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I bought this DAB clock radio a few years ago for my partner who has to be up for work at a ridiculously early time some mornings. I can't remember now why I chose this one, probably due to the low price as Acoustic Solutions products are never as expensive as other more well known brands.
When I say the clock radio is still in use now, some five years later, don't let that give a false impression as while the 'kicking Mark out of bed' aspect is perfectly fine the DAB radio part is totally rubbish and has been since the day we bought it.
The main issue for Mark was that the channel selection didn't work well, and when he saved and radio channel to 'favourites' it would only stay saved until he switched the radio off and then all saved channels were lost. Not only that but the radio has to fully scan for channels each and every time it's switched on, meaning you can never just decide to listen to something and have audio immediately as the scanning takes a strangely long amount of time.
Forget the techie DAB stuff, as a clock radio this works well - it goes off exactly when it's supposed to, the display isn't crazily bright to disturb your sleep, the alarm volume is perfect and the back up battery ensures you'll be woken up in time for work even if the electricity goes down during the night.
I can't recommend this product at all, the selling point is surely the DAB capability and sadly here it fails big time - if you want a decent clock radio but aren't fussed about digital radio you can pick up a cheap non-DAB one from any of the supermarkets, or shell out a few more pounds for a quality DAB system.
I bought the Ultrasport Step around three years ago, if I remember right it was from Amazon using vouchers earned on this very website. I do remember it cost £20, and I do remember thinking was I doing the right thing in ordering it as I have a history of buying fitness equipment then giving it unused to the charity shop a few months later.
The step was used, mostly as a way of reaching the higher cupboards in the kitchen but occasionally for fitness purposes. In the end it was given away to my sister, who in turn has since given it to someone else as she didn't use it much either. It takes up a surprising amount of room and that was my main reason for deciding I didn't want it any more.
The step is the perfect height for stepping activity, slightly higher than an average stair riser I'd say but not so high you have to feel you're hauling yourself up - I don't have the exact measurements now but if you decide you want one you'll be able to get them easily enough.
The top of the step is non slip and I've never slipped, the ridged effect is done well and feels good under the feet - the ridges are slightly too deep for it to be comfortable stepping in bare feet (in my opinion) but in socks it was fine.
You can adjust the height by removing the bottom feet, which I absolutely don't recommend as once they're off you risk losing one of them (which I nearly did, and my sister definitely did) and then you'll be left with a shorter step.
Do I recommend it? Well, if you're going to use it then yes as it's a strong step that feels comfortable to use - if you're just thinking 'oh, I'll get a step and get myself a body like a supermodel' then save your money and run up and down the stairs in your house a few times a day.
I've never had an Out N About pushchair but when my son was a little younger I was using a three wheeled 'sports' buggy, which for one reason or another wasn't supplied with a basket underneath. As my reasons for a buggy were more 'nipping to the shop' than 'sports' this was a real nuisance, this basket came recommended for my particular pushchair by a very helpful lady in Mothercare (who shouldn't have made the recommendation but it had worked perfectly for her, so I went elsewhere to buy it!).
I paid £29 for the basket at the time, the price is now £19 - it looks a lot I know but it's an excellent idea and works fabulously even on this pushchair that it wasn't made for.
You fit the basket around the frame of the pushchair using a combination of plastic hooks and velcro tabs, everything works perfectly and it gives a much more solid fit than I thought it would. You kind of stretch the basket out and that helps it to support itself, I wouldn't ever put anything massively heavy into it but it's held a big bottle of milk and other assorted bits and pieces no problem.
The basket is a clamshell design which is pretty bulky so I had to remove it each time I folded the pushchair up, luckily the one I was using it with wasn't folded often as it was the one I kept in the dining room open and ready to chuck David into at a moment's notice. Removal and putting it back into place is a little time consuming and the few times I did it I was glad it wasn't a regular chore, it doesn't take so long you'd get sick of it but I think most of us could do without adding even a few extra minutes to my 'baby routine'.
Overall this is a really good buy which I recommend to all, obviously due to it being an Out N About branded product you really should check if it will fit your pushchair or buggy before buying one - all I can tell you is it fitted the Mothercare three wheeler perfectly and worked a treat!
