and the other then only need a power supply (no extra lines needed) so I have 1 unit upstairs, 1 in the lounge and 1 in the kitchen although I do tend for find all 3 phones sitting on my sofa by the end of the day!
There is no facility for text on this phone but again, I wasn't expecting that when I bought them.
One downside to these phones is that once you enter your phone number s into the phone you need to update on all the other phones as they don't automatically port across, I usually just go to redial as mostly I have called the people from each unit at some point and their numbers are then stored.
Great little phones on a basic level, good sound quality and reliable
I have always fridge freezers rather than individuals in my kitchen and with the sudden demise of my LG fridge freezer with built in ice maker; I wasn't sure whether it was a good idea to go down that route again. Either way, I was drawn to the same idea time and again when we visited our local John Lewis and saw this particular model. I had never considered a wine cooler built in before and knew instantly I would love to have this. Only problem was, I had to persuade my other half it was a great idea as it was remarkable more expensive than any other I had seen.
The wine drinker in our house is me and although I don't drink that much, we do tend to order case loads through Laithwaites and the only place to put them all is in the garage. My LG 'American style' fridge freezer was a matt silver colour, like this one and I knew it would fit in beautifully. When you see the John Lewis wine cooler, it has instant appeal, looks very smart and classy and has a glass door for easy viewing. The inside of this is lit with a halogen bulb, which is stunning when the downlights are n under the kitchen units and this provides a lighting them for the room.
The wine cooler part of this fridge freezer hold 39 bottles and chills them to perfection, I like my white wine very cold and this gives just that, except when it's full. I do not doubt its ability to chill the wine but if you space the bottles every 2nd space or don't actually store them on top of each other, then they seem to chill a lot better. Again, this could be personal preference and some people, like my brother in law, like their wine a little warmer. The shelves for storage slope so this apparently is the best way to store the wine for perfect drinking, Im not too sure I have ever noticed this as I have always stored my wine standing in the past. These shelves are wooden and add to the appeal of the fridge freezer as they look very elegant.
The fridge itself has 6 glass shelves for storage and is slightly larger than my last fridge, and these are easily cleaned by taking out. I wash these in warm soapy water as they don't fit in the dishwasher and I'm not too sure if they should go in there anyway. The door holds 5 shelves for easy standing of bottle etc. and the only down side really is that lager water bottles topple on the bottom shelf and can fly out if you are not careful. There is a vegetable drawer in the bottom and this is easy to pull out, the only drawer back here is that I am used to a salad drawer also but just use on of the shelves for this. There is also a compartment for dairy which I don't use for that purpose, I find cheeses don't stay fresh in these so tend to store in plastic sealed boxes and use the closed compartment for chillies and garlic and this keeps them lovely and fresh for a week or two.
The freezer compartment is frost free and I am happy to say this is actually the case, my other freezer was supposed to be also but it didn't tend to work too well. There are 4 drawers for freezing and this seems to be more than enough for our family needs, they are transparent which enables selection easier, so again that's always a good thing. When we first load this, the fast freeze facility is excellent and as it says, fast!
The whole fridge freezer is quiet when on and is absolutely stunning to look at, we have so many compliments about it. Its washes down nicely on the doors and because it's the matt finish there are never usually finger prints on it. I want this fridge freezer to last forever but I know that when the day comes for a change, Im sure there will be equally good fridge freezers on the market at a slightly better price than this. It is an expensive item but for me its worth every penny, for some a little too extravagant.
I bought this steam generator Iron by Tefal last year and have very few regrets about the purchase, I have a friend who irons for a living and she had recommended I get one for ages. Im not too sure why I didnt bother or maybe I just thought that my little steam iron was good enough but when I needed a new one, I took a look at these.
I will be honest and say I really dont understand the differences between them all but I had figured that the really expensive ones may work somewhat better or faster, I had a limited budget and opted for the Tefal as not only did it look good but it was prices at £120 and that was the top end of my available cash. The iron looked good, white iron with purple handle and white casing with clear plastic (purple coloured) water tank. The unit sits on the ledge as its too big for the ironing board and the iron is used as nornal, although this doesnt actually hold any water but with the press of a button, releases steam from the main unit.
