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We choose the APH at Ham'sHall for Birmingham Airport as it is juts off the A38 our road to and from home to the airport . the bus takes you direct to the terminal once you leave your car, the car is parked outside and when you come back you are given your key and told which lane it is in. You have to walk to find the car. They give you the code for getting out of the gate on a piece of card so the place is pretty secure.
The bus come quite quickly so long as you phone after passport while you are waiting at the luggage carousel, by the time your luggage comes through you usually only have to wait a couple of minutes for the bus to take you to the car park.
we have used this service for around ten years now and never had any problems.
We bought this as we wanted a wireless printer so that we could put it ina store room and use the same printer for all our desktops and laptops.
It was easy to set up and although there is a delay when you ask it to print it does so efficiently.
The scanner is excellent and photocopy feature also quick and easy.
The printer cartridges can be replaced as a subscription service through HP so you never run out as it knows when each cartridge is running low.
It isn't the greatest looking printer being sort of solid and square but I am not judging its looks as it is tucked away where no one can see it most of the time.
We have found that when we ask it to print a larger number of pages it cannot cope and prints some then only part pages as it kind of gives up. We thought it had run out of ink but when we did a couple of pages at a time it worked fine.
You can email it items to print from anywhere in the world but as we don't want to have a printer working when we are not in the country we have not tested that!
We have been happy enough with this as we rarely print bulk items. It does sometimes not print the forst time but a bit of fiddling usually gets it going. We have had the same issue with other printers so I think it is a problem with many hp printers.
For the price I paid which was around £70 I am happy enough and it comes with a 12 month warranty.
I regularly shop at Tesco as it is not only convenient but I also get rewarded for buying every day stuff.
I used to shop at Sainsbury's when they gave Airmiles but when they changed to nectar I moved to Tesco.
Clubcard points can be used just to spend in Tesco which is the least beneficial way of spending them but could help if you are really needing help with groceries
Often you can double up ypur points and spend them on dyas out which is a great way of getting value for money. You can use them for Legoland, Alton towers and many more places as well as tickets for shows and other things.
I get my points automatically changed to airmiles which we used to use for flights but since they now charge the tax for flights we tend to use them for hotel stays. We had 4 nights in the Millennium Hilton last year in New York and this year we had 3 nights in a hotel in Portland Oregon using airmiles so free nights as I didn't spend anything more than I would have usually and got free points as a reward.
I love my clubcard as it really is getting something for nothing . You do not have to spend your points at Tesco which I think is a great reward system.
This is a loyalty card for Costa coffee shops and as this is one cafe of choice being a British brand that has good tasting coffee and plenty of cofffe shops in different places.
The points are rewarded every time you buy anything in Costa and seem to add up quite quickly and you can then use these these points to spend on coffee or cakes etc in Costa.
You can only earn and spend rewards in Costa coffee shops but sometimes they won't take the card which is annoying. They refuse it in the hospital and I have also had it refused at an airport which I think is wrong. If it is a reward card for the chain then all shops in teh chain should give points for using it I think.
Sometimes they send an email offering double points for buying specific special drinks which is handy to build up the points if you like the coffee special on offer.
I took out this card when we discovered how much my Amex card was charging us for using it when we were abroad. It was quite a lot too which added up when we were using it for hotels and meals etc when on holiday. I believe it was around 2.5%.
I read about this on Martin's Money saving website and he suggested the Halifax was a good one woth no charges for using abroad.
I do feel a little guilty as I never use this inthe UK as I use my AMex card which earns me Airmiles when in the UK. I do se this for a small purchase every six months or so if we have not been away for a while just to make sure it is still okay!
I never use an ATM while abroad for cash back on a credit card as that is NIT free. they charge interest from the day you take the cash advance. If you need to then use a debit card for that.
We still phone all our credit and debit card banks to let them know where and when we are travelling so there is never going to be an issue with our cards being stopped as they think they have been stolen - we got caught in New Zealand as we had not let te Bank know and I could not use my debit card which was annoying as then we did have to use the credit card or miss out on a helicopter ride on to the glacier.
This offers no rewards for using it so if you don't travel a lot it is not the best card for use in the UK.
Boots Advantage card gives you points every time you buy anything in Boots and only Boots. They say it is the most generous reward scheme but I can't say whether that is the case or not.
The points build up quite quickly I find as I buy my glasses there and my husbands as well as other bits and pieces from time to time.
