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Blackwell's online is a book seller offering a huge range of printed books, ebooks, CD's, DVD's, personal technology and gifts. The company are particularly useful for higher education students looking for set books for their college or university courses.
I was first introduced to Blackwell's as a student and told that they could provide any book I needed. This proved to be the case. The website allows you to search for particular titles and the search engine is extremely precise at finding the right title for you even when you lack information about it. The website also has an excellent customer service contact facility which I have found to be extremely efficient and helpful.
Blackwell's sell both new and secondhand books. They offer to buy old textbooks and then resell them to new students. They basically offer as much financial incentive to students as possible. They have a special section on the website which offers the best deals on key textbooks for popular or specialist courses of study.
When buying online there is an option to buy online or reserve the book in store. The latter may be an easier option for students since many Blackwell's bookshops appear on or near university campuses. If buying online you can pay by credit or debit card as well as the more convenient Paypal. Standard delivery costs £2.50 but some orders may qualify for free delivery.
I would recommend Blackwell's online to anyone looking for a specialist subject book or for students. It's a very professional and well organised company which I have had many great buys from.
I often travel around the UK and when I'm shopping I always notice that there seems to be a Claire's Accessories in nearly every town! Claire's is a fun little shop which is mostly aimed at kids and teens. The shop sells a variety of items including hair accessories (bands, scrunchies, clips, embellishments etc), fashion accessories (bags, scarves, hats etc), jewelry and novelty make-up. You can also find some assorted items at times such as school equipment and gifts.
Claire's seem to specialize in earrings since their range is enormous. I personally used to love their collection because they sell very cheap collections of earrings on little plastic cards. The earrings tend to be made of non precious metals and stones but they are so cheap that they are replaceable by the time they start to dis-colour or look worn. Claire's actually provide their own ear piercing service which appears to be very popular. Given the huge range of studs this is a real treat for any youngster who loves dressing up.
I personally shop at Claire's for the hair accessories. I have long hair and I like to use hair bands as a fashion statement and to keep my hair out of my eyes. I also use scrunchies, decorative clips and elastic hair bands. The range is huge in Claire's. It's always my first choice when looking for a new hair accessory. I would love to say the quality is always 100% but the sizes of things like cloth hair bands is not consistent. In terms of design you can find some really beautiful items though and items that look much more expensive than they actually cost. Claire's is probably one of the cheapest outlets selling this sort of product.
Claire's often sell themed items which makes this a brilliant place to find stocking filler gifts for young people, girls in particular. They might stock, as a for instance, One Direction pencil cases or Coca Cola lip balms. If you go in looking for a gift or particular item the staff are always quick to approach you and ask if you need any help. They also often offer you a little string shopping basket as the small items can be tricky to carry around the store.
I would initially recommend Claire's to anyone with a young daughter but I'd also say there is the odd thing in store for adults too. I will certainly be shopping there again in the future.
I used to enjoy Angel Delight as a child, both as a fluffy dessert and also made into a bubbly milkshake type drink. However, as an adult I have always opted to buy shop's own varieties of this type of dessert. My favourite alternatives to Angel Delight are the chocolate dessert at Sainburys and Morrison's strawberry flavoured dessert. They are a good deal cheaper than Angel Delight at only 20p and 15p respectively and they are of excellent quality. However, I was recently shopping and they had sold out of the shop's own packs. I therefore bought a 39p Angel Delight pack instead. I purchased the chocolate flavour.
The dessert comes in a little paper pack which is easy to tear open. The pack is well designed although clearly intended to appeal to children and it is printed with lots of helpful information about the product. A serving suggestion is included on the back. It is suggested that you add crumbled up chocolate cookies to create an interesting texture.
You get 67 g of powder inside the pack which you should add to 300ml of milk in a bowl. I should point out here that I use soya milk and these kind of desserts don't seem to react as well as being combined with soya milk than cows milk. I tend to reduce the amount of fluid I use just slightly. Make sure to use a bowl rather than a jug or the powder won't dissolve as well. The powder should be whisked into the milk. I personally don't have an electric whisk but I think ideally you should have one with this product. With the shop's own brands the powders tend to blend with the milk really well without leaving lumps but when I made up this Angel Delight I discovered to my horror that there were lots of strange white fatty lumps in the mix. I'm not sure why they didn't dissolve but I'd guess a combination of the milk type used along with the hand whisk I used to blend.
The flavour of the product is without a doubt delicious. It's a creamy chocolate flavour that is one of a kind. Angel Delight has a distinctive flavour that makes it stand out from the shop's own products. However, I feel it's crucial to be able to achieve that smooth and creamy texture too and I didn't manage to do that. Therefore I think I'll probably buy shop's own again next time.