I gave up smoking a little while ago and while I've found it reasonably easy (with the help of my trusted vaping pen) I've managed to catch every bug and cold going since quitting - there's a definite link but that probably sounds a bit mental I know!
Anyway, last months chest infection was a frigging killer - I was pretty poorly for a few days but even after the temperature came down and the pain ended (eugh) I was left with a revolting cough that I just couldn't get rid of. I'm not one for cough medicine, believing you cough for a reason and water to relieve the cough is the best bet - this nasty chesty cough came on a few days before I had a few meetings to attend and I didn't really want to be coughing my way through them.
Covonia Chesty Cough Mixture was recommended by my ma-in-law, who was actually also the person who gave me my bottle. As a lifelong smoker she knows her cough medicines and said this one worked quickly enough for me to be able to swig a little before the meeting and it would be effective enough to stop me coughing while they were going on, she was mostly right as although the cough medicine does work surprisingly fast the results didn't last for as long as I'd have liked them to (and in all honesty it didn't stop every cough anyway).
It tastes absolutely vile, goodness it really does taste disgusting! I took it eight or nine times over the course of a week and didn't get used to the taste, on the final day my cough was much better (healed over time rather than through this medicine in my opinion) and I decided not to put myself through the ordeal of taking the Covonia and put up with the lingering cough!
It does work though, and it works well. I can't fault the actual cough medicine, it's not a miracle cure but it's very good at suppressing a chesty cough - I don't actually believe they should be suppressed but this medicine got me through a few hours where I just didn't want the embarrassment of coughing so full marks really.
After a lifetime of bleaching my hair a couple of years ago I was left with a frizzy mop, I dyed it brown in decided to leave it a while - part of the damage was done, however, and I ended up having my bum length hair chopped to my shoulders in a attempt to save it. During that visit to the hairdressers I was sold a bottle of Matrix Sleek Look Smoothing Shampoo, which I vividly remember the stylist telling me would help my hair to look better even if it didn't exactly repair the damage I'd inflicted on it.
It smells quite nice in a 'hairdresser' kind of way, it doesn't really appeal to me but I'm sure the hairanistas amongst us will rave about it. The smell doesn't last for long after rinsing anyway so it's rather a moot point - I certainly wouldn't pay the £17 asking price based on the smell anyway, put it like that.
It leaves my hair beautifully clean and shiny, I'd say my hair looks more sleek when I use this shampoo (alongside the conditioner) but that's more a by-product of it cleaning my hair so well in my opinion rather than it being an actual repairer of abused hair. My hair shines and looks really healthy after using the Matrix shampoo, but then again I should think so when I think of the cost per wash!
Now my hair is healthy again, two years later, I wouldn't spend such a huge amount of money on shampoo but I was massively pleased with it at the time when I needed it.
I was sent a small bottle of Weleda's Citrus Hydrating Body Lotion in a beauty box some time ago, having rediscovered my collection while having a sort out of the bathroom I decided it was time to use some of it up. I've been using this for the duration of the 70ml bottle and have just thrown away the empty bottle after a couple of weeks of daily use.
The smell is really nice - very invigorating and makes me feel awake after applying it. It's a nice mixture of citrus fruits which blend together nicely with the fragrance lingering on my skin for a while.
It's easily absorbed, much better in this respect than other Weleda lotions I've used which I generally find to be a little 'wet'. The moisturising properties are pretty good but I think there's a lot of optimism by Weleda to class this as a Hydrating product, it kept my skin nice and soft but didn't even begin to tackle the dry patch I have on one of my legs - I can always tell how good a moisturiser is when used in this area and have to say this one failed quite miserably.
I wouldn't buy a full size bottle as it's not worth £15 to me, it's a nice body moisturiser which I can understand many people love but I know I can get better for cheaper or even better but more luxurious for the same cost - I'm not a scrimper but with this product I really do feel that you're paying for the Weleda good name rather than a super duper skin care product.
