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Many of us like to play with our hair and are always looking for new tools to help play with our style.
After many unsucessful attempts at curling my straight hair with velcro rollers and not wanting to spend hours playing with a curling iron anymore, I splashed out and picked up the Babyliss 3035u Thermo Ceramic Heated Rollers.
At around £30, the price is not too expensive.
It comes with 20 rollers in their base unit, 10 plastic roller clips, 18 metal roller pins and instructions.
There are 6 small, 6 medium and 8 large rollers, so there are plenty of options for styling.
All the rollers have a soft velvet covering which makes them grip to the hair without snagging, even on very fine hair.
The unit is very easy to use. After plugging in, it is turned on using the front slide switch and the temperature is controlled through a dial.
These is a bit of guess work required to get the right temperature for your hair type, as the only indication of the heat setting is a graduated bar around the dial. Time to get up to desired heat does vary quite a bit depending on the setting chosen, but it isn't over about 5 mins.
When the rollers have reached desired temperature they are ready to use. The tops of each roller get a little warm, but not too hot that they can't be handled.
Wrapping hair is easy, just takes a little practice.*
*Sidenote- A common mistake people seem to make is that you need to get your hair into the center slit of these rollers; Not so, the center slit is for the heating plate in the base. With these the hair just goes right round.
With the velvet covering, they come out smoothly and go easily back into the base.
The large plastic clips work well with each roller size and the metal pins also hold securely, but overall the plastic clips work better. It is recommended to buy more of your own as it doesn't come with enough for a whole head of curlers.
Overall, Its a good value set. Simple to use and versatile.
Like many people, I find epilation a painful process.
With that, and the good reputation of Veet, I had high hopes for this product for end the days of painful epilation.
At almost £7 for 40ml, it is very expensive.
It has both menthol and camphor, and oh boy it doesn't half stink. The smell is so strong it made me cough (Actually, I may try this product on a hanky next time I have a cold to see if it helps unblock my nose). This did make it difficult to apply to a whole area as it is very overpowering.
The way the spray works does mean it gets on more than just the area you want to epilate. It does feel a little wasteful considering the price.
After application, these is a little cooling sensation, but after waiting the suggested 2 minutes, it had actually faded. Therefor, when it came to actually epilating, it felt about 95% the same with only a teeny bit of cooling remaining.
I tried it again several times, waiting less time and still got the same result.
I did only try this on my legs.
Comparing this to something like a cooling cream or gel, a cooling cream is a much better product due to the application and lasting sensation.
If Veet was to come out with this in a cream form, I would definitely give it a go.
Personaly, it felt like a gigantic waste of money.
Being naturally super pale, I was looking to get a bronzer to add a little colour to my face.
Being a loyal Benefit fan of many years, they were my first stop, leading to me coming away with this little very cute box.
The box is indeed very cute, in the same style and size to many other of Benefit's blushes and bronzers.
It comes with a flat, rectangular shaped soft bristled brush, along with a little plastic tray meaning it can be kept separate form the product.
In the box, Hoola is a light milk chocolate colour with no shimmer whatsoever. Swatched with a finger, it does go a little paler.
Applied with a brush, it remains pretty true to the box colour. The shade works well on a multitude of skin tones.
On my first attempt on using Hoola using the brush it came with.
On my fair with pink undertone skin, It swamped me with colour. I looked like I had applied coffee grounds it swamped me that much.
The brush is just the wrong shape for an even application. It is really too small and concentrates the colour in one area too much. I would personally recommend using a blusher brush for a more even application.
Because of Hoola having no shimmer, it makes an excellent contour powder. Because of this, the colour doesn't 'fight' with blush shades, which makes it suitable for use in a variety of looks.
Irregular Choice have such a wonderfull range of shoes. When I was looking for a statement pair to go with a dress, they were my first port of call. I have the white and gold version.
They come in a range of colours, as well as white and gold, they also come in black and blue.
The front flower detailing on the white version is a mix of white cream and brown.
They are quite comftable for wear and walking. I've worn my pair for 5 hours that incuded alot of walking and they remained comftable throught the day.
Like alot of IC shoes, the sizing can be a little bit funny, if you are after a pair its best to try them on. to get the best fit.
The only drawback real I've had with them has been the sole has no grip, so they can slide a little bit on certain surfaces, especialy long carpet. This has decreced with use of a bit fo sandpapering and wearing to give some grip.
I grew up with my mum keeping her copy of this book on the counter in the kitchen; it was always her first port of call for recipies. Years later inspite of the many other cookery books she has amased, its still there and remains the first place she will look.
My copy was bought for me by her after I moved out and came to the realisation that all my cookery books didn't have any basic recipies. It rapidlty became my first port of call for cookery.
What this book has done sucessfully is show the basics of everything which is one thing many cookbooks lack.
It starts with simple, basic kitchen know-how, and moves through the recipies in blocks of either base ingredient (say fish, beef ect) or type (confectionary, cold deserts). It has information on storage and pre-cooking perperation of various things.
There is a large focus about dairy products in the front as it was produced by the link marketing board; This doens't affect the recipies though.
