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When we were looking to buy a sat nav, I instantly thought of tomtom. It's a well known brand, and it's pretty catchy too, tomtom. Tomtomtom...
I didn't want to spend a lot of money on the sat nav and I wanted something that I could take with me when we go camping abroad. Not that relying on my wife to navigate with a paper map isn't fun, but it would probably be more fuel efficient if we went from A to B without visiting C D E and F first.
I acquired my little tomtom for the princely sum of only £120. This seemed to be a reasonable price for a TomTom, with some going for over £200, so I considered I'd found a good deal.
I instantly liked the nicely sized 6 inch screen, plenty big enough to see even while driving. It doesn't look top of the range, but it's sleek and black and not to clunky.
The main feature that attracted me to this tomtom was the inclusion of European maps. We like to go driving through Europe camping and I felt this would make it much easier, plus the promise of frequent (and free) map updates. My last satnav had no updates and wouldn't even recognize half the postcodes in the UK, no matter navigating me through Europe.
Like most Sat Navs, it comes with voice guidance, which like most Sat Navs can be rather annoying, especially when it keeps repeating itself over and over again until you wish to throw it out of the window on the Motorway.
It also tells you where the nearest car park i.
Speed camera information is very thorough, not that I would even consider speeding, but it's always useful to know, just in case my foot gets a bit heavy.
The screen is clear and isn't too reflective even in sunlight, so you can see what you are doing.
It finds signal pretty quickly and the screen seems reasonably responsive.
It seems to recognize most addresses, I've had one or too problems, but nothing major.
It's easy to use and set up, you can literally use it out the box and mostly it gives clear and concise instructions.
The voice could have been a bit louder, sometimes I find it hard to hear what the voice is saying when I have chatty people in the car with me.
Sometimes the speed limits are out of date, especially on certain sections of the motorway, I haven't tried to update it yet, but I've heard it can be complicated, so I've been putting it off.
Occasionally I've been led astray by my dear TomTom, down one way streets, onto pedestrianized areas, straight over roundabouts as if they didn't exist. Luckily I don't trust it completely, and due to quick thinking haven't got myself into too many scrapes - apart from perhaps driving through the odd pig farm in remote Wales.
There is no manual. Some people do like a bit of paper with instructions written on it, why do companies seem to forget something so vitally important? There is a manual, but it's hard to find and definitely not easy to understand.
It does the job, it (usually) gets you from A to B, without too much faffing around in between. It has it's problems, but for the price it isn't a bad bit of map.
When I was looking for a new MP3 player, I knew I wanted something that wasn't going to set me back a weeks wages, but would still do the job. And that's how I found the iPod shuffle.
~Why the iPod shuffle~
I didn't want to spend hundreds of pounds on a full ipod, it simply didn't appeal to me to spend that kind of money on something I would mainly be using while working out. The ipod shuffle was a music player, not an investment.
I bought mine for just under £40, which was much more reasonable than a full ipod.
It's small, compact, probably just over an inch big. In fact when I opened it, I wasn't sure what I was looking at. I had to check that it was indeed that big, and I hadn't accidentally bough some sort of battery pack!
It has a little play/pause button on the front and you can skip to the next or previous tracks and it comes in different colours. Mine is green, like an apple.
Mine has 2gb of space, which is fine, and I've never managed to use it all up, the battery life lasts around 10 hours, sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less, but if I'm using it for my daily running, it will last me all week which is all I really need.
Most of all I love the voiceover feature. When I finally worked out how to make playlists, I found I was able to use the voiceover feature to skip between various playlists to choose the one I want. And what's more I can also listen to it on random if I feel like just seeing what comes up. One minute you can be listening to Pavarotti and the next you could be laughing as you realise someone put Abba on your ipod.
You can use itunes to sync your music to your ipod. But this isn't always as straightforward as it seems and it does take a while to set up.
Why doesn't this come with full complete instructions? I like to be able to refer to a little instruction book when something isn't making sense, but what came in the box told me very little information at all.
I dislike using itunes software, but you don't seem to have a choice, and I would have preferred not to need to download and install itunes just to use for this little mp3 player.
I'm never convinced that random is actually random. If it is random, why then with hundreds of songs on my ipod do I end up listening to the same one more than once in a short space of time? Whatever algorithm they use to calculate their random feature, it isn't random enough and this can prove to be rather annoying.