Once you have enough points you can spend them in Boots. The problem is you have to have enough points to pay for the item in full , you can't top it up with money. That means if you have £15.50 worth of points you can buy anything up to that value but not something that is more than £15.50 and use money to make up the difference.
Boots is not always the cheapest place to buy things so it is a good idea to still shop around and not just buy it from Boots for the points.
Boots always send me coupons for extra points each month and sometimes there are special bonus points for members if they use their cards and it is worth checking using the machine in most shops to see the daily deals.
I love Boots as their customer service is second to none but I don't buy things there without cost comparing. Christmas is usually good in Boots as they do 3 for 2 gifts and other offers are worthwhile. The after Christmas sales are well worth look too.
I love my Advantage card but don't buy in Boots just for the rewards as cheaper prces are still getter value! Take advantage but don't be taken advantage of!
My husband has a Barclaycard and has had it for well over twenty five years. Originally it gave no rewards and we were thinkig of ditching it for other cards but the fact that it is reliable and has a long history made us hang on to it.
It is a Visa card and my cards are Amex and Mastercard so we have a variety between us. We don't have joint cards on any but the money to pay them back comes out of a joint account. We felt that having different credit cards gave us more options.
We have a standing order/direct debit set up to pay our cards off each month so we don't accrue any interest as they are high.
This card gives cash back that we get off the bill each month. The cashback is no huge but is a nice little perk.
The thing we like about using credit cards is that things bought using them are guaranteed. So that you get insurance that covers you that you have not paid for.
Barclaycard are great for they safety too. We had a card cloned when we were in Singapore and months later Barclaycard phoned us to ask if we were in Japan as our card was being used there. At that moment another payment was being attempted. Barclaycard stopped it and we paid nothing for any of the things that they had put on it.
We now alert all our credit cards when we are going abroad with when and the dates so there is going to be anyone using it abroad when we are not!
American Express have their own card which you can pay an annual fee for and for that you get travel insurance and other benefits.
I am not reviewing that one but the Lloyds Duo Amex card which is paired with a Mastercard. I get far more airmiles when I use the Amex card so I try to use that when I can.
I use my credit cards for everything I can from travel to groceries to fun and use it on the internet and every month it is paid off in full as that way I pay no interest. It is a good idea to pay it off in full as the interest rates are high.
I find that the card is accepted everywhere in the USA but in the UK many places refuse as they charge the businesses quite a lot I understand so it is handy to have the Matsercard which is on the same account ready to use.
I do have another credit card as this one charges us when we use it abroad so we try to avoid using it abroad and have it for emergencies only abroad.
As with any credit card it is easy to build up a bill that is larger than you thought so it is only something you should use when you can pay it in full.
If you need to have a credit card to cover expenses you can't afford then make sure you get an interest free credit card and this one is NOT interest free so not this one
I like the fact that this is a classy looking glass fully recyclable bottle but don't drop it on the bathroom floor and it is heavy so no good when travelling.
This oil has a slightly thick texture but it is clear and feels oily. It has a pleasant sweet yet fresh aroma that is very subtle and certainly doesn’t scent the hair but I like a bit of scent to my hair products.
The oil is a “precious blend of 6 flower extracts”. Looking at the list of ingredients I recognise chamomile, sunflower, Lotus flower, flax flower, gardenia and dog rose. The oils are coconut and soya bean oil.
You can either apply this to wet hair prior to towelling, after having towelled dry and before using the hair dryer or you can apply a little to dried hair. I think it entirely depends on your personal preference and type of hair and it is best to try each method and see which suits you best.
My daughter applies hers before towelling her hair while it is still pretty wet. I towelled mine dry first and applied t before the blow drying stage. I did try applying some to my styled hair on another day and that was just as good but I felt that I preferred the effect and feel of my hair when I applied it to towel dried hair. I also thought it protected my hair from heat damage from the hair dryer too when I applied it before drying.
You can also apply this before shampooing and use it as a kind of mask. When using it in this way I would use a bit more of the oil then put on a cheap shower cap and towel and let it do its work before shampooing, conditioning and applying a bit when wet and using as normal to style and finish your hair.
This hair oil promises to give hair a glowing shine. Make hair silky soft, intensely nourish the hair, protect it from UV damage and other heat damage, smooth fly away hair and give a sleek smooth shiny finish to styled hair.
I liked the way it made my hair look sleek and shinier and was not greasy and didn’t weigh down my hair. I applied a bit extra when my hair was dry just to the ends to give that little extra shine and condition.