The recipies are easy, use easy to find ingrediets, are very adaptable,
The instructions are easy to understand and follow; They also include instructions for how to do various stages in a microwave as an alternative, rarther than solely using a cooker.
Some of the information can be a little out of date on a few bits, so it really is best to try and pick up the most recent edition; but recipies are still practicaly the same and the kitchen basics don't really change over time.
I stayed at custom house in may 2009.
I ended up booking in there becuase of an event I was attending at the Excel center and wanted to be closeby. When I was looking for Excel center hotels and It was the only one I can across that had rooms available at the time.
I stayed 3 nights in a standard double room.
I can't remeber the exact price I pad, but it was around £170 for the three nights; With a booking I made for the same time this year its gone down a little.
Earliest check in is 2PM. claheck out is by 11AM.
The room has a double bed, seperate shower and toilet 'cubicles' int he room, sink, TV, bedside lights, refreshment making facilites including kettle, one chair, towels, some toiletries, hairdryer, phone, air conditioning/heating.
The door locks are all by keycard, which doubles as the key for the room power, which is operated by placing the keycard in a slot by the door.
One thing I don't like about it is its lack of in room iron; It has both dry cleaning and ironing facilities available, but I personaly would rarther iron my own things.
There are two sets of lifts for access as far as I remember, though one of them did require going across the car park to get to it.
There is internet connections in rooms, but that is a pay for use service.
The room TV has a mix of trerestrial and freeview channels and a selection of pay per view films.
I'm not 100% sure about its food, It has a breakfast 'room', cafr, chinese resterant and pub, but I tend not to eat in the hotel so I can't say much about them. I did have breakfast one time; They have a continental and full english; You don't need to book, but it is offtered to you on check for a slightly reduced price than just turning up. Both are in a same room and are a buffet style. There is a wide selection of cereals, fruit, bread products, cold meats and others available for the continental, There is also a selection of fruit juces and hot drinks. It not anything exciting but it. there is also vending machinces in the downstairs area.
It does have parking on site, but its on a first come, first serves basis.
Its situated directly oposite the Custom house Docklands Light Railway station, is within a few mins walking distance of a couple of others and there are a several close bus stops so getting into the city is easy.
The Excel center is incredibly close, it is just over the road and shares access with the DLR station. Past the station lifts/stairs is a bridge that connects to the front entrance and it literlay takes a minuite or two to get there.
For the weekend of the MCM Expo at the excel center, it has the reputation for being the 'close quiet hotel', due to it being slightly further away and just putside the excel center compated to some of the others. It also gets booked up slightly slower, but not by much; to guanrenee a booking that weekend most may expo regulars will say late january at the latest to guarentee getting in.
Overall, its a conftable, clean hotel. Its nothing massivly exciting but it is good value.
I bought my H340 about two years ago after needing to replace small flash mp3 only player with something that would also be able to use as a second backup for work, and after seeing the way my brothers work so well for so many years i decided on it.
It came with a USB cable, mains charger, instruction manual, carry case with screen wiper, A pair of Seinheizer headphones (not sure of the model).
I have not used it for pictures/video, I have used it for music, radio and data storage.
Through a bit fo experimentation, The only file type I know they definaly won't play is .s3m files; they can be a bit slow with .m4a files but otherwise will run fine.
They can be charged off the mains and by USB as well, but its better if its off the mains.
Its also possible to charge one with a PSP charger (the reverse is also true).
Battery life is pretty good; I'm not to sure of the exact battery life, i can probably get at least 10 hours out of it from freshy fully charged if it wasn't turned off.
It does also have an automatic switch off if no buttons are pressed for a set period of time.
The firmware mine uses shows that in numbers too so its very easy to get a good idea of how long it will last, under 3.3volts it will not turn on.
Sound quality remains good through a variety of outputs inculding cheap heaphones, good headphones. It also remained good when it was being used for music broadcast over the net on a univerity radio station.
The voice recorder is ok, but as its not a directional mic it will pick up ambient noise. It is possible to get a clear recording if something is attached into the line in socket, An attempt with a handheld games console was very sucessfull.
The radio signal can be a little intermittant as it uses the headphones for the aeriel, but in the right position can be as good as the music player.
It is a bit of a brick due to the hard drive, but its not overly heavy, but its size makes it wasy to hold.
The pad can be a little fiddley to operate at times, smaller fingers do make it easier to operate as they keys aren't that large; But it is relatively intuative and easy to understand.
It hoes have a little hold key on the side to lock up the keypad; these can get a little sticky and sometimes need a little 'de stickying' with something small to losen them up again.
Transfering to and from computers is very quick, as long as it wasn't a very large transfer (3-4 albums worth would probably be the smallest) it can be disconected and removed normaly straight away.
Because of the upgradable firmware, its possible to get round the problem of the slightly difficult to navigate menus, Its also possible to alter other things (I can't remeber specifics).
Mine has been running wihtout problems for nearly 3 years on Rockbox.
They are incredibly tough, they can take an awful lot of punishment and remain working; there is a 5 year old H320 at home that was dropped down a flight of stairs and still works prefectly.
Their price can be a little steep, but they are worth every penny.