The iron feels very light in comparion to my normal iron so i was a little worried that there would be no weight on the clothes to flatten them into a good press but this is not actually what happens. The iron is not the press part of it, its the steam and boy does this thing steam! The tank is filled with 1 litre of cold water and you swith it on, the iron at this point is sitting on top of the tank and has a safety catch over the top end to prevent it from falling off I presume. Its a little like a kettle when you first switch it on as you can hear the element heating and the water must be boiling up, although when you see it in the tank it doesnt look like its boiled. It can take up to 5 minutes to heat up ready for use and an indicator light will flash initially you switch on and becomes constant when its okay to swing into action. You flick the catch off the top of the iron and you are ready to go, the cord is the 'Easy Cord' system that actually holds it ut of the way of the iron for ease of use and it does just that.
The tank unit itself has non slip base feet to enable you to manouevre pretty well on the board without fear of having this slide right off the top and the cord for the steam is quite long so you dont have to be on top of it to iron. When you start, you only press the button on the iron handle for steam as you actually iron so you are in full control of the steam, but be warned, the sole plate of the iron will get very hot as a normal iron would so will burn if accidentally touched. The soleplate on the iron is non stick and glides effortlessly across the clothes, easy to clean too if you do end up ironing something you didnt realise was going to stick.
The 4 bar steam generator of the Tefal unit generates 110g per minute and this is remarkably good, and you can adjust the amount of steam you need with the controls depending on what you are ironing. The whole unit is quite heavy at around 6lb and sits around 15 inches in length, 8 inches wide and 12 inches high so i tend to store it in my garage due to its bulk.
I have a few silk blouses that i am able to iron with this as it has a verticle steam facility and if you hang the clothes on a hanger and just steam them its brilliant. Ideal for curtains for this very reason.
Now for the down side, and there really is just 1 or 2, the steam generator really needs a well ventilated area due to the amount of steam it will put out whilst ironing, I tend to open the windows in the kitchen but you still get steamy windows in other rooms. Also, the steam is pushed out very fast by the iron and if you forget to move your hands quickly, you will get burnt, I have a few scars to rpove this (practice will make perfect though) and finally, there is a puddle underneath my ironing board whenever i finish an hours worth of ironing. I generally lay a towel under the board to prevent this and that works great.
I dont think I would change back to a normal steam iron now I have used this and I doubt any of the negative points I have raised would be different with any other generator so it really is what it is. Work around the negatives and you have an amazing iron that completed the workload in less than half the time. I noticed a massive difference in the time it takes to iron my families clothes each week and any time saved is a fantastic bonus for me.
If you have the money free then I would seriously consider buying a steam generator next time you need an iron, more importantly, the Tefal GV6920 Easy Cord Steam Generator Iron is definitely a great buy, good price and excellent results.
I had always wanted an electric toothbrush but really didnt bother until my hygienist recommended it, she said it prevents over pressing on the gums and resulting damage when they start to recede. Also, they are great for cleaning in between the teeth, when a normal toothbrush may not actually reach. After my check up, i was paying and I noticed they were on sale a t the back of reception and bought one. Apparently they were on offer at £25 but i did see this one a little cheaper in Boots a little while later.
The packaging looks good, with the toothbrush visible on the right hand side and all the promotional information to the left, for some reason, im always impressed with blue and white boxes and this didnt disappoint with its shiny white teeth on the front. I wanted those teeth and here was my chance to dazzle the world......I went home to commence the cleaning routine.
This toothbrush is able to oscilate over 7,600 times a minute and thats impressive in itself, spinning that fast is sure to tackle any build up of plaque and blast it off my teeth without a second thought. I was worried at first that this may in fact hurt if it hit the gums in any kind of manner that they werent used to but this was not the case, because of the speed, it made the brush sort of 'bounce' over them but cleaned them really well. I was impressed with the claims of reducing the plaque by up to 2 times the standard rate of a manula toothbrush and this would only be proven by my next visit to the dentist, so hereby cant comment yet on that.