One pack makes up to 4 small servings with each 94 gram serving with semi-skimmed dairy milk having 113 calories.
It is available to buy in most major supermarkets and there are several other flavours available including butterscotch, banana and strawberry.
This was one of the first flash drives I bought and I did so because it was quite cheap and it had a lot of good reviews from customers on the site I purchased it from. At under £5 from Amazon.co.uk I thought this was the perfect device for me to store my photos, videos and documents.
This is a sturdy flash drive. Comprised of black plastic with a deep ridging in the body for an easier grip, this is a well designed device. The drive comes complete with a "swivel" head. This is basically a cover which has a central pivot on the body of the drive and which has a sheath of metal casing which covers the end of the stick which is inserted into your computer or other compatible appliance. It's an intelligent design as you will never lose this cover as it's always attached to the body of the drive. It also does a great job at keeping the drive free from dust which may impair it's performance.
The plastic body of the drive is printed with the model name as well as the capacity of the drive. In this particular range, the Data Traveler range, each different sized flash drive is coloured differently to allow you to tell them apart. This can be particularly helpful if you have several flash drives in this range.
The flash drive works very well. When first inserted into your computer it completes an automatic set-up and downloads driver files to your machine. This allows you to use the drive and transfer files. The speed of transferring files to or from the drive is about average. I personally have not any problems with this drive. It's very reliable and consistent. I also have multiple other flash drives in this range and I haven't had a problem with any of them.
My only problem with this drive is that the swivel metal case has started to look a bit cloudy and dis-coloured which makes me worry if the metal will deteriorate badly eventually.
However, I would definitely recommend this flash drive to anyone looking for a great storage device. My own drive currently holds hundreds of photo files as well as video files. It's very cheap to purchase on Amazon.co.uk and has a great reputation as one of the most popular flash drives.
The Kingston Data Traveler 101 G2 32GB is a flash drive stick, an external storage device which you can use to keep your files. I have several Kingston Flash Drives and I use them to store personal photos, videos, text documents and other important files. You can also use the flash stick on other compatible devices like televisions.
The design of this flash drive is impressive. The body is made of purple coloured plastic. Each different capacity size in this Kingston range is coloured differently so if you have several sticks it's easier to tell them apart. The plastic is slightly ridged to enable you to keep a better hold on the stick. The size of the stick is acceptable to me - not too small to be fiddly and not so large that it's inconvenient to carry around or store. The top of the drive is printed with the capacity so you can spot this easily. The make and variety of the flash drive is also printed on the top.
The 'plug' end of the stick, which is inserted into your USB port on your device, has a protective metal sheath. The sheath can be swiveled around before use. It's a nice way to keep this precious part of the flash drive clean and dust free. The sheath also has a little hole at the end so you could thread it onto a necklace or key ring if desired.
The flash drive automatically downloads drivers to your computer when you first use it. I had no problems setting it up and using it for the first time. I have also had no problems adding files, changing files or deleting files from from the drive.
Files are downloaded to the drive at an average speed. The speed is acceptable to me although it's not super fast!
Overall I feel this is a great flash drive. I have several flash drives in this range from Kingston and I feel they are reliable and of a great quality. I would definitely recommend this model and would purchase this again.
I paid around £8 on Amazon for my drive and would recommend visiting this site for your flash drive needs since they tend to be cheaper than other online stores.
I recently received a box of these Terry's All Gold Dark Chocolates. The box contains individual chocolates which are all coated in dark, rather than milk or white, chocolate.
The packaging is quite nice. The box is golden with a design of red velvet draped over the front and sides. The front of the box shows an illustration of three of the chocolates. The bottom of the box is printed with product information including ingredients, a chocolate guide and a nutritional information guide and contact information for the Mondelez UK company who manufacture this product.
The ingredients include milk and also may contain nuts. The ingredients are not certified as being suitable for vegetarians so I would contact the company if you are concerned about this.
There are nine different varieties of sweets in the box with 380 grams of chocolate in total. I would describe their flavours and designs as rather basic. The varieties include a strawberry cream, an orange truffle, a caramel, a plain chocolate disc, a chocolate truffle, a vanilla flavoured sweet, a hazelnut truffle and an almond truffle. As well as the guide on the base of the box there is also a guide inside the lid.
The sweets have quite cute designs with some of them in the shape of leaves, gift wrapped presents, fruits and shells. They also have a really rich and strong cocoa aroma which is very appealing.
