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I've had this electric toothbrush for a couple of years now and it does everything you would expect from an electric toothbrush. As someone who has always brushed their teeth well, and looked after their teeth, I was a bit sceptical about getting an eclectic toothbrush - or really about whether I really needed one. I always assumed they were for people who never brushed their teeth very well and needed a bit of help! When people used to tell me how clean their teeth felt after using an electric toothbrush, running their tongue across their teeth to demonstrate, I used to think, yeah, so,mine feel like that too.
However, a couple of Christmases ago I caved, and got one on a half price promotion, and I have to say I actually really like. My teeth do feel even cleaner, not miraculously so, but yeah they do feel and look good. However the downsides are that replacing an electric toothbrush head is much more expensive, and much more rarely on promotion compared to just buying a regular toothbrush. Also it can be a bit of a pain to charge, especially as there is no light anywhere to tell you once it's fully charged, so I end up with it plugged in for hours. Similarly, there is no function to let you know that the battery is getting flat so you can be happily cleaning away and then it suddenly grinds to a halt. For this reason you generally need a regular toothbrush on the go at the same time, as it worries me brushing normally with an electric toothbrush, as I don't want to ruin it or wear it out quickly.
Having said all this, the battery on my toothbrush went flat about 6 months ago, so I went back to my regular toothbrush whilst I got round to charging it, and errr...haven't used it since. So overall, I'd say it is a good electric toothbrush, it does the job well and gets my teeth nice and clean, but unless you are really dedicated to it, and you're a bit like me you will probably slip to the ease of just picking up your normal brush and having a good scrub.
I got this camera for a Christmas present whilst at uni. Now 5 or so years on and it is still working great. It's 7.2 mega pixels is plenty to take a good shot of your friends or your holiday snaps, plenty of quality to view them large on the computer or tv or get nice prints made.
The camera itself has a large screen on the back which can be turned on or off when taking photos. This feature is useful when the sun is so bright that you cannot see the screen.
There are many pre-set shooting modes, including but not limited to auto adjustment, snow, beach, landscape, twilight, twilight portrait, and an ISO high sensitivity setting. To be honest I mainly just leave it on auto adjustment and it always take a good photo. This year whilst on my honeymoon I decided to try out the beach mode, and whilst photos looked good on the playback mode, once I got home and put them on the tv/computer I realised that they were really dark - I assume the setting tries to do this in case there is a lot of sun reflection from the sea - but I found that any photos of people and the landscape were really too dark, and that those I had taken in the auto mode were much better.
There are also settings to control the flash on/off, set a timer so you can run and hop into your photo and a macro setting which I am just learning to use. The macro setting is great for when you are taking a photo really close up and want to get lots of detail and depth into the shot.
Overall, I'm sure there are newer camera around today which have many more fancy settings and a high number of mega pixels, but if you are looking for a great second hand camera, I would suggest that you probably couldn't go too far wrong with this one.
Nina by Nina Ricci is a gorgeous scent that you can wear day or night, as it's not too strong and overpowering. It comes in a small white box with a picture of a pinky apple on the front. This immediately makes me think of fairytales, and snow white and handsome princes. Then as you lift the lid and the piece of protective card inside, you will find the small pink apply shaped bottle. The bottle is made really nicely, and looks beautiful of my dressing table. The top and stopper of the bottle has additional metal leaves just to continue the fantasy further. Under the lid there is the normal squirter.
Not only does the bottle remind me of fairytales, but the smell too is very sweet and quite different to many perfumes, which in my opinion smell pretty similar and remind me of old ladies. This is a young, upbeat, really pretty smelling perfume.
I was introduced to Scattegories, by my now husband, whilst in halls in my first year of uni. It's a great game to play in a group, and a firm favourite in our friendship group and with our family.
To begin the game one of the players picks a list number (there are 12 different lists to play), and everyone playing gets a copy. The list names 12 categories (get it!) and the aim of the game is to think of something which belongs in each of these categories, within the time allowance. Easy. But to make the game more interesting, you have to roll a 26 sided die to decide which letter each of these things must begin with! Then the worlds loudest timer starts, striking instant fear into the hearts of players and manic thinking and scribbling ensues. Some catergories are easier than others e.g. 'a boy's name' - fairly easy to answer which ever letter you end up with. Others, like 'things in this room', 'insects', 'sports people' etc can get trickier.
