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I am very fair-skinned and every Summer I dread going outside with white legs. (Yes, I know that I have to go outside with them to get some colour to them but as I am so fair, they just go red!) This year, I decided that I would do what all the famous people are - apparently - doing and apply a fake tan. Piz Buin has often been mentioned and (I think) Victoria Beckham has used it, although probably at a beauty salon. It wasn't cheap, at around £9 but I thought, hey, you get what you pay for. I decided to go for it and purchased my Piz Buin Mid Self Tan at my local Boots store last weekend. It said on the pack that it would last for seven days and would gradually fade in colour. It sounded just perfect. I did exactly what it said and exfoliated my legs thoroughly first(although if you read my last op on the exfoliator I used you will see that I had no luck with this either!) Then I carefully and evenly applied the fake tan which had a colour to it so that it was easier to see where you'd applied it. It said that it would take 30 minutes to reach full colour so for the next half hour I walked around confidently thinking that I would have nice golden legs for once in my life instead of two bright red sticks. Half an hour later, my legs and feet were a lovely shade of golden brown. I was thrilled. I applied some pretty nail varnish and felt that the whole process was painless and quite successful. However........the following day, I woke up to find my legs even darker than the previous day and my feet were quite dark and blotchy. I just thought that I obviously had not exfoliated my feet properly and after all there are lots of bumps on your feet - well, there are on mine anyway! Since that day, my legs have become increasingly mottled with the tan colour and I have something that looks like a tide mark at the side of one of my legs although I know that I was very careful in applying the lotion. It looks
very much like it has rubbed off and there are a couple of mysterious marks on my duvet cover that could be explained by this. I am now having to wear full length trousers or jeans - I can't even wear 3/4 length trousers - until the colour goes and I'm back to my lilywhite legs again (please, please hurry up :-( ) My feet look like I have walked through a pile of dog's doo-doos and not wiped it off and I can't bear the thought of wearing socks in this heat, so I am just hoping nobody will glance at my feet. If they do, they will think I am a disgustingly dirty girl! I have had shower after shower and scrubbed and scrubbed and all this does is get just some of the colour off leaving it even more noticeable. Needless to say, I will NEVER try this fake tan ever again. The thought of having white legs has never seemed so appealing!
I wanted to buy a body scrub, one that would really feel like it was exfoliating my skin, not one that felt mamby-pamby. After looking hard at the beauty counter in Boots and seeing many different brands, I decided to try The Sanctuary Body Scrub feeling that I couldn't go wrong as it was from the famous Sanctuary Day Spa at Covent Garden. It certainly smelt delicious as it contained Orange and Patchouli oil but the grains when I tested them on my hand at home were not particularly impressive. I did as it said and massaged it into damp skin and was quite vigorous doing so but when I dried myself I couldn't say my body felt that much smoother. I used a self tan soon after and as you have to use it on exfoliated skin I hoped it would be exfoliated enough! Two days after applying the self tan onto my newly exfoliated legs I was horrified to see that the colour had gone extremely blotchy and I could actually see that this was because my legs looked quite dry. So much for my skin feeling "soft, delicately smooth and perfectly moisturised" as it stated on the back. I feel that I could have used ordinary salt to exfoliate my skin and I would have probably got the same results - at a much cheaper price! This product cost me £5.99 in Boots but next time I will definitely try one of their own brand scrubs first before I am tempted by a fancy name. :-(
What can I say about Richard and Karen Carpenter - especially Karen - that hasn't been said a million times before? Karen Carpenter and her brother Richard were the duo behind many hit songs such as 'Close To You,' 'Only Yesterday,' 'Hurting Each Other' and many, many more. The combined talents of Richard on vocals and piano and Karen singing mainly vocals but occasionally playing drums too, spelt instant success for them both.....and I thought they were fantastic. The songs were all catchy, but Karen's beautiful rich voice was the main reason they were as popular as they were. She simply couldn't put a foot wrong. I have never heard a voice since that is as great as hers was. Unfortunately she fell foul of anorexia nervosa which dogged her throughout her career. She tried to overcome it several times, but it was painfully clear she was struggling on several occasions when she was photographed gaunt looking and ill. Eventually, her heart gave out and one morning her Mother, getting no reply after calling out to her, found her dead in her room. It was the end of this wonderfully talented woman who can never be replaced, especially in terms of her singing voice. Their music lives on. Nobody in their right mind would deny just how talented Karen was, and most people admit to liking at least one Carpenters song. Me, I loved them all.