My favourite in the box is the 'Rich Orange'. It's a sticky chocolate truffle infused with orange flavouring inside a crisp chocolate shell which is shaped like a segment of an orange.
I think these sweets are quite nice and would especially appeal to anyone who favours the bitterness of dark chocolate. With 46% minimum cocoa solids these are quite flavoursome. I would say, however, that there is something a bit basic about them too and they probably aren't something I'd give someone as a luxury box of chocolates. These are more like a casual gift or something to buy to eat with the family while watching weekend television!
These are available at supermartkets, newsagents and other stores in the UK.
Wispa Bars are a pure chocolate confectionary bar which I have enjoyed since childhood. They have undergone a few changes over the years, with size and texture altering to some degree, but they are still a unique product in the market today and a massively popular sweet in the UK.
Manufactured by Cadbury the Wispa bar is a long rectangular block of lightly bubbled or "aerated" milk chocolate which is coated with a very thin, crisp layer of milk chocolate. The texture is nowhere near as bubbly as an Aero bar, having a higher density of chocolate in the bar itself. The bubbles are fine and small and they make the chocolate seem lighter. The chocolate also seems to melt more quickly as you eat it than a regular bar might. The bar does not crumble when eaten but remains in a compact shape as you bite along the bar.
The Wispa is available to buy in single packs and multipacks. My most recent purchase was a 39 gram single bar. The wrapper is easily distinguished from other sweets from it's purple colour. The text of the bar logo is bright red and very bold. The wrapper is printed with lots of information.
The bar is suitable for vegetarians. Full ingredients are listed on the pack and there is also a detailed nutritional information chart. There is 13.5g of fat per bar and 215 calories per bar. A warning is printed on the wrapper that the product "may contain nuts" so it should be avoided by allergy sufferers.
I personally love these Wispa bars. I don't know if the chocolate has a different formula to regular Cadbury's Dairy Milk but it tastes slightly different - perhaps a bit more earthy and cocoa rich. It has a flavour all of it's own which is distinctly 'Wispa'. One bite and I'm transformed back to my childhood. I distinctly remember the hype around these bars when they first were manufactured. My family rushed to the local shop to buy some and we all tasted them at the same time, amazed at how different the sweet bar was! I love them just as much now and think these are suitable for chocolate lovers of all ages!
These are widely available at supermarkets, newsagents and other stores in the UK. Prices vary according to retailer but I think I paid around 60p for my last purchase.
I was recently given this watch by a family member who bought it when they were on holiday in the airport. They paid £80 but I've since seen the watch online for an average price of £69.99 so you may want to shop around before making a purchase.
The watch is fairly large and heavy. I have small wrists and arms so it looks fairly big and noticeable on my arm. The watch face is large and easy to see. In terms of who this will suit it really depends on what kind of look you are after. I personally feel it may suit women with broader arms and thicker wrists.
The watch is rose gold plated and generally looks like a pale, shimmery pink against my skin. It's a pretty colour and one that's very feminine. The strap is reasonably comfortable to wear although I sometimes find that the watch face will slip to one side since it's quite heavy.
The watch face is surrounded by rectangular shaped crystals which look very bright, with a mirrored effect. They are very alluring and sparkling. Round crystal dots also mark the 3,6,9 and 12 positions on the clock face. The background of the watch face features a pattern of shaded flowers, with a central streak of darker peachy pink under a smattering of white petals. The watch has a thin and fragile pink second hand and two thicker hour and minute hands.
The watch comes with a two year guarantee and also comes in a small back box with a cushioned display. I would recommend keeping this in the box when not wearing it since this feels like a watch that should be taken good care of.
I'm pleased to have received this as a gift since it's a very pretty watch and one that is suitable for many occasions. I personally feel the watch looks better when worn for more special occasions since it gleams so much and looks quite expensive!
The watch is available at many retailers including Argos and Amazon.
The Book Depository UK is a great online portal where you can buy books. They offer free delivery worldwide. It's a particularly helpful site if you are after a specific title that may be hard to find. The site allows you to conduct a very thorough search through the available titles, narrowing down the finer details such as book format and ISBN number. The company call themselves the "world's leading specialist online bookstore" and offer a huge range of titles at great prices.
The site arranges their books into categories including Fiction, Children's Books, Audio Books, Teaching Resources and also have specific interest categories such as Art and Photography, Sport, Science Fiction, Humour, Medical, Health, Mind Body and Spirit, Computing Biography and many more.
The company offers good savings on books with each title showing the RRP and the reduced price underneath a photograph of the book's front cover. As mentioned, the savings are substantial. The main page on the site shows popular and new titles which can be helpful if you are just browsing or looking for a gift.
