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LoudClothing.com is a website that sells a particular range of clothing and accessories. They sell a huge range of T-shirts, hoodies and caps branded with music band logos and popular or cult TV show themes. They also sell related jewelry, wristbands and things like mugs and token glassware. To give you an idea of the kind of things you might see on the site they have a big Star Wars collection with popular bands such as Iron Maiden and Pearl Jam featured heavily. Lots of items on the site generally have a rather cult or quirky design rather than anything in particular.
I personally have an interest in cult and sci-fi television and film so I have quite a large collection of themed items in my home. I did not now about this site until quite recently and when I went onto it I was astonished at how cheap the items were and how big their range is. Their normal prices are quite low but they even have a sales section which have ridiculously low prices. As someone who buys these kind of items elsewhere I can confirm that this site really does have low prices.
The website sells items for both men and women although the sizes are put into general categories like S, M and L and they also have women's fit items so it's helpful to know what your size might be before purchasing. Despite this there is a helpful size guide on every page which shows the general size across the chest.
The site does charge a very small delivery charge but it's only £2 which I feel is a reasonable charge. They allow payment with credit and debit cards and also allow Paypal payments which can make it a lot easier to fulfill the checkout process.
I'm happy with the quality of the products I've bought so far from this site and will gladly purchase items here again. I would recommend it to anyone who loves wearing or collecting clothing with cult designs. It's also a great place for gifts for anyone who is a classic music fan or for those who love sci-fi and cult television.
I used to be addicted to these Cadbury Boost bars as a teenager and eat one everyday on my break time. However, as I grew up I turned away from a lot of sweet shop confectionery and started trying to eat more healthily. I remain a chocoholic, however, and still eat a lot of different chocolate brands. This Boost bar, however, was one I hadn't touched in many years. I had just assumed it would be too rich and gooey for an adult. I only actually tried this again because a loved one bought a bar for me after I started reminiscing about loving them in my childhood! After tasting them again I was literally on the floor crying out in pleasure. They are still absolutely divine and, although they are very rich and obviously not a healthy treat they are so satisfying!
The bars I have was sold individually and contains 48.5g of product. The wrapper looks almost like that of a energy bar sold at gyms. It's rather snazzy and bright with a hi-tech, futuristic look. The wrapper is printed with information about the brand. A small calorific value chart is shown on the front wrapper whilst full ingredients, more detailed nutritional analysis, brand information and other important details are shown on the back of the wrapper. The product is stamped with the 'suitable for vegetarian' logo. A bar provides 250 calories and 14g of fat which is quite a lot so be careful about how many of these you eat!
The bar seems unchanged from the 'olden days' in taste and structure. It's comprised of a soft, slightly powdery chocolate flavoured rolled core which contains small balls of shortbread biscuit. In my youth these were actually called 'Biscuit Boosts' among a range of flavours but now this seems to be the main variety. Around this powdery centre is a layer of soft chewy caramel which is covered with a layer of Cadbury's milk chocolate. The bar is softer and easier to chew than I remember it being in the past so perhaps they have softened the toffee layer a little bit. Other than it is is the same. The textures together feels like eating a very fine pudding. The soft biscuity filling melts in the mouth with the caramel layer feeling gooey whilst the chocolate is creamy and delicious. The flavours are also delicious combined. The whole bar has a unique flavour combining the sweet roasted tones of shortbread with sweet, vanilla caramel and creamy rich milk chocolate.
It's a chocolate bar I'm glad I've rediscovered and I will no doubt be buying this on a regular basis. I would recommend to anyone who likes their sweets and enjoys something a bit chewy and gooey!
DK.com is the website for the book publisher Dorling Kindersley. It's a site that shows you what books the company have available and provides information about these books. However, you can not purchase the books from this site although the website does redirect to other sellers such as Amazon and Waterstones.
The website has a number of categories of books which are all general information books rather than fiction or creative writing. The categories include gardening, science, languages, food and drink, hobbies, business etc. They also have a children's book section although again, the books are photographic, illustrated or reference type books or guides.
