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I have owned a Lumie Sunray alarm clock for nearly 4 years and I have been wanting to upgrade to a Philips wake-up light for a long time. Then I got one for christmas!!
I already knew how good light alarm clocks can be from having the lumie, but I am still surprised how good this alarm clock is. The light is really bright if you have it on it's max setting, by far bright enough to not need a bedside lamp. Also the lamp is a good big area so it really lights up the room.
You have a choice of noises to wake up to as well (birdsong, woodland, zen and cowbells or radio), I use the zen yoga one. The birdsong I find doesn't wake me up; although it is nice to wake up to, I wouldn't trust it to wake me up in time for work. In contrast to the Lumie I had the alarm comes on very quiet and gets louder, so it doesn't give you that shock of waking up to. The light generally wakes me up just before the alarm comes on, and you can vary the intensity of the light you want to wake up to as well. This takes a few nights to get set at the right level, I find 18 is just right for me.
There is also a sunset mode which works well, the light starts off at whatever level you have it on and you can set the time for how long it takes to go off. I really do find this helps me to fall asleep.
The best advantage over the Lumie is that this alarm clock has a radio. I do find this a real advantage. Another point it has over the lumie is that it has a "snooze" function, which I missed on the Lumie.
This alarm clock is really great to wake up to. I have really noticed the difference, even over a Lumie. I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to get up; whereas before I would have a bit longer after my alarm, now I get up as soon as it goes off. It also acts as the only lamp and radio in my bedroom too. I highly recommend it!
I bought this alarm clock around 4 years ago to replace my old radio alarm clock. I have always struggled to get a good night's sleep, and I always felt very tired and not at all refreshed in the morning. I decided it was time to spend a bit of money (I was quite shocked how expensive the Lumie clocks are) to try to sort it out.
When the Lumie Sunray arrived I thought it looked stylish and went well on my bedside table. I was pleasantly surprised that the light was good enough to read by, replacing my bedside table lamp.
From the very first night I used this alarm clock, I could tell the difference in both dropping off to sleep and how I felt when I woke up in the morning. The Sunset mode is really easy to set, you just turn the alarm on to go off in the morning and then turn the light up to whatever brightness you'd like it to start at. It then gradually gets darker until it goes out completely. I found this really helps me to drop off to sleep.
In the morning the light starts to come on half an hour before the alarm is set and gradually gets lighter. I found at first this woke me up around 5 minutes before the alarm went off. After a few days though I found I got used to the light and it didn't wake me up. However, I still found it beneficial. I think the light intensity makes you come into a much lighter sleep so that it is easier to wake up.
I have found using the Lumie regularly for nearly 4 years (I recently upgraded to a Philips Wake-up light) I have found it really improved my sleep. I am much better at falling to sleep now, and find I wake up more gently and don't have that horrible drowsy deep feeling you sometimes get when the alarm goes off. This was most apparent when I went on holiday and woke up without it. I really did notice the difference.
There are some things that could be improved, especially since I've tried the Philips. It would be nice if the alarm noise came on gradually, as even with the light it can come as a bit of a shock sometimes. Also it would be nice to have a radio, but I knew it didn't when I bought it so I can't really complain!
Overall, I'd really recommend a Lumie alarm clock, especially if you have trouble sleeping and waking up.
Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts is a fantastic game in my opinion. The adventure style of the game and the way the different levels, the Spiral Mountain main world and the test track are laid out, it will give you many hours of entertainment.
This game comes after the original Banjo-Kazooie on the Nintendo 64. Banjo is a bear, Kazooie is a bird who lives in his backpack, and together they are trying to defeat Gruntilda the evil witch. You control both the bear and the bird together. The game is an adventure style game full of puzzles and challenges. The basic layout of how you move through levels is the same as the original; you still have the concept of collecting jigsaw pieces from levels allowing you to open up new levels. The main difference in this game is that you can use and design vehicles to use in the levels.
The building of the vehicles takes a while to get used to, and is realistic but quite tricky sometimes (for example if you put too much weight at the back the vehicle will tip over etc). I like the way you can build any vehicle you can think of, trucks, helicopters, amphibious vehicles. I think it adds a new dimension and, as you can pick any vehicle you like at any time during levels, it means you can move faster between points or even fly to get to high areas easily.