After comparing interest charges and suchlike between various online credit cards, I decided to apply for a Cahoot card so that I could transfer the balance of my then credit card who were charging 19.00% APR compared to Cahoot's 7%. There are three types of credit card, each one with different benefits depending on your spending habits and how you like to use yours. One, for instance is 'interest only' another has a monthly fee but lower APR. Cahoot is the name behind the Abbey National credit card, so with that kind of guarantee, I felt I couldn't go wrong. So far, I've been proved right. The application system online for the credit card is simplicity itself. The site is fast loading and easy to understand. When you've finished filling out the form and submitted it, you are told that you will be sent an e-mail to say whether you have been provisionally accepted. You must have 128bit encryption on your Internet Explorer browser with its extra security, for the application to go through. The way to check this is to click 'Help' at the top of the page, go down to 'About Internet Explorer' and it will be marked quite clearly what kind of encryption you have, plus a button to click on, should you need to update it. If you have been accepted, more credit checks will take place at Cahoot's end and you will be sent the Credit Application Form to sign. I didn't receive word from them for a couple of weeks after the first e-mail, so I rang them up on their Customer Services number. I was told that Cahoot had been inundated with applications, so it was therefore taking a little longer than usual. Soon after this, I received the Credit Application form, which I had to read, sign and send off to them. I did this, and after a couple of weeks more, I received first the pin number, then a few days later the credit card. I was assured that applications would not normally take this long. I alway
s knew I could contact Cahoot whenever I had a query which was good to know. One gripe I have about this, is when I phoned the first time, the line was awful; far too loud and crackly and echoey. The man I spoke to told me it was because of their hands-free telephone system and adjusted it so the line was much better. When, however, I phoned a second time and got the same problem, the girl I spoke to that time just told me there was nothing she could do to. When I mentioned that I'd had the same problem before and the man adjusted his telephone, she just repeated that she couldn't do anything about it! (Time of the month, maybe?) I have had no problems - touch wood - accessing the site for statement details. The pages are quick to load, everything is to hand and very easy to find. The balance from my previous credit card went through smoothly and without any hitches. The Interest rate of 7% is excellent especially when compared with other online credit cards. I would definitely recommend Cahoot for their credit card, but of course there is far more on the site, such as loans, bank accounts and insurance. Well worth a visit.
After comparing interest charges and suchlike between various online credit cards, I decided to apply for a Cahoot card so that I could transfer the balance of my then credit card who were charging 19.00% APR compared to Cahoot's 7%. There are three types of credit card, each one with different benefits depending on your spending habits and how you like to use yours. One, for instance is 'interest only' another has a monthly fee but lower APR. Cahoot is the name behind the Abbey National credit card, so with that kind of guarantee, I felt I couldn't go wrong. So far, I've been proved right. The application system online for the credit card is simplicity itself. The site is fast loading and easy to understand. When you've finished filling out the form (you must have 128bit encryption on your Internet Explorer browser with its extra security, for the application to go through. The way to check this is to click 'Help' at the top of the page, go down to 'About Internet Explorer' and it will be marked quite clearly what kind of encryption you have, plus a button to click on, should you need to update it). After you have filled out and sent the online application, you will be sent an e-mail to tell you whether or not you have been provisionally acepted. If you have been, more credit checks will take place at Cahoot's end. I didn't receive word from them for a couple of weeks after the first e-mail, so I rang them up on their Customer Services number. I was told that Cahoot had been inundated with applications, so it was therefore taking a little longer than usual. Soon after this, I received the Credit Application form, which I had to read, sign and send off to them. I did this, and after a couple of weeks more, I received first the pin number, then a few days later the credit card. I was assured that applications would not normally take this long. I always knew I could contact Cahoo
t whenever I had a query which was good to know. One gripe I have about this, is when I phoned the first time, the line was awful; far too loud and crackly and echoey. The man I spoke to told me it was because of their hands-free telephone system and adjusted it so the line was much better. When, however, I phoned a second time and got the same problem, the girl I spoke to that time just told me there was nothing she could do to. When I mentioned that I'd had the same problem before and the man adjusted his telephone, she just repeated that she couldn't do anything about it! (Time of the month, maybe?) I have had no problems - touch wood - accessing the site for statement details. The pages are quick to load, everything is to hand and very easy to find. The balance from my previous credit card went through smoothly and without any hitches. The Interest rate of 7% is excellent especially when compared with other online credit cards. I would definitely recommend Cahoot for their credit card, but of course there is far more on the site, such as loans, bank accounts and insurance. Well worth a visit.