The headphones are very uncomfortable so I had to fork out for better ones that didn't hurt my ears.
I do miss having a screen to see what I'm listening too, I keep glancing at it to see what song I'm on and of course it doesn't tell me.
It works, it isn't perfect, but it's cheap and plays music. (But woe betide you if you dare to criticise your ipod in the presence of other ipod users, you can get a huge backlash or comments. I've began to feel like I'm in some sort of strange cult of ipod users).
Next time I buy an MP3 Player, I'll probably buy one with a display, just to make it easier to work.
I bought this one of those half price Oral B tooth brush sales. I always like to wait until such a sale before buying. My last tooth brush before this was running low on battery far to often and it seemed a good time to spend my money.
This set me back around £30 on Amazon, which seemed a good deal considering the price of them in the shops. But I still consider it expensive for a toothbrush.
~Why the Oral B Professional care 2000?~
Well, there are lots of different Oral Bs and I really wasn't sure what the difference was between them. My wife would probably have spent hours reading through all the specs and special features, but I did not. I saw it, saw it had good reviews and bought it. It's a toothbrush not a computer!
It has a thin and long blue handle, and it comes with two different brush heads, one of them has a "floss action" but I never really used that one. It also comes with a stand charger and a two-pin plug which I prefer to put into an adapter and plug it in elsewhere, usually in the hallway for people to trip over.
It has two speed settings, normal and sensitive, the sensitive though I don't really use unless I have a sore gum or something and I want to be gentler. My wife likes to (proudly) point out that her toothbrush has three settings, but I notice she never uses her other settings either, so what's the point? It also has two minute timer, buzzing away every 30 second to let you know to change the quadrant of your mouth. But more than once I've gone into a daydream while brushing and not noticed the 30 minute timer, spending over a minute on 1 quadrant of my mouth. I'm not sure it matters though. Also the toothbrush will flash red at you if you press too hard.
~Ease of Use~
It really is straight forward to use, just put some toothpaste on the head, press the little button and away you go. Of course, try not to press the little button before the head is in your mouth, otherwise you'll likely end up splattered in toothpaste and water. I hold it over each tooth individually, starting at my top left, then top right, then bottom left and then bottom right.
~Is it Good?~
It does what it says on the box - it cleans your teeth, I wouldn't say it was fantastic, or some tooth inspiring experience, but I like it well enough. The battery lasts several days, often up to a week, even after using it for over 18 months and it will charge overnight.
The replacement heads in the shops are very expensive, so buy them online for a huge saving. They say to replace them every 6 months, but I replace them perhaps once a year, if I feel like it. I certainly notice the difference when I do though. I find the base is a bit fiddly and other family members with similar Oral B toothbrushes have attempted to put their brush on the wrong way, and when it didn't fit, they simply pushed harder until they made it fit. This lead to some damage to the charger, I think it needs a big sign saying "this way" to prevent such occurrences.
I like it, it's good for everyday use, doesn't have many useless features, and does the job that I need and that my dentist insists on.
The kindle had been around for a long time when I finally decided to go ahead and buy it. I don't know for sure what was putting me off, but I felt it lacked the same feel and character of a book, what about the musty smells of ancient books? What about the texture of the paper? What about the paper cuts? I went to many stores over many months touching the kindle, once I even smelled it but it did not smell remotely "booky" much to my disappointment. Eventually my wife said she wanted one and that we could share it. Thrust into the world of technology was I to be disappointed or enriched by my kindle experience?
The kindle touch seemed to be a regular standard price everywhere, so we bought ours from Argos, using some left over love2shop vouchers and a bit of cash. It came to just over £100, that's a lot of books!
~Why the Kindle Touch~
My wife decided she wanted the touch rather than the usual, perhaps under some delusion that it would feel more "Booklike" if she touched the "pages" to "turn them." And I wasn't likely to argue (you know better than to start arguments over such trivial matters). My wife and I read a lot of books and we wanted something that would make travelling easier, save space and would hopefully be cheaper than buying books.
The Kindle Touch looks sleek and feels very modern. It doesn't feel remotely like a book, it's a bit cool to the touch and it has one big button at the bottom of the casing, everything else is done via the touch screen.