The toothbrush came out of the packing with a little persuasion, as always with the hard plastic casing, it takes a lot of pulling and cutting with a good pair of scissors. It fits the hand well, bigger than my normal toothbrush but felt solid and of good quality, nothing less than i would expect from Oral B really. The battery is sealed into the brush and this provided the weight behind the brush (always a good thing when something feels weighty!). There is a stand in the box for the toothbrush to stand on to charge and this plugs into the shaver adaptor so can only really be charged in the bathroom unless you get an adaptor plug. The fot is good, the toothbrush doesnts wobble and there is a slight buzzing noise when its charging, this could in fact by my socket as I feel as if the noise comes from the wall!!
The toothbrush has a head that is easily removed for changing and the one its fitted with is the Precision clean on, which seems pretty big at first glance. Well i say big but its not as wide as my normal toothbrush but seems to sit higher on the shaft of the toothbrush. There is another brush head for interdental cleaning which is the bit i particularly like about this item, it feels like you have a really good tooth cleaning experience.
Now im not too sure whether to wet the head prior to putting the toothpaste on or not but let me tell you that for me, this doesnt work.. I pressed the on button which is situated half ay down the handle of the brush and off felw the paste, had I used my brain I should have put this into my mouth first and then prssed but i really wanted to see it working. On other occasions when i have done just that and placed it onto the teeth, it produces too much fluid in the mouth and makes cleaning unpleasant as its dripping down my chin and if Im not careful, my clothes too.
Trying this without water first is better for me and the only downide there would be that I need to use a little more paste than normal to cover my whole set of 'pearlies'. I usually just cup my hand for rinsing water and swill as it doesnt work to try and rinse with the brush, water flying everywhere and a right old mess in the bathroom.
When using this toothbrush, there is a buzzing noise which isnt too loud and the brush glides over the teeth. There are bristles on the brush that change colour after about 3 mnths use (although they seemed to fade sooner with mine) to remind you to change the head, these are easily bought at most chemists and supermarkets and you can choose the best to suit you. The dentist recommends that we brush our teeth for 2 minutes each time x 2 a day and this toothbrush has a built in timer to pulsate when you have reached that time, it doesnt switch off but is just a reminder so if you havent finished, you can continue. Great for when you think you have been brushing for an age only to realise there is still time left.
My toothbrush lasts for around 4 days before it needs recharging, pretty good in my book. It takes about 15-30 minutes to get a good charge into the unit but i always leave my charging through the day after the morning brush.
There are plenty of other brushes on the market that are more expensive and I know a lot of them offer a few more perks but this for me is ideal. You can have a brushing head for each member of the family but i wouldnt do this as when you are brushing all sorts of saliva and paste tend to run down the handle.....not particularly nice for the next person even though its easily washed.
Great little toothbrush at a good price. My teeth always feel lovely when I have brushed with this ans I could certainly give Donny Osmond a run for his money!
I always thought a toaster was a toaster until I needed a new one! My poor old 'trusty' had given up on the world and left me with only bread for breakfast and thats an absolute crime when there is marmalade lurking in the cupboard. Hubby only likes lightly toasted bread whilst I am keen on that just burnt look, for the tastiest toast smothered in lovely butter (guaranteed to add pounds to the hips the way I do it).
I took a little time to compare all the options for toasters at Debenhams and even took a wander to Argos and House of Frazer, not much difference in price to be fair so I bought from Debenhams as it was easier to compare with the larger selection in my local store. I knew I wanted to control the colour of the toast to please both me and 'he who should be obeyed' and this seemed ideal with the twin control knobs situated at the front.