So you get a mark for each category you correctly answer - the definition of 'corrently answer' often goes to the vote in our household as players push the boundaries of the catergory to the extreme. An example that will always stick with me was in answer to 'things that can fly' starting with the letter 'B'. A friend answer bullet. Does a bullet really fly? But you talk about a flying bullet?! So often a vote is necessary - and yes that can get tactical too!
As a further twist, if you name anything that someone else also says, you cancel each other out and no marks are awarded. So for 'farm yard animal' beginning with 'P', instead of writing 'pig' it might be worth saying 'piglet', but then if other people are being clever too they might go for the less obvious answers and the person who took the easy option may get the point!
All in all, this is a really fun game to play with friends and family and really gets everyone's brains ticking!
Just thinking about playing Articulate sets my heart rate beating faster - it's not just that I am so sad that a board game would have this effect on me, it's more the adrenaline rush this game produces in its players.
The game is played by a minimum of 4 people, in a minimum of 2 teams of 2. But the great thing about this game is that you can play with any number over 4, you just add more teams or more players to the teams. The aim of the game is to get round the board as quick as possible by describing either a person, an action, a place in the world, something in nature, an object or something completely random, to the other members of your team. The board also has a few steps when a spade on, which means that anyone, from any team can guess whatever you are describing, and if someone from another team gets the answer first, that ends your turn and allows them to move forward. This is a really great feature, which often stops one team from racing away with an easy victory, and also really gets you thinking about how you can describe something in a way that only the person/people on your team will know what you are talking about, but no one else in the room will get it first!
Articulate is a great game to play with friends and family, but not so great if you don't know people too well. The game involves shouting out as many ideas as to what your teammate is describing, so if you play with people who are worried about looking foolish, or a bit shy, the game doesn't really work. Having said that, after a few practise rounds most people we've played with get the idea and get involved.
Articulate is a brilliant, fast and frenzied game which is certain to get your pulse racing. Go grab some friends, grab the board and have a great night in!
Norwich is a really great place to shop, and comes in the top 10 shopping destinations in the country - so I have been told. One of the main reasons Norwich has so many good shops is that it is the largest city or town for quite a distance. Norwich boasts a church for every Sunday and a pub for every day - what more could you want!
Norwich has 2 shopping malls. The oldest is the Castle Mall, which is starting to look a bit dated, and has lost a lot of the best shops. However, it has a good food court which a choice of fast food, and a nice outdoor picnic area, and access to the Castle gardens which is nice to lounge around in with an ice cream - in the summer of course.
The other shopping mall is Chapelfield. This has many of best shops, and has a nice airy, modern feel to it. Outside Chapelfield the developers have attempted an English version of an Italian piazza with a big open area surrounded by restaurants with outdoor seating. There are also a few benches to sit and rest, and up on the front of the mall is a huge tv screen which shows big events like Wimbledon - so a great place to leave the men when they grow weary of the shops!
In addition to the 2 malls, there are many, many more shops on the street. These range from big departments stores such as John Lewis and Debenhams, to fashion shops such as Topshop, Next, New Look, Primark, to independent stores and a large undercover market.
The other great thing about shopping in Norwich is that all the shops and malls are close by, so unlike large cities you don't walk miles between shopping areas, or have to catch shuttle buses around town.
Norwich has a number of car parks, the most popular being Chapelfield, Castle Mall, The Forum, John Lewis and St Andrew's. And easy access via park and ride sites on the outskirts which drop you off at the bus station right in the centre of the city.
The Forum, which I have just mentioned, was built as 'The Millennium Library' and is a huge building with a big glass front. Lots of exhibitions are held in the atrium, with the library being on 3 floors in the back half of the building. Pizza Express have a gorgeous restaurant upstairs in the Forum with tables looking out of the glass front onto St Peter Mancroft church. Also, near Christmas time, an ice skating rink is set up outside the Forum, so you get to watch everyone having a good time, or more amusingly, falling over!
Norwich has everything you could want in a city, without it being too big or busy for you not to enjoy it. My favourite place to shop, though I might be a bit biased, having grown up nearby!
I got the Samsung Galaxy Ace as an upgrade in January 2012. At first I was really impressed, I could get all the apps everyone had been talking about and it has a lot of great features, which to be fair are pretty standard on any smart phone these days. Not only that, it's a popular phone so it's easy to pick up cases and screen protectors etc easily and cheaply.
However, 6 months to a year in, and I'm not so impressed anymore. My phone came with a 2GB SD card - great, lot of nice storage. Or so I thought. The problem is you can't make a lot of apps go over to the SD card, the option is there, but it won't select. So although I have about 1.5GB of spare storage, I am limited to 200MB of space on my actual phone.