I try to catch every 'Audience with......' as I love the way the stars interact with the audience and put on a first-class performance. Kylie was no exception on Saturday night. I was surprised - and pleased - to see that she sang every song live, no lip synching....and she sang so well. Even when she was dancing, the songs sounded perfect. Not a lot of artists can do that (apart from my Backstreet Boys!) As usual, there was banter with the audience, which consisted of the normal blend of celebrities, although not quite as much as with past 'Audiences with..' I felt. Never mind, I thotoughly enjoyed listening to Kylie singing. There was also a message of thanks for Pete Waterman, her mentor. Of course she was her usual sweet, unaffected self, ensuring that the women loved her as much as the men, although not in quite the same way of course! I was hoping she would sing her single 'Especially for you' with Jason Donovan, but it wasn't to be. From all accounts he hasn't worn quite as well as Kylie, which is a shame as he was a good looking young man a few years ago. Instead she sang the song with Kermit the frog, and it actually made good viewing! Her duet with Adam Garcia was spot-on. The two of them tap-danced their way through the song, and it made for great entertainment. It didn't hurt either that Adam Garcia is rather scrummy. One for the women there then! All in all, a great performance from this Aussie lass and I wish they would do another one with her, it was a great hour's entertainment. As soon as this programme finished, we were told that Kylie's Videography was to be shown straight after on ITV2, so we settled back to watch most of that. (The rest we taped, as it was on for 2 hours and bed was calling). This showed all her videos from all her songs and was in a word, brilliant! Keep up the good work, Kylie!
When the Spice Girls first emerged on the pop scene a few years ago with 'Wannabee,' the concept of 5 girls singing together, each one having their own personality - it seemed - and name tag was unique. Posh, Sporty, Baby, Ginger and Scary were apparently here to stay, if the tabloids were to be believed. The songs were catchy, such as 'Spice up your life,' and thoughtful: '2 become 1, and all little (and not so little) girls everywhere were singing along and dressing up as their favourite Spice. It seemed that Spicemania was everywhere. Even Politicians were choosing their favourites too. Like a lot of pop acts that have been manufactured, cracks started to show when Geri left the group. I read her autobiography and compelling reading it was as she told about the early days of the Spice Girls right through to when she left in a storm of publicity. Geri always came across as quite feisty while she was in the group and she apparently clashed with Mel B on several occasions. A final argument over whether Geri should front a campaign for Brest Cancer awareness or keep an appointment with the rest of the girls led to her leaving - allegedly. The cookie had started to crumble and I think this was the beginning of the end of the Spice Girls from here. Yes, I know they decided to start solo careers, Geri being the frontrunner, but have they ever really succeeded? Although I suppose record sales figures would say 'yes' and prove me wrong on this point, but in the public eye, they have never been successful solo artists. Mel B with her husky, but grating voice, Emma with her sweet but nondescript voice, Victoria with her middle of the road voice, Mel C with her annoying voice and finally Geri with her rasping voice. Out of all five girls, I suppose I would rather listen to Geri. Although I didn't like 'Look at me' very much, I did like her cover of 'It's raining men' although I know a lo
t of people who couldn't stand it. 'Lift me up' was also quite a nice song and even though I used to think that Geri had the worst voice of all the girls, I have changed my mind recently. Let's face it, none of the girls are Karen Carpenter, but then they never professed to be. If I hear another song by Mel B with Missy Elliot I will scream! That song was awful. Emma's song appearing on MTV - whose title escapes me, funnily enough - was enough to make me switch channels as quick as I could. I did quite like Mel C's 'Never be the same again' with Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopez, but generally I can't stand Mel's voice. Now we come to Victoria. Umm....well, she was of course up against little Kylie last week for the No. 1 spot, but I'm afraid she will never be able to compete with Miss Minogue, who my money's on every time. Victoria's choice of song lets her down every single time, as far as I'm concerned. How on earth could a single like 'Not such an innocent girl' compare with the fabulous 'Can't get you out of my head?' If Victoria had a half-decent, catchy song then maybe her voice would be acceptable. So there we have it. To Spice or not to Spice, that is the question. In my humble opinion, the Spices should go back on the shelf, where they belong. Ouch! Except Geri.
