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I go through phases of when I love to wear watches and then I go through phases where I hate watches but during my wearing phase I tend to buy a couple that I like and a few years back I really wanted a bright watch and that was when I came across this, I had been looking longingly at the Ice Watches but at the time I couldn't afford one (I have one now though) so I thought this would be a great alternative which it was. I bought it in a shocking pink colour which I absolutely love and I wore it quite a lot that summer.
The watch is all plastic even the strap but it looks like a metal link strap (but obviously in pink plastic) the clasp is also plastic.
To set the time you just pull out the pin on the side, turn the little dial until the hands are at the correct time and them push the pin back in until it clicks. It keeps the time very well and is still working just fine now.
This is a fab watch for everyday wear and being cheap and plastic it doesn't show any wear and doesn't easily get marked if knocked about. I really like this watch but at the moment I am going through my "I don't need to wear a watch" phase so it resides in the drawer with the rest of my watches. I will wear it again someday and it still looks like new so it was a £14.99 bargain!
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These type of watches can be bought in so many different characters and we have had a few of them over the years, my son spotted this Thomas and Friends interchangable face watch in B&M's a few months back and priced at £1.99 I didn't mind buying it for him, despite having similar watches in the toy box at home.
These are fun and cute novelty items for kids but I wouldn't say it makes for a good learning aid as it is a digital watch and I would prefer my children to be able to tell the time by hands!
The faces on the watch can be swapped over and changed as and when the child pleases, the little disc slides on and off the closing clasp lid part of the watch but it can be a bit tricky to get them into place so is more of an adult job, they are easier to pull off them put on, as I have found! My son likes to pull the little faces off and 'loose' them so that he can change over to a different one every five minutes.
The colours are nice and bright and it is very true to the actual characters of the Thomas and Friends show. It comes with four different trains to choose from but Thomas has remained a firm favourite. My son is more into superhero's now so this is in the toy box but he does get it out now and again.
Fun as a little bracelet but not the worlds best watch, great fun for kids.
My hubby uses this Turtle Beach Ear Force X4 Headset on a daily basis whilst playing on the Xbox 360 and he recommends it highly. I have used it a few times but I don't chat online as I tend to play one player games but I can say that the sound quality is fantastic. I find them quite comfortable to wear and forget that they are on my head after a while, my hubby thinks the same and he prefers the comfort of these to other headsets he has used in the past. He also has a newer model of the Turtle Beach headsets for the Xbox One console as these were not compatible with the newer console, but these do come highly recommended for comfort and he won't buy another brand of headset since he came across these.
They have an attractive white and grey colour way and look quite retro whilst also being trendy. They are so many pluses about these headsets with the look and sound/chat quality but I have found them to be quite flimsy. This can be said for all the Turtle Beach headsets I have bought though not just these.
They need looking after as the arms are just not very strong and should they get left laying around they will then likely be jumped/stood/kicked on/at and be rendered useless. The left arm on my hubby's pair snapped at the plastic join but he was able to tape it back together as these don't get used so often now since he had the new console.
They are expensive so I would say they really need to be handled with care and looked after.
Thanks for reading x
~*~ Ikea POÄNG Armchair ~*~
I have owned two of these chairs in the past, I bought the first one from Ikea about 8/9 years ago and gave it to my neighbour when we moved house and the other I bought from eBay the same time as I bought my Ikea Klippan Sofas. I bought this from the same seller where I got two leather Klippan sofas, a nest of tables, this POÄNG Armchair and the matching footstool. I paid £100 for the lot but it easily cost at least £1000 when the lot was bought new so I got a great bargain.
I didn't bid on the items for the armchair but for the sofas and wasn't sure where the armchair and footstool would fit but it actually fits quite nicely in the corner of the living room and is the chair that gets fought over by the kids on a daily basis!
The frame on mine is in a dark brown/black but it is the same bent wood shape as the image shown, the cushion/seating part is different looking to the one shown though and I think this is because Ciao are using an older photo. The seat cushion is very similar but there is a removable top cushion that just slots on the top rather than over the chair. Mine is also in an easy to clean soft black leather. The footstool is the same with the matching bentwood frame and black leather top.
I like this chair and find it really comfortable, it has a slight rock to it too if you so wish to use it as a rocking chair, the high back makes it comfy too and really supportive, the only bad thing I could say is that it lacks padding, but I have two cushions on it and these add that extra bit of padding it requires.
These retail for £175 in Ikea stores but I have seen them for sale on eBay and the like quite often. They are good value for money though as they are really hard wearing and seem like they will last a lifetime!