Recently this has meant I've not been able to receive text messages, had to delete apps that really I would have liked to have kept, and had to suffer with a seriously slow (I'm talking painful) phone. Sometimes when I just try and go into my texts, to find and reply to message from a friend, it can take up to 20-30 seconds thinking about how to do it.
Overall, I would say if you just want a smart phone to play along with the current trend, but aren't really bothered about having many apps or storing much on your phone. Then the Samsung Galaxy Ace would probably fit your criteria. However, if you want to own more than about 15 apps, send around 50 texts a day etc then I'm sure there must be phones which can cope with this level of use better.
I'm realllly looking forward to my next upgrade, and considering staying away from Samsung in case I have to tell myself 'I told you so'.
I bought this mascara for my wedding day as I really thought I was going to end up crying a lot!
I always buy rimmel mascara so I wanted to stick to the same brand when I bought this for my wedding day. Really I wanted one with a comb end rather than the brush, as I was worried about getting the clumpy look - not my idea of attractive - but I asked in both Boots and Superdrug and in neither could the assistant find a me a waterproof mascara with a comb end. So I decided to stick with the brand I was used to and trust.
I have been really impressed with this waterproof mascara. It goes on really easily, it doesn't clump up, and looks really fine and lashes look individual. As for the waterproof-ness I managed not to cry on my wedding day, but I did where it a lot on honeymoon as we were in and out of the pool and sea. And no running = no beach panda-eyes! I was really impressed, and came off easily with my normal cheapy make-up remover wipes.
Overall, I would say this does exactly what it says on the tin - decent, low cost (cost me about a fiver) waterproof mascara.
I have owned this kettle for about 2 months now, and overall I'm pretty happy with it.
We chose this kettle as part of our wedding gift list because of its overall sleek look and because of its power - 3000W. The boil time is so much quicker than our previous kettle which makes it much easier when boiling a large kettle when cooking etc.
The kettle itself looks nice in the kitchen, the kettle itself is just normal plastic which means it is easy to wipe clean. The handle has a slight grip to it to make it safer when you're filling and pouring. To fill, you simply press the button on the top of the handle and the lid lifts wide open which makes it easy to fill.
To turn the kettle on there is a little level-type switch near the base at the back, which lights up like a little torch at the end. I oddly like this feature, it's a bit quirky and fun. However, a couple of times I've gone to pour the water and realised that the switch has flicked itself off, and the water hasn't actually fully boiled. It's done this a few times and I was just about to send it back, and it hasn't done it since. So it might just be a quirk, or maybe the switch was a bit stiff at first and now it's easing up.
The final thing is that it did take quite a while to lose that 'new kettle' taste, and I do still notice when I drink tea. I did the fully boil and empty x3 routine when we first bought it, and use it most days for cooking, which means boiling a large amount of water, but the bad taste is still lingering there.
Overall, I would say it is a stylish, easy to use, good value kettle. Just boil and empty it quite a few times, and make sure it's little light up lever is fully pressed, or you'll get a cold cuppa!
NB: Please ignore my picture and sound quality ratings - it won't let me not rate those aspects. I don't tend to watch or sit and listen to my kettle!
I tend to get very dry and split skin on my hands in the winter, and this gets worse with washing up. I decided to try wearing rubber gloves to help stop my skin from getting so dried out - and they really do help. These gloves are a lot cheaper than branded ones, but work just fine. The gloves themselves are much thinner, but if you're only doing washing up etc and no heavy scrubbing of things, they work fine don't rip. The lining does tend to disintegrate quite a bit at first, but once it's rubbed off in a few places, I never notice it again. They also tend to turn a bit orangey, but I think this often happens with other brands too.
These gloves have good grip, last a good length of time, and save my hands from drying out. Good product and good value for money.
As someone who is allergic to many washing powders and liquids, fairy is one of my only choices. However, out of those which are gentle enough it is my favourite. It might be gentle but it properly cleans all my clothes etc, and when they come out of the machine they smell so nice and clean, but they seem to smell soft and snugly (if that's even possible?!).
The other thing I really like about Fairy is that it is often on promotion at supermarkets, the bottles of liquid are easy to pick up for £3 for a small bottle and sometimes only £1.50 for a large one. As long as you wait for these offers, and buy in bulk when they're on offer, it's easy to never have to pay the full price.
Fairy is made by the same company as ariel, which is the other brand I am not allergic too. So for anyone who is also sensitive to washing powders, if you are ok with ariel you may well be ok with fairy too - just depends if you want to risk trying it.
