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I tried Peaches & Clean after recieving it in a Soap & Glory giftset at Christmas and I love it. I use it daily both to remove make-up and as a wash and it works really well to keep my pores clear while still being gentle enough for daily use. It smells amazing and keeps my skin feeling soft. It doubles as a mask if left on for a while too while leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed. It feels better and works much harder than some of it's more expensive counterparts which I've tried.Even when removing a lot of make-up, my skin is never left feeling irritated which I've experienced with other cleansers. A little goes a long way and I'm only on my second bottle this year, so it's great value for money and at £7 a bottle it really isn't an expensive cleanser and suits most budgets.
I discovered Netflix via word of mouth. I used the one month free trial alongside the Lovefilm free trial and ended up choosing to remain with Netflix on a paid basis.
Cost: £5.99 a month, first month free, for TV and film streaming that you can access from your Iphone, Laptop or PC/Xbox and various other sources. Unlike Lovefilm's streaming service, all films and shows available are included in the package price and you do not pay extra for new releases.
Sign up/cancellation: Simple, you can create an account or sign up via facebook. You are required to give your bank details but your account can be cancelled at any time during your trial and no fee will be taken. You are not required to stay with Netflix for a fixed period and can cancel your paid account at any time.
Choice of films/TV shows: There is a large amount of titles available. Full series' of TV shows such as Red Dwarf and Charmed plus boxsets of shows such as Nurse Jackie. Lots of old and new titles- 24, Fawlty Towers and Spaced. There is not a lot of recent films on Netflix at present, I noticed The Expendables and Switch were both fairly recent. There are a huge amount of genres covered by Netflix, though including Anime, Comedy, Thrillers, TV Drama, TV Comedy, Horror and Documentaries. The site is frequently updated.
Ease of use: I found the Netflix site and Xbox app easier to navigate around than Lovefilm. Everything is laid out in order of genre and recommendations made for you and your recently watched shows are listed to make them even easier to find. There is also a search option. Films and TV shows are quick to load and it automatically offers you the next episode in the series when you finish one.
Picture quality: Varies depending on your internet connection but I haven't personally encountered any issues with quality on the laptop, Xbox app or Iphone app.
I decided to get an Iphone 3GS purely because my phone was due an upgrade and this was one of the few brands/models I had heard of since I don't keep very up to date with technology. I had previously used a BlackBerry storm which was frustratingly prone to freezing, switching itself off and not allowing me to text, so I decided to steer away from Blackberry phones.
Set up: I had to connect my iphone to a computer which has itunes installed. This is a free download and takes a few minutes. The set up is fairly simple after this. The sim card is placed in a small slot at the top of the phone which requires a pin or something small and pointed to get it out. This is wonderfully secure but frustrating if you get a sim error and you are out and about. Connecting to App Store requires bank details so they can bill you for any paid app's you download.
Updates: There have been a few software updates for the iphone, you are limited in what apps you can download if you don't update your phone when a new version of itunes is available, so it's worthwhile connecting it to your laptop/PC every once in a while to check for new software. App updates can be done by visiting the app store on your iphone, it informs you of all updates due there and updates generally are very quick.
Ease of use: Wonderful. I was really surprised at how easy to use the iphone was. App download is simple and I've yet to come across one which is difficult to use. To delete apps, you just hold the app icon until your app library "shakes" then click to delete the appropriate app, really simple. The choice of apps is also phenomenal, I think I only have 2 paid apps as a lot are free and I have yet to think of something that there isn't an app available for. Easy to sort apps and create folders for them, also. It's simple to switch between screens, just swipe.
Camera: This is the only feature that I haven't been overly impressed with. There is no flash and i think that it is only about 3 megapixels picture quality.
Battery life: The iphone battery usually lasts me the day if I remember to close down any apps that are running in the background. It's easy for me to forget to do this, and this has reulted in my battery life getting eat up very quikcly.
For those like myself who spend a lot on hair and beauty products, the advantage card offers a great rewards scheme.
Registration- simple, sign up in store or online to receive your card. Registration is free.
