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I bought this from Lush after an in-store mini-spa evening session. This has a LOVELY smell, of blackcurrant and there is also a hint of something else - like vanilla (but not) it is sweet and soothing. The comforter is definitely a well-named product! Crumble a small amount under running water (if you don't crumble it enough just scoop it up and finish it off!) and in 30 seconds you will have massive bubbles, a pink bath and a gorgeous aroma around the bathroom - which can remain even after the bath has run and has occasionally prompted guests to my university bathroom to complement it! Having recently changed from a burgandy bathroom suite to a white one I was concerned that it may stain but it doesn't even require a great amount of rinsing once emptying the bath letalone wiping down the sides, which is great as doing so often reverses the relaxing effects of the bath! It is very moisturising, although as someone with fairly sensitive skin in harsh weather I have found that if I use it too frequently it (in conjunction with the very hot water I have with my baths, so it is not all to blame on the comforter) can cause my skin to appear dried out a bit hours later. The lady in store and many other reviews all recommended 4-6 uses: I have so far got more than this (8 or 9 maybe) and still have half of it left! I wasn't trying to be frugal, just used as much as was required to make the bath pleasingly pink and frothy, so it is fantastic value and if you do not use it more than once or twice a week it is definitely a top choice bubble bath :)
I am not one to buy 'new' phones, preferring to let the market test them for a while before I buy it. With the HTC Wildfire, I made an exception after playing around with it in shops and hearing good reviews of other, older, HTC products and bought this phone not long after it came out. The initial price of this phone, of about £240, is in my (perhaps biased) opinion too much - with various special offers and discounts I managed to buy this on Pay As You Go for just £135 which is a wee bit less than what it is worth but certainly a much more fitting price. The battery life is not great: this being my first 'smart' phone having to charge it every night takes some getting used to, but for just £10ish you can buy a spare battery and charger and have a spare battery in your bag in case it runs out whilst you are out. There were originally Apps designed to extend battery life, which then clashed with similar functions put in place by a later system upgrade: some experiencing 7 hour battery lives may be experiencing this problem. With constant internet (moving between WiFi and mobile internet), 20-30 texts and about 20 minutes of phone calls per day it lasts about a day and a half for me. It feels very fragile: a very cheap case can change this, a plastic case allowing it to bounce when dropped instead of becoming scratched. Sometimes the screen can tilt (go from landscape to portrait) when you hold the phone differently but dont want it to change orientation: while you can turn off automatic tilt there is no (obvious) way to have it enabled but not automatic. Another small irritation is that if the phone is off the alarm will not sound: something which many older phones managed! The ring tone volume, although sufficient, is not as loud as some other phones, so this is something to consider if you are prone to leaving your phone on the other side of the house! The in-call volume is fine fine, and easy to change with the button on the side of the phone (which it is annoyingly easy to accidentally press, although when you place the phone on 'vibrate only' using this button the phone vibrates to indicate as such so if you accidentally do so you know to reverse it). As for playing music, through headphones it is fine however through the phone speakers it is normal poor-quality that can be expected from a mobile phone. There is not a separate button for the camera, which is something I cherished in Sony Ericcsons, and the camera (5MP) is of OK but not high quality: good enough for if you want a quick snap when there isnt a camera to hand but even for my low-level photographing it is not suitable as a camera substitute. The camera screen has gotten clearer in the most recent update by Android, however it is still not the most clear resolution screen on the market. The screen itself is a bit smaller than other Android/HTC phones and as such Android apps, if poorly designed, may not all fit onto the screen: particularly annoying when the most important button for that app is in the bottom 4mm of the designer's screen and therefore not anywhere on yours! However most app designers seem to be recognising this and it is becoming a more rare problem as the Android app market grows. the screen itself is nice and bright, and the phone has a handy "automatic brightness" setting where it chooses what it deems to be the appropriate brightness in different situations and works great. Another small irritation is that when the battery goes below 15%, the LED light flashes. This same LED light flashes to tell you when you have received an email etc, however can be turned off for all of these functions - it cannot be turned off for the low battery warning! If, like myself, you do not care about a low battery until it is at 5% this can be quite irritating for the hours between 15% and 5%! The operating system itself can get a bit laggy: ensure that you are not storing all of your apps in one of the two possible storage areas and clogging up all of its space or that you don't have too many apps on your phone or running at once, and it normally speeds up to a decent speed. The connections to facebook, gmail, google chat and youtube are, in particular, great features of this phone. the smart calling feature, where you type either a name, a number, or part of a name or number (which could appear in the middle or end of a name!) is very useful. the weather app, and the sheer number of different alarms you can set, are incredibly useful (if only the alarm worked when the phone is off!) Searching google is very fast, there is an in-built pdf reader and google maps is fantastic for navigation: you can turn your phone into a free sat nav, which I have used on both bike rides and car journeys. though many hate touchscreens, it really doesn't take more than a couple of days to get used to, and the predicitve texting and rotate for a larger keyboard are very useful, and the keys are larger than those on a Blackberry etc which, for me, makes it much easier to use. For a budget smartphone, I got a great deal. I would not have paid the original RRP, though. It is small, light, fast, powerful and has proven fairly durable so far. If you can deal with a smaller screen and a slower battery life, and only one push button, go for it!
I was recommended this face mask in store for my blackheads. Pros: It smells amazing (as long as you like honey, that is!) It is very gentle for my borderline-sensitive skin, whilst allowing for as much exfoliating whilst taking it off as you want: you can either rub it away slowly or wash it all off straight away. It is easy to apply (unlike one other Lush facemask the name of which I will add when I remember, which is incredibly gloopy and falls off), dries nicely and isn't too difficult to take off (double check for green marks on your neck though!) You can get more than the recommended number of masks out of it, easily! It lasted for much longer than the recommended three weeks, in the fridge door too (the worst place in the fridge to keep anything you want kept cold) Prevented new blackheads without drying out my skin Cons: Didn't get rid of old blackheads. Maybe I did it wrong... A definite buy: I instead use their daily scrub for blackheads, which is wonderful (will review that later!) and allows me to keep benefiting from the rest of the things this face mask DOES have to offer!