The site awards you the opportunity to view the inside pages of their publications which is quite handy and the quality of photos on the website is excellent. You can find out which formats the books are published in and this includes information about e-book formats.
As well as this the DK.com website provides information about associated brands. For instance the countdown host Carol Vorderman has a range of math's books published by DK and Mary Berry has a range of cookbooks. This can be helpful if you are interested in a certain subject, brand or celebrity.
The website also has a helpful interactive section where users can find out more information on a number of topics such as Education, art and craft, Lego, Food and Drink, Star wars and more. There are things like in depth articles, activity sheets, advice and instruction, videos and more. All of these things are connected to the idea of purchasing books relating to the content and what is provided on the website is more than enough to convince that the books DK publish are of excellent quality!
This is a well designed website and helpful to visit if you want some ideas about which books might be a good choice for you and your children. I think the website is especially useful for parents of children who are looking for good quality educational books and website content.
I am a real chocoholic and buy lots of different brands to consume. I recently purchased a bar of this Sainsburys Basics White Chocolate. I have tried shop's own or basic brands before but I have to say that I feel of all the different bars I've tried this Sainsbury's white chocolate is by far the best I've tried. It rivals even big brand names like Nestle Milky Bar.
The chocolate comes in a 100g sized bar which only costs 35p at the moment. The wrapper is a plastic one with perforated edges to make opening easier. The wrapper is quite plain in design and it does LOOK like a cheap chocolate bar, but don't let this fool you!
The front of the packaging has a easy to read nutritional chart whilst the back of the packaging shows full ingredients, more detailed nutritional values and specifically calorific values and brand contact information. The product is labelled as suitable for vegetarians and it contains "5 servings" according to the brand. The chocolate is not suitable for anyone with wheat or nut allergies due to the factory conditions during manufacturing.
There are 547 calories per 100g of this chocolate and 31g of fat. Per strip of squares, which is 3 squares, contains 109 calories and 6.2g of fat.
The chocolate is in an almost flat slab with just small indents to break each piece off into a square. Each square is marked with a pattern of lines. What I like about the chocolate is that it feels thick and chunky when you put it in your mouth. It's texture is velvety smooth and it melts into a sweet, dreamy cream. It's very satisfying and delicious. It does not at all taste like a shop's own brand chocolate and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who really loves white chocolate but who wants to save a bit of money too!
You can find this at Sainsburys in the UK in their confectionary aisle. At 35p it is slightly more expensive than Asda, Morrisons and Tesco's own brand white chocolate (5p more!) but it's definitely the best out of all of these brands.
I buy these regularly for my two pet dogs as they thoroughly enjoy eating them as a treat. I actually wasn't sure prior to buying them for the first time that they would like them because of the fact they are dry biscuits but in fact they seem to enjoy both the flavour and the texture. They particularly seem to like the fact that these biscuits have an extra crunchy consistency!
I always purchase these in a small 400g box although I believe you can get these in larger packs if you need them. The 400g sized box is the one sold most often in the stores I visit and it also lasts until y next big shopping trip so it is fine for me.
The box has a perforated corner which you can press in and then tear back to make a dispensing hole. The cardboard can be tucked back under to keep the bones fresh too. The package is well designed and suits the impression I have of the brand, Pedigree. There is lots of product information printed on the box including the benefits of the products to your dogs. This includes the fact that the bones contain omega 3, known to be good for the heart, as well as a host of vitamins and minerals including calcium for strong bones and teeth.
The bones are around a couple of inches long and are coated in a glossy brown substance. They are dry but a warning that even a little bit of moisture can make these sticky. They are not ideal for carrying around in a pocket if it starts to rain outside. They can even turn sticky if your hands are warm! They are best given straight from the box!
My dogs relish these bones. I have a smaller terrier and a large springer spaniel and I often snap a bone in two and give just half to my smaller dog. The bones can be snapped in half without creating any mess. My dogs seem to love the smell, texture and taste of the bones. They do smell very meaty and rich and when they bite down on them they make an incredible crunching sound. I would say that medium to large dogs would be able to cope with these bones but for much smaller dogs with little jaws they might be a bit too crunchy and hard.