~How Easy is to Work?~
You simply turn it on and follow the tutorial, there is also a manual. Of course, I decided I didn't need to do the tutorial, but later changed my mind when I got confused. You link your kindle to your amazon account so you can buy and download e-books at the touch of a button. I was very impressed with how fast delivery was, you paid and it downloaded, no waiting in for the postman to bring a much wanted book. Even better you can read a sample of the book, which is usually a chapter or two, to see if you'll like the writing style or not. You can even "return" the book if you bought the wrong one, found it was faulty, or misunderstood what the book was about.
To read it all you need do is to select your chosen book and it opens, then you touch the screen to make the pages turn. It remembers the page you are on, and you can even bookmark pages to come back to later, or highlight paragraphs if something catches your eye or seems important.
It is relatively easy to read and even better you can read it in direct sunlight, just like a book, there is no glare on your kindle.
It has wireless capability so you just connect to your wireless to download books from Amazon and even better is there are plenty of free books, both old and new out there. You can even go online with your Kindle and browse the internet, but it's slow and pretty annoying.
Sadly there are downsides, the books which I thought would be cheaper are often only marginally cheaper than buying the paperback. And somehow I prefer to have a physical manifestation of my book if I'm paying £6 for it.
Also the touch sensitivity can be a little annoying. I've touched the screen and had it turn several pages at once, or not even touch it, just be "near" it and somehow the pages turn on their own accord. If you touch too low on the page you get the menu bar, which is annoying, and it has no light inbuilt so you can't read it without a light.
Typing on the kindle is very annoying, it's slow and the "suggestions" are frequently wrong and take ages to show up. It doesn't even seem to capitalize the first letter of a sentence. While I don't use the typing feature often, I do use it to write quick reviews on ebooks as I read them, and it can be very frustrating.
More than once the kindle decided to just go back to the first page of my book in the middle of reading. I found this to be very annoying and it would take me ages to find the right page as more often than not there aren't any definite "page numbers" to go by.
I like my kindle, I like it more than I thought I would, and I don't even mind that it's not at all book-like, but it does have its problems, I think in retrospect I would probably not buy the touch version, but the original instead. But I don't regret investing in a kindle. It's opened my life to new writers, thousands of books and long nights arguing over who gets to use the kindle tonight.
It took me a long time to decide to buy the tefal actifry, after all it's not exactly cheap, but always willing to invest in something that could make slimming easier I decided it was worth the expense.
It was the price that left me dithering, should I or shouldn't I? I bought it for just under £130 from Amazon.
~Why the Tefal Actifry?~
This isn't a deep fat fryer! The tefal actifry makes a good couple of pounds of chips with only a spoonful of oil. If, like me, you are rather partial to chips and rather soft round the middle because of it, you'll appreciate how good this is. But here's the clincher, you don't just have to cook chips in it, you can cook wedges, and mushroom, and carrots, even banana, basically whatever you fancy. It's chips with only 3% fat, and quite crispy too!
I was suprised at just how much space this little gadget took up. It seems pretty big and I had trouble finding place for it on my cluttered sides. I also felt it looked a bit cheap and flimsy, especially considering the price! It has a clear lid so you can see your chips cooking and it comes with a great recipe book which compels you to try all manner of new things. Turning it on I was also surprised by how much noise it made. Not ideal but then again it wasn't too awful either, somewhere between a fan over and a microwave.
~How does it work?~
Apparently it has a "specially designed paddle" which turns the food constantly during cooking, this coats your food in a mist of oil for even cooking.
I cut up some nice thick chips, stuck them in, covered them in the oil, set the timer and left it to do it's job. If you fill it up, it will take upwards of 45 minutes to cook your chippies but less if you use less potatoes. A big downside for me was I didn't hear the timer go so I was late getting my chips out and when I did they weren't quite as crispy as I like them, but they were certainly very nice and much healthier too. The other downside for me was I didn't find that there was many chips in that batch. Maybe I'm just greedy but with only 2 of us eating them we were left feeling a bit hungry and like we could've eaten more. They were tasty though and I heard no complaints for my wife.
I was worried that my tefal actifry would end up being pushed to the back of a cupboard and rarely used like so many kitchen gadgets, but even now I find I'll use it at least once a week, when I'm cooking up a steak (something you can do in the actifry but I prefer to fry in the traditional way with a bit of butter) I'll whip up some healthy chips to go alongside it. It has been worth the money for us, not sure it has made me any slimmer though, but we can't have anything.