Whenever I see a TV programme or read an article that mentions the artistic talents of young graffiti artists, I want to scream. Artistic talent, my eye, to put it politely. After all, I don't want to swear on Dooyoo. I have first hand experience of such 'talent' and I am sick to the back teeth of these youngsters - and not such youngsters - getting away with it. Of course it's hard to catch them in the act, but when they do get caught, as is the case in my area, they are simply given huge boards to practice their 'artwork' on. Fine if this solves the problem, but in my experience it hasn't. I live on a quiet, private estate in the middle of the countryside in a beautiful part of Shropshire. At the side of my house is a huge bridge over which the motorway runs. This bridge is the focus for graffiti sprayed in lots of different colours. We are talking bright reds, greens, oranges, all the colours of the rainbow. It is not just 'tags' which the youngsters leave, but also foul comments and drawings sprayed as big as they can make them. The bridge is owned by the Highways Agency and to give them their due, they do come out every 18 months or so to paint over the writing, but the last time they did this, it was an inviting shade of.......white!! Doh! What an invitation for the local Rolf Harris Club! Where was the sense in that? Surely a dullish colour would have been much more appropriate? Exactly 24 hours after they covered up all the writing and drawings, the first lot re-appeared, and now, only 2 months later it is covered again. Apparently, all over the Country, the Police Force decided that if these people wanted to spray graffiti, then they should have somewhere to properly display their apparent talent, so gigantic boards have popped up in areas where there is a graffiti problem, including here. Well, let me tell them now that it just ain't working. At least not in this area. Yes sure
, the kids are using these boards to spray their paints - and lets not kid ourselves, half of it is just plain rubbish -but they are also continuing to spray on the bridge still! Did the Police actually think that these kids would say: 'Let's use these boards now to spray the paint on, we don't need to spray on the bridge, and after all, we aren't allowed to.' Huh! There is much more fun in spraying paints where you're not allowed to, than on a legalised surface. Local Councils know all this, but this way they are seen to be doing something, however dumb the decision. Graffiti pops up everywhere, railway sidings, lamp-posts, street signs etc., but although it is unsightly to say the least, it has unfortunately become part of daily life in a lot of towns and cities. When, however, it appears near or on private dwellings it is another matter. It can distress to the extreme. Especially when, as in my case, I am trying to sell my house. No-one likes the thought of being able to look out on this rubbish, and many prospective viewers have turned up at the house with the estate agent only to say that they were not interested after seeing the disgusting writing and drawings. I don't think that graffiti has been seen as anything particularly serious in terms of vandalism over the years. After all, vandalism is really thought of as actual damage to property and cars, but graffiti IS still vandalism. I know that not much can be done unless the culprits are caught and of course there will always be other 'graffiti artists' to take their place, but please give a thought for those of us who are surrounded by this disgusting pastime.
