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Argos is a great place to buy most of the things for your home. Whenever I need something bigger, like sofa, new bed for my daughter, or a sideboard I first check on argos.co.uk and usually I decide to buy from them as I can find something I like for affordable price.
It's worth checking out their latest price cuts as they have quite big reductions sometimes which makes their items even more affordable. They always state how long the offer is valid so there will not be disappointment if you plan to buy something, because you will know if the item is still on sale.
I have got Argos Store Card which is the best credit card I have ever had. I always pay it back before I have to pay interest so it's really useful if you don't have money at the time you need to buy something, but you get an offer for 6 months interest free credit (or 3 months for cheaper items - as I noticed it changes sometimes for how long the interest free credit is valid) And if you spread the cost for the 6 months it will be a lot easier to pay for your item.
If I want to buy something I can pick up in store I always check the website if the store I'm going to has it on stock to save time and disappointment.
I have bought most of the things for the house from Argos and was quite happy with the products I have chosen. The only thing I had to bring back was a table light which only worked for 2 weeks, so I reckon that's not bad in 4 years.
I would recommend it.
Folksy.com is a site with loads of talented british sellers whom create and sell their good quality, unique handmade items.
You can find presents for women, men, babies and children, lovely things for the home and garden, art and cards, etc. You can also find supplies if you are a crafter as well.
The community of the site is very nice. They have their forums where you can get advice about any crafty questions you may have, you can also learn a lot about promoting your crafty business, making good product photos, etc. On the forums you can also find promotions and offers if you are after a bargain.
The site is for sellers from Britain only, but if you live abroad and would like to buy something you are allowed to register. The registration is very simple. Payments can be made by PayPal, but you can also pay if you are not registered with PayPal, as you can pay through PayPal with your credit or debit card.
For sellers, each listing cost 20p and valid for 6 months, and if you sell something Folksy takes 5% of the price of the item.
The sellers state the price of packaging and postage so you will know what you pay before you decide to buy an item.
The disadvantage of this site is that is mostly known by sellers, unfortunately not that known by the public yet. But hopefully this will change by time.
It's not enough to list an item and wait for it to sell, you have to promote a lot to get seen. And it's very important to write a good product description and keywords, which are the colours and materials.
I bought this toy storage when it was about half price and I think that price is great for it. (was about £13) though would not pay any more for it. It was easy to put it together but I was a bit concerned at first as some of the wood sticks are quite bended, but they still function well afterall.
There are 9 canvas boxes which are great to seperate different type of toys, though with my little one after some time they are all messed up with everything, so they are not that organised as I imagined it before.
The colours of the boxes (red, blue, yellow) are really bright, they are perfect for a child's bedroom.
The boxes are better quality as I thought, my daughter is playing with them loads and they are keeping their shape well.
The size is good for children to be able to reach their toys when they want to play. Though the bigger teddies can't fit in, but that's not a problem as there are plenty little things to go in it.
I'm happy with it, and would recommend it if you are looking for toy storage.
I bought this for my daughter when she was about 3,5 years old. She absolutely loves it. I think this was the first ever toy she likes playing with for long minutes. She usually gets bored of everything really fast.
This breakfast set has loads of functions in one which makes it really exciting. You can make different things with the shapes in more places by pressing the play doh in the little shape and create strawberry, banana, lemon, eggs, etc. You can also make pancakes with an other part of it. There are different shapes to press the play doh through as well to make some long star, etc shaped thing (not sure what that is in the breakfast but children love to make that that's what I noticed) And there is an icecream maker part as well.
The icecream is quite difficult to press through for my daughter with her little hands, so she always ask me to do that for her. This could be better in my opinion.
The part which makes pancakes is quite difficult to put in the right place so that it doesn't fall off whenever she touch it. Not sure why that is, it feels like it clicks but it's still not in the right place as it falls off after each press. (This part is quite interesting as it turns the plate around and if you put 2 play doh balls in the 2 spots it can make 2 pancakes very quickly if you press it twice... unless it falls off as it does for us usually)
All together I'm very happy with it, but have something I would put as disadvantage as well.
