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Now I know pretty much everyone is looking for that deodorant that actually does what it says and last 24 hours and doesn't leave marks. Well this product is as close as I have found. I started using Sanex a few years back as I have really bad skin and my deodorants kept making me itch. I tried Dove knowing they specialise in sensitive skin but I really didn't find the spray deodorants any good and I really don't like roll-ons. I came across Sanex by chance as it was on offer in Tesco so I bought it and I really don't by any other deodorant now.
The one I use now is the dermo invisible 'minimises white marks' - which I have to admit it doesn't but at least it last. Not necessarily 24 hours but it will last during the day even if I am quite active or it is quite hot. I put a generous amount on each morning and find it very effective in terms of white marks just don't spray when you're wearing black, which I think is pretty much the rule for most deodorants. I used to use the neutral one that and I think that one was actually better at not leaving white marks than this one.
The smell of all their deodorants is pretty pleasant very subtle which I like. I find a lot of deodorants small too much of flowers or perfume that when I spray them I feel like I am being choked, but these are very nice. Though admittedly they probably don't smell enough for some people my sister uses Dove and she still much prefers it over this one.
On the can it also claims that it has dermo active 3 and keeps skin healthy, I am not sure if this is true but I never get any rash of itch from this deodorant, even when I have forgotten that I have shaved my underarms this deodorant is pretty gentle that it doesn't matter.
The packaging is very simple white with an accent colour depending on what one you by, like this one it is pink, the natural one is skin coloured and there is another one that is blue. However they are the only three I know of. That is the downside to this make their in my opinion is not very much variety in what you can buy. They come in two sizes the larger one is 250ml and normally cost around £3 though they go on offer at buy one get one free quite a lot. There is a smaller one too either100ml or 150ml I can't remember but that normally £2.50 so I just buy the big one.
Overall I really like this product despite still leaving marks it only does it on black and normally the can last me quite a while. Though I use a fair amount of it in the morning I don't have to over use it and is you have sensitive skin I think this is one of the better deodorants out there.
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Now I don't normally care what shampoo I use, generally when I am at home I just still whatever my sister buys much to her distress. So now I am a student buying all these things myself I though what the hell I will give Tesco own coconut shampoo ago. I didn't really have many high hopes for this product but for 67p (which was the price when I bought it) and you get 750ml, I thought you couldn't really go wrong.
My first impressions where good it has a nice coconut smell but wasn't to strong and the colour wasn't luminous or neon so I thought we were off to a good start. It was a bit runny in my opinion; I am used to shampoos being thicker. So I was surprised at how little I needed to use as it foams up really well. I washed my hair through twice just to be sure and when I dried it all seemed pretty ok.
I was a little disappointed that my hair didn't smell of coconut, I like my hair to smell of my shampoo (that might be wired, but oh well) and I has thought that as it had a nice smell to start with it might stay in my hair but the smell got washed out with the shampoo. It terms of the effect had I my hair it did it basic job and washed, I had clean hair so all was good. However, my hair didn't feel particularly smooth and I don't think it has helped my hair be any less dry or damage like it said it would on the label. I carried on using it and still didn't find it had helped my hair be smooth or less dry after continued use. Though for 67p and a 750ml bottle that will last for ages, if you're on a budget or a student like me I really don't see anything wrong with using this product. No it is not amazing but is cleans your hair and honestly what more do you need?
It terms of packaging it is very simple and not in your face. If you worried about people seeing your cheap shampoo then don't be it just looks like a generic shampoo. (Should point out that my bottle differs in appearance to the one in the pic, mostly the one I have is in a clear bottle, which I prefer as I like to see the colour and consistency of a product before I buy it.)
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Hey it been a while since my last review, Moving to uni and all, but i am back and this product is amazing.
I know it has some mixed reviews on it but I think Aveeno is the best skin product I have used in well ever. I have extremely bad skin and very bad eczema and this is the only cream I have found that really relives the irritation and the itching. I was very impressed as the first time I used it, it work pretty much in ten minutes. It is so nice to have a product I know works as it can be so distracting when my arms and feet constantly itch (that's where my eczema is the worst sorry if that's to much information :) I also like that the cream has no smell, as all the creams I was prescribed really stank and would make my skin feel really greasy. This is a moisturiser and it absorbs very quickly again in about 10 minutes so my skin never feels greasy when I use it.
You can buy it from most health or beauty care shops, I buy it from Boots for around £8 which is probably on the expensive side and you can get it cheaper but I always like to get it straight away and sometimes boots do good offers on it. It comes in 200ml or 300ml, I always buy the 300ml as I prefer the pump lid as it is less messy.
On the bottle it says it has a triple oat complex which immediately relieves and nourishes extra dry, irritable skin and moisturises for 24 hours, and for a change I think this is one of those products that does exactly as it says on the label. It generally last for 24 hours, though if my skin is really bad I will use it twice once in the morning and once in the evening before going to bed. But then on the other hand once I had been using it for a while sometimes I forget to put it on one day and it is fine because the effect seems to last. It makes my skin feel a lot smoother and less dry but I have also noticed that it reduces the redness of my skin to which is really nice, I got my friend using this cream as well as he has really bad eczema on his hands much worse than mine and I have never seen a cream literally work over night his hands where a lot less red in the morning. I didn't know if it would work as well for him as his was so much worse but he said the same as me and prefers this cream to the ones he is prescribed.