I've always used a lip liner as I wear red lipstick which is hard to apply without first lining my lips, I'm not particularly brand loyal as I like to try out different brands - I'm using a Dior lip liner at the moment as it was reduced while I was shopping recently and it's always nice to use premium products.
This is a double ended pencil with the lip liner itself at one end and a lipstick brush on the other. Mine wasn't provided with a pencil sharpener but I'm wondering now if it should have been after seeing Dooyoo's pic!
I have a red lip liner and am amazed at the quality, the colour glides on beautifully and effortlessly allowing me to create a smooth and straight line ready to be filled in with lipstick. I tend to apply my lippy direct from the barrel so haven't used the brush other than to try it out, as expected for Dior the brush is of the highest quality and doesn't shed hair but personally I find it easier to just slick my lipstick on straight from the tube to save time and also to ensure I get a good coverage right from the first application.
The only issue is the lip liner is just TOO effective - it remains visible on my lips even after my lipstick has worn away to nothing, leaving me with a rather 80s look of liner but no actual colour on my lips! Not the best look!
£8 - £12 depending on where you buy it. A bargain really!
My two eldest daughters have started college after the long summer break and we had a bit of drama earlier in the week when the older one had some work that needed printing off ready for her to go back - sods law our reasonably new printer stopped working and she got into a panic about not being able to get her work in on time. Step forward this Lexmark printer, kindly loaned to us by a neighbour while we get our Canon one working again.
They were disposing of the printer so it isn't really a loan as there's still some ink in it and our neighbour said to get rid of it when we've finished, I decided as it prints quite nicely that we'd keep it until the ink had run out then send it to the local scheme where they teach computer skills to the elderly and kids.
The usual and current cost for this printer is around the £35 mark.
The printer has a scanner and copier on the top and this works well, actual print outs are clear regardless of whether you're printing text or images (images aren't wonderfully clear but I'd describe them as 'adequate') and just enough ink is deposited onto the page for the text to be clear but not enough to cause smudging when I take the paper out of the printer.
It holds a decent amount of plain paper ready for printing and the printer itself is relatively quiet while being used, occasionally it has a delay when printing a page out but this is only a few seconds and then printing will resume again. It's an easy enough printer to use although we did have a few issues in finding and downloading the software, I find it's best for use in printing out smaller and less complex print outs as when my daughter set the printer to do eight copies all in one go it seemed to confuse matters and we had to start again after it had a brainstorm!
The appearance of the printer isn't the nicest, it's very functional in design and definitely does nothing to brighten up the room in which it's used - I suppose that doesn't matter, it does the job required and that's the most important thing with a product like this.
I used Maybelline's Dream Satin Liquid for the last few weeks as I was sent a bottle through the post as part of a competition win, I'm not sure of the shade name I used (I didn't check!) but it's what I'd call a 'Nude' or 'Natural' shade which was good for me.
The foundation is sold in a glass bottle with pump top, you need a couple or three pumps to dispense enough product for a whole face and maybe a little more if you're wearing something low cut and want to continue your foundation down your neck. I applied mine with my make up blending sponge and the texture of the liquid is perfect for that method.
My skin looks really fantastic after using this foundation but sadly the appearance doesn't stay looking as good for long, the foundation starts to look patchy and faded very quickly (within two hours, maybe less than that) - I had applied concealer one day over a blemish and was mortified when I spotted my face in the bank to see my foundation had decided to wear away in that area so my slightly lighter concealer was showing through. Not a good look!
This is a semi medium coverage foundation in my opinion which doesn't last long enough for it to be useful, that's a real shame as otherwise it's fab as the colour is good and the foundation applies beautifully. I wish the dewy appearance of my skin would stay for longer as after using Dream Satin there is definitely a visual improvement to the tone of my skin - unfortunately I can't trust it to remain on my skin where it should be so I won't be paying the £8 for a new bottle now mine has run out.
I've used Arm & Hammer toothpastes before but tend to stick to my usual Colgate for myself and the family, the only reason I'm using their Dental Care Baking Soda toothpaste is because it was on special offer in Boots at a time when I needed toothpaste.