I think at £10 it is quite expensive but does compare with other hair oils around in price. It is more natural than I had thought it might be coming from L’Oreal. L’Oreal have questionable ethics re animal testing and selling in China . This product may not be tested on animals but the parent company do still conduct testing.
This shampoo smells great, the rosemary stronger than the lavender but really fresh and natural like the herbs in my garden do when picked.
The shampoo not only has lavender and rosemary extracts but also has organic ingredients as well as soy protein which are all there as they are supposed to “leave hair healthy, shiny and manageable”
I like rosemary in shampoo as it is really good at adding shine to hair and that is something I always am trying to get in my hair. Rosemary also aids hair growth and adds volume but again not something I lack.I often use rosemary water made from my own rosemary to rinse my hair with The lavender balances and calms the skin and scalp and apparently slows hair loss but that is something I don’t think will ever bother me.
They state that all their products meets high standards to fit with their ethics and all of their stuff is made with at least 70-100% organic ingredients. They never use ant sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, DEAs, MEAs, or TEAs and none of their ingredients are genetically modified and none are tested on animals.
They use no artificial colors, fragrances or fillers and the plant extracts and essential oils must be certified organic whenever possible .
They steam distil the essential oils so that the benefits remain and cold press the plant oils. The ingredients the products must be beneficial to hair or skin and not just there a fillers. The products are harvested in an environmentally friendly manner and must be as biodegradable as possible.
The surfactant is not a chemical one it doesn’t create volumes of lather however I found that the sachet lathered fine and that presumably was one dose. I used around the same amount when using the small bottle too. I didn’t have mounds of white foam but enough to make my hair feel as though it was being washed and it was easy to rinse out too.
I liked the scent as it was natural and herb like and was obvious in the shower but once rinsed out it didn’t linger in my hair much. My hair smelled clean but not of anything much.
I used my usual conditioner with this on some occasions and the John Masters neroli detangler conditioner on other occasions. It didn’t seem to matter which conditioner I use afterwards my hair still felt clean and light and not at all weighed down.
This costs £16 for 236 ml of the stuff while in the USA it would cost $16 so much cheaper there than here but it is an American company.
I don’t regularly buy Avon products as they are not special enough and as I don’t have an Avon lady
This one I bought a while back for around £1 so I thought it was worth a try. I comes in a plastic spray bottle but no aerosol just pump spray which is preferable as it doesn’t pollute the ozone layer that way.
The bottle is clear so you can see how much is left and the label is simple with a picture of pomegranates on the front and the name of the product. The bottle can be re used yourself at home for things like watering indoor plants and other beauty stuff or recycled through your plastic recycling scheme.
The actual leave in conditioner comes out pretty much like cloudy water and has a very slight conditioning feel but very slight indeed when felt in the hands.
It smells nice and sweetly fresh and fruity, not a lot like pomegranate to me more apple sort of scent.
The spray comes out quite wet so you don’t need a lot and I tend to spray this after I have dried my hair them give it another quick dry otherwise my hair has a tendency to frizz if it gets damp once dry.
In truth I don’t tend to use this much for my own hair as it doesn’t need extra conditioning but it is great for my granddaughter’s long fine hair and saves a lot of ‘ouching’ as I brush it as her hair is quite thick yet fine in texture and very long. This also dampens it for making it easy to plait as she loves he Disney Princess style plaits. My step daughter is now an expert and it s a really neat way to tie her hair away for school to save the constant nit issue for those with long hair.
I like the fact that this smells nice and does condition the hair that little it extra as well.
ETHICS AND ANIMAL TESTING
Avon declare that they do not test their products on animals but it does appear they hide behind ingredients in the products being tested prior to Avon using them.Also it seems that Avon is one of the companies paying to have their products tested on animals in order to sell their stuff in China. Peta have found this out and they are listed as a company to avoid because of this. I hate it when companies are two faced in this way and that is another reason why I have stopped buying their stuff recently.
My hair is short. It is thick, course and curly but I dry it smooth. If it is at all damp then I end up with very big hair ad it reverts to curly. I like it to have body but be smooth and non frizzy so I blow dry it but do not use straighteners as I look awful with straight hair.
I have used this in different ways. Sometimes I apply a little to my damp hair before blow drying and the smallest amount does the trick. It makes my hair feel silkier and it dries much smoother and shinier.