This is seriously the best moisturiser I have used and I know it wont be the same for everyone because everyone's skin reacts differently to the same creams but if you have trouble with itchy or dry skin I would definitely recommend giving this cream ago before any others, I always stick to the blue label one but I know there is a green one that is a daily moisturiser but personally I think this one is the best one and I know it works.
The design of the bottle is really simple and the text on the label is clear and easy to read. The bottle is a cream colour and I just leave it on the side to use whenever I need it. The pump bottle means i don't make any mess and I always get the right amount so I don't pour to much into my hand. The bottles are colour coordinated so it is easy to tell the difference I just remember blue one so i pick up the right bottle in store. It says on the bottle it is dermatologist tested and that it formulated with Shea butter and a triple oat complex.
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Dartmouth Golf and country club
I went to visit Dartmouth for a view days before heading up to Bath. I stayed with my family in the Dartmouth country golf club as they are a hotel as well and also have a selection of lodges. First thing is none of us are remotely into golf but my uncle booked it and thought it was pretty and it truly was the views were stunning and the drive all be it long was amazing to drive through and even better to walk (though there are no footpaths you really do have to drive to get around in this area).
There was of course a massive 18 hole golf course and a lot of golf event taking place so the bar and restaurant area were normally busy during the day as was the car park, though having said that we could always find somewhere to sit and could always find a parking space. It seemed that more people visited during the day then were really staying there.
The main building contained the reception, bar, golf shop, restaurant, swimming pool, gym and rooms. The main building itself was particularly nice looking but was unpleasant either. The decor was typically hotel like and impersonal. Then on the other side of the car park where the lodges which were beautiful and have their own little car park reserved for people staying the lodges. The restaurant had a balcony attached which was by far the best place to sit and relax however the weather wasn't in favour of this most of the time and the only down side really was that the views in the bar/restaurant area mainly overlooked the golf course though it was still pretty. The food was not good in my opinos, not eough choice, and expensiv. You can't eat cheaper than £14 per person and they are not many othe roptions then eating there.
Staff and facilities
The place was very clean and pleasant but not anything out of the ordinary for the most part it seemed quite basic and for some reason very over staffed. A lot of the time it felt like staff were just lingering and didn't have work to do which felt unprofessional and also like you were being watched however they were all polite and pleasant if not a little unorganised. They also had a swimming pool which was nice but again busy and very warm, There was a sonar and a steam room though I could use them all the facilities were nice and clean but again nothing special, though they also do beauty treatment which is a nice touch and my mum was very happy with the pedicure she decide to have, though you have to book in advance. The gym I didn't visit but from the window looked basic but again a nice to have if you visit the gym regally and want to continue.
For me the best part was the lodges, they were four of us so it work out cheaper to stay in a lodge and they were beautiful. They have a very clean modern feel, but were homely at the same time and easy to relax in. They had a large TV and very comfy sofas and attached to the living space was a mini kitchen area that was stocked with tea and coffee as well as kettle. There was also a fridge but it was still not self catered as there was no cooker or microwave which my mum was happy about as she is not found of cooking. The bedrooms all have en suits which were a good size very clean, well stocked with shampoo and shower gel. They were all white and very nice to use, only one had a bath though which I didn't mind as I prefer a shower. The rooms themselves were all twins so there was the capacity to house 6 people and I think it was big enough to without getting under each other's feet. The other than the room I stayed in each had a balcony which was lovely especially in the attic style room as it really just made the room that much nicer. However there was no seating in any of the balconies not even on the patio area downstairs, which was a real shame as it would of been nice to enjoy them properly which you really couldn't by standing. The beds were comfy and the pillows well plumped that I only need one. The only down side was the rooms got quite warm but there were plenty of windows and you could request a fan which I did. The lodge also had a forth bathroom downstairs which was just a toilet and sink but was very convenient when I was feeling lazy after walking around all day. I really can't fault the lodges they were lovely to stay in and were set up so they had there on little courtyard with a fountain, it was nice as they felt like homes and apart from the hotel and country club aspect of the rest of the place. The building themselves were beautiful the brick work was stunning and they just looked amazing.
On the website it says from around £49 a night per person per night for an en suits room, however they price tariffs right now are more like £58-62 and can be more expensive for weekends. They say they are a 3 star hotel and I think I would agree to this though my feelings are mixed. I like the lodges a lot but the rest of it wasn't really for me.