The toaster looks bigger than average, lets be honest if is! Its a 4 slice machine with wider slots and sits around 8 inches high by 12 inches wide, looking lovely in a matt finished silver effect. The handles for the slots are on the front above the dials for browning and you can toast either 2 pieces at a time (1 if thats all you need) or 4, seperate handles for each section. The slots, as I said, are wider for thicker bread, crumpets, muffins or even tea cakes and this takes away the need to start prising out thick toast that has stuck whilst it continues to burn causing the fire alarm it swing into action!
If you do decide to toast muffins in the machine, they may well sit lower into the toaster and when it automatically pops up on completion, you could well struggle to get these out. The handle for the insertion of items into the toaster also lifts these items higher if required and is brilliant for the shorter muffins etc. There is a frozen bread setting, which i have to say is fabulous as I dont tend to se all the loaf in the time before it will go mouldy so I grab bread for toast from the freezer as and when i need it. Now, for some reason, this toaster seems to make better toast with the frozen bread, almost gives it a newly baked taste which i have to say I love. There are 2 seperate crumb trays for convenience and the cord seems a little longer than my last toaster so it doesnt have to sit directly under the plug.
The feet for the toaster are non slip and although i like this idea, I dont recall chasing my other one round the kitchen ledge so maybe a good selling point but for me served very little purpose. There is also a self centring lie about the toaster slots which means that when you put your bread or muffin in there, it will centre itself and toast evenly, very useful and actually works well. The stop button (cancel) has proven quite handy as for some reason, muffins need a lot less time than my average piece of bread to toast and if you should forget to turn the browning indicator down, your mufffin will be cremated and inedible!
With the 1600 watts that this big toaster posseses, you can be assured you will not be growing a beard waiting for your breakfast each morning, its quick! I have found the browning controls to move easily so you need to check these each time you insert your bread, maybe they knock with movement but to me they seems to never be the same twice. The matt finish to this machine is lovely and as with anything matt, it seems to not show finger marks etc its easy to clean and always look good. I love this toaster and would recommend the brand to anyone interested in purchasiing a new one, it really looks professional and more than that, it makes great toast......
I have had this toaster now for around 1 year and it never lets me down, there is no compromise on quality of toasting and all parts are solid and remain intact. Brilliant
I really love the smell of fresh bread when i walk down the high street and even more so when you buy some and have it in the kitchen whilst its warm and the smell seems to fill the house. After many, and i mean more than i really want to admit, failed attempts at making my own bread I gave up and accepted that it was never to be. By chance, I called upon a neighbour who had a bread maker and although it wasnt the Morphy Richards one, she was raving about using it. I like the idea of something that could make it and bake it and I could maybe pass it off as my own........
I looked around and reviewed a lot of bread makers before settling on the Morphy Richards fast bake as I wanted something that wasnt labouring for hours to produce a tiny loaf that would have the household arguing about for hours! Also, I wanted a chrome bread maker to fit in with my decor (cream and chrome) and this seemed like my ideal item. I orded from Amazon and it arrived within 4 days and I was not disappointed at all.
There were a few parts to fit together but this was a breeze, the outer casing, the inner bread basket and the dough mixer blade which slotted together and we were ready to bake. I just needed to make sure I had all the ingredients for the perfect loaf and off I went to get them. The outer casing itself is very nice to look at and positively professional in its appearance, it stands about 12 - 15 inches tall and has a glass viewing panel on the top. The controls are in black but this doesnt take anything away from its classy look, its quiet when working and I did have to check a few time that it was actually on.
When you choose the loaf you want to make you can indicate how well you want this cooking from light to dark, personal preference I guess as I always choose dark (I like the taste of the darker crust). The bread itself can be a smaller loaf at around 1.5lb or a larger one at 2lb, again, I tend to make the bigger one for the family. The bread doesnt have any added preservatives so one thing to remember is that it isnt going to last beyond a day or two but if like me, you like toast, its great for that after the second day.
There are 12 settings for various options of bread but I usually use the Fastbake 1 or 2 option, you can always make Wholemeal, sweet bread herb bread, in fact absolutely any bread you like and although there are some recipes in the manual you can always use your own. There is a bleep indicator for various stages and to let you know when the bread is ready, controls being very simple to use.