Jodi Picoult's books always centre around a certain dilemma, and often involve a court case. If you've read any others and enjoyed them, then you will enjoy this one too.
My sister's keeper is about a family who have a baby who will die unless she gets medical treatment in the form of blood, bone marrow etc from an exact match. None of their current family are a match to this baby, so they eventually decide have another child as a saviour sibling i.e. specifically born as a match, and with a view to being able to help the dying baby.
The book centres on a court case which comes about when the saviour sibling decides to take her parents to court in order to have the rights to her own body - i.e. even though she is under 16 she can decide whether or not to undergo these medical treatments which are not for her personal benefit.
The book is highly emotional, and each chapter is told from the point of view of a different family member. I found myself completely torn, and often strongly agreeing with the current characters perspective, only to completely change my mind in the following chapter. This is a book about, family, and most of all about love. A great read, just keep the tissues close by.
Singstar is a really great game to play with a group of friends. It's a great way to get the party started, and also to come home to at the end of a night when you're just not ready to go to bed! This Disney version (probably aimed at a much younger audience) has been a huge hit with my friends (all around 24-26).
The only issue I have with it is its selection of songs (listed below). Some, like 'A whole new world' from Aladdin, is the obvious choice and probably the one most girls would want to sing along to. On the other hand from The Little Mermaid they didn't choose many people's favourite 'Part of your world'. Finally some songs, although good choices, don't work well multi player, as while one person gets to sing all the lyrics another is left with weird background sounds!
Overall, a fab game if you grew up on these Disney movies and love sitting around with your friends pretending to 5 again!
The songs on this game are:
*101 Dalmatians - Cruella De Vil
* Aladdin - A Whole New World
* Beauty and the Beast - Beauty And The Beast
* Cinderella - Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo & The Work Song
* Lady and the Tramp - He's A Tramp
* Peter Pan - Following The Leader and You Can Fly!
* Sleeping Beauty - I Wonder and Once Upon a Dream
* Tarzan - Son Of Man
* The Aristocats - Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat
* The Jungle Book - The Bare Necessities and I Wan'na Be Like You
* The Little Mermaid - Under the Sea and Kiss the Girl
* The Lion King - I Just Can't Wait To Be King and Circle of Life
* Toy Story - You've Got A Friend In Me
* Winnie the Pooh - Winnie the Pooh
UEA is a campus university and has everything you want right at your fingertips. But, what makes it better than other campus uni's is that it is a smaller campus, so everything is even closer - if you live on campus in your first year, you can pretty much roll out of bed and into lectures! The best thing about UEA though is it's feeling of community and belonging. Being a smaller university, and having smaller schools of study, means that you can really get to know hundreds of people, and in a smaller campus this means that you are always bumping into people you know. Not only that, but lecturers and tutors will recognise you from lectures and seminars, and when you go to see them with an academic or even personal issue, they will be much more able to help.
UEA often comes out very highly in polls of student satisfaction, I'm sure they are people who don't love it, but I've never met one of them! It has great facilities, 2 bars, a coffee bar, the LCR - the on campus club (if you love a good night out, with weekly dressing up, you'll join the queue for tickets at 9am!) a sports centre with Olympic sized swimming pool, gym, classes, football pitches, indoor courts etc, library with private study rooms, places to grab a bite, or eat with friends, bus stops on campus straight into the city.
If you want a campus with a sense of community, and to be in a city which offers everything, but is not so large that it becomes rough and unsafe, UEA is your choice
After completing 3 years at UEA I went to Nottingham University for my post grad year. I took for granted that everything I loved about UEA was just being at university - any university. How wrong I was!
Nottingham University is very large, and as a result it feels very impersonal. The schools of study are so huge you don't get that feeling of getting to know your tutors, and you feel like they value your tuition fees more than they value you personally. Research is a very high priority for Nottingham, and lecturers will focus on that more than they will you. Having said all that, the campus is gorgeous. You have everything you need right there, the bar, which also does food and hot drinks, a stationery shop, plenty of places to buy lunch inc. Boots the chemist. The library is great, and has a Starbucks when you need a break from studying. The buses run right through campus taking you cheaply and easily into the city.
Overall I would say it depends on the type of person you are, and the type of university experience you want. If you like the hustle and bustle of a big city and you're not too worried about it feeling impersonal then you'll probably love it. If, like me though, you prefer somewhere that offers all these things, but on a smaller scale, then I would choose a smaller university. One where you build hundreds of friendships because you're always bumping into the same people, and one where your tutors will get to know you personally and be able to help when you need it.