This is a great place to get away from the world but if that not what you want then be aware that it is hard in fact impossible to get any signal while you're there as in set down in a sort of valley. Not being able to use my phone was a pain as I didn't like feeling disconnect from the rest of the world but that is just me. Also another thing that was slightly irritating was you could only get wireless in the main building so you had to sit in the bar to use it and for some reason it would drop out a lot. I felt that really the lodges should have had wireless as well. It would have made it a lot easier to use my laptop and to find direction and information. There were lots of leaflets available about stuff going on in the local area but it was all very sport or child orientated, so if felt very exclusive some times and a bit uncomfortable as it was obviously geared up to golfing. However this really was to be expected and I cannot really complain about it. Like I said before my feelings are mixed I would stay in the lodges again but the rest of it wasn't for me and the atmosphere isn't really what I am looking for in a holiday. So I probably wouldn't stay there again.
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Now I love coke, however ever bad it is for you I am an addict to fizzy drinks. However coke can be quite expensive and that's why I like the idea of coke zone anything extra you get for your money is a good thing to me. All you have to do it open up an account, with the usual sign up information then start entering codes from bottles or cans of coke and your points come up instantly. Then you collect points to buy rewards or enter prize draws, they keep a history in your account so you can keep track of what you have entered/order. Every sound good, however I do have my issues.
My first issue was the website, though they have changed it and it is much approved it used to be awful in my eyes. The set up and layout were poor and the speed was incredible slow. The navigation of the site really was just painful, I in fact stop using it for a year but I randomly looked it up again and like I said before it is better now but I still think it lacks something. It is typically coca cola with colour schemes and logos, it now has a new tab to do with the Olympics and also has coca cola news, games and of course rewards.
This is where my second big issue comes in and for what is a reward site in most ways it is a big issue, it is the rewards they offer, and for lack of a better word most of them are lame. Now I know most people will have different opinions on what makes a good reward but for me coke zone just doesn't do. They seem to have lost of lot of rewards they used to do and now I think the best thing to spend your points on are competition and prize draws for the chance to win things like laptops, phones and ps3 and so on. I know I am being negative but it seems like coke are just selling merchandise, however they do, do some free and fun things like wallpaper for computers and phones as well as some games wish is nice.
My last issue and this may be a bit pedantic is where they put the codes, on the bottles they print them on the actual plastic bottle in small and hard to see black print, this can be irritating as I have misread codes a lot and I think it would just be easier if they put them on the back of the label in bigger print. I think the reason they don't is so people can't peel of the labels and get the code without buying the drink as you can't see the codes on the bottle until you have drunk the coke. On the cans of coke they print them underneath the ring pull which is fine for the can though you do have to be careful as I have cut myself lifting up before, but that probably me being stupid more than anything.
Despite thinking coke zone could be a lot better I think they are trying and it is a good idea. I will continue to collect codes as like I said anything extra is always a bonus and I guess I really shouldn't complain so much about something with is a free bonus. I would recommend this if you drink a lot of coke but it is not something you should good out of you way to do.
The NUS discount card is for students in higher education such as uni, collage or sixth forth. I am in Sixth form and I bought this card a couple of months ago and think it was well worth £11. Normally the card cost £10 but I oppted for the ISIC upgrade for a pound this is the international student identiy card and give you access to offers internationally, so people who want to travel, then for an extra £1 it is probably worth it. I ordered mine online as I think this is the fasted way to get your card, but you have to have a photo to upload when you aplly online as this photo is transfered onto the card ( it doesn't have to be a passport photo just one you can clearly see your face and the photo is taken from too far away) after my application had been proccessed it took about two weeks to be delivered which I think was pretty good delivery time. I had to have mine delivered to my school as is normally the case when your in sixth form because if you not part of a union then delivering it to your place of study is the way NUS verify you really are a student.
I pretty much think the card pays for itself even without the upgrade you have access to 100's of offers and it is especially good for clothe shopping with high street brands. So within a couple of months you save at least triple what you paid for th card. The NUS website even have a neat little calculator which allows you to work out how much money you will save if you buy the card.
Some of the discounts I most use are:
*5% off Play.com
*5% off Amazon.co.uk (genrally doesn't inclued elestical goods)
*10% off Superdrug
*10% off New Look (on speacial offer it is 20%)
*Odeon student discount
*20% off Pizzahut
*5% off Domino's (when you spend £25 or more)
*10% miss selfridge
*10% off at staples
*Exclusive offers with DELL
*Loads of different discounts with leading mobile providers
There are far more offers than this and too many to list. They do a lot of limited offers too, shops like New Look, Warehouse and asos have speacial periods where the discount goes up to 20% (like most discounts these normally only apply when your not using any other discount and are not applicable to sale itams). I always find it good to check their website as there is always extra and new stuff to find. Also Nus will give you a £1 for every friend you refer but to get the money you have to do it through the link on the website. They also a research panel which you can join to make a little bit of money but you have to be 18 to join it.
I really love this card and think it is worth the money, but to make the most of it you have to use it. It can save you a lot of money on a day to day basis but only if you remember where and when to use it, that why I find it useful to check the website regularly. So I would definately reccomend this card and I have done to all my student friends.
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New Look it probably the shop i use most when buying clothes, I find that I really like the style of clothes but they are not as expensive as places such as Top Shop though having said that i but everything in the sale because not matter what new stuff New Look release it always ends up in the sale! I never like paying full price for things so it really works for me that New Look always seem to have sales on. I think they are pretty good at keeping up with trends but that doesn't really bother me. Their quality isn't as great as some shops like Top Shop or Dorothy Perkins but it does seem to be a lot cheaper so unless it something dressy it doesn't bother me.