I love the way Spiral Mountain, the land the levels split-off from, is laid out. As the original Banjo-Kazooie did, there are many puzzles and tasks to entertain you other than those in the levels. I spend hours just travelling around Spiral Mountain messing around trying to pick up music notes (the currency of the game) and complete other puzzles.
There are 6 worlds splitting off from Spiral Mountain, and for each world you can go through different doors to a different set of challenges. In the original Banjo-Kazooie you would have to search around for challenges and puzzles but in this new game they seem to mostly be sign-posted within the levels. I think I maybe preferred the way it was done in the original but it still works well here. Another thing I really liked was that a lot of the original music from the first game (which really sticks in your head all day!) is used in this game in one world, along with some good new theme tunes in the other worlds. In that one world there are a lot of reminders from the original game too, in different areas there are aspects of the worlds which were in the first game and I thought that was a really nice touch for fans of the first game.
I found the controls easy to grasp, although they can be quite hard to pick up again if you've not played for a while!
All in all this is one of my all-time favourite computer games and I could spend hours on it!
I like to vary what I give my fish (freshwater tropical community) but this is definitely their favourite dried food.
I tend to buy this from Asda where it is normally cheaper than my local fish store or online with delivery charges. The pots are a good shape, stacking nicely in the cupboard. They have a heavy foil seal when new, when opened the pots seem to do a good job at keeping the food dry.
The flakes are multi-coloured and vary in size. They break down very easily, which is good for my small fish, but may not be as good for bigger fish. As I get closer to the end of the pot they get broken down into tiny pieces.
They float well and my fish seem to really enjoy this food. They gobble it down faster than other dried food I give them, and it has been my staple fish food for years so it must be healthy enough for them!
I'd definitely recommend this fish food as the basic staple food for your fish.
I've owned my Dell Inspiron 1525 for 3 years now. I think it looks and feels high quality, it has a black matt lid and a silver inside and keyboard. The keyboard is very comfortable and easy to use, the keys all still work very well (even after I spilt milk on them!). I found the touch-pad and buttons to be comfortable too, and the scroll lines on the touch-pad work well unlike other laptops I've used.
I was very impressed with Dell when I bought the laptop. It was just around the time all the screens started to go to glossy screens and I wanted a matt screen, I rang Dell and they fitted the model I wanted with a matt screen instead for me, which I thought was really good customer service.
The screen is bright and the brightness is also easy to change. The speakers are fairy good, not great but I'd say average for a laptop of that age. The webcam works well and I like the way you can alter what the different power buttons do and customise power-plans. It has 4 USB ports which is useful. The battery lasts well even after 3 years.
I am on Windows Vista and have found this laptop can get quite slow sometimes. It seems to be windows updates which slows it all down, before I turned it off it was updating each time I started the laptop up or shut it down. It seems to be better now though.
Overall, I don't have any complaints with this laptop apart from maybe the speed. I think the laptop has been very reliable and has coped well with everything I've needed to use it for. I would definitely buy Dell for my next laptop!
This Boots No.7 Essential Moisture Cream is a day moisturiser for the face. I got it in a gift set, and have used it on-and-off since.
The texture is nice and it does rub into my face easily, without feeling sticky or greasy. It has a nice smell to it too. I use it in the morning after cleansing.
I do notice when I use it that my skin does feel nice, and you don't need a lot either so it does last quite a while. Although it isn't my favourite moisturiser, it is the first one I go to when my skin is too dry. It seems to be the best moisturiser I own for that, hydrating my skin without giving me spots.
I think the pot it comes in looks nice but it isn't a very good shape for getting the moisturiser out of! It is ok while there is a good amount in there but when you get near the end it is hard to get your finger in there around the angles and I normally end up with most of it stuck under my fingernail! This isn't so bad in the large pot of Protect and perfect day cream I have, but in this small pot it is annoying.
I like this moisturiser a lot for dry skin but I don't think I'd buy it. For an every-day moisturiser I prefer No.7 protect and perfect with SPF 15 or No.7 intelligent balance (which you can't buy anymore unfortunately).