I like clean clothes as do most people so when choosing a washing machine I did a lot of research into spin speeds and load capacity and added extras, so when I saw this advertised with a good reduction on it I couldn't believe my luck. I should have know it would be too good to be true because upon first use after the initial setup, which consists of removing 4 screws from the rear of the machine and connecting the appropriate pipes, I found that I couldn't open the drawer for the washing powder! I contacted the Hoover customer service and was told I would have my replacement in 5-10 working days! I explained that I felt this was too long and I would be wearing rather smelly clothes, she relented and I received it 2 days later!
The next time I used it I opened the door and was swamped by a torrent of water as the machine had just decided not to drain it away! Once again I was on to Hoover and told them the problem and the Hoover repair man was with me the next day and repaired it there and then.
So now on attempted number three to have clean clothes I was understandably dubious and was not let down because I when I checked the machine after it had completed the standard 59 minute wash I saw inside the machine SMOKE! I opened it and yes there was indeed smoke pouring out! So for the third time I was phoning Hoover in a week! They were really quite good as they said they would have a repair man with the same day and if he was not able to repair it on the spot they would replace the machine and as a good will gesture they have given me a 5 year warranty.
The repair man arrived about 2 hours later (the same one as before) and repaired the fault which was in the rubber surrounding the drum. He even hung around as I did a wash and checked it afterwards to make sure that the machine was draining properly and not smoking anymore.
I have had the machine for going on a year now and after the first week of problems it has been very good. It has some very good options in its washing cycles, i.e. a standard wash of 59 minutes to a quick 29 minutes wash and special washes for wool or for delicates. You can also set it to a delay wash and change the set temperature of the washes. The drum has a 7kg load capacity and with it being A+ energy rated it has help with the soaring cost of electricity. The machine has a upper spin speed of 1600rpm so your clothes come out almost dry so that's a definite bonus, but you can turn the speed down for various wash cycles as some clothes can't take the speed! But with that speed you do get rather a lot of noise, I can even hear it upstairs.
Realistically, I do like the machine, it washes well, after the initial problems it has been reasonably reliable, but it IS expensive, and for the price I paid, around £400 when I bought and it's about £300 now. I think there might be better machines. I expected something special for that price, but I've got something good that I hope will last for many years.
As some of you may know I recently wrote a review about my Candy fridge/freezer, here is my update, it's died! Now I will not be sorry to see it go but I have been left with the predicament of milk going sour and freezer food defrosting rather quickly. I am very lucky in that my partner had put away some Love 2 Shop vouchers we had been given for Christmas, and with these we would have to buy a fridge and freezer.
We had seen that there were offers available in Comet and even though we detest this store (see my other review) we went and had a look, there we found this USA style fridge/freezer for a greatly reduced price and after getting a further discount we bought it for £499 instead of £549.99. They even had it delivered in a record 2 days!
Upon receiving the fridge/freezer we were instructed to leave it to stand for at least 8 hours for the cooling fluid to settle and then turn it on and leave it to reach its preset temperature levels, this took a further 8 hours.
Now the look of the fridge/freezer is really cool and modern, with its silver brushed metal doors, its digital display and its water dispenser. The digital display shows the preset temperature for both the fridge and the freezer and it shows the E icon denoting that the fridge/freezer is in economy mode. On the display there are four buttons two are for adjusting the temperature of the fridge or freezer and the others are for putting the fridge or freezer into "fast freeze or fast fridge" mode. These modes are for use when you need something cooling or freezing really fast, which is so cool - it's freezing.
The door on the right is the fridge and is bigger than the one on your left, the freezer, but both have a great size, The fridge has 370 litres of capacity and the freezer has 178 litres which is more than sufficient for a good sized family. I took everything out my old freezer, which was full to capacity and put it in my new freezer and not even 3 shelves were full. There is also a very snazzy ice-maker, you simply fill up the tray and wait for it to freeze, then tip it upside-down, and there you have it ice.