For all the bread recipes in the manual, all the ingredients are put in the basket within the breadmaker together and you then set the machine to go, its really that simple. I like to set the timer to bake the bread for early morning and although this was a great idea to begin with, it woke the dog at 5am who then thought it was time to howl for the family to get up so lesson learnt.......
The basket can be quite hot when the bread is cooked, as you would expect so i would suggest you use heat proof mitts and them tip the bread onto a rack to cool down, if you place it on a ledge or anything solid, the heat turns to condensation and the bread goes a little soggy. The bread itself can take around 3 hours to mix, knead and bake but during the cooking section it will smell wonderful, everything i dreamt it would be. There is always a hole in the underside of the bread where the blade has been but once cut, its not too noticeable and doesnt take anything away from the taste anyway.
I have also let the bread knead and then removed from the maker so i can split into buns and cook in the oven, these are amazing and my husbands favourite without a doubt. Im not overly keen on fruited breads and although you can make these, amongst many others in the machine, I tend to stick to white and wholemeal.
I would recommend this machine to anyone thinking about buying one and would replace this with the exact same if it were to expire, the smell is wonderful and its now part of the family....my own little dough boy!
I hadnt initially wanted to buy this little camera, it seemed too cheap for anything that would be good and it was extremely light so I thought it may not last too long. The guy in the shop had spent a long time with us going through varius options but I knew I needed something that was easy to use, pick it up, point it, click and capture! This, I was told would do just that.
Its a little balck camera with chrome on the top and the lens and has a small display on the back to see what you are taking pictures of, as well as the viewfinder if you want to put your eye to it, no differnt than any other camera I figured. All the buttons for this camera are easy to access whilst holding the camera and if you are inclined to drop things, put the wrist strap on for added security. At around £60 this was a great buy and we took this home to start using at a party the next day.
I am impatient and tend not to read the instruction manual but really this is a must for the camera, the menu setting is on the back of the camera and you can scroll through various options to set time and date and also quality of picture, I now know that the higher the resolution the less pictures you can take, this had caused me a little concern as I believed using a 4Gb SD card was going to allow me thousands of pictures but sadly this didnt seem to be the case.
Using the same menu option on the menu button, you can set the flash for automatic, always or off and this was really handy, I set to automatic to avoid the many requests I would inevitable make to retake a shot because i had forgotten to set it. Autofocus can also be set which I love, I mean who wouldnt want that on a camera, especially wobbly handed people like me?
The viewfinder screen is pretty large for a camera at this price and this enable you to focus better regardless, I love to see and then view the pictures I have taken and check im happy before moving on to take further pictures, I often get asked by the subjects in the pic to see what I have taken. Deleting the picture is easy as you can click on it and delete or delete all pictures.
Optical zoom is something that took me a little longer to sort and I really dont know why other that you can do it slowly or if the button is pushed the other way, it goes quickly. This button sits just in front of the capture photo button and can seem a little fiddly but given the camera size, anyone with bigger hands may also find this problem. The lens will move out as soon as the camera is switched on and back for safe storage when shut off and when you adjust the zoom you have an audible sound to let you know its adjusting for you, to be fair its all very professional for a low cost camera.
Videos on the camera are also excellent quality but tend to drain the battery fairly quickly and. as you would expect, are higher on the storage of the SD card. I dont take many videos as I think people tend to accept a picture but are less accomodating of a video.
Flash is excellent and I produced some great photos even in darker light conditions, battery life decreases significantly if you are using the flash so if you are out for the evening maybe consider buying another battery so you always have a spare one charged up.
I love this little camera and am ashamed to say I doubted its ability due to the weight, its easy to use, takes lovely photos and has good battery life. Would be good as a starter for a teenager or someone like myself who wants something easy to use which does exactly what you expect.
I had these for a Christmas present this year, even though my hair is straight it does tend to kink at the front and at the side, I had asked my other half if he would part with his well earned money for these ceramic plated straighteners as they were an absolute MUST have item.