I got this radio free with an F1 magazine subscription around 9 years ago. I can't believe how well it has lasted through being dropped off the fridge and various other surfaces!
The radio is a convenient small size (83x62x33mm), great for carrying around the house or for taking camping or on holiday. It has curved edges and is finished in a silvery colour. It still doesn't look dated in my kitchen all these years later. It has a volume dial and tuner knob on the right-hand side and an FM/AM selector on the top edge. On the left-hand side there is a High/Low tone switch, an earphone port and a "DC in 3V" port. The aerial folds away onto the top of the radio. It is powered by 2 "C" size batteries. It also has a carrying cord.
The batteries in this radio last a surprisingly long time. I use it during breakfast, also when cooking or working around the house so it gets a lot of use, especially at weekends. Even with this a set of good-quality batteries will last at least 6 months.
The radio is easy to tune and has a loud top volume, although it doesn't sound brilliant at top volume. To be honest though the volume at which it starts to sound worse is far louder than I'd ever have it. At normal volume it sounds great. When I'm doing housework I put it on the landing of the middle floor and I can hear it downstairs and upstairs too which is really useful.
I really can't believe how robust this radio is. I've dropped it more times than I can remeber from all sorts of heights and onto tiled floors, outside concrete and all sorts. It has never affected the workings of the radio, the only affect it has had is to break the battery cover (which I just don't use now), and scratched the paintwork a bit. The aerial is sturdy too, it hasn't bent at all unlike other radios I've had.
I absolutely love this radio and it's the best free gift I've had! It's great for every-day use at home, outside, camping and even a few times in the car when my car radio broke!
If you can still buy this radio I'd recommend it to anyone. I'd like to give it 10 stars but I'll have to make do with 5!
I love this Asda Smart Price Tomato soup! At my local Asda it is 23p, 17p when it's on offer and I think that is great value! I honestly can't tell the difference between this and Heinz.
It is thick, creamy tomato soup, and has a very nice flavour. The can it comes in is a plain can with no ring-pull (unlike more expensive soups) and that is the one downside I'd give it, because I have to take a tin opener to work when I have this for my dinner. However, for the difference in price that wouldn't make me buy a more expensive brand.
I also think it cooks slightly better in a microwave than more expensive tomato soups I've tried. I don't seem to get a thick rim around the bowl like I do with other ones, whether this is because it's a little bit thinner I'm not sure.
I don't think you can go wrong for the price it is!
If you're used to Andrex or something you'll probably find Asda Smart Price toilet paper feels a bit cheap and thin. But stick with it and you'll soon get used to it!
I've been using this for about a year now and for the price I think it's great value. I only notice a difference if I go away for a few days and use thicker paper, otherwise I'm perfectly happy with the quality. What's the point of paying loads for something you're going to flush down the toilet?
The only thing I find a bit of a pain is getting a new roll started. It's quite hard to start it without ripping into other layers! Other than that I have no problems at all with it.
Overall I'd say this is the best value toilet paper I've used and I will carry on using it! It does perfectly fine for me and I've had no complaints from visitors.
This night cream comes in a heavy glass bottle (which I'm terrified of dropping and chipping the sink!) which looks very nice.
The cream itself is thick and has a nice smell to it. Surprisingly for how thick it is, it does rub in very easily and you only need a small amount. I put it on before bed, it doesn't make my face sticky at all. I don't normally like putting moisturiser on at night because I tend to get spots but this one doesn't do that at all.
I really do notice the difference on the nights I use this cream. In the morning my skin looks softer and less tired. I'm not sure it would justify the price on it's own though, it is very expensive. However, the amount you get in one of these pots and the amount you need to use means a pot will last a very long time!
I first used Boots No.7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum when I got it in a gift set.
The serum is pale cream coloured and very easy to rub in to your face. It absorbs quickly and isn't at all sticky. It doesn't have a particular smell that I've noticed.
I use this every day after washing my face, before I put moisturiser and eye cream on. I have now been using it for maybe 2 years, and I have noticed that it has made a difference. I'm 26 and didn't have any particular problems with wrinkes, I had a few creases on my forehead and some lines around my eyes and mouth. The smile lines around my mouth haven't altered but the creases on my forehead, although they are still there, are less noticeable. As for the lines around my eyes, these have almost completely gone. Whether this is just down to the beauty serum or if it is the eye cream I use (also No.7) I'm not really sure.