At the front there is a water dispenser. You simply open the fridge, fill the container, I like to use filtered water, then wait a little while and you have cold water on tap. OK, you could get cold water FROM the tap, but it wouldn't be nearly as awesome!! and it runs at 43 db so it's very quiet too, unlike my last fridge which didn't so much hum as buzz like an angry wasp stuck in a metal jar. The fridge/freezer has an A+ energy rating and uses 472kWh/annum which is awesome considering the size of this thing.
I have now had this fridge for about 2 weeks and so unbelievably happy with it that I have considered just sitting next to it and holding it, perhaps stroking it lovingly, but seriously I would recommend this to anyone as it is brilliant, big enough for even the largest of families. And let's face it, it looks COOL.
Now there is a saying in my house, "When you can't see your face in the mirror it's time to clean"! I wish I was one of these modern men, who can clean and put things back where they belong, but I guess I am the type to be nagged and well I enjoy it just a little. My partner is quite particular about what she uses in our house as she suffers from various allergies and sensitivities and she found that whilst using some of the other (cheaper) polishes she had some bad reactions to them but she seem ok with Pledge, sometimes the more expensive option is better.
So back to Pledge, I have found you can pick them up for around the £1.30 mark or on offer for 2 for £2. I have tried other polishes and have found that they don't have that "just polished" feel for as long as Pledge does or they leave nasty looking streaks on the shiny topped surfaces or on glass.
Pledge is suitable for use on wood but not unsealed wood and glass (both windows and on mirrors) but I wouldn't advise using it on silverware as it may tarnish or if plated my remove it. I have personally used it on my TV screen and laptop screen and it has done no harm but remember never spray the surface always spray the cloth and then use.
I will start by saying I love this phone! It never let me down even when I dropped it out the car into a puddle, or when I dropped it out a first floor window (I was showing off), or well the numerous times it has been dropped, kicked, stepped on or watered!
The phone is very easy and simple to use. Mine comes with the brushed metal backing and silver front. as with all phones you can make calls and send texts but it is not a Smartphone so no social networking or apps but in saying that at least the battery lasts a good long time (approx 2-3 days compared to my new Sony Ericsson which lasts 1 day). It has a satisfactory camera, 2 mega pixel, and it does have a built in MP3 player as well as an fm radio (you do need head phones for this to work). if you want a phone for networking and internet use then this is not the phone for you, as although it does have the Nokia Opera browser it is not the easiest to use and to be honest I tried it once only and gave up.
The keys have a good feel to them and I found that even my fat fingers could fly across them and text like the best of them. The screen is a nice size and it very clear and the menu is very well set out and easy to navigate.
I you are looking for an easy phone to use, that does everything a phone should do then this is brilliant, but if you want a phone to be a small portable computer then this is not for you. In my opinion this is the best phone I have ever had the pleasure of owning. I bought my for £135 + trade in of my old phone but you can pick one for anywhere between £80 and £149.99 depending on refurbishment or new phone.
I have had my Candy fridge freezer for a few years now and am happy with it; it does exactly what it's supposed to do and keeps the things in the fridge section frozen and the items in the freezer solidish, that's if you don't count the massive lumps of ice that builds up periodically.
My previous one was inadvertently stabbed and started leaking cooling fluid everywhere! It was a scene likened to a murder movie and after keeping my milk in the pantry and it turning to yoghurt (as I was too poor to buy a fridge) I was given this as a "gift". It was very nice to have a fridge again and I rushed out and filled the fridge up. The next day I went and opened the fridge and found that everything on the bottom shelf was frozen solid and the top shelf had water crystals on it. I checked that I hadn't turned the dial to cold but it was fine and though as it was just because it had been moved a fair distance it had to settle and all would be fine. For the next few months I found that I had to turn the cooling dial right to its lowest level or everything would freeze and even though it was turned to low I still can't put thing in the back of the fridge but at least my milk was staying milk!
Now the freezer unit you might think would be brilliant if the fridge can almost double as a freezer too but you would be wrong. Yes it froze so you can argue it did its job but it also was a "frost free", it was not! I have to often break open the drawers as they tend to have frozen solid with ice! I have called the help line on numerous occasions and they have been incredibly helpful but because it was a gift and not bought by me they couldn't meet the warranty agreement. They have told me that it is the seals on the freezer door that are causing it to open slightly and the freezer is over working and freezing solid. But they couldn't help about the fridge acting like a freezer; I think it has delusions of freezerdom!
other than this the fridge has plenty of room for food for myself and my partner for two weeks (and we like our food...a lot) there are two shelves, two door shelves I think there were meant to be three but we only had two and it has a crisper draw too. The freezer has four drawers with plenty of space for all the frozen food you need. The capacity for the fridge is 165 litres and the freezers capacity is 90 litres.