I chose these speakers to use with my laptop at university, so they are used for a range of things including watching films, listening to music quietly, playing music at gatherings (<30 people) and listening to podcasts/radio etc. The sound quality is undeniably better than that from my computer, although it could be better. The volume is decent for my uses as listed above however for anything more it wouldn't be loud enough: this can be expected when you look t the size of them. They are relatively powerful for their size, compared to other speakers of at least treble the size I have previously used! Some small issues are that the cord for plugging it in isn't very long, and the main part of the speaker is heavier than expected, though the latter point is only an issue as I am a student packing up my room 6 times a year! Also, when trying to position the left/right speakers the wires are often too stiff for them to stay in the exact position you want, but this is easily rectified by manually softening the wires. I bought these on special offer for £15 but even at double the price I feel they are overall good quality for the price.
I am only a general user of a camera: holidays, university events, everyday events, occasional landscapes (which it captures beautifully, even if high and low lighting). I did recently use it to record a firework show (set to music) and it captured both visual and sound very well considering the range the camera is in. In 12MP it can be easily used to print up to A1 (though the largest I have printed is A3) and with some toggling of ratios is suitable for HD TVs. This camera comes in some nice metallic colours, and isn't too bulky/heavy. It comes with batteries which lasted a respectable amount of time but have now been replaced with rechargeable ones, which sometimes have a tendency to run down faster (although newer rechargeable batteries would hopefully have longer life, though still not as much. Camera-specific batteries are recommended) Using the camera is easy. It has an intuitive layout, though it does not have a quick button to change between video and normal camera mode - though this does mean fewer accidental videos are taken! The video function records sound and, unlike my last camera has a speaker which it will play the sound out of when you replay the video (other cameras sometimes play video without audio, even if they record sound). The zoom function on this camera is, while in theory good with a five times optical zoom, not as good as on other cameras where the 'zoom bar' allows both digital and optical zoom on the same scale, with a line showing you where the optical zoom's limit is reached (so you know when quality is reduced through zooming, but have the option to do so easily). With this camera it only easily allows optical zoom, with the digital zoom function needing a bit more fiddling. For my general use this is not too much of an issue. My only real annoyance is that it can take a long time to take a photograph without any obvious reason why: and rarely manages to successfully identify faces. This lag does unfortunately make it a fairly frustrating camera to use sometimes, though it doesn't always take too long and sometimes takes pictures instantly. 5 seconds occasionally is too long to wait for a digital camera to take a picture! A recommended purchase, as long as you aren't an urgent photographer (unless my camera has a bug but I cannot find any firmware updates to suggest this!)
This is a really great little netbook. It has a very functional sized keyboard - unlike some other netbooks which I have used previously. Although the description of "full sized" which was advertised when I bought it was quite misleading as the keys are closer together if not marginally smaller. This means that whilst long essays should still be written on a larger keyboard for posture etc, I almost always use my D260 for emails, writing reviews, notetaking and spreadsheeting. The screen is large enough and of good enough quality to ensure that there is no real straining. As with any single-core processor, it is not the fastest computer you will use. This was, however, the main reason behind me buying this netbook with this processor: I wanted it to be difficult to use too many programmes at once so that I would remain focussed when working! Nontheless, I can easily have two web broswers (IE and Chrome), a word processor, a spreadsheet, a music player and Skype running without noticing too much lag. Talking to Skype: this comes with a built-in mic and webcam, which are of decent enough quality to allow for video calls, along with the wi-fi! Although due to the extra memory requirement of video calling, this is very much a task that should be run solo or alongside only one other programme. Design: it is very light especially when considering the price, and even with two neoprene cases it is lighter than one of my textbooks! the purple being around the keyboard, not just on the top cover, is a nice touch that not many laptops and netbooks that I have shopped for previously have managed. Battery life: excellent. I have used it for 5 hours without wi-fi on before, 3 with it on (I have a 3-cell battery). I have had it for a year and the deterioration in battery life is minimal. The charger it comes with is pleasingly compact too. Fairly durable, too: I have trodden on it and dropped it many a time; while this is not recommended it is reassuring that it has survived it all! A highly recommended netbook! Additions: This laptop, due to its ultra-portability, is used mainly in the library by me. This means that, although I am almost always listening to music on it (which seems good enough quality, no worse than my great Sony MP3 player at least!) I do not often play high-quality sound out of the speakers, instead opting for some external speakers (see my Sony speakers review!) The volume range is fairly decent, but external speakers are probably recommended if you intend to listen without headphones often. However, I just had an hour-ish 'test' of the sound and the quality is about normal for a budget laptop: not too distorted or crackly at all, so it does not ruin songs for those other than music-buffs, whilst there is a noticeable increase in quality when changing to headphones or external speakers: it is the speakers not the sound card which is 'below-par'. As the only time I personally use the laptops speakers is when on Skype where I am relying on another's microphone quality, I hadn't thought to include sound previously - sorry! In terms of graphics, with only 1GB Memory it would be difficult to run anything which desired high-level graphics or a designated graphics memory and graphics card, however it is a crisp screen and does not seem quite as susceptible to the angle issues as other laptops (particularly Acers) I have used previously. I paid £230 for this, and having previously been looking at netbooks over £400 it is fantastic value, I couldn't believe it when I saw the price after I'd read the spec! It has continued to impress me.