Sometimes I apply it after I have styled my hair. I squeeze one push pump onto my hands then gently apply this oil on my fingers to the ends of my hair first then king of ruffle my hair with my oily hands. I then give my hair a quick run through with my brush and this also makes my hair lovely and shiny and this way the scent really lingers on my hair which I love. I do have to be a but careful not to apply too much as it can get a bit greasy and heavy looking if I am too generous.
Apart from making my hair look smother, smell great and shine a bit this serum is also good for my hair as grape seed oil is good as helping dry damaged hair. Grape seed oil is also almost non-greasy and has anti-oxidants which are good for hair. So it not only shines and smells great but it is also good as it improves hair texture and helps hair growth.
This is a lovely light serum that really helps improve thick, dry, frizzy and coarse hair like mine. I love the fact that it does not make my hair look greasy, it doesn’t feel heavy or oily and makes my hair feel silky and soft. The trick is not to use too much – less is more with this.
Being Body Shop they do not test on animals but I am aware that they are under the umbrella company or P&G and L’Oreal and their ethics are not quite what Anita Roddik would have wanted I fear.
A couple of pumps gives me enough for my hair. I spread it on my fingers then gently apply it to my hair concentrating more on the ends.
You can use this on towelled dry hair which is still damp or apply it to your already dried and styled hair. I have tried both ways and still use both ways depending on how I want my hair to look or if after I have styled it my hair looks like it needs a bit of extra smoothing and gloss.
This is a nice light product in that it doesn’t weigh my hair down like the Frizz ease stuff did. This smooths without making my hair look greasy or lank and heavy. It gives it a nice smooth and healthy look, not fly away nor glued down.
It doesn’t have much of a smell to my mind and it would be nice if it did have a bit of scent to perfume the hair as well but it is not designed as a hair perfume so it does what it promises so I cannot really mark it down for that.
I can’t say it makes my hair shine but it does give it a healthy look. My hair takes a lot to get a nice shine and the straighter I dry it the shinier I can get it. So in many ways it depends on how I style it and what the weather makes my hair do.
This serum has vitamin E as well as UV filters so that the hair is protected from heat from styling as well as from sun damage too at the same time as smoothing each hair follicle giving that added shine and manageability.
I also like the fact that is makes my hair feel softer too when I run my hands through it. I don’t have that dry ends feel or the rough frizzy feel that I have when I have not used any serum or hair oil on my hair.
All in all for the price this is a fab little product as it is effective and cheap. I have not been able to find out anything about the ethics of the company re animal testing anywhere on line so I am hoping as they sell in Europe that they abide by the no animal testing law and do not sell abroad .
This is a lovely cuticle oil that is full of great of cold pressed organically grown plant oils. I found that when I use this my nails are stringer and more flexible. They tend not to get brittle and break nor do they split.
As I like to wear nail polish and gelish I try to look afte my nails and 'feed' them well. I try to not waer varnish at least one week in four and during that week apply even more oils to my nails than I do usually.
This is not a quick fix, it needs to be applied over time and the nails will gradually get stronger, I began to notice my nails had improved after a couple of weeks.
This cuticle oil also has essential oils so it smells great and works on your well being as well as your nails .
Prior to using this my nails were weak and splitting ans in awful condition as we had been doing a lot of cleaning and DIY and this oil has really made them improve and they are now growing and I am finding that they are not splitting as often. Some are now a decent length again.
This oil is especially good for anyone who works getting their hands in water or having to wash their hands a lot. I carried my bottle in my handbag and applied it whenever I had a moment. The oil I then rubbed inot my fingers and hands so my hands benefited too.
When you see the lovely oils in this you can see why it smells so great :Simmondsia chinensis oil, Prunus armeniaca oil, Citrus aurantium oil and Boswellia sp Oil - all organically produced and grown (Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil, Neroli and Frankincense
The combination of sweet neroli with exotic frankinsence is always a winner for me.
This is a nice small brush that is used to style short hair styles. It can be used to lift and give body to thin fine hair used with a mouse or as I use it o straighten my curly hair and smooth it as I dry it. I sometimes add a bit of serum to smooth the frizz but mostly this orks just as is.
The drum of this is not silver like my other brushes but made of is made with TOURMALINE. This is supposed to hold the heat from the hair dryer and so speed up drying and hold the style better.
I am not convinced it is any better than my silver drummed styling brushes personally.
This costs between £10 and £12 and my other silver drummed ones cost a lot less . I am not sure I would spend the extra money on the TOURMALINE again.
I personally feel I was a bit conned by the hairdresser s to how good this brush was and feel you are paying for the brand rather than anything different.