All in all the fridge and freezer do what they are meant to do but do them to well.
I used to like Comet. I used to find their customer service excellent. I used to find they had good deals both in store and online, But that has completely changed after I went online found a vacuum I liked and was in budget as my Dyson has died after many years of use!
I thought I would go in to the store and buy it with Love 2 Shop vouchers, as they are burning a hole, but I thought that I would just check the vacuum was in stock or if it would need to be delivered. Imagine my surprise when overnight they price had gone up almost £100!! I was thrown a life line when I found their Price Match Promise!
I was quite impressed as they compare their prices against Currys, John Lewis, Tesco, Argos and PC World. The criteria for the price matching are as follows:
-The product on our competitor's site is identical to one they sell
-The product must be in stock and available for immediate delivery
-Comet must have this product in stock
-They are able to check the offer on the competitor's website
OK so I now just had to check if any of the competitors had the vacuum for a cheaper price....eureka! John Lewis to the rescue, they had the vacuum for the for original Comet price. I contacted Comet via email telling them that I wanted to price match the vacuum and gave them the link to the John Lewis site.
2 days later I got my reply....they would do it! I went in store gave the shop boy the copy of the email from comet and ran through the whole saga of how they changed their price and I had to price match it even though it said all this on the email! He then phoned John Lewis and John Lewis told him they don't sell any vacuums (I was starting to think that he was slow by this point as I could hear the person from "john Lewis" and he was laughing). I was now getting annoyed and pointed out that I had an email from their customer service and a Smartphone and would show him that they do if he was going to be stubborn and ignorant so would I, and I am much better at it! He then checked online found the vacuum, and confirmed that it was in stock for delivery but not in stock in store (both criteria for the price match).
He was going to price match it then but just wanted to check "with his manger" who came over and said they would not price match as the competitors store is "not in a 10 mile radius" of the store! I pointed out that this is not one of the Price match criteria! he just said they did not price match in stores that are outside of a 10 mile radius of the others in the price match promise and I could leave now (then it hit me I recognised the voice of the person from "John Lewis" as the Manager). I was seething and have complained to comet and have been informed they will investigate the store and people involved, so in other words nothing will be done and they have lost a customer for life!
I have checked their competitors sites and all bar PC World have the vacuum for cheaper (almost £100) and it's only because PC World don't sell vacuums that they don't have it cheaper! Comet say they are confident they are cheaper than their competitors well i beg to differ.
I will start by saying I have this innate ability to destroy an iron within a week of buying or being given one, either by dropping them or by hand of god style acts! Now this iron has survived for almost a year and it has been dropped (on more than one occasion), man handled and has been slobbered on by a dog with amorous intensions!
The iron has a nice feel to it and when you hold it doesn't feel too heavy or cheaply made. It has a good weight to it even without water in it. It is very easy to operate (as are most irons) and has one dial which you twist to increase or decrease the heat intensity. There are also two buttons and a slider on top of the iron, for controlling the amount the iron steams (the slider), to give and extra boost of steam (the left button) and to give a spray of water (the right button).
The iron does come with a filling jug for the right amount of water. It also does have a nice long power cord so you don't have to be kneeling down by the socket and moving the item you are ironing instead of the iron!
I have found the iron to be nicely robust and definitely worth the price tag (currently around the £50 mark). I managed to pick up mine for half price at TJ Hughes and paid £25 plus as a bonus it is purple so my partner loves it too!
OK I will start by saying I am by no means a "metro sexual" male or overly in touch with my feminine side but I do like to feel nice and I partner said that my face was suffering from "uneven skin tone and some flaky bits." Now to me this means very little but I took her word for it and then she sprang this moisturiser on me and demanded that I use it; she tried to appease my manliness by pointing out how manly the name was - bulldog!
The moisturiser doesn't smell strongly in my opinion so I figured "what the hell" and I gave it a try. I have to say that it has changed my facial regime as I suffer quite badly with shaving rash. Not anymore as I found that if I use it after I shave, it means that the rash is just too moisturised into submission to cause me to much pain.
