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As a student just moving out of my parent's house I did my best to cut costs when it came to buying the essentials for student halls as I had an awful lot things I needed. So I was glad when I came across the Argos Value Range Hollow Fibre Pillows. They are available for sale in packs of 2 and pack of 4. They are packaged in a very basic plastic bag with the Argos logo; it's nothing fancy but keeps the pillows covered whilst you get the home. I bought 2 packs of pillows that cost £2.94 a pack. Having read reviews beforehand I knew they were pretty thin but thought it would be okay once they were doubled up.
Once I took them out the packaging, fluffed them up and put them into their pillow cases they looked great but when I tried sleeping on them it was a different matter. Even with the 2 pillows doubled up in a case once you lie on these pillows they might as well be flat. They don't offer a lot of support and a few times I've woken up with a sore neck. I've also noticed the pillows are a bit smaller than my pillowcases (which I also bought from the Argos Value Range) and they often slip out which can be rather annoying after a while. As it's something I need to fix most days.
Overall I'd say these pillows are only good for the short term. They aren't comfortable and don't offer a lot of support but they are (slightly) better than nothing. They're also very cheap so they can do the job until you're willing to pay a bit more for something better.
I guess you can't really complain about these sponges because they are dirt cheap and it won't drain the bank because when you need to replace them. I have noticed though they do need replacing quite regularly. They're normally quite grubby after the first wash and seem to absorb all the mess they are to clean and end up a really horrid dark brown colour very quickly even though I rinse them under the tap after using them. The scourer isn't as good and the sponge itself is quite thinner than other sponges you can buy. I have ended up picking things of the plates instead using the scourer as it really isn't up to much. Despite all my complaints though I don't mind buying them when money is tight, but prefer to buy better sponges when I can. Generally they do the job they are supposed to do and are very cheap.
I first started using Simple's cleanser when I received it as part of a gift set along with some toner and moisturizer and I have been buying it since. It is cheaper than most cleansers and I like that it doesn't contain any harsh chemicals or perfume. Most of the time I have went to buy the cleanser it's been on a 2 for 1 offer or something similar which helps save me a little bit extra money. As a cleanser it works really well, I apply it with a cotton pad in the morning before using the toner and moisturizer and also use it at night as it helps remove makeup easily. If you use a lot of cleanser it can leave your face a bit shiny, especially if you don't use the toner afterwards. You don't need to use a lot of the cleanser for it to work which means the bottle can last quite a while. It helps keep the skin smooth and looking healthy for a very good price.
I've always had problems buying foundation for myself. They always seem to make my face a tad orangey or makes me look ill because I have bought a shade that's too light for me. When I first got the Magic Mineral Foundation was part of a set that included eye shadow and blush and collection of make up brushes. The foundation itself looks like normal foundation with multicoloured specks through out it. It is easy to apply and evens out skin tone and doesn't require the use of concealer before hand. At first I didn't really believe the one shade of foundation would work on everyone but surprisingly it works well for me and everyone else I've known who has tried it. The eye shadow and blush is also easy to apply and looks good when it is on. The make up looks natural and I've never had any problems with it. The set was more expensive than what I would normally pay for my makeup but it works well and has lasted me a long time making it good value for me and I will definitely be buying it again.
As a student I try to keep my food bill as low as I can and have been shopping from the smart price range an awful lot recently. Some of the products are as good as branded products whilst others are terrible and taste absolutely awful. However the smart price garlic baguette is quite nice. It tastes pretty good and when it is cooked properly the crust is crunchy, the bread is fluffy and the garlic stinks of garlic, but that's what you get with garlic bread. I buy it frozen and cook in the oven and have never had any problems with it. It is a decent size and will serve about 3 or 4 people. You would not guess it only cost 40p unless you saw the white and green packaging which I am not the biggest fan of but I guess you can't really complain for 40p.
I've had this laptop for a while and it has served me well although I have had some minor issues with it. Most of its little rubber feet have came off and I have had keys pop off when I have been playing a game and got a bit carried away and the keys can be a right pain to try pop back in again. The laptop itself runs pretty good, it can handle most games including The Sims 3 without any hassle. (I have had other computers that can't seem to cope with The Sims). It has a wide screen which makes it ideal for playing games on in addition to watching films and TV shows on. My laptop didn't come with a webcam although others of the same model do, if this is an important feature for you I'd definitely double check it comes with one before buying. There is also no built in microphone like there is on a lot of other laptops.