The buying process is very straightforward and easy to complete. The company allow payment by Paypal as well as by major credit or debit cards. I personally love sites which offer the safety and convenience of Paypal. There are no hidden postage costs added during the checkout process since postage is completely free.
Overall I'm happy with the service the site provides and the availability and choice. I would recommend the site to book lovers or those looking for bargains on book gifts.
I recently became interested in meditation and in trying to find ways of reducing my anxiety and stress levels. I found this book at my local library which attracted my attention. The cover is printed with the text: "Find peace of mind and embrace a happier, more contented way of life".
This book is part of a "teach yourself" range and therefore the actual text in the book is more like a work book which you are supposed to work through chapter by chapter. Since this is a book on relaxing and letting go the actual need to complete the tasks in each chapter is not essential though! The author tells us that we can just try our best and if we are struggling to return to the same chapter later and try again.
Since this is a work book it requires you to actually write things down in response to certain questions therefore a library book version of this isn't ideal. I would advise buying your own copy if you are serious about working through the book.
The book covers such topics as "living in the moment". The author invites us to be present in the moment whatever we are doing and gives exercises to enable us to catch ourselves thinking when perhaps we are living in autopilot mode. This can be as simple as being aware when we are brushing our teeth or doing housework. The author then eases us into some basic meditation work by having us stop and just experience ourselves and our environments for a few minutes.
There is a lot of attention to awareness of the body and how to connect with your physical self. There is also a lot of advice and exercises on how to breathe well. The beginning of the book starts out with some simple advice but towards the end of the book the author is having us think about our beliefs, our values and our relationships - using mindfulness to improve all areas of our lives.
This is a fairly interesting and helpful book which is worth reading and working through if you are interested in self help. Some of the exercises are a bit lengthy and some of them felt a bit basic but I think it was a challenge in itself to be able to unwind and relax enough to engage with the tasks! There are 212 pages in the book so it's a book that'll take weeks or months to complete.
I actually found this body scrub product in a charity shop. I bought it because the brand, 'Soap and Glory', have a good reputation and I thought the product sounded interesting and useful. I managed to buy this tub for only 75p so I was a bit shocked to see the actual retail price of the product is £8.00 so I really got a bargain!
This comes in a pink plastic tub which is 300ml in size. It has a lid which must be unscrewed to use. I really like the packaging design for this. The colours and font look really girly and there is a humorous tone to some of the messages printed on the tub. For instance, just above the product name there is a line of text which reads "sssshhhhh! Now he'll never know that all this time you've been flaking it". It's also a cute reminder of why we women spend a lot of time on our appearance and body maintenance! The tub is also printed with some information about the product. The formula contains "skin smoothing sea salt, grapeseed and almond oils".
The body scrub has a texture like fine wet sand when you touch it. A small amount scooped into my fingers is enough. It can be rubbed over skin very easily and I don't need to pull or rub very hard for it to be effective. The scrub has a very oily base so when you rub it into your skin it feels like your skin is getting a deep drink. When the scrub particles are washed away the oily base remains on the skin. The oil, unfortunately, does also tend to sit in the water so if you are a bath person like me you may find a very slippery tub after using this!
My skin feels extremely soft and well moisturised after using this to the point where I don't need to add any other moisturising cream. My skin also looks a lot healthier and smoother - with no patches or scaliness. I would particularly recommend using this on elbows and legs. The scrub also has a beautiful, delicate summer fruits type fragrance that remains on the skin after you get dried. It's a fresh, clean scent that is very feminine and pleasing to me.
This is definitely one of the nicest body scrubs I've had the pleasure of using so I'm happy to have found this at the price I did. Would I buy it at full price? I think I would it would be worth doing so in the future if I wanted to treat myself or if I was preparing my body for the summer months.
The scrub is available at stores such as Boots in the UK.
This is a lovely online site which provides cards, stationary, handmade items and gifts especially for pet lovers. Most of the items on the site feature prints with dogs and cats but there are also some horse designs too.
Apart from a range of cards for all occasions you can find items such as mugs, coasters, notebooks, bags and cushions, moneyboxes, art prints, purses and pet products like bowls, leashes and more. Most of the items feature illustrated designs by the company's founder. The designs are heartwarming and cute with sentimental or humorous messages at their heart. My only issue with the illustrations is that some of the dogs on some of the designs have a miserable facial expression. The artist captures the cool aloofness of cats so well but with a lot of the dogs she draws seems to miss that liveliness and spirit. However, the designs are still really high quality and unique. They capture moments that any pet owner will recognise such as the love between two dog companions, hungry dogs or lazy cats.