Cleaning instructions couldn't be easier ... Just wipe it over with a soft damp cloth and that is it.
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I didn't set about buying these sofas and I didn't actually buy them from Ikea, but my corner sofa was just too big for the front living room and I needed to get something quickly, I was so fed up of being cramped and cluttered! I still wanted black leather sofas so I went onto eBay and that is where I managed to snap up two of these sofas in black leather for £100 ... I was happy with that! The seller also threw in a nest of table so I got a real bargain.
I did worry about the sofas looking small but when they were in the living room all set the way I wanted them they looked great. They do have low backs but when you are sat on it it feels fine as you sort of sink into the seat a bit.
They come with four silver metal tubular screw in legs and these although not huge themselves do add that much needed bit of height to the sofas.
I have them in black leather but if you choose the material ones the amount of coloured covers available is huge! You can have them in white, cream, black, red, pink, green, spotted, animal print etc... But the actual colour of the sofa under the covers is white.
The material two seater Klippan sofas start at £139 which is a bargain price, especially if you need something quick and cheap, it's Ikea so you can go along and collect yourself and not have to wait in for a delivery that may or may not turn up. The leather ones I believe were around £395 each, I got a great bargain but I think if I had been in a hurry I would have bought the material ones with spare covers as they are pretty much the same thing.
I think they are great sofas for the money and I have seen them used a lot in smaller homes as they make for great seating but are space saving which is important when you are low on space.
I find them really comfortable and can easily stretch out on it in the evening when I am feeling tired .... I am only 5ft though.
~ Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo ~
Despite not being loyal to any particular shampoo brands this is one that I tend to go back to time and time again.
This Hello Hydration shampoo by Herbal Essences comes in a nice blue coloured bottle with the typical push button lid. The shampoo itself is also blue in colour but paler than the bottle.
I like this shampoo as I find it leaves my hair really soft and shiny and smelling great. I find it works a treat for my hair as due to colouring and using heated hair tools my hair does get really dry but this does seem to leave it in much better condition, I only need to use a small amount as it really does lather up well and I find that a small amount is enough to get my hair clean.
I do use it with a blob of the same conditioner and the scent stays in my hair until I come to wash it next.
The scent is lovely. It's a really tropical coconutty scent which I really love. It's a really uplifting scent.
I do like the results that this shampoo offers, it leaves my hair soft and shiny and really easy to manage. I don't think it makes my hair flat or lifeless but adds a bit of volume which I think is a great thing!
I tend to buy it from Poundland so I only pay £1 a bottle which I think is a bargain.
This is something I would recommend.
Thanks for reading x
~ Batiste Dry Shampoo - Original ~
I don't tend to use Batiste dry shampoo for greasy hair as I wash my hair everyday to every other day so it never really gets a chance to get greasy but I do use it when I use too much oil sprays in my hair and it works brilliant for that.
I also use it for adding boost and volume to my hair when it is looking flat and lifeless.
The Batiste Original is probably one of the best as it just has a nice clean fresh scent with no added fanciness to take anything away from it, it's just good old fashioned dry shampoo.
It comes in an aerosol type can that gives a good blast when sprayed so it is best directed at the hair from a slight distance, I hold the can about 30cm away and just spray into the roots, I let it rest for a few seconds and then rub it through with my fingers before brushing through and styling how I want it.
If I have used to much oil spray or even Argan oil after curling or straightening, and my hair is looking a little lank and greasy I will give it a quick blast with Batiste and run my fingers through, this soaks up some of the oil, and whilst my hair still shines it stops it looking greasy. It also adds a nice bit of volume.
It's great when you want to do an updo on fine hair too as this adds volume and makes it easier to pin up and style.
This is one I would highly recommend.
Thanks for reading x
~ Batiste Coloured Dry Shampoo - Light & Blonde ~
In the summer I was really lucky to go to an event hosted by Batiste and it was there that I had a goody bag which contained various Batiste products including this A hint of colour Light & Blonde dry shampoo.
I had run out of my usual Batiste so grabbed this one from my box of hair stuff and went to apply it in my usual way. The first big difference I noticed was the scent, I didn't find it very appealing, it is quite masculine I think, the second thing I noticed was a big yellow streak across my head! It was like I had spray painted my head! Not the look I was going for at all.