I think because they have sales so often the find it hard to keep the shop tidy as whenever I go into a new it is always a bit messy and things are always in the wrong place but it not like it is unclear it just people rummage through the sale stuff all the time so things end up on the floor and stuff.
One thing I really love about New Look is their organic cotton range of tops they are really simple, plain and cheep but are by far the Tops and T-Shirts I own, they wear really well and wash up great without losing their shape. I have never really had a problem finding my size in because they seem to stock their sizes quite well I am a 14/16 so it might be different for other sizes not sure.
New Look have always been pretty good with returns, personally I have never had a problem taking something back, they used to let you return sale items as well but now they have stopped that! Though I have only regularly visit three or four New Looks that are fairly local to me I have found for the most part that the staff are neither helpful or unhelpful. Sometimes you will get a girl that ask you if you want help and generally on the tills they are quite friendly but most in my experience are bit stand offish and don't really go out of their way to help you. Maybe I am being a bit harsh but all the staff are pretty young and are normally more interested in talking to their other colleagues then helping a customers (sorry if you work in New Look but like I said this is just my experience in the few New Looks I visited regularly) Though having said this it doesn't really bother me as I like to be left alone when I shop and don't really like being badgered by people so I guess it is actually why I LIKE shopping in New Look but i though I mention it as everyone expects something different from their shopping experience I guess it just depends on the individual.
New Look also do a 10% student discount which is also really handy and about 4 times a year it gets increased to 20% for a short period of time. I also find that a New Look voucher makes a really good present with my friends as it is somewhere we all enjoy and can all afford to shop in.
The only real problem i have ever had is with their smart trouser range, every time I have bought a pair without fail the hem on the bottom leg has come undone within a couple of days which is really irritating, so I stop buying them and now I tent to use New Look as a place to but everyday clothes and when i want something that is better quality i will go elsewhere.
Overall New Look is one of my favorite shop and despite what I have said I do really enjoy shopping in their and would definitely recommend them just be aware the the quality isn't amazing.
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My cat is quite fussy when it comes to food and drink; however she seems too really like GO-CAT indoors dry food, she doesn't particularly like the salmon one but she really enjoys the chicken and vegetable. The little pellets of food are nice and small so they are easy for her to eat as she a very small cat and they are not very powdery which is good because some other foods when you pour them it like dust is coming of them. We feed her three-four times a day but she gets feed quite big potions. The food is really good for them and is supposed to help keep them active and I believe it is also meant to be good for their bones and joints. It also helps with their digestion. I think it is one of the better indoor foods however they don't have as many flavour choices in the indoor range. I have only managed to find the salmon and the chicken ones; this could just be the shop I buy it from though. The only downside to this food, is indoor food is supposed to help make it smell less when your cat goes to the toilet however I really haven't notice any difference.
I know they have a rage of food for kittens, adults and seniors, so there is one for every stage of your cats life, however this doesn't seem to apply to the indoor food which is in its own range. The price I think is pretty good at about £2.80 for a 950gr box, I am sure it works out cheeper if you buy the big bags though.
I have to admit one of the reasons I started buying it was because of the TV advert, me and my brother found it quite funny that they advertise this cat being a really impressive free runner that could jump from building to building and thought we give it a go, not unsurprisingly our cat still prefers sleeping than trying to do any sort of movement.
It comes in nice box, which is probably slightly smaller than your average cereal box. It is predominately yellow so it sticks out on the shelves and is easy to locate. On the front is a picture of ginger cat and I think it is the same cat they use in their TV advert. The flavour of the food is always nice and clearly displayed on the front of the box. It pours from the side and there is a little tab you tear to open it. The box is always really full which is good but it does mean that when you are pouring it the first couple of times you can pour too much and food goes everywhere because the box is so full. Generally I think this is one of the better dry foods for cats and will keep buying it as my cat seems really happy with it too.
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I couldn't live without my music; I have to listen to it every day so having a good mp3 is really important to me. I am more attached to this then I am my phone and would be more upset if I lost it! I originally had the older model of the creative Zen MX, that had smaller screen and actual buttons and I loved it however after much abuse and a little help from my uncle it broke so he replaced it with the newer model at the time, this one is a touch scene but other than that honestly, I personally do not notice the difference in what they do.
The creative Zen is an mp3 that can play both music and videos. They have good quality sound obviously this also depends on the earphones you use, but also the picture quality is quite good. Personally I have never really used the video other than watching the sample videos to see what it was like, as the screen is so small I don't see the point but I guess it could be good if you are really into music videos and like watching as well as listening. The setup of creative Zen is really good, the menus are all pretty clearly laid out and when you turn it on you are greeting with the main menu which lists: Music, Videos, Photos, FM radio, Mic, RSS, Date, X-Fi, System, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Micro SD. Each one has a picture to represent it which makes it look that bit nicer. When you go into system you have the option to change the theme colour, you can have purple, blue or black or chose from a couple of patterns which again is a nice touch and just make it suitable to your own taste. You have all the usual date and time settings but you can also create tasks. It also has the capacity to use the FM radio but again I don't really use this as I like to be able to control what songs I am listening to and it never really seems to work well, so I don't think the radio is particularly good on it. The voice recorder on it is pretty good and it always handy to have, though the way it stores voice clips is a bit confusing and I still haven't worked out how you name them, I am not even sure if you can. It simple lists them in order of when they were recorded, so it can be difficult to find a particular voice clip.