After each time we play with it we have to take out the play doh from every little corner as it would get dry there. And there are some places really difficult to reach to take them out.
Fimo modelling clay is the best invention I have found recently. It can be used from the age of 8, but I'm using it in my jewellery business and I'm not a child anymore.
It can be kneaded, shaped, stamped, sculptured, etc, only your imagination is the limit.
There are plenty bright colours available, but you can mix the colours as well to create even more. Some has some glittery or shiny effect (they are called FIMO EFFECT).
After your creature is ready you can fire it in the oven, so it doesn't need any special equipment.
I love working with it as it gives me plenty of freedom to create my unique beads and charms.
Each block has lines to help you to cut exactly the same amount from them, which is a really good feature.
Once you open a block from its nylon packaging be careful not to put the remaining fimo near anything plastic as it can distroy the plastic and the fimo will be sticky afterwards. It's better to store it in metal or glass jar.
I bought this sofabed because I didn't have much money at the time I moved in my new place and wanted to use my Argos card to get 6 months intrest free credit. So I went for Argos.
My requirements were:
-not metal base when opened as a bed (those looked not very strong)
-I didn't want pillows with it as they can get too soft and not comfortable with time
-could not afford a more expensive sofabed
So this was perfect for me.
I bought the chocolate one, which fits the colour of my living room perfectly.
It's not very big, but enough for me and my daughter. Though for a bigger family it would not be enough.
- after sitting on it for awhile it gets too soft as the top part slides out and that makes it really not comfortable. (Though this didn't change with time, I can't feel it getting any worse after 4 years of use, so that's a good point)
- and it's not that good idea when you have kids. Every stain shows on it. Next time I'll go for a patterned one. My daughter always puts something on it which I have to clean and the water (doesn't matter how small) always dries with white line around the patch. So by now it's covered, which gives me trouble everytime to pull it back to place.
When you open it the hole where the matress was becomes empty, which means you can't sit down comfortably watching tv, doesn't matter how many pillows you put behind your back you will still fall into the hole. Not very pleasant. And the part closest to the base is very hard, so we found out that it's better to sleep on it the other way, that place is at least soft.
As we only use it as a sofabed when we have guests it's ok, but it would not work for me if this was my bed.
We started to use these nappies after a friend of mine mentioned this helped her daughter to stay dry in the night.
My daughter loves princesses so it's great for a little girl like her. I was not sure how this will help, but after using the half of the package she suddenly became dry. So it worked.
They are great as they are quite soft and must feel a lot more comfortable than the normal nappies we used to use and even some cheaper pull-ups (we had some from Aldi) They are covered with pretty pictures of princesses so it looks quite beautiful, but my daugther is aware they are nappies even though I tried to call them big girl pants.
There is a line drawing on the front (apple, and Cinderella's shoe - half the package is about Snow White, the other half is Cinderella) and if the nappy gets wet this drawing disappears. We had some disappointment about this as it happened a couple of times that when we checked it in the morning the drawing was there and I only noticed that it was wet when I took them off. So looks like this is not working well everytime.
It comes in 3 different sizes which is great, though there is less in the bigger sizes, which is quite disappointing, especially that the price is quite high compare to the 12-14 nappies in a package. It's better buying them when they are on offer.
I bought this printer half price, which was a great bargain especially that I was not able to use it for quite a long time, as I was not able to connect it with my laptop. (probably because of windows 7) I was searching for the driver I was supposed to download for really long time but didn't work with it, so at the end had to call canon for help and it turned out it was not that number driver which I needed. It was really strange because there were all models in the options and I chose exactly the one I have, but needed a different one.
It's great to have a compact printer which can scan and make photocopies as well, though I only use these functions once in a while but it's great that I don't have to go anywhere to make a copy or scan something anymore.
The size is really good, doesn't take much space, and looks nice as well.