Everybody, of course, remembers little Miss Minogue from the days of Neighbours on BBC1. As far as actresses go, I remember her as being a pretty average one, but I'm sure nobody imagined then just how big she would become several years down the line, and as a singer not an actress. Her first hits, which included 'I should be so lucky,' 'Locomotion' and 'Especially for you' with Jason Donovan were OK as far as songs go, but typical '80's ones. After this introduction to the world of Kylie the singer, her other hits later on which included 'Confide in me' and 'Never too late' failed to interest me. Then some time later came 'Spinning around' where Kylie's video showed her in a tiny pair of hotpants, making all the women wonder why they wouldn't look as good in some, and making the men trip over their tongues trying to get a peek. Of course, us women would always say that: Kylie hasn't had children, therefore no stretch marks, firm body, and a trainer on hand whenever she may need one. Plus knowing that should a bit of flab come her way a little liposuction would do the trick. Do I sound jealous? No, not really. I mean, I wouldn't mind the personal trainer and offers of liposuction, but I wouldn't be without my girls for the world, or a firm body. I have to confess though, to liking Kylie. When I see her in interviews she comes across as quite a nice person, so I can forgive her for being most men's idea of a dream woman. It's amazing that her popularity has gone from strength to strength. Somehow she seems to keep hanging on, and her songs have got better. I especially like 'Can't get you out of my head.' I didn't like it at first, but the song grew on me and now I can't get it out of my head! I think Kylie will be around for quite a while. OK, she isn't in the same league as Madonna - although I'm not ke
en on Madonna's songs nowadays - but she'll get by very nicely, thank you.
The Golden Pheasant in Biggleswade is one of those pubs where you can relax over a pint (or in my case, a nice cuppa!) on a Saturday afternoon, or in fact any afternoon of the week. It's quite an old pub, with only one bar,but this is where it's charm lies. The clientele are mostly regulars, Biggleswadians who fancy a quick half while having a bit of a chat with their mates, but there are also people that come from further afield because it has been recommended to them. It welcomes children during the day, although I haven't seen many, probably because it is a very small pub, so no room for them to run about in. Unfortunately there is no play equipment out the back, although there are a couple of tables for people to sit at in the warmer months. Having said this, I have yet to see anyone using them! Everyone congregates in the bar, regardless of the weather. It is not really a young person's pub, as they tend to go to another, bigger pub in Biggleswade, but you can get small groups of lads sometimes. There is never any trouble there. Touch wood! The decor is typical of an older pub, such as brass plates on the walls, old fashioned pictures and saucy signs. Like most good pubs, food is served regularly throughout the day and evenings and is very tasty indeed! It's very basic, such as sausage, egg and chips, or omelette and chips etc. but the portions are generous and it always comes steaming hot. I can especially recommend the toasted sandwiches. As far as prices go, I am not really in a position to quote beer prices as I always tend to go for soft drinks such as Britvic orange, being a driver, or as I said before a pot of tea. The cost of a Britvic Orange is around 90p, for a smallish glass. There are many other pubs around Bedfordshire that are far more modern, offer a wider menu of food, with live acts, but regulars at the Golden Pheasant don't want any of this. I onl
y go there with my daughter at the weekend after we've done our shopping, and it's nice to relax with a Britvic and cheese and tomato toasted sandwiches. If I want more, there are other pubs I can go to.
Unfortunately, I have fine hair. It's the bane of my life. I've always wanted thick curly hair, reminiscent of Julia Roberts in her older films, but it wasn't to be. So I have to work hard to keep my fine hair in a style. I always use a styling mousse anyway for blow drying it, but I felt I needed more. Curling tongs just seem to curl the ends or go the other way and give me tight old fashioned looking curls. When my Boots Advantage Card points added up to the right amount, I went looking for a styling brush. The one that stood out - OK, it was an eye-catching box! - was Charles Worthington's Big Hair bristle brush airstyler. I have heard of the name and I know that he has his name on shampoos and styling products, but I don't know much else about Charles Worthington and unable, even, to look on Dooyoo for an opinion about it as I had to make a snap decision, I decided to buy it and hope for the best. It comes with a large brush and a smaller brush. It is very easy to use and the brushes just clip on and off when you need them. As my hair is bob length, I found that either brush was fine for me. Ladies with short hair will probably want to use the smaller brush, especially if their hair is layered,, whereas the large brush will create curls and waves for longish hair. I have only used it on dry hair so far (you would normally use it on damp, but not soaking wet, and use the hot air brush as a hairdryer) but I was very impressed. As I said, I blow dry my hair, but the Big Hair brush gives it that little bit extra that I need for volume. There are three heat setting, from cold to hot, to hottest, plus two speeds and it's easy to vary the heat whilst you are actually styling the hair. What I especially like about having a product like this, is the ability to use it instantly whenever you like. It doesn't have to warm up, unlike a curling tong; the heat is instant, like a hairdryer. You just
switch it on and the heat comes out through the brush. Only this morning I used it when I was about to go out as I needed some body. It took me about five minutes to get that extra lift and it looked like I'd taken more trouble than I had! Highly recommended!