Rewards- you receive 4 points for every £1 spent. Each point equals 1 penny. So, spend £30 in store and receive £1.20 in points. You can redeem these against anything in store. If you shop there regularly enough, the points mount up quickly. I enjoy letting my points mount up and then putting them towards Christmas shopping, as Boots offer 3 for 2 on gifts, so you can make a lot of savings. Boots regularly do special offers where if you spend a certain amount, you get more points than normal during the Christmas shopping period. Boots regularly run special offers such as 3 for 2 on hair and beauty products, so it's easy to receive points while buying your regular products and still making savings.
I have been a huge fan of Ryanair since discovering them in 2008 when booking a cheap city break to Paris. I have received a few bargain airfares since then, once getting a return ticket to Paris for £6 and a return ticket to Dublin for £4. I must admit, I haven't had fares quit that low for a while but they still over great value for money.
There are a few things worth noting about Ryanair if you are looking to use them to save money. One, is that they charge you to take hold luggage. So if you are planning to go away for more than a few days, this can be pricey. For a 2 or 3 night trip, however, you can get away with using a small hand luggage case if you pack carefully.
Another point worth noting is that there is often a charge for using your card to pay for your flights. I think this is about £20 on top of your airfare. I think this fee is waivered if you have one the Ryanair cards, so if you fly regularly it might be worthwhile getting one of those.
Ryanair are very much a no-frills airline, so if you like to feel pampered, enjoy complimentary food and drink on board and on board entertainment then this is not the airline for you. Generally, the flight times are short and sweet so you don't really have time to notice that the airline is lacking in these areas.
I've had my Cineworld unlimited card for about 7 years now, back when the company was called UGC. I think back then it was £10 for unlimited films for a month. It has slowly crept up to £15 a month since then. I still find this to be good value for money as I generally go to the cinema about once a week, which would cost me about £32 a month if I paid the standard fee. For £15, I can see as many films as I like per month. So, it's good for those days where I am bored but cash strapped as I all I have to pay is my train fare to catch a film.
I used to receive vouchers for money off popcorn, drinks etc in the cinema but haven't received any for a year or two now. You sometimes receive email offer for money off movie magazine subscriptions and meals in local restaurants.
The only draw back I can think of is that you cannot pre-book film tickets using this card. This is only ever really an issue when a big blockbuster comes out such as the Harry Potter or Twilight films. Unfortunately, I'm a huge fan of both these series' so I have had to pay to book my tickets to films such as they, but since I grudge paying to attend a cinema I am supposed to get unlimited access to films in, I just take myself off to the Odeon if I'm pre-booking so it doesn't feel like such as waste.
I go on holiday several times a year, usually a few European city breaks and one long haul to the USA per year. For my trips within Europe I have come to realise that Ryanair is my friend, usually using their website to book trips during sale periods. This combined with comparing hotel deals on a few websites usually saves me a few hundred pounds per trip. However, no matter how savvy I've been regarding sale periods and offers, I've yet to match Dialaflight's prices for my USA trips.
I first came across Dialaflight through word of mouth, my mum had booked a trip with them and got a decent deal. So, I used them for a trip to New York and saved about £200 on the quotes I was getting online. I've since used them for trips to Orlando, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and 2 multi-city trips, each time saving myself a fair amount. My current booking is for Glasgow to New York for a 3 night stay and then onto Las Vegas for 4 nights. The price I was given works out only £60 more expensive than going from Glasgow to Las Vegas for 4 nights alone, without the New York stay.
Dialaflight give you the option of paying the full balance or booking with your deposit and paying the final balance 10 weeks prior to your trip, so the flexibility is great if you want to secure a low price for your trip but don't have the full balance yet. I have never had any issues with any of my booking, everything has always went smoothly with regards to checking in for my hotel, flights,etc. Any changes to your itinerary such as flight times changing or if you have made a payment and you are immediately notified via email.They also have an Iphone app which allows you to check your bookings, contact your advisor or find your hotel if you get lost when out and about and abroad.
I have recommended them to several friends who are also now return customers. I plan to continue using them for further trips.
I use our local Domino's Pizza fairly frequently and have always received good customer service and good quality food.