The printer is perfect when I'm printing black-white documents, but I still don't know how to print a good quality colour photo with it, which is a shame and probably my fault not the printer's.
I don't use it much, so I only had to replace the inks once in 1,5 years. I was really happy with the original inks which came with it as they lasted really long, even though I was told they are only sample and will not last long.
I think it's a really good printer, but if you don't know how to set it up like me better ask somebody to help you.
I bought this ready rolled pastry as I thought it was a good idea to have something in the fridge which I can prepare quickly and make a delicious meal from it.
I followed the instruction and rolled out the pastry which was rolled really thin already so didn't have to do anything but put the toppings on it. I left the edges empty as it said on the box. I used seasoned tomato sauce, then cheese and some salami and vegetables. It looked and smelled delicious when I took it out of the oven. The edges were puffed nicely and got a lovely golden brown colour, the vegetables looked cooked as well. I left it in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes and was very disappointed as the pastry under the toppings was not cooked. Put it back for another 10 minutes but nothing changed. I all together baked it for 55 minutes and it was still not cooked, but the edges and the top already got over burnt.
I think I did everything accourding to the instructions so I am really disappointed with this product unfortunately.
(First time I tried the one which I had to roll and thought I didn't roll it thin enough, as it was not cooked as well, but this was so thin I could not have done anything else to make it work)
I started to use this hair colour foam after recommended by my hairdresser. I am colouring my hair for myself and she noticed that at the top of my head I didn't manage to cover the roots at all and had a clear line - when using the original hair colouring from Nice 'n Easy.
This foam is a lot easier to apply on the hair. I press some into my hand and apply it like it was a shampoo. And this way I can cover my roots all over my head, don't need to be worried of missed areas anymore.
I found it difficult to find the perfect hair colour earlier, because all the browns had some reddish colour, which made it visible that I dyed my hair. This is the first I'm really happy with because of the natural looking hair colour I gained. I use the 6.5G.
It's really easy to mix as well.
The smell is not that strong as it was with my previous hair dyes, it reminds me of the smell of beer, maybe because it's a foam. And the best part is the conditioner which makes my hair soft and shiny and smells lovely, something like coconut.
I usually straighten my hair after I wash it, but after I dye it with this foam I don't need a straightener as my hair is really strong and looks a lot more straight than usually.
I bought this foundation after seeing the advert on tv. The lady in the advert has quite a lot of freckles which get covered in the advert perfectly. I don't feel it covers my face that well. This is why I only give 4 stars.
But compared to the foundations I used in the past this one is really light on my face, and not visible that I have make up on, but gives me a better toned face colour, which I love. It's really easy to apply, blends with my skintone really well and has a natural colour, which is really important for me when choosing a foundation.
I also like the tube as it's easy to press out only the small amount I need, which I didn't like with my previous foundations. (I wasted quite a lot because I could not stop it coming out)
I think the price I bought it for (£9.99) is good for this product, I would not be happy to pay more for a foundation.
When I first thought about buying a smart phone I only heard of iphone and blackberry, and because I didn't like the way blackberry looked with the small keys I wanted an iphone, but of course I found it too expensive. When my sister showed me her HTC wildfire I fell in love with it instantly, but bought the HTC wildfire S.
I love the shape as it's a bit curvy which makes it really comfortable to hold and looks great too. Also love the colour, white, which for me looks so professional.
The features are great. I have downloaded quite a lot of free apps from the market at the beginning. Some of them are very useful, but have deleted some of them which I was not using at all. I love to have my email with me wherever I go, and get notifications instantly when I get a new email. I also use it to tweet a lot, even when I'm at home but the computer is turned off. My other favourite app is the kindle. It's great for the eyes as it's not that bright when I'm reading a book. And it's simply amazing that I don't need to buy a kindle but can read ebooks, and it's not even that visible, for example when you are in the bus, nobody knows you are reading : )
The only complain I have about this phone is the battery. I have to charge it every day, or sometimes twice a day when I use the internet a lot.
Even with the weak battery, I love this phone and would not change it to anything else.