Firstly I really don't like the taste, I'm not sure if it's the baking soda but this toothpaste has a really salty flavour that doesn't leave my teeth or mouth feeling as clean and fresh as when I use a more minty toothpaste. I do get a 'just cleaned' feeling and my teeth feel nice and smooth afterwards but this feeling doesn't last long and I found myself cleaning my teeth more often and also using more mouthwash just to inject some freshness into my mouth and breath.
The toothpaste is pretty low foam which doesn't bother me either way but when my younger children used it they both mentioned they wished there were more bubbles as apparently it's the foam which makes them feel confident in their tooth brushing.
I won't buy this again even if I do spot it on special offer again, it's just not effective enough and although it does make my mouth and teeth feel clean the feeling isn't as strong or rich as I personally would like. The cost of over £2 a tube is definitely not warranted in my opinion and despite the fact I know baking soda is a good natural remedy for stained teeth I doubt it's concentrated enough in this product to really make it worthwhile using.
It's amazing what you come across when you're having a sort out, this cat net I remember buying from Mothercare when my son was born. My mum likes to bond with her grandchildren by taking them overnight at a very young age, she's done it with all four of my kids but things were a little different when David was born four years ago as she then had three cats. I've had very little to do with cats but the horror stories I'd heard of pet moggies lying over baby and suffocating them made me very nervous as the time drew near to send (very) little David over.
The Mothercare Cat Net is basically a net to be fitted to your pushchair, it's largely elasticated with a couple of ties to ensure a tight fit. Obviously the cat net won't fit every pushchair on the planet, it didn't even fit every pushchair in my collection, so do check your model against the list supplied by Mothercare before buying one.
It works by being a tight mesh rather than the less taut netting you can buy to stop bugs, mosquitoes etc getting near your baby. The tightness makes a deep slope which a cat can't really lie on without falling off - the fatal flaw being my mums biggest cat is potentially morbidly obese and the sheer weight of Tigger was just too much for the net to cope with and it simply drooped inwards (rendering baby suffocated by cat AND net).
It was quite obvious this was going to happen which is why I ended up using this as an insect net after all (and hence the reason it has lain unseen for a couple of years until my recent de cluttering session) and the moggies were forcibly and unceremoniously thrown out until David was old enough for death by cat not to be an issue.
In short, a bit of a waste of money and in one way totally dangerous as if you put your faith into a basic product like this the outcome really doesn't bear thinking about.
I bought this Guess watch set for my daughter a few years ago, she'd recently had a butterfly tattoo and was going through a bit of a passion for butterflies in general - like the rest of us she relies on her phone for the time now but at that point she wore a watch every day. She had a small collection going so this set was hardly used until she sorted out her bedroom a few weeks back and passed it on to her eight year old sister.
Hollie has been proudly wearing it ever since, her dad's had to put a couple of extra holes in the straps (and it's still huge on her little wrist) but she loves it. So much so a trip to Argos is planned for tomorrow to get her a kiddie sized butterfly watch as she's really taken to this one.
The design is ultra pretty and the watch face is easily swapped between the three straps included with the watch. Hollie likes the pink one (obviously...) but personally I think the baby blue strap is nicest and goes best with the monochrome(ish) pattern of the butterflies on the watch face.
The watch keeps time well, I've been able to keep an eye on this as Hollie is learning the time at the moment so I've made a point of asking her the time and checking it against the clock in the kitchen - she's been spot on pretty much every time, and any errors have been proved to be human error not down to the accuracy of the watch!
I forget how much I paid for the watch, it was at least three years ago though so I suppose the price is largely irrelevant now anyway. It was a stocking filler so wouldn't have cost too much, hence the reason it's been passed on to be bumped about my a little kid I suppose as if it was worth more I'm sure Charlotte would have kept it for herself!
Last year I won a goody box of Burt's Bees products, included was a tinted lip balm in every available shade at the time. I'm not really a fan of Burt's Bees, thinking they promise more than they deliver most of the time - I have used their lip balms before though as I've had them in beauty boxes and from magazines.