When you tap on music it takes you to another menu displaying the options of: Now playing, Artists, Albums, All songs, DJ depending on how you want to search or play your music, decides what option to use. When searching for a song there is a list of the alphabet on the side of the screen so you can find what you are looking for quicker. I generally just go to all songs, pick one and leave it on shuffle. If you go to DJ you can mess around with the repeat and shuffle setting, while a song is playing you can keep track of how long it has be playing and you can rate the songs with stars for you own benefit. Also you can upload album art with the songs, which is displayed nicly along with the song name. You also have the option to look up the artist if you can't remember what else the sung it will take you to the albums you have. If you click on an album then it will only play songs in the album even on shuffle. You can create your own personal play lists so you always have the songs you want ready. I like the layout I think it is well designed and very easy to navigate, everything is logically placed and easy to use.
I really like the design of the X-Fi2 they are slick and professional looking in a way and a good size. They are a nice size with a good screen that is easy to ready and is black on silver so it looks very smart. However this model only came in black and silver so you can't choose any other colour, personally I think the design only really would work in these colours anyway. The on/off button is a little flat button on top and there is one square button next to the screen that, when pressed will always take you back to the main menu. It also has a built in speaker so you don't always have to use earphones and considering it is only small it plays music quite loud. It is lightweight, and thin so easy to slip in a pocket or bag. The only real issue with this one is the touch screen isn't as responsive as it could be and sometimes it really times out and can be very frustrating. I don't think the touch screen is a match for apple yet, which is a shame because in most ways I prefer these to iPods. Price wise they are quite expensive on the creative Zen website they have been reduced to £79.99 for the 8 GB but they were originally £99.99. The 16, 32 and 64 GB have been reduced on the website too.
I have to say that this is a very durable mp3, I have dropped it like I do most things very, very many times and other then a few scratches it has come to no real harm. The screen it self is not scratched and seems to deal with being handle roughly quite well.
This particular model has X-Fi technology which is meant to enhance the quality of your music; you can turn it off and on with a button that is displayed at the top right of the screen. Though I though it sounded like just another selling gimmick on some songs you can really notice a difference and you get a lot neater sound. On the creative Zen website this is how they describe it: 'Apart from normal audio files, you can now experience the prowess of X-Fi technology with your stored movies and FM Radio1. The adjustable X-Fi Crystallizer allows you to experience the very essence of music perfection as it intelligently restores detail lost during file compression with just one touch. Take in also the most acoustically natural sound staging in headphone audio available from a media player with the X-Fi Expand technology.'
Now for the technical stuff, this is the specification that they give on the creative Zen website, http://uk.store.creative.com/entertainment-devices-mp3-players
8GB / 16GB / 32GB / 64GB Size: 102mm x 57mm x 11.6mm Weight: 75g LCD: 3.0" TFT Touch Screen LCD, 262k colours 400 x 240 pixels resolution
Up to 25hrs2 of audio playback
Up to 5hrs2 of video playback
X-FiTM Audio Enhancement:
Adjustable Crystalizer / Expand effects
Video / Audio Out: PAL / NTSC (via A/V cable sold separately)
Expansion Slot: microSD memory card support RSS: Displays RSS content feeds offline (Sync via PC/Laptop connected to the internet)
Power Charging: Via PC-USB or ZEN USB Power Adapter (sold separately)
Video Playback Formats: WMV9, MPEG4-SP3, DivX3 4/5 and XviD3
Up to 640 x 480 video size
Audio Playback Formats: MP3, WMA (DRM9), WAV (IMA-ADPCM) Audible4, AAC4, FLAC4.
Photo Formats Supported: JPEG, BMP (TIFF, GIF, PNG to be converted with bundled software)5
Battery: Built-in Li-ion Battery
FM Radio: Built-in FM Radio with 32 pre-set stations
Organizer: Clock, Alarm, Calendar, Task, Contacts
Built-in speaker: Yes Album Art: Only for MP3 and WMA files
Voice Recording format: IMA-ADPCM (*.wav) (Built in MIC)
Connectivity: USB 2.0 recommended
Overall I am very happy with this mp3, it does all I want it to and it does it well, though maybe expensive for what it is, it is a brand I trust and still prefer to apple even though I am not keen on the touch screen I would still recommend it.
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These earphones are amazing, I absoulty love them. I was recommended them by a friend and ever since then I always buy Gumy's. I have not been able to find another pair of eraphones as good as these for the same amount of money!