However, they make the perfect reward for my own dogs and I will continue to buy them as long as my dogs enjoy them! You can purchase these from many stores including major supermarkets, pet stores like Pets At Home and general stores like Wilkinsons. They cost me around £1.70 up to £2 a box which I believe is a reasonable price.
This Pure Fruit Pineapples, Bananas and Coconuts smoothie blend is my favourite Innocent Smoothie. I first tried it last year during the summer and it's the perfect flavour for a delicious cooling drink in the sun.
Innocent smoothies are fairly expensive especially in comparison to other smoothie brands but I do think they are worth it for the flavour and texture. This particular carton cost me £3 for 750ml. It's a smaller carton size than most other drinks I buy but I would say it's big enough for this drink because it's a drink you probably only want to drink a few times as a treat rather than for everyday.
This particular combination of fruits is quite creamy and thick. It's a pale yellow colour and it has a wonderful aroma of fresh coconut and ripe banana when you pour it out. It's so thick that it coagulates in the dispensing nozzle neck and you may need to scoop out the thickest cream with your finger or the end of a knife.
The flavour is quite mild and I would say that banana is the most obvious flavour. There are hints of pineapple which come through and the coconut milk is detectable in the aftertaste. The drink actually contains a small amount of pressed apple, orange and lemon. There are no other ingredients. The fruits used are shown in photo form on the side of the carton. There is also an easy read nutrtional chart which shows me that the product contains a great deal of vitamin C as well as fibre and protein.
The smoothie is very filling, more so than other fruit drinks probably because of the flesh of the banana is quite bulky and coconut milk is quite heavy too. Therefore this is a drink I often just have on it's own rather than with food. It's delicious and refreshing.
I would definitely purchase this drink again as it's very good quality and has a flavour which I love. It's also unique as I have found no other smoothie blend which uses this particular combination of ingredients. You can find the drink at selected supermarkets in the UK.
This product should be used alongside the Jerome Russell cream peroxide. The two products create a strong bleach formula when mixed which will lighten hair through 6-9 shades. You should be aware that the cream peroxides are sold separately in little 75ml bottles. You can choose to get the 30% volume or 40% volume cream peroxides to use with the high lift powder bleach. I personally have to use the 40% volume because my hair is quite dark.
The product comes in a small cardboard box which has lots of information printed on the sides and back. The brand explain clearly that the contents of the box are simply four sachets of high lift powder bleach and an instruction leaflet. You also get some protective gloves. Everything else you may need such as a mixing bowl and brush you will have to provide yourself. I recommend saving these items from a highlighting kit you may have used in the past.
There is a very helpful chart on the back showing the expected colour the formula might turn your hair. If you have black hair the bleaching process is not recommended! If you have dark hair like me then the colour results given are described as "warm blonde" which I would agree with although the shade on the box is slightly more 'pure' than my actual results.
You get four 25g sachets in the box. They are foil so need to be opened with scissors. I recommend standing back when pouring out the powder as it can be an irritant if you breathe it in. You generally only need one sachet and one bottle per bleaching session unless your hair is really long and you are bleaching for the first time so need to cover root to tip.
I generally find that it works out much cheaper for me to purchase a box of these bleach sachets along with four bottles of cream peroxide than it does for me to buy a highlighting kit from the same brand or from any other brand. I would therefore recommend using this if you regularly highlight or lighten your hair.
The product can be bought at shops like Superdrug and Boots although I personally find Savers to be the cheapest outlet.
I have been bleaching my hair for about fifteen years now as I have naturally dark hair which looks very dull and witch-like when it isn't highlighted. I originally started out using highlight kits like the L'oreal kit but after a of couple years of practice I realised I could do this without a kit using only the base bleaching products. Jerome Russell sell the cream peroxide and bleach powder separately. They sell two versions of this cream bleach - one at 30% volume intended for lighter hair and this one at 40% volume which is meant for darker hair and which lightens the hair through more shades.