The lip balms are 100% natural and the one I'm reviewing today is called Pink Blossom, a name that is perfectly suited to the subtle and very pretty pink shade of the tint.
It's definitely a 'barely there' shade and sometimes I can't really see much of a difference in the colour of my lips, it creates a healthy appearance more than adding anything too visible but is nice for those days where I'm going for a more natural look. I wear red lipstick so Pink Blossom is obviously too subtle for full make-up days, I've put it on over my lipstick and it mutes the colour slightly but adds a greasy feel that I'm not keen on - the greasiness isn't apparent when I apply the lip balm to bare lips and that's pretty much why I reserve it for when I'm not going anywhere special and not planning on putting too much make-up on.
The lip balm aspect is very good, it starts moisturising my lips as soon as I apply it and the effect lasts long enough that I don't have to add more and more through the day. I'd guesstimate I reapply it no more than twice a day even on days when I'm having a Burt's Bees lip balm day - it's nice enough to use but not really special enough for me to choose to overuse it.
The average £5.49 cost is too high even for a natural product, when my stocks are used up I wouldn't buy another but wouldn't turn a freebie down if I see it on a magazine in the future.
I don't know why the gauze I used on my cut hand last night is Fortuna, I'd never heard of the brand before and am sure I didn't buy it - we have an eclectic and quite badly stocked First Aid bag at the moment so with blood running off the ends of my fingers I grabbed the first thing I could to wrap around it and try to stop myself bleeding out from possibly the world's smallest looking cut (it's actually very deep, hence the blood).
This is a 1 metre roll of basic light weave gauze, it's not designed to stop a cut from bleeding but protects something nastier than your average scratch from added damage or causing even more pain - the way I used it was to snip a thickish piece off the roll and wad it against the cut before wrapping a bandage around it all. The cut was made with the pointy end of a steak knife slipping and literally stabbing myself with some force, it looks like a small cut but is in a really awkward position and had edges that needed to join again. I wrapped the bandage quite tightly around my hand, ensuring the gauze was pressing against the cut for the support and added comfort of the bandage being so well padded.
When I took the bandage off this morning to replace it with a less bulky plaster I was pleased to find no lint or fluff sticking to my cut, it had soaked up a fair amount of blood but hadn't turned sticky or slimy - it didn't stick to the cut despite there being some dried blood around the area and I'd have been happy to have reapplied the gauze if I'd needed to.
I have no idea how much this cost (or indeed where it came from) but Google is throwing up a £1.99 price tag for the 1 metre roll - super value in my opinion as it works well and to be honest if you needed to use 1 metre in one go I'd imagine a couple of quid would be the least of your worries!
I cut myself pretty badly last night, trying to get into a crazily slippy cheese packet with a steak knife - I won't keep you in suspense, it ended in the bloody mess expected as the knife slid off the packet and straight into the base of my pointing finger. It was bad enough for a bandage overnight as it just wouldn't stop bleeding, but this morning I woke up and knew that was overkill so set about hunting for a plaster.
No luck (obviously...) so I called my daughter to tell her to pick up a packet of plasters on the way home - expecting her to bring back some nice flesh coloured or clear ones, not these kiddified tattoo style plasters.
The few I've used have been very good actually, the cut isn't a big one but it's deep (imagine the pointy end of a steak knife going directly into flesh) - it needs dressing to keep it clean but is in the most god-awkward place and is surrounded by a big bruise as I've obviously cut into *something* inside. Nasty.
The plasters stick well and it's only the constant flexing and moving of my hand that's causing the stickiness to fail. The tattoo designs are cute but I could live without them, I'm not bothered about using a kids plaster in the slightest but have to say these aren't what most adults would choose to dress a cut in such an obvious place.
The part that is stuck fast to the skin takes a little tugging to remove, I can imagine my eight year old wouldn't be happy about that as she hates the feeling of pulling plasters off but it didn't pull enough to hurt.
My daughter can't remember how much she paid but I'm guessing a couple of quid based on what I know of the prices in that particular chemist, they're worth using as the stick is good and the plastic surface of the plaster keeps the antiseptic cream in and the dirt out - which is just what my hand needs at the moment!