It comes with a good battery, It can last a long time without needing to be plugged in even though I've had the laptop for over 2 years now. The laptop itself still runs quite fast whilst running on the battery.
The exterior of the laptop does scratch very easily if you are a bit careless at times (like myself) and when it does it is the scratches show up white against black so it is very noticeable. Overall I would say this is a pretty reliable laptop which I would recommend to anyone.
I have traveled with National Express coaches a couple of times and I would definitely recommend them. The seats are really comfortable and made of leathery material. There is a foot rest you can use. It is also one of the few coach services I have traveled with where you have a bit of legroom. The drivers seem friendly enough and always call out when approaching a stop which is good as I have a tendency to fall asleep during long coach rides. The service is a bit more costly than some other coach services but it is cheaper than taking the train and is a lot more comfortable. The bus always departs on time but my only complaint about the service would be that service does not always arrive at the final destination on time and I have arrived up to half an hour later than I should have.
I travelled with Greyhound on a return trip to London and was very disappointed. As it would be the first long coach journey I took and having heard bad things about Megabus I thought I would pay extra for the Greyhound Sleeper Bus. Problem was it wasn't the sleeper service I expected with a bed and was only named such as it ran at night which I thought misleading. There were quite a few people on the bus who were also mistaken like me. I have since complained via email but received no reply. The service cost about 3 times as much as the Megabus service but the only main difference was that there was a bit more legroom but it was still pretty cramped. There was no WiFi on the bus and the engine was very loud. I really would not recommend using this coach service as you do not get value for money. As much as everyone complains about megabus there really isn't much difference between the services except the price.
When it comes to coach travel Megabus is usually the cheapest option. I have travelled with them a few times both on the regular coach and the sleeper bus service. Travelling by the regular coach is usually ridiculously cheap, even if you buy on the day of travel. However you do get what you pay for. The coach is usually crammed full, there is very little legroom and the coach can be noisy. If you are travelling at night it can be hard to sleep with other passengers chatting, listening to music and the noise of the actual coach so if you do plan to sleep take some ear plugs. The seats aren't as comfortable as they are on some other coach services. However the coach journey is usually quick and most services will arrive on time.
Travelling by the sleeper bus service is a lot more preferable if you are travelling to London. It is more expensive than the usual Megabus service but still cheaper than most regular coach services on the same route. There is both a bed and a seat allocated for each passenger. There will be 3 beds in a bunk bed and it can be quite a challenge getting into your bunk. Once your in however it is quite comfortable although there isn't much room. There is a pillow and duvet provided in addition to a sleeping mask. The ride is fairly smooth although the engine is quite loud. One benefit though is that people have paid extra to sleep on this service so there is no chatter and it is a lot easier to get some sleep.
I'd definitely recommend the sleeper service to anyone travelling to London as it is good value for money however with the usual Megabus service it's important to remember it is cheap for a reason.
I religiously go to New Look when it's time to shop for jeans. From experience I know they are always of a good quality and seem to fit better than jeans from other high street brands. What I love most about them is that they seem to last forever. Whereas with other brands colour can fade within a few washes and it does not take long for the hem to take some damage but this is not the case with New Look. I have had buttons pop off with Topshop and zips jam with Primark but I have never had an issue with my jeans from New Look. They are more comfortable than other high street jeans, the fabric is soft and they fit the body well. They are available from size 8 to 16 in most stores with sizes 6 and 18 available online. You can also choose between 30 inch, 32 inch and 34 inch leg length. They are also incredibly cheap and excellent value as they have lasted me longer than jeans I have paid 3 times as much for. They cost about £10 and are available in black and a few different shades of blue.
The Canon PowerShot A2200 is an excellent budget camera, it is ideal for beginners as it easy to use and take good quality images whilst on the default setting. With 14 megapixel resolution it takes high quality pictures easily and with consistent results. You can use the zoom feature without the image becoming to pixelated or blurring the image. It has really fast shutter speeds which reduce the chance of the photograph blurring due to shaky hands or the subject of the photo moving. When you start to play about with the settings there are a lot you can do with the camera. There are a lot of creative filters you can have fun with such as the fish eye effect and toy camera effect.
However there are a few negatives with this camera. It often resets to default setting after a while and whilst on the default setting it can have a slow response time. This is easily fixed but can be frustrating after a while. It is also quite bulky compared to cameras. However, for me, the pros outweigh the cons. The high quality results and easiness to use means I would recommend this camera to anyone.