Previously, we would receive voucher booklets via post quite often offering 40/50% off telephone orders but this has dwindled over the last few years and I've found that discount codes for their online ordering service are becoming more common via text or email, usually for £10 off a £35 spend or 30% a £30 spend. So, the offers aren't quite what they used to be. Despite this, I find it's usually easy enough to find a discount code online if I look hard enough. I have never ordered a Domino's without a discount code or voucher because they are far too pricey.
The online ordering service is straight forward and easy to use. There is a new deal wizard function which points out offers which may be useful to you based on what you have ordered. There is an option to pay cash, card or Paypal which is also useful. Once your ordered has been placed, there is an order tracker which informs you of the status of your order.
There are a wide choice of pizzas on order plus various sides, desserts and drinks. I like the Half and Half option as you can save money on sharing a pizza this way. There are several pizza base options including stuff crust and stuffed base, too.
My orders usually arrive in under half an hour but there have been a few delays, the store will normally inform me of the expected delivery time on placing my order if I place it over the telephone. The staff have always been helpful and courteous and my food is almost always hot on arrival. The one time my food was lukewarm they gave me a repeat order free the next time I ordered.
I have been reading Cosmo for about 6 years now and still thoroughly enjoy it. I have an ongoing subscription and find it to be good value for money. The magazine covers various topics- mainly fashion, beauty and sex. It has some celebrity focused content in the way of reviews and articles but has managed to steer away from becoming another gossip magazine, which is a key reason I continue to read the magazine. The magazine itself does have it's drawbacks. It continues to feature articles aimed at making women perceive their image in a more positive light yet features copious surgery advertisements in the back pages and quite often runs features on specific diets, food to avoid etc. I don't think that the quality of the articles is quite up to speed with magazines such as Marie Clare but I still enjoy reading it. There are often articles on safe sex, sensible drinking etc and it highlights issues such as feminism, sexism etc. It is a lightweight, easy read which passes the time and which I still enjoy 6 years on.
I came across Kong via pet forums as an answer to my puppy's incessant chewing and destructive behaviours when being left alone. I was doubtful that it would last any length of time as my puppy had chewed up all her toys and tug toys prior to this and has fairly strong teeth and jaws being a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The Kong turned out to be great value for money, my puppy loved it and would spend hours trying to get the filling out of the king. I would use it to keep her occupied when I was busy around the house or was leaving, to minimise distress.The Kong turned out to be indestructible and has lasted her well over a year so far. I found that the official Kong fillers were quite expensive so I started using peanut butter as a cheap alternative, which my puppy loves. You can also fill the Kong with cold meat, tinned dog food etc. I have since invested in a Kong Wobbler for her which she also loves, this is much bigger and can be used as a slow feeder for dogs who overeat. I find it's a way to entertain and distract my puppy and she enjoys working for her food. The only drawback is it can be noisy when she batters it around the kitchen.
We stayed at the Wolcott Hotel last Noember as part of a multi-city USA trip. We choose this on recommendation from family members who had stayed there previously.
Check-in: Quick and simple process. Staff were helpful and friendly and orientated us to parts of the hotel such as the attached convenience store and internet access area.
Rooms: We were more than happy with our room, while it wasn't huge, it provided us with enough room to feel comfortable and adequate storage for our suitcases. There was also a large bathroom area with a bath/shower combination and complimentary toiletries. There was a TV with cable channels, large bed, hairdryer, in-room safe, desk area and chargeable internet access.
Hotel: The hotel has a small convenience store attached selling some toiletries, snacks and drinks. There is also a desk where you can book attraction tickets and airport shuttles. There is internet access and printer facilities which you can use for a fee. There are payphones and vending machines beneath the lobby and a fitness centre which is small but free to use.There is no restaurant but the hotel offer free coffee and muffins in the morning.
Location: The hotel is very close to the Empire State building and Penn station. It is around a 15-20 minute walk to the Times Square area. There is a Dunkin Donuts across the road which does great breakfast.
A group of 4 of us stayed at the MGM grand in November 2011, in the Grand Tower area of the hotel.
Check in: The check in area of the hotel is huge, the biggest I've ever seen. We arrived on a friday night and waited a few minutes to be checked in.We didn't experience long queues but did see the lobby get very busy at times with so many people checking in and out, but the hotel does have something like 5,000 guest rooms.
