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Daysoft Daily Disposable lenses After having worn glasses for over five years, I had adjusted to a metal frame defining me. At first, however, I chose not to wear them due to "fashion" reasons, but as the years went on and my eyesight deteriorated the option was no longer there. At 16, I joined a ladies football team and glasses were out of the question. The amount of kicks and punches I received, that sent my glasses flying across the field, led me to the decision that I needed contact lenses. Initially I went with Johnson daily disposable lenses, but at £33 for a month's supply, the cost was far too much for me to demand for from my parents. After a bit of research, I stumbled upon the daysoft website. ~Price and Delivery~ When I first ordered from the website (2010) the price of a month's supply of lenses totalled £9.98. At a 1/3 of the price of the Johnson's lenses, it did raise eyebrows- including my mothers'- but reading all the reviews on the website and doing thorough research I decided to try out the product and I haven't turned back since. Currently, the price of a month's supply of lenses is £12.48 but this recent price-hike hasn't put me off as it is still less than half of the price of most branded contact lenses. In the conformation email delivery is estimated up to a maximum of 7 days to receive the product but I don't recall waiting more than 3 days ever, so fast delivery is advantageous. ~Packaging~ The product comes in a white cardboard container which houses two blue cardboard packages with the contact lenses for each eye. This is easily opened to reveal two strips of 16 contact lenses covered in a foil package. Each contact lens is in a plastic bauble which can easily be opened. ~Ease of Use~ After peeling the metal strip back the contact lens can easily be taken out of the package and applied with 3 remaining contact lenses on the strip. The only major problem with this method is that sometimes other lens packages become perforated and this leads to a loss of a contact lens. ~Pros~ Fast delivery Reputable company Huge savings Quality products ~Cons~ Odd contact lens is broken in packaging When ripping off a strip of 4 sometimes cut into contact lens container opening it so have to use it ~Would I Recommend the product?~ One star is lost due to the odd broken contact lenses which I have discovered throughout the years.This aside, I would definitely recommend this website to anyone who needs a cheaper alternative to the popular contact lens companies.
Lipsy Perfume Buying anything online cosmetic-wise is a risky move, especially perfume, as the scent ends up defining what others recognise you by. But in the bygone era of me being an online shopping addict- last year or so- I ended up on the fragrance shop website and the deals were enticing. I brought a dress from Lipsy so I decided slightly illogically, that a nice dress should equate to a nice perfume. The truth of the matter is, though, that I'm still undecided on whether the perfume is "nice". ~Value for Money?~ I discovered a perfume and lotion set which allowed me to get a fragrance that I wanted and an additional product. Other than recognising the brand, what also drew me to the Lipsy perfume set, to be quite honest, was the price. I had to take a double-take when I saw the offer as it did not quite add up. A 50ml bottle of the spray retails at £25 on the Lipsy website, but it retails at a price a bit of £17.99 on the fragrance shop website. The 75ml of body cream is on sale on eBay for £5. Calculating this I seemed to be getting a great deal with the Lipsy wardrobe perfume set with a 50ml bottle of the fragrance and 75ml of body cream was on offer for £11.99and even with the £2.95 cost of delivery, I was win-win situation. ~Packaging~ The set comes in an animal print "wardrobe" with two doors opening to reveal the products. The fragrance comes in a heart shaped bottle, hard to stand up so it spends the majority of the time lying down. It was describe to come with a small charm but the charm was in two pieces upon arrival. The body lotion came in a small pink tube with a black lid. ~Fragrance~ The fragrance as a whole is nice smelling, but the main problem is that it doesn't actually linger for long. After about 5 minutes the smell was non-existent. This was annoying as I enjoyed the smell but no matter how any times I used it, the fragrance wouldn't intensify. The fragrance allowed me to have a distinctive smell and I received many compliments although they usually followed the line "What is that nice smell that I can partially sense?".I would use the fragrance every morning and reapply it during the day. With the cheap price and lack of linger, I would use a lot of product and it seemed to last forever. In fact, though, the fragrance lasted for approximately 4 months and this was good as it extends the value for money idea. ~Body lotion~ I never really used it on my body as the sickly artificial scent, made me question whether it was good for any skin other than the hands. I applied it to my hands roughly; 3-4 times a day using a small blob and this lasted about the same time as the perfume. ~Pros~ -Cheap -Fast delivery -Both items relatively travel-sized -Perfume had a nice smell -Lotion did the trick ~Cons~ -Fragrance of perfume non-existent after a while -Wouldn't feel comfortable putting the chemically body lotion on my body -Offer no longer valid so would not purchase product Packaging: 4/5 (useful as still in use) Fragrance: 2/5 (nice smelling but not long lasting) Body Lotion: 2/5 (there when I needed it but wouldn't trust it anywhere other than my hands) Price: 5/5 (Extremely cheap for what was on offer) Overall: 3/5 ~Would I Recommend it?~ As the offer is no longer present on thefragranceshop.com website I would not really recommend the set. The product was a great, a one-off find, a reward for my many hours trawling the web, but I definitely would not recommend it to anyone at current online prices. www.thefragranceshop.co.uk www.lipsy.co.uk