The major downside (probably the only downside) to this serum is the price. I can't believe how expensive it is! So far I've mainly used the ones I've had in gift sets, although I did buy 3 tubes when they were on offer 3 for 2, and I also had a No.7 £5 voucher.
I think this serum is good, I would continue using it as long as I could buy it on offer, not at full price.
I first used this eye cream when it came in a No.7 gift set I was given for christmas. Since then I've also used the small tubes which seem to have replaced the round pots.
I have to get up early for work and always seem to have dark circles and bags around my eyes. Since using this eye cream I have definitely seen some improvement. It hasn't worked miracles but nothing seems to apart from a long holiday!
The cream is light and easy to rub in. I use it at night before bed and sometimes in the morning after washing my face. I find the tube applicator a lot easier to use and control than the round pot, it is easy to dot it on then rub in. I don't really like the idea of rubbing cream under my eyes, I'm sure it must bruise a bit and make dark circles worse, but this cream does seem to improve the look of my dark circles. After rubbing in the cream the area around my eyes looks more like the rest of my face, apart from the corners near my nose which always stay dark.
This eye cream is very expensive but does last a long time, I try to rely on gift sets and buying in the sales after christmas at Boots!
The tube is also a handy small size to take on holiday.
I bought this shower gel when it was on offer just as a change from my normal shower gel. I've used other imperial leather shower gels in the past and liked them.
This is the same consistency as other imperial leather shower gels I've used, and lathers up just as well too. I really like the smell of it, and the bottle looks good too. It does look more of a luxury shower gel than many you see for sale.
One complaint I have is that it does stain the tiles of my shower, it comes off with a good clean but it's a little bit annoying!
Overall I liked this shower gel for a change. However, having recently discovered Dove Silk Glow shower cream, which leaves my skin softer and with a sheen, I would only use it occasionally not as my main shower gel. Although it smelt nice, it didn't give me the feeling that it was doing my skin more good than any other shower gel.
I have frizzy hair which, unless it is straightened, is a bit of a nightmare! It normally looks dull and fluffy rather than smooth and shiny, and I've tried all sorts of shampoos to get nice smooth hair. None of them have worked the miracle I was hoping for but I've found two which by far out-do the others.
The main one, as in the one I use regularly, is Head and Shoulders Hydrating Smooth and Silky Shampoo. I haven't really had a problem with dandruff in the past but I did see an advert in a magazine for shiny hair by Head and Shoulders. I thought I'd give it a go and I was really surprised how much shinier and smoother it made my hair.
The bottle looks fairly plain I think, and not having a big base it does tend to fall over a lot in my shower! However I really do like the shampoo. The smell is alright, not lovely but not bad either. It is quite runny compared to other shampoos I've used. I normally wash my hair once with a large blob then again with a smaller blob.
My hair is now much more manageable, it looks shiny and tends to go into waves rather than shapeless frizz, which is what I was hoping for! Also, rain and moisture now have less effect on my hair (previously the first spots of rain and I'd be starting an afro!).
I've been really pleased with this shampoo and would definitely recommend it for frizzy hair.
I have owned a second-hand iPhone 3G 8GB for a year now, and it is still going strong! I've dropped it more times than I can count and, although the case is a little dented and scratched, it hasn't affected the workings of the phone at all.
The thing I like most about the iPhone is that with iplayer and apps, I can cut down what I take on holiday from a phone, a Nintendo DS and an iPod (plus chargers) to just this iPhone with it's one charger.
It's curved back I find more comfortable than the iPhone 4, and although the screen isn't quite so bright it still looks great. The camera is OK, not great, but does fine for snaps. I'm a bit disappointed it doesn't have a video camera function though. I also find it great for browsing the web at home, web pages are easy to navigate through with the touch-screen.
The battery life is good, my phone lasts up to 4 days on a full overnight charge, and that is with wifi turned on too.
The massive range of apps you can get for these phones makes it invaluable to me, I wouldn't be without one now and I'd definitely recommend buying one!