Rooms: We stayed in a Grand Tower King Room. The room was spacious and featured a large TV, huge window which took up one of the walls (no strip view unfortunately), a chaise longue and a huge king size bed. The room facilities included a desk, hairdryer, toiletries, large bath/shower combination, spacious bathroom, free wi-fi, wine cooler and safe. Good storage space for our two suitcases. Maid service was excellent, room cleaned to a high standard daily. We did not use room service so I can't comment on that.
Pool: The pool area is extensive and has it's own map. We spent most of our time outwith the hotel and did not use the pool ,as it was our first Vegas trip and we had lot of sightseeing and shopping to do but the pool certainly looked impressive.
Food: There are dining options to suit every budget at the MGM grand. There is a food court area which has a McDonald's and a Starbuck's as well as various other fast food options. There are various casual and fine dining options including Wolfgang Puck and Joel Rubuchon. We used the MGM Grand Buffet for dinner one night and we were very impessed. I think we paid around $30-35 per head and the choice of food was phenomenal. There are several stations which offer everything from sushi to salad, Italian to Mexican, seafood to steak. There was also an extensive range of desserts on offer. Soft drinks were included in the buffet price.
Shopping: The MGM grand had a small shopping mall area underneath the lobby. We bought bags for carry on luggage here which were around $10 since we had bought so much that are cases were threatening to weigh to much. Lots of stores dotted around the MGM itself selling cigars, clothing etc.
There is also a small convenience store near the Grand Tower elevator area but we found the stores along the strip and the nearby petrol station to be a lot cheaper.
Casino: The MGM grand casino is huge, we spent lots of time here during our trip and we were really impressed with the level of service offered. It was well managed in terms of security, they were always present. The waiting Staff were excellent, drinks were free to those gambling and they came back frequently to check if you were looking for another drink. We felt that when we gambled in other hotels such as Planet Hollywood the service was much slower.
Entertainment: There are various shows including Crazy Horse Paris and Cirque du Soleil operating within the hotel, there are often discounts if you book tickets to multiple shows. There are various bars and nightclubs within the hotel, too.
Location: The hotel is on the main strip, near the New York New York hotel. It is a short, cheap taxi ride from the airport and has access to the monorail which takes you to other hotels within the strip.
I have been a huge Lindsey Kelk fan since discovering her 2 years ago when Glamour gave a away free copies of her debut I Heart New York novel. Not previously a fan of "chick-lit", I'll admit, I only picked up the book out of boredom, intending to hand it in to the local charity shop. I read the New York book in night. So, needless to say when I Heart Vegas was released I ordered it for my Kindle, not wanting to have to wait for the paperback to be delivered.
I Heart Vegas is typical of Kelk's writing style-funny, girly and easy to read. I don't think you would have to read any of the other I Heart... books to understand the story line of Vegas but they are a worthwhile read anyway . The book follows the main character, Angela on a girl's trip to Vegas. There are a lot of laughs and drama throughout the book, which makes it difficult to put down. I won't say too much else about the story line since I'm not a fan of spoilers, but expect a Sex and the City story line which has Ugly Betty type humour.
Great for fans of the chick lit genre who want an easy, lightweight, funny read.
I picked up this product as it was on offer in one of my local beauty store. I was looking forward to trying it after seeing it advertised on TV and managed to get a tube for about £7. Being a bit of a beauty junkie, i was intrigued by how this product was being marketed as a miracle cream and that it could provide me with an alternative to foundation for "work days".
Both myself and my sister, who has a lighter skin tone than me, found that this product adapted well to our varying skin tones and didn't leave us looking particularly pale or orange. It is a lot lighter than most foundations I have used and easier to remove. However, I found that it did not provide me with adequate cover up of any blemishes I had and didn't work well to even out the appearance of my combination skin. I found that afterwards, some areas of my face where left feeling drier than normal, too.
I would recommend this product to someone who has fairly good skin to begin with but not for those with combination skin like myself. I prefer using a decent primer before my foundation to achieve a more "perfected" or "airbrushed" look. It provided me with a bit of cover up for walking the dogs or heading to the gym but not enough that I would be confident in using it for going to work or when out and about.