The website is well designed with lots of information about the firm. The range is quite small so the website is easily scanned in a short amount of time. I would love for there to be a bit more information on each item page such as dimensions of products etc. However, the items are well photographed.
The site accepts payment by major credit and debit cards. Orders over £25 are free but under this amount costs a very reasonable amount of £3.00.
I would say the prices are about average for a small business's uniquely crafted items. The cards are priced very reasonably and are particularly attractive to me as they are so different and special. I have only shopped with the company once but had a good experience and therefore would definitely consider purchasing more from them in the future.
I only had financial products with Barclays until this year but decided to open a new account after some problems with identity theft had affected my trust in the bank. I chose to open a current account with HSBC because I was recommended to by my family. There are also lots of HSBC branches near where I live so I knew it would be convenient for me to visit for in branch banking.
My experiences with the bank have been mostly positive. I like the fact that they provide regular statements to me and keep in contact with me concerning my account. However, I do find the way the statement is set out to be slightly too formal and printed in "bank speak" rather than as customer based document. I find it's way more difficult to read transaction data than it is on Barclays statements.
In branch banking is quite a good experience in terms of the speed and efficiency of the staff undertaking your transactions. I've only had one instance of disappointing staff relations where I was asking for a recent statement from a member of staff because I'm more cautious about checking over my details now since having been a victim of identity theft. I was explaining my query when the staff member seemed to think I was telling her a member of my own family had stolen my details and she said rather rudely that she 'didn't want to know!' which I found quite embarrassing and shocking. Other than this mix up the staff are generally very helpful.
I'm on a basic account so I don't have any lengthy dealings with the bank but I like the fact that I can withdraw cash at all ATM's for free and the fact that, unlike many other banks, you can find a local branch if you need one! The bank are also great with security and seem a little more on the ball when it comes to keeping things safe and secure for me. I certainly feel a degree safer than with Barclays so I would recommend to potential customers.
I found this site online after searching for a particular favourite clothing brand. This site, Joythestore.com, is a web shop selling clothes and accessories for men and women as well as a range of home goods. They stock brands such as Louche and Bellfield, HYMN, Ichi, Waven and Valley of the Dolls. I would say they cater for a younger client in general but I'm in my late thirties and I still love some of the pieces sold by some of the brands available on Joythestrore.com. I have only purchased items from the ladies-wear section so can only base my review on this.
The designs of clothing on the site tend to be quite youthful with items such as cute animal prints, motif t-shirts, revealing tops, skinny jeans and denim shorts etc. Since the gear is obviously aimed at the younger client the sizes tend to be smaller too. As far as I understand the largest size you can buy in womens-wear is a 16. However, I've bought size 14 items and I would say that, for the garments I purchased anyway, are generous sizes rather than smaller than regular sizing. I think this may possibly vary from brand to brand though.
I like the way items are presented online. Each item has a photograph with a zoom in feature so you can really see the detail. You also get a concise and readable item description with detailed figures showing measurements, fabrics and care instructions.
The site makes payment easy by allowing payment by Paypal. I just find this so much easier, quicker and safer in general. Delivery costs £3.95 per standard order with a free returns service if needed. You can create an account with the company during the checkout process.
I trust this site a lot to not only get my order to me quickly and in good condition but to provide a really good standard of clothing. I'm super pleased with my latest order from here so I will almost certainly shop at Joythestore.com in the future.
Kaleidoscope is a catalogue company also offering an online service. It's a brand I've shopped with for several years. The brand sell affordable but trendy fashion for ladies as well as footwear, holiday gear and homeware.
There is a vast choice of clothing styles and garments on the website which I love being able to look through at my leisure. The items are well photographed and usually shown in an artistic way - a model on a photo shoot showing just how great these clothes can look. A size guide appears on each page along with detailed information concerning the measurements and fabric etc.
I would say the items for sale are not age specific. Rather more there are different items which will suit different age ranges so there is something for everyone.
The homeware collection is also impressive with a huge range of unique and well designed products that I have not seen elsewhere. The prices of items vary but you'll find something to suit your budget.
I find the ordering process with Kaleidoscope fairly straight forward. They accept immediate payment by credit or debit cards or you can set up an account with the firm. The only thing I dislike about dealing with this firm is the amount of mailing I get through the post. They send out catalogues and fliers with offers on them trying to tempt you into purchasing more items. I do feel it's a little bit invasive.
I've only ever had one problem with the firm when an item arrived damaged and evidently the item seemed to have passed quality control somehow but the returns process was swift, simple and well managed by the firm.
I will most likely shop with this firm in the future as I think their collection is attractive and value for money.