I love Nicky Clarke's products, so when I noticed his Hairomatherapy Mousse I bought it straight away and have never looked back. As the name implies the mousse has a lovely aromatherapy smell when applied to your hair, and this tends to last even when your hair is dry. I go through a lot of mousse whilst styling my hair - even though only a small orange sized blob is needed, I tend to go mad and squeeze out a huge blob, then I have to wipe a lot of it off my hands! As it is a thickening mousse it does just that to your hair. When the hair is dry and styled, it will feel as if it has more life to it and somewhat thicker. I have fine hair and need this kind of finish. Unlike some of the other thickening mousses on the market, which when it comes down to it actually coat the hair slightly therefore giving the impression of thicker, fuller hair, Hairomatherapy doesn't leave the hair sticky at all. I have used some other thickening mousses and found that my hair feels greasy within a short space of time. With this one, you aren't left having to shampoo your hair far more regularly. Nicky Clarke is a well-known and respected hairdresser and his hair products do him credit. I would not change from using this one as I am so pleased with it.
I always use hairstyling mousse on my hair to style it when I'm blow-drying it, but the trouble is it does tend to build up and leave a residue on the hair. The way I notice this is when my hair feels flat even when I've just washed it and no amount of styling aids improves the look, or texture. I used to use another clarifying shampoo - which I won't say by name in this op - but at around £4.95 it is so expensive. It did do the job briliantly, yes, but I thought the price was outrageous, so I stopped buying it. Then I was shopping in Sainsbury's last week and I came across Pantene's Pro-V Purity Clarifying shampoo. At £1.59 it is a darned sight cheaper, so I thought I would give it a go. It couldn't do my hair any harm and if it worked, then I could use that in future and forget about the other, more expensive one. Well, I used it for the first time two days ago, and I was pleasantly surprised. It felt much the same as the one I'd used previously. It had no smell, but I preferred that, as I think a perfumey smell would have given the impression that it was like any other shampoo. My hair felt literally squeaky clean when I'd finished washing it. It didn't say to leave it on for any length of time before rinsing out, but I decided to leave it on for 2 minutes anyway. As I rinsed away the last of the shampoo I felt like I was really washing away all traces of the mousse I'd been using and for the first time in a while my hair felt really good. Normal shampoos tend to leve the hair soft and manageable - sometimes too manageable for my fine hair - but this just felt....clean. I was really please that I bought this shampoo and saved myself around £3.50 in the process. I won't use it all the time as I do like my hair to smell a little perfumed with the ordinary shampoos that I use, but I will use it every month or so to get rid of excess build-up of the mousse etc.
I would definitely recommend it.
I have been watching QVC for some time now. Not constantly of course! But why is it that the mere mention of watching QVC evokes laughter? For those who have never heard of it or watched it, QVC stands for Quality Value Convenience. It is on the Satellite and Digital Channels, so unfortunately, those who only have analogue or terrestrial TV won't be able to catch it. Just about everything is sold on the programme. Jewellery has the largest showing and their diamonique jewellery - QVC's elite form of simulated diamond - probably has the largest showing of all. I own two diamonique rings, both bought for me by my youngest duaughter for birthdays, and they are stunning. They look like the real thing - diamonds - but at a fraction of the cost. Amongst the many other products sold are beauty items, homeware and motoring products, crafts, and much more. There are craft weeks, where an American presenter comes over and sells her craft kits. I love watching these, being a crafty woman myself! Everything that is sold on QVC is supposedly sold to undercut street or catalogue prices (even taking commision into account) as they buy in bulk so therefore they can afford to do this. I have checked out prices time to time in catalogues and QVC are actually cheaper, although of course you can spread the cost over at least 20 weeks with catalogues, but with QVC you can't. You do have to add on postage and packing charges too of course, but even taking this into account they seem to undercut high street retailers. Of course the diamonique range is only available from QVC so this doesn't count. Electrical entertainement items, such as TV's, DVD Players, Video Recorders etc. are also very popular, but of course a lot of money to pay out all at once, and in some cases QVC apply an 'Easy Pay' option which means you can pay over three, sometimes four months. This still means that you are paying out quite a bit