I read reviews on this hoping for great things, I was very dissapointed.
I bought it in hopes of ditching chemical dyes for something more natural but still keeping the black dyed hair I love so much.
It promises blue-black tints with a mix of henna and indigo; Apparently this isn't possible with the two ready mixed. Various people assured me I would get a good black out of it.
I had two seperate attempts with this product.
The first I broke it with a knife and followed the instructions and ended up with a mix that looked alot like a cow pat and smelt a little spicy.
That was put on with no cling film covering for 7 hours and it hardened to a rock!
It took a long, long time to get it all out; I tried rinsing with conditoner only as several henna-savvy people had advised, I was left with a load of bits that did not come out and my hair felt both horribly greasy and very crispy at the same time. There was absolutly no colour change at all on my dark dyed parts or my blonde roots.
The second attempt had a thinner mix and as covered with cling film after aplication. This was left for 7 hours again. It was rinsed out using shampoo, it still left bits but my hair felt better.
It left my hair feeling slighty thicker but it also left my blonde roots a dark green colour after 4 days.
I sucessfully used chemical semi-permenant dye over the top a week later.
the preperation process is very time consuming. The block is very hard and cutting it up, let alone grating it. Getting a good mix can be hard, the right proportions are trial and error; the instructions given are not very clear, to the point I ended up seeking prep advice elewhere.
Application is incredibly messy and difficult. Trying to get it all the hair coated is hard as its not really possible to comb it through. Trying to get it in thin sections didn't work either. I ended up putting it on sections in large dollops and working it through with my fingers.
The advised developing time is not long enough, Any henna need to be left on for a minimum of about 5 hours, plus it takes 3-4 days for the colour to properly develop.
It can stain as well, I had green marks over my back for a week after use and there was marks left on the gray carpet. Gloves are neccecery with application.
I was looking for some UV reactive eyeshadows for clubbing when I bought them. I've had the orange, pink, yellow and green.
They are realativly easy to apply and have relativly good staying power as long as they are applied over a base. the main issues I had with them were coverage and fading. A good coverage takes a bit of time and several layers. I had major problems with them fading over the course of a night, especialy the pink. I got better coverage with them using a stiff brush to apply thin layers.
They are very reactive under UV light, and they stay realtivly true to colour. There is the risk with them glowing is that mistakes are obvious, so is stray powder across your face.
The Powder itself did not survive very long in its solid state, and unfortunatly after a couple of outings where I had it in my bag, it cracked, and went everywhere;
The packaging on the other hand survived well, but did not hold the powder after it had begun to break up. Oddly, the orange gave me better coverage broken and the pink/yellow/green when solid.
I came to this game after playing and adoring the original on the Dreamcast;
I was not dissapointed.
It sucessfully retained much of the original while adding many features.
Additions to this version inculde:
One new additional character choice for each class,
Various spell restrictios for diffrent classes and races,
Health regeneration for mechs, TP regen for neumans,
Mechs can now set traps,
Hidden options for dress colours on DC version now in option menu,
Dressingroom option to change appearence mid game for a set cost,
All loading screens have some form of player based alteration,
Mome during Unsealed Door quest will now lie down so you dont haft to keep him alive (very important),
High level monsters in each area in normal will often drop trimates,
The 3 pillars to unlock the runis can be activated the first time they are encountered,
Limits to maximum levels of grinders that can be used on certain weapons.
The game itself is essensialy the same, the quests are the same, the levels are the same, the monsters are the same. There does seem to be a slight higer chance of rare monsters spawning.
Ultimate is a bit diffrent, but its essensialy the same with diffrent monsters and a much higher difficulty; this can be an issue, many classes have their peak of effectiveness on lower difficulties and struggle to make the leap neccecery to survive on ultimate.
II feels much more linear, especialy due to their being no offline quests; Theres no element of neccecery repitition there is in I.
There is some new chalanges places in the areas and its storyline is semi linked, but its still really more of the same.
I cannot say anything about online multiplayer as I have never played it online.
This game has always been a good one if you like to spend time building up characters and can put in time to get all the specials and get every mission done.
It can be a massive time drain, and its full storyline being complex and only really done through quests can feel a bit strange at first when the repeating indefinatly is possible (and almost neccecery).
I have been using 1.0 Ebony Black for about 3 years now and it has never done me wrong. It leaves my naturaly blonde shiny and a lovely blue black colour.
It does not have a massive amout of fading, it has always gone to a brown-black in about 5-6 washings, but like most black dyes it will not come out of hair and it will remain quite a dark colour espeicaly over naturaly light hair.
Mixing is easy though can take a little time to ensure an even mix; so is application, shaking the bottle is usualy required to get the dregs out.
Any spills/drips will wash off most surfaces with water.I did have a small issue with it marking a plastic counter top that took acetone nail varnish to remove. Comes out of towels on a normal washing cycle.
The tube of conditioner norlay lasts about 3-4 washes depending on the amout of use, but I haven't noticed any diffrence in condition in my haor after use compared to other conditoners for coloured hair.
Overall, for a low priced semi-permenant dye, it very worthwhile.