I am not very good with earphones and normally break them with in a month and I've have bought a lot of crappy and poorly made earphones, so these have saved me a lot of money as they normally last about 4-6 months. For me that is really good as I use them a lot, like 5 times a day, and I have the volume really loud, which I know is bad for my ears. That was a problem for a lot of other brands I used as I played music so loud one eraphone would always blow, so I would end up having to buy another pair and this became expensive, with gummy's I probably end up spending between £18-20 on earphones a year. The reason I don't save that money and invest in a more expensive pair is beacuse I will break them just as easily, at least with Gumy's they are cheap and last 6 months of admittly not being treated well! They cost about £8 from tesco but you can normally find them on Amazon for around £5.
The design of these are really good as well, they sit really comfortably in your ear and beacuse they are in a sort of rubber casing they are really durable. I don't take great care of my earphones but these ones seem to be able to with stand being yanked about and they can deal with playing loud music. I think the volume with these earphones is much better than any others I have used, and though they are not the best sound quaility and at full volume they can become a bit muffled for the money the are very good.
Also what I love about this make is the different colours they come in: white, black, blue, pink, purple, green, orange and yellow, there is a very wide selection and all of them are really bright and funky looking. The design works really well with the bright colours and it also means that you can find earphones that match the colour of your ipod/mp3, which though superficial is always nice!
I find that the rubber material they are made of makes them easy to untangle and they are quite long so you can keep your ipod/mp3 in your pocket and it doesn't feel like the earphones are being pulled on. That is another problem I had with other brands they weren't long enough so when I put my ipod/mp3 in my pocket it felt like the earphones were being tugged on everytime I moved. Also something I have notice is the rubber casing makes them nore resilient to water and though I don't suggest using them in the bath or anything, I have spilled things on them a couple of times and the seem to be fine.
I think these are well worth the money, they last for ages and probably if treated better would last even longer. They in my eyes are really durable, they are better quality than other cheap brands but just as good as some more expensive ones.
I really love these earphones and have reccomended them to loads of my friends, who all realy like them too. For the price and the design these earphones are amazing and well worth buying.
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I wanted something cheap, user friendly, durable and trust worthy and that is exactly what I got with the Canon Powershot A480. I was very happy with my purchase and one of the big reasons for this was that I only paid £35 for this camera on Ebay and I bought it from the canon outlet store as refurbished which doesn't bother me because it is as good as new for far cheaper, so I was very happy.
I had been researching what digital camera to buy for ages so I had read a lot of revise about various makes and models, I decided on canon as they seemed the most reliable make for a camera and from my experience this is true. The Powershot range seemed quite popular and this model had mixed reviews, mainly concerns over thickness and battery, neither of which concerned me so I went ahead and bought it. I am very glad I did; now I know I got it very cheap but for the price I paid it is an extremely good camera.
Firstly it is not a slim design camera like so many new modern ones. At its thickest point it is approx. 2cm wide, now I know this will put some people of but for me I prefer it, it makes the camera feel more sturdy and durable and I feel less likely to break it. It also can survive being dropped more than some camera could. It is still very light and in my opinion very easy to take out with you, it works with the design and makes it easier to hold when taking a photo as you have more grip on the camera. So for me thickness is not an issue in fact it is a positive. The camera comes in a few different colours, black, silver, red and blue, I have the red one and thinks it looks great. Though i think the design of this camera looks good in any colour!
Secondly the batteries, yes it does take 2 x AA batteries and unlike most cameras now cannot be charge through a USB cable. This does mean it can eat through batteries but I find if you use rechargeable ones they last longer, and save you money. For me though I again see it as a good thing as you can carry round spare batteries if you want, that way you don't have worry about running out of charge which can be a real issue with USB chargeable camera, so again I sort of see this as a positive thing, however I know others may not.
Something I was very impressed by was the speed of the camera; it turns on almost instantly so in those moments you don't want to miss, this camera is really good to have. It takes pretty clear pictures without the flash, but something that can be quite irritating is sometimes you have to wait for the flash to charge after using. It is 10 mega pixels and takes good quality photos, sometimes on the display screen of the camera they can look a bit grainy but I find that this is just the screen as when I upload them they are always perfectly clear. It has a 3.3 x optical zoom and the zoom is very responsive and adjusts very quickly, though like with a lot of digitals cameras the more you zoom the lower quality your photos becomes.
The on/off button is on top of the camera next to the larger capture button. The rest are neatly arranged next to the display screen, all are easy to use and have symbols or words telling you what they do. It features are all pretty standard do a digital camera now. You can program it to use certain brightness, change the flash, size of image and the fineness or you can just keep it on auto for quick shots. It has a power saving mode for when the battery is low, you can also set a timer if you do not want to take pictures instantly. Also you can record on it, the quality is ok but it does kill the battery so it is not great for doing long clips. The lay out of the menu's is very simple and user friendly, everything is displayed very clearly so the camera is easy to figure out. The display screen is approx. 3cmx4cm so everything is easy to read and you can get a good look at photos you have just taken.
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I really love this little mp3 player it is so simple and easy to use, yes it is basic but if you just want to listen to music and not have a gadget that does a million other things, this is the perfect little device.