The straighteners came with a plastic cap that fits over the top of the unit to prevent it opening I presume and what seemed like a relatively long cord, the unit is a matt black with the gold coloued plates and they are the standard, not the wider ones. I plugged them in and there was a little bllep to indicate they were heating and a sgin on the handle saying GHD also lit up, they must have taken around 15 to 20 seconds to get to temperature and again, an indicative bleep let me know we were ready for action.
The cord swivels on the base to allow for easy use and although you can feel the heat from the plates they are by no means uncomfortable, I did touch the plate by accident and after 2 minutes on the ceiling, i was able to continue my quest for straight hair! These get very very hot so please be careful when using.
There was no drag on my hair as i pulled the plates along it and even when i sectioned smaller piecces of hair, they were still able to glide gracefully along. My hair was wonderfuly shiny, I did apply heat protection spray to ensure i didnt damage the shaft but I know not everyone will want to use it.
I have tried to wave my hair with the GHDs but i cant get the hang of it so I bought a curling wand recently.
The straighteners come with a mat to sit them on whilst you are using them and a bag to carry them in, they look very professional and sleek and dont weigh very much at all, I take them in my hand luggage when travelling. That brings me to another point, they are dual voltage and will automatically detect and work in the UK and USA despite the variance in voltage, this was brilliant when we went to Florida last year.
I would highly recommend these straighteners to anyone who is thinking of purchasing some, they look great and do exactly as they should even if they are a little expensive.
My 14 year old daughter had been using a curling wand for months and although it was a little cheap one, her hair always looked lovely and curly, my secret dream was to have my poker straight hair turned into a princess curly top! I didnt want to embarrass myself and ask her to do mine but thought, one day i will have a go.
I was wandering around Debenhams last week, often found lurking in this shop to be fair, and i spotted the Remington C195 Curling wand and although tempted at £20, I was still unsure if i could actually use it to give me the curls. Continued to shop and on the way back through decided to take the plunge and bought it. I had a 50th birthday party to attend a few days later and figured i would have plenty of time to practice.
This bought me to my initial problem, how do you use these things correctly to get either the tight curls or the loose, just fell out of bed look so i decided to put that question into YouTube.....result! Lots of girls usingthe wand to achieve various looks with ease and it did look really easy. The wand did not come with any instructions but with a long cord and a heat protective glove for 1 hand......believe me, that was needed.
The wand itself is ceramic and as my straighteners are ceramic, i thought this was the best way forward to protect the hair. The barrel of the wand is thicker at one end so if you wind your hair down the barrel the curls are going to look more natural, also, if you want the loose look then you wrap thicker sections around the wand. A heat protection spray would be advisable beforehand as not only does it protect the hair, it gives it a little more hold.
The barrel of the wand itself has pearl within the ceramic coating and this allows your hair to retain more curl without the frizz that can sometines occur with heated products.
There is a digital display on the handle of the wand and this allows for you to adjust the heat settings accordingly, I only needed a lower heat as my hair is very fine but you can take it up to suit your hair thickness. The heat setting can be set for you and also the on/off switch needs to be held for a few seconds before it turns off, preventing you acidentally turning it off when using it.
To curl the hair it seems best to hold the handle at the top of the head and wind the hair down and around the shaft, hold for 3-5 seconds and let the hair fall off the wand. Beautiful curls! Always make sure you wear the heat protecting glove as you can burn very easily with the wand. This also comes with a travel case which is heat resistant, great for holidays and travelling on business.
I have used this a few times now and as a novice can honestly say its fantastic! I looked like i had been to the hairdressers when I went to the party and i got such a lot of compliments. Great for everyday use as well as special occassions and with a 5 year guarantee, they dont come much better than this.
I bought this when it was first launched, i was in Debenhams and was approcahed by a rather beautiful young girl who told me she used this serum herself.....if she could look that good then why couldnt I? Duly bought i took it home.