I have blonde hair, so really this product should be suitable for me. As I use this the dry shampoo to add texture and volume to my hair I generally just spray the whole of my hair rather than just aiming it at my roots so I ended up with a yellow hue to my hair. Seeing this, I decided to try it on my roots which after doing an Ombre hair colour are a darker shade of blonde, the dry shampoo did lighten my roots a lot but still looked very yellow. I rubbed it through with my fingers and then brushed it all to try and even out where the spray had hit and it did blend in well, but it didn't seem to offer the boost and volume that I am used to getting from Batiste products, it left my hair quite limp actually.
This isn't something I would buy again, but others may like it.
Thanks for reading x
~ Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo ~
I am not brand loyal at all when it comes to shampoo and conditioners, mostly buying whatever is on offer wherever I am when I remember that I need to buy some, so when I saw these in my local Poundland I bought some. I don't particularly like cheap brand shampoos and conditioners and will often go for a branded product and at £1 for the shampoo this seemed like a good deal. I had been wanting to try this since seeing it advertised on the telly too so I was hoping for great results.
The shampoo comes in a lovely honey coloured curvy bottle with the typical Herbal Essences push top lid. The shampoo stands the correct way up and the shampoo is always easy to dispense.
The shampoo itself is also honey coloured and smells lovely, I only use a small blob and work this through my hair and it lathers up really well, when rinsing it out I don't find my hair tangles and knots which is something I find happens with cheap shampoos. It also rinses out easily too.
The scent is lovely. It has extracts of honey and apricot but I can't smell any of these in the shampoo which is a shame as I love the scent of apricot, it has a nice clean and fresh scent. I can smell the scent on my hair until the next time I come to wash it too so it's really good.
Since using this Bee Strong Shampoo I have to say that my hair does seem stronger and I am getting less breakage too which is brilliant as I colour my hair and have in the past had some dry and damaged hair which does break easily, this shampoo has helped reduce this massively.
I use it with the same brand conditioner and I find it leaves my hair strong, shiny and looking nice.
Thanks for reading x
~ Konad Nail Stamper and Scraper ~
I love to my nails and using the Konad Nail Stamper is one of the easiest ways to add nice designs to your nails.
The way to use these is as simple as it sounds, you stamp your nails!
You have to apply nail varnish to a special plate and then wipe over the plate with the scraper to remove the excess nail varnish and then use the stamper to pick up the pattern and then apply it to the nail. It comes off the stamper really easily and just transfers to the nail. You then have to repeat the process for each nail. All of the product can be easily wiped off the stamper as it has a rubber type head which is not porous so does not hold the colour. The plate needs to be wiped clean with nail varnish remover and cotton wool buds as these seem to get into the little pattern grooves with ease.
You can get loads of different design pattern plates and all are suitable for use with the Konad Nail stamper and scraper.
The scraper is like a blunt blade which pushes the colour into the plate and removes the excess nail varnish at the same time, I would recommend that this gets wiped over after each use with some nail varnish remover. The handle of my scrapers have discoloured over time with the nail varnish build up but it doesn't affect the performance in any way.
Easy to use and give great results. I have used cheaper stampers and the quality was not as good as the Konad so I would say to get the proper thing as it will last you well.
Thanks for reading x
~ Rio Nail Art Kit ~
I love to do my nails so my when my hubby bought me this set for Christmas last year I was really pleased. I had wanted fine tipped brushes for a while and as this has them in the nail varnish pots it was just what I was after.
This retails at around £25 but checking online I can see that Argos currently have it on sale for £19.99 which I think is the price the hubby paid last year.
It all comes in a neat little white box which contains a tray holding the six bottles, the bottles are actually plastic which I did not expect but actually works out better as when using with the dotting tool means you can squeeze the bottle to get the nail varnish out.
Also included in the box is a instruction leaflet and a DVD. The DVD is quite useful as it does show a good range of designs and the leaflet gives you the gist of it in easy to read sections.
Each bottle has it's own lid which houses the fine tipped brush but also pulling off the lid of the lid (confusing?) reveals the little pen/dotting tool which can be put on the bottle to draw with or dot with.
In theory it all seems simple but when I tried with the fine brush I failed. Epically! I just couldn't get the hang of it at all but over time I have got better with it so it does take some practise. The little pen tool is quite simple to use and I mainly used this when I wanted spotty nails as it pushes out a little dot on the nail, you can of course drag this into a stripe or whatever if you so wish.
The nail varnish is of good quality and I like it. I do add a clear top coat over my nails to protect them though.