It is a very light and small device, it has a 1 inch screen and LCD display. Despite being small the screen is really easy and clear to read, and though it is small the buttons are close together but still super easy to use and you can just slip it into your pocket or bag, and though not a slim line design it is very small and easy to carry round so you really can take it anywhere. I have the red one, and it is sort of a metalic red which is a really nice colour and it also comes in silver.
This is such a simple little device. The layout of the menus are very straight forward and everything is easy to find. The screen isn't colour but it only tiny so it isn't really necessary anyway. Though small I do not have any trouble reading the writting on screen, but if you have poorer eyesight this could be a problem. However you can't always view the whole song title as the screen is little, this doesn't bother me but might be irritating to some. The buttons are small but I have had no problems with hitting the wrong one by accident, the only down side is the lock button on the bottom can break quite easily as it is just a thin clip on piece of plastic. In terms of putting music onto it, it couldn't be easier if you have a computure USB port, simply plug it in and start dropping your music onto it, I use media player and it always recgonises the device automatically. It uses a standard USB cable, which it comes with if bought new.
I have had no problems with charging it, it is supposed to have 20 hours battery life when fully charged, I don't think it is quite this but it is very close and I don't usally fully charge it. It doesn't use a lot of life playing music and as it isn't a colour screen it doesn't waste as much power as other mp3's. When turning on it can take longer than you want but it isn't really much of an issue.
I bought this product for £25 from Argos but you could get it cheeper online, and I think it is well worth it, yes it is simple and basic but it does it job perfectly and without hassle and compared to other basic mp3's this is probably one of the best and the cheepest.
I would definitely recommend this device. If you just want to listen to music and are not fussed about the lastest gadget that does everything then I think you will be very happy with this product.
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I really like this phone, admittedly it does have very few ringtones and they are not that great however considering I only payed £60 for it i think it is one of the best phones in it's price range but I wouldn't pay anymore for it, I bought it in Argos in the sale but I have seen it advitised for £80-90 and I do not think it is worth it .
The layout is simple, easy, and completely self explanatory. I find the keypad easier to use than most blackberries, however it can still be easy to mistype on texts so if you are not keen on this type of keyboar than it is probably best not to buy this phone. I really like that your messages, facebook as well as the alarm are all really easy to access, however, generally wherever I am, it can take a long time to load facebook or any of the other network sites.
The camera and the battery life are both pretty standard but as I don't use my phone to take loads of pictures so it doesn't bother me, however if you do than the camera and the has a delay when taking pictures, also loading the camera to take video takes a while and it can be irritating when you are trying to catch something in the moment as the video just takes to long to load. It is also best to probably have a memory card in the phone as well, as it can store far more picturers that way. However when you go into files, and want to view your pictures, they can take a while to load and are not always easy to browse through which can be irritating.
The battery life is pretty standard but I never have to charge it more than every 3 days if I don't use the mp3 player, which I don't because it is again very slow and kills the battery. The mp3 has a nice look to it and I believe you can change the theme colour. Also sometimes if you make long phone calls, longer than an 1 hour and a half the battery loses a lot of life. The buttons are really small to and take some getting used to, I find it ok but it is very easy to mis type and this can become annoying. So really you need small fingers and hands to be able to type on this phone.
The one real let down is the built in mp3 it seems to have a really delayed respose and can't change tracks very quickly. It is also the one thing that does completely kill the battery. I find it a real dissapointment as the rest of the phone is laid out so well, but the mp3 had a really bad design and if you hit the wrong button than you have to wait 10-20 seconds for the mp3 to catch up withit self so you can press the right button. I do not find it enjoyable to listen to music on this phone at all. So if you want to use you phone as an mp3 than I would avoid buying this phone completely, however considering the price I think it is a pretty decent phone but I really do not think it is worth paying anymore for it as it does still have quite a few faults.
The phone is really durable I have dropped it a lot and it has had no effect, it hasn't even scrated. The back of the phone comes of really easy so you don't have to fiddle around trying to get the back off so you can put the battery and sim in without any hassle. When i bought the phone it came with three different backs, a black one, a white one and a white one with coloured spots so you can completely change the look of the phone however I personlly do not like the phone with a white back as i think it makes it look odd but the phone in all other aspects look good and is a nice design aesthetically.
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I really love this laptop, it isn't picticuly high powered enough for gaming but if all you want is to use the net, wat dvd's/tv, listen to music and use microsoft programes then this laptop is perfect. I have not really had any bad experience with it, the only real thing i had to change was vista, it came with vista home basic when i bought it and i put windows 7 on it instead as with my expereince vista slow most laptops down.
Design & Durability
One of the things that drew me to this laptop was is design it is very simple but very slick. I don't have much of a technical mind and so being me the most important thing was that is looked nice, and this when I bought it was the best looking laptop. Mine is in black but Dell give you loads of choice when it comes to colour, my mum has hthe same laptop in purple and it looks just as good and still looks very professional. The keyboad it really nice and easy to type on and the mouse when i first bought it was slightly to sensitive however after the first week or so it didn't seem to be a problem anymore. The only problem I have had with the keyboard it now after about a year and half the space bar has started to stick but i think that is more my fault as I really don't treat my laptop as well as I should. It is a wide screen at 17" which seemed a bit odd at the begining however it is really good for watching TV on and as a student about to go of to unni this laptop is ideal, it light enough to carry around but still big enough to comfortable do all the things you want do.