I have always used Clinique products as my skin is really sensitive and can be a little blotchy, having tried various other products including haemorrhoid cream (apparently this is supposed to reduce puffiness around the eyes and all the models use it!?), where nothing does what it says, or in the case of the haemorrhoid cream, stung like crazy. I suffer with 'bags' under my eyes a lot of the mornings and although i dont have dark circles yet, im sure these will follow if i dont sort the puffiness. I have used creams in the evenings to reduce this glorious look but in fact, it would only appear worse in the morning so i really need something a little different.
I was rather hoping to get the serum with the Bonus Time scheme but that wasnt available, the girl gave me a few samples of other products and i duly paid my £28 (rather pricey), I know there are cheaper versions but i hadnt tried these for fear of getting that much skin irritation my eyes closed altogether and that would have been disastrous at the school playground the following day! It was a 15ml mascara sized potion that has a metal rollerball action, dispensing a slither of soothing lotion in the undereye area, the packaging was the usual green Clinique box and was nothing less than i expected....it looks good.
I decided i would use the serum in the morning after the school drop as i would have a chance to sort any reaction quite quickly, and indeed i was expecting this. I had cleaned my face and without makeup set to work with the product. It contains antioxidants and botanical substances but its main power is the caffeine and this was the key ingredient i believe. It was lovely and refreshing when applied and just a few rolls were enough under each eye. I waited for 30 minutes to see if there was an effect (adverse) but i didnt feel any irritation at all, so I applied my makeup and continued through the day.
Over the period of about 3 months i can honest say that as refreshing as the serum feels, i cant really say I saw any lasting effects from it, maybe its better for dark circles than puffiness, which it tackled as soon as it was applied but didnt seem to last the day and when you are wearing makeup, its difficult to remove this, reapply and then put the makeup back on.
Overall, i would say that this serum is good but i guess that maybe a lot that use the same method will be as good, the advantage with the Clinique one is that we know its anti allergenic. Apparently, some people have an allergy to caffeine so i would maybe try a cheaper version before you part with the money for this one....always best to check. I would only buy this again if i had a lot of spare cash as it didnt really give me a lasting solution to my puffiness but or those of you with dark circles, i believe it may be worth the investment.
I had my eye on this kettle for a few weeks before I bought it and only did so because I had some gift vouchers for Christmas and thought i should invest in this lovely looking kettle! Its cream colour with brown leather look handle was really impressive and it was a heavy, solid kettle and I figured this would mean good quality.
I already have a Delonghi toaster which is still going strong after 11 years so I have no problem with the brand, in fact I think Delonghi are brilliant. I paid £80 for my Icona kettle and even the husband was impressed with its looks, sat well on my worktop and with the cord stored underneath the black base, it was tidy. Its tall and elegant with the lid rather small but functional, i tend to fill from the spout anyway so no issues with that.
I picked the kettle up for first use and my immediate thought was that it felt heavy without the water in it....a little confusing really when you need to make a brew for a couple of people as i tend to fill to weight and then boil. The indicator on the side is too dark to read properly and hidden by the handle somewhat, unless you stand by the window and squint at it.......no guessing with this kettle then
A simple little lever on the base of the kettle switches it on and away it goes, very noisily! When I did switch it on my hubby ran from the lounge to check I had put water in it as it sounded like an empty kettle boiling and ready to explode.....we are used to this now but for such an expensive kettle I would have expected less noise. The base is plastic and again, doesn't sit with the kettle as the rest is cream and brown, a little more thought should have gone into it really. Also, the base is very light, even with the cord stored on it.
The spout has a filter which can be placed into the dishwasher or rinsed regularly and this prevents any sediment if you are in a hard water area like me.
This kettle is quick to boil, I get a few cups within 2 minutes sometimes less if I manage to put the correct amount of water in it.
Downside is that the side of the kettle and especially the lid, get very hot so no refilling quickly unless you do as I do, go in through the spout.
A lovely kettle but a few 'cheap' looking bits to it.