The look of the tube is not too intrusive as to cause men like myself to feel self-conscious about it. All that is on the plain white tube is the bulldog logo and a few lines of info. On the back of the tube is the directions for use which is pretty much self-explanatory and a list of ingredients and some symbols for the vegetarian approved, all natural ingredients and one for 8 essential oils.
All in all I really like this product and would recommend it to others as it is well worth the price and it does the job very well. You can pick up the 100ml tube for around the £5 mark which is not going to break the bank.
P90X is a 90 day home fitness workout/life altering DVD, book and nutritional guide. P90X has changed my life for the better and I have found a new vigour and lease on life. Before I started this incredible and highly motivating workout I lived a very sedentary life style and found that my chair was becoming moulded to the shape of my rather large rear end!
I first heard about P90X in that Jason mraz song about being lazy (of all places), and then thought to look it up and see what the fuss was all about. I was thoroughly impressed and told my partner about it. Low and behold she went out and bought it, and it is not cheap at around the £110 mark but you get what you pay for I suppose. In this price you get:
-All 12 diverse workout DVD's
-the Three Phase comprehensive notional plan (although they do use supplements, I tend to use my own for this)
-The Fitness Guide with extra tips on maximising your workout
-A Calendar to help you track your workouts and progress
-The "muscle Confusion" techniques to help you accelerate you weight loss and/or muscle gain
- An online coach who has been through the course not just once, mine had done it 4 times!
- And the always engaging Tony Horton
The work outs are broken up into set week long schedules so as to enforce the "muscle Confusion" and trust me it works and you will come to both loath the work out time and long for it, as Tony say for the Ab RipperX DVD "I hate it but I love it!" and it is so true. Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids/recovery drinks as the workouts WILL take it out of you, and you don't want to be suffering with muscle fatigue and soreness the next day.
Each of the workouts is aimed at particular areas of muscle and works them to the point of exhaustion but without killing you. The workouts last from between one hour and one and half hours and are as follows:
-How to Bring it (instructional overview)
-Chest and Back
-Plyometrics (jump training)
-Shoulders and Arms
-Legs and Back
-Chest and Shoulders
-Back and Biceps
As you can see with it being a 90 day program if you think you would get bored doing it you are very, very wrong and you will soon find your favourite workouts and find the ones you are not so good at yet still you will push yourself to "BRING IT" to every work out! My personal favourite workout is yoga X! I know there are a lot of guys out there who are how I used to be and think yoga is not my thing it's just weird and how is stretching going to help anyway.....just give it a chance and I will tell you now I sweated more in Yoga X than in ANY of the other workouts!
Now when you consider I started this workout program weighing in at a hefty almost 19 stone that's 266 lbs and after completing the 90 days I was down to 15 stone 10 that's 220 lbs so I lost 46 lbs! Now during the workout I notice I did not lose much weight but my body shape was changing dramatically and it wasn't until I passed the 60 day mark that the weight came off but by that point I had gone from wearing a size 40 trouser to a size 34! I am a P90X graduate and will be BRINGING IT every day! Will you?
For the past 2 1/5 years I have been driving a Vauxhall Movano but recently I have been forced to switch from my Movano to the new Ford Transit van and was rather hesitant to say the least! I really enjoyed driving the Movano and after taking a cursory look at the Transit I was definitely NOT impressed.
The steering wheel feels smaller than my Mitsubishi Colts one and the seats are not as comfortable as the Movano. It engine is also louder than the Movano and although in the literature it say you get around the 30-40 mpg you will be lucky to get 29-32 mpg!
I have stated how I was adamant that I would resist this new vehicle being forced upon us.....but I can't help myself but love it! Ford have done it again, they have made another Transit that will be setting the trend for others to follow because when you drive a Transit you know you are driving something special in the van world!
the steering is really smooth and responsive the braking system seems greatly improved not to mention the load area seems BIGGER and the side door is definitely bigger, making it easier to both load and unload.
In short I feel like a change man now driving the Transit, it is smooth, easy, oddly enjoyable and most of all fun! I would recommend that if you have any prejudices or "hang-ups" regarding Ford or Transits then just give this one a try and I think you will find yourself converted too!