It is also really durable so i don't worry if I want to carry it around with me, even my dog has sat on it a couple of times when I left it on the floor and it has had no ill effects (see that would be me not treating like i should :) ) The case seems to be really hard to scratch as well and if it does get dusty simply wipe it over and it looks as good as new.
The battery when I firrst got it was ok but not brilliant, it lasted at best about 3 hours but now when off charge it will only hold about 1 hour. Again this is more my fault I left it on the charger so much that the battery just became to reliant but I am thinking of investing in a higher capcity battery. The power adapter it really good and very long so if you don't want to sit right next to a power socket you don't have to. The lack of battery life is annouting if you want to take it out with you but i don't take my laptop out with me very much do it doesn't really bother me.
Memory & Stuff
I do not claim to know a lot about all the technical stuff but this laptop has about 148 GB of memory on the hard drive which i have found more than ample for all my music and documents and other stuff but if you store a lot of video as well you will need more space. Like i said before this really isn't powerful enough for gaming and stuff like that but if you want all the basic stuff and you want it done efficiently then this is the perfect laptop. The screen is quite reflective but it is good quality and the brightness can be adjusted which normally sorts out the reflectiveness of the screen. When i bought it it can with Vista but ran really slowly and had a really long power on time, with windows 7 it runs really smoothly and the power on time is so much quicker and takes up a lot less space on the laptop.
Of course for student like me, price is also another very important factor. I got lucky when bought this as it was reduces twice and my dad got extra discount as he works at Tescos and there where we bought it from, and so I got it for about £240 which to me seem really good and i think it was well worth it. From what i have seen of this laptop recently, it price veries around £350+, but even at that i still think this is a good little laptop that will last as it seems to be really durable.
Overall I really love this laptop and it has served me really well and I think it is the perfect laptop to take to uni, it great to watch TV on and surf the net as well as use Word and stuff and if that all you want I don't think you can do much better than this laptop.
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Coffee coffee coffee!
I love coffee so the thought of getting a proper coffee machine was very exciting to me, and my sister who also adored coffee. We both are pretty bad and buy a lot of coffee when we were out and about from all the big coffee houses like costa and starbucks, however this becomes very expensive at £3 a pop and instant coffee just doesn't taste as good. So we though a little home coffee machine would actally save us money and I believe in the long run it will.
The reason I went with Dualit is because my sister went on and on at me about it being the brand the major coffee house use but I don't know if it this is true but I checked them out and I really like the style and the size they also seemed quite reasonably priced. I got it from Amazon as the had the best price at the time which was £135 and everytime I went on the Dualit website it kept saying out of stock, so Amazon it was.
I decide to get the chrome finish many because it was cheeper but also because it fits in with the kitchien better. It was smaller then I thought it would be but this means it doesn't take up a lot of room and can fit in easialy in a small kitchien, howeer it also means not all mugs fit under it, so you have to use a smaller mugs.
The machine is really easy to use you turn it on (the switch is on the front so no fidderling around) wait 40 seconds for it to warm up and away you go. Basically all you have to do is measure your coffee with the hady spoon provide lock the handle in then turn the dial to the left and coffee comes out. The removble water tank is located at the back and can hold up to 1.5L. Once you have decided ether you are having one shot or two shots of coffee you turn the dail back to the centre, then pour milk into a jug, place the nozzle in it and turn the dail to the right and the froath nozzle does the rest. The nozzle is detachable if you don't want to use and so it can be cleaned easily. You can use thermometer if you want but don't have to and once the milk is froathed you turn the dail back centre pour you milk into your coffee, turn machine of and hey presto your very own coffee made all by yourself!
It is easy to clean and it has a detachable drip tray so you don't make a mess. The drip trey has an indicator which is red so you know when it is full. It really is very simple to use and for the money I think it is a very good machine and looks very proffentional. You can choose whatever type of espresso coffee you want to use and what brand you want (if you buy the espresso coffee from costa or starbucks it taste just like their own drinks). I probably spend about £3 on a 230g bag which will last for about a week and a half.
I think the only real criticism I have is after about 4 months the dail has become quite stiff making it harder to use, this does worry me as I don't know if it will get worse but the machine is used at least three times a day but other than that the machine is of high quality and I would recomend it.
The spec information provided below is what the Dualit website lists:
* Self-priming 15 BAR pressure pump
* 40 second warm-up time
* Thermobloc (water heating on demand) water heating system for instant hot water and constant steam
* 1.5L removable water tank
* Easy-froth nozzle for the perfect cappuccino foam
* Cast aluminium and stainless steel body
* Extra cup height clearance for mugs
* Large cup/mug warming plate
* Pop-up 'drip tray full' indicator
* Three coffee options: single serve, dual serve and ESE pod
* Accessory holder to keep pod and froth nozzle to hand
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