though, and I should imagine that a lot of people would prefer to spread the cost over a year, so those people would have to use the high street etc for these larger, more expensive items. Easy Pay is also available on much smaller items. Up until about a year ago, I would have said that the only items that probably weren't shown on QVC were washing machines. dishwashers etc., but lo and behold they appeared! However, I haven't seen these items on sale for a few months, so I wonder whether they didn't go down very well. Although it's great to be able to see, for instance, a washing machine in action, you are having to fork out £350, or whatever it costs, in one foul sweep. (Unless it's on Easy Pay, which breaks the costs down just a bit). There is a 30-day money back guarantee with every item bought on QVC, regardless of what it is. So if you buy, for instance, toiletries and they don't suit your skin type, you can send them back and get a refund. Compare that with buying a cleanser from the high street, trying it out on your skin and finding it doesn't suit, then trying to return it for a full refund. No, I don't think so. You don't receive back the p & p you paid for the item to be sent to you in the first place though, and you also have to pay to send it back to QVC, but I find that it works out cheaper than QVC's p & p costs anyway. The presenters have changed over the years, but I have my favourites. Julia Roberts (no, not that one!) is probably the most professional, but after all she has been there since QVC first started. She rarely makes a mistake and knows exactly what she's doing. My daughter and I actually managed to speak to Julia at the Ideal Home Show last year along with Clare Sutton, another presenter - and my favourite because she's such a sweet person - and Liz Earle, famous for her Naturally Active Skincare range. (I have written opinions on her products on Doo
yoo). Being able to speak to them and get an insight into the show was great. We even managed to sit in on a beauty show that was being televised with Liz Earle and Julia Roberts, and everyone received a fabulous goodie bag full of Liz's beauty products afterwards. You have to admire the skills of the presenters. To be able to sit and discuss an item, be it jewellery, crafts, motoring products or whatever, they have to present the items as if they are the best thing since sliced bread, and this must be difficult if they just don't like whatever it is they are selling! QVC's clothing range leaves a lot to be desired though. They have various 'names' on the programme selling their clothes and personally I think they are so naff. When I do see, say, a jumper I like, the price is ridiculous. Having said that, nine times out of ten they sell out of them, so it must be me. Maybe I just have no taste! :-( All in all, I love QVC. It is very watchable, even if there's nothing you want to buy. And no, I don't watch it all the time.......honestly!
Around 14 years ago, when I started getting various unexplained symptoms, such as feeling unwell all the time, tired, aching muscles etc. I went to see a homeopath to have an allergy test. She was recommended to me by a friend and I eagerly went along to take the test. To cut a long story short, it turned out later after various medical tests at local hospitals that I had ME, and still do - I'll write about homeopathy in another opinion, and I've already written about ME. She found that amongst many other things I was allergic to, caffeine came out near the top. She advised me to stop drinking ordinary tea and to change to decaffeinated. I was also to cut out sugar completely. Yeuch....at least for 4 weeks until my taste buds had got used to un-sugared drinks. I decided to try Tetley's Decaffeinated tea bags as these seemed to be the cheapest at the time. For a few weeks I found that the tea was quite a bit weaker than I was used to with my regular tea bags, but as time went on I actually preferred the taste. I had never liked strong tea, but tea bags that contain caffeine are naturally stronger than decaffeinated anyway. I also used to find that a lot of the popular tea bags were so strong that the tea often tasted stewed if you dunked the tea bag for too long. If anything, with decaffeinated tea bags, you have to dunk the bag for just that bit longer. You also find that you can't really make one tea bag do for two cups. Still, never mind! I now give decaffeinated tea to friends and relatives as this is the only tea I have in the house. Everyone seems to like it, even people who are used to tea so strong that you can stand a spoon up in it! What is a bit annoying is the fact that it is more expensive than ordinary teabags, being £1.99 - £2.15 depending on whether Sainsbury's has an offer on them. Of course you are able to look around for the best buy in other tea bags. I would like to see a redu
ction in the price of decaffeinated tea bags of all brands. Instead, the price seems to be going up!