Thanks for reading x
~ The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Body Butter ~
I bought this last Christmas time along with a couple of other items from the range, and whilst I did use the oils in my oil burner I put this away and forgot all about it. At the moment it seems that myself and two of my children are getting dry skin and I am pretty sure this is down to having to have the central heating on all of the time so I went looking in my big dressing table drawer for some moisturising creams, I knew there was a tub of E45 in there but I also came across this, which is quite handy really, seeing as it is a lovely festive product.
I have been using this over the last few days and I have to say that it has helped my skin no end. I had dry skin on my hands, legs and face so I have been lathering this on in the evenings after a bath and it has really helped.
The scent is lovely. Both fruity and spicy but not too heavy, it lasts well too and I can always smell it still on my skin in the morning. I would say that it is a product more suited to this season as it is a very festive scent.
The colour of the body butter is pale pink but when rubbed into the skin leaves no trace of colour at all.
I do find that I need to use this sparingly as it is really rich and can seem a little greasy if I layer too much on but using a little dollop and rubbing it in as I move along seems to work great for me.
When I use it on my face, I only take out a really small amount and just rub it in lightly. I had dry skin on my forehead and nose and these have gone now which I am really pleased about.
It is now called Frosted Cranberry Body Butter and will cost you £13 but check around for discount codes as they will often be available, The Body Shop also have good offers too when spending certain amounts.
Thanks for reading x
~ MUA Professional Mosaic Bronzer ~
I am a fan of bronzers to add a nice hint of colour to my skin, I tend not to foundation often but use the bronzers on a daily basis, this is one I bought from Superdrug and it is by MUA - Make Up Academy.
This is a multi tone bronzer, it has many different shades of browns and tans which all combine together to make the perfect colour for your skin, depending on where you swirl your brush you will pick up different colours so it will work right through the year.
You get a large compact for just £2.50 and a little goes a long way so it will last you well. Mine lasted over 8 months but it has run out now so I will be replacing it as soon as possible.
The only thing that I feel I should mention is that it is slightly shimmery so if you want a flat bronzer this isn't one for you, but if you don't mind a subtle shimmer then I would recommend it highly.
I have a few different bronzers that I like to use and I mainly used this one with a quick sweep across the cheekbones and also a little on my chest if I so wished!
The packaging is nice and sturdy and it lasted well in my make up bag for months with no damage.
For such a small amount of money this is a really good product, like most things that MUA bring out. I am a huge fan.
Thanks for reading x
~ MUA Nail Varnish ~
If you have read my previous nail varnish reviews you will know that I am quite a fan of numerous different nail products. These are a favourite of mine due to the good quality for the low price.
The bottles have changed since this image was added to the Dooyoo catalogue and they are now square small glass bottles with the MUA in raised lettering on the bottle, very much like the Essie varnishes.
MUA have a good colour range but they often change with the seasons so you will get nice bright colours in the summer and darker deeper shades in the colder seasons.
They cost just £1 which I think is a brilliant price.
I find that three thin coats gives brilliant coverage and a clear top coat seals it all in and it will last a good 4/5 days without chipping.
The colours are always true to how they look in the bottle so there's no surprises when it comes to using it.
The brush is slim and small making it easy to control and I tend to paint my nails in three stripes, starting in the centre and and then the sides. You are better off with this to use really thin coats rather than thicker as it will take up to three for proper coverage and this way it will all dry nicely.
I really like these, they are small but they do go a long way and last well and for the price they really are brilliant.
Thanks for reading x
~ MUA False Eyelashes - Vixen ~
I have been a huge fan of the MUA brand since I first spotted it in my local Superdrug, but since that closed down, I have been making do with the odd online order at www.muastore.co.uk and stocking up when I come across a Superdrug store when out and about.
I ordered these lashes a few months back, they have a choice of 5 different designs and I chose two, one pair being these Vixen lashes and the other being Flair. These Vixen ones are more dramatic and the Flair have a more natural look. The others available are ~
I have just noticed that they are currently on sale for £1 a pair rather than the usual £2 so get them now if you want them!
These Vixen lashes are thick and dark, and make for a nice but dramatic look, ideal for a night out, which is what I wanted them for.
Compared to other similar shaped lashes I find these really light to wear, they don't make your eyelids feel droopy and heavy and they are actually really comfortable.
They come in a nice black and silver package which also contains a small tube of eyelash glue. These are also re-usable, all you need to do is peel off the dried glue carefully and maybe give them a quick wipe over.
These lashes do not look natural, they have a glossy sheen to them but for me this wasn't a problem at all.
I really like them and would recommend them highly.
Thanks for reading x