Being a newbie to the primer craze; the MUA primer was the second primer that I tried. I had high hopes and expectations for it after being impressed by the ELF primer. The main reason that I decided to try the primer was that, at the time, I saw £4 as being a reasonable price. I also decided to try the primer as I was a big fan of other products in the range; so I believed that the primer would follow suit and soon be my new favourite. ~Appearance~ The primer is white coloured and has a light texture akin to a moisturiser. It feels slightly watery as though it was destined to be a cream but was weakened in order to satisfy the criteria for a primer. The primer comes in a black tube which is easy to hold and it has a small nib that allows the product to easily be dispensed. The nib, however, is a major flaw with the product. Firstly, after a few uses, the nib came off completely leaving a larger sized hole for the product to flow through. This was not good as I kept having to put it back in so that a smaller amount of primer would come out. The other problem with this dispense method was that if too much product came out you couldn't put it back into the tube. The only way that this was slightly possible was if the nib had fallen off, like in my case, but nether less faulty packaging should not have positive connotations. ~How to use~ To apply the primer you place a small amount on your finger tips and rub into the face as you would when you apply a moisturiser. After waiting for the product to dry you can either leave it as that (apply no other products to the face), or you can continue with your normal beauty regime. ~Problems~ Initially I was delusional about the product. Somewhere in my mind I believed that the product was great and this led me to purchase it again after it run out. On the second time round, however, my rose-tinted glasses were removed and I saw the product for what it really was - a moisturiser. As a moisturiser the product works fine, it leaves the face nourished. But, that was not what I wanted the product for and it is not what the product is labelled as. As a primer, the product is the worst primer that I have ever used. My belief was that a primer creates a smooth base in order for you to apply further products over it. The MUA primer does not do that. The application of foundation after using the primer is the same or at times as worse as if no primer was used and at £4 for a tube, I did feel ripped off as I had basically purchased an "expensive moisturiser". ~Pro's~ -Can buy it from a high street store -Travel sized and lightweight (advantageous for my trip abroad as added little to my suitcase weight) ~Con's~ -Not actually a primer -Weird texture -Waste of money -Faulty packaging -Can't put the excess primer back into the tube ~Overall~ I believe that this primer is moisturiser in not-so-fancy "fancy dress", it is being marketed as something that it not. Although I did not uncover the guise that it had on initially, I am enlightened now and on that note I award it one star. It is not completely pointless, but as a primer I would definitely not recommend it to anyone.
After searching for three long and unproductive days for an affordable hotel in the city center, I stumbled across a great deal on hotels.com for the Crowne Plaza in the city center. The deal offered a room with two double beds (4 people in total) for the price of £82. Once divided up between the four of us, it worked out just over £20 for a nights stay in the hotel each. Considering it was booked for a Saturday night and the hotel is in the heart of Birmingham, the price seemed reasonable to say the least. ~Location~ The Crowne Plaza is located on Holiday street, just behind Broad street and is easily accessible by car or on foot. On our first visit to the hotel we went the long way around, unaware that an under passage took us from Broad to the hotel in a matter of minutes. ~Hotel Appearance~ Walking up to the hotel you are faced with a black, stylish building; in-keeping with the surroundings. As we walked the long way around we experienced a nice walk up to the hotel and it evoked that holiday excitement, which you experience as you embark on a break away from home. This was nice as it seemed as though we were worlds away, although we were still in Birmingham. The hotel also had rotating doors that were automatic so we didn't have to do anything, just let the doors guide us in. The lobby was decorated nicely with a grand staircase in the middle leading up to the conference rooms and to further floors in the hotel. ~Hotel Room~ Our room was on the 4th floor and was easily accessible using the lift and we only had to walk a short distance after departing the lift. We were definitely not expecting to experience the shock that we did when we opened the hotel door. The room was absolutely beautiful, as students we were used to the likes of Travelodge. There were two big beds, a comfy arm chair, a large desk and so many mirrors that we were left knowing every kink in our faces. When opening up a large cupboard by the door we found a complementary refreshment tray. It had tea bags, coffee, biscuits and even cans of soft drinks on it and it was a nice touch to the room. The beds were a highlight, as after a long night out on the town; they provided us with warmth and comfort. Another great factor about the room was the air conditioning system it allowed us to warm the room up once we came in from the cold, and cool it down once it was too hot during the night. ~Bathroom~ The bathroom was by far the best bit about the hotel. It had a shower/bath combo a sink and a toilet. The room overall was spacious and came equipped with nice-smelling complementary bath and shower products. The shower was amazing as it was high quality, and it was movable because usually in cheaper hotels the shower head is fixed to the wall and you have to stand in a corner to shower. The only problem though was the minuscule shower guard as it didn't really protect the bathroom from the water splashes as it was too small. ~Service~ The staff at the hotel were great as they treated us as royalty, nothing was to much to ask of them. When we first arrived the tap from the sink in the bathroom fell off and we called down at reception, and by the time we returned in the evening the tap was fixed. Also after a long night, we all realised that none of us had any toothpaste, so again we rang down to the reception and within minutes we were able to brush our teeth with use of the complementary wash kit they provided. There also was a pillow menu where you could order pillows and we found this idea ingenious, but we were too tired to try it out. ~Pro's~ -The staff -The bed was comfortable -Easy to find -Air conditioning -Lots of complementary products -Surplus of towels ~Con's~ -The view of the room was of an abandoned building. (this didn't bother us too much as it we spent time there during the evening) -My fear of lifts left me running up many cold staircases in the evening -Shower splashed everywhere ~Would I stay here again?~ Definitely. I would not be hesitant to choose this hotel over a cheaper one as it was the best hotel experience me and the girls have had together at a hotel in Birmingham.