My hair is dark brown so I always have to use this 40% version. Just a warning that the bottles are very similar to look at and you really have to read the text to ensure you purchase the right one. Most stores that sell this product sell both versions and this 40% volume one is usually slightly more expensive than the 30% volume one.
The bottle contains 75mls or 2.64 fl. oz. of cream peroxide fluid. This should be used with the sachets of Jerome Russell High Lift Powder Bleach which can be bought separately. You get four sachets per box and one sachet is to be used alongside one bottle of this cream peroxide. You need to provide everything else such as mixing trays, cap, brush etc. yourself.
You need to shake this well before opening. I do find that the consistency of the fluid is not always the same. Sometimes it is slightly thicker than at other times - this may be due to how it has been stored previously, I'm not entirely sure. It is quite difficult to pour out due to it's smoothie-like texture though and I often find myself tapping the top of the bottle to dispense the liquid. You have to use this all in one go and can not store anything in the bottle.
When using with the high lift powder bleach this formula will lift hair shades up to 6-9 shades. I find that this makes my hair quite light (from warm brown to bright blonde) and it doesn't go through those unpleasant shades or copper that some bleach mixes can create.
It's basically a lot cheaper to buy this bottle and a box of bleach sachets than a whole highlighting kit so once you know how to bleach your hair yourself I would recommend buying this. A bottle costs around £1.50-1.70 whilst the box of four sachets costs around £4.99 and a box will last me 4-6 months.
These are available to purchase at stores like Superdrug, Boots and Savers.
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I recently purchased this for use in my digital camera. I opted to buy this particular card as I needed a good quality branded card with at least 8GB of space to hold a large amount of pictures and video as well as to improve the quality of my photos. It was also one of the cheapest SDHC cards available on Amazon. It was less than £10 on the site and I recommend purchasing here as these types of products are generally cheaper than other stores.
The card is sturdy and marked with it's information on the outer label. It has a lock facility on the side to enable protection of your data. On the back of the card there is some printed information including the fact that it is made in Japan.
I often have issues with cards failing or not responding properly when inserted into a card reader but I've had no problems with this card so far. It feels a bit harder and stiffer than other cards I've had so I think it's slightly better quality material. It enables me to take great quality photographs with my Canon Ixus 165. It is interacting well with other equipment and I believe it is very durable.
I think the Kingston brand is a good bet if you are looking for a great quality card for your equipment. I definitely intend to purchase Kingston brand cards in the future.
I'm reviewing Ariel Excel Gel Actlift vairety. It's a laundry cleaning agent that I purcahsed recently because of it's low price compare to market competitors. It cost me £3 for a bottle which provides up to 16 washes and contains 592ml of gel fluid.
The bottle is small, white plastic and totally recyclable after use. It has a clear strip down one edge so you can see how much product is left. This is helpful when you are nearing the bottom. The bottle sits on it's lid so the fluid is always near the dispensing hole and therefore easy to squeeze out.
There are labels on the bottle which explain a lot about the product. This information includes ingredients and warnings. The product is marked as an irritant so shouldn't be touched for long periods of time with bare skin. As such the gel isn't suitable for hand washing. It's also marked as being unsuitable for wool and pre-washing.
The gel is quite thick and a turquoise green colour. I would describe the fragrance as being soapy and fresh. It is a scent that is suitable for the whole family. A dosing cup is attached to the top of the bottle so measuring out the required amount per wash is very easy.
This gel is suitable for both whites and colours. I actually find it very powerful and I would warn to be careful with items that are prone to losing dye or colour very easily. This gel can fade such items rapidly. However, the strong formula means it cleans well and is especially perfect for whites and for getting rid of tough stains.
I'm happy with my purchase and would buy this again. It is available to buy at major supermarkets.