After and impulse make-up shop on ELF, with a basket over £27 pounds, I was faced with the decision to either pay for delivery or purchase an item to qualify for free delivery (if the basket totals £30 or over). The obvious choice was to try a new product. I stumbled across the eyebrow kit and it is the best chance purchase I have ever made. ~Appearance~ The product comes in a compact size case and houses wax, setting gel and an applicator brush with an angled head for the wax application and a puff head for the gel. I was quite shocked at the size of the product, as it was very small; but upon using the product I realised why. The two quadrants( one with the wax the other with the setting powder) seemed to be never-ending with the product lasting over 3 months. ~Pro's~ Product lasts along time. The setting powder actually works Can achieve the perfect eyebrows Comes in a variety of shades Cheap Travel Size ~Con's~ Small brush is hard to use, unless you have dainty hands. Brush once lost, makes the product unusable. (unless you have another one) ~Best Used With~ With the lack of hair on my eyebrows, and a preference for a dark brown I would recommend expanding on the eyebrow kit. In order to gain the perfect eyebrows, I would recommend a longer angled brush as it allows the wax to be more accurately applied as the small brush it comes with tends to be fiddly. I would also recommend the use of an eyebrow pencil to allow a darker finish to the wax. ~Overall opinion~ It is no longer my best kept secret. I will definitely be using this product in the future and I have yet to find another kit that is half as comparable to it. With it's budget sparing price of £3.25 and it being easily available to pop in my handbag, the eyebrow kit is the perfect product at the perfect price.
I was drawn to this phone due to the sleek appearance and this windows operating system that the phone had. At first I was extremely happy with the features of the phone, such as the calender- that allowed me to keep on top of commitments, and the windows live games- that allowed me to challenge my friends and kept competition alive. After a few weeks, though, the flaws started to appear. The phone turned off, although fully charged and would not turn on. Luckily, I was in close proximity to the store that I purchased it from and I managed to find out a way to turn the phone back on if it happened in the future. Unfortunately that wasn't the last of the problem. I could count at least 20 times the problem occurred, and on one fateful day the phone refused to turn on. I had to send my phone off for repair and it came back with a new lease of life. The internet browser, internet explorer, is also a major problem with the phone. You cannot get another browser so the problem cannot be overcome. If I am on websites, the browser will crash and return to the main screen, leaving all trace of the page I was on gone and me having to start again. This problem happens daily, and a year on, I still cannot fix the problem. The phone is not all bad though. The camera produces stunning pictures, that have a professional quality about them. The pictures can be easily sent to social networking sites, and can be synced to the computer using the Zune software. The phone, overall, has major flaws, but I believe that if the problems could be fixed, it would be my ideal phone.
I was recently in-between primers, and needed a new favourite. A wide variety was available at high street stores, but this maybelline primer caught my eye due to the fact that it was sold out in most of the stores in the city center. After being able to locate the primer I was not disappointed. ~Appearance~ The primer comes in a small, pink circular container that has a screw-on lid. It easily sits in the palm of your hand and can easily be opened and closed allowing full access to the product. The primer itself is medium textured and transparent and is easily applied due to its smooth nature. ~How to use~ This primer is best applied with the use of clean fingers. This allows you to massage the product into your face. As the primer comes in a handy tub you can choose the amount that you need; a major flaw with many primers as they usually come with a pump application or in a tube so you end with too much product and struggle to put it back. I tend to use this primer most mornings. The primer can be applied before foundation to create a smooth base or it can be used on its own to give a fresh faced feeling. ~Pro's~ The main benefits of the primer are that: - it is easy to use - gives a smooth base - it is lightweight - cheap price but great quality - travel-sized ~Con's~ -small quantity of product in the container -hard to find in stores ~Overall opinion~ I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants an easy affordable way to have a make-up artist ready base in order to achieve the perfect look. This is why I award the maybelline primer 4 out of 5 stars and it does exactly what it says on the wrapper.