Film Only Review:
I watched this 2012 thriller movie because I am a huge fan of it's main star John Cusack. I thought the part of playing a fictional version of the writer Edgar Allen Poe sounded perfect for Cusack. Unfortunately I found the movie to be uninspired and lacking soul, embodying none of the drama and passion that can be found in the horror poems and stories that Poe penned and which are referred to in the plot of the movie.
The story is set in the 1800's where an investigation into murder begins after people start to be killed in the fashion of some of Poe's fictional victims. Poe is brought into this investigation as a helper, the man who potentially knows the crime scenes best since he invented them (albeit in a fictional world). Poe's involvement in the case deepens when his love interest Emily (played by Alice Eve) is threatened.
I feel that the movie has a mish-mash of moods and tones which don't really fit together. It begins by trying to make us champion the loving couple of Poe and Emily by having semi-comical matchmaking scenes. It feels like the film's writers are trying much to hard to make the couple likable and the romance seem genuine. In fact it seems clumsy and out of place with the rest of the film.
Later we have some interesting and dark death scenes where Poe's excellent imagination is brought to life in the most gruesome fashion. Unfortunately there is a lack of drama and real gritty darkness concerning the most important parts of the film. I also don't feel like Cusack really delves deep enough into the Poe persona, although it's clearly the script that has him chained.
The supporting cast are rather unmemorable and unfortunately when a crucial reveal occurs towards the culmination of the plot I found it to be unsatisfying and the importance or relevance of the person revealed is questionable.
I do feel like this could have been a great story and a great movie given the subject matter but there is a lot wrong with the film and I think most people will find it underwhelming. It's certainly not a role that Cusack will be remembered for and it's not a film that fits into any particular genre with ease - it's definitely not a horror and it's a rather lightweight thriller or mystery. Ultimately it's a disappointing film.
This is probably the best highlighting kit on the market and I would recommend using it if you are new to highlighting or you want a uniform highlighted look. The kit contains everything you need to be able to successfully highlight your hair at home. It's something you can do yourself or with help and the items in the pack are good quality and allow you to achieve the best results possible.
I started highlighting my hair about fifteen years ago so I now can do it virtually blindfolded but when I first started I didn't have a clue how to do it. This highlighting kit was basically my tutorial into the world of hairdressing!
The kit contains bleach sachets, developer lotion, a highlighting cap, plastic mixing pot, a brush and combined hair strand picker, protective gloves, an aftercare conditioner and a thorough guide to carrying out the highlighting. The only things you really need extra are a towel and possibly some baby wipes. I would also suggest you might want to use a ceramic bowl rather than the rectangular mixing tray provided since it's quite small and when mixing powder can come over the top. The wipes are good for wiping up any bleach mixture that has dropped onto your arms or face. If left the mixture can burn and whiten skin.
The highlighting cap has a double layer of plastic over it with spots marked on it where strands of hair should be pulled through and coated in bleach. The cap has ties under the chin so it sits securely on top although it's not always straight and one size may not fit all. I find it quite tight fitting and my head is small. It's tricky to pierce the cap with the pointed end of the brush and to pull out the exact amount of hair required but with practice this gets easier.
I have dark hair and this highlighting kit actually makes it blonde without that in-between orange hue that so many people dread when bleaching. The cap allows me to highlight exactly where I want on the head and you can create a more uniform and sophisticated look if you want. It's a really good kit to use if you are new to highlighting and it's pretty cheap too. I usually pay around £4-6 a box for this.
I have a Clarks store in my local city and last month saw a pair of shoes in the display window which were on offer and which I really loved. Unfortunately I didn't have time to stop and try them on but when I had time later I looked online to see if Clarks had an online service and found their website, from which I ordered the shoes I had seen.
Clarks have a wide range of shoes, boots, trainers, sandals, wallets, bags and more available for women, men and children. The styles and varieties are diverse whilst the quality is excellent across the board.
The website is designed well with each page showing the sizes available in an easy to read chart showing sizes that are out of stock or unavailable crossed out. The photos of each item are very thorough and show every angle of the shoe, including the bottom. It even has a zoom feature so you can see the intricate details of the design.
Another great thing about Clarks is that they actually sell half sizes, something that not many brands do nowadays. I often take a half size smaller than a regular size 6 so this is perfect for me.
Delivery to your home is totally free or you can also choose to collect in a store for free too. There is also a Collect + option for delivery to a secure location or store near you. The site accepts payment by all major credit/debit cards as well as Paypal. You have to register as a new user if you've never used the site before but the sign up process is very simple.
My shoes arrived within 5 days of my order which I was very impressed with. The parcel was well packed with the shoes in a fantastic condition and all the information I need inside the parcel too. I was impressed by the quick and professional service and therefore would definitely buy shoes from Clarks online again. I am also pleased that the brand offer a free returns service in the event your shoes don't fit. It means that ordering online is as easy as shopping at their high street store which is exactly what I hope for in an online shopping experience!
I have a couple of pet dogs so I often use air fresheners and it costs me a lot of money to do so. On a recent shopping trip I decided to try saving a bit of cash by opting for this Asda Smart Price Air Freshener instead of my usual brand. The price difference was phenomenal. My brand was about four times more expensive than this!
The product comes in a large 240ml sized aerosol can. It has a plastic lid which is securely fitted and a spray action button for dispensing the liquid. The can is designed with a rather basic drawing of flowers. It looks almost like a child's drawing but it gives me some idea of what this might smell like.
The can is printed with plenty of information although rather frighteningly most of this is warnings and cautions. After using this spray I can advise taking the time to read this information prior to using, in particular if you have ever been sensitive to perfume.
The air freshener has an obvious scent of rose petals which is quite pleasant if you spray this very sparingly. I would advise spraying one short squirt of this per room. That is enough to create a strong scent that can temporarily cover any bad odours. However, if you spray more than this you may be in trouble like I was! At first I didn't realise this product was so strong and literally went through the whole house with my finger held down on the can. After I had finished I literally could not breathe and had to stay outdoors coughing for about twenty minutes. I also had to open doors and windows. My family were also coughing but were less affected than me. I've never previously had any reaction to sprays or perfumes.
I do like the smell of this air freshener and it's actually very effective. It can kill any odours such as pets, cooking and toilet smells. Unfortunately my initial experience with this has made me weary of using it much. As mentioned I would not spray more than one or two short bursts per room now and even that is quite intoxicating.
I paid around 30p for this air freshener so it's extremely cheap. I am not sure if I should buy this again considering my problems with it but I would recommend if you need to save money - although give a recommendation that you use it sparingly too!
I recently purchased an individual snack sized bottle of this Innocent Orange Juice. I have tried the brand's smoothies and their apple juice before but this was my initial experience of their Smooth Orange.
The little bottle is comprised of recyclable transparent plastic. It contains 330mls of juice which is pure and not derived from concentrate. The lid and neck of the bottle are larger than most other brands. I like this as it allows you to get a good mouthful of juice if you are drinking straight from the bottle.
The bottle has a couple of labels on it which are printed with product information. The label on the back shows a nutritional chart which tells me that 100mls of this juice contains 42 calories and 0g of fat. It also lists Vitamin C as 19mg or 24%.
The brand advise drinking this chilled and within two days of opening. They also point out that 10% of their profits go to charity although they do not explain which charity this is. You have to visit the website for ore information!
The juice has a really silky, soft texture whilst the consistency is not too thick but not totally watery either. It's very refreshing, sharp and tangy in flavour and has a purity which I feel is lacking in other brands. I just feel like there is a lot of flavour coming through in this orange which is very satisfying. It also smells great, like a summer cocktail containing the freshest, fullest oranges you can imagine!
My last purchase of this cost me just over £2 for this small bottle which I think is quite expensive but is worth it for a good quality drink, especially if you are on the go. It's a brand I will purchase again given the excellent quality of this drink. It is available to purchase in bottles and larger cartons at stores like supermarkets, news agencies, cafes and more.